In the 71st year of the franchise, the Juilliard welcomes a new cellist – and its first-ever female member, Astrid Schweenm - but has retained its legendary reputation through many personnel changes, and continues to represent the United States and the renowned Juilliard School, touring throughout the US and frequently in Europe.
COMMFFEST MUSIC & AWARDS
An evening of eclectic music, dance and awards featuring Hugo Straney and Brothers Hepp jazz/blues collective, including The Toronto’s Youth Opera ensemble from Regent Park and St James Town presenting scenes from La Boheme.
Called one of the greatest Cuban pianists of the 20th Century, Hilario Duran is bringing his trio to the Jane Mallett Theatre for an afternoon of traditional and modern Cuban music. Together with the brass, this show promises to be an unforgettable concert of hot, hot music.
Janina Fialkowska is celebrating her 65th birthday season with a world-wide tour. Music TORONTO is pleased to welcome her for her 9th recital on our stage since her 1974 debut. A favourite of her mentor Arthur Rubinstein, Janina Fialkowska has built an enduring career as a celebrated interpreter of the classical and romantic repertoire. For this special year, she offers an all-Chopin programme.
ROBERT PILON & FRIENDS
Join Robert Pilon & Friends in celebration of Sheena’s Place’s 20th anniversary through a musical retrospective of the last 20 years.
Pre-show reception for all ticket-holders at 6:00 PM.
A TRIBUTE BENEFIT CONCERT. The Bard of Avon inspired some of the greatest opera composers of the world. Verdi, Rossini, Britten, Berlioz, were fascinated by Shakespeare. OIC pays tribute in an operatic celebration of drama, comedy and melody.
A tribute to Kalman and Lehar. Return to the age of the Austro-Hungarian Empire when composers and rivals Imre Kalman and Franz Lehar ruled the operetta stages in the great cities across Europe.
The Quatuor Arthur-LeBlanc has been quartet-in-residence at the Université Laval in Quebec City since 2005. They also tour Canada and abroad, including several tours in Japan. Festival performances include Ottawa, Festival of the Sound, Domaine Forget, Orford, Ravinia and Santander (Spain).
Toronto debut One of the remarkable pianists on the Hyperion label, Danny Driver's acclaimed discography of wide-ranging repertoire includes C P E Bach, Handel, Schumann, and Balakirev, and also highly praised interpretations of neglected British composers such as York Bowen, Benjamin Dale and Erik Chisholm.
I CAPULETTI E I MONTECCHI
Wagner and Berlioz were fans of Bellini and his Romeo and Juliet canto elan. Tragedy and passion are presented in melodic invention of memorable beauty. In Italian with English Surtitles
SUZIE LEBLANC, ROBERT KORTGAARD, & THE BLUE ENGINE STRING QUARTET
Recently appointed to the Order of Canada, renowned Acadian soprano Suzie LeBlanc has an international singing career specializing in early baroque repertoire. Robert Kortgaard is Artistic Director of the Indian River Festival on PEI. He enjoys an active career performing and is a renowned collaborator of leading singers. The Blue Engine String Quartet was formed in 1997 as the core ensemble of the Nova Scotia chamber music series, Blue Engine Music. The Quartet are all members of Symphony Nova Scotia.
One of the highlights of the 2015 holiday season, Welcome Christmas brought Toronto audiences warmth, joy and inspiration. We’ve done it again with a brand new holiday experience featuring the artistry of The Orpheus Choir, the HSSB and the absolutely incomparable Gospel stylings of Jackie Richardson.
Music TORONTO enjoys a long history with the Gryphons, begun in 1995 and including 10 years as ensemble-in-residence. The Gryphons have commissioned and premiered over fifty new works, produced major projects including the multi-media Constantinople, and developed its flagship educational project Listen Up! They also tour the world, and bring it home to our stage once every season. The CBC called them “serious overachievers”.
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
27/12/2016 to 08/01/2017
HMS Pinafore was “pirated” in New York but the Savoyard team legally put a stop to such theft with the most popular work in their amazing collaboration. This one conquered not only New York but the entire world and rules operetta’s high seas to this day.
Toronto debut Sean Chen was born in 1988 in Florida and, after Juilliard, is now studying at Yale. He won third prize at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2013, and was also awarded the Christel DeHaan Classical Fellowship of the American Pianists Association. He will be traveling across the United States for orchestral engagements, solo and chamber recitals.
ST LAWRENCE QUARTET
Formed in 1989, the SLSQ played for Music TORONTO from 1992, before winning both the Banff Quartet Competition and the Young Concert Artists audition that year. All four members of the quartet live and teach at Stanford University in California. We look forward to their annual visit and the irresistible exuberance linked to the subtlety and finesse of their playing.
On a deserted island, two pairs of lovers, separated by pirates, are reunited to melodic strains of incomparable charm and grace. In Italian with English Surtitles
Ilya Poletaev leads a multifaceted career as both a classically trained pianist and as a performer on early keyboards. A musician with an inquisitive mind who explores repertoire from the sixteenth to the present century, Poletaev has performed extensively in Europe, Canada, Russia, and the United States both as a soloist, chamber musician, and continuo player.
The Eybler Quartet came together in late 2004 to explore the works of the first century of the string quartet, with a healthy attention to lesser known composers such as their namesake, Joseph Leopold Edler von Eybler. The group plays on instruments appropriate to the period of the music it performs.
REWIRED: The Boston Brass is Back
The Boston Brass returns to Toronto with a fantastic new show of unparalleled flair and artistry. This one of a kind musical experience will feature burning jazz standards, the best of original quintet repertoire and a touch of straight up brass banding.
ORLOVSKY'S MARDI GRAS BALL
Join Toronto Operetta Theatre for a fabulous Masquerade Ball sure to banish the winter blahs. Includes three course dinner, Die Fledermaus in concert, dancing and a silent auction.
The Prazak, established in 1972 while its members were students at the Prague Conservatory, gained international prominence when the quartet won the Evian String Quartet Competition in 1978. For more than 30 years, the Prazak Quartet has been at home on music stages worldwide and has released more than 50 award-winning CDs on the Praga label.
PHILHARMONIA QUARTETT BERLIN
Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2015, the Philharmonia Quartett Berlin has established itself as a world-renowned string quartet, be it in Europe, the US, Japan, or South America. This is the quartet’s 8th concert for MTO.
Mussorgsky is gloriously front and centre in this gripping tale of conflict between the old ways of the ancient Rus and the new world introduced by Peter the Great. In Russian with English Surtitles.
THE CHOCOLATE SOLDIER
26/04/2017 to 30/04/2017
Based on Bernard Shaw’s enormously popular Arms and the Man, Straus’ big hit paved the way for My Fair Lady in its seamless interweaving of hummable melodies and a hysterical comedy of manners.
The perfect way to celebrate spring, Canada’s trombone wizard, conductor and entertainer, Alain Trudel, brings a display of vernal virtuosity to our stage in an old-fashioned Concert in the Park with a modern twist.
A tribute to Jacques Offenbach. Offenbach revolutionized music theatre in Paris at a time when polite society feared offence and vulgarity. Soon enough, the adoring crowds could not get enough of the humour, melody and fierce satire of French operetta.