|KOFFLER CHAMBER ORCHESTRA 2011-12 SEASON
Music Off the Map
Sunday, March 18, 2012 | 3 PM
Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W.
$15 regular advance
$10 Koffler Envision Members & students advance
$25 regular door | $20 Koffler Envision Members & students door
Advance tickets: Click here to order or call 1.888.222.6608
Set in Toronto’s most eclectic cultural hub, the Gladstone Hotel, this performance features bold contemporary Canadian composers mapping the cosmos of new music together with Canadian soprano Melanie Conly, praised for her “sweet voice delivery” (Toronto Star). The program’s theme is taken from the concurrent Koffler Gallery exhibition of work by Flavio Trevisan who hand-crafts maps of Toronto, revealing the city in new dimensions. Click here for details on the exhibition.
Marian Mozetich: Postcards from the Sky
Walter Buczynski: Highway of Heroes, a world premiere
Claude Champagne: Danse Villageoise
Allan Gordon Bell: Drawing down the Moon
Srul Irving Glick: Divertimento for Strings
The Koffler Chamber Orchestra is the only one of its kind in Toronto, comprising some of the city’s most well-regarded professional musicians performing with community members and exceptional music students under the direction of acclaimed violinist Jacques Israelievitch.
The Koffler Chamber Orchestra is made possible thanks to Leslie Dan and Family with additional support from Gordon Winter.
Chagall’s Musical World
Sunday, November 20, 2011 | 3 PM
Art Gallery of Ontario, Walker Court, 317 Dundas St. W.
FREE with admission to the AGO
The kick-off concert of the Koffler Chamber Orchestra season is inspired by the Art Gallery of Ontario’s stunning fall exhibition of Marc Chagall and the Russian modernist artists. The program features Chagall’s favourite composers, Mozart and Tchaikovsky in addition to composers who share the painter’s Russian Jewish background. Chagall often depicted klezmer musicians and the milieu of Eastern European Jewish culture, reflected in the original composition – Klezmer Dance Suite – created especially for the Koffler Chamber Orchestra by Toronto clarinetist, Martin van de Ven. Like Chagall, Alfred Schnittke draws upon both tradition and modernity. Schnittke’s Piano Concerto is reprised by Russian-born Toronto musician Andrew Burashko who gave its Canadian premiere.
"Burashko plays with fervor and refinement" – The New York Times
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Divertimento
ALFRED SCHNITTKE Piano Concerto
PYOTR IIYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade
MARTIN VAN DE VEN Klezmer Dance Suite
Come early and see the exhibition Chagall and the Russian Avant-Garde: Masterpieces from the Collection of the Centre Pompidou, Paris. Admission to the AGO is free on Wednesdays, see this special exhibition for just $10! Koffler Envision Members get into the AGO for FREE on November 20 and see the Chagall exhibition for just $10!
Presented together with the Art Gallery of Ontario as part of kofflerkultura.
ABOUT ANDREW BURASHKO
Moscow-born Andrew Burashko made his debut at the age of seventeen with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and has since established himself as one of the most sought-after soloists in Canada. Known for his passionate performances and eclectic repertoire, Mr. Burashko has performed with most of the Canadian orchestras, collaborating with conductors Marin Alsop, Andrew Davis, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Pinchas Zukerman among many others. As a soloist he has performed extensively throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe, and as a chamber musician, he regularly collaborates with Canada's top artists and performs in festivals throughout Canada and Europe. For 16 years, he has also been involved in an important and ongoing collaboration with modern dancer Peggy Baker. Mr. Burashko's musical dexterity and passion for artistic experimentation have now brought him to the artistic directorship of the Art of Time Ensemble, a chamber music society comprised of the best musicians on the Canadian scene. The ensemble has received wide acclaim for its thoughtful and challenging programming, its brilliant performances, and its ability to reach across the borders that often separate artistic genres and audiences.
ABOUT MARTIN VAN DE VEN
A unique stylist, Martin van de Ven brings fire, elegance and humour to his performance of klezmer music with the award-winning group, Beyond the Pale. On both clarinet and bass clarinet Martin’s explosive solos can rouse an audience to a frenzy, but he’s also an extremely sensitive player, providing perfectly subtle ensemble parts to support the groups he performs with around the world. His daring original compositions carve new musical territory, rooted in traditional folk styles but informed by Jazz, Classical, and New Music. A mainstay of the Canadian klezmer scene for well over a decade, Martin is a former member of the Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band. He has published two instructional volumes of his klezmer transcriptions and has composed and performed music for many film, television, theatre, and dance productions.
|Location:||Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. West
|Fees:||$10 Koffler Envision Members & students | $15 Non-members advance | $25 door