2010-2011 Season
Season tickets are now available at the Orchestra London Box Office.

 

Pro Arte Quartet
October 9, 2010

The Pro Arte Quartet was founded in 1911–12 by students at the Brussels Conservatory. Following a 1938 performance at the University of Wisconsin, the chancellor there offered the quartet a permanent home—it was the first such residency ever in a major American university, and became the model on which many other similar arrangements were developed at other institutions. Today, in addition to widely acclaimed performances of standard classical repertoire, the Pro Arte continues its tradition of championing new music. The Pro Arte Quartet performs throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, has performed at the White House, and is the resident ensemble of the Chazen Museum of Art, for whom they perform a series of five live radio broadcasts per season. 

 

Prazak Quartet
November 5, 2010

The Prazak Quartet—one of today´s leading international chamber music ensembles—was established in 1972 while its members were students at the Prague Conservatory. Since then, the quartet has gained attention for its place in the unique Czech quartet tradition, and its musical virtuosity. For nearly 30 years, the Prazak Quartet has been at home on music stages worldwide. They are regular guests in the major European musical capitals, and have been invited to participate at numerous international festivals, where they have collaborated with such artists as Menahem Pressler, Jon Nakamatsu, Cynthia Phelps, Roberto Diaz, Josef Suk, and Sharon Kam.

 

Timothy Hutchins, flute & Janet Creaser, piano
November 20, 2010

Timothy Hutchins and Janet Creaser Hutchins’ versatile and highly successful performing careers have taken them across Canada, the USA, Japan, Asia, Europe and South America. They are often heard around the world in broadcasts of their duo CD, Flûte à la française, on the Decca/London label, which Gramophone magazine described as “delectable.” They love to perform an extensive and varied repertoire—ranging from the classical repertoire through popular arrangements, from the old to the new. From the earliest days of their musical partnership when they first met in 1975, they have felt a unique musical chemistry. Audiences and critics alike love their natural spontaneity, unity of musical conception and execution, warmth, and their compelling joy in performing together.

 

Madawaska Quartet with Arthur Rowe, piano
December 11, 2010

Since bursting onto the Canadian music scene in 2001 with a repertoire that leap-frogs across musical boundaries, and hailed for “…working overtime to break free of traditional classical constraints,” the Madawaska Quartet performs pieces from the mainstream to performance art, from the film score to the avant-garde, and from the baroque to the present-day. They have performed in such major international festivals as the Festival Iberoamericano in Puerto Rico, the Festival of the Sound in Parry Sound, The Elora Festival, the Toronto International Chamber Music Festival, New Music North in Thunder Bay, and the Music at Port Milford International Chamber Music Festival. Their program with Arthur Rowe will include the much loved Piano Quintet by Robert Schumann in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Schumann’s birth.

 

Leslie Fagan, soprano & Lorin Shalanko, piano
January 29, 2011

Leslie Fagan’s exceptional artistry and talent continue to garner much attention on both the national and international stage. Having performed under the batons of such noted conductors as Sir David Willcocks, Hans Graf, Boris Brott, Jukke Pekke Saraste, Elmer Isler and Daniel Lipton, Ms. Fagan has delighted audiences and critics alike at Roy Thomson Hall, Royal Albert Hall and Carnegie Hall. Lorin Shalanko is a well-known and highly respected musician, teacher and accompanist in the Region of Kitchener-Waterloo. Lorin has performed and worked in Canada, the United States and Europe for a number of choirs, singers, instrumentalists and dance companies. He is presently an Accompanist at Wilfred Laurier University and Conrad Grebel College at the University of Waterloo.

 

William Preucil, violin & Arthur Rowe, piano
February 19, 2011

World renowned Concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra, William Preucil returns to perform in London with long-time colleague Arthur Rowe. Their performance in New York in 2004 of the Chausson Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet, was reviewed by Harris Goldsmith as a “reading that rivaled the benchmark recordings by Franzescatti/Casadesus/Pascal, and Heifetz/Sanroma/New Arts”. Featured on their London recital will be music of Bach, Dvorak, Mendelssohn and Strauss.

