Galas and Fundraisers

Jun 9 11am: Dundas Valley Orchestra. Musical Café Fundraiser. Musical entertainment by members of the Dundas Valley Orchestra and friends. Includes Silent Auction. The Healthy and Happy Food Market, 24 King St. W., Dundas. dundasvalleyorchestra.ca.

Jun 9 7:30pm: Symphony on the Bay. A Summer Serenade: Fundraising Chamber Concert. Musicians and friends of Symphony on the Bay playing works by Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Warlock, Kevin Lau and others. Reception to follow. Brant Hills Presbyterian Church, 2138 Brant St., Burlington. Tickets available through symphonyonthebay.ca or at the door $30(families); $20(adults); $10(12 and under).

Jun 9 8pm Arraymusic. Come Feel the Beat with Us. Featuring Rick Sacks, re-creating “Life in the Factory.” This piece features a conveyor belt that Sacks outfitted himself with found objects. There will be food, a cash bar, silent auction, and a surprise interactive art piece to which you are invited to contribute. Arraymusic, 155 Walnut Ave. 416-532-3019. $20.

Jun 10 1pm: Niagara Symphony Orchestra. Face to Face and Fabulous. Meet Toronto Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Jonathan Crow at an intimate gathering in a charming vineyard setting for a memorable afternoon to benefit the NSO. Hosted by NSO music director Bradley Thachuk, guests and friends will revel in an elegant 3-course luncheon, sample a selection of marvellous wines, meet and chat with Jonathan Crow, and enjoy Jonathan’s fabulous performances! The Pavilion Trius Winery at Hillebrand, 1249 Niagara Stone Rd., Niagara-on-the-Lake. Seating is limited. For reservations call 905-687-4993 ext. 221. $125.

Jun 10 7:30pm: Storytelling Toronto. Fundraising Benefit for Storytent. Curated program and open stage featuring Rubina Sinha, Sarah Abusarar, Ruth Danziger and others. Contact Pat Bissett at 647-346-1907 for tickets. $20. For dining reservations call 416-967-1078. Free Times Café. 320 College St, $20.

Jun 14 6:30 Regeneration Community Services. Annual Big Band Benefit. Please join us for an evening of fun and entertainment featuring the Toronto All-Star Big Band. Revive the spirit of the 30s, 40s, and 50s. Silent auction to follow. In support of Regeneration Community Services. For dinner reservations and to guarantee seating, contact Lula Lounge at 416-588-0307 or www.lula.ca. Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. $35.

Jun 17 3-5pm: Upper Canada Choristers. Strawberry Social Fundraiser. Featuring the popular songs of George Gershwin and Cole Porter, with staged performances of some of their best-loved numbers. Special guests: Cantemos. Parish Hall of Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd. 416-256-0510. For more information visit uppercanadachoristers.org. $30; free(child).

Jun 24 1pm: Westben. Garden Gala. At a garden near Castleton. Barbra Lica Trio; Howard Baer & Michael Monis. 705-653-5508. $125 per person; $895 for a table of 8.

Jul 18 7pm: Elora Festival. 39th Anniversary Fundraiser Dinner. Come celebrate our 39th anniversary in style! Dine with us in the newly inaugurated Wellington Room of the Elora Mill. What better way to toast the past and build the future than an intimate evening of fine dining and comic opera antics with Millan & Faye in this world-class venue. Cocktails at 5:30pm and dinner at 7pm. Elora Mill Hotel & Spa, 77 Mill St. W., Elora. 519-846-0331 or 1-888-747-7550. $225 per person ($150 tax receipt).

Lectures, Salons and Symposia

June, July, and Aug 7pm Classical Music Club Toronto. During June, July and August, the club will meet on one Saturday evening a month. Individual programs and dates were not available at the time of printing and will be finalized in the coming weeks. For further information, visit theclassicalmusicclubtoronto.org or call John Sharpe at 416-898-2549. Annual membership: $25(regular); $10(sr/st). Free for first-time visitors. Donations accepted for refreshments.

Jun 01 10am: Jewish Music Week. The Record Men. Alan Edelstein introduces the Jewish businessmen who played prominent roles creating early rhythm and blues and rock ‘n’ roll. Featuring three of the most important – The Chess Brothers of Chess Records in Chicago, Art Rupe of Specialty Records in Los Angeles, and Syd Nathan of King/Federal in Cincinnati. Jazz FM91 Studioo, 4 Pardee Ave, Suite 100, Liberty Village (south of King). 416-638-4492. Free (ticket required).

Jun 03 2pm: Toronto Opera Club. Is The Internet Destroying Opera? Guest speaker: Robert Harris. Room 330, Faculty of Music, Edward Johnson Building. 80 Queen’s Park Cr. W. 416-914-3940. $10.

Jun 12 7pm: The Toronto Chapter of the Duke Ellington Society. Montgomery’s Inn, corner of Dundas St. W. and Islington Ave. Anyone interested in Ellington’s music and his contributions to the art of jazz is welcome. Information at torontodukeellingtonsociety.com or 416-239-2683. Membership fee is $35 per person or $50 per couple, with one free initial visit.

Jun 30 2pm: Westben. Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra: Bach and His World. Who are the baroque craftsmen who helped J.S. Bach realize his genius? Who carved the violins? Who hand-pulled brass harpsichord strings, and who tapped pine trees for the resin that would set gut strings into vibration? Explore the wonderful world of Bach and his times through the master’s music, narration and video projections with Canada’s premiere Baroque Orchestra and narrator Blair Williams (Shaw Festival). Featuring the works by Bach, including Sinfonias from BWV 249a, the Third Brandenburg Concerto & excerpts from the Goldberg Variations. The Barn, 6698 County Road 30 North, Campbellford. 705-653-5508. $75(adult); $74(adult wing); $73(sr); $72(sr wing); $15(st & under 30); $5(under 19).

Jul 14 10:30pm: Westben. Nocturne Under the Stars. An exploration of the Chopin Nocturnes with Westben’s Artistic Director, Brian Finley, and author Helen Humphreys reading from her memoir, Nocturne. The Barn, 6698 County Road 30 North, Campbellford. 705-653-5508. $44(adult); $43(adult wing); $42(sr); $41(sr wing); $15(st & under 30); $5(under 19).

Jul 18 10am: Stratford Summer Music. Robert Harris Illustrated Musical Lecture Series: Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Tchaikovsky’s work is both loved and hated. It is his most famous piece, and his most reviled. Robert Harris will examine both composer and work to discover that juswt about everything we think about him is wrong. University of Waterloo Stratford Campus, 125 St. Patrick St., Straford. 519-271-2101. $25.

Jul 30 1pm: Ottawa Chamberfest. What Makes It Great?: Beethoven’s Archduke Trio. Composer and educator Rob Kapilow sheds light on the inner workings of one of Beethoven’s most eloquent and compassionate chamber works. National Gallery of Ottawa, 380 Sussex Dr., Ottawa. 613-234-8000. $25.

Jul 30 2pm: Stratford Summer Music Community Percussion Workshop. DIY Recording for Percussion: Lecture by Ray Dillard. Intended for college-level percussionists, this intense but rewarding week of rehearsals, discussions, master classes, creation, and performance is under the direction of the TorQ Percussion Quartet (Richard Burrows, Adam Campbell, James Drake, and Daniel Morphy). Avondale United Church, 194 Avondale Ave., Stratford. 519-271-2101. PWYC.

Jul 31 2:45pm. Ottawa Chamberfest. Chamber Chats: The Story of Francis Pegahmagabow. Learn the story behind the multiamedia performance of Sounding Thunder: The Songs of Francis Pegahmagabow. Dominion-Chalmers United Church, 355 Cooper St., Ottawa. 613-234-8000. Free.

Aug 1 10am: Stratford Summer Music. Canadian Percussion Music: An Illustrated Lecture. Presented by TorQ Percussion Quartet (Richard Burrows, Adam Campbell, James Drake, and Daniel Morphy). Avondale United Church, 194 Avondale Ave., Stratford. 519-271-2101. PWYC.

