The concert is called Kristine’s Kompanions
because the performers were favorite performing partners of Kristine Bogyo,
founder of Mooredale Concerts, who died in April 2007. Most of them played
many times with her over the series’ 18-year history.
They include three of Canada’s most highly
esteemed violinists – Erika Raum, Olivier Thouin and Scott St.
John. St. John, however, will be playing viola at this concert.
All have been soloists with leading orchestras in Canada and abroad, and
have thrilled Mooredale Concert audiences time and again. Joining them are
violist Sharon Wei, who has also made frequent Mooredale appearances,
and belonged to the Mooredale Youth Orchestra as a teenager; and cellist
Christopher Costanza, who, like St. John, is a member of the St.
Lawrence String Quartet.
A new composition by Anton Kuerti, artistic
director of Mooredale Concerts, premieres at the concert. Enticement
for Two Violas was written especially for the occasion, for Scott
St. John and his fiancée, Sharon Wei.
The Mozart String Quintet in G minor, K. 516
is one of the most famous works in the chamber music repertoire. Mozart
wrote few pieces in minor keys. Each of them brings a very special,
profound atmosphere, which is usually poignant and even tragic.
The other work is hardly ever performed, although
its composer, Louis Spohr, was considered, during the 19th
century, to be one of the 10 greatest composers of all time. He was a
phenomenal success in numerous countries and wrote a great deal of music for
strings, including seven two-viola quintets. Featured in what may even be
its first Toronto performance, his String Quintet No. 2 in G Major
is full of exciting counterpoint and bubbling originality.
MUSIC & TRUFFLES – SUNDAY, MARCH 30
Music & Truffles, Mooredale Concerts’ highly
successful classical series for children five and up, presents the artists
in a shorter, child-oriented version of the concert featured later that
afternoon. The performance takes place Sunday, March 30, 1-2
p.m. at Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park Crescent. Tickets are $10, and
include a chocolate truffle at the end. For tickets and information,
phone 416-587-9411 or visit