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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

In Tough Economic Times, People Turn to Classical Music


New Music Store and Subscription Service Offers Largest Collection

of Classical Recordings and Most Sophisticated Interface on the Internet

New York, NY Classical Archives ( is bringing online classical music shopping and listening into the 21st century! The site is the ultimate destination for online classical music on-demand streams, hi-definition downloads, and expert musicology. Classical Archives also offers a breakthrough in site navigation that will be welcomed by all. Catering to serious aficionados and eager newcomers alike, the site offers the largest collection of classical music available online as well as extensive background information on works, composers, artists, and much more.

Best of all, the site features a new proprietary navigation and search engine capability that lets visitors search and cross-reference by any relevant criteria: composer, work title, artist, albums, historical period, instrument, genre, and many others that make finding and comparing the best classical recordings easier than it has ever been. In addition to albums from major labels such as DG/Decca, Angel/EMI/Virgin, Sony/Columbia, and 110+ more, the site offers a large collection of free streaming tracks from its own roster of world-class talents.

Pierre R. Schwob, CEO and Founder, notes, "The Renaissance starts here! Classical Archives will become the ultimate classical music site and a model for music sites in general: where the music you want can be easily and immediately found, and where composers, artists, and works get the respect they deserve. It marks the dawn of a new era for online music sales in terms of its navigation system and the wealth of contextual information it offers. Our sophisticated but elegant system has been developed by our expert team of musicologists, and built by our engineers using the latest advances in web technology. Anyone who has purchased music online, particularly classical music, knows well the current limitations of Internet music shopping and discovery. Classical Archives is changing the whole user experience."

The newly launched Classical Archives opens its doors as the most complete classical music resource on the Internet with over 620,000 recorded tracks (building to over 1 million!) representing 7,800 composers, 27,000 artists and 110+ record labels representing a unique blend of the majors and independent labels. Tracks are available in high quality DRM-free MP3 for listening or downloading and some in MIDI format for synthesizers. The company's ultimate goal is to offer the complete catalogs of all classical music record labels, as well as independent classical artists in DRM-free format, and to identify the recordings in a proper, consistent, and easily searchable form. Classical Archives will always allow users to keep their downloads for life: they are not tied to any conditions such as staying in a subscription program.

Dr. Nolan Gasser, Artistic Director, states, "We are very proud of the contribution that the new Classical Archives is making to the world of classical music as a whole; for too long, the online consumer has dealt with a broken system, where the music is identified and displayed in an inconsistent, if not inaccurate, manner, making the process of finding and comparing recordings difficult or impossible. Admittedly, it is no easy task to correctly identify the vast repertoire of classical works, and then coordinate their various recordings, but our expert team of musicologists is committed to this goal, and the consumer will experience the music as they have only imagined."

The site provides detailed musicological information for each work: its proper movements and subdivisions, genre, principal instruments, year of composition, and key. Users can then easily compare various recordings of a given work, each identified in a proper and consistent manner something not possible with any other site.

The new Classical Archives offers unique membership opportunities that allow users to take advantage of its vast resources easily and affordably. Fees are $9.95/month or $99.50/year. Benefits include the ability to listen to music from the whole site (entire tracks or works); a 10% discount on all downloads (which are yours to keep for life!); the first two weeks as a free trial of the service; the ability to access and download MIDI files free of charge.

Free registered members also enjoy great benefits: the ability to freely listen to Classical Archives' own large catalog of contributed tracks, which includes many performances from world-class talents; the ability to listen to any music clips (30-60 seconds); the ability to purchase hi-definition downloads; and the ability to access and download free MIDI files.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

MH/RTH 09-10: Jazz at Massey - International vocal-virtuoso, four Special concerts

The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall

Announces its 2009-2010 season of jazz and classical concerts:

JAZZ @ MASSEY HALL (series of 3 concerts)


VIRTUOSO PERFORMANCE (series of 3 concerts)



Call 416-872-4255 or online at or

or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office

JAZZ @ MASSEY HALL (Series of 3 concerts)

Now in its sophomore year, the Jazz @ Massey Hall series presents three concerts with three very distinct perspectives on jazz. The lines are blurred between classical and jazz, contemporary popular music is re-worked as jazz standards, and uncharted territory is explored through improvisation.