Aug 8 10am: Stratford Summer Music. Robert Harris Illustrated Musical Lecture Series: Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier. Bach’s masterpiece is the foundation on which Western music for the past 300 years has been built. Robert Harris will guide us to unravel some of the manifold mysteries of this work. University of Waterloo Stratford Campus, 125 St. Patrick St., Stratford. 519-271-2101. $25.

Aug 22 10am: Stratford Summer Music. Robert Harris Illustrated Musical Lecture Series: Our Beloved CBC – The Future Meets the Past. An examination of the history, current state, and possible future of one of the most significant cultural institutions in Canada. University of Waterloo Stratford Campus, 125 St. Patrick St., Stratford. 519-271-2101. $25.

Master Classes

Jun 21-23 9am: Westben. Vocal Intensive with Michael Warren. One of New York City’s top vocal experts, Dr. Michael Warren returns for another powerful 3-day immersion experience designed for all levels and genres of singers, age 16 and older. Sessions seek to heighten a singer’s vocal and artistic development in group and private settings. Working one-on-one with this gifted and positive vocal coach, participants can choose to participate in master classes or private lessons. Clock Tower Cultural Centre, 36 Front St. S., Campbellford. Contact the Westben Box Office at 705-653-5508 for schedule, fees and availability. Space is limited, so book early).

July 26-28 7pm: Highlands Opera Studio. Master Classes with Richard Margison. Meet the singers of Highland Opera Studio 2018 and hear them work with internationally acclaimed Canadian tenor Richard Margison. This is a great opportunity for those interested in singing to learn more about what makes a great performance even better. If you like watching The Voice or American Idol, you’ll love the Master classes! St George’s Anglican Church, 617 Mountain St, Haliburton. 1-855-455-5533. Tickets $15.

Jul 31 5pm: Stratford Summer Music. Open Master Class I. This master class is open to the public. Intended for college-level percussionists, this intense but rewarding week of rehearsals, discussions, master classes, creation, and performance is under the direction of the TorQ Percussion Quartet (Richard Burrows, Adam Campbell, James Drake, and Daniel Morphy). Avondale United Church, 194 Avondale Ave., Stratford. 519-271-2101. PWYC.

Aug 2 2pm: Stratford Summer Music. Open Master Class II. This master class is open to the public. Part of a week-long program intended for college-level percussionists under the direction of the TorQ Percussion Quartet (Richard Burrows, Adam Campbell, James Drake, and Daniel Morphy). Avondale United Church, 194 Avondale Ave., Stratford. 519-271-2101. PWYC.

Aug 15 10am: Stratford Summer Music. Vocal Academy: Voice Master Class with Krisztina Szabo. Open to the public. Avondale United Church, 194 Avondale Ave., Stratford. 519-271-2101. PWYC.

Aug 16 2pm: Stratford Summer Music. Vocal Academy: Master Class with Johannes Debus. The Music Director of the Canadian Opera Company with lead a master class in opera and career mentoring. Open to the public. Avondale United Church, 194 Avondale Ave., Stratford. 519-271-2101. PWYC.

Aug 17 10am: Stratford Summer Music. Vocal Academy: Voice Master Class with Phillip Addis. Open to the public. Avondale United Church, 194 Avondale Ave., Stratford. 519-271-2101. PWYC.

Aug 18 10am: Stratford Summer Music. Vocal Academy: Oratorio Master Class with Howard Dyck. Open to the public. Avondale United Church, 194 Avondale Ave., Stratford. 519-271-2101. PWYC.

Aug 18 10am: Stratford Summer Music. Vocal Academy: Voice Master Class with Nathalie Paulin. Open to the public. Avondale United Church, 194 Avondale Ave., Stratford. 519-271-2101. PWYC.

Aug 23 1-4pm: Opera Muskoka Festival. Vocal Master Class with Jennifer Tung. Pinegrove Fellowship Church, 295 Taylor Rd., Bracebridge. 705-765-1048. $100; $10(audience). Concert at 7:30pm. 705-765-1048. $25.

