[AMI-2011] Concert Review Nicole Ho I watched the concert on February 26, 2011 at 7:00pm. The name of the music group was Toronto Sinfonietta, and the artistic director was Matthew Jaskiewicz. There were 10 soloists in total- Leslie Ashworth, Daniel Hass, Nicole Li, Amadeusz Kazubowski-Houston, Annie Zhou, Lily Chapnik, Sarah Velasco, Daniel Temnik, Kara Sojung Park and Anna Vertypolokh. The concert was performed at the Isabel Bader Theatre which is one of the most popular additions to the architectural renewal of the University of Toronto’s downtown campus. There are a total number of 500 seats. There were approximately 450 seats occupied. Some of the seats are on flat floor and some of seats are on the balcony.
It was a small semi-professional performing group that consists of around 28 members, yet there was a wide range of instrumentation. There were 9 violins, 3 violas, 3 cellos, 1 bass, 1 flute, 2 oboe, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 French horns, 2 trumpets and 1 percussion. The performers were dressed very neatly. For men, they wore black tuxedo, white shirt with bow tie and black shoes. For women, they dressed in white top with black pants or dress and black shoes.
The concert as a Whole was entertaining. It was not directed toward any age group. The programs’ timing and pacing were pretty good. The program went smoothly and everything was on schedule.
Overall, the group performed very well. All of them had a good posture, and a good tone. However, I suggest that they could have fewer violins, or more of other instruments. The group played ten pieces throughout the concert. The pieces were the Introduction and Tarantella by Pablo Sarasate, Pezzo Capriccioso Op. 62 by Peter Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto in D major by Johannes Brahms, Barcarolle in F major by Fryderyk Chopin, Piano Concerto no.2 in F major by Fryderyk Chopin, Clarinet Concerto no.1, in F by Carl Maria von Weber, Caprice no.24 in A minor by...
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