The Canzona Chamber Players Concert Series is entering its 15th Season. We hope our audience members will not only enjoy our performances, but think in new ways about the works being performed. Often, we start a concert with a musical question or controversy. We believe that the answers are in the music and that is why we like to say that “the music speaks.” Since 2012 our home in the city has been at St. George the Martyr Anglican Church at 197 John St just south of the Grange Park.
We have a spectacular line up for this year’s Canzona Series. One of the things that makes Canzona so special is that we present hidden gems from the musical canon well as beloved masterworks.
Thank you for your support!
Jonathan and Roger-The Canzona Team
Concerts are presented at:
St. George the Martyr Anglican Church (the Music Gallery)
197 John St., Toronto M5T 1X6
Single tickets: $25
Seasons tickets: All five concerts for $150
If you would like to reserve or purchase tickets please either contact us by email at RESERVATIONS@CANZONA.ORG, or call/ text or Jonathan (416- 822-0613) or Roger (416-779-3886)
OUR 2017-2018 SEASON
December 4th. A collaboration by musicians from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra will pair Felix Mendelssohn’s miraculous String Octet, his own favorite composition written at the age of 16, with Johannes Brahm’s first sextet for strings. Both these works are among the greatest pieces of music written for strings. The Players are among the best string players in Canada.
Violins: Yosuke Kawasaki, Jessica Linnebach, Shane Kim, Ashley Vandiver
Violas: Theresa Rudolph, Ivan Ivanovich
Cellos: Joseph Johnson, Alastair Eng
Saturday January 27th: For many years, the mainstay of our series has been the fabulous TRIO INK formerly TRIO PLUS. Yosuke Kawasaki-violin, Wolfram Koessel-cello, and Vadim Serebryany-piano. To hear them go to our YouTube channel CANZONA CHAMBER PLAYERS. They will play works by Clara Schumann, Johannes Brahms, and Dmitri Shostakovich
February 26th: Quintets for Clarinet and Strings by Brahms and Hindemith
The Brahms Clarinet Quintet is the last of the four quintets he wrote. It is one of his greatest works. The gypsy rhapsody in the middle of the second movement is one of the best passages ever written for clarinet. The Paul Hindemith Quintet written in the 1920’s is wonderful work full of craft and surprises. Clarinet- Jonathan Krehm , Violins-Csaba Koczo, JessicaTong, Viola-Rory Mcleod, Cello-Robin Howe
March 19th: Robert Uchida, concertmaster of the Edmonton Symphony returns with Halifax pianist Peter Allen to present the 3 Brahms Violin and Piano Sonatas.
April 16th: Vadim Serebryany –Piano solo performing works by Beethoven, Liszt, and Carter. For more than 10 years we have been fortunate to have Vadim perform with TRIO INK. We will now get to hear him in a solo recital.
May 28th: Cuban Singer Anais Abreu with the Annex Quartet
The Annex Quartet 1950s-60s Cuban Music project with famed Cuban bolero singer Anais Abreu will finish our season. The project covers forgotten Cuban classics that have been revived and transcribed for string quartet with singer, and keeps with the quartets vision to push the boundaries of classical music. Furthermore, the collaboration between Annex and Ms. Abreu is unique, historical, and very personal. The Annex Quartet violist and founder, Yunior Lopez is the Artistic & Executive Producer behind the project, and happens to be the nephew of Anais Abreu. His love for Cuban music stretches back to Cuba’s vintage and golden age, which now includes his own aunt. Mr. Lopez is recognized for his work as Music Director of the Las Vegas Young Artists Orchestra while Ms. Abreu continues to perform in Havana and abroad. This project will be the first time they collaborate through a performance and commercial recording. The performances in the Canzona Chamber Series will mark Ms. Abreu’s Canadian debut.