The Leith Summer Festival - Ontario Music Festival

Saturday July 15, 2017 - 7:30 p.m.
Duo Concertante
Nancy Dahn - violin
Timothy Steeves - piano

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Concert 2
Concert 3
Concert 4
Concert 5
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We are delighted to welcome back this Duo and their delightful summer program to uplift the spirit, quiet the mind, and feed the soul. Duo Concertante takes you on a musical ride from the genius of Bach to the the highly charged and romantic masterpiece, the Sonata by Cesar Franck. Some dazzling side trips to virtuosic bon bons and jazz inspired fare in are between!

JS Bach - B minor Sonata
Luigi Dallapiccola - Tartiniana Seconda
Clifford Crawley - Sabre Dance, The Lark, A Night in Tunisia
Cesar Franck - Sonata for Violin and Piano

Since forming in 1997, Duo Concertante has been acclaimed for performances characterized by brilliance, subtlety, passion, and stunning ensemble. Extraordinary teamwork and *powerfully-charged performances* (The Musical Opinion) set them apart from more conventional violin/piano collaborations, with critics observing: "One doesn't listen to a program of violin music here, but to real chamber music, as it should be" (La Scena Musicale) and "Brilliant, saucy and soulful, you hear splendid sweet nuances everywhere."

Dahn and Steeves have performed hundred of recitals across Canada, the United States, and abroad. They have appeared in London, Chicago, New York City, Ottawa, Beijing, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, Winnipeg, Montreal and many other concert venues across eastern and western Canada. They have also been featured at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the Huntsville Festival of the Arts, the Colours of Music Festival, the Cactus Pear Music Festival (Texas), the Baie des Chaleurs Chamber Music Festival and the Tuckamore Festival. Guest artists-in-residencies include those at the Guelph Spring Festival, the Glenn Gould Professional School in Toronto and at Bishop's University, and they have given master classes at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, the University of British Columbia, Mount Royal College, the University of Victoria, Ithaca College, McMaster University, the University of Western Ontario, and the Maritime Conservatory.

"Duo Concertante play exceptionally well together .. The unifying element here is not so much the attractive repertoire as the exceptional warmth and intimacy of its presentation."
The Ottawa Citizen

"Their approach is serious, free of fuss and showiness; both have plenty of technique which they put entirely at the service of the music. In close rapport their phrasing and expression are unanimous. These two fine players deserve a much wider hearing."
New York Concert Review (Edith Eisler)

'Two packages of musical dynamite that would credit any stage in any city in any continent on the planet! ... They [play] with the kind of virtuosity that doesn't draw attention to itself but makes you hold your breath anyway."
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax