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Monday, August 30, 2010

Canadian Pianist Leonard Gilbert Plays Chopin Sept 12 Walter Hall

Canadian Pianist Leonard Gilbert
Gives All-Chopin Recital
September 12th 3 pm at Walter Hall

Twenty year old Canadian born pianist Leonard Gilbert, the only surviving entrant representing Canada at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw this fall, will be giving a concert on September 12, 3 pm at Walter Hall, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. (See poster for details)

First Prize winner of the Third Canadian Chopin Piano Competition 2010 and four time national first prize winner of the Canadian Music Competitions, 19 year old pianist Leonard Gilbert has been known for his sensitive touch and technical command. Native of Toronto, Canada, Leonard received private lessons from Canadian pianist Patricia Parr while attending the Claude Watson School for the Arts, graduating with the highest honors. Currently, he studies in the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University with distinguished professor Menahem Pressler.

In spring 2010, at the age of nineteen, Leonard dazzled audiences and judges of the Third Canadian Chopin Piano Competition and was awarded 1st prize as well as prizes for the “Best Mazurka” and “Best Polonaise”. Leonard also recently qualified in April of 2010 to compete in Stage I of the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition to take place during fall 2010 in Warsaw, Poland. Major achievements include 3rd prize and the Paderewski prize at the International American Paderewski Competition (2010), 1st prize in the age 25 category of the Canadian Music Competitions (2009), prize winner for the “Best Performance of a Romantic Work” at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra Competition (2009), Rose Bowl and Grand Prize winner of the President’s trophy at the Kiwanis Music Festival (2008), winner of the Chopin trophy and Grand Prize at the Markham Music Festival (2008), and 2nd prize winner at the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, Ohio (2006).

Leonard’s poetic and insightful playing has led him to perform extensively at concerts in Canada and abroad. He was spotlighted on Rogers television in summer 2009, and is currently featured in concerts at both the Canadian Chopin Festival and the American Chopin Foundation. In 2008, Leonard performed the Schumann Piano Concerto at George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Center for the Arts, and was also invited to give a solo recital at Baptist University in Hong Kong, China. In 2007, he was a featured soloist with the Esprit Orchestra in Toronto.

In addition to both Music Dean’s and Indiana University’s Distinction Scholarships, Leonard was recently awarded the Leonard Hokanson Chamber Music Scholarship (October 2009) from Indiana University. Leonard is currently a designated Founder’s Scholar, one of the highest honors given to undergraduate students.


Thursday, August 26, 2010

Fall arts preview of La Scena Musicale / La SCENA

La SCENA Arts Directory 2010
The Music Scene Summer 2010

Let us put the shine to your line!!!
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Welcome back. I hope you had a great summer!

The deadline for advertising is August 27.
Gracing our La SCENA cover this month is Quebec’s beloved dancer and choreographer, Marie Chouinard whose innovative creations are often scored by the works of the great composers: Bach, Chopin, Stravinsky.

The September 2010 edition will also be the official first issue of La Scena Musicale’s 15th year. We are proud of your kind and constant support, and we promise many exciting reads. There is plenty to look forward to this month, including articles for flutists (guide to repair and purchasing) and for student/amateur musicians and teachers. Our annual Fall preview will also be indispensable, featuring the highlights, picks, and listings for all genres of music of the upcoming season.

As September marks the first La SCENA arts supplement of the publishing year, readers will be treated to articles on Oboro and Le regroupement québécois de la danse (both celebrate their 25th anniversary and a CAM Grand Prize win), Otto Dix, the Théâtre du nouveau monde, the Grands Ballets’s first production of the season, Léonce et Léna, and a very exciting interview with director Denis Villeneuve, whose adapation of Wajdi Mouawad’s play Incendies into film will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this September. As an essential guide for arts patrons, this issue will also contain our arts calendar listings of fall events, shows, and expositions. And to guide you through the calendar, our critics will present the most promising of these upcoming events.

