The Takács — violinists Edward Dusinberre and Károly Schranz, violist Geraldine Walther and cellist András Frejér — demonstrated all of the many reasons why it is one of the foremost chamber ensembles on the planet in a programme that paired a work from the 19th century canon with two great works of the mid-20th century.
Pianist Roberto Turrin shows and tells at Walter Hall, 12:10 p.m. Free.
In his fantastic concert lecture on humour in music, Alfred Brendel insists that humour and music parted ways at the start of the 19th century. Italian pianist Pasolo Pessina, an ardent champion of new music who teaches at Concordia University in Montreal, begs to differ and promises to tell us why. His lecture is on humour in 20th century music, part of the ongoing, annual festival of new music organised by the faculty of Music. (Not many) details here.
Founding violinist Geoff Nutall and violist Lesley Robertson, with Fewer and cellist Chris Costanza vividly demonstrated in a meaty programme that the St Lawrence continues to be about intensely committed performances that are more than fine balance, heaps of technique and great communication.
UPDATE: As of the afternoon of Sept. 14, the Annex Quartet had nearly doubled their Kickstarter pledges to $3,087 coming in from 46 people. An update that morning added that the foursome already has in hand seven of the 12 arrangments they need to make the album.