Subscriptions: $295 - $145.


Wednesday, August 5, 2009 at 8 PM

Pianists Lang Lang and Herbie Hancock reunite after their ground-breaking, dueling-keys performance of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue at the 50th Grammy Awards in 2008. The hottest artist on the classical music planet and the legendary jazz pianist join forces, performing a variety of solos, duets and concertos for two pianos, with orchestra.

"...a genre-crossing revamp of George Gershwin's ''Rhapsody in Blue'' was the perfect showcase for these two hugely talented ivory tinklers." --Entertainment Weekly on 50th Grammy Awards performance


Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 8 PM

Fifty years ago, saxophonist Ornette Coleman caused the world of jazz to take a sharp left turn. The Shape Of Jazz To Come was a groundbreaking album and its influence has since been felt by virtually every jazz musician. Coleman was rightfully recognized in 2007 with both a Pulitzer Prize and a Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement. We know first hand how powerfully his music continues to resonate, thanks to the deeply memorable concert at Massey Hall in 2005.

There are concerts in the world of jazz, plenty of concerts, and then there are events. Ornette Colemans appearance in Toronto was both. --The Globe & Mail


Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 8 PM

Universally admired as one of the most adventurous pianists on the jazz scene today, Brad Mehldau pushes boundaries, blending musical genres and blazing trails in new musical territory. His hauntingly beautiful melody lines and stunning improvisations reveal his deeply intelligent musicianship, with influences that range from Radiohead to Nick Drake and Oasis to the great American Standards.

The elliptical lines, volatile rhythmic figures and unexpected bursts of color and dissonanceĶ prove that Mehldau writes as cleverly as he plays. --The Chicago Tribune


Roy Thomson Hall is proud to introduce audiences to four vocal artists making their debuts on this series. Together they share youth, critical acclaim, energy, and a mastery of their craft. Individually, they bring fresh and distinctive voices to the worlds great opera houses, orchestras, and now in recital on this series. Music lovers will discover a new generation of stars.

Subscriptions: $265 - $125


Sunday, November 15, 2009 at 2 PM

Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja is an exhilarating young talent, one of the most promising artists of the new millennium. His is an exceptionally beautiful lyric tenor which recalls a young Pavarotti, capturing the long-lost classic sounds and timbre of earlier 20th century tenor greats. He has performed at the major opera houses of North America and throughout Europe from the Royal Opera House Covent Garden to the Salzburg Festival, and has toured Germany, in concert, with soprano Anna Netrebko. No stranger to Canadian audiences, he made his thrilling Canadian debut as Rodolfo in La Bohme in Toronto with the Canadian Opera Company to great critical acclaim.

Ķa rare discovery, evoking memories from Caruso to Domingo with the suppleness of his tone and the expressive, highly individual lyricism he brings to even the most familiar material. --The Observer


Sun Feb 14 2010 at 2 PM

The Globe and Mail hailed her as "one of the dream sopranos of our time," who in turn is "distinctive, sophisticated, deeply intuitive, a questioning and fearless artist." She has wowed audiences and critics the world over with her luscious timbre, profound musicality and wide vocal range. With one Grammy and nineteen Juno nominations, and two Juno awards to her credit, she has also proved herself a wildly successful recording artist. Whether gracing the great operatic or concert stages of the world, Gauvin has the remarkable ability to instantly convey the musical heart of every piece she performs. No wonder she is an audience favourite and Canadas Queen of Song.

NATHAN GUNN, baritone

Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 8 PM

American baritone Nathan Gunn has been casting a spell around the globe with his daring interpretations of both classical and new opera repertoire. Hes been forging new creative worlds with his electrifying performances on the stages of top European and American opera houses. His recording of Peter Grimes with the London Symphony Orchestra was nominated for a Grammy award, and he has numerous accolades to his credit, including the first winner of the Beverly Sills Award for Young Singers and was a pick in People magazines annual Sexiest Man Alive issue.


