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The Folks Behind It All
Kristine Bogyo (1946-2007) | Founder, Artistic Director 1989-2007
Anton Kuerti | Artistic Director 2007-14, Emeritus 2015-
Wonny Song | Artistic Director
Christina A. Cavanagh | Managing Director
Larry Beckwith | Senior Youth Orchestra
Deborah Pady | Intermediate Youth Orchestra
Bijan Sepanji | Junior Youth Orchestra
Celebrating 30 Years — Mooredale Concerts Great Classical Music for All
For 29 years, a legion of music lovers of all ages has passed through our doors. In gratitude, we’re honoured to present a pre-eminent 30th season, which is fresh, bold, and deep.
Our 2018-19 season showcases three string quartets, recognized as top-tier in their respective countries. We will present two Masters – Mozart and Beethoven – in their own concerts. And there will be two more exotic chamber music ensembles — a violin-viola-piano trio of Artistic Directors and a wind quintet super-group.
SIX concerts, modest pricing, intimate seating, great music guaranteed!
In addition to our main stage Concert Series, we have two additional performance programs.
Music and Truffles KIDS — Give your child their first taste of classical music!
Artists featured in five of the six Concert Series also perform a one-hour interactive concert for young people ages 6-11 and their parents, grandparents, and friends at 1:15 p.m (there is no concert on March 17, 2019). Adults wishing to learn more about music and music making are welcome. The artists along with our on-stage host Joanna will have fun with the music stimulating a youngsters’ appreciation through performance and entertainment.
Many children who have attended these shows have gone on to discover their own musical abilities. Don’t miss this opportunity for a unique family-oriented classical music experience. Watch samples from our YouTube Playlist.
Music & Truffles KIDS celebrates its 16th birthday. Subscriptions are ONLY $75 for FIVE CONCERTS, and include a Lindt chocolate truffle for everyone at the end of each concert.
Mooredale Youth Orchestras:
The Orchestras train young musicians ages 6-20 (130 players per season) in the classical orchestral repertoire and prepares them for three performances a year. There are three orchestras [junior – ages 12 and under, intermediate – ages 10-15, senior – ages 12-20 with Royal Conservatory Grade 8 and higher]. As an added feature, we arrange for select Concert Series artists to perform/sit-in with the Senior orchestra, and in turn we provide discounted tickets to parents/players for their performances. Free tickets are available to Concert Series subscribers. Performance dates November 18, March 4, 2019 June 16. See here for more details.
Our 30th Anniversary Schedule:
Concert Series – Walter Hall, UofT at 3:15pm
Music & Truffles – same location/dates 1:15-2:15pm (no concert March 17th)
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September 30, 2018
Calidore String Quartet
“Deep reserves of virtuosity and irrepressible dramatic instinct” New York Times and “balance of intellect and expression” Los Angeles Times has won Calidore String Quartet accolades across the globe, firmly establishing them as one of the finest chamber music ensembles performing today. They have garnered the most prestigious prizes for chamber music in North America and Europe including the 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant and BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists.
The New York-based ensemble (includes cellist Estelle Choi from Calgary) has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, Cologne Philharmonie, Seoul’s Kumho Arts Hall and at significant festivals, including Verbier, Ravinia, Mostly Mozart, Rheingau, and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
As protégés of the Emerson Quartet, Calidore has performed joint programs with them. Their debut album (October 2018 release) for Signum Records, includes quartets by Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Janacek and Golijov. They have collaborated with esteemed artists such as Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, and Joshua Bell.
They will perform works from their new release including Prokofiev’s String Quartet in F Major, Op. 92 and Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in F minor, Op. 80.
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October 28, 2018
Dorian Wind Quintet
Recognized by critics, audiences, and professional musicians alike for its uniquely polished and passionate performances, Dorian Wind Quintet is known worldwide as one of chamber music’s preeminent and longest continuously-active ensembles. The Quintet has literally been around the world — concertizing in the United States and Canada, touring Europe eighteen times, and playing throughout the Middle East, India, Africa and Asia. The Dorian made history as the first wind quintet to appear at Carnegie Hall. Their members are: Gretchen Pusch, flute, Gerard Reuter, oboe, Benjamin Fingland, clarinet, Adrian Morejon, bassoon, Karl Kramer-Johansen, horn
Since its formation at Tanglewood in 1961, the Quintet has collaborated with numerous well-known artists, commissioned nearly 40 new works of wind chamber music, and held residencies at some of the world’s most prestigious music festivals and educational institutions. The members of the Dorian Wind Quintet are each associated with other prominent performing ensembles, venues, and musical institutions, and have united in the group out of their passion for the wind chamber music repertoire.
They will perform an epic chronological program that begins with the 15th Century and ends with the NOW: Renaissance Suite (transcribed by R. Roseman/works by Heinrich Issac & others), three wind/piano duos by Fauré, homage to Pulitzer prize winning works (Samuel Barber – Summer Music and George Perle – Wind Quintet No. 4 (1984)) and Canadian premiere of a commissioned new work by Amanda Harberg.
