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March 2018

University of Toronto Faculty of Music | gamUT: Contemporary Music Ensemble

March 13, 2018 @ 12:10 pm - 1:00 pm
Walter Hall, 80 Queens Park
Toronto, ON M5S 2C5 Canada
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WALLACE HALLADAY director GARY KULESHA conductor KRISZTINA SZABÓ mezzo-soprano BOULEZ Le Marteau sans maître Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park Free

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FAWN | Belladonna – A Queer Techno Opera

March 22, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
56 Kensington Ave, 56 Kensington Ave
Toronto, Ontario M5T 2K1 Canada
$35

FAWN Chamber Creative presents a Convergence Series production... Belladonna - a queer techno opera On March 22nd, FAWN will present a new collectively created opera with music developed by modular electronic artist ACOTE, guest mezzo-soprano Camille Rogers and members of the FAWN Team. The story of Belladonna is by U.K. librettist Gareth Mattey who specializes in writing queer narratives for opera. About the opera: The root of the story was created by the FAWN Team for their 2017/18 launch event…

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Tapestry Opera | The Overcoat: A Musical Tailoring

March 27, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St East
Toronto, ON M5E 1B4 Canada
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$35.10
Tapestry Opera announces Baritone Geoffrey Sirett will be cast in The Overcoat: A Musical Tailoring. (Photo courtesy Tapestry Opera)

If clothes make the man, they can undo him. A spectacular new musical treatment of Gogol's beloved story. James Rolfe and Morris Panych’s THE OVERCOAT: A MUSICAL TAILORING is a co-production of Tapestry Opera, Canadian Stage and Vancouver Opera and runs from March 27th to April 14th at the St Lawrence Centre’s Bluma Appel Theatre in Toronto. Director: Morris Panych Movement: Wendy Gorling Set Design: Ken MacDonald Costume Design: Nancy Bryant Lighting Design: Alan Brodie Music Direction: Leslie Dala Starring:…

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April 2018

Esprit Orchestra | Taiko Plus

April 15, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St W,
Toronto, ON M5S 1V6 Canada
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$20

TAIKO PLUS! Sunday April 15, 2018 8:00pm Concert / 7:15pm Pre-Concert Chat Koerner Hall, The Royal Conservatory of Music, 273 Bloor St. W. BUY TICKETS Ishii’s Mono-Prism brims with emotional, intoxicating energy. Seven Japanese Taiko drummers provide the monochrome sounds which are set against the prismatic tone quality of the orchestra

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Soundstreams | Freddy’s Tune

April 21, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Trinity St-Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON M5S 1X7 Canada
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$67.50

Gryphon Trio with Scott Good, Dafnis Prieto and Roberto Occhipinti perform Conjunction Ottawa Chamberfest This same ensemble of remarkable musicians returns for one night only in Freddy’s Tune, April 21. Join us at Trinity St. Paul’s Centre for Freddy’s Tune, April 21 and find out! FEATURED PERFORMERS Scott Good, trombone/conductor The Gryphon Trio; Annalee Patipatanakoon, violin Roman Borys, cello James Parker, piano Roberto Occhipinti, bass Dafnis Prieto, drums Cheldon Paterson, a/k/a SlowPitchSound, turntables PROGRAM Cheldon Paterson, a/k/a SlowPitchSound: The Altered Offering Roberto Occhipinti: Tuareg Scott Good:…

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May 2018

Soundstreams | Beat It!

May 15, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Buddy in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St
Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1B4 Canada
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$25
Ryan Scott (Photo: Brian Mosoff)

Master percussionist Ryan Scott in a concert that reflects diverse genres and traditions exploring the many unique expressions of rhythm and melody, With composer/performers Andrew Staniland, James O’Callaghan, and flautist Leslie Newman, in a program of new works, old favourites and music that can be beaten!   FEATURED PERFORMERS Ryan Scott, Percussion Leslie Newman, Flute James O’Callaghan, Electronics Andrew Staniland, Mune PROGRAM Andrew StanilandOrion Constellation Theory Kaija SaariahoNoa Noa Robin De RaaffContradicte VI* Nicole LizéeI Still Think About You* Michael OsterleJuilliet* Arvo PärtSpiegel and Spiegel…

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TorQ Percussion Quartet | Light Years/Dark Matter

May 18, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media & Education, 918 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON M5R3G5 Canada
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TorQ Percussion Quartet presents the premiere performance of an original multi-movement work. Composed collectively by all four TorQ members, "Light Years/Dark Matter" takes the science and imagery of space as inspiration for a new immersive concert presentation. Featuring audio and video by members of TorQ, and lighting design by Oz Weaver. Tickets are offered at four price levels. Inspired by the Toronto-based Why Not Theatre, they're letting audience members choose which price they'd like to pay.

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RCM | 21C Music Festival: A Far Cry with Simone Dinnerstein

May 21, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St W,
Toronto, ON M5S 1V6 Canada
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$21

Simone Dinnerstein, piano A Far Cry Grammy Award-nominated self-conducted chamber orchestra, A Far Cry, is joined by pianist Simone Dinnerstein to perform the Canadian premiere of Piano Concerto No. 3, a bold new work for piano and strings by celebrated composer Philip Glass. The work, commissioned for the composer’s 80th birthday, is paired with pieces by J.S. Bach and Glass’s Symphony No. 3. “Like a slowly-whirling centrifuge, Philip Glass’s beguiling new Piano Concerto No. 3 isolates and concentrates two aspects…

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RCM | 21C Music Festival: Kronos Quartet with Jherek Bischoff

May 23, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St W,
Toronto, ON M5S 1V6 Canada
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$21

Jherek Bischoff, electric bass Kronos Quartet David Harrington, violin John Sherba, violin Hank Dutt, viola Sunny Yang, cello The 21C Music Festival kicks off with a new work by Los Angeles-based Jherek Bischoff – composer, arranger, producer, and multi-instrumental performer hailed a “pop polymath” by The New York Times and a “phenom” by The New Yorker. Adventurous innovator Kronos Quartet combines a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually reimagine the string quartet experience. Stay after the performance for a fascinating…

