The ARC Ensemble commemorates the centenary of WW I
with “The hell where youth and laughter go”
Sunday, September 28, 2014 7:30pm
Following acclaimed concerts at New York's Lincoln Center Festival, the ARC Ensemble presents a free concert in Koerner Hall as part of Culture Days.
The program features George Butterworth's Suite for String Quartet – composed in 1910, six years before his tragically early death on the Somme – and Sir Edward Elgar's nostalgic Piano Quintet, written near the end of the war. The Stratford Festival's Ian Deakin provides a gripping contemporary account of a Belfast volunteer's wartime experience. The performance runs 75 minutes without an intermission. It is presented by The Royal Conservatory of Music in association with the Stratford Festival.
Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor St. W., Toronto
Free Culture Days performance, ticket required, available at the box office or call 416.408.0208
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Royal Conservatory on a mission to recover suppressed works
The Globe and Mail
They were dismissed from their jobs, forced into exile, often imprisoned and killed. They are the composers who suffered and died under Hitler and Stalin, and the Royal Conservatory of Music plans to establish an in-house institute to help retrieve their suppressed works.
“It’s striking to me how much of this music is simply unknown and unexplored,” says Simon Wynberg, artistic director of the RCM’s ARC Ensemble, which over the past decade has championed works by suppressed composers through concert tours and recordings, two of which were nominated for Grammy awards.
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ARC Ensemble performing in Hungary
Hungary's premier cultural event, the Budapest Spring Festival, has added the ARC Ensemble to its 2014 program. For anyone in the neighbourhood, the concert will take place on April 6 at the splendid Solti Hall, part of the newly-restored Liszt Academy.
On the program are the piano quintets by Mieczyslaw Weinberg and Szymon Laks and the string trio op. 6 composed by one of the Liszt Academy's most influential teachers Leó Weiner.
Please continue to check the Festival's website for updates.
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ARC Ensemble to perform at Lincoln Center Festival
The ARC Ensemble will be performing three programs devoted to the music of Miezcyslaw Weinberg as part of the 2014 Lincoln Center Festival. The concerts will take place at the Armory on Park Avenue, New York City, and precede Houston Grand Opera's production of Weinberg's opera The Passenger
From the Lyrics of Baratinsky op. 125 (1979)
songs for bass and piano
Robert Pomakov, bass
Piano Trio, op. 24 (1945)
Cello Sonata no. 2, op. 63 (1958)
Violin Sonata no. 1, op. 12 (1943)
Piano Quintet, op. 18 (1945)
Ben-Haim Recording Reviewed in Gramophone
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A Green and Pleasant Land
As the ARC Ensemble moves into its 10th anniversary season, we have begun to look back at our archives. Among our past series are two concerts of English music composed between the wars which we presented under the title "A Green and Pleasant Land." These performances, which included poetry of the period read by R.H. Thompson, were broadcast by CBC Radio 2, and later packaged for NPR affiliates with introductions by the ARC Ensemble's Artistic Director, SImon Wynberg.
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