Galas and Fundraisers

June 05 3:00-5:30: Toronto Early Music Players Organization. Annual Fundraising Tea and Silent Auction. Live music, free food and beverages; CDs, books and sheet music for sale. Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd. 416-927-8699.  Admission by tax-deductible donation.

June 11 12:00 noon-5:00: Opera Atelier. Costume Sale: Burgers, Burgundy and Baroque. Fundraising event offering members of the public the rare opportunity to buy their very own Opera Atelier costumes; includes wine and food. All Canadian Self-Storage, 1 Laird Drive. Tickets purchased at the door or through Eventbrite.com  $15 (suggested donation).

June 12 2:00-5:00: Dundas Valley Orchestra. Strawberry Social Fundraiser. Includes music, food, silent auction. St. Paul’s United Church, 29 Park Street W. Dundas. www.dundasvalleyorchestra  Entry by donation.

June 12 3:00-5:00: Upper Canada Choristers. Strawberry Social. Nibble on taste-tempting finger foods and strawberry shortcake; enjoy some bubbly and listen to delectable musical selections performed by the choir under its director, Laurie Evan Fraser. Parish Hall, Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd. $30 (door) or reserved by calling 416-256-0510. Cash bar.

June 18 5:00: Niagara Symphony Orchestra. 4th Annual Black & White Gala. Superb music by the Niagara Symphony Orchestra; sumptuous cuisine and wine; auction. Ridley College, 2 Ridley Rd. St. Catharines. 905-687-4993 x221. $195 (individual); $1,560 (table of 8).

Festivals, Fairs, Festivities

June 26 10:00am-4:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. 3rd Annual Wide Open House. Fun for the entire family: drop-in music lessons, Smart StartTM class for babies and toddlers; summer camp activity room; courtyard party. Free Koerner Hall concerts and activities throughout the day! 273 Bloor St. W. For more information: rcmusic.ca/woh

Lectures, Salons, Symposia

June 09 7:00: Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. Our Musical Brain. Join the Gryphon Trio and CIFAR fellows Robert Zatorre and Laurel Trainor for an evening of performances and scientific insights revealing music’s connection to consciousness. Hosted by CBC’s Julie Nesrallah. Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208; www.cifar.ca/events/our-musical-brain  $30; $15 (st).

June 09 7:30: Darchei Noam Synagogue. Jews’ Muse: Leonard Bernstein. A mix of lecture, music and discussion with lecturer Rick Phillips as he explores the music of Bernstein - the influences that shaped his music, the impact he left on his times, and his lasting legacy. 864 Sheppard Ave. W. 416-638-4783; http://www.darcheinoam.ca/event/JewishComposers  $20.

June 13 12:00 noon-1:00: The Study at St. Barnabas Church. Lecture by composer and music theorist Dr. Konrad Harley on the music of Sergei Prokofiev. 361 Danforth Ave. 416-463-1344. Free.

June 26 12:00 noon: Westben Arts Festival Theatre. Hello? Tech-Connect. Experts meet under the tent for discussion on technology and the story behind The Pencil Salesman. Westben Concert Barn, 6698 County Rd. 30, Campbellford. 705-653-5508 or 1-877-883-5777. Free to all June 26 ticket holders.

June 26 2:30-6:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Wide Open House: After Hours. Free activities for adults, including music appreciation lectures; orchestra percussion, cello, and harp demonstrations; Koerner Hall concerts, reception. 273 Bloor St. W. For more information: rcmusic.ca/woh

July 17 7:00: Soundstreams Salon 21. Soundweavers. Join Soundstreams for the premiere of composer Emilie Lebel’s collaboration with Jumblies Theatre and the community participants involved with the new work. Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park. 416-504-1282. Free, PWYC preferred seating available.

July 19 & 26 1:00-300: Royal Conservatory of Music. Elgar: Musical Voice of the Edwardian Era. Join Rick Phillips for two engaging lectures on the life and music of the great English composer, Sir Edward Elgar. 273 Bloor St. W. For more information: ecmusic.ca/MusicAppreciation

July 20 3:00: Festival of the Sound. What is a Sonata Anyway? Find out more about this legendary musical form. Jeffrey Stokes, lecturer. Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts, 2 Bay St. Parry Sound. 1-866-364-0061;  festivalofthesound.ca  Free.

July 21 12:45: Festival of the Sound. Journey into the Heart and Mind of Robert Schumann. Jeffrey Stokes, lecturer. Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts, 2 Bay St. Parry Sound. 1-866-364-0061;  festivalofthesound.ca  Free.

Master Classes

June 27 10:00am: Westben Arts Festival Theatre. Connecting Through Song: Song-Connect: Voice Intensive with Michael Warren. A three-day immersion experience designed for all levels and genres of singers, age 16 and higher. Participants receive 30 min. lesson observed by other participants. Clock Tower Hall, 36 Front St. S., Campbellford. 705-653-5508 or 1-877-883-5777. $135(one session with lesson); $25(one session without lesson). Until 9:00pm. Program runs June 27-29. Private lessons also available.

