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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Anton Kuerti Plays Mooredale Concert's All-Brahms Finale

Pianist Anton Kuerti (photo: Martin Tosoian)

Saturday, April 30 at Koerner Hall



“[Maestro Parisotto] made the Montreal Symphony Orchestra sound like a marvel…an artist who stands among the greatest” – Le Devoir, Montreal

“”Suddenly we were in the unmistakable presence of greatness. [Anton Kuerti] was no longer playing the piano’ the music was playing him, and we rode the wave too.” – The Globe and Mail

Mooredale Concerts ends its 2010-11 season with a grand climax, presenting the beauty and magnificence of Brahms’ heroic First Piano Concerto and his stunning First Symphony. The Ontario Philharmonic Orchestra makes its Toronto debut, led by Maestro Marco Parisotto. Soloist is Mooredale Concerts’ artistic director, internationally acclaimed pianist Anton Kuerti.

The performance brings Mooredale Concerts into the acoustic splendor of Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W., Saturday, April 30, 8 p.m. (Note change from the regular day, time and venue.)

Continuing its tradition as “Toronto’s Best Bargain for Great Music,” Mooredale Concerts is offering a special price of $38 (HST included) for online or phone-in orders purchased directly via or 416-587-9411.

(This same concert will be performed Friday, April 29, 7:30 p.m. at the Regent Theatre, Oshawa. Details are at, or phone 905-987-3083.)

Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor and Symphony No. 1 in C minor were both begun in 1854, and took some years to complete. When the concerto was premiered in 1859, it was greeted by hissing, and decried by critics as “perfectly unorthodox, banal and horrid” (Wikipedia). It went on to be favorably compared to Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto and a staple of the piano concerto repertoire. Anton Kuerti has recorded it with Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain on the Analekta label.

The first symphony, which took about 14 years for Brahms to finish, and which includes an homage to Beethoven, was called Beethoven’s “Tenth” by the critics.

Maestro Marco Parisotto –

Born in Montreal, Maestro Parisotto has won seven international competitions and appeared in major concert halls around the world, winning praise with numerous orchestras including most of Canada’s major orchestras and those of London (England), Rochester, Osaka, Tokyo, Belgrade, Bucharest, Mexico City and many others. He has also served as principal conductor of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. In 1997 at the Besançon International Competition for Conductors, he made history as the first young conductor to be awarded both the Grand Prix and the Prix de Public. Trained as both a violinist and pianist in addition to his studies with such leading conductors as Bernstein, Giulini and Slatkin, he is hailed by critics particularly for his Russian and German repertoire, as well as his passionate productions of Italian opera. His performances have been broadcast on radio and TV and recorded on disc.

Anton Kuerti, pianist –

Artistic director of Mooredale Concerts, Anton Kuerti has performed with leading orchestras and conductors in nearly 40 countries. In Canada, he has appeared in 140 communities, and played with every professional orchestra, including 39 concerts with the Toronto Symphony. His vast repertoire includes some 50 concertos; he has recorded all the Beethoven concertos and sonatas, the Brahms and Schumann concertos, all the Schubert sonatas and much more. London’s CD Review has called him “one of the truly great pianists of this century.” Having debuted at 11 with the Boston Pops Orchestra and won the prestigious Leventritt Award as a student, he also holds the Banff Centre National Arts ward, the Schumann Prize of the Schumann Gesellschaft, the Governor General’s Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award, and honorary doctorates from McGill, York, Dalhousie, the University of Western Ontario and other universities. He is also an Officer of the Order of Canada.

The Ontario Philharmonic Orchestra –

Founded in 1957 as the Oshawa Philharmonic, the Ontario Philharmonic took off when Marco Parisotto was appointed as music director in 1996. Under his leadership, the orchestra has grown into a large professional symphonic ensemble of high standard, attracting prominent Canadian and international soloists. It is the only professional orchestra in Durham Region.

MUSIC & TRUFFLES: Mooredale Concerts’ children’s series concludes Saturday, April 30, 1:15 p.m. at Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park Crescent with a special treat for children 5-15 (adults also welcome). Pianist Andrew Rangell narrates and illustrates the beloved story of The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant, and plays the specially-written music by French composer Francis Poulenc. Rangell’s 2007 performance of Babar at Music & Truffles was a big success, with a second show being added after the first sold out weeks ahead. Tickets are $12.



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