The final concert of the season masterfully blends three centuries of music in one glorious night. Beethoven’s The Ruins of Athens Overture, originally commissioned for a theatre opening, is a dramatic work that is sure to stir the soul. Award winning pianist Christina Quilico performs Heather Schmidt’s vibrant Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 4; a powerful and majestic work which the composer programmatically subtitles “Phoenix Ascending.” Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1, penned in the aftermath of the Bolshevik Revolution, is an accomplished work that pulses with both tradition and innovation.
Kristian Alexander | conductor
Christina Petrowska-Quilico | pianist
Alexa Petrenko | host (Classical 96.3 FM radio)
7:15 p.m. Pre-concert talk in the foyer of Markham Theatre
Intermission discussion with Alexa Petrenko and Christina Petrowska-Quilico
Post-concert complimentary glass of Champagne
A Centrediscs release
JACQUES ISRAELIEVITCH & CHRISTINA PETROWSKA QUILICO
LAUNCH FIRST JOINT CD, FANCIES AND INTERLUDES JUNE 11
Two of Canada’s finest musical soloists team up in a new Centrediscs CD of 20th century music, launching June 11.
Jacques Israelievitch and pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico are featured in their first CD collaboration, Fancies and Interludes (CMCCD 21315), comprising works by four established Canadian composers.
It launches Thursday, June 11, 5 p.m. at the Canadian Music Centre, 20 St. Joseph St., Toronto. The artists will give a short performance of some of the featured music. Admission is free, but reservations are required, by phoning 416-961-6601 ext. 201, or e-mailing email@example.com.
Lyrical, jazzy and complex, Fancies and Interludes is a collection of contrasts – from the lyrical, contemporary classicism of Oskar Morawetz’s Duo to the quirky, minimalist jazziness of James Rolfe’s Drop; and juxtaposing primal rhythms and tonal colours of Raymond Luedeke’s monumental Fancies and Interludes VI. Gary Kulesha’s seductive and passionate …and dark time flowed by her like a river… (inspired by a line from Thomas Wolfe`s posthumously published novel, The Web and the Rock) also features complex rhythmic structures, along with virtuoso parts for both instruments.
The CD was recorded at a concert in the Tribune Communities Recital Hall, York University, in 2012. It was digitally edited and remastered by David Jaeger.
The CD will be available from the Canadian Music Centre, www.musiccentre.ca.
Jacques Israelievitch (www.israelievitch.com/jacques.html) was the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s concertmaster for a record-setting 20 years. He has also appeared as soloist with many major orchestras and conductors, and performed chamber music with Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, and Yo-Yo Ma, and is violinist for the New Arts Trio. As a conductor, he has been music director of the Koffler Chamber Orchestra since 2005. In his discography of more than 100 albums are the first complete recording of Kreutzer’s 42 Studies, and concertos, including ones he has premiered. He is an officer of France’s Order of Arts and Letters, and holds a Lifetime Achievement Award for his distinguished contribution to the performing arts in Canada.
Christina Petrowska Quilico (www.petrowskaquilico.com), hailed by the New York Times at 14 for her “promethean talent,” has appeared at Lincoln Center, and as soloist with orchestras in Canada, the US, Greece and Taiwan; and premiered over 150 new works, including 18 piano concertos. CBC Music named her one of 20 international “not to miss pianists” of 2014 and one of Canada’s “Top 25 Classical Pianists” in 2015. Her CD Glass Houses Revisited was one of CBC Music’s “Top 30 best Canadian classical recordings ever”, included on two other CBC top 10 lists, and is one of Centrediscs’ all-time best-sellers. Her 36 CDs range from contemporary to standard repertoire, four of the titles JUNO-nominated. She was named a Friend of Canadian Music and was one of the Canadian Music Centre’s 50 Ambassadors.
As a duo, Israelievitch and Petrowska Quilico gave a day-long performance of all 28 sonatas and variations for violin and piano by Mozart in a one-day marathon concert in 2014. They have just completed recording them for a series that will be distributed by a major label in the near future. They also collaborated as conductor and pianist when Petrowska Quilico performed two Canadian works in one concert with the Koffler Chamber Orchestra – Violet Archer’s Divertimento for piano and strings and Heather Schmidt’s Piano Concerto No. 3.
Petrowska Quilico will perform Schmidt’s fourth piano concerto with the Kindred Spirits Orchestra and conductor Kristian Alexander, Thursday, June 25 at the Flato Markham Theatre. More details are at www.KSOrchestra.ca.
Centrediscs, recording label of the Canadian Music Centre, with 7 JUNO Awards and 35 nominations, 7 ECMAs and 14 nominations and 10 WCMAs and 9 nominations to date was created in 1981 as Canada’s foremost label of Canadian contemporary concert music, recording the works of its CMC Associate Composers. Visit www.centrediscs.ca for more information.
The Canadian Music Centre oversees the music of the largest community of professional Canadian composers. The CMC offers an on-demand publishing service, music repertoire consultations, does extensive outreach events and marketing through its five Regional Centres and is easily accessible through its extensive interactive website. CMC also promotes the work of its Associate Composers through its Publishing unit and the five lending libraries of more than 24,000 scores and 14,000 related archival recordings plus some 1,400 commercially recorded CD titles.
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Jacques Israelievitch – zhahk is-RAIL-yuh-vitch (zh as su in measure)
Petrowska Quilico – pet-TROV-ska (e as in get) KWIL-i-koh
Musical Toronto Review:
Contemporary music demands a particularly extraordinary sort of musician: one who can meet the ever-mounting technical demands imposed by today’s composers, and who is willing to try things that have never been done before. Christina Petrowska-Quilico is one of those musicians — possibly the most respected one in Canada. Many of the greatest Canadian composers of recent times — Ann Southam, Violet Archer, John Weinzweig — have Petrowska-Quilico to thank for bringing their music to our ears. — M.P.
Essential recording: Southam: Glass Houses Revisited (Centrediscs)
See the complete list here: http://music.cbc.ca/#!/blogs/2015/1/The-25-best-Canadian-classical-pianists