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2012 -2013 Season Opener: Bach Brandenberg Concertos

   Bach's brilliant and exuberant concertos — each a masterpiece — continue to enthrall after nearly three centuries. Join us for Brandenburg Concertos nos. 1, 3 and 5, as well as Bach's Orchestral Suite no. 4, all featuring the amazing talents of Tafelmusik's own musicians as soloists.

Sept. 21 & Sept. 22 @ 8:00 PM  Sept. 23 @ 3:30 PM  Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W. | Tickets:
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Sept. 25 @ 8:00 PM  George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre For The Arts, 5040 Yonge St. 




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2012 - 2013 Season Opener:  James Ehnes Plays Brahms

   James Ehnes performs the brilliant and lyrical Brahms Violin Concerto to give the season a supremely eloquent launch. Peter Oundjian guides you on the exhilarating journey from turmoil to triumph that John Adams charts in the spectacular Harmonielehre.
Programme:  Verdi: Overture to La forza del destino        Brahms: Violin Concerto      John Adams: Harmonielehre

Thurs. Sept. 20 @ 8:00 PM     Sat.. Sept. 22 @ 8:00 PM   Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St.  |  Tickets -  phone: 416 593-4828 Chinese hotline: 416 593-0688 Purchase online Tickets by
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Pictures At An Exhibition

  Korean pianist Joyce Yang, the silver medallist at the 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, performs one of the most beloved of all concertos, Rachmaninoff's soulful Second. A playful work by Canadian Kati Agócs kicks off the concert
  Programme:  Kati Agócs: Shenanigan    Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2     Mussorgsky/orch. Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition with projected images

Thurs. Sept. 27 @ 8:00 PM      Sat. Sept. 29 @ 7:30 PM    Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St.   |   Tickets -  phone: 416 593-4828 Chinese hotline: 416 593-0688 Purchase online Tickets by
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Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre:  2012 - 2013  Free Concert Series

  The insanely popular Free Concert Series returns for it's fourth season at the 3rd floor Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, which allows for breath-taking views through floor to ceiling glass windows of University Avenue as a backdrop, includes concerts, performances and presentations by young artists, Canadian and international opera stars and COC staff.   This is an exciting opportunity for Torontonians to experience the artistic excellence and cultural diversity of the city in the beautiful new Four Seasons Centre For The Performing Arts.   All concerts are free to the public. "Brown bag" lunches are welcome for the noon performances. 
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   This year's concert line-up is bursting with creativity, with four world premieres, and improvisations in styles ranging from South Asian ragas to classical Persian to klezmer and new music, as well as family-friendly concerts.
"This year's artists are inspired by themes ranging from the ancient myth of Orpheus to the War of 1812 to ancient tales of Lord Krishna – and above all, by the desire to share the music they love with all," says Artistic Director, Tamara Bernstein.
This delightful garden — a reflection in landscape of Bach's Suite No. 1 in G Major for unaccompanied cello, BWV 1007 — was designed by Julie Moir Messervy, in cooperation with internationally renowned cellist Yo Yo Ma. "During Summer Music in the Garden concerts, this oasis of green becomes a community of strangers," explains Bernstein, "brought together by passionate music-making and a spirit of generosity and joy."
Concerts take place most Thursdays at 7 p.m., and Sundays at 4 p.m. (weather permitting).
Free tours led by volunteers from the Toronto Botanical Garden are offered from June through September. Admission to the park is always free, and open to all ages, including tours and concerts. Visitors to the garden can also enjoy an audio tour, with commentary from the Toronto Music Garden's designers Yo-Yo Ma and Julie Moir Messervy. Hand-held audio players are available for $6 at Harbourfront Centre's Marina Quay West office, 539 Queens Quay West.


July 1 - Sept. 16 The Toronto Music Garden, 475 Queens Quay W. between Bathurst Street and Spadina Avenue. | Admission: FREE




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   For those who crave live music on a warm summer evening can take in a night or two – or more - of music right here in the city as classical music fans can look forward to the Toronto Summer Music Festival.
   Opening on July 17 at Koerner Hall, with a piano recital by André Laplante, the Toronto Summer Music Festival "is like a well-kept secret," explains Artistic Director Douglas McNabney. "Most of the major performing arts organizations break during the summer – and we're right here to pick up the slack. There's something for everyone at the festival – from traditional chamber music concerts to late-night concerts featuring eclectic programming every Friday night at Hart House. Toronto Summer Music hopes Toronto residents and visitors alike will enjoy the festival."
  Mr. Laplante will perform Bach/Busoni's Organ Toccata; several works of Ravel: Oiseaux tristes; La vallée des cloches; Sonatine; Morel's Deux etudes de sonorité; and Liszt's Années de pèlerinage, Première année Suisse (selections).
  The Festival continues to keep the patrons of the future in mind, and along with standard programming, brings back the Friday Late Nights series. This year, the cabaret-style concerts all take place at the Great Hall of the University of Toronto's Hart House, starting at 10 PM.
  For a complete schedule of the Toronto summer Music Festival programming,
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July 17 - Aug. 4   Various Venues   |   Tickets:
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Classical IV: Strings

   Across the world, for centuries, people have stretched string-like fibers across a sound box and plucked sounds with their fingers or produced it with bows. From cellos to ouds, koras to harps, burus to hurdy gurdys to pipa, quanun to double bass. Most of these derive from ancient instruments, require years of dedicated training to bring out the full range of their sounds, and produce sophisticated music played by highly skilled musicians
  This festival explores the dramatically different aural soundscapes created by stringed instruments from across the world, played by virtuosi from home and abroad.
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July 27 - July 29   Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W.   |   Admission: FREE    Phone 416 973-4000


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Classical Section Index

live Toronto Classical  Music Listings - Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra clasical concert listings

Trinity-St. Paul Centre, 425 Bloor St. W.   |   Phone:  416 964-6337  or Order online by clicking here

oronto live Classical music performance listings - Toronto Symphony Orchestra concert listings

Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St.   |   Phone: 416 597-7840  or to order online, please click

Toronto Classical music listings - Canadian Opera Company free concerts

    Four Seasons Centre For The Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. (At University Ave.)   |  Phone: 416 363-8231  or online by clicking here   Box office open from 11 AM - 7 PM

TSO's AfterWork Series

  The TSO's special series of concerts with an early start time and no intermission to accomodate tyhose with a long commute home returns this season.

Brahms Symphony 2
Wed, May 23 at 6:30pm
Roy Thomson Hall

Danish conductor Thomas Dausgaard leads the TSO in the most contented of the four Brahms symphonies, Symphony No. 2.
  Tickets: $28-$81  Call TSO's ticket line at 416.593.4828 Chinese hotline: 416.593.0688   Online Tickets
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