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.
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 Saviour on 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.
Tickets are $28 and may be purchased here.
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.