The award-winning Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra begins yet another exciting season in its 58 years of presenting great classical music.
The 2018/19 series of concerts, starting in October, features the new music director, Matthew Jones, whose energy and enthusiasm bring a fresh, new approach for EPO audiences.
The season offers five subscription concerts plus a family matinee featuring star artists Jonathan Crow, concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, performing Sibelius’ Violin Concerto and Arthur Ozolins, the brilliant and popular pianist who returns to Etobicoke in March 2019 to present Schumann’s Piano Concerto.
The EPO also welcomes top artists Charlene Pauls, soprano, (“Christmas Concert”); Margaret Von Vaight and Jamie Groote (May 2019 concert: “Love, Death and Hope”); and the orchestra’s new principal horn player, Samir Abd-Elmessih (November 2018 concert).
Concerts are at Martingrove Collegiate Institute (50 Winterton Drive, Etobicoke). The Christmas concert “Christmas in the City” and family matinee “Pictures in Sound” are at Humber Valley United Church, 76 Anglesey Blvd.
Advanced orchestral musicians of all ages interested in joining the orchestra should contact the EPO President, Judy Gargaro. Student scholarships are by audition in Spring. Rehearsals are every Wednesday at Martingrove Collegiate 7:30pm to 10pm, and continue until mid-May.

Valerie Gibson

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