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THE SCOOP | The Philadelphia Orchestra String Quartet Comes To Scarborough For Free Event On April 16

By Anya Wassenberg on April 15, 2024

The Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra (Photo courtesy of SPO)
The Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra (Photo courtesy of SPO)

The Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra is collaborating with the U.S. Consulate General Toronto and The Philadelphia Orchestra to present a free evening of chamber music and conversation. The concert takes place on April 16 at the Scarborough Citadel.

On stage: the Philadelphia Orchestra String Quartet, Toronto’s Odin Quartet, and the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra Chamber Players for a an eclectic program. The Philadelphia String Quartet is in town to perform with the full orchestra and conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin at Koerner Hall on April 17.


The musicians on stage represent a unique blend of ensembles for Toronto audience members.

Philadelphia Orchestra String Quartet: Marc Rovetti, Assistant Concertmaster, Daniel Han, Violin, Marvin Moon, Viola, Priscilla Lee, Associate Principal Cello

The Philadelphia Orchestra has a world recognized reputation not only for musicianship, but in their commitment to engaging communities and connecting through music. While they’re in Toronto, they’ll also be visiting a Scarborough high school, and working with Sistema students.

Odin Quartet: Alex Toskov, Violin, Tanya Charles Iveniuk, Violin, Matt Antal, Viola, Samuel Bisson, Cello

The Odin Quartet was founded in 2015 with the goal of making classical music accessible to younger generations, and promoting contemporary Canadian compositions. They have been the ensemble-in-residence with the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra since 2018.

Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra Chamber Players: Kaye Royer, Clarinet, Tiffany Yeung, Violin, Jacob Clewell, Viola, Chris Hwang, Cello (combined ensemble also includes Ronald Royer, SPO Music Director and Conductor, Julia Zisser, Violin, David Lasker, Bass, Lisa Tahara, Piano)

The Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra was founded more than 40 years ago, offering accessible orchestra and chamber ensemble concerts to the community, while supporting Canadian artists and composers. Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Ronald Royer.

On the Program

After opening remarks by the US Consul General and others, the music begins.

SPO Chamber Players

  • Maria Molinari: Fantasia for Clarinet and String Trio (SPO Commission and Premiere)

Odin Quartet

  • Alex Sandoval: A Wicked Curse
  • Ted Runcie: String Quartet No 2 II. Canzone
  • Katharine Petkovski: The Sleep Garden
  • Bruno Degazio: Three Fractal Miniatures – III. A Little Shuffle Musik


Philadelphia Orchestra String Quartet

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quartet in B flat major, K 458
  • Antonin Dvorak: String Quartet in F major, Op 96 (Mvt. 1, 4)
  • Combined Philadelphia Orchestra String Quartet and SPO Chamber Ensemble
  • Ronald Royer: Romance for Clarinet, Piano and Strings – II. Moderato, with expression

There will be a talkback session after the concert.

On April 17

Members of the orchestra will also be holding master classes on April 17, sponsored by Kelly Meighan. Two are open to the public:

  • Philippe Tondre (oboe) – 9:30AM – 11:30AM and 12:00PM to 1:00PM (in Mazzoleni Concert Hall)
  • Elizabeth Hainen (harp) – 9:30AM – 11:30AM and 12:00PM to 1:00PM (room 210).


  • TUES APR 16, 7:30 p.m. @Scarborough Citadel
  • 2021 Lawrence Ave. E. Scarborough M1R2Z2

Find out more, and reserve your spot, [HERE].

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