This concert is presented by Concerts in Care Ontario and features the “tight unit” of VC2. Cellists Amahl Arulanandam and Bryan Holt continue to flabbergast audiences with their fresh perspective on all genres of music.
00:20 Johann Sebastian Bach – Prelude from Suite No. 1 in G major (arr. VC2 Cello Duo)
04:19 Jean-Baptiste Barrière – Sonata No. 10 in G major – I. Andante
07:29 III. Allegro prestissimo
10:33 Franz Joseph Haydn – Baryton Duet in D major, Hob. X:11 – II. Menuet
12:09 III. Finale: Presto
15:18 Jules Massenet – “Méditation” from Thaïs (arr. VC2 Cello Duo)
20:42 Reinhold Glière – Ten Duets for Two Cellos, Op. 53 No. 4 – Vivace
21:57 No. 8 – Giocoso
25:26 Camille Saint-Saëns – “The Swan” from Carnival of the Animals (arr. VC2 Cello Duo)
VC2 Cello Duo is an innovative cello duo ensemble that captivates audiences through their performances of classical masterworks, unknown gems and boundary pushing music. Comprised of cellists Amahl Arulanandam and Bryan Holt, CBC Radio says VC2 is “a tight unit, with excellent intonation and expression.” They present artistically challenging, yet accessible programs in venues ranging from
intimate cabarets to Roy Thomson Hall.
As respected cellists, they have performed as part of leading music organizations including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, Soundstreams, Art of Time Ensemble, Continuum Contemporary Music, New Music Concerts, Music in the Barns, Thin Edge New Music Collective, and others. The duo has been featured artists at Ottawa
Chamberfest, Indian River Festival, Ottawa New Music Creators, 21C Music Festival, Ritornello Festival, and the Prairie Cello Institute. Committed to the creation of new works by living composers, especially
those from their home country of Canada, VC2 commissioned five Canadian composers to create works based on the Beethoven Cello Sonatas project. In addition to their performances, VC2, with the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council, recorded these works and in fall 2018, released the album
Beethoven’s Cellists which CBC Radio calls a “First-rate” recording.
In February 2018, VC2 embarked on a tour of the East Coast of Canada, presented by Debut Atlantic. The duo also spent time summer 2018 at the soundSCAPE performance and composition exchange in Maccagno, Italy and brought home a number of new works by emerging international composers. VC2 is
thrilled to be one of Prairie Debut’s 2019-20 Touring Artists. This summer, they premiered a work by Canadian composer Kelly Marie Murphy, titled Final Glimpse, commissioned by the Toronto Music Garden/Harbourfront. This season, VC2 looks forward to premiering Heist, a new work by Canadian composer Vincent Ho, commissioned for the duo by Prairie Debut with support of the SOCAN Foundation.