Competitions

Feb 05 7:30: Melos Choir and Period Instruments. Baroque Idol: Workshop and Competition. Baroque Idol for local young singers, and Baroque Masters for vocalists aged 40 and over. Judges and a live audience. Winners receive cash prizes. St. George’s Cathedral (Kingston), 270 King St. E., Kingston. 613-767-7245. $15; $10(sr/st).

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM). OSM Manulife Competition, 2017 edition. Open to woodwinds, brass and voice. Over $100,000 in prizes and scholarships to talented young Canadian musicians. Competition takes place November 21 to 25, 2017. For more information:  514-840-7400, x7415;  http://www.osm.ca/en/home-osm/  Registration deadline: May 12, 2017.

Galas and Fundraisers

Feb 18 6:30: Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival. Blues Bash Fundraiser. Features the Paul James band and special guests Soul Collective. Silent auction; cash bar and food. Best Western PLUS Orangeville Inn and Suites, 7 Buena Vista Dr., Orangeville. 647-525-8494; orangevillebluesandjazz.ca $45 (door); $40 (advance); reserved VIP tables for 10 available.

Feb 24 7:30: Melos Choir and Period Instruments. A Venetian Carnevale Fundraiser! A masked evening of Carnevale entertainment with period music, food, drink, and Silent Auction of Talents and Experiences. Renaissance Hall Event Centre, 285 Queen St., Kingston. 613-767-7245. $50.

Lectures, Salons, Symposia

Feb 01 6:30: UofT New Music Festival. Sciarinno: The Killing Flower. Pre-concert introduction with composer Salvatore Sciarrino. Hosted by Renaissance musicologist Catherine Moore; features Gesualdo Madrigals sung by UofT’s Theatre for Early Music Madrigalists; David Fallis, coach. Walter Hall Lobby, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750. Free.

Feb 02 12:10: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Thursdays at Noon – New Music Festival: Lecture by Salvatore Sciarrino. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Bldg., 80 Queen’s Park.  416-978-3750; music.utoronto.ca   Free.

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, 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. COC music director Johannes Debus leads participants through the score of Wagner’s Götterdämmerung on piano and shares insights into this complex work. No musical background required. Education Centre, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. To reserve tickets in advance: 416-363-8231 or  coc.ca/OperaInsights  Free.

Feb 09 3:30: U of T Faculty of Music. Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Theory Research Colloquium. Led by Dr. Aine Heneghan, assistant professor of music theory at the University of Michigan. Room 130, Edward Johnson Bldg., 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750. Free.

Feb 15 8:00: Canadian Opera Company/Toronto Wagner Society. Götterdämmerung: Singer’s Round Table. An opportunity to meet some of the world’s great Wagnerian singers, currently appearing in Götterdämmerung. The singers will share stories from their careers, reflect on Wagner’s music, and discuss what it takes to perform this challenging music. Jackman Studio, Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre, 227 Front St. E. 416-363-8231. $20 (cash only at the door); Toronto Wagner Society members free.

Feb 16 8:00: David Lidov. Paper and Keys. Lecture-recital about what music notation has done to music making. Includes performance of Bach: Second Partita for keyboard and Lidov: Voice Mail. Arrayspace, 155 Walnut St. 647-866-2785; DavidLidov.com   $20 minimum donation appreciated at the concert or the website, Arraymusic.com or at Canada Helps).

Feb 18 9:00am-5:30: U of T Faculty of Music/ Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies. Music and the Jewish World: Expression across Real and Imaginary Boundaries. Keynote address by Benjamin Brinner (UC Berkeley); panels and lectures by Caryl Clark (U of Toronto); David Conway (University College, London); Dan Deutsch (U of Toronto); Jardena Gertler-Jaffe (U of Toronto); Charles Hersch (Cleveland State U); Lily E. Hirsch; Sherry Lee (U of Toronto); Evan Rapport (New School, NY); Anna Shternshis (U of Toronto). Jackman Humanities Bldg, Room 100, 170 St. George St. 416-978-1624; http://cjs.utoronto.ca/events/calendar/conference-music-and-jewish-world-expression-across-real-and-imaginary-boundaries  Also Feb 19 9:00am-5:30.

Feb 19 9:00am-5:30: U of T Faculty of Music/ Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies. Music and the Jewish World: Expression across Real and Imaginary Boundaries. See Feb 18 listing.

Feb 26 2:00-5:00: Classical Music Club Toronto. Schubertiad. A selection of recordings (both audio and video) will be presented highlighting the diversity of Schubert’s compositions across many genres. For information and location contact John Sharpe: 416-898-2549. $25 (annual membership fee); no charge for first-time visitors. Nominal donation to defray refreshments cost.

Feb 27 1:30: Miles Nadal JCC. Back To Basics: Opera 101. A primer on the foundations of the operatic art form. Iain Scott, opera educator. 750 Spadina Ave. 416-924-6211 x0. $22; $18(adv).

Mar 02 3:30: U of T Faculty of Music. Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Theory Research Colloquium. Led by Dr. Carolyn Ramzy, assistant professor of music at Carleton University, specialist in music of the Middle East. Room 130, Edward Johnson Bldg., 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750. Free.