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RCM | 21C Music Festival: Anthony de Mare’s Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim From the Piano

May 24, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mazzoleni Concert Hall, 273 Bloor St West
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1W2 Canada
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$21

Anthony de Mare, piano Anthony de Mare invited 36 of the world’s foremost contemporary composers to choose a song by Stephen Sondheim and reimagine it as a solo piano piece. Both an homage and a celebration, Liaisons makes the case for Sondheim as one of the 20th century's most influential composers. PROGRAM NOTES Program: William Bolcom: “A Little Night Fughetta” (after “Anyone Can Whistle” & “Send in the Clowns”) (Ontario premiere) Ricky Ian Gordon: “Every Day a Little Death” (A…

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RCM | 21C Music Festival: A Far Cry with Simone Dinnerstein

May 25, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St W,
Toronto, ON M5S 1V6 Canada
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$20

Simone Dinnerstein, piano A Far Cry Grammy Award-nominated self-conducted chamber orchestra, A Far Cry, is joined by pianist Simone Dinnerstein to perform the Canadian premiere of Piano Concerto No. 3, a bold new work for piano and strings by celebrated composer Philip Glass. The work, commissioned for the composer’s 80th birthday, is paired with pieces by J.S. Bach and Glass’s Symphony No. 3. “Like a slowly-whirling centrifuge, Philip Glass’s beguiling new Piano Concerto No. 3 isolates and concentrates two aspects…

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RCM | 21C Music Festival After Hours: Anthony de Mare Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim From the Piano

May 25, 2018 @ 10:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Temerty Theatre, 273 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1W2 Canada
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$21

Anthony de Mare, piano Anthony de Mare invited 36 of the world’s foremost contemporary composers to choose a song by Stephen Sondheim and reimagine it as a solo piano piece. Both an homage and a celebration, Liaisons makes the case for Sondheim as one of the 20th century's most influential composers. PROGRAM NOTES Program: Nils Vigeland: “Merrily We Roll Along” (Merrily We Roll Along) (Ontario premiere) David Rakowski: “The Ladies Who Lunch” (Company) (Ontario premiere) Ethan Iverson: “Send in the…

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RCM | 21C Music Festival 21C Cinq à Sept: Dinuk Wijeratne with Kinan Azmeh

May 26, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Temerty Theatre, 273 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1W2 Canada
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$21

Dinuk Wijeratne, piano Kinan Azmeh, clarinet Hear the world premiere of a new piece by Dinuk Wijeratne and Kinan Azmeh, specially commissioned by The Royal Conservatory/Koerner Hall, as well as other original works that deftly mix delicate arrangements and adventurous improvisation. The duo's unique blend of Middle Eastern, South Asian, classical, and jazz influences has taken them from Berlin's Philharmonie and Boulez Saal to Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires and beyond. A member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, Syrian…

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RCM | 21C Music Festival: Vox Clamantis, Maarja Nuut and HH Celebrate Estonia’s Centennial

May 26, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St W,
Toronto, ON M5S 1V6 Canada
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Maarja Nuut, violin and electronics Hendrik Kaljujärv, electronics Vox Clamantis JAAN-EIK TULVE, director ANNA MAZURTSAK, soprano JAANIKA KILGI, soprano JAANIKA KUUSIK, soprano LIISI PROMET, soprano KADRI HUNT, alto MARI KALLING, alto MIINA PÄRN, alto ANTO ÕNNIS, tenor LODEWIJK VAN DER REE, tenor SAKARIAS JAAN LEPPIK, tenor SANDER PEHK, tenor AARE KÜLAMA, bass OTT KASK, bass TANIEL KIRIKAL, baritone/countertenor TÕNIS KAUMANN, baritone Grammy Award-winning Estonian vocal ensemble Vox Clamantis is “a rarity. The 15 singers sound is complete, comfortable possession of…

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RCM | 21C Music Festival: Katia and Marielle Labèque

May 27, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St W,
Toronto, ON M5S 1V6 Canada
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$40

Katia Labèque, piano Marielle Labèque, piano “The best piano duo in front of an audience today.” (The New York Times) Katia and Marielle Labèque are sibling pianists renowned for their ensemble of synchronicity and energy. “Whether Mozart or Stravinsky, their musical line always sounds as if it’s being woven for the very first time ... the illusion of improvisation is the genius of their performances … there is a deceptive sprezzatura that is born of throwing the preparation to the…

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RCM | 21C Music Festival: New Music Concerts presents: Zipangu!

May 27, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mazzoleni Concert Hall, 273 Bloor St West
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1W2 Canada
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$21

New Music Concerts String Orchestra Iris Ensemble Accordes Robert Aitken, flute & direction PROGRAM NOTES Program: Roger Reynolds: Not Forgotten, for string quartet (Canadian premiere) Claude Vivier: Zipangu, for string orchestra (NMC commission) Roger Reynolds: new work for flute and string quartet (world premiere, NMC commission) Brian Harman: new work inspired by Zipangu (world premiere, Ontario Arts Council/NMC commission)

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June 2018

National Ballet of Canada | Frame By Frame (World Premiere)

June 1, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. W.
Toronto, Ontario M5H 4G1 Canada
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$65

A ballet based on the life and work of Canadian filmmaker Norman McLaren By Robert Lepage and Guillaume Côté Frame by Frame is a collaboration between The National Ballet of Canada, Ex Machina and The National Film Board of Canada. About the Ballet The legendary Canadian filmmaker and animator Norman McLaren set new standards for his art form throughout his long and illustrious career. Best-known for his ACADEMY AWARD winning film Neighbours (1952), McLaren’s experiments in various forms of animation and his innovative use of sound, music…

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Soundstreams | The Little Match Girl Passion

June 6, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Crow’s Theatre, Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Avenue
Toronto, ON M4M2T1 Canada
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$42.02
David Lang

