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The end of a season!

Tonight we close out our 42nd season with The Parker Quartet and Kikuei Ikeda, violist.

Our 42nd year has been another great season filled with old friends and new faces. Long term MTO performers the Gryphon Trio, the St. Lawrence Quartet, and Marc-André Hamelin all played with their usual brilliance. The Jerusalem Quartet, Arnaldo Cohen, the Miró Quartet, Eve Egoyan, the Alcan Quartet, David Jalbert, and the Arditti Quartet all delighted us with amazing return performances. Cohen, the Miró, and Jalbert also gave delightful master classes for us – fun and informative for the students onstage and the audience attending.

We were able to bring an octet to our stage again for the first time in several years and enjoyed some pieces that we don’t often hear live with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble. Our vocal recital for the season brought us Phillip Addis and his lovely baritone voice. And previously seen as a accompanist on our stage, pianist Stephanie Chua gave us a fabulous contemporary classics concert! Making his Toronto and MTO debut, pianist Benjamin Grosvenor charmed us on stage with his talent and off stage with his grace and intelligence at a chat with some students. Also debuting on our stage was violinist (and new father) Alexandre Da Costa. Accompanied by Wonny Song, as a last minute replacement, Da Costa gave us a stunning performance.

Tonight we shall enjoy the Parker Quartet and Kikuei Ikeda. Tomorrow brings our last master class for the season with Ikeda. We look forward to bringing you more great music again in the fall. Join us for our 43rd season!

Thursday, October 9, 2014 – St. Petersburg Quartet
Thursday, October 23, 2014 – Belcea Quartet
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 – Janina Fialkowska
Thursday, November 20, 2014 – Daedalus Quartet
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 – Simon Trpceski
Thursday, December 11, 2014 – Trio D’Argento with Barbara Croall
Thursday, January 8, 2015 – Juilliard Quartet
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 – Barbara Pritchard
Thursday, January 29, 2015 – St. Lawrence String Quartet
Thursday, February 12, 2015 – Bertoli-Marleyn Duo
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 – Denes Varjon
Thursday, February 26, 2015 – Gryphon Trio
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 – Till Fellner
Thursday, March 19, 2015 – Elias Quartet
Thursday, March 26, 2015 – Elliot Madore
Thursday, April 16, 2015 – Lafayette Quartet


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Hugo Wolf

Tonight we will hear Abendbilder by Hugo Wolf sung by Phillip Addis. Wolf was born on March 13, 1860 and died on February 22, 1903, shortly before he turned 43 years old. In his short life, he left us over 300 pieces of music.

His forte was lieder – art songs. And Abendbilder is a piece composed just before he turned 17! It is based on three poems by Nikolaus Lenau (the pen name for Nikolaus Franz Niembsch Edler von Strehlenau). Wolf was a child prodigy who started learning the piano and violin at the age of 4. He did not work well in a formal school setting as subjects other than music held no interest for him. He left 3 schools before attending the Vienna Conservatory. And even there, he had conflicts with his teachers and left (or was asked to leave depending on who tells the story) after less than 2 years. Despite his lack of formal education, he spent most of his life earning a living as a composer, with a brief stint as a critic.

Another composer who left us too soon and leaves us wondering what else he could have accomplished when he did so much in a short period of time!

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Waypoints, by Erik Ross – a world premiere!

Along with supporting Canadian artists, Music Toronto is often honoured with world premieres of new pieces. This coming Thursday, December 19th, Phillip Addis will sing the world premiere of Waypoints composed by Erik Ross, with text by Zachariah Wells.

Wells’ original poem was published in the summer 2012 edition of The Fiddlehead, a literary journal published at the University of New Brunswick. In existence for more than 65 years, The Fiddlehead has a mandate “to publish accomplished poetry, short fiction, and Canadian literature reviews; to discover and promote new writing talent; to represent the Atlantic region’s lively cultural and literary diversity; and to place the best of new and established Canadian writing in an international context.” (http://www.thefiddlehead.ca/aboutus.html)

Born in PEI, Zachariah Wells has lived and travelled across all of Canada. He currently resides in Halifax. To find out more about his writing, visit his website at http://www.zachariahwells.com

Composer Erik Ross completed his Doctor of Music degree at the University of Toronto back in 2002. He has composed commissioned pieces for several well known groups including The Gyphon Trio. His work has been performed across Canada, and in the U.S., Australia, England, and Japan. With a passion for education, he teaches piano and composition lessons, along with theory and improvisation. In the years 2000, 2004, and 2005, Ross was an instructor with the Gryphon Trio in their composition program at Earl Haig Secondary School. You can learn more about Dr. Ross and hear some of his previous works on his website at http://www.erikross.com/index.html


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Benjamin Britten

2013 marks the 100th year of the birth of Benjamin Britten.   Celebrations started back in September and will continue until April of 2014.   You can find out about celebrations happening worldwide with this link http://www.britten100.org/home

For those who don’t know, Britten was a British twentieth century composer, conductor and pianist.  He was a major contributor to British opera and classical music and, in 1976 at the age of 63, he passed away leaving over 100 major works for us to enjoy.   As is true for many important composers, he left a legacy that includes more than just his music.   Britten, along with Peter Pears and Eric Crozier, founded the Aldeburgh Festival (now called Aldeburgh Music http://www.aldeburgh.co.uk/ ) and he was instrumental in creating Snape Maltings Concert Hall (and in having it rebuilt in 1969 after it was destroyed by fire only 2 years after it was initially built).

On December 19, 2013, we will hear Phillip Addis sing Songs and Proverbs of William Blake by Benjamin Britten. With Addis’ wonderful voice and Britten’s amazing music, it is sure to be a memorable moment in the program.

To learn more about Britten’s music, visit http://www.brittenpears.org/

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Phillip Addis

On December 19th, Music Toronto will present Phillip Addis as the first concert of our Discovery Series, where we showcase upcoming and coming artists.

The award-winning Addis is a Canadian baritone who currently resides in Stratford.   He completed a Bachelor of Music at Queen’s University and received a diploma in operatic performance from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music.   He took part in the apprenticeship program at the Atelier Lyrique de L’Opéra de Montréal and studied at The Britten-Pears School and the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute.

Addis has performed across Canada and the US as well as in Europe and Japan, with such companies as Atlanta Opera, Opéra Français de New York, Calgary Opera, Opera Atelier, l’Opéra de Montréal, Amadeus Choir, Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, Elora Festival Singers, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton and New Brunswick symphonies, Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, and Opera Carolina.

For more information on Phillip Addis, visit his website at The Britten-Pears School and the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute.

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