8pm Saturday, September 20
JEREMY FINDLAY, cello and ELENA BRASLAVSKY, piano
Cellist Jeremy Findlay’s musical beginnings were in Toronto, and he has gone on to perform in over 40 countries worldwide. He met his Russian wife, pianist Elena Braslavsky, in Prague and they now live in Salzburg where she teaches at the Mozarteum. The conductor, Sir Roger Norrington, wrote that Jeremy Findlay’s cello “breathes fire, accuracy and musicality.” The duo overwhelms their audiences with “exuberantly impassioned performances” (Classical Music Magazine). This concert marks their return to the Virtuosi stage after seven years.
Programme: Beethoven Cello Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5; J. Gemrot Variations on a theme of Dvorak; M. Barnes Lamentations of Jeremiah Chopin Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 65.
8pm Saturday, October 18
MINGUET QUARTETT with ANDREAS KLEIN, piano; Ulrich Isfort, Annette Reisinger, violins; Aroa Sorin, viola; Matthias Diener, cello
Founded in 1988, the Minguet Quartett is now on their second North American tour, once again with their American colleague, pianist Andreas Klein. This quintet “possesses a sure unity of concept with a refinement and an extremely polished attention to all the nuances of texture” (Calgary Herald).
Programme: Haydn String Quartet No. 64 in D major, Op. 76; Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80 Chopin Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23 J.S. Bach Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052.
8pm Saturday, November 8 & 3pm Sunday, November 9 -Rush seating ONLY
MAXIM BERNARD, piano
Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the start of World War I, Maxim Bernard asks: “What role for the artist?” – especially for the composers living through daily reports of slaughter on the battlefields of Europe. Did the terrible news influence creativity? Stimulate their imagination, or stifle it? Maxim Bernard explores these questions with a programme of nine works, written entirely while the war raged from 1914 to 1918. The concert culminates in Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin, with each of its six movements evoking the memory of a friend lost at the Front.
Programme: Rachmaninoff Etude tableau in C minor, Op. 39, No. 1; Etude tableau in F sharp minor, Op. 39, No. 3 Fauré Nocturne No. 12 in E minor, Op. 107 Bartók Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56, BB 68 Medtner Funeral March in B minor, Op. 31, No. 2 Scriabin Vers la Flamme, Op. 72 Prokofiev Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 28 Nielsen Chaconne, Op. 32 Ravel Le tombeau de Couperin.