B-A-C-H Prisms
Oct
13
8:00 PM20:00

B-A-C-H Prisms

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Sarasa opens its 20th Anniversary Season with a performance of Bach’s monumental Art of Fugue, which he was working on towards the end of his life and never completed. Its 15 canons and 4 fugues, all based on a single musical idea, are a reflection of meticulous craftsmanship and brilliant technique in counterpoint. Our program is interspersed with short waves of light by 20th-century composers, which bounce off the prism cast by Bach in his final and enduring work, one of combined simplicity and complexity.

Rodolfo Richter, Rebecca Huber, violins; Jenny Stirling, viola; Jennifer Morsches, cello

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B-A-C-H Prisms
Oct
14
3:30 PM15:30

B-A-C-H Prisms

Sarasa opens its 20th Anniversary Season with a performance of Bach’s monumental Art of Fugue, which he was working on towards the end of his life and never completed. Its 15 canons and 4 fugues, all based on a single musical idea, are a reflection of meticulous craftsmanship and brilliant technique in counterpoint. Our program is interspersed wth short waves of light by 20th-century composers, which bounce off the prism cast by Bach in his final and enduring work, one of combined simplicity and complexity.

Rodolfo Richter, Rebecca Huber, violins; Jenny Stirling, viola; Jennifer Morsches, cello

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8: String Octets with Sarasa and Richter Ensembles
Oct
19
8:00 PM20:00

8: String Octets with Sarasa and Richter Ensembles

Felix Mendelssohn’s Octet is one of the most adored chamber music pieces in the string repertoire, composed by a very precocious and nimble 16-year-old talent.  Rarely performed on original instruments with gut strings, Sarasa offers a fresh view of this energetic work. The particularly innovative program includes contrasting elements of sublime French Baroque music by Marc-Antoine Charpentier (Sonate à 8) with the soulful expanse of Schnittke’s compelling Collected Songs Where Every Verse Is Filled with Grief, arranged for string octet.

Rodolfo Richter, Christina Day Martinson, David Wish, Rebecca Huber, violins; Jenny Stirling, Jason Fisher, violas; Jennifer Morsches, Timothy Merton, cellos

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8: String Octets with Sarasa and Richter Ensembles
Oct
20
8:00 PM20:00

8: String Octets with Sarasa and Richter Ensembles

Felix Mendelssohn’s Octet is one of the most adored chamber music pieces in the string repertoire, composed by a very precocious and nimble 16-year-old talent.  Rarely performed on original instruments with gut strings, Sarasa offers a fresh view of this energetic work. The particularly innovative program includes contrasting elements of sublime French Baroque music by Marc-Antoine Charpentier (Sonate à 8) with the soulful expanse of Schnittke’s compelling Collected Songs Where Every Verse Is Filled with Grief, arranged for string octet.  

Rodolfo Richter, Christina Day Martinson, David Wish, Rebecca Huber, violins; Jenny Stirling, Jason Fisher, violas; Jennifer Morsches, Timothy Merton, cellos
 

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8: String Octets with Sarasa and Richter Ensembles
Oct
21
3:30 PM15:30

8: String Octets with Sarasa and Richter Ensembles

Felix Mendelssohn’s Octet is one of the most adored chamber music pieces in the string repertoire, composed by a very precocious and nimble 16-year-old talent.  Rarely performed on original instruments with gut strings, Sarasa offers a fresh view of this energetic work. The particularly innovative program includes contrasting elements of sublime French Baroque music by Marc-Antoine Charpentier (Sonate à 8) with the soulful expanse of Schnittke’s compelling Collected Songs Where Every Verse Is Filled with Grief, arranged for string octet.  

Rodolfo Richter, Christina Day Martinson, David Wish, Rebecca Huber, violins; Jenny Stirling, Jason Fisher, violas; Jennifer Morsches, Timothy Merton, cellos
 

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A Springboard to the Sublime: Boccherini and Mozart
Dec
1
8:00 PM20:00

A Springboard to the Sublime: Boccherini and Mozart

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Due to a series of unfortunate events last January, Sarasa’s concert program of Boccherini and Mozart string sextets had to be postponed.  We are pleased to offer this wonderful program in December 2018 with the same line-up of instrumentalists! Led by the “interpretive eloquence and technical sparkle” of violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock, Sarasa recreates the geniuses of Boccherini and Mozart side by side in rarely heard chamber works, including the unusual sextet version of Mozart’s famous Sinfonia concertante, K. 364 in E-flat major, scored originally for violin, viola and orchestra.  

