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Musical Moment: Listen to TSO’s John Rudolph on Percussion and Assistant Principal Viola Theresa Rudolph play excerpts from ‘Passacaglia’ by Johan Halvorsen


Father and daughter John Rudolph (Percussion) and Theresa Rudolph (Assistant Principal Viola) have shared the stage at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for nine years.

Given their very different instruments, they are always looking for new pieces of music to explore as possible duets.

Composer Johan Halvorsen (who was a violin virtuoso himself) wrote his “Passacaglia” on a theme by G.F. Handel for violin and viola, and it is usually played by those musicians — but John Rudolph adapted the violin part for the marimba in order to enjoy playing this Musical Moment with Theresa.

They were thrilled to be able to record in the warm acoustics of Temerty Theatre at The Royal Conservatory of Music, where John is on the faculty.

Musical Moment, produced by the TSO and the Star, features musicians recording themselves live at home, performing pieces no longer than three minutes. The new video will be posted every Thursday at thestar.com/musicalmoments.





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