October 12, 2012 – The Promise of Youth

César Franck
Sextet no. 2, Op. 50, in D major
Felix Mendelssohn
Octet in E-flat major, Op.20

The inaugural concert of our new season features a work for double string quartet by a sixteen-year-old Felix Mendelssohn, reminding us that great music knows no boundaries of time or age.

December 7, 2012 – A Warm Place

Georg Muffat
Concerto No 6, “Quis Hic?”
Marjan Mozetich
Postcards from the Sky
Felix Mendelssohn
Symphony No. 9 in C major, “Swiss”
Concerto for Violin and Cello
in B-flat major, RV547

The warmth of the season and a respite from the chill of the air are in order as we move from the Baroque to the twentieth century in this programme of lush and beautiful music for string orchestra.

February 22, 2013 – The Breath of Life

Sir Ernest MacMillan
Two Sketches for String Quartet
Chinese programme
Jim Hiscott, commission; Xiao Nan, dizi
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
String quintet in g minor, K.516

Once again, we introduce Viennese classical music to the rich traditions of the world as Mozart makes a place at the table for a Jim Hiscott composition for the dizi, a beautiful Chinese flute.

April 12, 2013 – The Struggle Within

Franz Schubert
String Quartet No. 13 in a minor, D.804,
Talivaldis Kenins
Little Suite for String Quartet
Franz Schubert
String Quartet No.14 in d minor, D.810,
“Death and the Maiden”

Schubert’s famous “Death and the Maiden”,
a powerful work that the composer thought would be his last, makes up part of this intimate quartet programme of music from early 19th century Vienna and mid 20th century Canada.

May 24, 2013 – A Little Viennese Tango?

Victor Simon
A selection of tangos
Franz Schubert
Piano Trio No. 2 in E-flat major, D.929

Our Viennese favourite gets a latin twist when the introspective Schubert confronts the music of the tango, featuring compositions from Canadian composer Victor Simon, complete with tango dancers.

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