Competitions

Jan 09 11:59pm: ORIANA Women’s Choir. 2016/17 Canadian Choral Composition Competition. Open to Canadian citizens and landed immigrants; winning entry will be performed at ORIANA’s May 27 2017 concert. For complete rules, regulations and eligibility please see orianachoir.com  and contact artistic director Mitchell Pady at
competition@orianachoir.com   Deadline for submission:  January 09 2017.

Festivals, Festivities

Jan 07 7:00: Toronto Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Songfest. Musical extravaganza of Toronto Gilbert and Sullivan performing groups. St. Andrew’s United Church, 117 Bloor St. E. 416-763-0832. Non-members $5. Refreshments included.

Lectures, Salons, Symposia

Dec 01 1:30: Miles Nadal JCC. Gilbert & Sullivan TopsyTurvyDom. The masters of the Savoy Theatre took a cue from Strauss and Offenbach and ran with it. Their light operas conquered new audience all over the world. Find out the “whys and wherefores” with Guillermo Silva, general director of Toronto Operetta Theatre. 750 Spadina Ave. 416-924-6211 x155. $4 at the door.

Dec 04 2:00: Toronto Opera Club. Great Singers of the Mariinsky and Bolshoi Theatres of Tsarist Russia. Stephen R. Clarke, guest speaker. Edward Johnson Bldg., Room 330, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-924-3940. $10.

Dec 07 10:00am: Istituto Italiano di Cultura. Music before Words: 400 Years of Italian Opera. The dawn of a new era: from Verism to Puccini’s Turandot. Lecture by Sebastiano Bazzichetto. 496 Huron St. 416-921-3802 x221. $20, $15 (IIC students).

Jan 24 7:00: Canadian Opera Company. Opera Talk: Rebel Without a Cause: Is Siegfried really the hero of Wagner’s Götterdämmerung? Talk by Opera Canada editor Wayne Gooding. North York Central Library Auditorium, 5120 Yonge St. Advance registration recommended by calling 416-395-5639. Free.

Jan 24 7:00: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Lecture by Richard Bronskill, Louis Applebaum, Distinguished Visitor in Film Composition. Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750; music.utoronto.ca  Free.

Jan 26 1:30: Miles Nadal JCC. Singing for Social Change: Women Musicians of the 1960s & 70s. With folk singer Eve Goldberg. Learn how legendary female artists like Carole King, Aretha Franklin, Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell helped changed history, and sing along to some of their greatest songs. 750 Spadina Ave. 416-924-6211 x155. $4 at the door.

Jan 26 7:00: Canadian Opera Company. Opera Insights: Opera Trivia! Think you know opera? Team up with fellow opera geeks and test your opera knowledge over a pint in a round of opera trivia. Trivia master Russel Harder of Trivia Club! hosts this gameshow-inspired quiz night. The Fifth Pub House, 221 Richmond St. W. Reserve tickets in advance by calling 416-363-8231 or visit coc.ca/OperaInsights  Free.

Jan 28 9:00am-5:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music / York University / Ryerson University. DM@X: Digital Media at the Crossroads. Examining the evolving digital media universe in Canada. Features panels on digital disruption in the music industry, the future of publishing in the digital age and more. Open to students, faculty and public. Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750; for information on speakers, conference fees, and registration:
digitalmediaatthecrossroads.ca

Feb 02 12:10: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Thursdays at Noon: New Music Festival: Lecture by Salvatore Sciarrino. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-408-0208. Free. Festival runs Jan 29-Feb 5.

Feb 02 3:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Lecture by Suzanne G. Cusick, Professor of Music at the Faculty of Arts and Science at New York University. Room 130, Edward Johnson Bldg, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750; music.utoronto.ca.  Free.

Feb 06 7:00: Canadian Opera Company. Opera Insights: Götterdämmerung from Scratch: A Novice’s Guide. Join COC Music Director Johannes Debus as he leads participants through the score of Wagner’s Götterdämmerung. Playing excerpts from the score on piano, Debus shares fascinating musical insights into this complex and masterful work. No musical background required! Education Centre, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. Reserve tickets in advance by calling 416-363-8231 or visit coc.ca/OperaInsights.  Free. Registration begins on Jan 11.

Masterclasses

Dec 03 11:00am-1:00: Tafelmusik. Masterclass with violinist Rodolfo Richter. Join the audience to see Richter work with emerging artists, focusing on violin and viola repertoire of Baroque Italy. Open to the public. Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-964-9562 x241. Free ($10 suggested donation).

