Simon Fryer with guest cellists Ariel Barnes, Minna Rose Chung, David Hetherington, Paul Marleyn, Katie Schlaikjer, Paul Widner, and Thomas Wiebe, and special guest, Sarah Slean, soprano.

May 3, 2018 | 1.30 pm | Walter Hall, University of Toronto


Sonata for 2 cellos in G major, bk.4, no. 4                          Jean Barrière
Capriccio per Siegfried Palm for solo cello                          Krzystof Penderecki
The Violet Hour for 4 cellos                                                 Jocelyn Morlock
Chaconne from Violin Partita in D minor BWV 1004           J.S. Bach (arr. 4 cellos, Lazlo Varga)
WMCT Commission for 8 cellos                                          Kelly-Marie Murphy
Bohemian Rhapsody                                                           Freddie Mercury, for Queen (arr. 4 cellos & piano, Nick Byrne)
Bachianas Brasileiras no. 5                                                 Heitor Villa-Lobos

I invite you to join me and my guests to celebrate my 10th season as WMCT Artistic Director with a multi-cello spectacular. My very favorite Canadian cellists and I play music from Barrière to Penderecki and Queen to J.S. Bach scored for from one to eight cellos. Not only that: the supremely versatile and talented Sarah Slean will be with us for Villa-Lobos; and the WMCT has commissioned award-winning composer Kelly-Marie Murphy to write a new eight-cello work for première this afternoon. Imagine the beauty of a solo cello performance, then multiply that by eight – what could be better?

Watch Sarah Slean “A Canadian Musician of Astonishing Range” interviewed by Steve Paikin on TVO’s The Agenda.