The Violin Takes The Highlight In Esprit Orchestra’s Violinissimo

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Esprit Orchestra (Picture: Karen Reeves)

The violin takes centre stage within the subsequent live performance by Toronto’s Esprit Orchestra, that includes three of Toronto’s concertmasters performing as soloists.

The concertmaster of Esprit, Stephen Sitarski, Concertmaster of the Nationwide Ballet of Canada Orchestra, Aaron Schwebel, and Concertmaster of the Canadian Opera Firm Orchestra, Marie Bérard will carry out as soloists, after which come collectively to conclude the live performance with a celebratory work by Alexina Louie, O.C. Louie can even average a pre-concert discuss that includes composers and soloists previous to the live performance.

L-R: Marie Bérard (Photo courtesy of the artist); Stephen Sitarski (Photo: Bo Huang); Aaron Schwebel (Photo: Lauren Hamm)
L-R: Marie Bérard (Picture courtesy of the artist); Stephen Sitarski (Picture: Bo Huang); Aaron Schwebel (Picture: Lauren Hamm)

On this system:

  • José Evangelista (Canada) Violinissimo (1992); Aaron Schwebel, soloist
  • Andrew Staniland (Canada) Six Enigmas (2022) — World Premiere & Esprit Fee; Stephen Sitarski, soloist
  • John Rea (Canada) Figures hâtives (2006); Marie Bérard, soloist
  • Alexina Louie (Canada) Triple Concerto for Three Violins & Orchestra (2017); Aaron Schwebel, Stephen Sitarski, Marie Bérard, violins

Evangelista’s Violinissimo was composed in 1992 for the Orquestra de Valencia. Inside the conventional construction of a concerto, the composer explores his usually intense and melodic model. Esprit Orchestra carried out the work in 2006, and it marks Aaron’s Schwebel debut as a soloist with Esprit.

L-R: Alexina Louie (Photo: Monique de St. Croix); Andrew Staniland (Photo courtesy of the artist)
L-R: Alexina Louie (Picture: Monique de St. Croix); Andrew Staniland (Picture courtesy of the artist)

Andrew Staniland’s Six Enigmas was composed in collaboration with Stephen Sitarski, concertmaster of Esprit Orchestra. It has a virtuosic strategy that’s designed to shock audiences, within the daring musical language audiences have come to anticipate from the Canadian composer.

Sooner or later, Montréal composer John Rea heard a toddler say that to be impatient was to “wait rapidly”. The reality of that assertion, and the juxtaposition of ideas, intrigued him. Figures hâtives or “Hurried Figures” was the tip results of that contemplation, with agitated rhythms that play towards lengthy, hovering strains. Commissioned and premiered by the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal in 2006, each Esprit and violinist Marie Bérard final carried out it collectively in 2009.

All three concertmaster/soloists come collectively to finish the efficiency with Alexina Louie’s Triple Concerto for Three Violins and Orchestra. The work was commissioned for the Sesquicentennial of Canada by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal & the Nationwide Arts Centre Orchestra. In its authentic efficiency, it was performed by the concertmasters of every orchestra. It’s a celebratory work that the musicians are dedicating to the town of Toronto.

Violinissimo takes place on Sunday, November twenty seventh at 8:00 p.m. at Koerner Corridor, with a Pre-Live performance Chat moderated by composer Alexina Louie, O.C. at 7:15 p.m. Tickets and extra info right here.

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