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Friday, September 18, 2009

Canada's violin sensation kicks-off new season

Canada's violin sensation Lara St. John kicks-off Sinfonia Toronto's 11th season on October 23 at 8:00 pm in Glenn Gould Studio. Orchestra's Music Director Nurhan Arman will conduct.

Violinist Lara St. John is "wild, idiosyncratic, and gripping" according to The Los Angeles Times. Her rise as a soloist has been well documented by the Canadian and international media since her European debut with the Gulbenkian Orchestra at the age of 10. She has been described as "something of a phenomenon" by The Strad magazine, and as a "high-powered soloist" by The New York Times. Her debut recording has sold over 50,000 copies, and led The Chicago Tribune to rave about her "superb technique and an irresistible vitality."

This past spring, Lara released a CD pairing Vivaldi's Four Seasons with The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, by the father of nuevo tango, Astor Piazzolla. The tango is one of the pieces on the program for this concert with Sinfonia Toronto.

"The Piazzolla is certainly one of the best things Lara St. John has ever recorded; she plays with unbridled passion and a kind of sexy ferociousness," according to All Music.

Sinfonia Toronto is comprised of thirteen virtuoso string players. "A world-class ensemble," according to Germany's Russelsheimer Echo, they perform standing, in the tradition of great chamber orchestras, under the direction of Music Director and conductor Nurhan Arman. A roster of Toronto's finest woodwinds, brass and percussion joins the strings for select programs, drawn from the full range of chamber orchestra repertoire. The Toronto Star writes of "a remarkable range of colour," "ample eloquence" and "gripping authority," while La Scena Musicale declared: "Nurhan Arman and his orchestra literally conquered us." Their most recent CD, Flanders Fields Reflections features the 2009 Juno Award winner for Classical Composition of the Year, a Sinfonia Toronto commission composed by John Burge.

The program for the evening consists of Haydn's Quartet op 42, Vaughan-Williams' The Lark Ascending, Piazzolla's The Four Seasons and Tchaikovsky's Serenade.

Tickets for this premium concert are $19 - $49 and are available through the Roy Thomson Hall box office at 416-872-4255. Subscriptions offer great savings, and are available at, or by calling 416-499-0403.

Concert details at a glance

Oct 23, 2009, 8:00pm
Glenn Gould Studio (250 Front St. W)
LARA ST. JOHN, Violinist

VIOLIN DIVA Canada's violin sensation kicks-off a new season

HAYDN Quartet op 42
PIAZZOLLA The Four Seasons
Tickets: Roy Thomson Hall Box Office 416-872-4255
$19 students; $39 seniors and $49 adults

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