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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Countdown to Toronto Summer Music festival



JULY 20 TO AUGUST 14, 2010

“…a virtual oasis in the musical desert of the Toronto summer.” —The Globe and Mail

The countdown begins! With less than one month to the opening of the fifth annual TORONTOSUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL (TSMF) from July 20 to August 14, chamber music-lovers are counting the days. 60-plus Canadian and international stars join Artistic Director Agnes Grossmann for 13 concerts celebrating this year’s theme, Songs of the Earth. The Festival takes place in the heart of Toronto, with concerts at Koerner Hall, Walter Hall and MacMillan Theatre. For details, visit

For her final season as Artistic Director, Agnes Grossmann has programmed a dynamic array of concerts that range from chamber music masterworks to vibrant explorations of music combined with puppetry, dance-film and visual art. Signature pieces by Gustav Mahler, Robert Schumann and Frédéric Chopin, among others, anchor the Festival, while a Thursday evening series opens the door to everything from traditional Japanese Bunraku puppetry to contemporary takes on music by Hollywood’s seminal note-smith Erich Korngold; from a film tribute to choreographic legend Pina Bausch with live piano accompaniment to a revisiting of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time against the backdrop ofStephen Hutchings’ powerful paintings.

Making their TSMF debuts are superstar baritone Matthias Goerne with pianist Andreas Haefliger; top flight international chamber ensembles the Pacifica String Quartet, and the Vienna Piano Trio; Toronto’s own Via Salzburg Quartet; Japan’s Imada Puppet Troupe together with the Bunraku Bay Puppet Troupe from the United States; Andrew Burashko and The Art of Time Ensemble along with singer-songwriters Martin Tielli, John Southworth and Danny Michel; clarinetist James Campbell; tenors Colin Ainsworth and Gordon Gietz; baritone Peter McGillivray; mezzo-sopranoRoxana Constantinescu; pianist Elizabeth Upchurch, and violist Sharon Wei.

Returning favourites include pianists Anton Kuerti, Menahem Pressler, André Laplante and Connie Shih; duo-pianists Anagnoson and Kinton; cellist Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi; the Gryphon Trio; and thePenderecki String Quartet.

A highlight of the Festival will be the August 7 farewell concert for Agnes Grossmann, who has dedicated five years to establishing the Toronto Summer Music Festival as an essential part of the city’s life. Maestra Grossmann leads a chamber-version performance of Mahler’s masterpiece Song of the Earth and the world-premiere of a new eponymous Mahler-inspired work by Glenn Buhr.

Toronto Summer Music Festival at a Glance


Honouring two of the most inspiring piano-composers of the Romantic era

July 20, 8 pm at Koerner Hall

Anton Kuerti, piano

The “phenomenal” (Globe and Mail) Anton Kuerti launches the 2010 festival with a gala all-Schumann recital in the superb acoustics of Koerner Hall on a brand new Hamburg Steinway.

July 27, 8 pm at Koerner Hall

Masters of Song — Matthias Goerne, baritone and Andreas Haefliger, piano

6:45 pm: pre-concert talk with Dr. Ryan McClelland

Known as “perhaps the greatest Lieder singer of our day,” (Chicago Sun-Times), baritone Matthias Goerne makes his highly anticipated Festival debut. He is joined by his long-time collaborator, the superb pianist Andreas Haefliger in a programme of Lieder by Schumann and Brahms.

August 3, 8 pm at MacMillan Theatre

Piano Legends — André Laplante, piano
Via Salzburg String Quartet

6:45 pm: pre-concert talk with Don Anderson

André Laplante pays tribute to the Chopin bicentenary with a rarely-heard chamber version of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11 with string quartet, and Franz Liszt’s Book 2 Pilgrimages (Italy).

August 10, 8 pm at Walter Hall

Romantic Duo — Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, cello and Connie Shih, piano

6:45 pm: pre-concert talk with Dr. Robin Elliott

Japan’s revered cellist Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi returns to share the stage with the Canadian-born, Germany-based young pianist, Connie Shih. They perform a programme of music by Mendelssohn, Chopin and Schumann.

Wednesday concert:

August 4, 8:00 pm at MacMillan Theatre
An Evening of German Art Song
Colin Ainsworth, tenor; Leslie Ann Bradley, soprano;Peter McGillivray, baritone; Elizabeth Upchurch, piano

This celebration of German art song features three of Toronto’s most remarkable and accomplished young Lied-singers in works by Robert Schumann, Hugo Wolf and Richard Strauss.

Thursday series: MUSIC PLUS SERIES

Music experienced through multi-disciplinary forms

July 22, 8:00 pm at MacMillan Theatre

Music & Theatre — Buraku Bay Puppet Troupe and Imada Puppet Troupe

6:45 pm: pre-concert talk with Martin Holman

Bunraku [boon-rah-koo]: a vivid, sophisticated style of puppet theatre that originated in Japan more than 300 years ago. Using half life-size puppets and accompanied by chanted narration and music played on traditional instruments, the two companies perform a series of delightful short plays.

