April 26, 2013 at 8:00 pm at Koerner Hall
(Toronto)—Soundstreams continues its 30th anniversary season with Piano Ecstasy at Koerner Hall on April 26 at 8:00 pm. A celebration of music for multiple pianos, this concert features nine virtuoso Canadian pianists, six grand pianos, works by Steve Reich, John Cage, Dmitri Shostakovich, Witold Lutoslawski, and Colin McPhee, and the world premiere of Glenn Buhr’s Two Pieces for Three Pianos.
The nine featured pianists from across Canada are James Parker (Gryphon Trio), Christina Petrowska Quilico, Russell Hartenberger (NEXUS), Serouj Kradjian (Amici Chamber Ensemble), Gregory Oh and Simon Docking (Toca Loca), Chris Donnelly, Tania Gill, and Glenn Buhr. They will perform together in various configurations throughout the evening in a dazzling display of technique and versatility.
Opening the concert are John Cage’s The Beatles 1962-1970, where six pianists simultaneously play snippets of dozens of Beatles songs, Shostakovich’s cheerful Concertino for Two Pianos, Op. 94, Lutoslawski’s delightful Variation on a Theme of Paganini for Two Pianos, and the gamelan-inspired Balinese Ceremonial Music by Canadian composer Colin McPhee.
The second half of the evening features the world premiere of Waterloo-based composer Glenn Buhr’s Two Pieces for Three Pianos and culminates with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steve Reich’s minimalist masterpiece, Six Pianos.
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Friday, April 26, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor St. W.
Glenn Buhr, piano
Simon Docking, piano
Chris Donnelly, piano
Tania Gill, piano
Russell Hartenberger, piano
Serouj Kradjian, piano
Gregory Oh, piano
James Parker, piano
Christina Petrowska Quilico, piano
John Cage: The Beatles 1962-1970
Dmitri Shostakovich: Concertino for Two Pianos, Op. 94
Witold Lutoslawski: Variation on a Theme of Paganini for Two Pianos
Colin McPhee: Balinese Ceremonial Music
Glenn Buhr: Two Pieces for Three Pianos (world premiere)
Steve Reich: Six Pianos
Tickets range from $20-$65 and are available through The Royal Conservatory Box Office at 416-408-0208 or online at www.soundstreams.ca
Thanks to the generosity of BMO Financial Group, nearly 100 tickets to all 2012-2013 Soundstreams concerts are available for just $20.