Sunday, April 25, 2010 at 2 PM

Canadian recital debut

A regular performer at the Metropolitan Opera since the millennium, Alexandra Deshorties has become one of operas most sought-after young stars. Born in Montreal, but raised in Marseilles and educated in New York, Deshorties reflects the rich character and identify of each of these cultural centres through her impassioned singing and committed portrayal of the great operatic roles. Also in demand as a concert artist, she has appeared with orchestras around the world including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony, and at the Salzburg Festival.

Ķthe climax of her performance was the great scena Ei parteĶ Per piet, ben mio, with grand singing, impassioned interpretation. It was the operas high point. --San Francisco Classical Voice


Torontos cultural renaissance combines with Roy Thomson Halls international reputation for acoustic excellence to make the Hall a favourite destination for the worlds elite orchestras. This seasons Virtuoso Performances series offers a rare opportunity to experience three of those ensembles, each with its own distinctive voice, each led by an inimitable maestro.

Subscriptions: $395 - $115


Monday, October 19, 2009 at 8 PM

Franz Welser-Mst, conductor

Repertoire, TBA

One of the worlds most-revered symphonic ensembles makes a rare Toronto appearance, the launching point of a pan-European tour. The orchestra achieved greatness under the renowned George Szell, who directed it for an incredible thirty years beginning in the mid-1940s. Now in its 90th season, music director Franz Welser-Mst boldly moves the ensemble into the 21st century. The orchestra has long been acclaimed as the most European of the American Big Five and remains securely positioned among the top ten in the world.

Ķthe finest in America --The New York Magazine


Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 8 PM

Yannick Nzet-Sguin, conductor

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

Messiaen: Les offrandes oublies

Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand

R. Strauss: Ein Heldenleben

The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra has been the musical heart of the Netherlands since 1930. The orchestra gained world acclaim in the 1970s under the youthful baton of Edo de Waart, touring internationally and producing outstanding recordings. In 1995 Valery Gergiev took the reins, founding the Gergiev Festival Rotterdam, with the ensemble playing a vital role in one of the Netherlands major cultural events. Montreal-born Yannick Nzet-Sguin succeeded Gergiev in 2008, upon receiving an unprecedented and astonishing unanimous vote from the orchestra. Since then, the brilliant young Nzet-Sguin has been dazzling audiences the world over with his incisive leadership and artistry. Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet is in high demand worldwide as a soloist, admired for his incredible technique and poetic interpretations. .

Presented in association with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.


Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 8 PM

Valery Gergiev, conductor

Repertoire, TBA

Under the dynamic leadership of musical director Valery Gergiev, the internationally-acclaimed powerhouse Mariinsky Orchestra (formerly known as the Kirov Orchestra) never fails to thrill, astound and astonish. Every performance is crafted with gemstone brilliance, every performance, the experience of a lifetime. A favourite with Toronto audiences and always a sellout, the orchestra returns for its 5th appearance at Roy Thomson Hall.

The Kirov Orchestra is a perfectly balanced, impeccably blended virtuoso instrument, and Gergiev plays it with masterly lan. --The Los Angeles Times




Monday, November 16, 2009 at 8 PM

Tickets: $112 - $24

Long Yu, conductor

Yuja Wang, piano

Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture

Yuan Kai: China Air (Canadian Premire)

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2

Since its inception in 2000, the highly innovative, 120-member China Philharmonic Orchestra has established extensive collaborative relationships with world-famous conductors and soloists, including Krzysztof Penderecki, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sara Chang and Placido Domingo. The orchestra aspires to introduce the gems of Chinas symphonic music to the world and the finest of western musical heritage to Chinese audiencesa magnificent cultural exchange. It has performed in the grand venues of the world, including Avery Fisher Hall, Barbican Hall, the world-famous Palais Garnier and Berlin Philharmonie, playing to glowing reviews.

