Galas and Fundraisers

Feb 06 7:30: Queen’s University School of Drama and Music. A Night in Vienna. Join the Queen’s Orchestra and talented students, faculty and alumni from Queen’s Music as we take a musical journey to Vienna. Concertgoers will have the opportunity to waltz the night away, or sit back and watch the professional ballroom dancers float across the floor while listening to the wonderful music of Vienna. Produced by Bruce Kelly; directed by Gordon Craig. Grant Hall, Queen’s Campus, 43 University Ave. Kingston. 613-533-2424;  www.theisabel.ca  $70 (floor with food); $490 (table of eight); $30 (balcony seating).

Feb 11 7:00: Music Gallery. Music Gallery Fundraiser: 1976. Performances by Brigitte Bardon’t and Prince Nifty, a silent auction, 50/50s, new music trivia, and more. We’re going to party like it’s 1976, new music-style. 197 John St. 416-204-1080. $20. 

Feb 13 6:30:  Mississauga Big Band Jazz Ensemble. Valentine Dinner/Dance. 6:30: dinner; 8:00-10:00pm: dancing. Cooksville United Church, 2500 Mimosa Row. Mississauga. 905-277-2338. $25 (advance tickets only – no tickets at door). Booking deadline: February 8.

Competitions

Feb 02 10:00am: Royal Conservatory of Music. Glenn Gould School Concerto Competition Finals. Hear talented 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: www.orchestratoronto.ca  Deadline for mailing the application form and registration fee: February 1 2016.

Festivals

Feb 12 – 14 (Friday 7pm-1:30am; Saturday 1pm-1:30am; Sunday 1pm-11pm): Winterfolk. Fourteenth Annual Blues and Roots Festival. The best of urban, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and roots music, emulating a multi-stage rural summer festival. More than 150 artists will be performing at four venues and five stages; included are special tribute events, an awards ceremony, community stages and various themed musical workshops. The Danforth: Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave., 416-469-0537; Dora Keogh Irish Pub, 141 Danforth Ave., 416-778-1804; Terri O’s, 185 Danforth Ave., 416-462-0038; Mambo Lounge, 120 Danforth Ave., 416-778-7004;   www.winterfolk.com  Paid and free concert stages.

Lectures, Salons, Symposia

Feb 01 - Mar 07 7:00-9:00. Royal Conservatory of Music. Joyful Noise: Exploring Sacred Masterworks. Delve into the history, composition and lasting legacy of five cornerstone masterworks: J.S. Bach’s B Minor Mass, the Requiems of Mozart and Dvořák, Lassus’ Lagrime di San Pietro, and Handel’s oratorio, Messiah. Instructor: John Holland. 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-2825. $250. 

Feb 02 12:10: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Composers’ Forum. With Allan Gordon Bell. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Bldg., 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3744. Free.

Feb 04 - Mar 10 10am-12 noon. Royal Conservatory of Music. All About the Piano: Estampes (Postcards). Explore music involving the piano from Buenos Aires, New York City, Paris, Vienna, Prague, Riga, St. Petersburg, Tallinn and Helsinki. Instructor: Peteris Zarins. 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-2825. $295.

Feb 05 7:00: Soundstreams. Salon 21: Accorditorium. An exploration of the accordion family of instruments, as well as performance demonstrations by Joseph Macerollo and Michael Bridge. Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park. 416-504-1282. Free, PWYC preferred seating available.

Feb 09 1:30: Oakville Opera Guild. My Life with Opera – a Personal Journey. Don Gillies, musician and former minister of Bloor Street United Church. Oakville Public Library Central Branch, 120 Navy St. Oakville. 905-827-5678; Oakville. Opera.Guild@outlook.com  $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.) 

Feb 09 7:00: North York Central Library. Learning to Love in Wagner’s Siegfried. The comic scherzo in Wagner’s epic Ring cycle is also opera’s strangest coming of age story. What’s a boy to do when he knows little about his background – and nothing about the opposite sex? Join Opera Canada editor Wayne Gooding as he introduces the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Wagner’s Siegfried. Auditorium, 5120 Yonge St. To register: 416-395-5639. Free.

Feb 09 7:00: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Lecture by composer Lawrence Shragge, Louis Applebaum Distinguished Visitor in Film Composition. Shragge has written music for over 160 movies and television series as well as for theatre, dance, art installations and advertising. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Bldg, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3744. Free.

Feb 10 – Apr 06 10am-12 noon: Royal Conservatory of Music. The Great Conductors. Explore the lives, careers, talents and music-making of eight great conductors through recordings, film footage of rehearsals and performances, and comparisons of the same works presented by different conductors. Instructor: Rick Phillips. 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-2825. $395.

Feb 20 9:00am-2:00: Royal School of Church Music. A Quiet Day for Church Musicians. An opportunity for those who work in the ministry to reflect and focus on our lenten mission, renewing us mentally and spiritually for the busy times ahead; includes a brief talk by Bishop Michael Bedford-Jones on the subject of making music in a church setting. St. John’s Convent, 233 Cummer Ave. 416-694-1260. Members free; non-members $15.