Aug 24 1-4pm: Opera Muskoka Festival. Violin Master Class with Moshe Hammer. Pinegrove Fellowship Church, 295 Taylor Rd., Bracebridge. 705-765-1048. $100; $10(audience). Concert at 7:30pm. 705-765-1048. $25.

Open Houses

Jun 24 10am-6pm: Royal Conservatory of Music. Wide Open House. Join us for our free all-ages event! Highlights include a courtyard party with performances by Cadence A Cappella, an instrument petting zoo, an activity zone for children, sample lessons and classes for all ages, music appreciation sessions, free concerts in Koerner Hall, and a music trade show! For information visit rcmusic.com/who. Free.

Outdoor Experiences

Jul 8 7am: Westben. One-of-a Kind Experiences: Find the Birds, Find the Pianist. Local bird watching as the sun rises then find Brian Finley who will be serenading the forest and you on a hidden piano somewhere close by. Ferris Provincial Park, Campbellford. 705-653-5508. $55.

Jul 17 10am: Stratford Summer Music. Play Me, I’m Yours Street Pianos. Daily until Aug 19 from 10am to 7pm, weather permitting. Four beautifully decorated pianos painted by local artists James Colbeck, Allan Dhingra, Lasha Mutual and Maxine Noel. Downtown Stratford. 519-271-2101. Free.

Screenings

Aug 13 7pm: Tanya Tagaq: Interpreting Nanook of the North. Experimental vocalist and artist Tanya Tagaq is a forceful advocate for her Inuit brothers and sisters. Her creativity blends Inuit throat singing with electronic, classical, punk and rock. A screening of the 1922 silent docudrama Nanook of the North will be presented accompanied by Tanya Tagaq’s live vocal interpretations. Avondale United Church, 194 Avondale Ave., Stratford. 519-271-2101. $40.

Sing-alongs, Jams, Circles

Jun 12 7pm: Villa Charities. Canta Italia Tuesday Series. Join us for weekly Italian classic sing-alongs as we celebrate Italian Heritage Month. These lively events feature renowned Italian-Canadian musician Claudio Santaluce who was an active member of the Columbus Centre community. This will be a great opportunity to bring the whole family out to participate in Italian heritage and culture. Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, 901 Lawrence Ave. W. 416-789-7011 x248. Free. Also Jun 19 & 26.

Workshops

Jun 03 2:00: CAMMAC Toronto Region. Reading for Singers and Instrumentalists. Mozart: Opera choruses from La Clemenza di Tito, The Abduction from the Seraglio, Idomeneo, and The Magic Flute. Erna Van Daele, conductor. Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. 416-482-6562. $10; $6(members).

Jun 15 7:30: Toronto Recorder Players Society. Renaissance and Baroque Workshop. For recorders and other early instruments and Annual General Meeting. Mount Pleasant Road Baptist Church, 527 Mount Pleasant Rd (entrance off Belsize). (416) 480-1853. Guests: $15. Refreshments included. http://www.rpstoronto.ca/

Jun 15-16. Parent-Child Mother Goose. Teacher Training Workshop. Learn rhymes, songs and stories from around the world and build skills to start running a program in your community. For more information, visit nationalpcmgp.ca/training/calendar/.

Galas and Fundraisers

May 05 7:30: Kenneth G. Mills Foundation. Poetry and Singer-Songwriter Gala. Featuring the winners of the Kenneth G. Mills Prizes for students. Special guest singer: Adanya Dunn. Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. $15; $10(under 18).

May 09 6:00: VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto. Ensemble ...Together: Gala Dinner & Concert Fundraising Event. Featuring VIVA!’s Chamber Choir and guest artists Emma Hannan, soprano; Laura McAlpine, mezzo; and Cory Knight, tenor, singing in ensembles with soloists from the VIVA! choirs. Tickets online at vivayouthsingers.com. 416-788-8482. $135.

