The Music Listening Project : The Whale String Quartet

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Listeners of ALL levels of experience are invited to discover the "depth beneath the surface" of Shostakovich’s 8th Quartet.

For people from all backgrounds and with all levels of musical experience, the performance / workshop series, The Music Listening Project, offers participants a chance to listen, together, more closely to the music they hear and play, to ask questions and to... more

Listeners of ALL levels of experience are invited to discover the "depth beneath the surface" of Shostakovich’s 8th Quartet.

For people from all backgrounds and with all levels of musical experience, the performance / workshop series, The Music Listening Project, offers participants a chance to listen, together, more closely to the music they hear and play, to ask questions and to deepen their musical understanding.

Baka Café provides an intimate setting within which to enjoy a glass of wine, and get to know a piece of music: to become aware of its musical twists and turns; to discover how its performers hear it; to understand where it came from; and to ask the question, “why is it worth getting to know?”

In this series “pilot” performance, the quartet will lead an hour-long session, focusing on the haunting 8th quartet of the Soviet composer, Dimitri Shostakovich. Shostakovich’s quartets form a kind of personal diary, written in the context of a regime in which the composer was in constant fear of composing the “wrong” music and being “disappeared.” While the 8th Quartet employs all sorts of “interesting” self-referencing techniques – quotations from other works and a central motif corresponding to the composer’s initials, DSCH – in this workshop we will focus on why the music works as music, and why it is so incredibly poignant, despairing and even hopeful, all at the same time.

The quartet will also perform the first movement of Mozart's Dissonance Quartet.

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The Whale String Quartet

Mark Whale PhD., violin, is Professor of Liberal Studies at Humber College and concertmaster of the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra. As an experienced lecturer and performer he brings his passion for music together with his interest in philosophy and asks “why does music matter to us?”

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