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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Kapilow and Gryphon to Unravel Beethoven

Unraveling Beethoven
Robert Kapilow and Gryphon Trio pair up for special presentation of Beethovens Archduke Trio on March 9

TORONTO Toronto can catch composer/conductor Robert Kapilow, dubbed "classical music's greatest evangelist" (Boston Herald), and the award-winning Gryphon Trio in a musical treasure hunt to explore Beethoven's Archduke Trio. The concert, presented as part of the Chamber Music Series, features Robert Kapilow in his insightful yet entertaining analysis of Beethoven's famous work, followed by a performance by the Gryphon Trio. Widely acclaimed for his knockout presentations that appeal to aficionados and neophytes
alike, Kapilow "commands an audiences attention and offers many useful methods to listen more carefully to great works. (New York Sun). The concert takes place on Monday, March 9 at 7:30 pm in Walter Hall, 80 Queens Park. Tickets ($25 adults and $15 seniors/students) can be purchased at the box office in person or by calling 416-978-3744.

For more than 15 years, ROBERT KAPILOW has brought the joy and wonder of classical music and unraveled some of its mysteries to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Characterized by his unique ability to create an aha moment for his audiences and collaborators, whatever their level of musical sophistication or naivet, Kapilows work brings music into peoples lives: opening new ears to musical experiences and helping people to listen actively rather than just hear. As the Boston Globe said, Its a cheering thought that this kind of missionary enterprise did not pass from this earth with Leonard Bernstein. Rob Kapilow is awfully good at what he does. We need him.
Kapilows range of activities is astonishingly broad, including his What Makes It Great? presentations (now in their twelfth seasons in New York and Boston), his family compositions and FamilyMusik events, and his Citypieces. The reach of his interactive events and activities is wide, both geographically and culturally: from Native American tribal communities in Montana and inner-city high school students in Louisiana to wine-tasters in the Napa Valley, and from tots barely out of diapers to musicologists long out of Ivy League programs, his audiences are diverse and unexpected, but invariably rapt and keen to come back for more. Kapilows popularity and appeal are reflected in notable invitations and achievements: he appeared on NBCs Today Show in conversation with Katie Couric; he presented a special What Makes It Great? event for broadcast on PBSs Live From Lincoln Center in January 2008; and he has written a book All You Have To Do Is Listen which will be published by the new alliance between Wiley and Lincoln Center on October 1, 2008. A documentary film, named Summer Sun, Winter Moon after Kapilows choral/symphonic work of the same name, will trace the process of that works composition from its conception through to its premiere, and will be broadcast on public television in fall 2008/spring 2009. Website:

"Rob Kapilow leaps into the void dividing music analysis from appreciation and fills it with exhilarating details and sensations. - New York Times

An educator, motivational speaker, and game show host, all rolled up in one ... Rob Kapilows insightful and entertaining programs ... often bring moments of revelation to even the most seasoned aficionados. Boston Globe

Now in their 16th year, the GRYPHON TRIO (Annalee Patipatanakoon, violin, Roman Borys, cello, Jamie Parker, piano) continues to delight audiences around the globe. Their celebrated recordings include works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Dvorak, Lalo, and Shostakovich. With a strong commitment to expanding the piano trio repertoire, the Trio has commissioned and premiered over 50 works. Their 2004 recording, Canadian Premieres, features the work of leading Canadian composers and was awarded a Juno. Their upcoming recording, Tango Nuevo, will represent their tenth CD for the Analekta label. Their complete recording of Schubert's piano trios has garnered a 2009 Juno Award nomination. As Canadas pre-eminent ensemble, the Trio continues to be actively involved in teaching and nurturing future generations of both classical musicians and audiences. All three members of the ensemble teach at the University of Torontos Faculty of Music where Jamie Parker is the Rupert E. Edwards Chair in Piano Performance. Strongly dedicated to pushing the boundaries of chamber music, their most ambitious undertaking has been the groundbreaking multimedia production of Christos Hatzis Constantinople which was presented by the Royal Opera House in the Linbury Studio in March 2007. In 2008, the Gryphon Trio were the Artistic Programming Directors of the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, a position they will resume for the 2009 Festival.

The three instruments join in a balance of rare perfection. - Le Soir, Brussels, Belgium

Ķdynamics of unusual depth and varietyĶ - The Washington Post

The Faculty of Music CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES brings to Walter Hall some of the worlds finest chamber music groups. Recent and upcoming performers include the Miro Quartet, Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, St. Lawrence String Quartet, cellist Steven Isserlis, and the Gryphon Trio. For more information on this and other Faculty of Music concert series, please visit our website at or contact the Box Office at 416-978-3744.


Ticket sales and general inquiries:
Faculty of Music Box Office
Hours: 1 7 pm, Monday to Friday, with extended hours on performance nights.
Phone: 416-978-3744
Address: Lobby level, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queens Park, Toronto ON M5S 2C5

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