Toronto Summer Music > Mainstage Concert > War in the 20th Century

War in the 20th Century

August 1, 2018
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Walter Hall
80 Queen's Park

War in the 20th Century

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Aaron Schwebel, violin
Alexander Kerr, violin
Barry Shiffman, violin
Steven Dann, viola
Ani Aznavoorian, cello
David Hetherington, cello
Philip Chiu, piano

Bacewicz: Suite for 2 violins
Klein: String Trio
John Williams: Selections from Schindler’s List
Ravel: Piano Trio in A minor

Music shadowed by war makes up this intriguing program. Maurice Ravel began his Piano Trio in 1914, just before the First World War broke out. The grim events of that conflict cast a shadow upon this otherwise elegant composition. The Second World War cut short the promising career of Moravian composer Gideon Klein. Confined to concentration camps from the age of 22, he was murdered shortly before the last of them was liberated. Composed in 1944, the tart, eloquent String Trio was his last completed work before being taken to the camps. In defiance of the Nazis, Polish composer Grażyna Bacewicz’s neo-baroque Suite for 2 violins (1943) was premièred in secret at an underground concert in Warsaw. John Williams’ poignant score for director Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning Holocaust drama Schindler’s List (1993) captured all the heartache of this intensely moving story.

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Alexander Kerr, violin

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Eric Nowlin, viola

Ani Aznavoorian, cello

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Philip Chiu, piano

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