May 17 9:00: Canadian Opera Conpany. Operanation. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. $150.

May 27 3:00: 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. 416-779-5750. Admission PWYC. Suggested donation $10.

Lectures, Salons and Symposia

May 02 7:00: Tafelmusik. The Listening Club: Blurring the Boundaries. Baroque composers who “sit outside the box”. Dr. Hannah French, moderator; Patrick G. Jordan, piano. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-964-6337. $25.

May 02 7:30: TD Niagara Jazz Festival. Discover Jazz. Presented by Mark Micklethwaite. Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library, 10 Anderson Lane, Niagara-on-the-Lake. 905-468-2023. Free.

May 06 2:00: Toronto Opera Club. Guest speaker: David Fallis. The First Great Opera: Monteverdi’s Orfeo. Room 330, Faculty of Music, Edward Johnson Bldg. 80 Queen’s Park Cr. W. 416-914-3940. $10.

May 06 5:00: Nocturnes in the City. 100 Years of Famous Czech Operas. Audiovisual presentation. Iain Scott, opera educator. Restaurant Praha, Masaryktown, 450 Scarborough Golf Club Rd. 416-481-7294. $25; $15(st).

May 08 7:30: The Toronto Chapter of the Duke Ellington Society. Montgomery’s Inn, corner of Dundas St. W. and Islington Ave. Anyone interested in Ellington’s music and his contributions to the art of jazz is welcome. Information at torontodukeellingtonsociety.com or 416-239-2683. Membership fee is $35 per person or $50 per couple, with one free initial visit.

May 12 11:00am: Toronto Bach Festival. Bach and Schütz as Musical Religious Thinkers. Public lecture. Michael Marissen, Swathmore College, Bach scholar. Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, 1372 King St. W. 416-466-8241. Free.

May 16 7:00: Alliance Française. What Was So Scandalous about The Rite Of Spring?. Premiered in 1913 at the posh Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, The Rite of Spring sparked the most famous scandal in the history of dance. This talk will examine what happened on the night of May 29th and why it happened at all. Sarah Gutsche-Miller, Assistant Professor of Musicology at the University of Toronto. Organized in parallel with a concert featuring The Rite of Spring performed by Katia and Marielle Labèque (a piano duet) on Sunday, May 27, 2018, at 3 pm at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Lecture at Spadina Theatre, 24 Spadina Rd. Information at www.alliance-francaise.ca/en/calendar/05/2018.

May 20 2:00: Classical Music Club Toronto. Kent Nagano: Beethoven Symphony Cycle. This May there is a rare opportunity to hear a number of Beethoven’s symphonies performed over a short period of time by the same orchestra. L’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal under its Music Director Kent Nagano will perform Symphonies Nos. 2-8 between May 27 and 31. We will listen to a selection of recordings by this orchestra and conductor. For information and location contact John Sharpe: 416-898-2549. Annual membership: $25(regular); $10(sr/st). Free for first-time visitors. Donations accepted for refreshments.

May 25 12:00_noon: Estonian Music Week. EE Meets CA: Building Bridges in Music. The seminar will offer opportunities for Estonian and Canadian professional musicians, music promoters, and others in the music industry to exchange information about the creative industry economy and make new contacts with top industry professionals. The seminar will also feature the music stories and industry insights of singer songwriter Kerli, a well-known Estonian artist and public figure whose music has had great success worldwide. Tartu College, 310 Bloor St. W. estononianmusicweek.ca. Advance registration required.

May 28 10:00am: Jewish Music Week. Salome: Between Scandal and Song. Lecture by Samantha Madison Cooper on the Jewish reaction to Richard Strauss’s opera, Salome, which premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 1907. An audiovisual journey through archival findings, shedding light on Americanization, anti-Semitism, self-hatred, Jewish humour and authentic immigrant experience. Jacob Family Theatre, Posluns Auditorium at Baycrest, 3560 Bathurst St. 416-638-4492. Free.