David Lang's provocative Pulitzer Prize-winning piece, The Little Match Girl Passion BOOK TICKETS Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale is given the vocal treatment in this Pulitzer Prize-winning piece, by one of America’s most performed composers, David Lang With staging by Dora Award-Winner and Stratford Festival Alumni Jennifer Tarver, this fairy tale for four voices explores the hope and suffering present in this ill-fated girl’s story. This last Main Stage show of our 35th Season also features a world premiere from Canadian opera legend…

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Luminato Festival | Swan Lake/Loch na hEala

June 6, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 8:00 pm, repeating until June 9, 2018

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Bluma Appel Theatre, 27 Front St E
Toronto, Ontario M5E 1B4 Canada
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$50.07

Swan Lake/Loch na hEala A magical contemporary adaptation from the imagination of one of Ireland’s most original and celebrated dance and theatre-makers. JUNE 6 - 10, 2018 WHERE: Bluma Appel Theatre There will be a post-show talk following the performance on June 9. No latecomers permitted.   From the imagination of one of Ireland’s foremost dance and theatre-makers, Michael Keegan-Dolan, comes a magical, contemporary adaptation of the most famous ballet in the world. Swan Lake/Loch na hEala transforms this age-old folktale into…

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Tapestry Opera/Luminato | Tables Turned

June 16, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Ernest Balmer Studio, 9 Trinity St., Studio 316
Toronto, ON M5A3C4 Canada
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Soprano Carla Huhtanen (photo: Tobin Grimshaw)

OPERA SINGER MEETS DJ TABLES TURNED June 16, 17, 18 & 19 @ 7 pm Ernest Balmer Studio 9 Trinity St, Distillery District Vocal maven Carla Huhtanen, soprano, joins forces with Montreal composer, turntable artist, and electronics specialist Nicole Lizée and genre-bending percussionist Ben Reimers for a boundary-breaking, multi-media concert. Lizee’s signature destabilization of classic film (selections from Alfred Hitchcock and The Sound of Music) and video recordings (Maria Callas) are projected alongside the performers, whose turntables and vocals fight and fuse…

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Luminato Festival | Solo for Duet: Works for augmented piano and images

June 19, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St W
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C7 Canada
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$39

Solo for Duet: works for augmented piano and images Working with a tour-de-force of Canadian musicians, Solo for Duet draws inspiration from the films of David Lynch, Shakespearean sonnets, technical glitches and more. JUNE 19 - 20, 2018 WORLD PREMIERE An artist whose medium is the piano, over the past 20 years Eve Egoyan has continually re-invented her relationship with her instrument; a journey that has won her acclaim wherever she has performed. A deeply integrated virtuosic mix of sound, image,…

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July 2018

Toronto Summer Music | Different Trains

July 24, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St W
Toronto, Ontario M6J 1T9 Canada
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$20

Different Trains Buy Tickets Reich:  Different Trains Crumb:  Black Angels The New Orford Quartet brings two contemporary American string quartet classics vibrantly to life. Reich’s Grammy-winning composition Different Trains (1988) presents a highly imaginative collage that combines taped speech and sound effects with music both live and pre-recorded. His goal was to contrast the warm feelings engendered within him by the trans-American railway trips he had made as a child during the early years of the Second World War, with the horrific railway journeys…

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October 2018

Soundstreams | Six Pianos

October 12, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St W,
Toronto, ON M5S 1V6 Canada
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$47.50

Our season opener showcases a rich and varied contemporary repertoire for multiple pianos, exemplified by Steve Reich’s seminal work Six Pianos. There’s also a world premiere of a newly commissioned work for multiple pianos from Canadian composer André Ristic, alongside works from Cage, Lutosławski, Alexina Louie and Colin McPhee. We feature a who’s who of pianists/percussionists including Russell Hartenberger, Greg Oh, Stephanie Chua, Ryan Scott and Midori Koga.

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Esprit Orchestra | For Orbiting Spheres

October 24, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St W,
Toronto, ON M5S 1V6 Canada
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$20

FOR ORBITING SPHERES Wednesday, October 24, 2018 8:00pm Concert / 7:15pm Pre-Concert Chat Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor St. W. PROGRAM Missy Mazzoli (U.S.A.) Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres) (2016)* Unsuk Chin (Korea) Chorós Chordón (2017)* Charles Ives (U.S.A.) The Unanswered Question (1908) Tristan Keuris (The Netherlands) Sinfonia (1974) *Canadian Premiere Mazzoli’s Sinfonia, cast “in the shape of a solar system”, weaves and coils itself in pulsing loops that twist around each other within a larger orbit while the Sinfonia of Keuris is simply a work of…

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November 2018

Collectif9 | No Time for Chamber Music – Concert/Album Launch

November 12, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St W
Toronto, Ontario M6J 1T9 Canada
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$20

collectif9 is coming back to Toronto! We're celebrating the launch of our second album at the Lula Lounge. No Time for Chamber Music is inspired by the works of Gustav Mahler. Performance of works from the album and others. Bar service and snack menu available. Come and hang out! Tickets are available at the door. $10 and you're in! Event at 6:30pm / Music starts at 7:30pm *Reservations guarantee seating. Reserve at 416 588 0307 or lula.ca Exploring extreme dualities,…

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Against the Grain Theatre | Bound v. 2

November 19, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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The Great Hall, 1087 Queen W
Toronto, ON M6J 1H3 Canada
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$80

Kevin Lau’s newly commissioned opera BOUND v. 2 in concert performance with Toronto’s acclaimed indie opera company Against the Grain Theatre Against the Grain Theatre (AtG) has matched one of opera’s most dramatic composers, George Frideric Handel, to a narrative inspired by the current, chilling refugee stories populating our newsfeeds — stories of migration and displacement due to war, discrimination, hate, and intolerance. AtG’s Artistic Director and librettist Joel Ivany alongside composer Kevin Lau begin the indie company's ninth season by digging deeper into the music and text…

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Esprit Orchestra | North/White