Masterclasses

Feb 01 10:00am: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. New Music Festival: Composition Masterclass with Salvatore Sciarrino. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Bldg., 80 Queen’s Park.  416-978-3750. Free.

Feb 03 10:00am: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. New Music Festival: Composition Masterclass with Salvatore Sciarrino. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Bldg., 80 Queen’s Park.  416-978-3750. Free.

Screenings

Feb 01 to 04 7:30: Robert Bruce and Peter Karle. Silent Film Series with Live Piano Scores by Composer Robert Bruce. New live soundtracks performed to film. Feb 01 7:30: Four silent comedy shorts (1919-1923). Feb 02 7:30: “It” (1927). Feb 03 7:30: “Safety Last” (1923). Feb 04 7:30: “The General” (1926). Grand Theatre, 471 Richmond St., London. 519-672-8800. $20 (adult), $12 (child), $70 (entire series).

Feb 05 7:30: Tafelmusik. Film Screening: Le Mozart Noir.  Employing dramatic recreations and interviews with expert musicians and musicologists, the film portrays Joseph Boulogne, Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges’ rise to become one of France’s most popular musical figures and his fall from history. Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-964-6337. Free.

Feb 28 6:30: Royal Conservatory of Music / Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. What Would Beethoven Do? An optimistic look at the revolution bringing classical music to a 21st-century audience. Artists including Skratch Bastid, Dinuk Wijeratne, and The Afiara Quartet will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A. 506 Bloor St. W. 416-408-2824; www.hotdocscinema.ca  $16 (Hot Docs members: $12, $10, free.)

Singalongs, Circles

Feb 15 7:30: Toronto Shape Note Singing Community. Monthly Sacred Harp Singing. Everyone is welcome, no experience necessary. There are songbooks to borrow. Music room, Bloor Street United Church, 300 Bloor St. W. 647-838-8764. PWYC donation. 7:00: Short introductory workshop.

Feb 26 2:30: Southern Ontario Chapter of the Hymn Society. Sing a New Song with Craig Lewis. Songs of the Salvation Army from a new International version of their Song Book. Familiar and updated hymns. Salvation Army Headquarters, 2 Overlea Boulevard. 416-342-6034. Free.

Tours

Feb 05 10:30am: Canadian Opera Company. 90-Minute Tour of the Four Seasons Centre. Led by a trained docent; includes information and access to the main lobby and auditorium as well as backstage areas like wig rooms and dressing rooms, the orchestra pit, and other spaces to which public does not normally have access. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231; coc.ca  $20 (adults); $15 (sr/st). Also Feb 12, March 05.

Feb 12 10:30am: Canadian Opera Company. 90-Minute Tour of the Four Seasons Centre. See Feb 05 listing.

Mar 05 10:30am: Canadian Opera Company. 90-Minute Tour of the Four Seasons Centre. See Feb 05 listing.

Workshops

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

Feb 09 6:45: World Fiddle Day Toronto. Workshop led by musician Anne Lederman. Join players of bowed string instruments to learn tunes from world string traditions for our community World Fiddle Day event at the Aga Khan, May 20, 2017. Long & McQuade Clinic Space, 935 Bloor St. W. 647-217-4620;   http://worldfiddledaytoronto.ca  Practice sessions by donation. Also Feb 23 6:45 and Mar 05 1:00.

Feb 09 7:00: Canadian Opera Company. Opera Insights: Opera Chorus Sing-along! Find out what it takes to be part of an opera chorus. COC chorus master Sandra Horst leads participants through some of opera’s most popular choruses, alongside members of the COC Chorus. All levels of singers welcome. Education Centre, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. To reserve tickets in advance: 416-363-8231 or coc.ca/OperaInsights  Free.

Feb 10 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; https://torecorder.wordpress.com/ Memberships available. $15 (non-members). Refreshments.

Feb 11 10:30am: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Singsation Saturday. Sing Duruflé’s Requiem and Vierne’s Messe Solenelle with guest conductor Xavier Brossard-Ménard, artistic director of the St. Lambert Choral Society in Quebec. Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, Cameron Hall, 1585 Yonge St. Register at the door. 416-598-0422;  www.tmchoir.org   $10 (includes refreshments).

Feb 23 6:45: World Fiddle Day Toronto. Workshop led by musician Anne Lederman. For details see Feb 09 listing.

Feb 26 2:00-4:30: CAMMAC Toronto Region. Reading of Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise (Lobgesang) for singers and instrumentalists. Matthew Jaskiewicz, conductor. Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. 416-482-6562. $10; $6 (members).

Mar 03 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; https://torecorder.wordpress.com/  $15 (non-members). Refreshments.

Mar 05 1:00: World Fiddle Day Toronto. Workshop led by musician Anne Lederman. For details see Feb 09 listing.

Mar 05 1:30-4:00: Toronto Early Music Players Organization. Workshop coached by sackbut/recorder player Peter Christensen. Bring your early instruments and a music stand. Armour Heights Community Centre, 2140 Avenue Road. 416-779-5750. $20.

Pin It
Back to top