Our monthly Discovery CD (in partnership with XXI Records) for subscribers is Canadina mezzo-soprano Hugette Tourangeau, who turned 75 in August.

As usual, our readers will also find insightful jazz features and reviews, reviews of CDs, books, and DVDs, the latest news items in the world of arts and music, and plenty more.

The deadline for advertising is August 27.
Reach over 50,000 readers with 25,000 copies distributed in Montreal and the province of Quebec, and another 25,000 copies in English Canada. La Scena Musicalecontains award-winning editorial features, an extensive calendar of events (for the province of Quebec, including radio and TV listings) and product reviews; readers consult each issue 4.5 times a month, generating 225,000 viewings per month.For more info on rates and production please visit for our 2010-2011 schedule or contact our sales department directly at 514-948-0509 or subscribe, call 514-656-3947.

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La SCENA Fall 2010 / La Scena Musicale Septembre 2010
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  • Deadline for artwork: August 30
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Le rentrée culturelle de La Scena Musicale / La SCENA

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Répertoire des arts 2010
The Music Scene Été 2010

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La date de tombée pour les annonces est le 27 août.

En couverture de La SCENA ce mois-ci, la danseuse et chorégraphe québécoise et mondialement connue Marie Chouinard, dont les créations innovatrices sont souvent inspirées par les œuvres des grands compositeurs : Bach, Chopin, Stravinski.

Le numéro de septembre 2010 sera aussi le premier numéro de la 15e année de La Scena Musicale. Nous sommes fiers de votre appui généreux et constant et nous vous promettons beaucoup d’autres lectures enrichissantes. C’est un mois faste, comme vous le verrez. Vous trouverez notamment des articles pour les flûtistes (guide d’achat et de réparation) et pour les musiciens étudiants/amateurs et les professeurs. Notre rentrée d’automne annuelle sera également indispensable, soulignant les événements les plus attendus, les choix et les dates pour tous les genres de musique dans la saison qui s’ouvre. En couverture, l'ensemble Pentaède fête ses dix ans.

Septembre s’accompagne du premier supplément des arts La SCENA de l’année. Les lecteurs trouveront des articles sur Oboro et Le Regroupement québécois de la danse (qui célèbrent tous deux leur 25e anniversaire et un récent Grand Prix du CAM), Otto Dix, le Théâtre du nouveau monde, la première production de la saison des Grands Ballets, Léonce et Léna, ainsi qu’un entrevue fort intéressante avec le réalisateur Denis Villeneuve, dont l’adaptation au cinéma de la pièce Incendies de Wajdi Mouawad sera présentée en première mondiale au Festival international du film de Toronto en septembre. Guide essentiel pour les amateurs d’art, ce numéro comprendra en outre notre calendrier des arts pour tous les événements, spectacles et expositions de l’automne. Et pour vous orienter dans ce calendrier, nos critiques présenteront les événements les plus prometteurs.

Notre CD Découverte mensuel (offert aux abonnés, en partenariat avec les Disques XXI) est consacré à la mezzo-soprano canadienne Huguette Tourangeau, qui a célébré ses 72 ans en août. Enfin, comme d’habitude, nos lecteurs retrouveront nos articles sur le jazz et nos critiques de disques, de livres et de DVD, les dernières nouvelles dans le monde des arts et de la musique et plein d’autres choses..

La date de tombée pour les annonces est le 27 juin.
Joignez plus de 50 000 lecteurs avec 25 000 exemplaires distribués à Montréal et au Québec. La Scena Musicalecontient des articles primés, un calendrier complet des événements (au Québec, comprenant la programmation radio et télé) et des critiques de produits; les lecteurs consultent chaque numéro 4,5 fois par mois, ce qui donne au total 225 000 consultations chaque mois.

