Toronto Summer Music > Mainstage Concert > Brahms Sextet

Brahms Sextet

August 3, 2018
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Walter Hall
80 Queen's Park

Brahms Sextet

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Aaron Schwebel, violin
Alexander Kerr, violin
Barry Shiffman, violin
Eric Nowlin, viola
Steven Dann, viola
Ani Aznavoorian, cello
David Hetherington, cello
Miles Jaques, clarinet
Philip Chiu, piano

Janáček: Violin Sonata
Chan Ka Nin: Our Finest Hour
Brahms: Sextet No. 1 in B flat Major, Op. 18

Leoš Janáček’s Violin Sonata (1914-21) is a typically passionate and quirky piece by this unpredictable Moravian master. In the words of the composer, Chan Ka Nin’s Our Finest Hour (1999, winner of the 2006 JUNO award for classical composition of the year), pays tribute to “the achievements of mankind” and “the power of the citizens and liberty for all human beings.” He drew the title from a celebrated patriotic Second World War speech by British prime minister Winston Churchill. The two hearty, expansive string sextets that Brahms composed during the 1860s are exceptionally warm in every way. They are cornerstones of the repertoire of this rare medium.

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Barry Shiffman, violin

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Alex Kerr, viola

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Steve Dann, viola

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Ani Aznavoorian, cello

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