Open Mooredale Concerts’ 16th
September 18 & 19
Award-winning Montreal violinist Olivier Thouin, who in 2002
captured the Young Canadian Musicians Award, joins pianist Anton Kuerti in
the season opener of Mooredale Concerts’ 16th season, Saturday
and Sunday, September 18 and 19, 2004.
They will perform sonatas for violin and piano by Schubert
(A Major, D. 574 - "Duo"), Beethoven (No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30
No.2) and Franck (A major).
Kuerti and Thouin have previously collaborated at Quebec’s
Festival de Lanaudière in a performance of the Schumann Piano Quartet,
which was telecast. They will repeat their Mooredale performance September
20 in Montreal, at a concert to be broadcast on CBC.
Mooredale Concerts’ Artistic Director, cellist Kristine
Bogyo, has compiled an imaginative season of outstanding chamber music
concerts mainly from the baroque, classical and romantic periods, played by
musical luminaries and dazzling new talent. Among the highlights are a
program of baroque concerti, an all-Bach concert, and world-renowned pianist
Claude Frank in his highly acclaimed performance about The Romantic
Triangle of Robert & Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms.
Subscriptions are $95 (save $55 over single ticket price);
students and seniors $75 (save $45).
To order, send a cheque payable to Mooredale Concerts, to Mooredale
Concerts, 146 Crescent Road, Toronto ON M4W 1V2.
MUSIC & TRUFFLES - Prior to the September 19 concert,
Kuerti and Thouin will entertain children four and up as Mooredale Concerts’
successful Music & Truffles series begins its second season. Anton
Kuerti Shares his Piano takes place at 1 p.m. at Walter Hall. Tickets
are $10, or $35 for a season of five concerts, available from Mooredale
Pianist ANTON KUERTI (http://www.jwentworth.com/Kuerti)
has toured 31 countries, and has performed with most major North American
orchestras and conductors. His vast repertoire includes some 50 concertos,
including one he composed himself. In Canada, Kuerti has appeared in 140
communities from coast to coast, and has played with every professional
orchestra, including 40 concerts with the Toronto Symphony. As a chamber
musician, he has performed the major repertoire with such artists as Gidon
Kremer, Yo-Yo Ma, Janos Starker, Barry Tuckwell, and the Cleveland, Guarneri,
Tokyo and St. Lawrence string quartets. Called "one of the truly great
pianists of this century" by CD Review (London), Kuerti has recorded all the
Beethoven concertos and sonatas, Schubert sonatas, Brahms concertos and
works by many other composers. His new recording of Beethoven Sonatas, which
includes the Hammerklavier, will be released in September on Analekta.
Violinist OLIVIER THOUIN is winner of the 1997 Prix
d’Europe and a Canadian Music Centre Prize, the Cécile Menard-Pomerleau
grant for his active participation as concertmaster of the Jeunesses
Musicales World Orchestra, and the 2002 Young Canadian Musicians Award. His
U.S. appearances have included the Tanglewood festival, where he received
the Jules C. Reiner Violin Award, as well as the prestigious Marlboro
Festival in Vermont, and concerts celebrating 50 years of Marlboro in New
York, Philadelphia and Boston. Thouin has appeared as guest soloist with the
Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Métropolitain and Les Violons du Roy.
He has recorded Alan Belkin’s Violin Concerto (Amberola) and a CD with Trio
Contrastes (ATMA). Reviewing his January 2003 appearance with Mooredale
Concerts, Robert Harris remarked in the Globe and Mail that Thouin
demonstrated "...a powerful playing style that allowed him to seize each
dramatic moment in the scores. Claude Gingras of Montreal’s La Presse wrote
earlier of his "...elegance, musicality, sonorous refinement and precision.
A great violinist is developing in him."
Mooredale Concerts are presented with the assistance of the
Toronto Arts Council.
Pianist Anton Kuerti and violinist Olivier Thouin open the
16th season of Mooredale Concerts with sonatas by Beethoven,
Schubert and Franck, Saturday, September 18, 8 p.m. at Willowdale United
Church, 349 Kenneth Avenue (four blocks south of Finch, one block east of
Yonge), and Sunday, September 19, 3 p.m., at Walter Hall, University of
Toronto, 80 Queen’s Park Crescent (south of the ROM - Museum Subway).
Tickets, $25, $20 for seniors and students, may be reserved by calling
416-922-3714 x103. For information, visit