November 28, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St W,
Toronto, ON M5S 1V6 Canada
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NORTH/WHITE Wednesday, November 28, 2018 8:00pm Concert / 7:15pm Pre-Concert Chat Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor St. W. PROGRAM Anna Thorvaldsdottir (Iceland) Dreaming (2008)* Alexina Louie (Canada) Take the Dog Sled (2008) R. Murray Schafer (Canada) North/White (1973) *Canadian Premiere In North/White, a snowmobile in the percussion section is counterbalanced by Schafer’s sonic portrayal of the mythic, splendid, indestructible idea of North – spacious, pure, temptationless. Louie’s Take the Dog Sledcaptures the joy, tenderness and energy of life in the arctic, the mystical…

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December 2018

Soundstreams | Electric Messiah IV

December 4, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. West
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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In the world of holiday messiahs, only one is electric! A bona fide Toronto holiday favourite, "Electric Messiah" reimagines George Fredrick Handel’s great masterpiece with fascinating inspirations from jazz, gospel, blues, hip-hop and of course, classical. While audiences will recognize familiar themes, they soon realize this is not how Handel would have heard it. That’s because Ear Candy takes great care in deconstructing this masterpiece, taking it apart, and stripping it down to its essence. Once rebuilt, it takes on…

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January 2019

University of Toronto Faculty of Music | New Music Festival: Sparks & Wiry Cries  songSLAM

January 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Walter Hall, 80 Queens Park
Toronto, ON M5S 2C5 Canada
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songSLAM is a unique opportunity for emerging classical music composer/performer teams to premiere new art songs and compete for cash prizes. For the first time in Canada, teams will present a new song for voice and piano in any language for the voting audience, who - in poetry slam tradition - will vote for their favourites. Visit the Women on the Verge website for more info. Made possible in part by a generous gift from Catherine Ukas. Presented by Women on the…

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Royal Conservatory | 21C Music Festival: Terry Riley: Live at 85!

January 18, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St W,
Toronto, ON M5S 1V6 Canada
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$21.00

Intricate and often improvisational with elements of minimalism, jazz, ragtime, and north Indian raga. Terry Riley was influenced by John Cage and John Coltrane. His works, such as In C and A Rainbow in Curved Air, have influenced virtually every contemporary classical and many rock composers since, including Peter Townshend, Lou Reed, and Radiohead. The first part of the program features Tracy Silverman on electric violin, followed by Terry and his son, Gyan, on electric guitar. Tracy Silverman, electric violin Terry Riley, piano/synthesizer…

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Royal Conservatory | 21C Music Festival: 21C AfterHours with Continuum

January 18, 2019 @ 10:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Mazzoleni Concert Hall, 273 Bloor St West
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1W2 Canada
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$21.00

Works by Kati Agócs, Carolyn Chen, Unsuk Chin, Cassandra Miller, Linda Smith, and a world premiere by Monica Pearce. Featuring Wesley Shen, one of Canada’s extraordinary new pianists/harpsichordists, and Continuum’s internationally-renowned ensemble. Program: Cassandra Miller: Overture Monica Pearce: toile de jouy (world premiere) Linda Smith: Sarabande Carolyn Chen: Ache Bind Blind Break (Canadian premiere) Unsuk Chin: 3 Études Kati Agócs: Immutable Dreams (Canadian premiere)

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Royal Conservatory | 21C Music Festival: Sō Percussion: Amid the Noise

January 19, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St W,
Toronto, ON M5S 1V6 Canada
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$21.00
Sō Percussion (Photo: Evan Monroe Chapman)

Redefining the scope and vital role of the modern percussion ensemble, Sō Percussion performs Amid the noise by Jason Treuting alongside works by Vijay Iyer, Caroline Shaw, and Donnacha Dennehy. Amid the noise is a patient study of musical spaces, using a few meaningful quotes for material and structure. Each piece is made up of a few layers of melody, harmony, drone, noise, and rhythm. Some of the elements are prescribed, but many are left open for the performer to explore. Program: Vijay…

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Royal Conservatory | 21C Music Festival: The Glenn Gould School New Music Ensemble: 4D

January 20, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mazzoleni Concert Hall, 273 Bloor St West
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1W2 Canada
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$21.00

The concert program includes a world premiere by Anna Höstman, commissioned by The Royal Conservatory, Zosha Di Castri’s Phonotopographie, and two works by Misato Mochizuki. Program: Misato Mochizuki: Halai Anna Höstman: Icefolding for large ensemble (world premiere) * Misato Mochizuki: 4D for 9 instruments (North American premiere) Zosha Di Castri: Phonotopographie for 15 instruments (Ontario premiere) * Commissioned by The Royal Conservatory for 21C Music Festival 2019 Tickets, here.

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Esprit Orchestra | Constellations

January 20, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St W,
Toronto, ON M5S 1V6 Canada
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CONSTELLATIONS Sunday, January 20, 2019 8:00pm Concert / 7:15pm Pre-Concert Chat Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor St. W. PROGRAM Toshio Hosokawa (Japan) Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra (1999)* Alison Yun-Fei Jiang (Canada) TBA Claude Vivier (Canada) Orion (1979) Christopher Goddard (Canada) Les tringles des sistres tintaient (2019)** *Canadian Premiere ** World Premiere commissioned by Esprit with generous support from The Koerner Foundation Goddard’s beguiling new work re-imagines the spellbinding gypsy song that opens act two of Bizet’s Carmen with its fluidity, exoticism and…

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University of Toronto Faculty of Music | Toshio Hosokawa

January 21, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Walter Hall, 80 Queens Park
Toronto, ON M5S 2C5 Canada
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$30

New Music Festival U of T Faculty present music composed by Toshio Hosokawa, Roger D. Moore Distinguished Visitor in Composition All works are by Toshio Hosokawa and feature the following U of T faculty, along with special guests: The Gryphon Trio Camille Watts (flute) Younggun Kim (piano) Joseph Macerollo (accordion) Rob MacDonald (guitar) Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park $30, $20 senior, $10 student | BUY TICKETS ONLINE or call 416-408-0208 (U of T students admitted free with a valid T-Card, space permitting.) Join…

