Toronto debut. Celebrating its 30th season, Quatuor Mosaïques is the most prominent period-instrument quartet performing today. Austrians Erich Höbarth (violin), Andrea Bischof (violin), Anita Mitterer (viola) and French cellist Christophe Coin met while performing with Nikolaus Harnoncourt's Concentus Musicus Wien and decided to perform on original instruments as a classical "caper quartet."
FESTIVAL OF CHOIRS
An evening of dynamic voices and eclectic world music that promises to ignite, empower and have you on your feet cheering. Features performances from Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir, Univox Choir, and The Grant AME Church Choir.
The HSSB and Payadora present an afternoon of vibrant rhythms and memorable tunes that will keep you dancing for days.
A celebration of 40 years of glorious achievement, great music-making by Chorus Director Robert Cooper and the VOICEBOX: Opera In Concert Chorus, featuring classics in the best choral tradition of the opera stage.
CHARBEL ROUHANA & THE CANADIAN ARABIC ORCHESTRA
The Oud master, Charbel Rouhana, accompanied by the Canadian Arabic Orchestra, will be presenting a concert to take their audience to a time filled with heritage and cultural Arabic music.
A Canada 150 Celebration! From the composer of our National Anthem comes this melodious and farcical screwball comedy! A Spanish diva, her philandering husband-to-be, a faked obituary, and her match-making magic all lead to a happy end.
English pianist Benjamin Grosvenor made his Toronto debut in February 2014 and returned in October 2015. It seems a long two years since those sensational performances. Called “boy lord of the piano” in Australia, Grosvenor has taken the British piano world by storm.
TOP TEN EVENT
Ten accomplished people, including Jane Fonda, Steven Page and Mary Walsh, have ten minutes each to take you on a journey that will leave you wanting more. Sometimes shocking, always uplifting, and never disappointing, these speakers will push you toward a new and exciting way of thinking, living and believing. Prepare to laugh like never before, be entertained by the best, and take a ride into the future.
Bassem Youssef’s stand-up comedy show will take you on a candid journey through his personal life.
MTO is grateful that Britain’s brilliant Anglo-Irish quartet, the Carducci, are able to step in following a cancellation. The quartet will fly in especially for this concert, their Toronto debut.
Described by The Strad as presenting “a masterclass in unanimity of musical purpose, in which severity could melt seamlessly into charm, and drama into geniality,” the Carducci Quartet performs over 90 concerts worldwide each year. The quartet also run their own recording label Carducci Classics.
COME TO THE CABARET!
Libations with a touch of Broadway.
Hosted by Elizabeth Beeler as Master of Ceremonies.
WHEN BROTHERS SPEAK
When Brothers Speak is North America’s largest and longest running showcase of Black spoken word poets. This is definitely not the poetry you studied in school!
One of Handel’s greatest works, a favourite of opera houses and festivals the world over.
Toronto recital debut. A pianist who focuses on chamber music, Philip Chiu is an acclaimed accompanist/coach based at McGill University. Dedicated to elevating the standard and art of collaborative piano, Philip is the creator and director of the new Collaborative Piano Program at the Domaine Forget International Festival and Academy. In 2015, he was the first recipient of the Prix Goyer (Extreme Emerging Artist), Canada’s largest prize for an emerging artist in classical music.
Now in its third decade, the Gryphon Trio has impressed international audiences and the press with its highly refined, dynamic performances, and has firmly established itself as one of the world’s preeminent piano trios. With a repertoire that ranges from the traditional to the contemporary and from European classicism to modern-day multimedia, the Gryphons are committed to redefining chamber music for the 21st century.
Celebrate the warmth and joy of the season with magnificent Canadian artists in Toronto’s historic Metropolitan United Church.
28/12/2017 to 07/01/2018
Voltaire’s irresistible—and censored!—masterwork becomes great music theatre. Upstaged by West Side Story but never obscured, the operetta has become the darling of opera companies and Broadway through the sheer power of its drama, music and imaginative splendor.
BRENTANO QUARTET with soprano DAWN UPSHAW
Founded in 1992, the Brentano Quartet just celebrated its 25th anniversary season. The quartet performs music spanning from the Renaissance, through the beloved Classical and Romantic literature, up to music of today's composers. Dawn Upshaw has achieved worldwide celebrity as a singer of opera and concert repertoire ranging from the sacred works of Bach to the freshest sounds of today. A five-time Grammy Award winner, in 2007 she was named a Fellow of the MacArthur Foundation, the first vocal artist to be awarded the five-year “genius” prize.
Stephen Hough is regarded as a renaissance man. He has distinguished himself as a true polymath, both as a uniquely insightful concert pianist, and as a writer and composer. In 2001 Mr. Hough was the first classical performing artist to win a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (colloquially called the genius awards).
ST LAWRENCE QUARTET
Established in 1989, the SLSQ came to Music TORONTO in 1992 and continues annually. The SLSQ has developed an undisputed reputation as one of the world's great ensembles. Called “witty, buoyant, and wickedly attentive” (the Gazette, Montreal), with a “peerless” sense of ensemble (Financial Times, London).
I DUE FIGARO
Rediscovered in 2009, this 1826 opera turns out to be a jewel of the Bel Canto style. Brilliant and graceful.
Born in Moscow in 1944, Alexei Lubimov premiered many 20th century pieces in Russia, despite heavy Soviet criticism of his commitment to Western music. Since political restrictions were lifted during the 1980s, he has given solo recitals throughout the world, appeared with leading symphony orchestras, and worked regularly with early music ensembles.
DOYLE a la CARTE CABARET
Libations with a touch of Gilbert & Sullivan.
Hosted by Henry Ingram.
Bach, Brass, and Calypso come together for an afternoon of remarkable virtuosity and the sounds of sunshine.
APOLLON MUSAGETE QUARTET
MTO introduced this young Polish quartet to Toronto audiences in November 2015 – and then invited them to return. Founded in 2006, they met in Vienna, and were mentored by the legendary Alban Berg Quartett. They have won many awards, the latest being a prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2014.
The Penderecki String Quartet celebrated its 30th anniversary season in 2016. These four musicians from Poland, Canada, and the USA bring their varied yet collective experience to create performances that demonstrate their “remarkable range of technical excellence and emotional sweep” (Globe and Mail, Toronto).
THE ECSTACY OF RITA JOE
24/03/2018 to 25/03/2018
A World Premiere.
Now an opera based on the extraordinary play by George Ryga, The Ecstacy of Rita Joe is a contemporary tragedy that condemns the brutality of a system that sentenced Indigenous peoples to lives of social and spiritual poverty.
Hungarian pianist Dénes Várjon made his Toronto debut in February 2015 and we discovered his commanding virtuosity. At the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, he studied piano with Sándor Falvai and chamber music with György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados, finishing his studies in 1991. He is a regular guest at the most prestigious festivals world-wide, has performed with major orchestras throughout Europe and in the US, and is a deeply committed chamber musician.
Joe Alessi and acclaimed conductor Johan de Meij make a return appearance for an extraordinary season finale filled with virtuosity and artistry.
Toronto debut. The three brothers Mark, Erik and Ken Schumann, who grew up in the Rhineland, have been playing together since 2007. In 2012, they were joined by violist Liisa Randalu, who was born in the Estonian capital, Tallinn, and grew up in Karlsruhe, Germany. An exciting new European quartet.
LA BELLE HELENE
25/04/2018 to 29/04/2018
The beautiful Helen got the Golden Apple from Paris and left some rather irate goddess “in the dust! Long before her fabled trip to Troy, there was much singing, frolicking, amusement and hanky-panky in the city of Athens.