LSM Newswire

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Guests from Europe


Sinfonia Toronto will present a colourful and varied program in a Masterpiece Series concert on Friday, December 12 at 8 pm. The concert will take place under the baton of guest conductor Rista Savic at Grace Church on-the-Hill (300 Lonsdale Road).

The concert titled 'Guests from Europe' will feature Slovenian clarinet virtuoso Darko Brlek performing Weber's Clarinet Quintet in an orchestral version.

Clarinetist Darko Brlek has performed throughout Europe and around the world. He has appears in recital in Italy in Trieste, Firenze, Milan, Rome and Torino; in Austria in St. Polen, Feldkirch and Salzburg; and in Germany in Munich, Frankfurt and the Rheingau Music Festival. He has also performed in the US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Japan, Spain, France, Portugal, Belgium, Lithuania, Egypt, Yugoslavia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Turkey and Russia. He has performed as soloist with the Radio Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, Staatstheater Oldenburg, Deutsches Kammerorchester, Sinfonia Toronto, Mannheim Kammerorchester, Moscow Chamber Orchestra and Moscow Soloists, Cannes Symphony, Mexican State Symphony, Lithuanian State Symphony, Macedonian Philharmonic, Sarajevo Philharmonic and many others. He has recorded several compact discs.

Conductor Rista Savic started violin lessons at the age of four and soon showed exceptional interest and talent not only in violin and piano but also in composition and conducting. He worked with many renowned conductors as concertmaster before taking up the baton himself. In 1989 he formed the German Chamber Orchestra Frankfurt am Main. He has led the GCO on European tours and has appeared as guest conductor with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Archi della Scala Milano, Torino Philharmonic, Peking Philharmonic, Shenzhen Symphony, Mexican State Symphony, Sinfonia Toronto, Constance Southwest German Philharmonic, Bari Symphony, Pilsen Radio Symphony, Florence Chamber Orchestra, Virtuosi di Praga, Cluj Philharmonic Orchestra, Rio Camerata (Brazil) and many others. Since 2001 he has been Principal Guest Conductor of the Peking Philharmonic.

In addition to Weber's exciting Clarinet Quintet, the concert will feature selections from Grieg's colourful Peer Gynt Suite, Holst's St. Paul Suite as well as one of Mendelssohn's brilliant string works Sinfonia No. 10. Toronto composer Ronald Royer's Mistico will open this varied program.
There will be a free post-concert reception, giving audience members a chance to meet the orchestra members, guest-conductor and soloist.

Online discount tickets are $35 adult, $27 senior, $7 student (16-29) and can be purchased at or at regular price by phone 905-825-9477 or at the door.

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