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Music at Noon Series
Ton Beau String Quartet
Jeremy Potts & Bijan Sepanji, violins
Alex McLeod, viola
Sarah Steeves, cello
November 27, 2018
12:15 pm, University Recital Hall
Free admission, everyone welcome!
Explore something old, something new, and something borrowed with the Ton Beau String Quartet. Debussy's famous string quartet is one of the favorites in the repertoire. Sanctus was written just a few years ago with a unique mix of musical backgrounds and languages. And finally, La oracion del torero was originally written for lute quartet and arranged for string quartet by the composer.
About the Ton Beau String Quartet
Since its inception in 2010 at the University of Toronto, the Ton Beau String Quartet has been committed to engaging and challenging audiences by presenting a mix of classical quartet gems along with music that is being composed today. With a special focus on contemporary music, the quartet aims to highlight voices of young composers, particularly women composers and composers from under-represented communities.
Each member of the TBSQ is dedicated to inspiring people of all ages through music education. They can be found coaching and teaching several times a week, privately and as part of the Sistema Toronto Academy. As a quartet, they have presented workshops and masterclasses at Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Toronto, the Westport Chamber Music Festival, Vanderbilt University, and many schools in the Greater Toronto Area.
The quartet was founded by four graduate students at the University of Toronto, which proved to be an ideal environment for its development as an ensemble. While at the university, the TBSQ received coachings and lessons from such string quartet luminaries as Terry Helmer, Timothy Ying, Eric Nowlin, and the St. Lawrence String Quartet. The Ton Beau took a leadership role developing outreach opportunities for the faculty of music, and ran a successful concert series at the University of Toronto Art Centre. In their roles as teaching assistants, the quartet also coached and taught undergraduate students and ensembles.