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Soundstreams | Encounters with Memory

January 21, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M6J 1J6 Canada
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How can music influence the ways in which we remember and connect with history? Soundstreams’ first Encounters of 2019 explores these questions in an evening of performance and discussion, featuring David Buchbinder and Lawrence Cherney with music from David Buchbinder and Hilario Duran from their JUNO award-winning Odessa/Havana. Remembering the past can be painful; it can also be celebratory. Through the lens of two distinct musical projects, Steve Reich’s Different Trains and David Buchbinder’s Odessa/Havana, Lawrence Cherney (Artistic Director, Soundstreams)…

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Canadian Women Composers Project | Canadian Bird Song

January 26, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd
Toronto, Ontario M4V 1X4 Canada
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$20

The Canadian Women Composers Project and Classical Context join forces to present an evening of Canadian art song. Soprano Clarisse Tonigussi, pianist Narmina Efendiyeva, and pianist/composer Andrew James Clark will perform an exciting programme of exclusively Canadian repertoire, all about birds! You will hear just over an hour of repertoire by Amice Calverley, Martha Hill Duncan, Emily Doolittle, Gary Kulesha, Serge Gallant, and Diane Chouinard. Also included in the concert will be the premiere of Songs from the Aviary by…

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February 2019

University of Toronto Faculty of Music | Wind Ensemble: Light and Shadow

February 2, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
MacMillan Theatre, 80 Queens Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C5 Canada
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$30

Light and Shadow U of T Wind Ensemble Gillian MacKay, conductor with the UTSO Strings with Aiyun Huang and Beverley Johnston, percussion MACKEY, Aurora Awakes SEKHON, Double Percussion Concerto ETEZADY, Anahita HINDEMITH, Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber MacMillan Theatre, 80 Queen's Park $30, $20 senior, $10 student | BUY TICKETS ONLINE or call 416-408-0208 (U of T students admitted free with a valid T-Card, space permitting.)

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Soundstreams | Different Trains

February 2, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall, 427 Bloor St. W
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1X6 Canada
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$47.50

Get on board with the celebrated Rolston String Quartet for Different Trains, like you’ve never experienced it! The Rolston String Quartet will create the aural engine for a special performance with video hauntingly realized by Spanish filmmaker Beatriz Caravaggio (Toronto premiere). Rounding out the evening, the Rolston String Quartet will perform works by Zosha Di Castri and R. Murray Schafer.

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Schulich Singers | A Clear Midnight

February 24, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Free
Schulich Singers A Clear Midnight

A Clear Midnight Jean-Sébastien Vallée, artistic director FRANCIS CHOINIÈRE* A Clear Midnight (premiere) Works by JOHN ESTACIO, JOHN TAVENER, UǴIS PRAULIŅŠ, et al. *Composer in Residence Free Admission

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March 2019

University of Toronto Faculty of Music | Choirs In Concert: A Celebration of Faculty of Music Composers

March 24, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
MacMillan Theatre, 80 Queens Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C5 Canada
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$30

A Celebration of Faculty of Music Composers David Fallis, Lori-Anne Dolloff, conductors To celebrate the Faculty of Music's 100th anniversary, the MacMillan Singers and Women's Chamber Choir present choral works from across the century by faculty and students. Selections will include music by MacMillan, Kuzmenko, Holman, and emerging student composers. MacMillan Theatre, 80 Queen's Park Tickets, here. (U of T students admitted free with a valid T-Card, space permitting.)

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Esprit Orchestra | Grand Slam!

March 24, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St W,
Toronto, ON M5S 1V6 Canada
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$20

GRAND SLAM! Sunday, March 24, 2019 8:00pm Concert / 7:15pm Pre-Concert Chat Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor St. W. PROGRAM Christopher Thornborrow (Canada) Trompe l'œil (2019)** Maki Ishii (Japan) Afro-Concerto (1982) Unsuk Chin (Korea) Cello Concerto (2006; rev. 2013)* *Canadian Premiere ** World Premiere commissioned by Esprit with generous support from Ontario Arts Council Music by Maki Ishii and a World Premiere of music by Christopher Thornborrow combine in a concert of maximum resonance and musical excitement.   Single Tickets on sale as…

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Tapestry Opera | Songbook IX

March 29, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Ernest Balmer Studio, 9 Trinity St., Studio 316
Toronto, ON M5A3C4 Canada
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Canada’s brightest emerging artists perform alongside Soprano Jacqueline Woodley (M’Dea Undone, Oksana G., Tapestry Briefs: Winter Shorts) and pianist Andrea Grant (Wexford Musical Festival). A 3-day Masterclass, New Opera 101, culminates in three performances where the opera professionals of tomorrow stretch their voices alongside their mentors. Hear highlights from Tapestry’s 39-year collection of absurd, tragic, and beautiful Canadian repertoire in the intimate Ernest Balmer Studio. Tickets, here.

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April 2019

Canadian Opera Company | Chamber Music Series: Castalian String Quartet

April 4, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Free Concert Series: Haydn and BrittenCastalian String QuartetAPRIL 4, 2019 AT 12:00 PM CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES The UK-based Castalian String Quartet is rapidly emerging as an exciting voice on the international chamber music scene, having won numerous prizes including the prestigious inaugural Merito String Quartet Award and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award. They perform Haydn’s masterful String Quartet Op. 76, No. 2 “Fifths” and Britten’s String Quartet No. 2, which is a tribute to English composer Henry Purcell.

