Fourth Annual

TORONTO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL

From July 21 to August 14

 

Renowned conductor and Artistic Director AgnesGrossmann is thrilled topresent the fourth annual TORONTO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL (TSMF) in Toronto this summer. The finest artistsfrom the world of chamber music will come to the city from July 21 to August14, 2009. This year’sFestival theme, Eternal Stars, will highlight the performances from suchdistinguished artists as Menahem Pressler and Anton Kuerti, as well as star composers, three of whom havesignificant anniversaries this year – Joseph Haydn, Felix Mendelssohn, andBohuslav Martinu.

 

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 duo will perform pieces by Mozart,Prokofiev, Kernis, and Ravel.

 

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 and Swedish pianist Cecilia Löfstrand will present Sonatas by Gaubert, Prokofiev,and Poulenc, as well as DesbriŹre’s Cinq PiŹces Étranges.

 

On July 25, the foremost Japanese string players -cellist Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi & Friends (violinist Yasuko Ohtani and violist Yoshiko Kawamoto) - will unleash the power of Czech folkmusic in Martinu’s String Trio No. 2. The program also includes one of Mozart’sgreatest achievements in the field of chamber music, his Divertimento in EbMajor, K. 563.

 

On July 30, thecelebrated Leipzig String Quartet will make their annual pilgrimage to the TSMF, this time with clarinetist KarlLeister, who served as theprincipal clarinetist of the Berlin Philharmonic. He will join the Quartet inBrahms’ Clarinet Quintet in B Minor. On July 31, the Penderecki StringQuartet, one of Canada’smost celebrated ensembles devoted to

 

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exciting newmusic, will play Hatzis’ award-winning Quartet No.2, The Gathering. On August 6,

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 will present the only solo recital duringthe Festival on August 1, after selling out his TSMF concerts for two consecutive years. Haydn,Mendelssohn, Schuman, and, of course, Beethoven will be on the programme ofthis renowned Beethoven expert.

 

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 Artistic Director Maestra AgnesGrossmann. The eveningwill be filled with some of the most beautiful and powerful operatic arias,duets, and ensembles.

 

Prior to each concert lecturers such as Iain Scott, Keith Horner, and composer Christos Hatzis, will introduce the works being performedthat evening. The Lecture Series are free.

 

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."

 

TORONTO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL

July 21 – August 15, 2009

James Ehnes & Jon Kimura Parker: Tuesday, July 21at 8pm *

Pressler & Friends: Thursday, July 23 at 8pm ***

Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi & Friends: Saturday, July 25 at 8pm **

Anagnoson & Kinton: Tuesday, July 28 at 8pm **

Leipzig String Quartet with KarlLeister: Thursday, July 30at 8pm ***

Penderecki String Quartet: Friday, July 31 at 8pm **

Anton Kuerti: Saturday, August 1 at 8pm ***

Swensen & Seiler: Tuesday, August 4 at 8pm **

Cecilia String Quartet & TokaiString Quartet: Thursday,August 6 at 8pm **

Gallois & Löfstrand: Saturday, August 8 at 8pm **

Gryphon Trio with Monica Whicher: Tuesday, August 11 at 8pm **

Opera Extravaganza: Thursday, August 13 at 7:30pm ***

Festival passes ($120 - $300) and singletickets ($20 - $75) are available online www.torontosummermusic.com or bycalling 416.597.7840

 

*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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