Friday, April 3, 2009

Something to do this summer: Toronto Summer Music Festival

This just in from the Toronto Summer Music Festival:

July 21 – August 15, 2009
Festival passes ($120 - $300) and single tickets ($20 - $75) are available online

Renowned conductor and Artistic Director Agnes Grossmann is thrilled to present the fourth annual TORONTO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL (TSMF) in Toronto this summer. The finest artists from the world of chamber music will come to the city from July 21 to August 14, 2009.

This year’s Festival theme, Eternal Stars, will highlight the performances from such distinguished artists as Menahem Pressler and Anton Kuerti, as well as star composers, three of whom have significant anniversaries this year – Joseph Haydn, Felix Mendelssohn, and Bohuslav Martinu. One of the biggest highlights of the Festival will be the return of perhaps the most outstanding chamber musician of our time, pianist Menahem Pressler....

... Another Toronto favourite group and Juno award-winners, the Gryphon Trio, will appear on August 11 with soprano in a programme of Scottish Folk Songs. Other works on the programme will include Hayden’s Trio in C Major and Mendelssohn’s Trio No. 2 in C Minor.

...Opera Extravaganza on Thursday, August 13, will feature some of the star alumni of the TSMF Academy Opera Studio, accompanied by the National Academy Orchestra, and conducted by TSMF Artistic Director Maestra Agnes Grossmann. The evening will be filled with some of the most beautiful and powerful operatic arias, duets, and ensembles.

Agnes Grossman said: "This summer we are celebrating two composers, who have been shining key figures in the evolution of the musical universe: Joseph Haydn - father of the Viennese classical period in the age of Enlightenment and Felix Mendelssohn - "the brightest light amongst composers of the Romantic Era" (Robert Schumann). Through our great performers, Toronto Summer Music's 2009 Festival, with this year's theme "Eternal Stars", will celebrate for our fourth season, stellar moments of musical interpretation."

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