The ARC Ensemble celebrates its 20th anniversary with Walter Braunfels’s ravishing String Quintet, one of ARC’s early discoveries. The program also features the lush Romantic works of Frederick Block, whose thriving career was cut short in 1938 when he fled Vienna and moved to New York. Block’s music has not been heard in over 75 years. ARC’s Artistic Director, Simon Wynberg, will introduce these two extraordinary composers, and a reception in celebration of ARC’s 20th anniversary will follow the concert.
Comprised of the senior faculty of The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School, with special guests drawn from the organization’s most accomplished students and alumni, the three-time Grammy Award nominated ARC Ensemble is among Canada’s most distinguished cultural ambassadors. Performing a wide range of music, its focus remains the research and recovery of works that were suppressed and marginalized under the 20th century’s repressive regimes. A growing number of previously unknown masterworks are rejoining the repertoire as a result of the ARC Ensemble’s work.