Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra

April 22, 2008 11:00 ET

Media Advisory: Via Salzburg, Toronto's Premier Chamber Music Series Presents "Gathering"

Experience Mayumi Seiler and members of the Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra featuring Clarinettist Richard Hosford and Bassoonist Michael Sweeney

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 22, 2008) - On April 24 and April 25 at 8:00 p.m. members of Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra are joined by Clarinettist Richard Hosford and Bassoonist Michael Sweeney for an evening wherein Mayumi Seiler celebrates music and friendship in the true spirit of chamber music. The performance features Mozart, acclaimed Canadian composer Marjan Mozetich and the glorious challenging Octet by Franz Schubert.


MOZART Clarinet Quintet in A Major K. 581
FRANZ SCHUBERT Octet in F major, D. 803 Op. post 166

The Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra was created in 1999 by Artistic Director, violinist Mayumi Seiler, with the mission of presenting high caliber chamber music concerts with an emphasis on strings. The ensemble performs without a conductor and is led from the front desk by Ms. Seiler. The orchestra boasts some of Toronto's top professional musicians and the best young talent in a group that plays to consistent critical acclaim. The Globe and Mail has hailed 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." This dynamic and virtuosic chamber orchestra is comfortable in any repertoire. Each piece and every performance reflects the attention to detail and energy that is the signature of this group. Via Salzburg is very proud to have Series Sponsor Acura.

Guest Artist Richard Hosford was for four years a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain before gaining a scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London in 1979, where he studied with John McCaw and Thea King. As a founder-member and Principal Clarinet of The Chamber Orchestra of Europe, he has toured the world, performing as soloist in the USA, Japan, Hong Kong. Italy, Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom with conductors Claudio Abbado, Sir Colin Davis, Michael Tilson Thomas, Oscar Shumsky, Roger Norrington, Gerard Korsten and Paavo Berglund. He has recorded the Mozart and Copland Concertos with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Alexander Schneider for ASV records. He was for several years Principal Clarinet of the London Philharmonic before taking the post of Principal Clarinet with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in l994. This enables him to pursue his chamber music and solo career alongside his orchestral commitments. He is a leading member of The Gaudier Ensemble and has recorded many works for strings and wind with them. He is also a frequent guest of The Nash Ensemble.

Via Salzburg is pleased to be announcing their Tenth Anniversary 2008/2009 season on Thursday, April 24, which includes guest artists Andre Laplante, Gwendolyn Mok, Michael Sweeney, Lucas Harris, James Crabb, Seiler String Quartet, along with tango dancers and tai chi performers.

Tickets: Adults - $50, Seniors - $45, Students - $20

To Order: Call (416) 205-5555, Online

Contact Information

  • Media Contact:
    Via Salzburg
    Sharon Hudson, Executive Director
    (416) 972-9193
    Via Salzburg, P.O. Box 1116
    TDC Postal Station
    77 King Street West
    Toronto, Ontario M5K 1P2