Saturday, April 25, 2020
Toronto Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster and BC-born violinist Jonathan Crow and his recital partner, pianist Philip Chiu, present a powerful and moving tribute to one of the legendary superstar violinists of the 20th century and internationally-renowned humanitarian, Yehudi Menuhin (1916 – 1999).
Menuhin filled concert halls around the world for decades. During WWII, he gave an astonishing 500 concerts for wounded servicemen, Allied troops, relief organizations, and at liberated concentration camps, risking his own life on many occasions to bring joy and hope to others through music.
In this very personal concert, Crow and Chiu perform some of the pieces that Menuhin brought to wartime Europe, including Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47 (Kreutzer Sonata), Corelli’s La Folia, Ravel’s fiery Tzigane and showpieces of Fritz Kreisler. Menuhin himself was the conductor when Jonathan made his concerto debut with Victoria Symphony Orchestra.
“Both pieces show off everything a violinist can do, and both Crow and Chiu did so with pose and polish.”- MUSICAL TORONTO
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