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Canadas Celebrated Chamber Orchestra to Perform

KEENE, N.H. 9/12/02 One of the world’s most listened-to chamber orchestras, I Musici de Montréal, will present a matinee concert of orchestral and chamber music at Keene State College’s Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond. The performance, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 3 p.m., is part of I Musici’s three-state tour of the Northeast this fall. The ensemble will be under the direction of its founder, cellist Yuli Turovsky.

Tickets, available through the Brickyard Pond box office, 603-358-2168, are $16 for the general public, $14 for seniors and Keene State faculty and staff, $7 for youth 17 and younger, and $5 for Keene State students with ID. Tickets may be ordered online at

I Musici’s Brickyard Pond concert will feature works inspired by the night. The program will open with Antonin Dvorák’s Nocturne for Strings, op. 40 in B Major. This will be followed by contemporary Finnish composer Aulis Sallinen’s Nocturnal Dances of Don JuanQuixote for Cello and String Orchestra, op. 58, featuring Turovsky as cello soloist. Turovsky will also be the featured soloist in Carl Maria von Weber’s Adagio and Rondo for Cello and String Orchestra.

After intermission I Musici will be heard in Arnold Schoenberg’s “Verklärte Nacht.” This composition, inspired by a Richard Dehmel poem, originally was composed as a full-fledged symphonic poem for string sextet. Schoenberg was later to arrange it for a string orchestra. The concert will conclude with the ever-popular “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Founded by Turovsky in 1983, I Musici lends its musical talents to a wide spectrum of the classical repertoire from Baroque to 20th-century works. In addition to presenting a concert series in Montréal and the surrounding metropolitan area, the ensemble tours extensively each year in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia, with more than 100 performances annually.

I Musici has recorded 41 compact discs, distributed in over 50 countries for Chandos Records. Among the many accolades bestowed on I Musici are a “Diapason d’or” for a recording of Shostakovichs Symphony no. 14 and a “Rosette” from the “Penguin Guide to Compact Discs and Cassettes” for Handel’s Concerti Grossi, op. 6.

Under the direction of Turovsky, I Musici has played the world’s major concert halls: New York’s Lincoln Center, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Tokyo’s Kioi Hall, Toronto’s Ford Center, Geneva’s Victoria Hall and the Gewandhaus in Leipzig. Everywhere, audiences and critics alike are charmed by their precision, cohesion, brio and distinctive sound. Such praise confirms I Musici’s prominence among musical ensembles in Canada and worldwide.

Born in Moscow, Yuli Turovsky began playing cello at the age of seven. He graduated with the highest honors from the Tchaïkovsky Conservatory and went on to achieve a doctorate in music. In 1969, he won the USSR Cello Competition and, a year later, was a laureate of the 22nd international Prague Spring Competition.

Prior to his emigration from the Soviet Union in 1976, Turovsky toured extensively with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra as a soloist and orchestra member. Now a Canadian citizen residing in Montreal, he is active both as soloist and chamber musician. He founded The Borodine Trio in 1977 and performed with them until 1993.

He has appeared as guest soloist with many major orchestras such as the Montreal, Detroit, Chicago, Athens, Jerusalem, Stockholm and Cape Town orchestras. Mr. Turovsky’s discography counts over 80 recordings on the Melodya, CBS, CBC and Chandos labels.

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