 

Tokai String Quartet
March 12, 2011

Praised by the Toronto Star for their “emotional investment” and “decisive” interpretations, the Tokai String Quartet is poised to become one of Canada’s leading string quartets. The vibrancy that this exciting young ensemble brings to their performances is gaining them enthusiastic audiences across Canada, and has earned the Tokai Quartet a growing demand for performances. The Quartet received international exposure while competing in the 8th Banff International String Quartet Competition and was subsequently featured on the CBC’s Music Around Us and In Performance. In 2003 they were recipients of the Felix Galimir Award, the University of Toronto’s highest award for chamber music. The following year the Quartet received the Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation Award for Young Canadian Chamber Music Ensembles, which has facilitated their participation in residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts and at the Stanford Summer Music Festival. Most recently, Debut Atlantic awarded them an extensive concert tour of Atlantic Canada.

 

Made in Canada (piano, violin, viola, cello)
April 2, 2011

Made In Canada is making a name for itself as one of Canada’s most exciting touring ensembles. The group is comprised of four leading young Canadian musicians: violinist Jonathan Crow, violist Doug McNabney, cellist Rachel Mercer, and pianist Angela Park. Each member of the group has been forging outstanding individual careers and they come together with a wealth of experience and a shared love of chamber music. After performing with each other in various other formations over the past ten years the four members have combined forces to explore the chamber music repertoire, creating varied programs drawn from the sonata, duo, trio, and piano quartet literature. Rachel performs on the 1824 “McConnell” Nicolaus Gagliano cello, also generously awarded by the Canada Council. 

 

Marie-Josee Lord, soprano, Luc Beausejour, harpsichord,
with Amanda Keesmat, baroque cello, and Grégoire Jeay, flute
April 30, 2011

Marie-Josée Lord made her professional debut in 2003, singing Liù in Puccini’s Turandot at Opéra de Québec. In 2004, Montreal music lovers were enraptured by her rendition of Mimi in Puccini’s La Bohème at Opéra de Montréal, where she also sang Laoula in Chabrier’s l’Étoile in 2005. Previously, Marie-Josée Lord held numerous roles, such as Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte (in a Canadian tour with the Atelier Lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal), the title role of Turandot (Busoni) and Dido in Dido and Aeneas (Purcell), with the Atelier Lyrique du Conservatoire de Musique de Québec. Harpsichordist and organist Luc Beauséjour is renowned for the elegance, virtuosity, and expressiveness of his playing, which has won him an enthusiastic audience and the continuing praise of critics and music specialists. In the last few years, he has won numerous awards, including “Performer of the Year” by the Conseil québécois de la musique. Mr. Beauséjour leads a very active performing schedule in Canada and abroad that has taken him to France, the United States, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Belgium, and Bermuda.

 

Angela Cheng, piano
May 14, 2011

Consistently praised for her brilliant technique, tonal beauty and superb musicianship, Canadian pianist Angela Cheng is one of her country’s national treasures. In addition to regular guest appearances with virtually every orchestra in Canada, she has also performed with the Alabama Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, Houston Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Saint Louis Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Syracuse Symphony, Utah Symphony and the Israel Philharmonic. Ms. Cheng’s debut recording of two Mozart concerti with Mario Bernardi and the CBC Vancouver Orchestra received glowing reviews. Other CDs include Clara Schumann’s Concerto in A Minor with JoAnn Falletta and the Women’s Philharmonic for Koch International; for CBC Records, four Spanish concerti with Hans Graf and the Calgary Philharmonic, both Shostakovich concerti with Mario Bernardi and the CBC Radio Orchestra, and a solo disc of selected works of Clara and Robert Schumann; and, most recently, an all-Chopin recital CD released by Universal Music Canada.

 


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