At 20, Yuja Wang has both the energetic, fearless imagination of youth and the probing sensitivity that in most artists comes only with maturity... --San Francisco Chronicle

Presented in association with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra


Friday, February 12, 2010 at 8 PM

Tickets: $69 - $29

JS Bach: Italian Concerto

Beethoven: Sonata in D major, Op. 10 No. 3

Brahms: Sonata in F minor, Op. 5

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Angela Hewitts triumphant 1st prize win at the Toronto International Bach Piano Competition! Since that prestigious win at Roy Thomson Hall in 1985, Hewitt has firmly established herself as the pre-eminent Bach pianist of our time. Her eleven-year project to record all the major keyboard works of Bach was described as one of the record glories of our age by The Sunday Times. In 2006 she earned the Gramophone Artist of the Year award and received the Order of the British Empire in the Queens Birthday Honours. She is the consummate artist, and captivates utterly with her mesmerizing performances. Roy Thomson Hall is honoured to have her return to our concert stage.


Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 8 PM

Tickets: $112 - $24

Christoph Eschenbach, conductor

Lang Lang, piano

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 Classical

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

Its a celebration of youthful genius when the phenomenal Lang Lang shares the stage with the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra. Composed of the world's finest young musicians under the age of 27, who are hand-picked through a rigorous audition process, the orchestra has developed through collaborations with the finest conductors and teachers from the Berlin Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, and the NDR Symphony Orchestra. This performance is part of its first-ever tour of North America.

Presented in association with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.


Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 11 PM

Tickets: $69 - $20

Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Peter Oundjian, conductor

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

Join Peter Oundjian, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and an international cast of soloists for a special 11pm performance of Beethovens thrilling Symphony No. 9.

Stay for the party in the lobby and dance the night away! Experience the TSO like never before.

Presented in association with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

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Saturday, July 5, 2008

McMichael Gallery Sunday Concert 2008/09

Canadian Amateur Musicians Musiciens Amateurs du Canada
21 Dale Avenue #346 Toronto Ontario M4W 1K3
Phone: 416- 925-6182
President: Kathy Gallyas
e-mail: or

McMichael Sunday Concert Series 2008/09

September 7: Franklin Penny-Jazz
September 21: Peter Stoll-classical clarinet
October 19: David Occhipinti +cellist
November 2: Rob Carroll-classical Guitar
November 16: Edith Gardiner- +vocalist classical and popular
December 7 Glynis Ratcliffe, Soprano
will perform an aria from the opera, Maria Chapedalaine and other vocal
January 4: Pat Collins, jazz ensemble
January 18: Abbey's Meltdown
February 1: Vadem classical trio-piano violin and cello
February 15: Coyotoes, folk singers
March 1: Christopher Lee and Adam Sherkin: flute and Piano
April 5: Richard Whiteman-jazz
April 19: Tony Quarrington-jazz
May 3: Taffanel Wind Ensemble: classical trio, flute, clarinet and bassoon
May 17: Ken Taylor-jazz
June 7: Veronique-violinist
June 21: Barbara Fris soprano

Concerts are at 1:30 in the main lobby of the gallery. Open to all guests of
the gallery. Admission: Adults- $15; seniors/students $9; families (1 or 2
adults and 3 children) $25 and $5 parking per car.

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Friday, June 6, 2008

Harbourfront Centre: Toronto Music Garden

Free concerts and dance performances with three world premieres at the Toronto Music Garden, June 29 to September 14

TORONTO, Tuesday, June 3, 2008The popular Summer Music in the Garden series returns to the Toronto Music Garden with a new season of free classical music and dance all summer long! Summer Music in the Garden showcases an eclectic array of music and dance performances that complement the beauty and calm of the Toronto Music Garden, and the music of composer Johann Sebastian Bach that inspired it. From June 29 to September 14, Summer Music in the Garden presents 20 free outdoor concerts and dance performances with over 90 performers over the course of the summer, taking place on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. and on most Sundays at 4 p.m. The popular free guided garden tours led by volunteers from the Toronto Botanical Garden return for another season, taking place on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. from June 4 to September 24, and on Thursdays before every concert at 5:30 p.m. from July 3 to September 11. Self-guided audio tours are also available for a nominal fee. Admission to the park and all its programming is free.