Elizabeth Blumenstock, Christina Day Martinson, violins; Jenny Stirling, Jason Fisher, violas; Timothy Merton, Jennifer Morsches, cellos
 

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A Springboard to the Sublime: Boccherini and Mozart
Dec
2
3:30 PM15:30

A Springboard to the Sublime: Boccherini and Mozart

Due to a series of unfortunate events last January, Sarasa’s concert program of Boccherini and Mozart string sextets had to be postponed.  We are pleased to offer this wonderful program in December 2018 with the same line-up of instrumentalists! Led by the “interpretive eloquence and technical sparkle” of violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock, Sarasa recreates the geniuses of Boccherini and Mozart side by side in rarely heard chamber works, including the unusual sextet version of Mozart’s famous Sinfonia concertante, K. 364 in E-flat major, scored originally for violin, viola and orchestra.  

Elizabeth Blumenstock, Christina Day Martinson, violins; Jenny Stirling, Jason Fisher, violas; Timothy Merton, Jennifer Morsches, cellos
 

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Uccelli Barocco ~ Baroque Birds
Mar
2
8:00 PM20:00

Uccelli Barocco ~ Baroque Birds

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Bird song has long been mimicked in music, and was especially prevalent in 17th- and 18th-century Italian Baroque repertory.  Presenting a delightful evening of various composer’s takes on birdcalls, as well as enjoying a play on the aviarium of names of several composers (merula-crow, colombo-dove, uccellini-little bird), allows a diverse cast of characters to take centre stage in this concert set. Additionally, Sarasa is greatly honoured to introduce a new work on this theme of feathered friends by award-winning British composer, Julian Grant.  His opera, The Nefarious, Immoral but Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr Burke & Mr Hare, staged and performed by Boston Lyric Opera in 2017, won many plaudits form audiences and critics alike.

Julian Grant, composer; Kristin Watson, soprano, Christina Day Martinson, Jesse Irons, violins; Jennifer Morsches, cello, piccolo cello; Michael Leopold, theorbo, Michael Beattie, organ/harpsichord
 

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Uccelli Barocco ~ Baroque Birds
Mar
3
3:30 PM15:30

Uccelli Barocco ~ Baroque Birds

Bird song has long been mimicked in music, and was especially prevalent in 17th- and 18th-century Italian Baroque repertory.  Presenting a delightful evening of various composer’s takes on birdcalls, as well as enjoying a play on the aviarium of names of several composers (merula-crow, colombo-dove, uccellini-little bird), allows a diverse cast of characters to take centre stage in this concert set. Additionally, Sarasa is greatly honoured to introduce a new work on this theme of feathered friends by award-winning British composer, Julian Grant.  His opera, The Nefarious, Immoral but Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr Burke & Mr Hare, staged and performed by Boston Lyric Opera in 2017, won many plaudits form audiences and critics alike.

Julian Grant, composer; Kristin Watson, soprano, Christina Day Martinson, Jesse Irons, violins; Jennifer Morsches, cello, piccolo cello; Michael Leopold, theorbo, Michael Beattie, organ/harpsichord
 

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“By special arrangement…”
May
18
8:00 PM20:00

“By special arrangement…”

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Throughout the ages, composers have borrowed or rehashed old ideas from previous pieces, giving them a new lease of life for a separate occasion. An arrangement of an earlier composition was also an invaluable way in which to disseminate a popular work more readily, and in turn, helped to facilitate more performances. Beethoven and Mozart each composed masterful quintets for piano and winds, presented in this program in their versions for piano and string trio.  Likewise,  the study of counterpoint of the old masters served to inspire young composers, such as Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms and Debussy, to find their footing in the art of counterpoint.  Here we include two string trios by Mozart based on original subjects composed by J.S. Bach, a fitting and circular end to our 2018-19 series! 

Maggie Cole, fortepiano; Susanna Ogata, violin; Jenny Stirling, viola; Timothy Merton, cello

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“By special arrangement…”
May
19
3:30 PM15:30

“By special arrangement…”

Throughout the ages, composers have borrowed or rehashed old ideas from previous pieces, giving them a new lease of life for a separate occasion. An arrangement of an earlier composition was also an invaluable way in which to disseminate a popular work more readily, and in turn, helped to facilitate more performances. Beethoven and Mozart each composed masterful quintets for piano and winds, presented in this program in their versions for piano and string trio.  Likewise,  the study of counterpoint of the old masters served to inspire young composers, such as Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms and Debussy, to find their footing in the art of counterpoint.  Here we include two string trios by Mozart based on original subjects composed by J.S. Bach, a fitting and circular end to our 2018-19 series! 

Maggie Cole, fortepiano; Susanna Ogata, violin; Jenny Stirling, viola; Timothy Merton, cello

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