Musica Viva 2012 Season launched
We have assembled a diverse selection of great performers to share their unique musical insight and joy, covering a tremendous array of brilliant music.
The season opens with an amazing theatrical presentation by Canada’s pre-eminent period music ensemble, Tafelmusik. The Galileo Project: Music of the Spheres weaves astronomy, science, history and music together into a rich audio-visual tapestry that informs and enthrals as much as it entertains.
String quartets are at chamber music’s core, and our most popular group for the last three decades, the Takács Quartet, makes a welcome return in two wide-ranging programs. The dynamic St Lawrence String Quartet also returns, joined this time by the delightful Australian virtuoso oboist, Diana Doherty. Germany’s innovative Kuss Quartet makes its national debut, joined by Principal Viola with the Berlin Philharmonic, Naoko Shimizu, to perform some consummate string quintets.
Trio Dali’s three dazzling young soloists bring Parisian panache to piano trio masterworks, while Amarcord’s five remarkable young men add vocal genius to the season with their richly layered Leipzig sound. The year comes to a classic close with the brilliant British violinist Anthony Marwood, together with renowned pianist Aleksandar Madžar.
The Featured Composer for 2012 is Gordon Kerry. His music encourages reflection and leaves persistent traces that invite repeated hearing. Five works by this master craftsman will be heard across the year.
Music moves us in ways unlike any other form of human interaction. It can remind us of images, words, textures, tastes and patterns, or of fleeting elemental emotions. It can raise us to the sublime, or elicit just a chuckle. I wager that our selection for 2012 will cover at least that much territory.