Our Borodin Quartet’s 70th Anniversary Celebration: The Complete Shostakovich Cycle is coming up next week with our opening night on Tuesday May, 5th at 8pm! See what The Guardian had to say about the acclaimed Borodin Quartet in their review.
In case you missed it, we are running a rare concert series to see Shostakovich’s full quartet cycle that is proudly sponsored by Mission Hill Family Estate. During our recent meeting with the good people from Mission Hill, we discovered a similarity between how we talk about music and how they describe wine. Whether we … Continue reading Borodin Quartet is the “terroir” of Shostakovich
Writing ABOUT music is a risky thing to do. The best idea is to listen to the music and let it speak for itself. That said, sometimes I find it helpful to know a little bit about the context of what I am hearing. In the general field of chamber music, a recognizable form is the … Continue reading Dmitri Shostakovich and His Cycle of 15 String Quartets
In honour of Remembrance Day, and those who have sacrificed their lives, we’ve compiled a list of music composed for this day. We’ve chosen pieces that directly relate to WWI and WWII to get a sense of what people may have felt during those years. Britten’s War Requiem sets poetry by war poet, Wilfred Owen, … Continue reading Lest We Forget
Why is there so much allure for the music of Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)? Not only is he considered a famous Romantic composer for his mastery of counterpoint, but his love life suggests he may be the most romantic man of all time! Sadly, it is said he had a lifelong, unconsummated -if not entirely unrequited- … Continue reading Johannes & Clara: A love unrequited
If you are joining us this Sunday, one of the pieces you will hear was written by the Bohemian composer, Antonin Dvorak. He was born just north of Prague in 1841 and was the eldest of eight children. Music was a way of life in the Dvorak household and it wasn’t long before Antonin was accompanying his father … Continue reading A Bohemian Rhapsody