Interruption

Interruption; the first concert of this year’s West End Micro Music Festival, happened last night at the season venue; Redeemer Lutheran Church on Bloor West.  It was a clarinet quintet concert with a twist or two that was illuminated for me by a chat with clarinettist Brad Cherwin after the show.

Sebastian Ostertag and Brad Cherwin_WEMMF

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LoveMozart

Last night saw the third and final concert in the inaugural West End Micro Music Festival.  Sadly we had missed number two because of TTC snarl ups but we got there fine last night.  The first half of the programme was Mozart and Stravinsky but presented in an unconventional and very effective way.  The movements of Stravinsky’s Three Pieces for Clarinet and Three Pieces for String Quartet were alternated with an arrangement for clarinet and string trio of Mozart’s adagio from K370 and two of the fragments from K516.  It was really cool; one each of the  Stravinsky clarinet and string pieces, followed by some Mozart.  Rinse and repeat!  There were a couple of fairly dark pieces but mostly this is quite playful music and the musicians; Emily Kruspe and Eric Kim-Fujita (violins), Maxime Despax (viola), Sebastian Ostertag (cello) and Brad Cherwin (clarinets) were obviously having a lot of fun.

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