Although 20% of babies who were exposed to classical music in utero become doctors or lawyers, 100% of babies born on stage during a classical-music performance become Bill Gates. Upgrade your evening with this GrouponLive deal.
- One ticket to see Toronto Summer Music Festival presents Katia and Marielle Labèque’s The Minimalist Dream House Project
- When: Thursday, August 1, at 7:30 p.m.
- Where: Koerner Hall at the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning
- Door time: 6:30 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.<p>
- $27 for mid orchestra section (up to a $55 value)
- $34 for front orchestra section (up to a $69 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart.<p>
The Minimalist Dream House Project
Sister-superstars Katia and Marielle Labèque may have grown up playing classical piano, but it was their shift to contemporary music that thrust them firmly into the spotlight. Caught up in the works of Berio, Boulez, Ligeti, and Messiaen in their mid-teens, the duo was perhaps destined to embark on their newest genre-bending project, The Minimalist Dream House. Joined by guitarist David Chalmin, keyboardist Nicola Tescari, bass-player Alexandre Maillard, and drummer Raphael Seguinier, Katia and Marielle explore a century of minimalist compositions. From Philip Glass's driving "Four Movements for Two Pianos" to William Duckworth's lush "The Time Curve Preludes" to the eerie chords of Radiohead's "Pyramid Song," the group demonstrates the far-reaching influence of the compositional style founded in the aftermath of World War II. When the Labèques presented a similar concert titled Minimalism at 50 in 2011, London's Financial Times called it a "beautifully executed programme" that made the audience "think about musical processes without inferring any dogma."
Toronto Summer Music Festival
Both Canadian and international artists descend upon the stages of Toronto Summer Music Festival for its eighth year. Twelve mainstage concerts bring a decidedly French-heavy lineup of compositions to life, exploring the Parisian bent of Ravel, Debussy, and Fauré. But the festival doesn't stop at the stage. Augmenting these performances are film screenings, musician interviews, masterclasses, and guest lectures that discuss topics such as, “La Belle et la Bete: Wagner and Wagnerism in La Belle Epoque” or “Wild Composer Hair: Who Wore it Better?”