May 30 10:00am: Jewish Music Week. The Lady Gaga of Hasidic Music (Lipa Schmeltzer). Dr. Jessica Roda explores the politics of pop stars in religious settings. Markham Street Synagogue (Shaarei Tzedec), 397 Markham St. 416-638-4492. Free.

May 30 10:00am: Jewish Music Week. The Adon Olam Lecture. Cantor Benjamin Maissner shares and explores the famous Jewish hymn Adon Olam from antiquity through the Renaissance, Classical and Romantic periods, and opens our eyes (and ears) to a new world of Adon Olam. Featuring Nadia Adler, piano. Barbara Frum Library Auditorium, 20 Covington Rd., 3rd Floor. 416-638-4492. Free.

May 31 10:00am: Jewish Music Week. Bach, Anti-Semitism, and the Novel And after the Fire. Presented in partnership with the Association for Jewish Libraries in Ontario. Some of Bach’s cantatas contain anti-Semitic elements. Explored in And after the Fire, a novel by Lauren Belfer, she fictionalizes a Bach cantata and its history to the present day. Cynthia Good discusses the novel, the role of women musicians in the 1800s, and the separating of artist from the art. Bernard Betel Centre, 1003 Steeles Ave. W. 416-638-4492. Free.

Jun 01 10:00am: Jewish Music Week. The Record Men. Alan Edelstein introduces the Jewish businessmen who played prominent roles creating early rhythm and blues and rock ‘n’ roll. Featuring three of the most important – The Chess Brothers of Chess Records in Chicago, Art Rupe of Specialty Records in Los Angeles, and Syd Nathan of King/Federal in Cincinnati. Jazz FM91 Studioo, 4 Pardee Ave, Suite 100, Liberty Village (south of King). 416-638-4492. Free (ticket required).

June 03 2:00: Toronto Opera Club. Is The Internet Destroying Opera? Guest speaker: Robert Harris. Room 330, Faculty of Music, Edward Johnson Building. 80 Queen’s Park Cr. W. 416-914-3940. $10.

Masterclasses

Labyrinth Musical Workshop Ontario presents a series of Mon-Fri masterclass workshops at 232 Playter Cr. Each workshop is $600. For more information or to register, visit labyrinthontario.com or call 647-702-8680. Each week-long workshop is $600.
May 7-11 10am: Arabic Music Theory Workshop with George Sawa.
May 7-11 10am: Cretan Lyra Workshop with Kelly Thoma.
May 7-11 10am: Modal Music Composition with Ross Daly.
May 14-18 10am: Azeri Kamancha Workshop with Imamyar Hasanov.
May 14-18 10am: Kurdish Tanbur Workshop with Ali Akbar Moradi.
May 14-18 10am: Tombak and Rhythm Workshop with Pedram Khavarzamini.
May 21-25 10am: Afghan Rabab Workshop with Qureishi.
May 21-25 10am: Iranian Tar and Radif (Theory) Workshop with Araz Salek.
May 21-25 10am: Turkish Bağlama Workshop with Ahmet Ihvani.
May 28-June 1 10am: Arabic ‘Oud Workshop with Bassam Bishara.
May 28-June 1 10am: Bulgarian Singing Workshop with Tzvetanka Varimezova.
For concerts in which these workshop leaders are performing, please see Section A – Concerts in the GTA.

May 19 10:00am: Christian Howes and Victoria Yeh. Creative Strings Two-Day Workshop. Intensive two-day conference with masterclasses, group lessons and ensemble coaching for bowed string performers and teachers. Hosts: Christian Howes, violin; Victoria Yeh, violin. 401 Richmond, 401 Richmond Street West. 416-799-0737. $500. Workshop runs May 19 and 20.

Screenings

May 5 6:15pm Hot Docs Festival/Small World Music. Gurrumul. Blind from birth, Indigenous singer/songwriter Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu is regarded as one of the most important artists ever to come out of Australia. He captivated audiences across the globe, playing for such luminaries as the Queen and Barack Obama. Using concert footage and home videos, director Paul Damien Williams delivers a poignant portrait of a complex artist who left us just as the rest of the world was about to embrace him. ScotiaBank Theatre, Cinema 13, 295 Richmond St. W. 416-368-5600. $15.

