Canada’s Celebrated String Quartet

Canada’s Celebrated String Quartet

A Champion of Canadian Contemporary Music

A champion of contemporary music that has premiered over 100 new works from composers in Canada and abroad, the Penderecki String Quartet has three dozen recordings to their name, including a JUNO award for best composition.

This concert also features a work commissioned by our festival, written by the composer in residence of the Scarborough Philharmonic – Daniel Mehdizadeh.

There is something vividly distinct about Mehdizadeh’s music. This Canadian composer is revered for his intricate, unpredictable and haunting works. The sound and gesture of his pieces bury themselves deep in complex imagination, inviting you to participate in an exploration of uncertain visceral implications.

Dr. Daniel Mehdizadeh (DMA, University of Toronto) is currently based in the Greater Toronto Area and is the Composer-in-Residence for the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO).

The PSQ has been in residence at Wilfrid Laurier University since 1991 and an integral part of creative life in Southern Ontario throughout the past two decades.

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Josef Haydn (1732-1809)
Quartet Op. 20, No.6 in A major
   Allegro di molto e scherzando
   Adagio, cantabile
   Minuetto: Allegretto
   Fuga a tre soggetti. Allegro

Krzysztof Penderecki (1933-2020)
Quartet No. 4

Daniel Mehdizadeh (1987 –     )
Overlooking the Lilac*


Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)
Quartet Op. 105 in A- flat major
   Adagio ma non troppo — Allegro appassionato
   Molto vivace
   Lento e molto cantabile
   Allegro non tanto

*World-premiere performance of a work commissioned by the festival


First Presbyterian Church
200 Maple Street Collingwood, ON

This event has been made possible by the gracious support of:

  • Jane Moysey, REALTOR® Royal LePage Locations North, Brokerage
  • Paul & Margaret Bridgman
KUNÉ – Canada’s Global Orchestra

KUNÉ – Canada’s Global Orchestra

Celebrate Canada’s Diversity

Explore and celebrate Canada’s cultural diversity and pluralism with 11 world-class musicians from abroad, each performing on a unique instrument from their homeland, and one Métis, all of whom call Canada home. Kuné means “together” in Esperanto.

This ensemble brings together virtuosic musicians who have immigrated to Canada from the four corners of the earth as well as an Indigenous Canadian representative. While collaborating, fusing different cultures together in their creations, KUNÉ’s members retain their personal musical and cultural identities, expressing their musical language and personalities within the context of a musical framework.

“Kuné is a musical journey that takes listeners on a trip around the world…”

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Set 1
1. Espera Esperanto (composed by Paco Luviano, arranged by Hilario Duran)
2. Water (composed by Demetrios Petsalakis, Ahmed Moneka, Aline Morales, Dora Wang
and Selcuk Suna, arranged by Demetrios Petsalakis)
3. Earth (composed by Padideh Ahrarnejad, Matias Rechart and Dorjee Tsering, arranged
by Noam Lemish)
4. Fire (composed by Demetrios Petsalakis, Ahmed Moneka, Tyler Emond, Selcuk Suna,
Matias Recharte)
5. Wind (composed by Demetrios Petsalakis and Salif “Lasso” Sanou, arranged by Andrew
Downing. Contains excerpt from traditional French Canadian song V’lal bon vent)
6. Obeso (composed by Salif “Lasso” Sanou)

Set 2
1. Iemanja (composed by Aline Morales, arranged by David Arcus)
2. We Met in Tkaronto (composed and arranged by Alyssa Delbare-Sawchuck)
3. Sarena (composed by Aline Morales, Ahmed Moneka and Demetrios Petsalakis,
arranged by Demetrios Petsalakis)
4. Lloqlla (composed and arranged by Matias Recharte)
5. Zendeghi (composed by Padideh Ahrarnejad, arranged by Demetrios Petsalakis)
6. Canto a la Tierra (composed by Luis Deniz, arranged by Hilario Duran)
7. [encore] Mae D’Agua (composed by Aline Morales)


First Presbyterian Church
200 Maple Street Collingwood, ON

This event has been made possible by the generous support of Sensor Technology and the Prasad Foundation.

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