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PROGRAM 1 • NOVEMBER 2016 • Light Classics Series

Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 8pm | Regent Theatre (Oshawa)


Before winter firmly takes hold, enjoy “The Weather According to Vivaldi.”  Vivaldi’s timeless The Four Seasons is featured in OP’s opening concert.  Follow Vivaldi’s vision of what a year’s worth of weather can be – including Summer thunderstorms, barking dogs in Springtime, the crispness of Fall, and the austerity of Winter.   Although written in the 20th century, Ottorino Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 3 use dance forms from the 16th and 17th century, which create a fine marriage between ancient forms and modernist sensibilities.  While pleasing to the ear, these dances evoke simpler times and a graceful compositional style.  Arensky’s moving tribute to his mentor Tchaikovsky, Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky, was written one year after Tchaikovsky’s death and the theme is drawn from Tchaikovsky’s Sixteen Children’s Songs, Op. 54.  This evening of music is sure to keep you warm on a blustery November evening.
Anton ARENSKY   (1861-1906)

Ottorino RESPIGHI   (1879 –1936)

Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky, op.35a
Leader: Etsuko Kimura, violin
Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No.3
Leader: Etsuko Kimura, violin
The Four Seasons
November 12, 2016
8 pm

etsuko kimura - VIOLINIST

An exceptionally gifted musician, Etsuko Kimura has chaired the position of Concertmaster of the Ontario Philharmonic since the year 2011. This remarkable and passionate performer is often featured on the concert stages of Toronto and the GTA. She is also currently Assistant Concertmaster with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and was for many years leader of Sinfonia Toronto. 

One of the most exciting performers of her generation, Etsuko was catapulted onto the international stage as a prizewinner of the 24th Joseph Szigeti International Violin Competition. Born and raised in Japan, she studied violin performance with Tomotada Soh at the Osaka College of Music, and later with Lorand Fenyves in Canada. 

Etsuko has been a featured soloist with orchestras internationally and has lead a number of premier ensembles in the past including the Kobe City Chamber Orchestra in Japan. Her performances can be heard frequently on the radio. Etsuko currently teaches at the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto.
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