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Thrilling, young violinist Steven Tsitsos Appears in Concert at Toronto's Glenn Gould Studio
(Published: February 18, 2012)

Thrilling, young violinist
Steven Tsitsos
Appears in Concert
The Glenn Gould Studio
250 Front St., West - Toronto
Thursday, March 15th and Sunday, March 18th - 8:00 PM
Performing selections from his hit
jazz/classical fusion recording,
Into the West
A Tribute to Ennio Morricone and the Music of "The Spaghetti Western"
and more...including compositions from Jimi Hendrix and The Dead Kennedys

Appearing with Steven Tsitsos will be
Justin Abedin on guitar, Mike Janzen on piano,
Andrew Downing on bass and Terry Clarke on drums

"Canadian violinist Steven Tsitsos marries western swing with classical and jazz improvisation to create Into the West, a 10 song CD that leads his entry into the U.S. market...suspense, action and drama - Tsitsos embellishes these moods with his violin...engaging" --O's Place Jazz Magazine

"Tsitsos et son band offrent iciune vision musicale fort originale de l'universe du composer italien, melangeant avec creativite violon classique au jazz! Une belle decouverte!" --L'Eveil/La Concorde

"This young Manitoban is quickly earning an international reputation as a gifted concert violinist. ‘Into the West' is a lovely tribute to the great ‘Spaghetti Western' music of Ennio Morricone"
--Kerry Doole, TANDEM

TORONTO - February 18, 2012 - Thrilling, young, concert violinist Steven Tsitsos, has just released his first independent recording as a leader - an inspired jazz/classical fusion project entitled, Into the West - A Tribute to Ennio Morricone and the Music of The Spaghetti Western. In support of this well-received CD, Steven Tsitsos has announced that he will be performing material from his new recording in concert at Toronto's Glenn Gould Studio on Thursday, March 15th at 8:00 PM and Sunday, March 18th at 7:30 PM. Joining Steven onstage will be first call jazz musicians, Justin Abedin on guitar, Mike Janzen on piano, Andrew Downing on bass and Terry Clarke on drums. Steven Tsitsos has said of the recording and upcoming concerts, "Having an immense appreciation for this music, I wanted to form a small ensemble that would emulate the essence of an orchestra but also bring something new to this world famous music by having it arranged as a ‘Spaghetti Western Suite for Solo Violin with Jazz Quartet' - the end result being a personal journey through new musical territory...into the West".

Into the West features music written by the iconic film composer Ennio Morricone for the series of Italian-made films best known as "Spaghetti Westerns", as well as original music and arrangements by genius guitarist/composer David Occhipinti (also featured on the recording). The evocative, classic films (which include titles such as "High Plains Drifter", "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly", "A Fistful of Dollars" etc.) were lensed by Director Sergio Leone on a limited budget, with rural Italy standing in for the Old West. The films invariably star Clint Eastwood as the mysterious cheroot-smoking, serape-sporting "Man with no name" and the late Lee Van Cleef as the classic bad-guy in the black shirt. The cinematic scores by Ennio Morricone are part of the fabric of these movies and Steven has not only paid tribute to Morricone, but has also captured the mystery and sense of the Western mileau with this unique programme. Also included in the concert will be several brilliantly arranged compositions from The Dead Kennedys and Jimi Hendrix. Steven Tsitsos' two initial concerts at the The Glenn Gould Studio are the first in a series of international performances with this repertoire, which will include concert dates in Chicago, New York City, Toronto, Montreal and major European cities (Tour dates and venues to be announced shortly). The Toronto Steven Tsitsos "Into the West" Concert will take place at The Glenn Gould Studio on Thursday, March 15th at 8:00 PM and Sunday, March 18th at 7:30 PM. The Glenn Gould Studio is located in Toronto, adjacent to the Canadian Broadcasting Company at 250 Front Street, West. Ticket prices are $45.00 for Adults and $25.00 for Students and Tickets are available online at www.roythomson.com, or through the Glenn Gould Studio Box Office at 416-872-4255.

About Steven Tsitsos...
Canadian violinist, Steven Tsitsos was born and raised in the City of Thompson, Manitoba, a small mining community located 800 Kilometer's north of the province's capital, Winnipeg. He began studying piano and violin at age ten - considered a late start for a prodigy. At twenty-two, Steven is without a doubt, one of the most exciting, charismatic and gifted young artists to have emerged onto the classical music scene in recent memory. At his insistence, Steven's parents agreed to make the gruelling 1600 K, round trip from Thompson to Winnipeg and back, as there simply were no violin teachers in Thompson. He entered The Royal Conservatory of Music at the age of eleven and in 2007, at the age of seventeen he completed his ARCT Associate Diploma from The Royal Conservatory in both Piano and Violin. He has since received nine consecutive medals and was accepted to, and awarded a full scholarship to study at The University of Toronto, Faculty of Music Undergraduate Programme. In 2003, Steven opened for noted violinist Jasper Wood during his Prairie Debut Tour, and also appeared on the popular CBC Radio programme, "Definitely Not the Opera", and recently he was a guest in conjunction with the launch of Into the West on CBC Radio's long-running hit show, "Weekend Edition with Michael Enright". In the spring of 2010, he performed his highly successful European debut at the Megaron Concert Hall in Athens, Greece and was subsequently featured in all major print and broadcast media relating to the thrilling event. A highly active chamber musician, Steven is constantly expanding his repertoire with both classical and contemporary music, and has a particular interest in lesser known composers of the 19th and 20th Centuries. For three consecutive years, Steven attended the prestigious Chautauqua International Music Festival in New York State - also on scholarship. In this current 2012 performance season, Steven will be making his recital debut in The U.S. as well appearing at various solo engagements and traveling internationally with his contemporary class/classical fusion ensemble Steven's long-time teacher is renowned violinist Jacques Israelievitch and he has also studied piano under both Peter Longworth and acclaimed concert pianist Andre Laplante. Steven Tsitsos currently makes his home in Toronto, and is thrilled to be releasing his new classical/jazz fusion recording, Into the West as well as the opportunity to perform this exquisite material globally, in front of what will no doubt be enthusiastic audiences.


For further information, photo art, a review copy of Into the West
or to arrange a media opportunity with
Steven Tsitsos,
please contact LMC Media by phone at 416-486-6742 or by e-mail at lmcmedia@sympatico.ca

More Information: http://www.roythomson.com

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