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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Mooredale Opens Season with I Musici de Montreal




I Musici proved a phenomenon...The 14 strings played with the perfection of 14 virtuoso soloists.” South China Morning Post, Hong Kong

“...playing of great technical precision, warmth and fine rhythmic elan.” Sunday Times, London

The superlatives continue to pour in for I Musici de Montréal and its founder and director, cellist Yuli Turovsky.

Toronto’s Mooredale Concerts and Artistic Director Anton Kuerti present Montreal’s internationally heralded string ensemble in its first Toronto visit in four years. I Musici de Montréal open the 2010-11 Mooredale Concerts season Sunday, October 3, at 3:15 p.m. at Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen’s Park Crescent. Guest soloist is Canadian pianist Katherine Chi, gold medal winner of the Honens International Competition.

The orchestra demonstrates its celebrated warmth and precision in gorgeous serenades by Elgar and Tchaikovsky. Katherine Chi joins I Musici in the brilliant Rapsodia Sinfonica, Op.66 by Turina, and performs a solo tour-de-force, the Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes from Johann Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus” by Leopold Godowsky

Single tickets are $30; $25 seniors and students. “Toronto’s Best Bargain for Great Music,” Mooredale Concerts offers subscriptions for the six presentations of its 22nd season for only $125 ($110 seniors and students) – up to a 46% saving. Subscribers also receive free tickets for the three 2010-11 Mooredale Youth Orchestra concerts. Orders may be placed by calling 416-587-9411 or visiting

MUSIC & TRUFFLES: I Musici de Montréal and Katherine Chi open the eighth season of Music & Truffles, Mooredale Concerts’ hour-long, interactive version of the main concert for children 5-15, Sunday, October 3 at 1:15 p.m., also at Walter Hall. Adults wishing to learn more about music and music-making are welcome. Tickets, $12, include a chocolate truffle at the end. Six-concert subscriptions are $50.


I Musici de Montréal ( have toured worldwide and made numerous award-winning recordings. This past season alone has seen a gala concert with Maxim Vengerov, many U.S. engagements including Carnegie Hall, and a big tour of China. In June, founder/conductor Yuli Turovsky was named Chevalier de l’Ordre national de Québec by Premier Jean Charest. Its most recent CD features Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence and Quartet No. 1, on the Analekta label.

Pianist Katherine Chi ( is firmly established as one of Canada’s fastest rising stars with a great breadth of repertoire, performing throughout Europe and North America to great acclaim. “Ms Chi displayed a keen musical intelligence and a powerful arsenal of technique,” wrote The New York Times. She is also sought after as a concerto soloist of musical and technical distinction. A prizewinner at the 1998 Busoni International Piano Competition, Ms. Chi was also the first Canadian and first woman to win Canada’s Honens International Piano Competition. Her debut recording, on the Arktos label, features works of Beethoven and Rachmaninoff.


MOOREDALE CONCERTS – 2010-11 – REMAINING LINE-UP: October 31 features the first ever joint performance by the celebrated young Afiara String Quartet (a hit at Mooredale Concerts in April) with pianist Wonny Song – both winners of the 2010 Young Canadian Musicians Award. January 16 brings together trombonist Alain Trudel and organist Patrick Wedd at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, playing selections by Holst, Messiaen and Liszt. On February 20, the Debussy String Quartet from Lyons, France makes its Canadian debut, playing Puccini, Borodin and Debussy. One month later, March 20, distinguished Canadian pianist Jane Coop makes her long-awaited Toronto return after a seven-year absence, playing Beethoven and Scriabin. The season concludes Saturday, April 30 at Koerner Hall, as pianist Anton Kuerti joins the Ontario Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Marco Parisotto for an all-Brahms program that includes the heroic Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor and Symphony No. 1 in C minor. (Single tickets for April 30 are $38.)

With the noted exceptions, the concerts take place at Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building.

MUSIC & TRUFFLES, Mooredale Concerts’ children’s concerts, takes place the same days and locations as the main series. Programs feature excerpts from the main concert, with one truly exceptional exception. On Saturday, April 30, 1:15 p.m. at Walter Hall, celebrated pianist Andrew Rangell presents his unforgettable show, The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant, complete with the original music by Francis Poulenc and Rangell’s own drawings, which he creates on stage. Rangell’s Babar performance at Music & Truffles four years ago was a memorable success, and his return is much anticipated.

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For further information, contact:

Linda Litwack


e-mail: September 17, 2010

Main Pronunciations:

I Musici de Montréal – ee MOO-zee-chee de moh(n)-ray-AL (de as in dent; al as in pal)

Yuli Turovsky – YOO-lee toor-OV-skee

Kuerti – koo-AIR-tee

Elgar – ELL-gar (g as in gold)

Turina – toor-EE-na

Rapsodia Sinfonica – rap-so-DEE-a sin-FONE-ee-ka


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