8pm Saturday, March 8
Mr. Da Costa recently won Canada Council’s Virginia Parker Prize, and his Fire and Blood CD won a Juno. Mr. Song is a past winner of the Montreal Symphony Piano Competition. In their Montreal home city, Alexandre receives rave reviews for “a phenomenal performance,” while Wonny is hailed as “a revelation” (Claude Gingras, La Presse). Together, they bring us an all-Brahms evening of extraordinary polish – a programme that they recently recorded and have performed more than 25 times around the world.
Programme: Brahms Sonatas for Violin and Piano, Op. 78, 100, 108
8pm Saturday, March 22
The Calidore Quartet
The Calidore Quartet Jeffrey Myers and Ryan Meehan violins; Jeremy Berry viola; and Estelle Choi cello
The Calidore String Quartet has come away with the top prize from half a dozen international and American competitions – an extraordinary feat for any group, made all the more remarkable by their being together for only a few years. They are noted for their fiery brilliance, mature depth, and “…incredible cohesion as an ensemble; they look determined to sound as effortless as possible” (Splash Magazine).
Programme: Beethoven String Quartet No. 1 in F major, Opus 18 Golijov Tenebrae Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 2 in A, minor, Op. 13
SATURDAY, APRIL 12, 8 PM
CHRISTOPHER TAYLOR, PIANO
Christopher Taylor graduated summa cum laude from Harvard in 1992 with a degree in mathematics(!). Along the way, in 1990 he won first prize in the prestigious William Kapell International Piano Competition. Later he was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1996. Small wonder the New York Times called him “frighteningly talented”. With Bach’s Goldberg and Beethoven’s final piano sonata, he might well “…lift us to a realm beyond time and space.” (San Francisco Classical Voice, about a Taylor performance).
Programme: Bach Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111