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Notre demande au programme de subventions de contrepartie, Placement Culture, a été officiellement approuvée. Par conséquent, le gouvernement du Québec versera 1,50 $ pour chaque dollar de don reçu par LSM. Le programme Placement Culture exige que La Scène Musicale crée un fonds de dotation. Notre objectif est de recueillir 100 000 $ au cours des douze prochains mois. Si l’on y ajoute la subvention de contrepartie du gouvernement, le montant du fonds s’élèverait à 250 000 $. L’atteinte de cet objectif est d’une extrême importance pour maintenir l'excellence et assurer la survie de nos périodiques, et c’est pourquoi nous annonçons maintenant le lancement de notre campagne 2010 de contributions au fonds de dotation. Veuillez faire un don ou vous joindre à notre comité de financement.

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Salvatore Licitra in Toronto for Bel Canto Foundation Gala



Italian tenor Salvatore Licitra, one of the world’s most sought-after tenors, makes his long-awaited return to Toronto at a black-tie gala for the Bel Canto Foundation on September 29.

The Bel Canto Foundation 2010 Gala presents tenor Salvatore Licitra with Maestro Kerry Stratton and the Toronto Concert Orchestra in the orchestra’s debut, Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at Le Parc Conference & Banquet Centre, 8432 Leslie Street (at Hwy. 7), Thornhill ON. The reception, at 6:30, is followed by a four-course dinner with wine at 7:30, and the performance at 8 p.m.

More information is available at or by phoning 647-454-7664.

Individual tickets are $250, and include a tax receipt for the allowable portion. Tables can be purchased at $2,500 up to $15,000.

Hosted by Sam Ciccolini, a past Gala honoree, the Gala also features performances by the Aradia Ensemble and by some of Canada’s finest young up-and-coming opera singers, who have just returned from training and coaching from international specialists in many aspects of Italian opera, in the medieval town of Sulmona, in Italy’s Abruzzo region.

Gerald Heffernan, OC and Geraldine Heffernan will be honored for their outstanding contributions to the operatic arts.

The Bel Canto Foundation is a registered charity dedicated to increasing the public’s appreciation of Italian opera, and to supporting young operatic talent in their pursuit of Italian opera studies.

The young singers performing at the Gala were aided by funds raised by the Bel Canto Foundation in support of the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (C.O.S.I.), a music performance and education program of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. Established in 2007, C.O.S.I. provides Canada’s finest young operatic performers with an advanced and comprehensive program of professional training in Italian opera, language and culture.

RBC is marquee sponsor for the Gala. Ventresca Travel Agency and St. Joseph Print are also sponsors.


Since his stunning replacement for Luciano Pavarotti at the Metropolitan Opera in 2002, Salvatore Licitra has gone on to become one of the world’s most sought-after Italian tenors, with performances at the leading opera houses worldwide. He recently sang Calaf in a new production of Puccini’s Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and at the famous Arena di Verona. He is currently in Washington rehearsing for Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera and is taking time out to fly to Buenos Aires for Verdi’s Aida on tour with the Teatro alla Scala under the baton of Daniel Barenboim. This coming season he will sing his first Don José in Bizet’s Carmen at the San Diego Opera.

Licitra performed in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver in the early part of this decade.

More information on Kerry Stratton is available at

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Jubilee Festival of Chamber Music "Julian Rachlin and Friends" in Dubrovnik Sept 1 to 12


The jubilee tenth season of the Festival of Chamber Music "Julian Rachlin and Friends", in Dubrovnik will include performances by the world-famous musicians and film stars from the ones the audience is already familiar with to new, young musicians. In anticipation of the Festival, Violin masterclasses will be held for young musicians. On the occasion of its tenth birthday, the Festival and UNICEF are organising a donation gala dinner hosted by UNICEF International Goodwill Ambassadors Sir Roger Moore and Maestro Julian Rachlin under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Croatia. Actors Sir Roger Moore and John Malkovich will be coming back to Dubrovnik again this year!

