Music lovers have a golden opportunity to enjoy the celestial sounds of classical harp and violin music when Duo 51 from Toronto appears live at the Capitol Theatre in Nelson on Monday, June 17 at 7 p.m.
Rebecca MacLeod of Nelson and Sophie Baird-Daniel of Seattle, together Duo 51, have been heard concertizing as a harp and violin duo around the Greater Toronto Area for the past two years and are returning to their Western roots to perform the music of Massenet, Sergiu Natra, Saint-Saëns and more.
Their dynamic partnership began two years ago when MacLeod and Baird-Daniel were students at the Royal Conservatory of Music. An instant friendship and musical collaboration quickly led to performances at St. Stephen’s in the Fields, Christ Church Deer Park, Mazzeoleni Hall, and Hearthstone By The Bay.
Duo 51 has since been invited to perform at the Canadian Opera Company’s concert series at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre and at the Stratford Music Festival. Their mentors have been Judy Loman, former principal harp of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and Barry Shiffman, former member of the St. Laurence String Quartet and director of the Banff Music Festival.
The Duo 51 repertoire ranges from the classical to the contemporary and currently features Ästor Piazolla’s “Histoire du Tango” in which the composer famously strives to bring the Tango from the bordello and dance halls of Argentina to the Concert Halls of Europe and America. Histoire du Tango conveys the history and evolution of the tango in four movements: Bordello 1900, Café 1930, Nightclub 1960, and Concert d’Aujourd’hui.
Duo 51 takes its name from the combination of the forty-seven strings of the harp and the four strings of the violin.
Coincidentally, both MacLeod and Baird-Daniel reach an astounding five-foot-one in height.
Advance tickets to see Duo 51 are available at the Capitol Theatre box office, online at capitoltheatre.bc.ca or by phone at 235-352-6363.