Galas and Fundraisers

May 27 6:30: University Club of Toronto. Benefit Concert for Suite Melody Care. With founder Leslie Ashworth, Grand Prize Winner of the Canadian Music Competition, violin, piano, viola. Works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Dvořák and L. Ashworth. Guests: Eric Nowlin, viola; Barry Shiffman, violin, viola; Dianne Werner, piano. University Club of Toronto, 380 University Ave. 416-597-1336. $125; includes reception, dinner, dinner wines and concert. Info at suitemelodycare.com. Register at rsvp@universitycluboftoronto.com

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.

Lectures, Salons, Symposia

May 10 1:30: Oakville Opera Guild. The Perfect Opera. Lecture by conductor/musician Voltr Ivonoffski. Oakville Public Library Central Branch, 120 Navy St. Oakville. 905-827-5678; Oakville.Opera.Guild@outlook.com $10 (Proceeds towards scholarship fund for U of T Faculty of Music student and annual donation to COC.)

May 13 7:00: Soundstreams Salon 21. The Regent Park Songbook. Professional Canadian composers bring student-related lyrics to life in a series of pieces performed by student singers and pianists from Regent Park School of Music. Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park. 416-504-1282. Free, PWYC preferred seating available.

May 19 7:30: Darchei Noam Synagogue. Jews’ Muse: Aaron Copland. A mix of lecture, music and discussion with lecturer Rick Phillips exploring the music of Copland - the influences that shaped his music, the impact he left on his times and his lasting legacy. 864 Sheppard Ave. W. 416-638-4783; darcheinoam.ca/event/JewishComposers  $20 or $45 for all four dates.

May 22 2:00-5:00: Classical Music Club Toronto. A look at Richard Strauss’ epic orchestral tone poem Alpine Symphony (see TSO listings May 25, 26, 28). Presentation of excerpts from various recordings and videos with informal discussion and refreshments. For information and location: 416-597-1924 or info@classicalmusicclubtoronto.org  $25 (annual membership fee); no charge for first-time visitors.

May 27 8:00: Oakville Opera Guild. O Canada. Our annual celebration of Canadian opera singers, and introduction of our scholarship winner, baritone Max van Wyck. Presenters: Don Gillies and Jean Stoten. Please call re: location. 905-827-5678; Oakville.Opera.Guild@outlook.com  $10 (Proceeds towards scholarship fund for U of T Faculty of Music student and annual donation to COC.)

Master Classes

May 02 7:00: Canadian Opera Company. Opera Insights: Rossini Master Class. Exploration of Rossini’s vocal style. Conductor Harry Bicket with COC Ensemble Studio members. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-306-8231. Free (advance reservation required).

May 07 6:30: Li Delun Music Foundation. Haochen Zhang Piano Master Class. Robert Lowrey’s Piano Experts, 2nd Floor, 943 Eglinton Ave. E. 416-423-0434. $15; VIP $20.

Screenings

May 14 7:00: ReelAbilities Film Festival/ Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival. Touch of the Light. Based on the life story of pianist Huang Yu-Siang (as himself) a blind prodigy from rural Taiwan and his relationship with aspiring dancer Xiao Jie. Al Green Theatre, Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina Ave. 416-599-8433; toronto.reelabilities.org   $12; $8 (st/sr, people on fixed income).

Singalongs, Jams

May 28 3:00-6:00: The Music Gallery. Drone Therapy. All are welcome to spectate, speak, and/or join our drone jam featuring Castle If (Oriana Guerrero, Moyo Rainos Mutamba, Alison Cameron, Kat Estacio). Part of National Drone Day. The Music Gallery courtyard, 197 John St. For complete details:  musicgallery.org/drone-therapy/Free PWYC (proceeds to CAMH).

Tours

May 01 10:30am: Canadian Opera Company. Tour of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. 90-minute tour for the general public. Extensive tour includes backstage access and is an opportunity to learn more about the history, architecture and acoustics of Canada’s first purpose-built opera house. 145 Queen St. W.  coc.ca (advance purchase). $20 (adults); $15 (sr/st). Also May 8 (sold out), May 15, May 29.

May 08 10:30am: Canadian Opera Company. Tour of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. See May 1 above. (Sold out.)

May 15 10:30am: Canadian Opera Company. Tour of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. See May 1 above.

May 29 10:30am: Canadian Opera Company. Tour of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. See May 1 above.

Workshops

May 01 1:30-4:00: Toronto Early Music Players Organization. Workshop coached by Montreal viol player Elin Soderstrom. Bring your early instruments and music stand. Armour Heights Community Centre, 2140 Avenue Road. 416-927-8699. $20.

May 05 6:45-8:45: World Fiddle Day Toronto. Workshop led by Anne Lederman. Join players of bowed string instruments to learn traditional world folk repertoire for our community World Fiddle Day event at Fort York, May 21. For more info and to download tunes:  worldfiddledaytoronto.ca   Long & McQuade Clinic Space, 935 Bloor St. W. 647-217-4620. Practice sessions by donation.

May 13 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.

May 14 10:30am-1:00: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Singsation Saturday with Bob Anderson. Join members of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and an enthusiastic community of singers for an open choral reading of short choral works, showcasing a year in the life of Cawthra Park Chamber Choir with guest conductor Bob Anderson. Sheet music provided. Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St. tmchoir.org/singsation-saturdays/#MaySingsation $10 (includes refreshments).

May 15 12:00 noon-3:00: World Fiddle Day Toronto. Workshop led by Anne Lederman. Join players of bowed string instruments to learn traditional world folk repertoire for our community World Fiddle Day event at Fort York, May 21. For more info and to download tunes: worldfiddledaytoronto.ca  Long & McQuade Clinic Space, 935 Bloor St. W. 647-217-4620. Practice sessions by donation.

May 15 2:00-4:30: CAMMAC Toronto Region. Reading for singers and instrumentalists of Bruckner’s Mass in F Minor. Andrew Chung, conductor. Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. 416-386-0258. $10; $6(members).

May 21 10:00am-5:30: World Fiddle Day Toronto. Workshops from 10:00am to 11:30am with guest artists; free concert 12:30 to 2:00 (see daily listings); community Around-the-World Jam led by Anne Lederman and band from 2:30 to 5:30. Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Blvd. Details:  worldfiddledaytoronto.ca

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.

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