Via Salzburg

Via Salzburg

September 22, 2011 13:54 ET

Via Salzburg Unveils Its 13th Season with a New Venue and a Renewed Vision of Innovation in Chamber Music

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 22, 2011) - Via Salzburg enters into its 13th year offering chamber music of the highest caliber to audiences in Toronto and across Canada. Via Salzburg's signature has always been the blending of art forms and diverse musical genres into the traditional classical music chamber concert experience. For its 13th season, the ensemble continues on that mission with innovative concerts, special guest artists, and excellent music from both Canada and around the world as they infuse the familiar with the new and move into exciting and sometimes challenging musical waters.

This year the ensemble will move to a new home – the Rosedale United Church (159 Roxborough Dr., Toronto). "Our new venue promises to enrich the Via Salzburg experience for all of us," said Artistic Director Mayumi Seiler. "Churches have been havens for the beauty of music for many hundreds of years, and we feel that returning to that venue for our concerts will allow us both to showcase the music in a very special way and to connect even more closely with our audiences."

With the ensemble's thirteenth season, Via Salzburg returns to the very heart of the chamber music experience by embracing the intimacy of the string quartet as its core ensemble in the more traditional setting of a church. Many special guests will join the ensemble throughout the season including pianist André Laplante, actor and improviser Bruce Hunter, up-and-coming jazz pianist Chris Donnelly, teenage chanteuse Hayley Mitchell and will feature a commissioned piece by Canadian composer Linda Catlin Smith.

Via Salzburg prides itself on being the launching pad for many of Toronto's up-and-coming stars in classical music, with previous members going on to win positions as respected national and international symphonies and ensembles. This year the ensemble will again conduct a search for Canada's most promising young composer with its 2nd Annual Composition Competition. The winning piece will premiere at the May concert.

The five concerts that comprise Via Salzburg's 2011/12 season are:

Friday, October 14, 2011 – The Rest is Silence

Debussy – String Quartet in g minor
Brahms – String Quartet no. 2, op. 5
Mark Richards – Scenes from Hamlet

The first concert of the season features music of innovation, tradition, and inspiration, as Debussy and Brahms usher in the voice of one of Canada's finest young composers.

Friday, December 9, 2011 – The Birds Take Up Their Charming Songs Once More

Special guest narrator and improviser: Bruce Hunter

Vivaldi - Four Seasons
Musical Improvisations – The Audience becomes the Storyteller

Old blends with new. Audiences will enjoy the Baroque sounds of Vivaldi and then join with Via Salzburg to create a new musical composition.

Friday, February 10, 2012 – Six Degrees of Separation

Brahms – Sextet no. 1 in G major
Dvorák – Sextet in A major, opus 48
Linda Catlin Smith – Commission for string sextet

Enjoy the lush, intimate, and complex sounds of the string sextet as we move from the Romantic strains of Brahms and Dvorák to the provocative work of Canadian composer Linda Catlin Smith.

Friday, April 13, 2012 – Très rythmé

Special guest pianist and composer Chris Donnelly and singer Hayley Mitchell

Ravel – String Quartet
Chris Donnelly compositions
Selections from Gershwin, Kapustin and more

The rhythmic complexity of Ravel and the jazz-inflected music of Chris Donnelly will show all the ways in which the rhythms of music move us.

Friday, May 25, 2012 – A Dialogue Across Time

Special guest pianist André Laplante

Debussy - Piano Trio
Debussy – Estampes
Brahms - Piano trio in B major
Winner of the 2nd Annual Via Salzburg Composition Competition

Debussy and Brahms pass the musical torch of inspiration to the winner of Via Salzburg's Second Annual Composition Competition, as we look for the newest and most promising musical voice in Canada.

Tickets: $35/30/20/10 through Via Salzburg (416) 972-9193 or at

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 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.

Artistic Director Mayumi Seiler began her musical upbringing in Osaka, Japan, where she was born of Japanese/German parentage. Wedded to the violin from the age of three, Ms. Seiler received her musical education at the renowned Mozarteum during the formative years of her childhood in Salzburg, Austria. She is currently based in Toronto, Canada where she lives with her two greatest accomplishments, her daughter Hana and her son Seiji.

With a busy schedule as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, the Far East and North America, Ms. Seiler is also the Artistic Director and founder of Via Salzburg Chamber Music, a Toronto based chamber music organization whose chamber orchestra Ms Seiler leads from the first desk. Via Salzburg is entering the 13th season with wonderfully imaginative programming and international guest artists performing with the best Canadian talent.

Ms. Seiler has performed with numerous renowned orchestras and conductors including Neville Marriner, Christopher Hogwood, Maxim Vengerov, Peter Oundjian, Sandor Vegh and has been the featured soloist with orchestras such as the City of London Sinfonia, the Royal Philharmonic, the Berlin Symphony, the Moscow Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Academica Salzburg and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and has performed to critical acclaim in such major venues at Toronto's Roy Thompson Hall, New York's Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw and Vienna's Musikverein, the Barbican and the BBC Proms in London. Ms. Seiler has recorded many of the violin concertos and chamber repertoire for such labels as Virgin Classics, JVC Victor, Hyperion, and Capriccio.

Thanks to the very generous support of a private benefactor, her faithful partner in her musical travels is an exquisite J.B. Guadagnini violin, circa 1740.

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