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Brentano Quartet and Dawn Upshaw

The Brentano Quartet, joined by acclaimed American soprano Dawn Upshaw, will perform on our stage on January 11, 2018.

The Brentano was formed in 1992 at Juilliard by Mark Steinberg (violin), Serena Canin (violin), Misha Amory (viola), and Michael Kannen (cello).  Cellist Nina Lee joined in mid 1998, when Kannen left to care for his family.  Award winning from early on, the Brentano has performed world-wide and released several CDs, including recordings of all of Beethoven’s late quartets.  From 1999 to 2014, they were the Ensemble-in-Residence at Princeton University, the first to hold that position.  In 2014, they succeeded the Tokyo String Quartet as Resident String Quartet at the Yale School of Music.

For the movie lovers out there, the Brentano played the quartet music for the film A Late Quartet and Lee has a cameo at the end of the film.

To learn more about the Brentano Quartet, visit their website at http://brentanoquartet.com/about/

With over 50 recordings, soprano Dawn Upshaw is a 5 time Grammy award winner.  Born in Nashville in 1960, she is a familiar and respected name in the classical music world.  In addition to the numerous opera roles she has performed over the years, she also dedicates time to performing chamber music and solo recitals.  Teaching young performers is also important to her.  She holds the positions of Artistic Director of the Vocal Arts Program at the Bard College Conservatory of Music, and the Head of the Vocal Arts Program at the Tanglewood Music Center.  She regularly teaches master classes and workshop while on tour.  She will give a master class while she is here in Toronto next week (http://music-toronto.com/outreach.htm).

The article is from a few years back but it gives some great insight into Dawn Upshaw as a person and performer. https://www.theguardian.com/music/2008/mar/16/classicalmusicandopera.review

Join us on January 11th to hear the combined amazing talents of the Brentano Quartet and soprano Dawn Upshaw!  http://music-toronto.com/index.html


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Our 46th season!

On February 16, 2017 we announced our 46th season!

Season subscription for our 2017-2018 season went on sale in February and were mailed out in mid August.  Contact the box office if you have any questions – 416-366-7723

Quatuor Mosaïques open our season and our string series on October 19th with their Toronto debut.  Celebrating their 30th season, they will perform Mozart and Haydn on their period instruments.

November 7th will be the opening of our piano series with Benjamin Grosvenor.  This will be Grosvenor’s 3rd recital for us and we look forward to his return.

The Škampa Quartet perform on November 16th.  This outstanding Czech string quartet has released 15 award-winning recordings and now is your chance to hear them live in Toronto.

Montreal pianist and first recipient of the Prix Goyer (Extreme Emerging Artist), Philip Chiu makes his Toronto recital debut with us on November 28th.

Our annual Gryphon Trio concert will finish out the 2017 calendar year for us on December 7th.

We start 2018 with the Brentano Quartet and soprano Dawn Upshaw performing together on January 11th.

Stephen Hough returns to our stage on January 23rd for our first piano recital of 2018.  He will be playing a number of pieces by Debussy in honour of the 100th year anniversary of Debussy’s death.

The exuberant St. Lawrence Quartet return for their annual visit on February 1st.

Esteemed Russian pianist Alexei Lubimov joins us at the age of 74 with our February 6th concert.

The Apollon Musagète Quartet return on February 22nd. This dynamic, award-winning young quartet had their Toronto debut on our stage in November 2015.  We are pleased to host a long awaited return engagement.

The Penderecki Quartet join us on March 15th.  This 31 year old quartet has been the Quartet-in-Residence down the road in Waterloo at Wilfrid Laurier University for the past 20 years.

Hungarian pianist Dénes Várjon returns to close our Piano Series for the 2017-2018 season on March 27th.

And the final concert of our 46th season will be the Toronto debut of the award-winning Schumann Quartet on April 12th.

We look forward to having you join us!

Single tickets are now on sale.  In addition to our regular tickets for $50 or $55, we also have $10 student tickets.  These can be purchased for full time students.  An accompanying non-student can purchase a regular ticket at the same time for half price.  So parents, bring your kids.  And grown up students, bring your parents!  If you are between the ages of 18 and 35 and not a student, take advantage of our pay your age tickets available for any of our concerts.  Student tickets and pay your age tickets need to be purchased in person or via phone at 416-366-7723.

For more information on the individual concerts, please visit our website here http://music-toronto.com/season.htm

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