2018 Leith Summer Festival

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Date: Series Starts on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 7:30 pm
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Leith Summer Festival Series Pass

Includes all five Leith Summer Festival concerts


Concert 1: Julie Sings Saturday, June 30, 2018 7:30 pm
Concert 2: My Favourite Things Saturday, July 14, 2018 7:30 pm
Concert 3: Penderecki String Quratet Saturday July 28, 2018 7:30 pm
Concert 4: An Evening of Sublime Virtuosity Saturday August 11, 2018 7:30 pm
Concert 5: Ensemble Made In Canada Saturday Aug 25, 2018 7:30 pm

Leith Summer Festival Concert 1:

Julie Sings

Julie Nesrallah & Robert Kortgaard

Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Combine the superb musical talents of mezzo-soprano and noted CBC broadcaster (TEMP0) Julie Nesrallah with those of concert pianist Robert Kortgaard, then add an eclectic program of songs from opera, music theatre, folk and jazz, that sounds like summer, and indeed it’s the first concert of the 2018 Leith Summer Festival. Mezzo-soprano, Julie Nesrallah is a singer, actress and broadcaster who dazzles audiences with her super engaging personality, and her rich and deeply expressive voice.


Leith Summer Festival Concert 2:

My Favourite Things

Robi Botos, piano Paul Novotny, bass

Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Paul Novotny, Juno nominated Canadian bassist and Robi Botos, Juno winning pianist, and also winner of the TD Grand Jazz Award at the 2012 Montreal International Jazz Festival, will bring their joyous musical collaboration to the Leith Summer Festival on July 14th 2018. Novotny & Botos will take the stage at Leith’s Historic ‘Auld Kirk’ to present their emotionally charged melodic standards and originals that are steeped in ‘old soul.’ Their stories pay tribute to Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown and others, while their music always engages the audience with an improvised choreography of emotion and infectious rhythm. In 2016 Paul Novotny & Robi Botos released their first duo recording titled Look Ahead. It is rare to find new jazz with deep roots (‘My Favourite Things,’ ‘Darn That Dream,’ ‘A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square’) yet in their hands sounds fresh and timeless.


Leith Summer Festival Concert 3:

Penderecki String Quartet

Christine Vlajk (Viola) Jerzy Kapłanek (Violin) Katie Schlaikjer (Cello) Jeremy Bell (Violin)

Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Based in Waterloo, Ontario where they have been Quartet-in-Residence at Wilfrid Laurier University since 1991, the Penderecki String Quartet has become one of the most celebrated chamber ensembles of their generation. The four Penderecki musicians (originating from Poland, Canada, and USA) bring their varied yet collective experience to create performances that demonstrate their “remarkable range of technical excellence and emotional sweep” (Globe and Mail.)

CONCERT THREE PROGRAM String Quartet No.8, Op.59 No.2 – Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet No.5 (‘Rosalind’) – R. Murray Schafer String Quartet No.1 in G minor – Edward Grieg


Leith Summer Festival Concert 4:

An Evening of Sublime Virtuosity

Jonathan Crow, violin Philip Chiu, piano Gabriel Radford, horn ‘Crow-Chiu Duo’ with guest Gabriel Radford

Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 7:30 pm

A native of Prince George, British Columbia, Jonathan Crow joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as Concertmaster in 2011. Jonathan has performed as a soloist with most major Canadian orchestras. Philip Chiu is noted by La Presse as “… a pianist-painter who turns every musical idea into a beautiful array of colors”, and is lauded for the brilliance, colour and sensitivity of his playing. Gabriel Radford is currently Third Horn of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 2002. Gabriel has played with many orchestras, including several guest appearances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Les Violons du Roy.


Leith Summer Festival Concert 5:

Ensemble Made In Canada


Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 7:30 pm

“Made in Canada means perfection: the performers are each a virtuoso with numerous credits. Together they make a spectacular ensemble, in sync with each other in phrasing, dynamics and interpretation, maintaining a strong rhythmic pulse, as well as long melodic lines. They are a joy.” – REVIEW: KELOWNA DAILY COURIER

Ensemble Made In Canada is rapidly gaining recognition as Canada’s premier piano quartet. Awarded the CBC Galaxie Stars Award from the Banff Centre for the Arts, EMIC was featured in Chatelaine Magazine’s 80th anniversary issue as “Women to Watch” and an ensemble that is leading the next generation of classical musicians. The members of the group have been forging outstanding individual careers and bring together a wealth of experience having already appeared at many prestigious festivals.

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