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Sunday, January 11, 2015

group of 27 present “Journey: An exploration of Musical Worlds”

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Under the Direction of Eric Paetkau Present

“Journey: An exploration of Musical Worlds”
Friday, January 30 @ Trinity St. Paul’s Centre - 8PM

TORONTO, ON - Want an exceptional experience? One that transports and transforms you, that leaves you moved and with a huge, satisfied smile on your face? We’re talking an experience that takes you on a Journey to places you’ve never been.  Thirty of Canada’s finest musicians, an emboldened music director, a super-star soloist, inspiring at-risk youth, all performing music in an intimate setting that makes the audience literally part of the band.  

Journey with group of 27 on January 30 at Trinity St. Paul’s Centre, 8PM and live an experience you won’t soon forget as they perform Beethoven’s Twelve Contredanses, Andrew Staniland’s Voyageur, Dvorak’s Romance for Violin with soloist Etsuko Kimura, and Mozart’s Symphony 35, “The Haffner.”  As part of group of 27’s musical outreach, students from the Dixon Hall Music School and Regent Park School of Music will join group of 27 in Britten’s playful Playful Pizzicato.

group of 27 continue their fresh, innovative presentation of traditional and contemporary classical music. The 2014-15 concert series includes repertoire ranging from Mozart, Beethoven, and Haydn to Stravinsky and Copland to contemporary Canadian composers Jocelyn Morlock, Andrew Staniland, and Andrew Downing. There sense of musical clarity and engaging musical approach is bringing interest from a wide range of composers and musical writers, which moves beyond the traditional concept of classical music. The orchestra’s mentorship program for at-risk youth, where the students join the orchestra on stage at each concert, is furthering their concept of sharing great music with everyone.

Etsuko Kimura, Assistant Concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra
and Concertmaster of group of 27 is known worldwide for the passion, energy and imagination that she brings to her music. She appears frequently at concert halls across Canada and the world, leading eminent chamber ensembles, appearing as a featured soloist with major international orchestras, and maintaining a full recital calendar.  She has led numerous premier ensembles as concertmaster over the years, including the Kobe City Chamber Orchestra in Japan, and Sinfonia Toronto.   Her breadth of imagination and collaborative style aligns perfectly with the music direction of group of 27, which will be exhibited through the performance of Dvorak’s Romance for Violin.

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is also breaking new ground in the recording world.  Their first two recordings, Canadian Concerto Project, Volume One, and a Berlioz, Palej pairing with the soprano Shannon Mercer, both received JUNO nominations in 2014.  New recordings, along with videos, are being developed with releases to follow in 2015.

Additional Performances in 2015:
April 17, 2015, 8pm – Disquiet – Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre (427 Bloor Street West, Toronto)
June 19, 2015, 8pm – DIY Symphony, Audience Choice! – Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre (427 Bloor Street West, Toronto)

Date + Time
January 30, 2015, 8:00 pm
Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor Street West, Toronto
PWYC with a suggested price of $30.00. Advance online ticket purchase to receive best available seating.
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About Eric Paetkau:
Eric Paetkau lives the music in each and every moment he’s onstage and is uncompromising when it comes to artistic excellence. Whether he’s conducting his own JUNO-nominated group of 27, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Windsor Symphony, Saskatoon Symphony, Les Violons du Roy, or Ontario Philharmonic, among many others, Eric is as committed as they come.

Praised for his musicality, Eric’s lively and fully engaged style brings the music to life in thrilling ways. Working with top soloists including Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Shannon Mercer, Nadina Mackie Jackson, Guy Few, and more, his ease and flexibility to spontaneously live in each musical moment shines through.

Eric’s musical start began with the violin and viola as a member of the Nuremburg Symphony in Germany, and has played regularly with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian Opera Company, the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy, and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.

About group of 27

What happens when you gather some of Canada’s top musicians in a room and add some of the best music ever written: group of 27. Dubbed “Toronto’s All-Star Classical Band”, this supergroup lives for their thrilling live performances, creating unique experiences each and every time. Whether they’re romping through Stravinsky, wowing with Beethoven, or bringing a new Canadian piece to life, group of 27 gives everything they have in each moment with electrifying results. Want the audience on stage with the performers? Done. Want an actor, dancer or even the audience to participate? Done. Want to see Toronto’s at-risk youth giving it their all side-by-side with the professionals? Done. Want a world-class experience that blows you away? Done and done. group of 27 – The Experience Orchestra.

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