The programmes that takes place in the Toronto Music Garden are produced by Harbourfront Centre in partnership with City of Toronto Department of Parks, Forestry and Recreation. Summer Music in the Garden is curated for Harbourfront Centre by Artistic Director, Tamara Bernstein, and made possible through the generosity of Parks, Forestry and Recreation, Toronto Culture, and Margaret and Jim Fleck.

The Toronto Music Garden is a City of Toronto park, located on the citys picturesque waterfront at 475 Queens Quay West (on the waters edge side), between Bathurst Street and Spadina Avenue. It is wheelchair-accessible and open year-round. For information on the Toronto Music Garden and its current programmes, the public can call Harbourfront Centre, 416-973-4000 or visit For information on other City of Toronto parks and gardens, the public can call 416-338-0338 or visit

Summer Music in the Garden 2008 Highlights

The 2008 season of Summer Music in the Garden opens on Sunday, June 29 with music for cello ensemblea tribute to the venue, which interprets Bachs First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello into garden design. This year, Paul Widner (director), Garrett Knecht, Peter Cosbey and Alastair Eng present an eclectic program to launch the concert series.

Three exciting world premieres takes place this year at the Toronto Music Garden. There are two music-dance works: one from Hari Krishnan, the artistic director of inDANCE (Five Gods, Two Kings and the Frog Princess on August 17) and one by Keiko Kitano/Aki Takahashi (Yanagi: Spirit of the Willow Tree on September 11), both commissioned by Harbourfront Centre specifically for presentation in the Toronto Music Garden. Both pieces take their inspiration, in part, from mythology and legend: inDANCE from South Asian mythology; Kitano/Takahasi from Japanese tales about female spirits that appear under willow trees. The world premiere of a string quartet written by U.S. composer Liam Wade for the Cecilia Quartet takes place on August 14.

There are many performers making their debut this year at the Toronto Music Garden: SamulNori Canada (Korean drumming), July 6; dancer-choreographer Keiko Kitano, August 28 and September 11; inDANCE (August 17); The Queens (Quay) Trumpeters (July 3); baroque cornettist Kiri Tollaksen (Ann Arbor, Michigan) and dulcian player Dominic Teresi with Folia (July 27); Rosetta String Trio: violinist Abigail Karr, violist Sarah Darling and cellist Kate Bennett Haynes, September 14; soprano Meredith Hall and guitarist Bernard Farley (July 13); pipa player Wen Zhao (August 24); and soprano Brooke Dufton, pianist Rachad Feizoullaev, and woodwind player Colin Maier (August 10).

From June to September 2008, Borders is part of an ongoing focus on ideas in programming at Harbourfront Centre. (See page 6 for additional information). Tamara Bernstein, artistic director of Summer Music in the Garden comments, Borders: such a homey, straightforward concept for a garden! But the Toronto Music Garden is not just any garden. Nestled between city and lake, it dissolves the borders between music and landscape, transforming Bachs Suite No. 1 in G Major for unaccompanied cello into a magical space. The borders theme resonates through many of this summers concerts too. The Kirby String Quartet (July 31) performs classics that pushed the aesthetic boundaries of their day; Lucas Harris and Wen Zhao (August 24) cross musical borders to bring together two instruments (European lute and Chinese pipa) with a common ancestor; Aruna Narayan (August 21) keeps venerable South Asian musical traditions alive even while breaking down barriers as a female sarangi virtuoso. And Orfea (August 10) retells the pan-cultural myth of the hero/heroine who breaches the ultimate border in order to bring a loved one back from the realm of the deada theme echoed by those ancient symbols of departed souls: the monarch butterflies who grace the Garden in late summer on their great, mysterious migration.


