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PROGRAM 3 • JANUARY 2017 • Masters Series

1. Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 8pm | Regent Theatre (Oshawa)
2. Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 3pm | Koerner Hall (Toronto)

***ANNOUNCEMENT: Please note that our guest soloist, William Molina-Cestari, originally programmed to play the Dvorak Cello Concerto, is unfortunately unable to be with us this week. We are very pleased to announce that Santiago Cañon Valencia, the exciting young international star of the cello, will replace him for these performances.


Special feature: In a national series of Canada 150 fanfares and co-commissioned with Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO), Ontario Philharmonic (OP) presents “Launch!”, by Canadian composer, Vivian Fung, with financial assistance from the Government of Canada.
This program consists of two pieces by Hungarian and Bohemian composers Franz Liszt and Antonin Dvorak.  Although Liszt was well-known and loved as a pianist, his place as a serious composer was more difficult to secure; however, the metaphysical and spiritual leanings that shaped his later life and contributed to his acceptance as a composer are found in his mid-career composition Les Preludes (Symphonic Poem 3). For the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 1, Liszt turned to his native Hungary for inspiration.  An innovator, Liszt is credited with inventing the symphonic poem and the use of the word rhapsody in a musical way to define a narrative, story-like quality he insisted he found in the original gypsy songs that form the basis of his Hungarian Rhapsodies.  Bohemia’s most famous musical son, Antonin Dvorak, rounds out the program with his well-known Slavonic Dance No. 2 and the Cello Concerto in E minor - works that owe their genesis to the rhythms of the Slavonic language and Dvorak’s fierce national pride.
Vivian FUNG
Franz LISZT  (1811-1886)  
Antonin DVORAK   (1841-1904)
Franz LISZT  1811-1886)

Antonin DVORAK   (1841-1904)                  
Launch !
Les Préludes, S 97 (Symphonic Poem No.3)
Slavonic Dance no.2, op.72 in E minor                                       
Hungarian Rhapsody no.1 in F minor                                         
Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191
Soloist: SANTIAGO CAÑÓN-VALENCIA, cello                                
January 28, 2017
8 pm
January 29, 2017
3 pm


Born in Bogota in 1995, Santiago Cañón – Valencia has been praised as one of the most promising young cellist of his generation. His major musical mentors have been Henryk Zarzycki in Colombia, James Tennant in New Zealand and Andres Diaz in the USA. He is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar. Santiago is a First Prize winner of the Carlos Prieto (2016), Beijing (2010), Gisborne (2011) and Lennox (2014) International Cello Competitions, and is a major prizewinner of the Casals (2014), Adam (2009), Johansen (2012) and Cassadó (2013) Competitions.

He has performed in recital and as a soloist with orchestras throughout Australasia, South America, the USA, Canada, South Africa, Europe, China, Japan, Mexico and Russia and has played as a soloist with Yuri Bashmet and the Moscow Soloists and with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

Santiago premiered Ginastera’s Cello Concerto No. 2 in Colombia with the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia and made the premiere of Friedrich Gulda’s Cello Concerto with the Auckland Chamber Orchestra in New Zealand. He has also collaborated with world-renowned musicians such as Alisa Weilerstein, Shlomo Mintz, Dmitri Berlinsky, Richard Young, Andres Diaz, Emmanuel Ceysson, Wendy Chen and Roberto Gonzales-Monjas among others. Santiago
has also shared the stage with Maxim Vengerov, Li-Wei Qin and Phillipe Müller.

Santiago has been a constant guest artist at the Cartagena International Music Festival and was part of the Verbier Festival Academy (Cello) in 2016.

His debut CD featuring 20th Century works has been internationally acclaimed by The Strad Magazine and other publications. Consecutively, he has just released two new recordings consisting of Russian cello sonatas and popular pieces of the cello repertoire with pianist Katherine Austin. All of his recordings are available under the Atoll label in New Zealand. Santiago has been sponsored by the Mayra & Edmundo Esquenazi Scholarship through the Salvi Foundation since 2011 and is a recipient of the MPower ArtistGrants 2016 by the Sphinx Organization.

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