Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Hart House Viols in Concert on Saturday: Not to Be Missed

Elin is in Toronto this week preparing for a concert in the Scaramella series where she and three other musicians will play  fabulously old viola da gambas
Saturday, February 9, 2013, 8:00 p.m., at Victoria Chapel

Six instruments now at Hart House at the University of Toronto were acquired in 1919 for $1,500 at a Toronto antique dealers, and spent most of the following 90 years being played infrequently.  Their value and quality was recognized early in this century as interest in the viola da gamba and its repertoire flowered. 

Two of them will be played on Saturday along with two others now in private ownership: the quarter is composed of instruments made by John Pitts (1675),  Edward Lewis (1680s), John Rose (c1590) and Henry Jaye (1615.  

Here are the details:

Hartes Ease
Saturday, February 9, 2013, 8:00 p.m., at Victoria Chapel

In tribute to Wolfgang and Maria Grunsky (early music pioneers, and two of the very first viol players in Toronto), Elizabethan and Stuart viol consort repertoire is presented entirely on original instruments by English luthiers of that period, including Wolfgang’s bass viol (Edward Lewis, c1690), plus two of the spectacular viols from the Hart House collection, purchased and brought to Toronto in 1919 by a collective of individuals led by Vincent Massey. Not to be missed, these instruments are as lovely to the eye as they are to the ear.

Marie Dalby Szuts, Elin Söderström, Liam Byrne and Joëlle Morton,


lagatta à montréal said...

Those are lovely. Where is Victoria Chapel?

Mary Soderstrom said...

At the University of Toronto, 91 Charles St W.

Should be a great concert.