All concerts are approximately one hour long and take place weather permitting. Concerts are cancelled inclement or rainy weather.

Sunday, June 29 at 4 p.m.

In a Toronto Music Garden tradition, four of Torontos finest cellists perform music from Bach to Zappa. Ensemble director Paul Widner is joined by Peter Cosbey, Alastair Eng and Garrett Knecht.

Thursday, July 3 at 7 p.m.
Fanfares by the Lake

You may know them from Tafelmusik, but tonight they are The Queens (Quay) Trumpeters: John Thiessen, Norman Engel and Andras Molnar and baroque timpanist Edward Reifel. Performing on an array of period instruments, they take us on a glittering tour, from the renaissance courts of England to the great cathedrals of Venice and onwards to the present.

Sunday July 6 at 4 p.m.
Dancing Drums of Korea
Samulnori Canada
celebrates natures rhythms with high-energy, traditional Korean drumming. With guests Han-Soo Jung, piri (bamboo reed flute) and So-Sun Suh, hae-geum (Korean fiddle).

Thursday, July 10 at 7 p.m.
The Secret of the Good Life
: The Chaconnes Dance to Fame
Violinist Genevive Gilardeau, Lucas Harris (lute, theorbo, baroque guitar) and cellist Kate Bennett Haynes take us on a toe-tapping journey, on period instruments, through the evolution of the chaconne: from its origins as an illicit dance in 16th century Mexico through to its apotheosis as a virtuoso variation form in the High Baroque. Find out why Miguel de Cervantes claimed The secret of the good life is hidden in the dance of the chaconne.

Sunday. July 13 at 4 p.m.
Down by the Sally Gardens: Songs of Summer, Nature, Love and Loss

Visit a sidewalk caf in Paris, climb a mountain with a Japanese Empress, fish for squid off the coast of Newfoundland. Soprano Meredith Hall and guitarist Bernard Farley present an eclectic and beguiling program of folk, classical and popular songs. With works by Schubert, Ned Rorem, Jayme Ovalle, Robert Burns, Yoshinao Nakada, Kozaburo Hirai, and Bernard Farley.

Thursday July 17 at 7 p.m.
The Sunniest of All Keys

The Windermere String Quartet presents two takes on the key of C Major: Haydns Quartet Op. 20 No. 2 (the Sun Quartets) and Mozarts Dissonance Quartet, K. 465. Performed on period instruments by Rona Goldensher and Genevive Gilardeau (violins), Anthony Rapoport (viola), and Laura Jones (cello).

Sunday July 20 at 4 p.m.
Strong Winds and Occasional Thunder

NOT a weather forecast! The superb brass and percussion sections of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada present a delightful, varied program that showcases Canadas outstanding young artists.

Thursday July 24 at 7 p.m.
Percussion in a Suitcase

Find out what happens when a percussionistthe spectacular Aiyun Huang of Montrealcreates a program for which all the instruments fit into her suitcase. Music by Matthew Burtner, Alvin Lucier, Javier Alvarez, Roberto Sierra, Georges Aperghis, and John Adams.

Sunday, July 27 at 4 p.m.
Blowing/Bowing in the Wind
returns with a concert featuring two of the most unusual and beloved instruments of the 17th centurythe cornetto, once considered the instrument closest to the human voice, and the dulcian, ancestor of the bassoon. Kiri Tollaksen (Ann Arbor, Michigan), North Americas foremost cornettist, joins Torontos own dulcian virtuoso, Dominic Teresi. Baroque violinist Linda Melsted and harpsichordist Borys Medicky complete the dream team for this programme of glorious music from 17th century Italy and Germany. Presented with the generous support of the Toronto Early Music Centre.

Thursday July 31 at 7 p.m.
Radical Masters: Unconventional Works by Mozart, Bartok and Beethoven
The charismatic Kirby String Quartet performs works that push the boundaries of their day: Bartoks Quartet No. 3, Beethovens Quartet Op.135, and selections from Mozarts sublime Quartet in E flat Major, K.428. Performed by Aisslinn Nosky and Julia Wedman (violins), Max Mandel (viola), and Carina Reeves (cello).

