Galas and Fundraisers

Dec 06 2:00: Elmer Iseler Singers. Sherry and Shortbread. Join us and relax in elegant and gracious surroundings, participate in the silent auction and enjoy music of the holiday season. Albany Club, 91 King St. E. For details: 416-217-0537.


Feb 02 10:00am: Royal Conservatory of Music. Glenn Gould School Concerto Competition Finals. Solo performers compete for the opportunity to perform a concerto with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra during the 2016-17 season. Koerner Hall, Telus Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. Free (ticket required).

Orchestra Toronto. Marta Hidy Concerto Competition 2016. This year’s prize awarded to a percussionist. For Canadian virtuosos aged 23 and younger. Prize includes a scholarship of $1,000 and an opportunity to perform as a soloist with Orchestra Toronto at its December 2016 youth-oriented concert at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. For full history and registration form:  Deadline for mailing the application form and registration fee: February 1 2016.

Lectures, Salons, Symposia

Jan 12, Jan 29: Oakville Opera Guild. Jan 12 1:30: Rusalka, Dvořák’s great opera. Lecture by John Holland, musician and president of the Canadian Institute for Czech music (Oakville Public Library Central Branch, 120 Navy St. Oakville).Jan 29 8:00: Puccini’s Myth/Adventure, Turandot. Lecture by Iain Scott, noted opera lecturer and opera tour guide. Please contact for location details. 905-827-5678; Each lecture $10 (proceeds go towards our scholarship fund, to be awarded to a student attending the Faculty of Music at the U of Toronto, and support our annual donation to the Canadian Opera Company).

Jan 12, Jan 13: Don Wright Faculty of Music. Jan 12 7:00: Magnificent Movie Music! Beethoven Goes to Hollywood (With Dr. Rachel Franklin). Jan 13 7:00: Magnificent Movie Music! Five of the Great Masterpiece Movie Scores. Talbot College, Western University, 1151 Richmond St. N., London. 519-661-3767. Free.

Jan 19, Jan 26, Jan 28; Feb 2: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Jan 19 10:30am: Barbara Hannigan, Show and Share: Living and Surviving as a Singing Artist. Barbara Hannigan, the John R. Stratton Visitor in Music, is known worldwide as a soprano of vital expressive force directed by exceptional technique, as well as a conductor and champion of new music.(Walter Hall); Jan 26 7:00: Michael Colgrass, Wilma and Clifford Smith Visitor in Music. Michael Colgrass is a composer, jazz percussionist and Pulitzer Prize winner for Music. He is an associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre in Toronto. (Room 330);Jan 27 7:00: Geiger-Torel Lecture Series: Atom Egoyan – How Far Is Too Far? Film and stage director, Atom Egoyan, discusses his directorial interpretation in selected opera productions. (Walter Hall); Jan 28 3:30: Kenneth H. Peacock Lecture, Scott Burnham. Scott Burnham, professor of musicology and music theory at Princeton University, is an expert on tonal theory history, problems of analysis and criticism, and 18th- and 19th-century music and culture.(Room 130); Feb 02 12:10: Composers’ Forum. With Allan Gordon Bell, New Music Festival. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Bldg., 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3744. Free.

Jan 24, Jan 31: Toronto Opera Club. Jan 24 2:00: The True Tests in Life. Guest speaker Johannes Debus, music director of the Canadian Opera Company, discusses Wagner’s Siegfried; Jan 31 2:00: Guest speaker, baritone Russell Braun, in conversation with Wayne Gooding, Editor of Opera Canada magazine. Room 330, Edward Johnson Bldg. Faculty of Music, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-924-3940. $10.

Master Classes

Dec 1; Jan 19, 21, 26: University of Toronto Faculty of Music Master Classes.

