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Friday, March 2, 2012

Donna Brown and Stephane Lemelin Join Forces for Toronto Recital

A glorious finale to Mooredale Concerts’ 2011/2012 Season

PIANIST STÉPHANE LEMELIN/SOPRANO DONNA BROWN APRIL 1

AFIARA QUARTET & CELLIST DAVID HETHERINGTON APRIL 15

Mooredale Concerts most successful season ever comes to an end with two concerts in the first half of April.

Sporting a record number of over 400 enthusiastic subscribers, every concert has been filled to near capacity, and cheers and standing ovations have greeted each event.

On Sunday April 1, two of Canada’s most acclaimed artists will give a unique joint recital. Stéphane Lemelin, piano and Donna Brown, soprano have performed separately on many of the world’s most important stages, and have also worked together often.

According to Le Quotidien, in Paris, “Donna Brown is a dream of a singer, an impassioned and poetic interpreter.” She is renowned for the floating, angelic quality of her voice, and quickly became one of the leading sopranos in Europe. She has performed on many of the world’s great opera and concert stages, including Paris, London, Tokyo, Geneva, Berlin, Toronto, Vancouver and Los Angeles and with many renowned conductors, among them Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Helmuth Rilling, Carlo Maria Giulini, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Kurt Mazur and Daniel Barenboim.

Stéphane Lemelin performs regularly across Canada, as well as in the United States, Europe and Asia. A frequent guest of major summer festivals, he has appeared as soloist with many of Canada’s principal orchestras, including the Montreal Symphony under Charles Dutoit. He is also professor of music at the University of Ottawa, where he is the director of the School of Music. Both of these celebrated Canadian artists have made numerous recordings, including one together, Frühlingslieder, featuring various works of Fanny Mendelssohn, Brahms, Schubert, Felix Mendelssohn, Schumann, Liszt and Wolf.

Their program will include Debussy’s Preludes Book 1, three Fauré nocturnes, and songs by Schubert, Mahler and Wolf.

AFIARA QUARTET RETURNS – APRIL 15

On Sunday April 15th, the Afiara String Quartet, a favorite with Mooredale Concerts audiences, will make their third appearance on the series, this time withguest cellist David Hetherington, associate principal cellist of the TSO. “The Afiara completely changed my pulse, breathing, and inner rhythms; when I went to speak, I choked up,” wrote the American Record Guide, and Montreal’s La Presse chimed in to call them “A revelation...their musicality and maturity...placed the Afiara amongst the best of current quartets.” The program will present one of the most divine works in the chamber music repertoire, Franz Schubert’s so-called “Two Cello Quintet”. Written in the extraordinary last year of his life, it reveals an overwhelming range of emotions, from the ethereal despair of the slow movement to the swinging exuberance of the scherzo.

Also on the program are Dvorak’s String Quartet No. 13 in G, and the world premiere of Rhapsody for String Quartet by Larysa Kuzmenko, commissioned by Mooredale Concerts.

Both concerts are at 3:15, in Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park Crescent, Toronto. Tickets, $30, $25 for seniors and students for each concert, are available at www.mooredaleconcerts.com or by calling 416-922-3714, ext. 103.

MUSIC & TRUFFLES

Artists in each concert will perform a special hour-long, interactive show at 1:15 designed for children but greatly appreciated by adults as well.

On April 15, the Afiara Quartet will present a unique outreach program created by them, which begins with hip-hop and rap and segues into all manner of works by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Bartok, and even Berg! It’s a great way to get young people in your life interested in classical music.

Tickets, $12 for each concert, are available through Mooredale Concerts. Everyone receives a chocolate truffle at the end.

MOOREDALE CONCERTS PRESENTS

STÉPHANE LEMELIN, PIANO; DONNA BROWN, SOPRANO

Sunday, April 1, 2012, 3:15 P.M. at Walter Hall

PROGRAM:

Schubert: Lieder

Debussy: Préludes, Book 1

Fauré: Three Nocturnes

Mahler: Lieder

Hugo Wolf: Lieder

Also: Music & Truffles children’s concert at 1:15 p.m.

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AFIARA STRING QUARTET; DAVID HETHERINGTON, CELLO

Sunday, April 15, 3:15 P.M. at Walter Hall

PROGRAM:

Larysa Kuzmenko: Rhapsody for String Quartet

(Mooredale Concerts commission; world premiere)

Dvorak: String Quartet No. 13 in G, Op. 106

Schubert: String Quintet in C, D. 956

Also: Music & Truffles children’s concert at 1:15 p.m.

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