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Les Amis open new season in Northumberland

Cecilia Nasmith

By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today

Les Amis

Les Amis

COBOURG -- St. Peter's Anglican Church in Cobourg is the venue where Les Amis Concerts will have a grand opening for its 35th season on Oct. 29.

The 3 p.m. opening of the 2017-2018 season will feature a trio of virtuoso musicians to perform an extraordinary concert that includes Beethoven Trio Op. 11, Brahms Trio Op. 114 and (with a modern twist) the whimsical The Time Passes, a Capriccio for Clarinet and Piano by Moldova composer Ghenadie Ciobanu.

Three accomplished musicians will work their magic.

Max Christie, the principal clarinetist of the National Ballet Orchestra and the Esprit Orchestra in Toronto, is often heard on CBC Radio's Two New Hours. Christie has performed across North America and Europe as a soloist with a number of symphony orchestras.

Toronto Symphony cellist Britton Riley has played at many music festivals throughout North America and Europe. He holds Master of Music and Doctorate degrees from the University of Michigan, and has performed regularly with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Pianist Jeanie Chung enjoys an active and varied performing career. She has given solo recitals, concerto performances and chamber music concerts throughout North America, Central America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Chung studied at the Juilliard School where she obtained Bachelor of Music, Masters of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees.

Les Amis (whose artistic director Michael Pepa is now a Cobourg resident) continues to nurture talented young musicians at the earliest stages of their professional careers. It is also its policy to introduce them to works by contemporary Canadian composers at every opportunity. Emerging artists are showcased with more established performers who, in many cases, were first presented by Les Amis at the beginning of their own careers.

Les Amis works toward these goals by sponsoring recitals with programs whose works are selected by the performers themselves. As well, at least one Canadian composition is recommended or commissioned by Les Amis especially for them, offering an outlet for audiences to get to know upcoming artists as well as new Canadian music repertoire.

This season's concerts will feature some of the top musical artists in the world, including Toronto Symphony Associate Concertmaster Mark Skazinetsky, Canadian Sinfonietta Concertmaster and Artistic Director Joyce Lai, Canadian Opera Company pianist Rachael Kerr, pianists Erika Crinó and Angela Park, and National Arts Centre Orchestra Principal Cello Rachel Mercer.

And the Oct. 29 concert promises to be a treat for classical-music enthusiasts, as well as a remarkable start to an exciting season.

Tickets are available at the Victoria Hall Concert Hall box office (905-372-2210 or www.concerthallatvictoriahall.com).

For more information on upcoming concerts, visit www.lesamisconcerts.org.