Tuesday & Wednesday, May 3 & 4, 8pm
Pre-concert talks at 7:15pm
Trinity St. Paul's Centre, 427 Bloor Street West, Toronto

From Tristan and Isolde, to Romeo and Juliet, to Catherine and Heathcliffe, we are captivated by stories of star-crossed lovers – soulmates who are fated to be torn apart. We feature Mahler's haunting Songs of a Wayfarer (in Schönberg's gorgeous chamber version) plus the premiere of Dean Burry's thrilling new adaptation of The Highwayman.

guest artists

Krisztina Szabó, mezzo soprano
Aaron Durand, baritone
Stewart Arnott, reader


Henry Purcell: 'When I Am Laid in Earth' (Dido's Lament) from Dido and Aeneas, for mezzo soprano, strings and continuo. Libretto by Nahum Tate.
Christoph Willibald Gluck: 'Che faró senza Euridice' from Orfeo ed Euridice, for baritone, strings and continuo. Libretto by Ranieri de' Calzabigi. (audio sample)
Dean Burry: The Highwayman for mezzo soprano, violin, cello, flute/piccolo, clarinet/bass clarinet and piano. Poem by Alfed Noyes. (audio sample)
Gustav Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer), arr. by Arnold Schönberg for baritone, string quintet, flute, clarinet, piano, harmonium and percussion. Poetry by the composer. (audio sample)
Leonard Bernstein: songs from West Side Story, arr. by Laura Jones for mezzo soprano, baritone and string quartet. Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

spoken word

Selections from the letters, diaries and memoirs of great lovers through the ages.

programme notes