Feb 23 7:00: North York Central Library. Crossover Dreams: Motown Records in the 60s. In this fascinating and music-filled talk, Dr. Mike Daley, York University, reveals the secrets of the Motown formula, and explains why its classic hits still resonate today. Auditorium, 5120 Yonge St. To register: 416-395-5639. Free.

Feb 28 2:00: Toronto Opera Club. The Omnipresence of Eros in The Marriage of Figaro. Guest speaker: Leonard Rosmarin, author, lecturer and self-confessed opera addict. Room 330, Edward Johnson Bldg., Faculty of Music, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-924-3940. $10.

Feb 29 7:30: Toronto Masque Theatre. A Passage to India. A behind the scenes look at TMT’s latest commission, The man who married himself,  exploring the dance, music and poetry of India that inspired composer Juliet Palmer, librettist Anna Chatterton and choreographer Hari Krishnan; features live performances, wine and refreshments. The Atrium, 21 Shaftesbury Ave. 416-410-4561;  torontomasquetheatre.com  $20 (regular); $15 (under 30 and TMT season subscribers).

Master Classes

Feb 02 11:30am: York University Department of Music. Vocal Master Class. Nathalie Paulin, 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. 

Screenings

Feb 16 6:30: Istituto Italiano di Cultura. Screening of Verdi’s Otello (2001). Directed by Graham Vick; music director: Riccardo Muti; starring: Placido Domingo (Otello); Leo Nucci (Iago); Barbara Frittoli (Desdemona); orchestra and chorus of Teatro alla Scala. Alliance Française Theatre, 24 Spadina Rd.  http://www.iictoronto.esteri.it/IIC_Toronto/Menu/Istituto/   Free.

Tours

Feb 07 10:30am: Canadian Opera CompanyTour 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 be available on the morning of the tour starting at 10:00am.

Workshops

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

Feb 13 10:00am-12:30: Musikay. Vocal Technique Workshop. For choral singers of all levels and singers at large. Grace Lutheran Church, 1107 Main St. W. Hamilton. To reserve: 905-825-9740; musikay.ca  $30.

Feb 13 2:00-4:30: Musikay. Singing in Tune Workshop. For choral singers with prior singing experience who want to improve their intonation as an individual and in a group setting. Grace Lutheran Church, 1107 Main St. W. Hamilton. To reserve: 905-825-9740; musikay.ca  $30.

Feb 19 7:30: CAMMAC Recorder Players’ Society. Amateur recorder players are invited to join in the playing of early music. Guest coach: Frank Nakashima. Mount Pleasant Road Baptist Church, 527 Mount Pleasant Rd. 416-597-0485 or cammac.ca  $20 (non-members). Refreshments included.

Feb 19: Arraymusic. Deadline for Submissions to this season’s Young Composers’ Workshop and Concert. All emerging composers wishing to submit a request to participate, please submit by this date.  http://www.arraymusic.com/ycw.pdf

Feb 21 1:00: Arraymusic/Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan (ECCG). Workshop For All. Come one, come all and play with us! Whether new to music or a pro, you will immediately join in the music-making at this fun, hands-on Meet-Up that brings people together to play a treasure trove of percussion instruments (gongs, bowls, vibes, marimba, drums, djembe, congas, bells, chimes, shells and more). Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave. 416-532-3019. $10.

Feb 21 2:00-4:30: CAMMAC Toronto Region. Reading of Mozart’s Requiem for singers and instrumentalists. Brad Ratzlaff, conductor. Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. 416-551-5183. $10; $6(members).

Feb 24 – Apr 13 1:00-2:30; Feb 25 – Apr 14 7:30-9:00pm: Miles Nadal JCC. Opera for All! Sing opera choruses with visiting Spanish maestro and baritone Alvaro Lozano. 750 Spadina Ave. To register: 416-924-6211 x0.
 $75.

Feb 26 & 27 10:00am-5:00: Musikay. Professional Conducting Workshop. For conductors with prior choral experience who want to improve their technical and rehearsal techniques. Grace Lutheran Church, 1107 Main St. W. Hamilton. To reserve: 905-825-9740; musikay.ca  $200 (active participant); $75 (observer).

Feb 27 9:30am-3:30: Hymn Society, Southern Ontario Chapter. Singing for Justice in Congregational Song. Workshop led by jazz musician, composer and writer Dan Damon. Emmanuel College Chapel, Victoria University, 75 Queen’s Park Cres. Register by Feb 22 at 416-342-6034; www.sochs.org.

Mar 05 10:30am-1:00: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Singsation Saturday: Choral Workshop with Guest Conductor Caron Daley. Join members of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, conductor Caron Daley and an enthusiastic community of singers to read through Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man. Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St. 416-598-0422 x223; http://www.tmchoir.org/singsation-saturdays/  $10.

Mar 05 2:00-4:30: CAMMAC Toronto Region. Sight-Singing Workshop. Led by Art  Levine. Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd. 416-386-0258. Please register before Feb 28. $30; $25(members). 

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