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Esprit Orchestra | New Wave Reprise

April 5, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Trinity St-Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON M5S 1X7 Canada
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NEW WAVE REPRISE Friday, April 5, 2019 7:30pm Concert Trinity St. Paul's Centre, 427 Bloor St W PROGRAM Eugene Astapov (Canada)— New Work (2019)* Maria Atallah (Canada)— New Work (2019)** Quinn Jacobs (Canada) — New Work (2019)** Bekah Simms (Canada) — Cello Concerto (2019)* Christina Volpini (Canada) — New Work (2019)* Alison Yun-Fei Jiang (Canada)— New Work (2019)** *World Premiere commissioned by Esprit with generous support from the Ontario Arts Council **World Premiere commissioned by Esprit Orchestra More and more exceptional young Canadian composers are cropping up every day and our New Wave…

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Soundstreams | Seven Deadly Sins

April 9, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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The Great Hall, 1087 Queen W
Toronto, ON M6J 1H3 Canada
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$22

An original evening of sinful songs, served up naughty but nice by an eclectic group of composers and performers, each with their own errant point of view on these timeless transgressions. Join Soundstreams as we take a sly and sometimes irreverent look at these taboos across a spectrum of styles, genres and cultures. With new works and performances by singer-songwriters Elizabeth Shepherd, Aviva Chernick, Robin Dann; composers Christopher Mayo and Analia Llugdar, and more. It would be a sin to miss this! Tickets

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May 2019

Canadian Music Centre | Prehistoric Ligeti/Classical Context

May 31, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Canadian Music Centre, 20 St. Joseph Street
Toronto, ON M4y 1J9 Canada
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$20

Prehistoric Ligeti / Classical Context Closing its 2018 / 2019 season, Classical Context will be hosting a concert-lecture featuring the music of Ligeti written prior to his escape from the Soviet Union. Andrew James Clark will guide listeners through the staggering events of Ligeti’s early life while he and other former graduate students from the University of Toronto tackle the unique technical virtuosity of Ligeti’s music, much of which was forbidden to be performed at the time. Metamorphoses Nocturnes will be showcased by Montreal’s…

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June 2019

Canadian Music Centre | The Canadian Piano Left-Hand Commissioning Project

June 5, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Canadian Music Centre National Performance Space, 20 St. Joseph Street
Toronto, Ontario M4J 1Y9 Canada
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In order to cope with some recent serious injuries to his right arm, composer Adam Scime has commissioned eight Canadian composers to write works for piano left hand. He will premiere the pieces in this concert alongside a wonderful set of Canadian and international piano repertoire performed by Adam Sherkin. The event is PWYC, so come on out to the CMC on June 5 for 8pm! You can purchase the full set of new left hand piano compositions at the…

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Tapestry Opera | Book of My Shames

June 6, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Ernest Balmer Studio, 9 Trinity St., Studio 316
Toronto, ON M5A3C4 Canada
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In the premiere of his new solo show – part confessional comedy, part opera séance, part love letter to lost innocence – Canadian tenor, writer, and composer Isaiah Bell (Antinous in the world premiere of Rufus Wainwright and Daniel MacIvor’s Hadrian) traces the roots and ramifications of the war inside. The Book of My Shames takes a unique perspective on the conflict between our naked primal longing and that basic modern need to make everything seem OK. It manages to find the…

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Soundstreams | Hell’s Fury, The Hollywood Songbook

June 19, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 235 Queens Quay W
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2G8 Canada
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Hanns Eisler’s life was the story of exile. The brilliant Austrian, Jewish, Marxist composer fled to Hollywood in 1938, only to be deported a decade later, an early casualty of the McCarthy era. Between film scores, he wrote these passionate songs of nostalgia, horror and longing, adapting lyrics by Brecht, Goethe and Shakespeare. Despite his troubles, this song cycle established Eisler’s reputation as one of the 20th century’s great composers of German lieder.

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September 2019

Art of Time Ensemble | The Beatles’ Abbey Road

September 26, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 235 Queens Quay W
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2G8 Canada
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$25

Art of Time Ensemble revives its loving exploration of Abbey Road on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the album’s release. The company’s roster of accomplished composers was set loose upon the source material, creating arrangements that maintain The Beatles’ impeccable vocal lines while pushing the boundaries of the underlying textures. The result: an imaginative journey through a towering work of music. Tickets, here.

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October 2019

Soundstreams | Top Brass

October 3, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Trinity St-Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON M5S 1X7 Canada
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Three virtuoso trumpeters together for the first time, complete with full string orchestra, performing works ranging in style from baroque to jazz to established new music and world premieres. Immerse yourself as the entire concert hall becomes our stage with spatial and theatrical elements. FEATURED PERFORMERS Norway’s trumpet god Ole Edvard Antonsen, trumpet Juno award-winning jazz artist Ingrid Jensen, trumpet Classical brass soloist and Order of Canada recipient Jens Lindemann, trumpet Virtuoso String Orchestra, conducted by Joaquin Valdepeñas Heather Schmidt, piano PROGRAM* R. Murray…

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Esprit Orchestra | I Hit My Head And Everything Changed

October 6, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St W,
Toronto, ON M5S 1V6 Canada
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$20
Alex Pauk and the Esprit Orchestra. (Photo: Bo Huang)

A blast of powerful orchestral sound, Adès’ opera overture provides for the dramatic launch of Esprit’s season. Harman’s integration of video art projections inspired by his collaboration with artist Moira Ness, brings new treasure to multimedia orchestral life. One of Louie’s most expressive choral works embellishes her receiving the Molson Prize in the Arts and Abrahamsen’s compelling concerto for the left-hand showcases Avan Yu as one of Canada’s hottest young pianists. Overture to "The Tempest" op.22a (2004) or orchestra — Thomas Adès (England)…

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November 2019

Loose Tea Music Theatre | Singing Only Softly

November 2, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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The Toronto Heliconian Club, 35 Hazelton Avenue
Toronto, ON M5R 2E3 Canada
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$35

World Premiere of Singing Only Softly Presented with Grigory Frid’s The Diary of Anne Frank During Holocaust Education Week November 2-4, 2019 Heliconian Club 35 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto Cecilia Livingston Composer Monica Pearce Librettist Alaina Viau Director & Dramaturge  What version of Anne Frank are you familiar with? Did you know that passages of The Diary of Anne Frank were censored and redacted? Inspired by the original, unedited texts of the diary, Loose Tea Music Theater created Singing Only Softly. This Chamber…

