It is 25 years since the SLSQ was formed, and 23 years since they won Banff – after first playing for MTO. Music Toronto looks forward to welcoming them in their new formation with California native and Yale graduate Owen Dalby replacing Mark Fewer.
Legendary Berlin Philharmonic horn virtuoso and fellow Canadian Fergus McWilliam makes his much anticipated HSSB debut performing “Concerto No 1” by Richard Strauss. Frequent HSSB guest James Gourlay will direct Wagner’s “Grand March from Tannhauser” and “Die Fledermaus Overture” by Johann Strauss, and the Hannaford Youth Band will perform alongside the HSSB for Festmusik der Staadt Wein” by Richard Strauss for the grand conclusion.
Born in Scotland in 1971, won the Clara Haskil Competition in 1991, Steven Osborne is lionized throughout the UK. Two major awards in 2013 – The Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist of the Year and his second Gramophone Award – confirmed his standing.
WHEN SISTERS SPEAK SPOKEN WORD CONCERT
When Sisters Speak is North America’s largest and longest-running annual showcase of black female
spoken word poets. Curated by Scarborough Walk of Fame inductee, Dwayne Morgan, When Sisters
Speak showcases the voices of six artists each year from Canada and the United States.
A nine-piece string ensemble, Montreal's collectif9 presents classical music as you’ve never seen it before – with rock-style charisma, boldness, and the highest of musical standards. The repertoire is a creative selection of short and energetic pieces, often folk-inspired, from Gagnon to Golijov, passing through Brahms and Schnittke. Many are original arrangements.
Founded in 1999 at the Boulogne-Billancourt Conservatory in France, Quatuor Ebene won the ARD Munich in 2004. Renowned for their charismatic playing and fresh approach, they have 11 award-winning CDs to their credit.
ISIS AND OSIRIS
01/04/2016 to 03/04/2016
Finally, an opera on one of the world’s most enigmatic and controversial love affairs in all mythology. Transformation, redemption and the triumph of good over evil are brought forth with melody and words of transcendent beauty.
Born in Montreal and Toronto respectively, Canadian pianists Anne Louise-Turgeon and Edward Turgeon have been playing together since 1988, and performing professionally since 1996. They recently returned to Canada to settle in Sault Ste Marie at Algoma University.
TORONTO DEBUT. The Berlin-based Artemis Quartet was founded in 1989 at the Musikhochschule Lubeck; their mentors include Alfred Brendel, the Alban Berg, Juilliard and Ermerson Quartets. In addition to concerts world-wide, they have ben Quartet-in-Residence at the Vienna Konzerthaus since 2011.
Los Angeles Philharmonic member and Canadian trumpet virtuoso Stephane Beaulac will perform Johnny Cowell’s “Trumpet Concerto”. Also features the world premiere of Kevin Lau’s “Concerto for Brass Band” commissioned by the HSSB with the generous assistance of the Ontario Arts Council. This concert, under the assured baton of HSSB Principal Guest Conductor Alain Trudel, is the grand finale of HSSB’s annual 3-day Festival of Brass.
27/04/2016 to 01/05/2016
A favourite of Zarzuela fans throughout the Latin world, The Sparrow Hawks is filled with romance, unrequited love, fortune-seekers and misguided ambition, forged in the fire of passion of Spain.
Naturally 7, a group of seven musicians who practice something they call “vocal play”, use their voices in unison to recreate a different musical instrument, from drums to brass to guitars. With their rich harmonies, an unbelievable ability to replicate instruments, and a stage presence that can be felt in every seat in the house, Naturally 7 are amazing and charming fans wherever they perform.
Buy a VIP ticket to get the VIP Experience from 5:45 PM to 6:45 PM, which includes an exclusive up close and personal Meet & Greet with Naturally 7, as well as an autographed CD and light refreshments
THE NYLONS FAREWELL TORONTO SHOW
After over 35 years circling the globe, Juno-nominees and iconic Canadian a cappella stars The Nylons have decided to finally close the touring chapter of their illustrious and legendary career. They will embark on a series of Farewell Shows to say goodbye to their dedicated fans who embraced and supported them over the years.
Buy a VIP ticket to get the VIP Experience from 6:15 PM to 7:15 PM, which includes an exclusive up close and personal Meet & Greet with The Nylons, as well as an autographed CD and light refreshments.