June 28 10:00am: Westben Arts Festival Theatre. Connecting Through Song: Song-Connect: Voice Intensive with Michael Warren. See June 27.

June 29 10:00am: Westben Arts Festival Theatre. Connecting Through Song: Song-Connect: Voice Intensive with Michael Warren. See June 27.

Aug 02 1:30: Festival of the Sound. Stockey Master Class. Sit in with master teacher Glen Montgomery as he works with amateur pianists. Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts, 2 Bay St. Parry Sound. 1-866-364-0061;  festivalofthesound.ca  Free.

Aug 03 11:00am: Festival of the Sound. Stockey Master Class. Pianists James Anagnoson and Leslie Kinton work on piano duo repertoire with two 2016 Stockey Young Artists. Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts, 2 Bay St. Parry Sound. 1-866-364-0061;  festivalofthesound.ca  Free.

Aug 04 11:00am: Festival of the Sound. Stockey Master Class. Pianist Janina Fialkowska works on solo piano repertoire with Stockey Young Artists. Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts, 2 Bay St. Parry Sound. 1-866-364-0061;  festivalofthesound.ca  Free.

Aug 04 7:00: Highlands Opera Studio. Master class with tenor Richard Margison. Meet the singers of HOS 2016 and hear them work with internationally acclaimed Canadian tenor, Richard Margison. A great opportunity for those interested in singing to learn more about what makes a great performance even better. St. George’s Anglican Church, 122 Highland, Haliburton. 
highlandsoperastudio.com  $15.

Aug 05 7:00: Highlands Opera Studio. Master class with tenor Richard Margison. See Aug 04.

Aug 06 7:00: Highlands Opera Studio. Master class with tenor Richard Margison. See Aug 04.

Aug 24 1:00-4:00: Muskoka Chautauqua. 7th Annual OperaMuskoka Festival: Vocal Master Class with soprano and RCM teacher Jennifer Tung. Rene M. Caisse Memorial Theatre, Bracebridge. 705-645-8400;  thecaisse.com  $100 (participants); $20 (audience).

Aug 25 1:00-4:00: Muskoka Chautauqua. 7th Annual OperaMuskoka Festival: Violin Master Class with Moshe Hammer. Showcasing his “from violence to violins” approach with five young participants. Rene M. Caisse Memorial Theatre, Bracebridge. 705-645-8400;  thecaisse.com  $100 (participants); $20 (audience).

Screenings

July 18 1:00: Festival of the Sound. Around the World in 50 Concerts (2014). This documentary follows the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra on a world tour and offers a wonderful portrait of the personalities behind this great orchestra, as well as the lives of some of the international music lovers who have been touched by their music. With film critic William DiNovi. Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts, 2 Bay St. Parry Sound. 1-866-364-0061;  festivalofthesound.ca  $12.

July 26 10:00am: Festival of the Sound. Amadeus. This 1984 period drama, winner of 8 Academy Awards, tells the story of the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart through the envious eyes of a court composer, Antonio Salieri. With film critic William DiNovi. Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts, 2 Bay St. Parry Sound. 1-866-364-0061;  festivalofthesound.ca  $12.

Aug 01 1:00: Festival of the Sound. Keep on Keepin’ On (2014). A touching documentary about jazz trumpeter Clark Terry and his mentorship of a blind piano prodigy named Justin Kauflin as the young man prepares for an international competition. With film critic William DiNovi. Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts, 2 Bay St. Parry Sound. 1-866-364-0061;  festivalofthesound.ca  $12.

Workshops

June 03 7:30: CAMMAC Recorder Players’ Society. Amateur recorder players are invited to join in the playing of early music.  Mount Pleasant Road Baptist Church, 527 Mount Pleasant Rd. 416-597-0485; cammac.ca  $15 (non-members). Refreshments included. AGM held the second half.

June 30 11:00am: Westben Arts Festival Theatre. Connecting Through Song: Sound-Connect: Do You Hear What I Hear? Participants visit a recording studio to see what technology can do for their voice. Four participants will record one brief song each and receive a CD, while observers watch or experiment with speech. Andy Thompson, sound engineer. Studio 29, Highway 30, Warkworth. 705-653-5508 or 1-877-883-5777. $50(singer); $20(observer/speaker). Pre-registration required (space limited). Also 2:00pm.

June 30 2:00 and 7:00: Westben Arts Festival Theatre. Connecting Through Song: Sound-Connect: Do You Hear What I Hear?. Participants visit a recording studio to see what technology can do for their voice. Four participants will record one brief song each and receive a CD, while observers watch or experiment with speech. Andy Thompson, sound engineer. Studio 29, Highway 30, Warkworth. 705-653-5508 or 1-877-883-5777. $50(singer); $20(observer/speaker). Pre-registration required (space limited). Also 11:00am.

July 01 3:00: Westben Arts Festival Theatre. Connecting Through Song: Choral-Connect. Marie Anderson leads an impromptu “Quick Choir.” Previous choral experience helpful but not necessary. Open to all. Westben Concert Barn, 6698 County Rd. 30, Campbellford. 705-653-5508 or 1-877-883-5777. $20. Pre-registration required.

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