“And So It Goes…”
Saturday July 1, 2017
Brett and Robert love to take a new show on the road. The title of this one comes from the beautiful Billy Joel song of the same name. It is just one of the many emotionally stirring highlights of this programme full of classic music theatre hits from this and the last century, along with individual songs that we love, like Cole Porter’s “Begin the Beguine” and “Miss Otis Regrets”. From the witty ditties by Noel Coward to the grand Soliloquy from the musical Carousel, with contemporary music theatre hits from shows such as Sondheim’s “Company” and “Sweeney Todd”, all will be delivered with the grand sophistication of Brett’s internationally renowned vocal and interpretive skills.
Brett Polegato’s artistic sensibility has earned him the highest praise from audiences and critics: ‘his is a serious and seductive voice’ says The Globe and Mail, and The New York Times has praised him for his ‘burnished, well-focused voice’ which he uses with ‘considerable intelligence and nuance.’ He appears regularly on the world’s most distinguished stages including those of Lincoln Center, La Scala, the Concertgebouw, the Opéra National de Paris, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, the Teatro Real, Roy Thomson Hall, the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall.
Saturday July 15, 2017
We are delighted to welcome back this Duo and their delightful summer program to uplift the spirit, quiet the mind, and feed the soul. Duo Concertante takes you on a musical ride from the genius of Bach to the the highly charged and romantic masterpiece, the Sonata by Cesar Franck. Some dazzling side trips to virtuosic bon bons and jazz inspired fare in are between!
Since forming in 1997, Duo Concertante has been acclaimed for performances characterized by brilliance, subtlety, passion, and stunning ensemble. Extraordinary teamwork and “powerfully-charged performances” (The Musical Opinion) set them apart from more conventional violin/piano collaborations, with critics observing: “One doesn’t listen to a program of violin music here, but to real chamber music, as it should be” (La Scena Musicale) and “Brilliant, saucy and soulful, you hear splendid sweet nuances everywhere.”
Saturday July 29, 2017
“Mauro Bertoli is an Italo-Canadian pianist, who lives in Ottawa where he moved from Italy in 2009. After receiving the first prize in several International and national Piano Competitions he has established himself on the international stage and has been praised by the press for his formidable technique and exceptional sensitivity.
Invited to debut for the recognized International Piano Festival of Brescia and Bergamo, in Italy (April 2016), he has also been awarded the prestigious Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Prize for the youth. A new addition to the Prize that since 2000 has been awarded by the above mentioned Festival and the Foundation CAB to personalities such as Pollini, Argerich, Kissin, Uchida, Lang Lang, Temirkanov, Muti, Ughi, Rostropovich, Maisky just to cite a few, and that for the first time ever has been assigned to a young pianist with an emerging international career.
“….dazzled by (the) up-and-coming pianist …with absolutely flawless technique and deep musicality…Here is a newcomer to watch out for.”
– John Terauds, Toronto Star
The Gryphon Trio
Saturday August 5, 2017
Celebrating its 24nd season in 2017, Gryphon Trio has impressed international audiences and the press with its highly refined, dynamic performances and has firmly established itself as one of the world’s preeminent piano trios. With a repertoire that ranges from the traditional to the contemporary and from European classicism to modern-day multimedia, the Gryphons are committed to redefining chamber music for the 21st century.
Leith Festival is delighted and honoured to be graced with this stellar ensemble this year.
The Rolston String Quartet
Saturday Aug 26, 2017
The 2016 First Prize winner of the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Rolston String Quartet was named among the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s 2016 “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30.” The Calgary Herald says they “played affectionately, shifted colours with the mood of every phrase, and showed a caramel blend in tone that only makes you want to hear more.” A winner of Astral’s 2016 National Auditions and the 2016 John Lad Prize, the quartet was also the Grand Prize winner of the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition and a prizewinner at the inaugural M-Prize competition and the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition.
The Rolston String Quartet has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe, appearing in such venues as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Koerner Hall at the Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music, and the Auditorium de Bordeaux. Currently the Graduate Quartet-in-Residence at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, the Rolstons also participated in residencies and fellowships at the Académie musicale de Villecroze, Aspen Music Festival, Banff Centre, McGill International String Quartet Academy, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Robert Mann String Quartet Institute, and the Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Festival.
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