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Piano Lunaire | Beaver Moon

November 12, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Bunker Lane Press, 1001 Bloor W
Toronto, Ontario M6H 1M1 Canada
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$15

Join us for THE PIANO LUNAIRE, a performance event that takes place on the full moon of every month in Toronto. This is an informal, 50-minute private recital at the Bunker Lane Press​ in Toronto's west end, intended as a get-together for artists and friends alike. Save the date and join us for this unique performance anniversary event.​ In November, we celebrate the BEAVER MOON and welcome captivating soprano Christina Haldane in a premiere performance of the song cycle I…

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Soundstreams | Two Odysseys: Pimooteewin / Gállábártnit

November 13, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St E
Toronto, Ontario M5A 2B7 Canada
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In this double-bill, discover the world’s first music drama works sung and narrated in the Indigenous languages Cree and Sámi, and rooted in those traditional legends from Canada and the Nordic countries. These cross-cultural odysseys examine how we live on earth, how we pass to the land of the dead, and the consequences of love and sacrifice. FEATURED ARTISTS Michael Greyeyes, Cole Alvis, co-directors Melissa Hui, Britta Byström, composers Tomson Highway, Rawdna Carita Eira, librettists David Fallis, musical director Yolanda Bonnell, Heli Huovinen, narrators…

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Tapestry Opera | TAP:EX Augmented Opera

November 20, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sidewalk Labs, 307 Lake Shore Blvd. E.
Toronto, Ontario M5A 1C1 Canada
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$40.00

TAP:EX Augmented Opera, delves into the world of analog and digital storytelling augmentation, challenging our notion of what is real. TAP:EX Augmented Opera invites us to submerge ourselves in a night of experiential and experimental opera.

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December 2019

Esprit Orchestra | Sustain

December 1, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St W,
Toronto, ON M5S 1V6 Canada
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$20
Esprit Orchestra

Afterglow is the third panel of an orchestral tryptique commissioned from Scime by Esprit. In composing Sustain, Norman, America’s most celebrated young composer, considered how audiences one hundred years from now might perceive and be affected by orchestral music. He then set out in a major new creative direction to produce what some have labeled a masterpiece. With inexorable force, Evangelista’s piece draws listeners in and excites heartbeats in the same way his score affects the orchestra’s playing. Andrew Norman (U.S.A.)  — Sustain (2018)* for…

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Soundstreams | Electric Messiah

December 10, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. West
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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$25

Experience a theatrical reimagining of Handel’s masterpiece infused with jazz, gospel, blues, hip-hop, classical, and world music, complete with hypnotic dance. Never the same two years in a row, the intimacy of this performance creates a deep personal connection to universal themes of love, betrayal and redemption. Tickets, here.

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January 2020

Royal Conservatory of Music | 21C Music Festival: 21C Afterhours: Veronique Mathieu

January 11, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 pm
Temerty Theatre, 273 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1W2 Canada
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$21.00

Violinist Véronique Mathieu and pianist Stephanie Chua perform a program titled True North, featuring the Canadian premiere of 4 Seasons by Alice Ping Yee Ho alongside works by Derek Johnson and Canadian composer Adam Scime. The evening also includes the world premiere of a piece by Odawa First Nations composer, Barbara Croall, co-commissioned by The Royal Conservatory.

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Royal Conservatory | 21C MUSIC FESTIVAL: Against the Grain Theatre’s Ayre and other works by Osvaldo Golijov

January 11, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St W,
Toronto, ON M5S 1V6 Canada
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$21.00

Osvaldo Golijov has been awarded Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellowships, has won two Grammy Awards for composition, and was Musical America’s Composer of the Year in 2006. 21C goes deep into his catalogue with Ayre, a thrill to experience with its lush fusion of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean folk melodies. Starring Canadian soprano Miriam Khalil and staged by AtG’s Joel Ivany, Ayre is presented along with other works such as Mariel, K’vakarat, and Tenebrae. An all-star roster of musicians includes Jamey Haddad, Barry Shiffman, Gabriel Radford, Michael…

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University of Toronto Faculty of Music | New Music Festival: Karen Kieser Prize Concert

January 14, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Walter Hall, 80 Queens Park
Toronto, ON M5S 2C5 Canada
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Vancouver pianist Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa performs Hildegard Westerkamp’s Klavierklang on a program of Canadian music for piano, along with a performance of Francis Ubertelli’s prize-winning Quartetto 2 for string quartet. Presented in conjunction with the Jackman Humanities Institute. Presented by Greg Newsome.

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University of Toronto Faculty of Music | New Music Festival: From Bach to Latin America

January 15, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Walter Hall, 80 Queens Park
Toronto, ON M5S 2C5 Canada
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With André Mehmari piano and Emmanuele Baldini violin Presented by Norbert Palej.

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Piano Lunaire | Composers’ Symposium 2020: The Shaw of the North

January 17, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - January 19, 2020 @ 9:30 pm
Bunker Lane Press, 1001 Bloor W
Toronto, Ontario M6H 1M1 Canada
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$20.00

Providing a dynamic setting for collaboration and educational experience in the craft of composing for solo piano, TPL welcomes you to our inaugural Composers' Symposium as we jump into 2020! Each composer has creating a new work for solo piano, in mentorship with Christopher Mayo. This weekend centres around two performances, a lecture and workshop for emerging composers runs the weekend of January 17th through 19th. Locations are either Bunker Lane Press or the Canadian Music Centre. TPL COMPOSERS: Paul…

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Royal Conservatory | 21C MUSIC FESTIVAL: 21C Cinq à Sept

January 18, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Temerty Theatre, 273 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1W2 Canada
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$21.00

Musicians from The Glenn Gould School perform works by Laurie Anderson and others. Tickets, here.

