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TSM Presents Isidore String Quartet

TSM Presents Isidore String Quartet
TSM Presents Isidore Quartet photo
July 19, 2023 | 7:30 PM
  • Starting at: $20.00
  • Venue: Walter Hall
  • Genre: Chamber, Classical, String
  • Presenter: Toronto Summer Music Festival

Festival passes are available to purchase beginning March 7th at 10 am, by calling the Weston Family Box office at 416.408.0208, or in person at 273 Bloor St. W.

Single tickets are available to purchase online beginning March 21st at 10am

Isidore String Quartet 
Adrian Steele, violin 
Phoenix Avalon, violin 
Devin Moore, viola 
Joshua McClendon, cello 

Johann Sebastian Bach: Selections from The Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080 
Aida Shirazi: Umbra 
Dinuk Wijeratne: Disappearance of Lisa Gherardini 
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No 15 in A minor, Op. 132

As 2022 winners of the Banff International String Quartet Competition, these up-and-coming artists are on track for worldwide success on the concert hall stage. In tribute to the legendary Juilliard String Quartet, the Isidore String Quartet is “approaching the established as if it were new, and the new as if it were firmly established” with an electrifying program. 

The Isidore String Quartet offers selections by two cornerstone composers: excerpts from one of Bach’s final works, in which he demonstrated his unequalled genius in the fugue, and one of Beethoven’s visionary “Late” String Quartets – his final compositions, in which he summarizes the genre’s past and points ahead to its future. Beethoven is said to have considered using the main theme of Op. 132’s finale in the last movement of his Ninth Symphony in early drafts.  

These fine musicians also explore contemporary examples of the repertoire: Disappearance of Lisa Gherardini was inspired by the theft of the famous painting, the Mona Lisa, from the Louvre Museum in Paris in 1911. Sri Lankan born Canadian composer Dinuk Wijeratne is a JUNO Award-winning composer, conductor, and pianist who has been described in The New York Times as “exuberantly creative.”   

Rounding out the program is a sublime work by Aida Shirazi, whose work has been hailed as “well-made and affecting” in the New Yorker. In umbra, she describes creating a “shadow-like quality; a sonic umbra. The work emerges from a dark and quiet state and after several dynamic and textural swells and contractions fades into the void.”  

With a vision to revisit, rediscover, and reinvigorate the repertoire, the Isidore String Quartet is not to be missed in their highly anticipated Toronto debut.