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Volume 20 Issue 8 - May 2015

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Quick PicksMay 1 Evgeny Kissin’s RTH recital, whichmoves from Beethoven’s “Waldstein” Sonatato Prokofiev’s Fourth through three nocturnesand six mazurkas by Chopin and Liszt’s“Rackoczi March,” is almost completely soldout at press time.May 1 Jacques Israelievitch and pianistValentina Sadovski perform works bySchumann and Saint Saëns at Grace Church,700 Kennedy Road, Scarborough. May 14Israelievitch and pianist Stephen Cera playpieces by Fauré and Bridge at Briton HouseRecital Hall.May 2 The Cecilia String Quartetplays Mozart’s String Quartet K590 andMendelssohn’s String Quartet Op.44 No.2 atthe Burlington Performing Arts Centre.May 6 Emerging violinist AugustinHadelich performs Mendelssohn’s enduringViolin Concerto Op.64 with the TSO led byPeter Oundjian. May 27 and 28 the elegantLouis Lortie is the soloist in Liszt’s PianoConcerto No.1 with the TSO under SirAndrew Davis, the same soloist (Lortie was18!), concerto and conductor as in the orchestra’sgroundbreaking 1978 visit to China.Ravel’s scintillating orchestral version ofMussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibitioncompletes the evening’s program. June 4, 6and 7 Oundjian leads the TSO’s exciting “AllAmerican” lineup: John Adams’ Short Ridein a Fast Machine; Barber’s Symphony No.1;André Previn’s Double Concerto for Violinand Violoncello (Canadian première/TSOco-commission) with soloists Jaime Laredoand Sharon Robinson; and Gershwin’s AnAmerican in Paris.May 9 Violinist Joyce Lai and cellist RachelMercer are the soloists in Brahms’ compellingDouble Concerto. The Canadian Sinfonietta(led by Tak Ng Lai) concludes the celebrationof the composer’s birthday (May 7) with aperformance of his seminal Symphony No.1.May 12 TSO bassoonist Samuel Banksis group of 27’s recital soloist in a concertat Heliconian Hall, complimentary foodprovided by Cheese Magic and Wanda’sPie in the Sky. Also May 12 members of theCOC Orchestra combine their virtuosity andartistry to perform Georges Enescu’s lushOctet for Strings in C Major, Op. 7.May 13 Kent Nagano and the Orchestresymphonique de Montréal celebrate Sibelius’150th anniversary with his tuneful and heroicSymphony No.2. In the first half of this TSOpresentation, Piotr Anderszewski joins theMontrealers for Mozart’s magisterial PianoConcerto No.25 K503.May 14 Artists of the COC Orchestra andguest harpist Lori Gemmell perform pastoralworks by Arnold Bax (Elegiac Trio for flute,viola and harp), Béla Bartók (String QuartetNo.4) and Maurice Ravel (Introduction andAllegro) in a free noontime concert.May 16 The recently formed XIA Quartetconsists of Edmonton Symphony Orchestraconcertmaster Robert Uchida and TSOviolinist Shane Kim, assistant principalviolist Theresa Rudolph and principal cellistJoseph Johnson. It makes its Toronto debutin a wide-ranging program of Haydn, Bartókand Beethoven (the buoyant Op.59 No.1).Also May 16 Ensemble Polaris plays newmusic created to accompany short films (fromRyerson University’s School of Image Arts)on the idea of “home” and “away,” shot inIceland, New Zealand, France and Italy.May 22 Gallery 345 presents the Ton BeauString Quartet with clarinetist Peter Stollperforming Ravel’s String Quartet in F,Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet and Gershwin’sThree Preludes (arr. Stoll). Also at Gallery 345May 30 Trio McMaster’s recital is filledwith the cream of the piano trio repertoire:Schubert’s Piano Trio No.1; Fauré’s Piano TrioOp. 120; Beethoven’s Trio Op.70 No.1 “Ghost”and Mendelssohn’s Trio No.1 Op.49.May 24, 25 The Canzona Chamber Playerssmartly program Haydn’s Gypsy Trio,Bartók’s Suite for Piano, Op.14, Schumann’sFive Pieces in Folk Style for Cello and Piano,Ravel’s Tzigane and Dvořák’s Dumky Triowith Yosuke Kawaski, violin, WolframKoessel, cello, and Vadim Serebryany, piano.May 26 Mexican-Canadian pianistAlejandro Vela mixes the freshness of LatinAmerican composers Lecuona (Nocheazúl, Córdoba, La comparsa, Gitanerías),Ginastera (Sonata No.1) and Corea(Armando’s Rhumba), with standards byChopin (Ballade No.1) and Rachmaninov(Five Preludes, Op. 23) in his free noontimeCOC concert. May 28, in another freeRichard Bradshaw Amphitheatre recital,Toronto Summer Music artistic directorDouglas McNabney offers a sneak previewfeaturing emerging artists and music from theupcoming festival. June 2 violinist VéroniqueMathieu and pianist Stephanie Chua performrarely heard works by women composersHeather Schmidt, Louise Farrenc, ClaraSchumann, Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerreand others in their free noontime COC recital.May 30 5 at the First Chamber MusicSeries presents two sublime chamberworks:Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet in A, K.581 andBrahms’ Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op.115,with Yao Guang Zhai, clarinet, Marie Bérard,violin, Yehonatan Berick, violin, Teng Li,viola, and Rachel Mercer, cello.May 31 Acclaimed cellist Winona Zelenka isthe soloist in Elgar’s beloved Cello Concertowith Orchestra Toronto conducted byKevil Malloon.June 2 The Kitchener-Waterloo ChamberMusic Society presents the PendereckiQuartet performing Beethoven’s celestialQuartet No.14 Op.131 and, with cellistPamela Highbaugh-Aloni, Schubert’s gloriousQuintet in C. The K-WCMS bills it as “Concertof the Century” rightly pointing out that theseare two of the five greatest chamber worksever written.Paul Ennis is the managingeditor of The WholeNote.18 | May 1 - June 7, 2015

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