Madawaska Quartet with pianist Brett Kingsbury at the Church of the Holy Trinity, 12:15 p.m.
There’s just one piece on today’s Music Mondays programme at the big, old church behind the Eaton Centre (where I work), Johannes Brahms’ emotionally evocative, harmonically rich Op. 60 Piano Quartet from 1875. It’s a great way to start the first full week of a new music season. Freewill donation.
Musicians from Marlboro at Mazzoleni Hall (Telus Centre), 7:30 p.m.
Violinist Michelle Ross, violist Emily Deans, cellist Matthew Zalkind and pianist Gabriele Carciano are this year’s touring representatives from the wonderful summertime Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. They bring a compelling programme of chamber music by Ludwig van Beethoven, Felix Mendelssohn, Gabriel Fauré and contemporary British composer Thomas Adès to a wonderful, intimate space. Details here.
The presence of four all-professional orchestras draws a lot of great musicians to the city. They, in turn, encourage others, through networking and teaching, which creates a cycle of growth and renewal that feeds the growth of other orchestras and ensembles, and makes for a flourishing chamber-music as well as symphonic culture.