Canada Calling!

29 June 2018 / News

We’re winging our way to Canada next month for a series of performances in the beautiful province of Ontario. Our tour kicks off with a performance for the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society, which was founded in 1974 by Jan Narveson, a philosophy professor at the University of Waterloo, and over the years has featured the Borodin String Quartet, violinist Joshua Bell, pianists Anton Kuerti and Janina Fialkowska, and cellists Stephen Isserlis and Ofra Harnoy to name but a few! We’re always delighted to be invited back to perform in this intimate series of house concerts.

Our next performance is at the Toronto Music Garden, as part of the annual Summer Music in the Garden series held on the shores of Lake Ontario. The garden was co-designed by Yo-Yo Ma as a reflection of Bach’s Suite Number 1 in G for cello, and is a truly magical setting for an outdoor concert. Audiences are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets, so it’s a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere. We made our first appearance in this series last year and are excited to return again in 2018.

Rolf SMG

Then it’s on to Parry Sound (2 ½ hours north of Toronto) for the 39th season of Festival of the Sound, a three-week classical, jazz and film extravaganza dating back to 1979. With concerts, lectures and masterclasses every day, and even some musical cruises out on the Sound, it’s a veritable feast for culture vultures and always a highlight of our year. This will be our 15th successive appearance in the Festival and will see us perform in a total of 7 concerts over the course of a week, both as the NZSQ and in various combinations with other instrumentalists.

Our diet of music at Parry Sound includes Chopin, Dvorak, Debussy, Prokofiev and Bach, as well as some toe-tapping klezmer and fiddle music! A real highlight for us will be performing Schubert’s beautiful Arpeggione Sonata in an arrangement by Brian Newbould for clarinet quintet – written specially for our dear friend James Campbell (Artistic Director of the festival) and the Allegri Quartet. We’re looking forward to hearing a different take on this famous piece which was originally written for the arpeggione (a string instrument that was only in use for a very short time in music history) but is now usually played on viola or cello with piano accompaniment.

You’ll find details of our performances on the Upcoming Events page of our website. If you happen to be Canada in July, we'd love to see you at one of our concerts!

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