Renowned conductor and Artistic Director AgnesGrossmann is thrilled topresent the fourth annual TORONTO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL (TSMF)
One of the biggest highlights of the Festival will bethe return of perhaps the most outstanding chamber musician of our time,pianist Menahem Pressler.On July 23, Menahem Pressler & Friends – his relatively newly formed quartet - will playpiano quartets by Mozart and Dvorak.
For the second consecutive year, the Festival willopen at the spectacularly refurbished Carlu Concert Hall, formerly the EatonAuditorium. On Tuesday, July 21 TSMF will present two extraordinary Canadian artists,together for the first time – Grammy and Juno award-winning violinist JamesEhnes and LeedsInternational Competition winner, pianist Jon Kimura Parker
The TSMF will also be the first to present another exciting,newly-formed duo – Ian Swensen and Mayumi Seiler.On August 4, these two brilliant violinists, both of whom are accomplishedsoloists as well as chamber musicians, will perform rare Baroque pieces as wellas Bartok’s Duos and Shostakovich’s Three Violin Duos.
Duo concerts will also include the immensely popularCanadian pianists James Anagnoson and Leslie Kinton (who most recently sold out concerts at The RoyalConservatory) on July 28. They will play, among other pieces, Mozart’s Sonatafor Two Pianos in D Major, K. 448, the only composition Mozart wrote for twopianos. In the last duo recital, on August 8, French star flutist Patrick Gallois
On July 25, the foremost Japanese string players -cellist Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi & Friends (violinist Yasuko Ohtani
On July 30, thecelebrated Leipzig String Quartet will make their annual pilgrimage to the TSMF
exciting newmusic, will play Hatzis’ award-winning Quartet No.2, The Gathering
two of Canada’s upand coming young quartets – Cecilia String Quartet & Tokai StringQuartet will join forcesto perform Mendelssohn’s Octet in Eb Major, op. 20.
Another Toronto favourite group and Juno award-winners,the Gryphon Trio, willappear on August 11 with soprano Monica Whicher in a programme of Scottish Folk Songs. Other works onthe programme will include Hayden’s Trio in C Major and Mendelssohn’s Trio No.2 in C Minor.
Legendary pianist Anton Kuerti
Opera Extravaganza on Thursday, August 13, will feature some of the staralumni of the TSMF AcademyOpera Studio, accompanied by the National Academy Orchestra, and conducted by TSMF
Prior to each concert lecturers such as Iain Scott
Agnes Grossman said: "This summer we are celebrating twocomposers, who have been shining key figures in the evolution of the musicaluniverse: Joseph Haydn - father of the Viennese classical period in the age of Enlightenmentand Felix Mendelssohn - "the brightest light amongst composers of theRomantic Era" (Robert Schumann). Through our great performers, TorontoSummer Music's 2009 Festival, with this year's theme "Eternal Stars",will celebrate for our fourth season, stellar moments of musicalinterpretation."
*Carlu Concert Hall, 444 Yonge Street, 7thFloor, Toronto
**Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, University ofToronto, Faculty of Music, 80 Queen’s Park Crescent, Toronto
***MacMillan Theatre, Edward Johnson Building,University of Toronto, Faculty of Music, 80 Queen’s Park Crescent, Toronto
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