Thursday, August 7 at 7 p.m.
Persian Music for a Summer Night
Pirouz Yousefian
and Farzad Yousefian return with more spellbinding traditional and original music on the santura Persian hammer dulcimer of ancient originand Middle Eastern percussion.

Sunday August 10 at 4 p.m.

In this touching adaptation for the whole family of the ancient Orfeo myth, a little girl shoulders her golden harp and journeys to the Underworld to bring her beloved grandfather back to life. Along the way we hear music from 400 years of opera, including Monteverdi, Mozart and Offenbach. Written by Greg Robic and baritone Lawrence Cotton. Performed by Cotton, Brooke Dufton (soprano), Rachad Feizoullaev (keyboard), and Colin Maier (woodwinds).

Thursday, August 14 at 7 p.m.
String Quartet
The globe-trotting Cecilias, now based in San Diego, return to perform Schumann's passionate yet intimate Quartet No. 3, and give the world premiere of a quartet written for them by Liam Wade. Violinists Sarah Nematallah and Min-Jeong Koh, violist Caitlin Boyle, and cellist Rebecca Wenham.

Sunday August 17 at 4 p.m.
Five Gods, Two Kings and the Frog Princess
, under artistic director Hari Krishnan, presents the world premiere of an exciting work for 10 dancers and six musicians that fuses traditional and contemporary approaches to Bharatanatyam dance. Commissioned by Harbourfront Centre for the Toronto Music Garden.

Thursday, August 21 at 7 p.m.
Evening Ragas in the Garden
Aruna Narayan
returns with her eloquent and virtuosic interpretations of North India ragas, performed on the 40-string sarangi with Vineet Vyas, tabla, and Akshay Kalle, tanpura.

Sunday, August 24 at 4 p.m.
A Tale of Two Lutes
Two musical cousinsthe European lute and the Chinese pipameet and converse as the renowned baroque lutenist Lucas Harris and pipa virtuosa Wen Zhao bring their respective traditions together.

Thursday, August 28 at 7 p.m.
Mizu to Ki no Uta (Voices of Wood and Water)
Nagata Shachu
taiko ensemble (formerly known as Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble) drum in the change of season with exuberant music rooted in ancient spiritual practices, revitalized with a contemporary vision. With special guest dancer-choreographer Keiko Kitano.

Thursday, September 4 at 7 p.m.
Bach at Dusk

Winona Zelenka
performs the piece that inspired the Toronto Music Garden: Bachs Suite No. 1 in G Major for unaccompanied cello. Note: Half-hour concert due to early sunset.

Thursday, September 11 at 7 p.m.
Soul/Saule-Mates: Reflections under the willow tree
On a date that invites reflection, cellist Shauna Rolston performs Soulmate for solo cello, by Chan Ka Nin; choreographer-dancer Keiko Kitano and composer-musician Aki Takahashi present the world premiere of Yanagi: Spirit of the Willow Treea piece inspired by Japanese tales of ghosts and willow trees (saule, in French). Yanagi is commissioned by Harbourfront Centre for performance beneath the Toronto Music Gardens weeping willow. Note: Half-hour concert due to early sunset.

Sunday, September 14 at 4 p.m.
Your Eyes Have Their Silence

The acclaimed Rosetta String Trio bring the season to a magnificent close with Schubert and Mozart, music from the Renaissance, and Your Eyes Have Their Silence, a piece written for them by contemporary U.S. composer Christopher Hossfeld. Performed by Abigail Karr (violin), Sarah Darling (viola), and Kate Bennett Haynes (cello).

Guided tours begin at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays: June 4, 11, 18, 25; July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; August 6, 13, 20, 27; September 3, 10, 17, 24.
Pre-concert guided tours begin at 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays: July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; August 7, 14, 21, 28; September 4, 11.

