Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra

Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra

June 03, 2009 12:10 ET

Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra: "Tranquil Energy" Mayumi Seiler Reunites for an Evening with The Seiler String Quartet June 4 and 5, 2009

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 3, 2009) - Mayumi Seiler, Artistic Director of Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra reunites with her three sisters for an intimate evening with Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra's principal cellist Rachel Mercer on June 4 and 5, 2009 at 8:00 pm at Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front Street West, Toronto. Our final concert of the 2008/2009 season, entitled "Tranquil Energy" features music by W.A. Mozart, Franz Schubert, and perhaps the most well known of Canadian composers, the great R. Murray Schafer, whose piece is complemented with the smooth and graceful movements of Tai Chi performers.

Program: MOZART Dissonance Quartet in C Major KV 465
SCHAFER Quartet No. 6 with Tai Chi
SCHUBERT Quintet in C major, D956

R. Murray Schafer is unquestionably one of Canada's greatest artists and his status as a composer is matched by his accomplishments as a writer, educator, visual artist, and environmentalist. He has studied with and been influenced by some of Canada's greatest artistic and scholarly minds including John Weinzweig, Marshall McLuhan, and Alberto Guerrero.

The Seiler String Quartet was formed while the four sisters were very young. The sisters' parents, German Ernst Seiler and Japanese Mie Seiler (both pianists), met at the Julliard School and were drawn to Salzburg after beginning the children's upbringing in Japan. They began playing their instruments at 3 years old and coincidently (or unconsciously?) ended up with the composition of a string quartet amongst them. The young girls were all enrolled in music lessons and the daily practice schedule was a going concern for their mother, herself a Professor at the Mozarteum. Each daughter became very successful at international music competitions, winning prizes and being in the lime light as both soloists as well as chamber musicians, performing on radio and television. Touring to Japan and throughout Europe, they would often load the car not only with their instruments and themselves, but also the dog! The four young sisters became a much loved and unique string quartet during their travels. While each has enjoyed a successful career individually over the years, the Seiler String Quartet has always returned to their music making as a quartet.

Mayumi Seiler is the founder and artistic director of Via Salzburg, a Toronto-based chamber music ensemble that would fuse the extraordinary talents of both Canadian and international musicians with string-oriented repertoire spanning from the Baroque to the contemporary. Ms. Seiler is also an instructor at the University of Toronto and the Glenn Gould School, and is in great demand throughout the world as a soloist and chamber musician.

The Globe and Mail has hailed the Mayumi Seiler and the Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra as an "elite band of string players that performs with passion and dedication," while The Toronto Star has lauded its "ebullience and glowing tone" and the National Post states that it "continues to delight the city".

'Tranquil Energy'
The Seiler String Quartet with Cellist Rachel Mercer and Tai Chi Performers
June 4 and 5, 2009 at 8:00 pm
Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front Street West, Toronto

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