Once again, the City of Dubrovnik will breathe chamber music between 1st and 12th September! Numerous esteemed and world-famous chamber musicians invited by Maestro Julian Rachlin himself will come to Dubrovnik to perform at one of the (historical) stages as part of the jubilee 10th Festival of Chamber Music "Julian Rachlin and Friends". Alongside musicians Janine Jansen, Lawrence Power, Boris Andrianov, Stefan Vladar, Itamar Golan, Lily Maisky, Mischa Maisky, Hyung-ki Joo, Pavel Vernikov, Sophie Rachlin, Boris Kuschnir, Torleif Thedéen, Julia-Maria Kretz, Lera Auerbach, Martin Grubinger etc., well-known film stars, a long-standing friend, Festival fan and legendary actor Sir Roger Moore and film star John Malkovich will participate in the Festival Programme again this year!

The 10th Festival of Chamber Music "Julian Rachlin and Friends" will open on 1 September with an evening of music and readings entirely dedicated to Beethoven, with a symbolic title: THE TESTAMENT. The Programme includes Quartet for 2 violins, viola & cello No. 13 in B major Op. 130 and Great Fugue for 2 violins, viola & cello in B flat major Op. 133. Between the movements, the legendary actor Sir Roger Moore will read from the "Heiligenstadt Testament" by Beethoven.

During the Festival, in addition to the Concert by Participants of Masterclasses which is organised this year for the first time in anticipation of the Festival, the audience will be offered already "traditional" events such as Concert for the People of Dubrovnik in the Jesuit Church of St. Ignatius (featuring works of Bach and Vivaldi) and Concert in White (featuring music piece by composer and current Croatian President, dr. Ivo Josipovic)! An interesting detail about the Programme is that the Orchestra of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields from Great Britain will be performing again. After last year's premiere performance at the Festival, the orchestra will be putting on two concerts at the Revelin Fortress Terrace on the second last and last day of the Festival. Besides the Concert for the People of Dubrovnik which is traditionally held on a Sunday morning (5 September, Jesuit Church), this year the musicians will participate in one more Festival morning performance! Namely, on the second last day of the Festival, Maestro Rachlin will perform at Dubrovnik Cathedral together with old friends of the Festival, musicians, father and daughter, Mischa and Lily Maisky, playing Rahmanjinov Pieces for Cello and Piano and Brahms' Piano Trio in B major Op. 8.

Alongside the legendary actor Sir Roger Moore, film star John Malkovich will be returning to the Festival once again this year to participate in the Programme following the concept and idea of another well-known friend of the Festival, Aleksey Igudesman. The Programme of the evening, symbolically entitled THE MUSIC CRITIC (September 10th, Rector's Palace), includes the works of Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Ravel, Kancheli, Prokofiev, Schumann and Igudesman. During the concert, John Malkovich plays the "music critic" reading reviews by notorious music critics throughout the history.

In addition to the works of Beethoven, Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Schumann, Mahler, Dubugnon, Brahms, Vivaldi, Auerbach, Shostakovich, Mozart, Rahmanjinov, Pärt, and Kancheli, this year's Programme includes one piece by composer and current Croatian President, Dr. Ivo Josipovi. Concerts on the Programme of the 10th Festival of Chamber Music "Julian Rachlin and Friends" will be held at the Rector's Palace, Jesuit Church of St. Ignatius, Revelin Fortress and Dubrovnik Cathedral.

Marking its jubilee tenth anniversary, the Festival "Julian Rachlin and Friends" will for the first time ever organise Violin masterclasses in Dubrovnik which will be held by two renowned educators of today Prof. Boris Kuschnir and Prof. Pavel Vernikov from 28 August to 05 September. In addition to working together with top pedagogues and attending the Festival concerts in Dubrovnik, all participants - 15 young musicians from around world (Japan, Russia, UK, USA, Germany, Austria, Venezuela, Croatia) of the Masterclasses will have an opportunity to perform in the final Masterclass Concert scheduled to take place on the second day of the Festival, on 2 September at the Rector's Palace. The Programme of the Masterclass Concert includes the works of Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Schumann and Mahler. Moreover, the Festival management will select one or more participants who will work on one chamber music concert alongside esteemed musicians like Julian Rachlin, Janine Jansen, Mischa Maisky, Itamar Golan and others.