May 28 1:00: Jewish Music Week. Stan Getz in Israel: A Musical Odyssey. Jazz saxophone virtuoso Stan Getz on his historical 1977 three-week tour of Israel. Jacob Family Theatre, Posluns Auditorium at Baycrest, 3560 Bathurst St. 416-638-4492. Free.

May 28 1:00: Jewish Music Week. Orchestra of Exiles. The fascinating story of the creation of the Israel Philharmonic. Jacob Family Theatre, Posluns Auditorium at Baycrest, 3560 Bathurst St. 416-638-4492. Free.

Sing-alongs, Jams, Circles

May 26 7:00: Toronto Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Singalong of The Pirates of Penzance. All welcome. Bring a score if you have one. Refreshments provided. St. Andrew’s Church, 117 Bloor St. E. Free parking below church off Hayden Street. For further info, call Sheryl at 416-763-0832. $5 for non-members.

Tours

May 6 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 such as the 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). Also May 13 & 20.

Workshops

May 04 7:30: Toronto Recorder Players Society. Renaissance and Baroque workshop for recorders and other early instruments. Mount Pleasant Road Baptist Church, 527 Mount. Pleasant Rd. at Belsize Dr. Bring your recorders and music stand. 416-480-1853. Guests $15.

May 06 1:30: Toronto Early Music Players Organization. Workshop Coached by Recorder Player Francis Colpron. Armour Heights Community Centre, 2140 Avenue Rd. Bring your early instruments and a music stand. 416-779-5750. www.tempotoronto.net. $20

May 12 10:30am: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Singsation Saturday. Join other enthusiastic singers for a fun choral workshop. Sing through some great Romantic repertoire, including works by Bruckner, Mendelssohn and Vaughan Williams under the direction of acclaimed conductor David Fallis. Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, Cameron Hall, 1585 Yonge St. (1 block north of Yonge and St. Clair). $10, includes refreshments. Register at the door. www.tmchoir.org/singsation-saturdays

May 25 9:30am: SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival. School Day Workshop Program. Music students from grades 7-12 will experience an unforgettable day of musical education led by international vocal group Rockapella. Little Trinity Church, 425 King St. E. $30.

May 25 7:30: Toronto Recorder Players Society. Renaissance and Baroque workshop for recorders and other early instruments. Coach: Janos Ungvary. Mount Pleasant Road Baptist Church, 527 Mount. Pleasant Rd. at Belsize Dr. Bring your recorders and music stand. 416-480-1853. Guests $15.

May 26 12:00_noon: SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival. SING! and Learn: Public Workshops. Interactive workshops facilitated by expert performers and coaches guide professional and amateur singers alike in the art of vocal technique, performance, and group leadership and collaboration. Led by Rockapella, the House Jacks, and a barbershop session! St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Jane Mallett Theatre, 27 Front St. E. 416-366-1656. $40; $15(workshop day pass).

May 26 3:00: The Music Gallery. Deep Listening Intensive. Featuring Anne Bourne. This session opens up the airy, light-filled environs of 918 Bathurst’s Sun Room to the public for a springtime celebration and/or contemplation. Bourne will lead participants in experiential listening meditations and sounding pieces composed by Pauline Oliveros. 918 Bathurst, The Sun Room, 918 Bathurst St. 416-204-1080. Free.

May 28 12:30: Estonian Music Week. Kadri Voorand Jazz Singing Workshop. Focusing on creating original ideas, the voice as a physical movement, and lyrics used as a tool to work with original sound. Tartu College, 310 Bloor St. W. For information and registration please contact Piret Noorhani at piret.noorhani@vemu.ca.

Jun 03 2:00: CAMMAC Toronto Region. Reading for Singers and Instrumentalists. Mozart: Opera choruses from La Clemenza di Tito, The Abduction from the Seraglio, Idomeneo, and The Magic Flute. Erna Van Daele, conductor. Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. 416-482-6562. $10; $6(members).

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