Timothy Chooi, violin and Arthur Rowe, piano
Sun, September 22, 2024 at 3:00PM
Wolf Performance Hall, Central Library, 251 Dundas Street, London, ON

Internationally acclaimed violinist Timothy Chooi joins our wonderful artistic director and pianist Arthur Rowe for this season opening concert. Mr. Chooi has captivated audiences worldwide with his virtuosic and finely nuanced performances. He is highly sought after for his passionate renditions and extensive repertoire, as well as his exceptional ability to connect with a global audience, amassing a media following of millions of viewers.

Chen Gang: Sunshine on Tashkurgan
Prokofiev: Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 94a
Amy Beach: Romance Op. 23
Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47 “Kreutzer”

 

Esmé Quartet
Sun, October 20, 2024 at 3:00PM
St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, 280 St. James Street, London, ON

Praised for their warm sound and powerful stage presence, the Esmé Quartet was formed in 2016 at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, Germany by four musicians who had been friends since their youth. They shared common interests and passions in music, the arts, and life. The Esmé Quartet brings together four brilliant and distinct musical personalities to form a cohesive, close-knit group that is passionately dedicated to the string quartet repertoire.

Augusta Read Thomas: CHI, for string quartet (2017)
Mendelssohn: Quartet in F minor, Op. 80
Schumann: String Quartet in A Major, Op. 41 No. 3

 

Miró Quartet
Fri, November 15, 2024 at 7:30PM
St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, 280 St. James Street, London, ON

The Miró Quartet is one of America’s most celebrated and dedicated string quartets, having been labeled by The New Yorker as “furiously committed” and noted by the Cleveland Plain Dealer for its “exceptional tonal focus and interpretive intensity.” For over twenty- five years the Quartet has performed throughout the world on the most prestigious concert stages, earning accolades from critics and audiences alike.

Haydn: Quartet in G major, Op. 77, No. 1 [Escher] Hob. III:81
Chan Ka Nin: String Quartet No. 3
Claude Debussy: String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10

 

Brett Polegato, baritone and Robert Kortgaard, piano
Fri, January 24, 2025 at 7:30PM
Wolf Performance Hall, Central Library, 251 Dundas Street, London, ON

One of today’s most sought-after lyric baritones on the international stage, Italian-Canadian Brett Polegato has earned the highest praise from audiences and critics for his artistic sensibility. The New York Times praised him for his “burnished, well-focused voice”, which he uses with “considerable intelligence and nuance”. Robert Kortgaard is one of Canada’s most respected chamber pianists and is a favorite collaborator of many of Canada’s finest instrumental soloists, vocalists, and chamber groups.

Schumann: “Frauenliebe und Leben”
Matthew Ricketts: “Songs for a Judith”

 

Paul Merritt, organ
with
Jennifer Short, oboe
Katerina Juraskova, cello
Richard Frank, soprano and alto saxophones
Sun, March 2, 2025 at 3:00PM
St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, 280 St. James Street, London, ON

We are excited to showcase four exceptional London musicians: Paul Merritt (organ) will be joined by Jennifer Short (oboe), Katerina Juraskova (cello), Richard Frank, (soprano & alto saxophones). They will perform an eclectic mix of music drawn from the Baroque era to the modern day, all involving the organ. The repertoire will include works by J.S. Bach, J.L. Krebs, G. Homilius, Mendelssohn, Josef Rheinberger, William Mathias, Paul Halley, and Denis Bédard.

J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in A minor for Organ, BWV 543
J.L. Krebs: Fantasia in F major for Oboe and Organ, Krebs-WV 603
J.L. Krebs: Chorale “Gott der Vater wohn uns bei” Krebs-WV 701
J.L. Krebs: Fantasia in F minor for Oboe and Organ, Krebs-WV 604
G.A. Homilius: Chorale for Oboe, Cello, and Organ "Jesu, meine Zuversicht"
J.S. Bach: Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Clavier in G major, BWV 1027
     Adagio
     Allegro moderato
J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in G major, BWV 541
F. Mendelssohn: Organ Sonata No. 1; MWV W 56
     Allegro assai vivace
Josef Rheinberger: Sechs Stücke for cello and organ, Op. 150
     2. Abendlied
     4. Pastorale
     5. Elegie
William Mathias: Processional for Organ
Paul Halley: Two pieces for soprano saxophone and organ
     The Lake
     Winter’s Dream
Denis Bédard: Sonata No. 1 for Alto Saxophone and Organ
     Invention
     Barcarolle
     Humoresque

 

Kevin Chen, piano
Fri, March 28, 2025 at 7:30PM
Wolf Performance Hall, Central Library, 251 Dundas Street, London, ON

At the age of five, this Canadian prodigy began his piano studies; by age eight Kevin Chen had been named one of CBC’s Top 30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians under 30 and became the youngest person to earn The Royal Conservatory of Music’s Associate Diploma. Subsequent awards include: youngest-ever winner of the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition; first prize at the Concours de Genève; and first prize in the Arthur Rubinstein Piano Master Competition. As well as being an exceptional musician, Chen is an accomplished composer and has over 100 works to his name.

F. Chopin: Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52
F. Chopin: Polonaise-Fantaisie in A-Flat Major, Op. 61
F. Chopin: Variations on “Là ci darem la mano,” Op. 2
F. Liszt: Ballade No. 2 in B minor, S. 171
F. Schubert/F. Liszt: Erlkönig, S. 558 No. 4
F. Liszt: Années de pèlerinage II, Sonetto 104 del Petrarca, S. 161 No. 5
F. Liszt: Réminiscences de Don Juan, S. 418

 

Chicago Brass Quintet
Music of the Americas
Fri, April 28, 2025 at 7:30PM
Wolf Performance Hall, Central Library, 251 Dundas Street, London, ON

Technical brilliance plus showmanship makes the international award-winning Chicago Brass Quintet one of the world’s preeminent brass quintets. Versatility best describes this brass ensemble as they delight audiences with an oeuvre full of both classic staples and contemporary compositions. Showy without ever showing off, the Quintet celebrates the poetry of song via musical experiences that are rich in emotion, reflection, and melody.

Repertoire to include:
Anthony DiLorenzo: Fire Dance
Fisher Tull: Exhibition
Aaron Copland (arr. Erik Morales): The Promise of Living
Antonio Carlos Jobim (arr. Bob Driggs): Girl from Ipanema
Ignacio Calvo (arr. Jay Lichtmann): Andean Op. 16
Astor Piazzolla (arr. Serdar Cizmeci): Oblivion
Dan Anderson: Huapango

 

     
 
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