This concert features an exciting lineup of musicians including members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, and the Rosebud Quartet in a program of powerful works that show off the sheer brilliance of these musicians.

Beginning on a light note with Francis Poulenc’s cheeky Sextet for Piano and Winds, which reached its final form in 1939 after nearly a decade of revisions. Richard Strauss’ "Metamorphosen" (1945) is in equal measure filled with deep lament and optimism, written in response to the devastation of the Second World War, with both obvious and more layered references to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 “Eroica”. Finally, the concert closes with a gem of the chamber music repertoire: the first of Brahms’s Piano Trios, which ran a lengthy path to its final form. The first version, the one you will hear at this concert, dates from 1854. No less than 35 years later, he produced a thoroughly revised second version, the form in which it has most often been performed.

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