Dec 01 2:00,The Riki Turofsky Master Class in Voice. With soprano Sondra Radvanovsky; Jan 19 12:10: Barbara Hannigan Master Class; Jan 21 12:10: Barbara Hannigan Master Class. The John R. Stratton Visitor in Music presents songs and vocal chamber music of the 20th- and 21st-centuries; Jan 26 12:10: Guest Master Class. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Bldg., 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3744. Free.

Dec 7; Jan30: Don Wright Faculty of Music. Dec 07 5:30: Violin Master Class. With Vasile Beluska, Bowling Green State University ( Studio 242, Music Building); Jan 30 11:00am: Master Class with Canadian pianist Jimmy Brière (von Kuster Hall, Music Building), Western University, 1151 Richmond St. N., London. 519-661-3767. Free.

Jan 22; Feb 2 York University Department of Music. Jan 22 1:30: Vocal Master Class. Leslie Fagan, soprano; Feb 02 11:30: Vocal Master Class. Nathalie Paulin, soprano. Each soprano works with young singers from the studios of Catherine Robbin, Stephanie Bogle, Norma Burrowes, Michael Donovan and Karen Rymal. Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East Building, YU, 4700 Keele St. 416-736-5888. Free. Observers welcome. 


Jan 24 4:00 & 7:30: Toronto Jewish Film Society / The Embassy of Sweden, Ottawa. Simon and the Oaks. The friendship of two young boys, one Swedish-born with mystical musical tendencies, another a German-Jewish refugee, changes both their lives forever. Guest speaker: critic Adam Nayman. Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina Ave. 416-924-6211 x606. $15; $10 (young adults 18-35).

Spoken Word, Performance Art

Dec 04–06, 11–13, 18–20: Church of the Holy Trinity. The Christmas Story. Professional musicians and a volunteer cast present this charming hour-long Nativity play. Matinee and evening performances: please see website for exact times. 19 Trinity Square. 416-598-4521 x301; Suggested donation: $20 adults; $5 children.


Feb 07 10:30am: Canadian Opera Company. Tour the Four Seasons Centre. 90-minute tour for the general public led by trained docents; backstage access. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. $20; $15(sr/st). Also Feb 21. Tickets will also be available on the morning of the tour starting at 10:00am. 


Dec 04 7:30: CAMMAC Recorder Players’ Society. Amateur recorder players are invited to join in the playing of early music. Guest coach Avery MacLean. Mount Pleasant Road Baptist Church, 527 Mount Pleasant Rd. 416-597-0485 or  $20 (non-members). Refreshments included.

Dec 05 2:00-4:30: Musikay. How to Handle Messiah. An exploration of the performance practices of baroque music and a discussion on different interpretations of Handel’s masterwork. Grace Lutheran Church, 304 Spruce St. Oakville. To reserve: 905-825-9740;  $30.

Jan 16 10:00am-12:30 & 2:00-4:30: Musikay. Conducting for Choristers. 10:00am: Level 1, beginner; 2:00: Level 2, intermediate. Grace Lutheran Church, 304 Spruce St. Oakville. To reserve: 905-825-9740;  $30 each session.      

Jan 17 2:00-4:30: Musikay. Conducting for Choristers. Level 3, advanced. Grace Lutheran Church, 304 Spruce St. Oakville. To reserve: 905-825-9740;  $30.

Jan 20 3:10: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Barbara Hannigan, Dare to Compare. Barbara Hannigan, the John R. Stratton Visitor in Music, presents an interactive session with composers, singers, pianists and instrumentalists from the contemporary music ensemble. Room 330, Edward Johnson Bldg., 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3744. Free.

Jan 24 2:00: CAMMAC Toronto Region. Reading of Vivaldi’s Gloria for singers and instrumentalists. Daniel Rubinoff, conductor. Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. 905-877-0671. $10; $6 (members).

Feb 05 & 06 10:00am-5:00: Musikay. Professional Conducting Workshop. Grace Lutheran Church, 304 Spruce St. Oakville. To reserve: 905-825-9740;  $50 – $150.

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