Our 2018-2019 season arrives with our first concert on Monday, November 26, when we welcome back Michael Bridge, accordion, in partnership with Joseph Johnson, Principal Cello Chair of the Toronto Symphony. Both are amazing performers and you can read more about them here.
But we will let them introduce themselves. What they will do in combination promises to be wonderful. Tickets can be ordered here.
Classical pianist Peter Longworth has died at the age of 53 from cancer,
The London, England-born musician was a soloist and chamber musician who has performed in cities all around the world. He has been a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Chicago Symphony and more. Over the years, he has also collaborated with conductors such as Edwin Outwater, Nikolas Caolie, Eduard Zilberkant and Bramwell Tovey.
Longworth is also a founding member of the Duke Piano Trio, an act he started with violinist Mark Fewer and cellist Thomas Wiebe. Together, they performed throughout the U.S. and Canada. Outside of that, he made many recordings for Azica Records including the complete Brahms violin and piano sonatas with Fewer. Academically, Longworth has been a faculty member of the Glenn Gould School in Toronto since 1991, inspiring an entire generation of classical artists. (source:: CBC Music)
Peter appeared in concert in a previous season. He also lived in the Shaftesbury community some years ago. We shall miss him and send our condolences to his wife and family.
Another series of concerts has ended with success. Your volunteer committee celebrated with a pot luck supper to end another year of planning and organizing. We are immensely grateful for your continuing interest and support and wish all of you a relaxing and pleasant summer. We shall return early in the fall to let you know of another exciting year of performances – including one with a new twist.
Our next concert is a different one for us where several distinctive strands converge.
One of our members had an opportunity to hear a work performed in a European Festival and was immensely moved by the music and the poetry readings added to it. The Windermere String Quartet, who have performed with us previously, know this work. The timing of the concert is the week before Easter. Another good friend, Eric Friesen is available for the readings and loves the work. All of these strands have come together for us to present Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Our Saviouron the Cross on Monday March 26, 2018 as our final offering for this season.
The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross (Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze) was originally written as an orchestral work by Joseph Haydn, and was commissioned in 1786 for the Good Friday service at Oratorio de la Santa Cueva in Cádiz, Spain. Haydn adapted it in 1787 for string quartet and later in 1796 as an oratorio (with both solo and choral vocal forces), and he also approved a version for solo piano.
The seven main meditative sections—labelled “sonatas” and all slow—are framed by a slow Introduction and a fast “Earthquake” conclusion, for a total of nine movements. It is a work of outstanding power and never fails to move its listeners. We are pleased to welcome back the Windermere String Quartet for the second time as well as writer and broadcaster Eric Friesen. We have chosen a number of readings for the occasion including those of a Canadian poet who will also be in attendance.
Yon can read more about the composition and the artists here.
Happy Holiday season – and a message to save the date for our next concert. It takes place on Sunday, February 11 at 3:00 pm and you can read about it on the pages above,
The audience at our last concert was hard pressed to decide between the music of 1867 and 1967. Which year was best? Here are a few snippets for you to decide for yourself. It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.
And it’s hard to resist toe tapping when performers like these get busy hands going.
Save the date now. You can even order tickets right away for holiday gifts. We hope to see you in 2018.
Our November 5 concert promises to be a memorable one.
The group features four stalwarts of the Canadian Roots Music scene. Tom Leighton – piano, accordion & vocals, Ian Bell – guitar, squeezebox, banjo and vocals, Michelle Rumball – guitar and vocals, Conrad Kipping – mandolin, fiddle, guitar and vocals.
Tickets are available now at $28. and you can order yours here! And you can share this poster designed by Ian Bell with your friends. (Just right click on it, copy it and add it to an email).
Get ready for our first concert of the Shaftesbury Salon Music Series as we begin our fifth consecutive season. We welcome Tom Leighton and Ian Bell on Sunday, November 5 at 3:00 pm to give us a taste of Canadian music history of our last hundred and fifty years. You can learn more about them and order tickets here.
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For the first time, we can tell you all the dates and artists of our coming season. Stay tuned for an order form for the first concert arriving very soon.
We open with a celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary – and a battle between the music of signature years featuring two of Canada’s best folk artists, Tom Leighton and Ian Bell. They are repeating their St. Lawrence Hall concert which allows the audience to weigh in on the music of 1867 versus 1967. It takes place on Sunday, November 5 at 3:00 pm.
And just in time for Valentine’s Day we welcome, Patricia O’Callaghan and our good friend, pianist Robert Kortgaard along with Andrew Downing on bass for an afternoon of stunning cabaret on Sunday, February 11, 2018.
And on Monday March 26, 2018, we welcome back the Windermere Quartet to perform a rarely heard work of Haydn’s – The Seven Last Words of Christ.
Tickets for the first concert will be available soon – but we wanted you to be able to save the dates and welcome you back to our popular and eclectic concert season. We hope to see you soon.