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TSM Presents Quotations

TSM Presents Quotations
TSM Presents Quotations photo
July 17, 2023 | 7:30 PM
  • Starting at: $20.00
  • Venue: Walter Hall
  • Genre: Chamber, Piano, 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

Jonathan Crow, violin 
Philip Chiu, piano 

Kevin Lau: If Life Were a Mirror... 
Alice Hong: ...for not all is lost (TSM 2021 Commission; World Premiere) 
Johann Sebastian Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78 
Richard Strauss: Violin Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 18

The artistic brilliance of the concert hall, blended together with the casual cadence of a living room concert – Artistic Director Jonathan Crow and pianist Philip Chiu are back! Their program explores Beethoven’s fascinating legacy by tracing quotations of his work from Brahms right through to the present day. 

The program begins with Kevin Lau’s If Life Were a Mirror... which the composer describes to be “like a landscape strewn with familiar musical artifacts” and quotes such masterworks as Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Sonata and Handel’s “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba.” Meanwhile, former TSM Academy Fellow Alice Hong returns with ...for not all is lost. Reflective, with moments of drama and hopefulness, this work was commissioned for this pair during TSM’s 2021 Digital Festival and is receiving its much anticipated in-person premiere. Rounding off the program are two popular works of the violin repertoire performed with mastery and power: Brahms’s “Regensonate” with its recurrent rain motif, and R. Strauss’s Violin Sonata, demanding technical brilliance and lyrical beauty from violinist and pianist alike.