Sharon Azrieli soprano
Lara St. John violin
Ariel Barnes violoncello
Heidi Krutzen harp
Steven Mercurio conductor
Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Leon Stein – “Dance of the Joyous” from Three Hassidic Dances
Srul Irving Glick – “Let Him Kiss Me“ and “How Beautiful You Are My Love” from Seven Tableaux from The Song of Songs (arr. Francois Vallières)
Avner Dorman – Nigunim for violin and orchestra
— Intermission —
Kelly-Marie Murphy – En el escuro es todo uno (In the Darkness, All is One) for violoncello and harp
Gustav Mahler – “Adagio” from Symphony No. 10
Following her appearance here two years ago, the Smetana Hall will be welcoming back the amazing Canadian soprano Sharon Azrieli, who will be bringing along several outstanding soloists for the occasion. Together they will perform works awarded by the David Azrieli Foundation set up by the former art patron and philanthropist.
We can also look forward to checking out Avner Dorman’s triumphant violin concerto. The virtuoso composition features solo voice and rich orchestral colour. Canadian violinist Lara St John has performed as a soloist with prestigious international orchestras such as the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra.
The second half of the programme will include the Adagio from Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 10 and Kelly-Marie Murphy’s double concerto for harp and cello: En el escuro es todo uno, featuring the celebrated Canadian duo COULOIR.
Judging by the established prestige the Azrieli Prize affords, this concert programme promises to deliver a similarly spellbinding experience as phenomenal clarinettist David Krakauer’s performance in 2017.