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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Music at Sharon Wraps Up


MUSIC AT SHARON has been spectacular so far with performances by soprano Suzie LeBlanc and pianist Louise Bessette, and capacity audiences for both concerts. Toronto Star music critic John Terauds's review of Ms. LeBlanc's recital was headlined: "Quebec soprano divine choice for temple concert". There are still two concerts left; experience the tranquility of beautiful Sharon with a summer picnic at the unique Sharon Temple grounds, before attending one, or both, of the remaining concerts.

Works by Mozart, Ibert, Poulenc, Elliot Weisgarber, and Gershwin will be explored by the award-winning pianist Sara Davis Buechner on Sunday, June 15, at 3pm. Celebrated as a pianist of noteworthy accomplishment, virtuosic mastery, artistic sensitivity and extraordinary versatility, The Washington Post enthused: "Buechner's performance had a beauty that might have taken even Mozart's breath away." Buechner, a consummate performer, is always charming and engaging on stage, involving her audience by talking to them about music with wit and charm.

To close the festival, a special concert titled "Beginning to See the Light", will have a start time of 6pm on Sunday, June 22. Celebrating their 10th Anniversary, True North Brass initially burst on to the scene in 1997, and has since solidified its reputation as one of the world's finest brass ensembles. Proudly Canadian in focus and expression with an international outlook, they will perform a delightful mix of classical, traditional, Canadian and jazz music including the historic Tunes of the Sharon Band. The concert, marking the Summer Solstice, will take advantage of the unique spatial and architectural characteristics of the Sharon Temple by positioning the musicians on a balcony high above the performance space. In order to get up to the balcony, the musicians will have to climb the very steep, high and slightly curved "Jacob's Ladder" that is normally off limits.

Also in celebration of Summer Solstice and the closing of the festival, there will be a reception with complimentary wine and refreshments for the members of the audience during the intermission.
A national historic site, the Sharon Temple of the Children of Peace was built from 1825 - 1831 by a group of former Quakers who called themselves the Children of Peace. The Temple was designed to represent their vision of a society based on the values of peace, equality, and social justice. The annual summer concert series was founded to celebrate the Temple's 150th anniversary and lasted initially from 1981 to 1990. Audiences will once again have the opportunity to experience the musical delights of this intimate 230-seat venue that topped the Toronto Star's 2006 list of essential Canadian architecture.

The Sharon Temple Museum Society presents
Artistic Director Stephen Cera
Temple of the Children of Peace, 18974 Leslie Street in Sharon, ON
north of Newmarket near the northern terminus of Hwy. 404 (free parking available)
Sunday, June 15, at 3pm: SARA DAVIS BUECHNER, piano
Sunday, June 22, at 6pm: TRUE NORTH BRASS, quintet
All Tickets $45 - ON SALE NOW!
Call the Toronto Symphony Orchestra Customer Service Centre at 416.597.7840
All artists and programmes subject to change



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