Concerts of Hallowe’en Past

Music Toronto is celebrating its 42nd season this year and over that time there have been a few Hallowe’en evening concerts.

In 1974, we heard the Purcell String Quartet perform Mozart, Dvorak, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Harry Freedman. Founded in 1968 by members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and eventually disbanded in 1991, they often performed new works by contemporary Canadian composers.

Shura Cherkassky performed for us on October 31, 1988. An evening primarily of Chopin with some Liszt, Ravel, and Balakirev, I’m sure it would have been a wonderful piano concert to attend. Born in 1909, he performed for over 70 years and continued to record until just a few months before his death in 1995.

1995 brought us the St. Lawrence String Quartet as our Hallowe’en concert. Always a pleasure to have in the house, we were treated to Mozart and Bartok. They will join us again this season in January 2014 with some Haydn, Martinu, and Dvorak.

Simon Trpceski joined us for the second time in 2006. That Hallowe’en found us listening to his wonderful piano skills while playing Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, and Scriabin.

And tonight we have the delightful treat of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble with Raff, Shostakovich, and Mendelssohn!

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