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In rehearsal in the Faculty of Music, Geiger-Torel Room

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Simon Fryer with guest cellists Ariel Barnes, Minna Rose Chung, David Hetherington, Paul Marleyn, Alice Kim, Paul Widner, and Thomas Wiebe, pianist Gordon Gerrard, and special guest, Shannon Mercer, soprano.

CelloDrama broadcast: Sunday May 27 In Concert CBC Radio2

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)
Coffee will be served in the Living Room for 8 cellos
Kelly-Marie Murphy (World première of WMCT Commission)
Bohemian Rhapsody
Freddie Mercury, for Queen (arr. 4 cellos and piano, Nick Byrne)
Bachianas Brasileiras no. 5 for soprano and 8 cellos
Heitor Villa-Lobos

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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 2006 CDA Winner Shannon Mercer 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?

Tuning Your Mind | 12.15 pm | Walter Hall | Pre-concert Lecture

From Klengel to Kelly-Marie:
Music for cello solo and cello ensemble from a performer’s perspective

Dr. Dobrochna Zubek, cellist


In consideration of those with allergies or sensitivities, please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, or other scented products at concerts. We share the air: go scent free.

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