Amici Chamber Ensemble
Outstanding performances. Extraordinary experiences.
We are at our best when among friends.
In this, our 29th season, Amici Chamber Ensemble remains as true to our roots as in our first season in Toronto. Our passion for performing outstanding chamber music works with our friends, our Amici, is as always at the heart of our programming. This season we welcome old friends and new, all counted among the world’s best chamber musicians.
We open in October with Strauss vs. Strauss, an exploration of songs and chamber works by two great Strausses, Johann Strauss and Richard Strauss, featuring Canada’s foremost baritone Russell Braun and violin virtuoso Jonathan Crow.
Feeling rebellious? Join us in November for Mother Russia, a unique program featuring music from several generations of Russian rebels and exiles. Amici is joined by fabulous Russian musicians, violinist Ilya Kaler and accordionist Alexander Sevastian.
Our Annual Gala concert in December supporting our upcoming 30th anniversary season is a celebration of cabaret music. One of our favourite Amici, wonderful Canadian soprano Mireille Asselin, joins us at our fundraiser in a program spanning from Kurt Weill songs and tangos to Leonard Cohen. We will once again return to Grano Restaurant for a dressed up afternoon of music and delectable Italian treats. We hope you will join us!
In February we reimagine Don Giovanni – Mozart’s operatic masterpiece in a rarely heard version for winds, by Joseph Triebensee which will include the superlative wind players from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and surprise guests.
The season ends in April with Messiaenic Revelations – which features Olivier Messiaen’s masterpiece Quartet for the End of Time. With two acclaimed recordings and numerous past performances of this monumental work, Amici is pleased to present it once again with special guest, TSO concertmaster Jonathan Crow.
We are at our best when among friends, and these incredible musicians and composers who grace our stage are the best tribute to our name. As ever, we count you among our circle of friends, and invite you to experience our passion for innovative, evocative programming and the best chamber music and musicians.