European pearls -- Sinfonia Toronto masterpiece concert

Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 00:00 to 02:00

Sinfonia Toronto's next Masterpiece Series concert will feature the virtuosic Double Bass Concerto No. 2 by Bottesini performed by orchestra member, double bassist Calum MacLeod and Jeonghwan Yoon on violin.

In commenting on the program, Music Director Nurhan Arman states "It is a wonderful opportunity to perform the Bottesini's Double Bass Concerto No. 2 with a soloist from within the orchestra. This incredibly challenging piece is a treat for the orchestra and audience."

Music Director, Nurhan Arman will conduct the concert. The orchestra will also perform Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, Dvorak's Slavonic Dance No. 15, and the Toronto premiere of Angelova's Pagan Dances.

Bassist Calum MacLeod is active as both a classical and jazz double bassist. His teacher and mentor in classical bass playing was Paul Rogers, of the Toronto Symphony. Calum has been performed with such orchestras as the Oshawa/Durham Symphony Orchestra, Peterborough Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Niagara, Esprit Orchestra, Talisker Players, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Korean violinist Jeonghwan Yoon has performed with orchestras such as Prime philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra. This past year, he entered into the Yewon Art School at the top of one's class. He is studying with famed violinist Bonjiu-Koo.

On their October 2010 to Spain, Sinfonia Toronto received calls for encores at every performance, and performed an astounding four encores at l'Auditori in Barcelona. The chamber orchestra has been praised for it's commitment to performing works by Canadian composers. The orchestra's repertoire includes selections from every stylistic period. Recent recordings include the JUNO winner Flanders Field Reflections, a Marquis Classics (EMI) CD of music by John Burge, and most recently Hollywood Flute, featuring acclaimed flutist Louise DiTullio.

Sinfonia Toronto's Music Director Nurhan Arman's guest-conducting engagements for the 2011-12 season include several special-theme programs: an all-French program with Russia's Hermitage Orchestra for the Tzar's Village Festival in St. Petersburg, an all-Shostakovich program with the Kharkov Philharmonic in Ukraine and an Opera Gala in Prague's National Theatre. He will also conduct the Czech State Philharmonic in Smetana Hall in Prague and return to Brazil to lead the Sergipe Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets are $40 adult; $32 senior and $12 student. They can be purchased from 416-
872-4255 or at

Subscriptions to the 7-concert Masterpiece Series are $189 adult; $169 senior and $99 students
by phone at 416-499-0403, or $10 off each price with the online discount at


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