On the occasion of the tenth birthday of the Festival, UNICEF and the Festival of Chamber Music "Julian Rachlin and Friends" announce an exclusive event, continuing a long-standing cooperation for the benefit of children! Namely, two UNICEF's Goodwill Ambassadors, Sir Roger Moore and Maestro Julian Rachlin will join forces and for the first time ever, under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Croatia, Prof. Ivo Josipovic, LLD, host a humanitarian gala dinner - Music for the Joy of Children. The purpose of this exceptional event, a fusion of music and philanthropy, scheduled to take place on Friday, 3 September at the Dubrovnik hotel VALAMAR Lacroma, is to raise funds to include an even higher number of schools into the Programme "Stop Violence among Children".


Event: JUBILEE 10th Festival of Chamber Music "JULIAN RACHLIN & FRIENDS"
Location: Dubrovnik - Old Town (Croatia, Adriatic Cost): Rector?s Palace, Jesuit Church of St. Ignatius, Revelin Fortress and Dubrovnik Cathedral
Dates:1st to 12th September 2010.
Artists: Julian Rachlin, Itamar Golan, Lily Maisky, Mischa Maisky, Janine Jansen, Lawrence Power, Boris Andrianov, Stefan Vladar, Lily Maisky, Hyung-ki Joo, Pavel Vernikov, Sophie Rachlin, Torleif Thedéen, Julia-Maria Kretz, Lera Auerbach, Martin Grubinger, Sir Roger Moore, John Malkovich, etc


Online ticket sales for concerts of the 10th Festival of Chamber Music "Julian Rachlin and Friends" started mid June, and the Festival sales office opens in 26 August in Dubrovnik. Festival tickets are sold online at

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Royal Conservatory of Music's 2010-11 Season






Although the gala concert with superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott on Thursday,October 14 at Koerner Hall has been sold out for some time, there are more than 70 concerts during The Royal Conservatory’s 2010.11 concert season to choose from.

The season will begin on Sunday, September 26, with the Conservatory’s very own, twice Grammy Award-nominated ARC Ensemble (Artists of The Royal Conservatory) in the beautifully restoredMazzoleni Concert Hall located in historic Ihnatowycz Hall. The concert will be part of Culture Days, the Canada-wide interactive celebration of arts and culture, and will therefore be free – first come, first served. Another free event will be The Royal Conservatory’s participation, for the second year in a row, in the popular Scotiabank Nuit Blanche on Saturday, October 2. The festivities will begin at 8:00pm with a concert in Koerner Hall. Uri Mayer, Director of the Orchestral Program and Resident Conductor at the Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School, will conduct the Royal Conservatory Orchestra in a work by the Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer, after which the visitors will have a chance to interact with a massive sculptural light installation by the visionary Toronto architect Philip Beesley. Additionally, thanks to TELUS support, the Conservatory and the Canadian Film Centre Media Lab will present an installation called "Musical Rumble: Jazz vs Classical." In this ‘battle,’ larger-than-life musicians will be projected through the windows to the outside of the building as they play jazz and classical interpretations of the same musical excerpt and compete for votes. Everyone in the Reta Lila Weston Music Court on Bloor Street will see and hear the projected performances and, using smart phones, vote to see their favourite version in its entirety.

The Koerner Hall season will officially open on Wednesday, October 6, with the American pop-alt-folk singer Brandi Carlile, whose music has been featured on the hit TV shows Grey’s Anatomy andPrivate Practice. Opening for her will be the Canadian singer-songwriter Luke McMaster, who participated in the popular Bluebird North series last season, and whose songs have become multiplatinum and gold sales for many of his collaborators such as Rihanna, Nick Lachey, Kyle Riabko, Bret Ryan, Rex Goudie, Kalan Porter, and Marc Jordan.

