“When Edmonton native Andrew Wan was growing up, violinist James Ehnes was his idol,” writes Trish Crawford in Tuesday’s (7/11) Toronto Star (Canada). “So imagine Wan’s pleasure playing as a peer in a concert with Ehnes during the Toronto Summer Music Festival, which begins Thursday and runs to Aug. 5 at Koerner Hall, Walter Hall and other locations in the city.… Also performing in that Bach-only concert on July 19 is Jonathan Crow, festival artistic director and concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Wan similarly has a strong affinity for Crow, who hails from Prince George, B.C. He followed in Crow’s footsteps teaching at McGill University and being named concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. The three are now established Canadian violin virtuosi…. Crow, who is programming the festival for his first time, says playing with and showcasing fellow Canadians was a given…. The Canadian embrace includes American-born Joseph Johnson, a cellist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra… [Ehnes] will also give a solo recital on July 17 at Koerner Hall. In it, he will perform the premiere of a work by Canadian composer Barrie Cabena…. Crow … has programmed three new children’s concerts, which are free.”

Posted July 14, 2017

Pictured: Toronto Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Jonathan Crow, artistic director of the Toronto Summer Music Festival. Photo by Anne-Marie Jackson