Sublime Delights: Music of Beethoven, Mozart, & Brahms
Sunday, October 25, 2020 - 3:00pm
Pre-concert chat at 2:15 with Michael Newnham
Opening our 2020-21 season, Orchestra Toronto celebrates Beethoven’s 250th Anniversary Year with a programme of sublime classics, culminating in the Choral Fantasy, with guest artist David Jalbert and the Amadeus Choir of Toronto.
Michael Newnham – Conductor
David Jalbert – Piano
Lesley Bouza – Soprano
The Amadeus Choir of Toronto
On the Programme
Brahms: Academic Festival Overture
Mozart: Piano Concerto no. 20 in D minor (W. Beethoven’s cadenza), David Jalbert, piano
Sibelius: En Saga
Beethoven: Choral Fantasy, with David Jalbert, piano, and the Amadeus Choir of Toronto
Meet Our Guest Artists
A virtuoso with a warm, elegant style and a wide-ranging repertoire, pianist David Jalbert has established himself among the elite of a new generation of classical musicians: “Jalbert’s piano playing is remarkable for its sweep, confidence, sensitivity, power and color, what more can we ask?” (Fanfare). Named by the CBC as one of the 15 best Canadian pianists of all time, Mr. Jalbert performs regularly as a soloist and recitalist all over the world. His solo recordings – of the Goldberg Variations, the Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues, of American, Russian and French piano music – have all garnered international praise in venues ranging from Gramophone to France-Culture. He has been a guest soloist with numerous major orchestras and is an sought-after chamber musician, collaborating over the years with artists such as Nicola Benedetti, Jean-Philippe Collard, Rachel Barton Pine, Denise Djokic, Joel Quarrington, and performing with his piano trio, Triple Forte. A national and international prize-winner, David Jalbert has won five times at the Prix Opus and garnered four Juno Awards nominations, most recently in 2018 for his Stravinsky/Prokofiev disc. He is a graduate from the Juilliard School, the Glenn Gould School and Université de Montréal and is now a professor of piano at the University of Ottawa.
Led by dynamic Artistic Director, Kathleen Allan, the Amadeus Choir has been enlivening Toronto’s arts community for 46 years. The Amadeus Choir is an award-winning semi-professional choir of auditioned voices from all parts of the GTA and surrounding areas. The Choir champions the best of choral music and premières works of Canadian and international composers through a self-produced Toronto concert series, guest performances, and special events. Known well beyond Toronto through tours, festivals, recordings, and national and international radio broadcasts, the Choir collaborates with many professional performing arts organizations in the GTA.
The Amadeus Choir is proud to take a leading role in educating the next generation of choral musicians by providing workshops for conductors, composers, and students. The Choir is known for its strong support of Canadian music, and regularly commissions work from established and emerging Canadian composers.
Throughout its history, the Amadeus Choir has received numerous awards, most recently the Association of Canadian Choral Communities' award for Most Innovative Performance in 2014 for “Music of the Spheres,” a multi-media collaboration with the Elmer Iseler Singers, the Ontario Science Centre, and the Roberta Bondar Foundation.