The popular garden tours return for another season! Discover the spectacular parade of seasonal blooms while learning about the gardens unique design and history. The two-acre Toronto Music Garden contains a spectacular array of flowering trees, shrubs and perennials. Visitors are invited to take a free 45-minute walking tour led by Toronto Botanical Garden volunteer guides. Tours start in the west end of the garden in the Prelude section. Self-guided 70-minute audio tours (English only) hosted by Yo-Yo Ma and Julie Moir Messervy are also available for a rental fee of $5 at the Marina Quay West office, 539 Queens Quay West (daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.).

The Toronto Music Garden is considered by many to be the jewel of the City of Torontos park system. A unique and magical venue, the Toronto Music Garden is the only garden/park in the world known to be directly inspired by a specific piece of musicJohann Sebastian Bachs Suite No. 1 in G Major for unaccompanied cello.

The Toronto Music Garden was conceived by internationally renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and designed by Boston-based Garden Designer Julie Moir Messervy. It consists of six contiguous sections, each of which corresponds to one of the six movements of the Bach Suite (Prelude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Menuett and Gigue), where each movement is poetically reflected through landscape and flora.

The Toronto Music Garden opened in 1999; concerts have been held there every summer since 2000. Since 2001, the concerts have been produced by Harbourfront Centre in partnership with City of Toronto, under the artistic direction of Tamara Bernstein. The Garden itself is lovingly maintained by City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation, as well as volunteers.

The Toronto Music Garden, located on Queens Quay West at the foot of Spadina Avenue, is easy to reach by public transit. From Spadina Station take the 510 (Union Station) streetcar south. From Union Station take the Harbourfront LRT (509 or 510 streetcar) going west from inside Union Station. Call the Toronto Transit Commission at 416-393-4636 for transit information.

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Saturday, May 24, 2008


Be part of the global classical music uprising - upload your music online now!, the first online classical music community, has launched an mp3 uploads tool and Events Calendar, offering its growing network of composers, musicians, orchestras and ensembles the opportunity to showcase their music and publicise their concerts.

mp3 Uploads
Now Dilettantes can enhance their user profiles by uploading mp3s of their own performances or compositions. The upload function gives emerging musicians and composers an opportunity to make themselves and their music heard by listeners and potential collaborators. Those looking to hire musicians for a wedding or other event have a portfolio of talent at their fingertips.

Mp3s are linked to Dilettantemusic.coms extensive classical music data. This means that users searching for a work in the sites Music Pages will find members mp3s on the page describing that work.

Juliana Farha, the companys founder says For a musician or composer, the most effective CV is the music itself. Were looking forward to seeing Dilettantes use this tool to show off their skills and passion.

Events Calendar
The user-generated Events Calendar provides a unique online diary that brings together a range of classical music events from full orchestral concerts to intimate student recitals.

Dilettantes can upload details of any classical music event that they are organising, participating in or attending, with those events linked to the profiles of Dilettantes who created them. Dilettante calendars are organised by city, although users can switch calendars to search events anywhere they like.

The Dilettante Site
At the heart of the site is an unprecedented level of integration between the Members network and Music pages.

Web 2.0 tools enable classical music lovers and novices alike to harness the power of the Internet for covert exploration and discovery. Members of the Dilettante community create online profiles that showcase their musical lives, from favourite composers to works in their repertoire. They can share news and views in blogs, small talk and through private messages.

The Dilettante Music catalogue is enhanced by the webs most comprehensive data about classical performers, composers and their works, supplied by All Media Guide.

Dilettante Launch
Since its launch in January 2008, the Dilettante community has attracted users from as far afield as China, Argentina and Iceland, joining professionals and organisations such as Tasmin Little and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Rising Stars Webcast Series
The series continues with Matthew Schellhorn performing Chopins Scherzo No.4 in E. Musicians are welcome to submit webcasts for broadcast on the Dilettante site.

Classical Club Night Collaboration
Dilettante is launching a collaborative club night series with Blank Canvas, which takes place at 93 Feet East in Londons Brick Lane on Wednesday 9 July 2008. More details can be found at

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