Mozart, His Letters and His Music

November 27, 2014 | Miriam

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Using the prolific and richly detailed letters of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Maestro Kerry Stratton explores the life and work of one of the most beautiful and popular composers in musical history. This is the last of our three-part series, For the Love of Music, and it takes place this Saturday, November 29, 2 pm, at Northern District (Room 224). This is also a special opportunity to hear the library's 100-year old (and refurbished) Steinway grand piano. Arrive early to guarantee a seat.

Deyi Ye
Deyi Ye.

A small sampling of Mozart's vast body of works for piano will be performed by professional pianist Deyi Ye. Born in Shanghai, Deyi started her piano education at age of three and spent her childhood in Japan, where she studied and performed. Deyi has a masters degree in Performance Piano and Pedagogy (University of Toronto) and has received scholarships and awards including at the Kiwanis Festival, the Toronto Music Festival and the Canadian Music Competition. Deyi teaches piano at studio in Vaughan.

Kerry Stratton has conducted orchestras all over the world, from China to the Czech Republic. He is presently the conductor and musical director of The Toronto Concert Orchestra.

The TCO serves a very large population in the communities of the greater Toronto area and north of Highway 401, and in many smaller centres, reaching music-loving audiences far from Toronto. Tongue in cheek, they refer to themselves as "Toronto’s homeless orchestra"--without a permanent "home," they perform in all kinds of venues in an effort to present orchestral music to new audiences and new environments.

In this lecture series, Stratton has likewise sought to extend the reach and appreciation of orchestral music. A wonderful experience for those who attend and a bit like having a library conductor-in-residence for a month.


If you are a classical music lover, or a play an instrument, Toronto Public Library has a fabulous collection of CDs, scores, books and more that can be borrowed:

Naxos Music Library is a vast archive of classical recordings--more than 100,000 discs and 1.5 million tracks!

The library's Performing Arts Centre is a magnet for musicians all over the city. It has a huge collection of printed music scores and most can be borrowed. It also has an important CD and LP collection for use in the library.