July 21, 2022

The Plight of Small Wonders

Penderecki String Quartet


Penderecki string quartet

Photo courtesy of the artist


Experience a tasting menu of great quartet music from the past 400 years from one of Canada’s most celebrated chamber ensembles, the Penderecki String Quartet. This concert, full of PSQ gems, includes the premiere of acclaimed Toronto composer Alice Ho’s new work The Plight of Small Wonders, the JUNO award-winning Lament in the Trampled Garden by Marjan Mozetich and Krysztof Penderecki’s mercurial final string quartet.     

This concert will include a new work by Alice Ho, commissioned by Harbourfront Centre. 

Alice Ho, The Plight of Small Wonders (2022) Premiere

Haydn, Allegro from Op. 20, No. 6 

Penderecki, String Quartet No. 4 (2016)  

J. Montgomery, Smoke (2013) 

M. Mozetich, Lament in Trampled Garden (2012)

Bartók, Allegretto pizzicato from String Quartet No. 4 

Dvořák, Scherzo from String Quartet No. 14, Op. 105 in A flat Major

About The Penderecki String Quartet

The Penderecki String Quartet, approaching the third decade of an extraordinary career, has become one of their generation’s most celebrated chamber ensembles. With four musicians from Poland, Canada and the US, the collective brings their varied experience to create performances that demonstrate their “remarkable range of technical excellence and emotional sweep.” (Globe and Mail). They have performed concerts in New York (Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Los Angeles (REDCAT at Disney Hall), St. Petersburg, Paris, Prague, Berlin, Rome, Belgrade, Zagreb and Atlanta. PSQ has also made appearances at international festivals in Poland, Lithuania, Italy, Venezuela, Brazil and China. The PSQ champions music of our time, performing a wide range from Haydn to Zappa and premiering over 100 new works to date. Described by Fanfare Magazine as “an ensemble of formidable power and keen musical sensitivity,” the PSQ’s diverse discography includes the chamber music of Brahms and Shostakovich and their recently released Bartok Cycle. They are in their 20th year as Quartet-in-Residence at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. 

Dates & Times

July 21
60 mins

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Jeremy Bell – Violin 

Jerzy Kaplanek – Violin 

Christine Vlajk – Viola 

Katie Schlaikjer – Violoncello 


Toronto Music Garden

Wheelchair accessible


Between Lower Spadina and Dan Leckie Way

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