Messenjah and Crack of Dawn unite for historic concert! For the first time ever, iconic Canadian bands Messenjah and Crack of Dawn will perform on the same stage as part of the COMMFFEST (Community Film Festival) 2015 10th Annual Film and Arts Festival. Also appearing is Toronto rapper 2-Large and 18-year old Adam “Jive” Daley, the next big face representing for young, talented rapper/singers.
Celebrating the life of Lois Lilienstein who was one of Canada's most beloved children's entertainers as part of the trio, Sharon, Lois and Bram.
ROBERT PILON AND FRIENDS
Stage, television and recording artist Robert Pilon is joined by several musical friends for a benefit to support the Music Niagara Summer music festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Benjamin Grosvenor made his Toronto debut for MTO in February 2014, so we know what to expect. In naming him on of their Top 30 under 30, International Piano labelled him “elusive”.
Joe Alessi, Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic, returns to Toronto to dazzle audiences with Johan de Meij’s “TBone Concerto”. Making his HSSB debut, conductor and composer Johan de Meij will lead the HSSB in the Canadian premier of his “Sinfonietta No 1” and the jaw dropping “Extreme Make-Over”.
TORONTO DEBUT. Spain’s first truly world-class string quartet, founded in 1997, winners of First Prizes at the London and Brahms-Hamburg competitions.
MTO presented the Cecilia Quaret in mini-residency between 2006 and 2009 – before they won Banff and began their international career.
TORONTO DEBUT, CANADIAN RECITAL DEBUT. Born in the south of Sweden, Peter Jablonski later studied piano and conducting at the Royal College of Music in London. With the support of Vladamir Ashkenazy, he made two award-winning CDs for Decca – and launched his international career.
APOLLON MUSAGETE QUARTETT
TORONTO DEBUT. This young Polish ensemble, named for Apollo, the ancient Greek god of the muses, has already collected a long list of European awards – the ARD Munich in 2008, the Rising Stars of Vienna’s Musikverien in 2010, the BBC New Generation 2012 and now the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award 2014.
Twenty-two years together and 20 years playing for MTO; selected by CBC Music as one of the “30 best Canadian classical recordings ever” these “serious overachievers” bring perfect ensemble and vivid music-making to their annual concert for MTO.
The festive holiday season officially begins with the HSSB and the Orpheus Choir collaborating in an entertaining and inspirational evening of seasonal music. Add your voice and sing along with the Orpheus Choir and HSSB under the baton of Canadian choral legend Robert Cooper, in the splendor of Yorkminster Park Baptist Church.
Renowned for his musicianship and virtuosity, Marc-Andre Hamelin returns for his 10th recital on the stage for MTO. Critics and audiences run out of superlatives: almost surreal technique, cool assurance and consummate musicianship, flawless control of touch and shading.
The members of the quartet met while attending the Eastman School of Music and studied closely with the Arditti, Kronos, and Muir String Quartets, and with members of the Ensemble InterContemporain.
Soprano ANDRIANA CHUCHMAN is a graduate of the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Center and San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, and has been racking up positive notices in lyrics roles in Great Britain and North America. Pianist CRAIG TERRY has launched an international career performing with some of the world’s leading singers and instrumentalists.
The Annex Quartet, founded in 2008 and based in Toronto, is recognized for its eclectic reptertoire, from Mozart to some Mississippi blues. Concerts have taken them to Carnegie Hall, the Montreal Museum of Modern Art, and the Stratford Festival.
ST LAWRENCE QUARTET
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.
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.
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.