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NEW ORFORD STRING QUARTET with
JAMES EHNES, violin and viola
CHARLES RICHARD-HAMELIN, piano
May 2, 2021

Jonathan Crowe - violin         Sharon Wei - viola
Andrew Wan - violin         Brian Manker - cello

with James Ehenes - violin and viola

and Charles Richard-Hamelin - piano

The New Orford String Quartet gave its first concert in 2009 with the goal of developing a new model for a touring string quartet. Its members all hold first-chair positions in the major orchestras of Toronto (Jonathan Crow, violin), Montreal (Andrew Wan, violin; Brian Manker, cello), and Sharon Wei, associate professor of viola at Western University. First appearance in this formation.

Canadian violinist James Ehnes has performed in over thirty countries on five continents and his discography extends to over forty recordings. The Times of London declared his playing to be ‘of phenomenal control allied to musicianship of the highest order’.

Quebec-born pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin makes his LMMC debut today as Silver Medalist at the 2015 International Chopin Competition in Warsaw and Second Prize winner at the Montreal International Musical Competition in 2014. He has performed with more than fifty orchestras and ensembles around the world, from Montreal and Toronto to Seoul and Singapore.

LMMC debut.

BEETHOVEN     String Quintet in C major, Opus 29 (1801)
(1770-1827)               Allegro moderato
                                   Adagio molto espressivo
                                   Scherzo: Allegro
                                   Presto - Andante con moto e scherzoso

CHAUSSON        Concert for violin, piano and string quartet,
(1855-1899)          Opus 21 (1891)
                                   Décidé
                                   Sicilienne
                                   Grave
                                   Très animé