120 Lara St. John, violin, and Matt Herskowitz, piano

“Dazzling WMCT Season Opener” says Joseph So

Students from RH King Academy enjoyed this recital by Lara St. John and Matt Herskowitz

October 5, 2017 | 1.30 pm | Walter Hall, University of Toronto


César Franck – Sonata in A for violin and piano
Selections from Shiksa

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Ontario-born violin virtuoso Lara St. John has been described as “something of a phenomenon” by The Strad and a “high-powered soloist” by the New York Times, for her performances of the standard repertoire from Bach to the present.  With Montreal pianist, Matt Herskowitz Lara brings her recent Shiksa project to our stage. Over many years Lara has collected traditional folk tunes from the Jewish Diaspora, Eastern Europe, Balkans, Caucasus and Middle East.  She presents these, re-imagined by today’s composers, and performed with stunning élan, in “a storm of perfection.”  A spectacular opening to our 120th season, coupled with a major sonata from the violin/piano repertoire.

Tuning Your Mind with Professor Anna Shternshis, Director of the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto.

Thursday, October 5, 12.15 pm | Walter Hall
Yoshke from Odessa and Other Heroes: Soviet Yiddish Songs of World War II
A historically significant archive of hundreds of Yiddish songs, collected from soldiers, refugees and other Soviet Jewish citizens, believed lost, has been discovered and brought back to life.

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