Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra

Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra

December 12, 2008 16:08 ET

Via Salzburg Gets Plucked

Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra invites Lutenist Lucas Harris on stage. Performance includes commissioned Canadian composer Justin Mariner's 'Bottlebush Down'

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 12, 2008) - Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra invites Toronto based Lutenist Lucas Harris on stage to perform with Mayumi Seiler on December 18 and 19, 2008 at 8:00 pm at Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front Street West, Toronto. Canadian composer Justin Mariner's 'Bottlebush Down' was commissioned by Via Salzburg in 2006 and will be performed once again.

Program: CORELLI Concerto Grosso op. 6 no. 8 in G minor
("Christmas Concerto")

FASCH Concerto for Lute and Strings in D minor

MARINER Bottlebush Down

TARTINI Sonata in G minor ("Didone Abbandonata")
op. 1, no. 10

BACH Concerto for Three Violins in D Major - BWV 1064

Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra invites Lutenist Lucas Harris to join them on stage. Lucas has performed with Tafelmusik, Aradia, The Toronto Consort as well as The Harp Consort, Apollo's Fire, New York Collegium, Smithsonian Chamber Players, Les voix humaines, the Boston Early Music Festival orchestra, and many other ensembles. He is an eager teacher and coach, serving on faculty for several summer Baroque workshops (Oberlin, Longy, Amherst, and Tafelmusik) as well as being the founder and co-director of the Toronto Continuo Collective, a performing 'pluck band' dedicated to learning the art of seventeenth-century accompaniment. He was recently guest director with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra in Vancouver, and also directed Cavalli's La Calisto for the Ohio State University Opera Program.

Via Salzburg, in a departure from the baroque repertoire, will perform Justin Mariner's Bottlebush Down for Ten String Instruments. Justin Mariner lives in Montreal. He holds a DMus from McGill University and has been a finalist in the CBC Young Composers' Competition and the Gaudeamus International Music Week. He writes: "Bottlebush Down reflects my long-standing interest in popular music. The counterpoint makes use of a special type of canon in which the second voice follows the first after a very short interval in time. This creates an echo effect in which the parts combine to create a more intricate resultant melody, a device also used by guitarists such as David Gilmour and The Edge. The title refers to a hill in the south of England. Said to be haunted, it is also along the path of the Dorset cursus, a Neolithic monument which consists of two parallel banks tracing a straight line across the Cranborne Chase for ten kilometres. The title is meant as a tribute to the Cocteau Twins, to whom the piece is harmonically indebted." Bottlebush Down was commissioned and premiered by Via Salzburg in 2006.

Via Salzburg was formed in 1999 when violinist Mayumi Seiler set out to fulfill her musical vision of 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. Thus was born Via Salzburg, an ensemble that now begins its tenth year having performed an impressive array of groundbreaking concerts to critical acclaim. Via Salzburg has been a fertile proving ground for many talented young performers who have subsequently used their experience with Ms. Seiler to achieve international careers as performers and teachers. Further, recognizing that a love of music requires nourishment from an early age, Ms. Seiler and Via Salzburg maintain an active participation in numerous educational outreach activities.

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" and the National Post states that it "continues to delight the city".

'Festive Strings'

Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra and Lutenist Lucas Harris

December 18 and 19, 2008 at 8:00 pm

Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front Street West, Toronto

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

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