July 29, 8:00 pm at Walter Hall
Musical Transformations —
Erich Korngold: Source and Inspiration

Andrew Burashko and Art of Time Ensemble
6:45 pm: pre-concert talk with Andrew Burashko

Korngold’s Suite, Op. 23 for Two Violins, Cello and Piano anchors the evening that sees Canadian singer-songwriters Martin Tielli, John Southworth, and Danny Michel perform six contemporary songs inspired by the Suite.

August 5, 8:00 pm at Walter Hall

Music & DanceJames Anagnoson, piano and Leslie Kinton, piano

6:45 pm: pre-concert talk with Michael Crabb

The Festival honours celebrated choreographer Pina Bausch (1940–2009) with a film of her thrilling ballet set to Stravinsky’s 1912 landmark composition The Rite of Spring. Piano duo Anagnoson and Kinton perform a four-hand piano transcription of the score, as well as music by Brahms and Rachmaninoff.

August 12, 8:00 pm at MacMillan Theatre

Music & Painting — Gryphon Trio with James Campbell, clarinet

6:45 pm: pre-concert talk with Stephen Hutchings

In the grand finale to the 2010 Festival, The Gryphon Trio and clarinetist James Campbell perform Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time against the backdrop of Stephen Hutchings’ paintings from his Landscapes for the End of Time series. The Trio closes the Festival with Schumann’s Piano Trio No. 2 in F major.

Friday concert

July 30, 8 pm at Walter Hall

New CompositionsPenderecki String Quartet

6:45 pm: pre-concert talk with Dr. Glenn Buhr

Canada’s renowned Penderecki String Quartet performs Quartet No. 4 by Glenn Buhr, along with other repertoire for string quartet by Wolf, Haydn, and Schumann.


Concerts created around the music of Gustav Mahler

July 24, 8:00 pm at Walter Hall

Mahler & Friends — Vienna Piano Trio with Sharon Wei, viola

6:45 pm: pre-concert talk with Dr. Robin Elliott

The Vienna Piano Trio presents a programme including Arnold Schoenberg’s love poem Transfigured Night and works by Alexander Zemlinsky and Mahler.

July 31, 8:00 pm at MacMillan Theatre

Mahler’s Heroes and AdmirerPacifica String Quartet with Menahem Pressler, piano

6:45 pm: pre-concert talk with Dr. Colin Eatock

Revered pianist Menahem Pressler teams up with the Grammy Award-winning Pacifica String Quartet. They salute the Mahler anniversary with music he inspired by Beethoven, Schumann and Shostakovich.

August 7, 8:00 pm at MacMillan Theatre

Song of the EarthRoxana Constantinescu, mezzo-soprano, Gordon Gietz, tenor

TSM Festival Ensemble

6:45 pm: pre-concert talk with Dr. Jürgen Thym

Maestra Grossmann leads this farewell performance featuring mezzo-soprano Roxana Constantinescu and Gordon Gietz in Song of the Earth, a TSM-commissioned vocal work by the prominent Canadian composer Glenn Buhr. A chamber version of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, the work that anchors the entire 2010 Festival, is paired with Buhr’s piece.

Public Master Classes

Observers may attend and listen as top artists pass along their musical expertise to artists in the Toronto Summer Music Academy. $20 per master class.

Vienna Piano Trio —Friday July 23, 3:00 - 6:00 pm at Edward Johnson Building, Room 330

Matthias Goerne — Wednesday, July 28, 9:30 am to 12:00 noon at Walter Hall – NOTE CHANGE

Menahem Pressler — Sunday August 1, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm at Walter Hall

Pacifica String Quartet — Sunday, August 1, 2:30 - 5:30 pm at Walter Hall
Janos Starker Sunday, August 8, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm at Remenyi House of Music

Rising Stars In Concert — FREE!
Wednesday, July 28, 7:30 pm at Walter Hall

The Festival is proud to present excellent up-and-coming musicians in a FREE concert as they interpret some of the most moving and challenging pieces in the repertoire.

Emerging Artists in Concert at Walter Hall — FREE!

Wednesdays at 12:30 pm on July 21, July 28, August 4 and August 11

Fridays at 7:30 pm on July 23, August 6, August 13

Saturday July 31 at 2:00 pm

TSMF offers a series of FREE concerts featuring emerging artists at the threshold of their professional careers. These exceptional musicians study with Festival performers in master classes at the Toronto Summer Music Academy.

Toronto Summer Music Festival 2010

July 20 Anton Kuerti, piano

July 22 Imada Puppet Troupe and Bunraku Bay Puppet Troupe

July 24 Vienna Piano Trio

July 27 Matthias Goerne and Andreas Haefliger

July 29 Andrew Burashko and The Art of Time Ensemble

July 30 Penderecki String Quartet

July 31 Pacifica String Quartet and Menahem Pressler, piano

August 3 André Laplante, piano and Via Salzburg Quartet

August 4 Peter McGillivray, baritone, Colin Ainsworth, tenor and Leslie Ann Bradley, soprano

August 5 James Anagnoson and Leslie Kinton, piano duo / Pina Bausch film

August 7 Roxana Constantinescu, alto, Gordon Gietz, tenor and TSM Festival Ensemble

August 10 Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, cello and Connie Shih, piano

August 12 Gryphon Trio and James Campbell, clarinet

Festival passes ($130 - $345) and single tickets ($30 - $75) are available at or by calling (416) 408-0208.



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