Jan 08 4:00: Li Delun Music Foundation. Haochen Zhang Piano Masterclass and Lecture. Steinway Piano Gallery, 2651 John St. Markham. 905-946-8040. $20, $15.

Jan 21 1:00-3:00: Tafelmusik. Guest Artist Public Masterclass. Baritone Peter Harvey will work with emerging artists on German Baroque repertoire for voice. Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-964-9562 x241; www.tafelmusik.org/Masterclass.   Free admission (donations appreciated).

Feb 01 10:00am: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. New Music Festival: Composition Master Classes with Salvatore Sciarrino. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-408-0208. Free. Festival runs Jan 29-Feb 5.

Feb 03 10:00am: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. New Music Festival: Composition Masterclasses with Salvatore Sciarrino. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-408-0208. Free. Festival runs Jan 29-Feb 5.

Salons

Jan 22 2:00-5:00: Classical Music Club Toronto. Haydn: A Celebration of Musical Genius. Recordings and videos will be presented. For information and location: 416-898-2549. $25 (annual membership fee); no charge for first-time visitors. Nominal donation to defray refreshment cost.

Screenings

Jan 31 6:30: Royal Conservatory of Music / Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. A Todo Color. Through intimate interviews, some of Cuba’s leading artists chronicle their defiant personal journeys that changed the history of their country’s music. Two members from the all-female Cuban jazz sextet, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, Jane Bunnett and Magdelys Savigne, will be in attendance for a post-screening performance and Q&A. 506 Bloor St. W. 416-408-2824; www.hotdocscinema.ca  $16 (Hot Docs members: $12, $10, free).

Spoken Word, Performance Art

Dec 11 2:00: Toronto Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Dickens: A Christmas Carol. One-man show by John Huston. Plus singalong carols. St. Andrew’s United Church, 117 Bloor St. E. 416-763-0832. $5 (non-members). Refreshments included.

Tours  

Dec 04 10:30am: Canadian Opera Company. 90-Minute Tour of the Four Seasons Centre. Led by a trained docent; includes information and access to the Isadore and Rosalie Sharp City Room, the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre and R. Fraser Elliott Hall, as well as backstage areas like wig rooms and dressing rooms, the orchestra pit, and other spaces that only a stage door pass could unlock. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231; coc.ca  $20 (adults); $15 (sr/st). Tours also available on Jan 08, 15, 22, 29 and Feb 05. 

Workshops

Dec 04 1:30-4:00: Toronto Early Music Players Organization. Workshop coached by recorder player Avery MacLean. Bring your early instruments and a music stand. Armour Heights Community Centre, 2140 Avenue Road. 416-779-5750. $20. 

Dec 09 7:30: Toronto 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; torecorder.wordpress.com $15 (non-members). Refreshments.

Jan 08 1:30-4:00: Toronto Early Music Players Organization. Workshop coached by viol/cello player Laura Jones. Bring your early instruments and a music stand. Armour Heights Community Centre, 2140 Avenue Road. 416-779-5750. $20.

Jan 13 7:30: Toronto 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. Guest coach: Anne Massicotte. 416-597-0485; torecorder.wordpress.com $20 (non-members). Refreshments.

Jan 14 5:00-9:30: Canadian Opera Company. Youth Opera Lab: Opera for Musical Theatre Lovers – The Magic Flute. For young adults between the ages of 16 and 24. Activities include an interactive lecture with soprano and opera educator Kyra Millan; a backstage tour with assistant technical director Jake Gow; a behind-the-scenes glimpse of a working rehearsal of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. 416-363-8231 or education@coc.ca  Application available at coc.ca/YOL.  Registration opens Dec 05. Free.

Jan 22 2:00-4:30: CAMMAC Toronto Region. Reading for singers and instrumentalists of Schubert’s Mass in G. Elaine Choi, conductor. Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. 416-551-5183. $10; $6(members).

Jan 24 5:00-9:30: Canadian Opera Company. Youth Opera Lab: Writing Text for Opera – Götterdämmerung. For young adults between the ages of 16 and 24. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in a libretto-writing (opera script) workshop with librettist Julie Tepperman and gain a behind-the-scenes glimpse at a working rehearsal of Wagner’s Götterdämmerung. 416-363-8231 or education@coc.ca.  Application available at coc.ca/YOL.  Registration opens Dec 19. Free.

Feb 05 1:30-4:00: Toronto Early Music Players Organization. Workshop coached by violin/keyboard player Larry Beckwith. Bring your early instruments and a music stand. Armour Heights Community Centre, 2140 Avenue Road. 416-779-5750. $20.

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