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March 2021

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March
Friday

Mozart & Haydn

March 12 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

It has been said that Haydn “excelled in every musical genre”. His Flute Quartets, written for the talented musicians who worked in his orchestra, are known for their keen melodic lines, expressive slow movements and finales full of joyful high spirits. Mozart’s String Quintet No. 4 is a piece full of extraordinary moments from the intense pathos and chromatic disquiet of its opening to the finale’s happy ending, where balance, light and gallant elegance dispel all trauma like turning on…

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March
Friday

All American

March 12 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

No other composer was able to combine the jazz music of the time with classical music like George Gershwin. Three Preludes is a brilliant arrangement by violist Martin Stegner of Gershwin’s short piano pieces - charming, melodic and captivating. Barber’s String Quartet op. 11 was written in 1936 when Barber was a mere 26 years old. The centerpiece of the quartet is the extraordinary "Adagio" which has been famously transcribed as an independent piece for string orchestra, featuring a universal…

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March
Friday

Northern Winter

March 26 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Hilldale Lutheran Church, 321 Hilldale Rd
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7G 1Y7 Canada

Celebrating our northern voice with an eclectic mix of wintery soundscapes and icy connections. The warm and lyrical Duo in C Major reflects Sibelius’ love of nature and of his native Finland. Award winning Canadian composers Jocelyn Morlock and Linda Caitlin Smith examine the meaning of shade and reflection. Estonian Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel is his most popular and well-known work, having a meditative and serene simplicity. And legendary Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer’s String Quartet depicts an outdoor…

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March
Friday

Tropical Oasis

March 26 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Join us for music from the sunny south! D’River’s Aires Tropicales is a colourful suite for woodwind quintet showcasing popular Cuban dance styles. William Grant Still’s Danzas de Panama is an impressive tour de force for string quartet based on a collection of Panamanian folk tunes collected in the 1920’s. Piazzolla’s name has become synonymous with Argentina’s iconic dance, the tango. Here we present two popular works with sophisticated rhythms and sensuous moods: his famous Libertango and Four for Tango,…

April 2021

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April
Friday

Brass ‘n Brahms

April 9 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Nelhybel’s Trio for Brass demonstrates the composer’s well-known skill for writing sharply incisive passagework for brass, as well as plaintive, almost Kurt Weill-like lyricism. Brahms’ magnificent Sextet for Strings, No. 2 is one of the best-loved works of all chamber music repertoire. It is inspired music - both serious and complex, but also beautiful and romantic. Nelhybel: Trio for Brass Sam Hughes, trumpet; Damian Rivers-Moore, horn; Erik Hongisto, trombone Brahms: Sextet No. 2 in G major, Op. 36 Tom Cosbey…

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April
Friday

Simply Beethoven

April 9 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Celebrating a chamber music genius. Beethoven’s Duo for 2 Flutes was commissioned by a close friend and is a little-known gem. The Septet in E-flat, known for its youthful charm and immediate appeal, was Beethoven’s most popular work during his lifetime. Beethoven: Duo for 2 Flutes in G Major Penelope Clarke & Doris Dungan, flutes Beethoven: Septet in E-flat, op. 20 Kathlyn Stevens, violin; Patrick Horn, viola; Daniel Parker, cello; E-Chen Hsu, clarinet; Kristy Tucker, bassoon; Janelle Wiebe, horn; Martin…