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Leading Musicians
at Mooredale Concerts

Leading Musicians Perform In Remarkable Quintets

March 29 & 30 At Mooredale Concerts

Canadian musical celebrities unite at Mooredale Concerts in a concert featuring masterworks for string quintet by Mozart and Louis Spohr, Saturday and Sunday, March 29 and 30. 

Performances take place:

Saturday, March 29, 8 p.m.

at Willowdale United Church
349 Kenneth Avenue
(four blocks south of Finch, one block east of Yonge)

Sunday, March 30, 3 p.m.

at Walter Hall
80 Queen’s Park Crescent
(south of the R.O.M.; Museum subway).  

Tickets are $25; seniors and students, $20. 

For tickets and information, phone 416-587-9411, or visit

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, 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

Mike Petersen will appear as "Papageno", the colorfully-costumed master of ceremonies.


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