The first two jazz concerts of the Koerner Hall season will be truly remarkable. The South African trumpet phenomenon Hugh Masekela, recently featured in the opening concert for the FIFA World Cup in Johannesburg and broadcast live around the world, will make his Royal Conservatory debut on Saturday, October 23. On October 30, guitarist Reg Schwager, pianist Robi Botos, bassistDave Young, drummer Terry Clarke, trumpeter Kevin Turcotte, and vocalist Carol Welsman will participate in the first concert of the Aspects of Oscar series, titled Oscar’s Songbooks. Assembled by Young, all of these musicians had a special relationship with Oscar Peterson, Carol Welsman being one of his favourite singers.

Two extraordinary vocalists will be making their Koerner Hall debuts in October. Buika, the songstress who is already a legend in her native Spain and in Europe, and includes the likes of film director Pedro Almodóvar among her greatest fans, will make her Canadian debut on October 16 as part of her North American tour. She will be presenting her latest album, El Último Trago (The Last Drink), a tribute to Chavela Vargas, the legendary rancheras singer who has been one of Almodóvar’s muses and one of Buika’s greatest influences. Next, Broadway legend and multiple Tony Award winner Barbara Cook, who starred in the original productions of such hits as Candide and The Music Man, will grace the stage of Koerner Hall on October 22. Now in her eighties, she is still one of the foremost interpreters of Sondheim, cabaret, and the American popular song.

The Royal Conservatory will welcome the return of three different groups who appeared during the 2009.10 season. The Conservatory faculty member, pianist Andrew Burashko, will bring his Art of Time Ensemble on October 21 with a unique interpretation of Abbey Road, one of the most popular albums by the Beatles. He will be joined by singers Kevin Hearn, Andy Maize, Steven Page,Alejandra Ribera, Sarah Slean, John Southworth, and Martin Tielli; Page and Slean appeared with the Art of Time in Koerner Hall last season. Another returning ensemble is the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, conducted by Edwin Outwater. On October 27, Outwater and Daniel Levitin, author of the best-selling books This Is Your Brain on Music and The World in Six Songs, will produce a concert titled Beethoven and Your Brain. In this unique and unusual interactive performance, the audience will use the latest technology to participate in surveys as they explore what happens to the brain when listening to Beethoven’s music. The last group is the Royal Conservatory Orchestra, which will perform more concerts than ever before at the Conservatory during a single season. Conducted by the Canadian Opera Company’s Music Director, Johannes Debus, who made his Conservatory debut last year with the Orchestra, the October 29 concert will feature the 2010 Glenn Gould School Concerto Competition winner, soprano Jennifer Taverner, in Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, among other works.

Staying close to home, two concerts will be performed by the friends of The Glenn Gould School inMazzoleni Concert Hall. As part of the Mazzoleni Masters Series, the award-winning Russian harpist Natalia Shamayeva, formerly from the Bolshoi Ballet Orchestra in Moscow, will perform a unique all-Russian recital on October 17, and will also conduct a master class for The Royal Conservatory students prior to her recital. The first concert of the Discovery Series, on October 24, will feature the Hungarian violinist Ádám Banda. Banda, from the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, will make his North American debut and thus mark the beginning of a performance partnership between The Glenn Gould School and the outstanding young performers of Hungary.

September and October events at The Royal Conservatory:

ARC Ensemble (Mazzoleni Masters): Sunday, September 26, 2010 at 7:30pm (MH); FREE

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche at the TELUS Centre: Sat., October 2, 2010 from 7:00pm until 7:00am; FREE

Brandi Carlile with Luke McMaster (Pop): Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at 8:00pm (KH); $30-$50

Yo-Yo Ma with Kathryn Stott (Strings): Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 7:00pm (KH); $50-$200

LaFontaine-Baldwin Lecture: His Highness the Aga Khan: Friday, October 15, 2010 at 7:30pm(KH) TBA

Buika (World): Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 8:00pm (KH); $30-$60

Natalia Shamayeva (Mazzoleni Masters): Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 2:00pm (MH); $25

Art of Time Ensemble: Abbey Road (Pop): Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 8:00pm (KH); $30-$60

