On December 16, 1825 Theodor Molt became the sole Canadian musician to meet Ludwig van Beethoven, but what could have happened between the two men? After Molt’s florid greeting in one of Beethoven’s notebooks, the next four pages were violently ripped out and destroyed. Betrayal? Competition? Scandal? Or just old fashioned ego and pride? With music, drama, video, history and informed speculation The Missing Pages investigates. Featuring Tom Allen, Lori Gemmell, Bryce Kulak, and Patricia O’Callaghan.
This concert will be followed by a Q&A session with the artists.
Continuing with the Violin Tasting series, this year Rick Heinl, string instrument expert and proprietor of George Heinl & Co., discusses the “Bonjour” cello, which was restored at the George Heinl shop and awarded to Cameron Crozman, a winner of the Canada Council Musical Instrument Bank Competition. Cameron performs an exciting program displaying the varied and complex characteristics of one of the best Stradivari cellos. Rick Heinl also discusses the history of bow making and the importance of choosing the right bow to suit a particular string instrument. Violinists Paul Kim and Min Jung Kim participate in this extraordinary live demonstration by playing different bows and matching them with different violins. Paul and Min Jung also lead Music Niagara Performance Academy
students in performances of Vivaldi violin concertos. Audience feedback on tonal sound characteristics will be taken into account in deciding which bows are the best fit for a selected instrument, including the “Bonjour” cello.
Christopher Newton, former Shaw Festival Artistic Director, brings back the wit and wisdom of George Bernard Shaw’s critical music reviews. The program features works by composers that Shaw reviewed during his tenure as a music critic for London’s The Star, writing under the pen name Corno di Bassetto (Basset Horn). The Gould String Quartet, along with acclaimed Italian harpist Floraleda Sacchi, perform music for harp and strings, by Saint Saens, Debussy, Dussek, Spohr, Faure and more!