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22 June 2017 / News
Our Canadian tour is fast approaching with just under a month until we take off for performances in Toronto and at Parry Sound in Ontario. Our first 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, so it will be very interesting to experience how it has been optimised for classical performance. This is the 18th season of the series, which aims to open up the world of music to a wide audience by holding free performances over six weeks in the summer period. Audiences are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets, so there’s sure to be a wonderful, relaxed atmosphere!
The very next day we travel to Parry Sound (225 km north of Toronto) to perform in the opening concert of the Festival of the Sound. This festival is a three-week extravaganza of music, with concerts, lectures, and masterclasses every day, and even some musical cruises out on the Sound. We always love returning to Parry Sound, and this year promises to be even more festive than usual, as the 2017 festival celebrates the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. We’ll be performing in a total of 7 concerts over 8 days, both as the NZSQ and in various combinations with other instrumentalists.
Once more, we look forward to reconnecting with James Campbell, Artistic Director of the festival and a dear friend. Jim toured with us for Chamber Music New Zealand in 2014, and is the wonderful clarinettist on our brand new Brahms CD. It was very special to have him join us again for the Adam Chamber Music festival in Nelson earlier this year. We’ll get a chance to play the Brahms Clarinet Quintet with James in a concert titled ‘Bach and Brahms’ and the glorious Mendelssohn Octet with the Penderecki Quartet, plus we'll perform with other artists including pianist Martin Roscoe and violinist/violist Gil Sharon.
You’ll find details of our performances on the Upcoming Events page of our website. If you happen to be in the same place at the same time, we'd love to see you there!
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