Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Neapolitan Connection Concert Series Starts 2012-2013 Season With Violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins in 'Brahms, Schumann & Song' October 6, 2012

Ronée Boyce, Artistic Director of the Toronto concert series Neapolitan Connection, sends this announcement:

The Neapolitan Connection Concert Series kicks off 2012-2013 classical concert season with Brahms & Schumann Masterworks / Violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins, New York Chamber Orchestra Concertmaster makes Toronto Debut with Neapolitan Connection

Toronto, Canada. - On Saturday, October 6th, The Neapolitan Connection Concert Series will launch their brand new 2012-2013 classical concert season with Brahms, Schumann & Song, a landmark concert production dedicated entirely to music of the Romantic Music giants Johannes Brahms and Robert Schumann.

Among other classical artists, this special concert production features New York Chamber Orchestra concertmaster, Violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins. Kelly Hall-Tompkins is one of New York City’s most in-demand violinists who has given performances around the world, and makes her Canadian debut with Neapolitan Connection. Regarding coming to Toronto and the Brahms/Schumann concert, Kelly Hall-Tompkins had this to say:

"I always enjoy performing with great new artists, so I'm very much looking forward to performing on The Neapolitan Connection Concert Series. Plus I'm excited to perform not only in Canada, but for the first time as a guest artist in the vibrant, diverse, culturally rich city of Toronto. Brahms is my favorite composer for chamber music, so playing this program will be pure joy."

Also featured in this special concert production are the Mercer-Park duo - pianist Angela Park and cellist Rachel Mercer. These acclaimed chamber musicians will collaborate with Kelly Hall-Tompkins for the Brahms Piano Trio in B major in this dynamic performance.

On the vocal spectrum, New York-based Soprano Katherine Whyte, returns to the Toronto stage for this performance, after playing the role of “Isis” in Canadian Opera Company’s May 2012 production of Semele. To round out the entire event, 13-year old precocious Toronto pianist Anastasia Rizikov also makes a special appearance. Rizikov was featured on Classical 96.3FM radio earlier in June 2012 in a live solo performance, where she captured the hearts of many listeners.

The chosen concert repertoire pays certain tribute to Brahms and Schumann with performances of Brahms’ exciting Violin Sonata no. 3 in D minor, the whimsical Capriccio in B minor for piano and also a lesser-performed gem, the 2 Gesange Op. 91. On the Schumann spectrum, Katherine Whyte will present nothing less to the audience than a complete performance of the Liederkreis songs Op. 39.

Leading up to the performance, selections from Kelly Hall-Tompkins' new CD release, "In My Own Voice", can be heard live on Toronto's Classical 96.3FM radio station.. On Thursday Oct 4 at 1:20pm, Kelly and these other marvelous performing artists will also be heard and interviewed live on the air at Classical 96.3FM radio station. This radio appearance can be watched live online at

You can read more about the rest of The Neapolitan Connection Concert Series 2012-2013 concert season at their website,
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Tickets to Brahms Schumann & Song are available online at, at the door or by calling the box office at
(647) 955-2108.

Brahms and Schumann have met their musical match, and unite in this concert!
WHEN: Saturday, October 6th, 7:00 pm
WHERE: CBC Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front Street W., Toronto Canada
TICKETS: $25 General Admission Group rates available

1 comment:

Phyllis said...

Wow! Did you say that Kelly Hall-Tompkins will be playing the violin at your concert? That's exciting.