“Breathtaking” — The London Times
“One of chamber music’s most sparkling and eloquent ensembles” — TIME Magazine
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December 2, 2018
Artistic Directors Trio
As solo recitalist and chamber musician, violinist Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu performs regularly in Asia, Europe and North America at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Kennedy Center, and Library of Congress. She has collaborated with luminaries such as Gary Graffman, Kim Kashkashian, Ani/Ida Kavafian, Ralph Kirshbaum, and members of the Alban Berg, Brentano, Guarneri, and Tokyo string quartets. She is artistic partner with the Da Camera Society.
Praised by The Strad “The great Molto adagio…elicited some of the night’s most sensitive work, especially from Wei-Yang Andy Lin on viola.” Born in Taiwan, he is artistic director and co-founder of the New Asia Chamber Music Society. Andy has won numerous competitions including Taiwan National Viola Competition and First Prize in the 2008 Juilliard Viola Concerto Competition. He made his Lincoln Center solo debut with the Juilliard Orchestra.
Wonny Song, piano is artistic & executive director of Orford Music (Quebec) and Mooredale Concerts’ artistic director. A student of Anton Kuerti, he is widely praised through his recitals, concerto appearances, and recordings for a wonderfully poetic touch and depth of musical insight. Equally at home with chamber music repertoire, he has appeared at the Montreal, Lachine, and Seattle Chamber Music Festivals as well as the Young Concert Artists Festival (Tokyo).
They will perform Schumann, Handel, and more!
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February 3, 2019
The Heath Quartet
The dynamic and charismatic Heath Quartet is considered one of the most exciting British chamber ensembles of the moment. In 2013, it became the first ensemble in 15 years to win the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artists Award. In 2016, their recording (Tippett’s string quartets) won Gramophones’ Chamber Disc of the Year.
Notable performances have included a complete Beethoven Cycle at the Kilkenny Arts Festival, the world premiere of a Sir John Tavener work at the BBC Proms, concerts at the Beethovenfest Bonn, Musée d’Orsay and Louvre Auditorium (Paris), Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center (New York), deSingel Arts Centre (Antwerp), Vara Konserthus (Sweden), Berlin Konzerthaus, Esterházy Palace, and Musikverein and Konzerthaus (Vienna).
The quartet has worked with many talented collaborators including Ian Bostridge, Adrian Brendel, Michael Collins, Stephen Hough, and the Tokyo Quartet. They are professors of chamber music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Their program will include string quartets by Mozart C Major, K. 465 “Dissonance”, Britten No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25, and Beethoven C Major, Op. 59, No. 3.
“Broad paragraphs of bold expression were avidly pursued but always stemmed from a lucid intellectual plane.” — The Strad
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March 17, 2019
Christian Blackshaw, piano
* (no Music & Truffles concert)
After winning gold medals at Royal College Manchester and Royal Academy in London, Christian Blackshaw was the first British pianist to study at the Leningrad Conservatoire. He later worked closely with Sir Clifford Curzon in London.
He has performed with leading orchestras including London Philharmonic, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Moscow Philharmonic, Mariinsky Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and Rotterdam Philharmonic. He has worked with illustrious conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev, Gianandrea Noseda, and Sir Neville Marriner. In May 2016 he completed his sold-out debut recital tour in China, including appearances at the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall.
His hugely acclaimed “Complete Mozart Sonata Series” at Wigmore Hall has been issued in 4 volumes, with critics describing these “landmark” recordings as “captivating”, “magical”, and “masterful”. The last volume was named as one of the Best Classical Recordings of 2015 in the New York Times.
Christian will bring this captivating magic to us with an all-Mozart program including Sonatas No. 11 in A Major, K331 and No. 14 in C minor, K457.
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April 14, 2019
New Orford String Quartet
Violinists Jonathan Crow and Andrew Wan are concertmasters of the Toronto and Montreal Symphony Orchestras; Brian Manker is principal cello in Montreal and Eric Nowlin, principal viola at the Detroit Symphony. They formed in 2009, following the footsteps of the original Orford Quartet, Canada’s internationally admired ensemble.
Their concept – to bring four elite orchestral leaders together on a regular basis over many years to perform chamber music at the highest level – has resulted in a quartet that maintains a remarkably fresh and virtuosic perspective. While they tour major North American cities, the players also feel strongly about bringing their performances to small rural towns, and performing works by Canadian composers. They are 2017 JUNO winners for best classical album.
They will perform a spectacular all-Beethoven program — String quartets No. 10 in E-flat Major, Op. 74 “Harp”, No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4, and No. 14 in C# minor, Op. 131.
“…unfailingly lean, silvery beauty…showed a mastery that cooled Brahms’ anguish just a little and took some of the bluntness off the Beethoven.” — Chicago Tribune
“…nothing short of electrifying…These four string virtuosos animate every note with uncommon power and passion as well as elegance. Listen and weep.” — The Star