SINFONIA TORONTO OPENS ITS DOWNTOWN CONCERTS WITH ‘RACHMANINOFF’

Sinfonia Toronto will open its 2018-19 Downtown Concerts series with a program titled ’Rachmaninoff’. The orchestra’s Music Director Nurhan Arman will conduct the November 16 concert in Glenn Gould Studio, featuring brilliant Canadian pianist Anne Louise-Turgeon. She will appear as soloist in Rachmaninoff’s beloved ‘Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini’ in a chamber orchestra version created by Parisian composer Louis Sauter. The performance will mark the Canadian premiere of this transcription. Also on the program are two sparkling 20th century compositions by Albert Roussel and Polish composer Grazyna Bacewicz.

Anne Louise-Turgeon has taken prizes in the Cleveland and Sydney International Piano Competitions, a Government of Canada Award for Achievement in the Arts and an Ontario Arts Council Chalmers Award for advanced solo studies. She appears on Albany Records performing solo piano music by Ezra Laderman. She has appeared at the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam,  Carnegie Hall’s “Weill Recital Hall”, Sinfonia Toronto, Music Toronto, Hamilton Philharmonic, Massey Hall (Toronto), New World Symphony, Minsk Philharmonic, Festival Miami, FIU Stravinsky Symposium, Esprit Orchestra, Sanibel Chamber Festival, Norfolk Chamber Festival, Austin Chamber Festival, Novosibirsk Philharmonic, San Francisco International Chamber Festival, Montreal International Two Piano Festival, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory (Singapore), Chicago International Two Piano Festival, Salkind Two Piano Festival, Festival Duettissimo, Dranoff Foundation and the World Piano Conference. She has given world premiere performances of works by Copland, Corigliano and Pauk.  Radio and television appearances include ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corp.), Netherlands Public Radio, CBC I & II, “Arts National”, NPR “Performance Today”, BBC I & II,  WGBH Boston, WPR, WFMT Chicago, MPR, and the PBS documentary “Two Pianos – One Passion”. As a member of Duo Turgeon, Dr. Louise-Turgeon took first prize in the International Schubert Competition (Czech Republic) and the Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition. Her recordings on Vanguard Classics, Marquis Classics, Marquis/EMI,  Dranoff Foundation, ClassXdiscs, and Albany labels have received acclaim, including 5 out of 5 from la Scena Musicale, CBC “Sound Advice”, Les Grandes Pianistes et le Piano, Wholenote Magazine, Musicweb, and Soundstage. Dr. Turgeon’s performances and recordings have appeared on classical top ten lists.

Now celebrating its 20th Anniversary season, Sinfonia Toronto has toured in United States, South America and twice in Europe receiving glowing reviews. It has released four CD’s, including a JUNO Award winner, and performs in many Ontario cities. Its extensive repertoire includes all the major string orchestra works of the 18th through 21st centuries, and it has premiered many new works. Under the baton of Nurhan Arman the orchestra’s performances present outstanding international guest artists and prominent Canadian musicians.

Nurhan Arman has conducted throughout Europe, Asia, South America, Canada and the United States, returning regularly to many orchestras in Europe. Among the orchestras Maestro Arman has conducted are the Moscow Philharmonic, Deutsches Kammerorchester Frankfurt, Filarmonica Italiana, St. Petersburg State Hermitage Orchestra, Orchestre Regional d’Ile de France, Hungarian Symphony, Arpeggione Kammerorchester, Milano Classica and Belgrade Philharmonic.

TICKETS are $42 adult; $35 senior and $15 student. They can be purchased online at www.sinfoniatoronto.com.

RACHMANINOFF
Friday, November 16, 2018 8 pm
Glenn Gould Studio
250 Front St. West
ANNE LOUISE-TURGEON Pianist
SINFONIA TORONTO / NURHAN ARMAN Conductor
Program RACHMANINOFF Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini
ROUSSEL Sinfonietta
BRUCKNER Adagio from String Quintet
BACEWICZ Divertimento

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