Water Music Concert I - VC2 at The Pirate Ship on Centre Island
Toronto Chamber Players and Pirate Life Toronto present VC2 in the 1st of 4 "Water Music" concerts aboard a pirate ship on Centre Island.
VC2 is joined by Woosol Cho, Sharon Lee, and Marcus Scholtes to perform excerpts from Schubert's beloved Cello Quintet.
Lawn seating - bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy an evening of live music on a hopefully beautiful summer evening.
VC2 are an innovative cello duo that bridge the gap between Ludwig Van and Van Halen. Comprised of multi-genre cellists Amahl Arulanandam and Bryan Holt, the Toronto-based duo seek to present programmes that are both artistically challenging and easily accessible to the casual concertgoer. They have performed in venues ranging from intimate pubs to Roy Thompson Hall and are constantly searching for new ways and spaces to bring art music to a wide variety of audiences. VC2 pride themselves not only on performing works by the great masters of classical music, but also original arrangements of the modern classics of popular music. They have a deep connection to the world of New Music and are constantly striving to present new works by living composers, especially those that are home-grown.
Formed in 2015, the pair met in 2008 while at the University of Toronto where they both studied under Shauna Rolston. They chose to continue their studies at McGill Universitys Schulich School of Music, where they completed their Masters Degrees with Matt Haimovitz. As luck would have it, they both found themselves back in Toronto and a musical partnership was born.
Both Mr. Holt and Mr. Arulanandam wear many musical hats as orchestral, chamber and session musicians in the Greater Toronto Area. They have appeared with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, Soundstreams, The Art of Time Ensemble, Continuum Contemporary Music, Pocket Concerts and Tapestry Opera. They are also both members of Haimovitzs ensemble, Uccello, and were semi-finalists in the 2015 Eckhardt-Gramatte competition.
Though new to the scene, VC2 seek to take a place at the forefront of the Canadian chamber music world, bringing their unique brand of cello-fuelled music coast-to-coast.