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.
Sit down and rise up to an evening of rebellious and rich choral arrangements! Join Toronto's first rock choir, newchoir, as they take down the house with favourite, take-action rock anthems of the last five decades. Sounds like teen spirit! Respect yourself! Do you know what you're fighting for? Come find out, and get yourself some happy!
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.
AMIRA MEDUNJANIN: Queen of Sevdah
Bosnian singer Amira Medunjanin immerses the listener in the depths of sevdah, the word used to describe the emotional intimacy of her native traditional music. Sevdah is to Bosnia what blues is to America or fado is to Portugal: an expressing via music of what the heart longs for and the spirit believes in.
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.
Marc-Andre Hamelin’s original blend of musicianship and virtuosity has earned him legendary status. Long known for his matchless exploration of unfamiliar piano terrain, Mr Hamelin is now recognized worldwide for the originality and technical brilliance of his performance of the classic repertoire.
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.
I'M STILL HERE
Dora Mavor Moore Award winner Paula Wolfson promises to rock, serenade and delight you with her "coming of age" cabaret "I'm Still Here.” Stay afterwards for birthday cake!
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.