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Royal Conservatory | 21C MUSIC FESTIVAL: Laurie Anderson: The Art of Falling

January 18, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St W,
Toronto, ON M5S 1V6 Canada
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$21.00

Grammy Award-winning NYC composer, Laurie Anderson, is one of America’s most renowned – and daring – creative pioneers, known for her multimedia presentations. In this concert, Anderson will perform solo works and in collaboration with her long-time musical partner, cellist Rubin Kodheli. Tickets, here.

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University of Toronto Faculty of Music | New Music Festival: Penderecki String Quartet

January 19, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Walter Hall, 80 Queens Park
Toronto, ON M5S 2C5 Canada
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Including the Toronto premiere of Christos Hatzis’s String Quartet No. 4 (The Suffering) and more. Presented by Norbert Palej.

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University of Toronto Faculty of Music | New Music Festival: Speak, Be Silent

January 21, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Walter Hall, 80 Queens Park
Toronto, ON M5S 2C5 Canada
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Contemporary Music Ensemble In memory of Roger D. Moore Wallace Halladay, director with Amahl Arulanandam, cello Mark Fewer, violin, and Xin Wang soprano SAARIAHO From the Grammar of Dreams SIMMS Foreverdark LIM Speak, Be Silent CHIN Gougalon 7:30 pm in Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park Free admission

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Royal Conservatory | 21C MUSIC FESTIVAL: 21C Afterhours: Véronique Mathieu

January 21, 2020 @ 10:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Temerty Theatre, 273 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1W2 Canada
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$21.00

Volinist Véronique Mathieu performs a program titled True North, with new works by Derek Johnson and Canadian composers Alice Ping Yee Ho and Adam Scime. The evening also includes the world premiere of a piece by Odawa First Nations composer, Barbara Croall, commissioned by The Royal Conservatory. Tickets, here.

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Royal Conservatory | 21C Music Festival: Zane Dalal conducts the Royal Conservatory Orchestra with Zakir Hussain, John Patitucci, Danilo Pérez, and Brian Blade

January 24, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St W,
Toronto, ON M5S 1V6 Canada
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$21.00

Legendary tabla master, Zakir Hussain, and jazz trailblazer/bassist, John Patitucci, bring an extraordinary program conducted by Zane Dalal, Associate Music Director of the Symphony Orchestra of India. Hear the Canadian premiere of Hussain’s tabla concerto, Peshkar, and the world premiere of Patitucci’s Hypocrisy for orchestra and jazz trio, featuring Danilo Pérez on piano, Brain Blade on drums, and Patitucci on bass. The concert will open with an improvisation by Hussain and the trio. The Glenn Gould School (GGS)’s Royal Conservatory Orchestra (RCO) is…

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Soundstreams | The Lost Karaoke Tapes

January 30, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Great Hall, 1087 Queen W
Toronto, ON M6J 1H3 Canada
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$25

Renowned for her fusion of pop, cinema, psychedelia and turntablism, Juno-nominated composer Nicole Lizeé is inspired by the glitches of retro technology. Lizée takes you on a multimedia trip using 80’s karaoke videotapes that she found in a dumpster. Revisit hits by Olivia Newton-John, the Bee Gees, INXS, The Models, Icehouse, Avalanches, Men at Work, Kylie Minogue, Air Supply, Midnight Oil, Platinum Blonde, Honeymoon Suite, Corey Hart, Anne Murray, Rush, Alanis Morissette, Bryan Adams, Loverboy, Joni Mitchell and The Guess…

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February 2020

The Piano Lunaire | Snow Moon “Phases” with the Happenstancers

February 9, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Bunker Lane Press, 1001 Bloor W
Toronto, Ontario M6H 1M1 Canada
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$18.00

Program: Mozart - Trio in Eb, ‘Kegelstatt,’ K. 481 Augusta Read Thomas - Dancing Helix Rituals Beethoven - Trio in Bb, ‘Gassenhauer,’ Op. 11 Bram van Camp - Music for 3 Instruments Brenna Hardy-Kavanagh, violin & viola Brad Cherwin, clarinet Lisa Tahara, piano

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Esprit Orchestra | Electric & Eclectic

February 26, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St W,
Toronto, ON M5S 1V6 Canada
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$20
Alex Pauk and the Esprit Orchestra. (Photo: Bo Huang)

Electronic treatment of orchestral sound in concerts is rare so O’Callaghan’s multi-speaker, surround-sound blending of transformed orchestral sound with computer sound files radiates new sonic dimensions. Changing meters rapidly and scurrying all over the place, Adams’ score is riveting and full of surprises. Schnittke looms large in recent music history and his remarkable Concerto Grosso No.1 reveals the astounding vision and creative force of one of the greatest composers of the past century. John Adams (U.S.A.) — Son of Chamber Symphony (2007) for orchestra…

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March 2020

Soundstreams | Improvised Components

March 6, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. West
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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$25

Rarefied early instruments and improvisation: joined at the hip? You bet, says curator Nick Storring, who invites us to hear this alluring sound world anew through 21st-century ears. Journey through music from the renaissance and baroque, solo improvisations created on the spot. There will also be contemporary works, including a world premiere composed by Nick Storring for the complete ensemble. FEATURED PERFORMERS: Nick Storring, composer, curator Katelyn Clark, harpsichord/organetto Emily Redhead, baroque violin Pierre-Yves Martel, viola da gamba Ben Grossman, hurdy-gurdy Dwight…

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Esprit Orchestra | Taiko Returns

March 22, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St W,
Toronto, ON M5S 1V6 Canada
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$20
Alex Pauk and the Esprit Orchestra. (Photo: Bo Huang)

Ishii demands physical power, delicate precision, emotional strength and willpower from our guest taiko drummers to make Mono-Prism the explosive conclusion of our concert. Goddard’s musical mastery extends to his performance as a pianist in what is, for the composer, a project of passion that Esprit is thrilled to foster. Astapov brings his Russian heritage to the fore in setting a text by one of today’s most important under-forty Russian poets. Croall’s presence as a performer brings a powerful Anishinaabekwe plea for…

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