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Mooredale Concerts – Exciting, Bold Still Toronto’s Best Bargain for Great Classical Music

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Our extraordinary 2015-16 season mooredale_pianoplayerstarts and ends with hot Canadian talent. International performers from Leipzig, Germany, London, England and Herning, Denmark take up the middle with two making their Canadian debuts. We blaze forward with legendary piano variations, followed by young legends on violins. Then, a beautiful interlude with a rare and exquisite operatic vocal quintet, followed by two supremely acclaimed string quartets that are joined by esteemed masters of the clarinet and the bass. Tucked between the quartets – a brash 7 player Danish ensemble that will dazzle with piano and wind chamber works.

September 27 – Legendary Piano Variations Toronto-born Stewart Goodyear opens the season with two pinnacles of the piano repertoire – J.S. Bach’s Goldberg AND Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations – two blockbuster works that are rarely performed on a single program.

November 1 – Vivacious mooredale_advimg3_chooibrosViolins  Victoria B.C.’s sensational Chooi Brothers – Nikki and Timothy, perform scintillating works by Prokofiev, Saint-Saëns.  They wrap with the 1889 composition Navarra (Danza Espagnole), Op. 33 by Pablo de Sarasate.  They are joined by Jeanie Chung, piano.

December 13 – Award winning German vocal quintetCalmus Ensemble sings holiday carols of the world, composed from the Renaissance to the 20th century – a mix of sacred, secular, humorous and entertaining song.  The concert begins with Veni, veni Emmanuel and electric candles!  Canadian debut.

January 17, 2016 – London Haydn Quartet with Eric Hoeprich, clarinet.  The “quartet’s quartet” perform Haydn’s String Quartet in B flat Major, Op. 50, No.1, Beethoven’s String Quartet in D Major, Op. 18, No. 3, and Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet in A, K581 – all on period instruments.

March 13 – Canadian debut of Denmark’s mooredale_advimg4_joelquarringboundary-pushing Strings/Winds/Piano Ensemble MidtVest,performing exquisite and rarer wind & piano works gems such as Schubert’s Introduction, Theme and Variations on “Trockne Blumen” and Nielsen’sFantasy Pieces for Oboe and Piano.

April 17 – Fiery Canadians Afiara String Quartetwith Juno winner Joel Quarrington, bass will delight audiences with their passion, their brilliant intonations, and their impeccable articulation.  Listen to Mendelssohn, Dvorak’s String Quintet No. 2, G Major, Op. 77, and come away totally mesmerized.

Performances take place in Walter Hall, “one of Toronto’s original fine, small recital halls …”

Seating 496 patrons, the hall is especiallymooredale_calmusdesigned for chamber music and solo recitals.  It has perfect acoustics, with no seat further than 14 rows from the artists – intimacy guaranteed.  Located in the Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto, 80 Queen’s Park Crescent (Museum subway), Sundays at 3:15pm (Concert Series) or 1:15-2:15pm (Music & Truffles).

Concert Series subscriptions for SIX events are: adults $140; seniors $130; and for patrons under 30, only $90.  Prices include taxes and there are no service charges. Subscribers are not only assured of their seats, but also save up to 47% per cent over single ticket purchases. All seating is general admission so patrons get their personal choice in location.

MUSIC & TRUFFLESClassical Music for Family Enjoyment

Five concerts from November 1, 2015 – April 17, 2016

Artists featured in five of the six Concert Series will also perform a one-hour interactive concert for young people ages 6-11 (and their parents, grandparents, and friends) at 1:15 p.m. Adults wishing to learn more about music and music making are welcome.  The artists along with our new hostess Joanna will help bring the music to life through demonstrations and story telling stimulating a youngsters’ music appreciation through performance and entertainment.

Many children who have attended these shows have gone on to discover their own musical abilities. Don’t miss your opportunity for a unique classical music experience.  Watch samples from our YouTube Playlist.

Join us as Music & Truffles celebrates its 13th birthday with an inspiring season of fresh and fun music events sure to delight the young and the young at heart. Subscriptions are ONLY $50 for FIVE CONCERTS, and include a Lindt chocolate truffle for everyone at the end of each concert.

Our commitment to the music education extends to the Mooredale Youth OrchestrasSome of the artists will give master classes or devote time to coaching and performing.  As examples, bassist Joel Quarrington, will hold a master class for cello and bass players, and London Haydn Quartet will perform for and sit in with the Senior orchestra players during their rehearsal.

Please join us this season.  Enrich your life with the sweet sounds of superb classical music!

Visit us at www.mooredaleconcerts.com for more information.  Order subscriptions on-line or by phone at 416-922-3714 ext. 103.  Email queries to [email protected].

Single ticket prices: $30 for adults/seniors, except for premium concerts September 27 and December 13, which cost $40. Tickets for under age 30 for all concerts will be $20.  Music & Truffles tickets are $13 each.

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