This all-Canadian program—curated by renowned conductor and Canadian music champion Victor Feldbrill—explores Canada’s rich history of classical composers. Notable Canadian pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico is the featured soloist in the Romantic-style Piano Concerto by Québec composer Claude Champagne. (Pictured: Christina Petrowska Quilico, piano)
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This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada. Ce projet est financé en partie par le gouvernement du Canada.
The Five Small Concerts present first-class, affordable chamber music for people in the GTA and beyond, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra has been most supportive in our efforts to bring these concerts to the public. Four concerts feature Toronto Symphony Orchestra musicians and one concert presents players from the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, who represent the future of Canadian music making.
(Note that programmes may change due to circumstances beyond the control of The Associates.)
Monday, January 18, 2016, 7:30pm
Colours in Music: Composers with Synesthesia Location: Church of the Redeemer
‘Rigoletto Paraphrase’ and piano solos ‘Un Rêve’
Favourite selections arr. for string quartet by William Zinn, including: Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, It Don’t Mean A Thing, Satin Doll, Caravan, Sophisticated Lady, Take The A Train
Quartet in E Flat Major JS 184
From Vingt Regards- La Premiere Communion de la Vierge for SOLO piano
Amy Marcy Cheney Beach
Piano Quintet Op 67 Movement 2
Christina Petrowska-Quilico, piano James Wallenberg, violin Bridget Hunt, violin Douglas Perry, viola Winona Zelenka, cello
Two of Canada’s leading classical performers come together for a concert featuring contemporary Canadian works on Tuesday, Jan. 17 in the Tribute Communities Recital Hall at York University’s Keele campus. Violinist Jacques Israelievitch and pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico, offer an evening of repertoire as diverse and inspiring as the Canadian landscape.
The program features a selection of complex but lyrical 20th-century works by established Canadian composers. It includes Oskar Morawetz’s Duo ( 1961), James Rolfe’s Drop (1998), Gary Kulesha’s …and dark time flowed by her like a river… (1993) and André Prévost’s Improvisation (1976).
The concert culminates with Raymond Luedeke’s monumental Fancies and Interludes VI (1988).
The quick changes of metering in the piano parts are “rhythmically challenging” for a performer, Petrowska Quilico notes, but the artists revel in the work’s “lovely tonal colours” and how they contrast with sections of exciting primal rhythms.
An internationally known violinist, Israelievitch served as concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for two decades before joining York’s Music Department in 2008. He has appeared as chamber musician with such luminaries as Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman and Yo-Yo Ma. He performs regularly with the Naumburg Award-winning New Arts Trio and in the Israelievitch Duo with his son, percussionist Michael Israelievitch. His extensive discography includes the Juno-nominated Suite Hebraique with pianist John Greer and the first complete recording of Kreutzer’s 42 Etudes for solo violin. An avid performer of contemporary music, Israelievitch has had works by Canadian composers R. Murray Schafer and Jeffrey Ryan commissioned for him by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. The Toronto Musicians’ Association presented him with its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 in recognition of his distinguished contribution to the performing arts in Canada.
One of Canada’s foremost pianists and a multiple Juno nominee, Petrowska Quilico has appeared in solo recitals, chamber settings and with orchestras on four continents. Widely recognized as an innovative and adventurous artist, she is a longtime champion of contemporary and Canadian music, and has premiered more than 100 works by leading North American and European composers. Eminent Canadian composers she has collaborated with over the course of her stellar career include Ann Southam, Violet Archer, Glenn Buhr, Christos Hatzis, Alexina Louie, Larysa Kuzmenko and John Weinzweig. She was awarded the 2007 Friends of Canadian Music Award through the Canadian Music Centre and Canadian League of Composers in recognition of her dedication to Canadian contemporary classical music and her “unwavering support for Canada’s composing community.” In late 2011 she released her 26th CD, Tapestries, a collection of Canadian concerti. She has taught piano performance and musicology at York since 1987.
Tickets are $15, or $5 for students and seniors. For tickets, contact the Box Office at 416-736-5888.