Barbara Cook (Vocal): Friday, October 22, 2010 at 8:00pm (KH); $50-$100

Hugh Masekela (Jazz & World): Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 8:00pm (KH); $25-$65

Ádám Banda (Discovery): Sunday, October 24, 2010 at 2:00pm (MH); $10

Beethoven and Your Brain (Words & Music): Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 8:00pm (KH); $20-$65

Royal Conservatory Orchestra conducted by Johannes Debus (Orchestra): Fri., Oct. 29, 2010 at 8:00pm (KH); $20-$40

Aspects of Oscar: Oscar’s Songbooks (Jazz): Saturday, October 30, 2010 at 8:00pm (KH); $20-$65

(KH) – Koerner Hall; (MH) – Mazzoleni Concert Hall

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

2010 Toronto Summer Music Festival A Huge Success

Fifth annual


“Thanks to the good work of conductor Agnes Grossmann, the TSMF has enriched the musical life of Toronto immeasurably these past five summers.” — Joseph So, La Scena Musicale

The Toronto Summer Music Festival (TSM) has just wrapped up its fifth and most successful year. Renowned conductor and Artistic Director Agnes Grossmann is thrilled to announce that this year’s Festival has been a triumph, both artistically and at the box office.

The TSM attracted an unprecedented number of concert-goers and some of the most renowned artists in the world of chamber music. The 2010 edition marked the first TSM concerts in the splendid acoustics of Koerner Hall, with a recital by master pianist Anton Kuerti launching the festival on July 20, and a performance by “perhaps the world’s greatest lieder singer” (Chicago Sun-Times), baritone Matthias Goerne and pianist Andreas Haefliger on July 27.

Revenue from ticket sales increased by 17% compared to last year, and more than half of the 13 concerts were completely sold out or close to sold out. Overall attendance numbered more than 10,000 patrons, and more than 2500 people attended free events, including pre-concert lectures and Emerging Artists concerts.

TSM 2010 will also be remembered as the final season under the visionary leadership of founding Artistic Director Agnes Grossmann, who announced her departure last June. The Board has appointed one of Canada’s most active chamber musicians, violist Douglas McNabney as Maestra Grossmann’s successor. He will take up his duties with TSM immediately to begin planning the 2011 festival. Details will be available soon at

In addition to its continued success at home, TSM 2010 also caught the attention of the international media: New York based Listen Magazine declared, “this is a festival to be enjoyed by all,” and London’s prestigious Gramophone magazine selected the August 7 concert Song of the Earth as one of its Best Events Worldwide — the only concert at a Canadian festival to be included in this exclusive list.

TSM garnered praise for its artistic vision, ability to attract the highest quality musicians, and for the artists’ riveting performances. The Globe and Mail’s Ken Winters wrote, “Grossmann has brought to the festival a wide personal experience in music-making, a distinctive cultivated taste, and seemingly limitless energy.” Writing for the National Post, Arthur Kaptainis remarked, “Toronto Summer Music attracts a big, classy crowd. No wonder, given the artists.” John Terauds of theToronto Star wrote, “… the musicians had achieved their goal and, in the process, confirmed that the experience of serious, emotionally stirring and intellectually challenging music has a place in the hot days and nights of a Toronto summer.”

Festival favourites who returned to TSM this year were pianists Anton Kuerti, Menahem Pressler, André Laplante and Connie Shih; duo-pianists Anagnoson and Kinton; cellist Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi; the Gryphon Trio; and the Penderecki String Quartet.

Making their TSM debuts in 2010 were superstar baritone Matthias Goerne with pianist Andreas Haefliger; top flight international chamber ensembles the Pacifica String Quartet, and theVienna Piano Trio; Toronto’s own Via Salzburg Quartet; Japan’s Imada Puppet Troupetogether with the Bunraku Bay Puppet Troupe from the United States; Andrew Burashko andThe 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-soprano Roxana Constantinescu; pianist Elizabeth Upchurch, and violist Sharon Wei.

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