With the Afiara String Quartet as Special Guests
THE CECILIA STRING QUARTET OPENS 25TH SEASON
OF MOOREDALE CONCERTS, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6
“The balance between expressiveness and interplay was almost dauntingly perfect,” – Berliner Zeitung
The Cecilia String Quartet, first prize winner in the 2010 Banff International String Quartet Competition, will be the first in a stunning array of high-level artists as Mooredale Concerts presents its 25th season.
The Quartet performs Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11 and Haydn’sString Quartet No. 4 in D Major, Op. 20, Sunday, October 6, 3:15 p.m. at Walter Hall in the Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen’s Park Crescent (south of the Royal Ontario Museum).
As well, the Afiara String Quartet, second prize winner in the 2010 Banff Competition, joins the Cecilia for the Octet in E flat by Mendelssohn, described by critic Conrad Wilson as “one of the miracles of nineteenth-century music.” This concert marks the Afiara’s fourth Mooredale Concerts appearance.
Under the artistic direction of Anton Kuerti, Mooredale Concerts brings Toronto high quality, wide-ranging classical performances not featured anywhere else, at truly affordable prices. This year’s six concerts can be enjoyed on subscription for only $130; seniors $120; and for patrons under 30, only $80.
MUSIC & TRUFFLES: The Cecilia and Afiara String Quartets perform excerpts from the Mendelssohn Octet, and thrill young audiences with their music at Music & Truffles, Mooredale Concerts for young audiences 6-15, Sunday, October 6, 1:15 p.m. at Walter Hall. Tickets, $13, are available online at www.mooredaleconcerts.com, or by calling 416-922-3714 ext. 103. Adults wishing to learn more about music and music-making are also welcome. Subscriptions for all this season’s five concerts are only $50.
Named for the patron saint of music, the Cecilia String Quartet was formed when the four women were students at the University of Toronto. Since winning the 2010 Banff International String Quartet Competition, it has gone on to perform for leading presenters in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. It is currently Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. Its concerts have been broadcast on more than a dozen international public radio networks, including Australia, Canada (CBC/SRC) and Germany. In addition to performing, the Quartet has a four-CD contract with ANALEKTA, which has already released its Dvorak recording, and another featuring the music of by Janáček, Berg and Webern.
The summer of 2013 included a 10-day stay at Missouri’s Innsbrook Festival, performances at the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, the Festival of the Sound and Ottawa ChamberFest; and nine days at the Festival Internacional de Musica Clasica de Ribadeo in Spain, before performing with pianist Angela Cheng at the 11th Banff International String Quartet Competition.
“The Afiara completely changed my pulse, breathing, and inner rhythms, when I went to speak, I choked up." – American Record Guide
Winner of the 2008 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, the 2010 Young Canadian Musicians Award, top prizes at the Munich ARD International Music Competition and the Banff International String Quartet Competition, where they also took the Szekely Prize for best Beethoven interpretation, Canada’s Afiara String Quartet has spent the summer of 2013 at the Festival of the Sound, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Tuckamore Festival, and at the Gala concert for the Banff International String Quartet Competition. Its Mooredale Concerts appearance follows a three-week China tour that culminates in a teaching residency and concert at Soochow University. The upcoming season includes dates in New York City, Mexico and California, as well as its responsibilities as Fellowship Quartet at the Royal Conservatory.
MOOREDALE CONCERTS PRESENTS
THE CECILIA STRING QUARTET
With THE AFIARA STRING QUARTET as guests
Sunday, October 6, 2013, 3:15 P.M. at Walter Hall
Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11
Haydn: String Quartet No. 4 in D Major, Op. 20
Mendelssohn: Octet in E flat
Also: performing a one-hour interactive performance featuring excerpts from the Mendelssohn Octet at Music & Truffles: a concert for young people 6-15, October 6 at 1:15 p.m.
Labels: Afiara String Quartet, Cecilia String Quartet, Mooredale Concerts