Galas and Fundraisers
Apr 07 11:30am: La Jeunesse Youth Orchestra. Fundraising Event. Enjoy delicious soups donated by local restaurants while you listen to an orchestra rehearsal. Silent auction. $20. For more information visit our website at ljyo.ca or call 1-866-460-5596.
Apr 07 7:00: Sistema Toronto. Red Violin Gala. Come together as a community to celebrate over food, drink, and amazing performances and raise vital funds for Sistema Toronto as we work toward welcoming more students into our program. The Spoke Club, 600 King St. W. $75. www.eventbrite.com/e/the-red-violin-2018-tickets-42583465291.
Apr 11 7:30: JAZZ.FM91. Jazz Lives: A Century of Nat “King” Cole. An evening to pay homage to this iconic 20th-century musician. Jackie Richardson, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Robi Botos, Tom Wilson, Jazz Lives House Band and others. Koerner Hall, Telus Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. $30 and up. Fundraiser to support JAZZ.FM91’s youth education programs.
Apr 12 6:00: Canadian Opera Company. Fine Wine Auction. Bid on rare vintages at both the live and silent auction. Stephen Ranger will lead the live auction which features an impressive array of exquisite and hard-to-find wines from private collections. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. $100.
Apr 22 1:30: Classical Music Conservatory. Music For A Cause: Benefit Concert for SickKids. Teiya Kasahara, soprano; Eslin McKay, violin; Hannah Bussière; Arkose (Erik Ross, Torrie Seager and Rob MacDonald); and others. Roncesvalles United Church, 214 Wright Ave. 416-537-5995. PWYC; $20/$10(kids) suggested. All proceeds to SickKids Hospital.
Apr 26 8:00: Room 217 Foundation. Voices That Care. A musical evening to benefit Room 217 Care Through Music. Dan Hill, Jill Barker, Murray McLauchlan, Sylvia Tyson, Ezra Jordan and special guests. Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front St. W. 705-852-2499 or 844-985-0217. $175. 7pm hors d’oeuvres and cocktail reception.
Lectures, Salons and Symposia
Apr 04 7:00: Canadian Opera Company. Trapping the Queen. Join eminent musicologist Wayne Gooding for an engaging exploration of Anna Bolena in anticipation of the upcoming COC production. The court of Henry VIII is in tumult as the king tires of his second wife, Anne Boleyn, who must now fight for her honour and her life. Don Mills Branch, Toronto Public Library, 888 Lawrence Ave. E. Please register by calling 416-395-5710.
Apr 4 7:30: TD Niagara Jazz Festival. Live Learn Jazz Collection Launch. Presented by Ethnomusicologist Michael Morse. Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library, 10 Anderson Lane, Niagara-on-the-Lake. 905-468-2023. Free.
Apr 06 6:00: Music Gallery/Musicworks Magazine. History Series: Creative Music Journalism. Artistic Director David Dacks talks to journalists past and present about the challenges and joys of trying to describe abstract music. Mark Miller (Globe and Mail); Carl Wilson (Slate, The Guardian, Globe and Mail); Katie Jensen (Polaris Music Prize podcast, IMPSTR); Jennie Punter (Musicworks, Toronto Star); Jerry Pratt (Exclaim). 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education, 918 Bathurst St. 416-204-1080. Free.
Apr 10 7:30: Toronto Chapter of the Duke Ellington Society (TDES). Monthly Meeting. Montgomery’s Inn, corner of Dundas St. W. and Islington Ave. Membership fee is $35 single or $50 per couple with one free initial visit. Anyone interested in Ellington’s music and his contributions to the art of jazz is welcome. 416-453-5342.
Apr 12 7:00: Tafelmusik. The Listening Club: Blurring the Boundaries. A lecture on innovative early music composers who “sit outside the box”. Musicologist Hanna French and violist Patrick Jordan are the moderators. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, The Chapel, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-964-6337. $25.
Apr 14 7:15: Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Sullivan Without Gilbert. Followed by a choral lesson for a Sullivan song. Join the chorus! St. Andrew’s Church, 117 Bloor St. E. Free parking below church off Hayden St. All welcome. For further info, call Sheryl at 416-763-0832. Non-members $5. Refreshments provided.
Apr 15 2:00: Toronto Opera Club. Guest speaker: Johannes Debus, Music Director, Canadian Opera Company. Room 330, Faculty of Music, Edward Johnson Bldg. 80 Queen’s Park Cr. W. 416-914-3940. $10.
Apr 17 7:00: Canadian Opera Company. Nightingale: Performing With Puppets. Acrobat and puppeteer Noam Markus gives participants a behind-the-scenes peek into the world of puppetry displayed in Robert Lepage’s spectacular production of Stravinsky’s The Nightingale and Other Short Fables. Education Centre, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. (at University Ave.). Free. Reserve tickets at 416-363-8231.
Apr 21 1:30: Guitar Society of Toronto. Toronto Guitar Weekend: The History of Tango. A journey through tango with Máximo Diego Pujol from its beginnings in the marginal neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires to the present as an “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity”. Historic audio recordings and live performances. Church of St. Peter and St. Simon the Apostle, 525 Bloor St. E. 416-964-8298. $20/$10(st).
Apr 23 7:30: Darchei Noam Synagogue. The Brill Building: Great Jewish Songwriters of the 60s. Presented by acclaimed music educator Jordan Klapman. A mix of lecture, music and discussion. 864 Sheppard Ave. W. 416-638-4783. Members $10 Guests:$15 per lecture. Online Registration: www.darcheinoam.ca/event/brillbuilding.
Apr 29 2:00: Classical Music Club Toronto. Bernstein: Candide. Based on the writings of Voltaire, this musical by Leonard Bernstein tells the story of an innocent youth and his adventures in the Old and New World. A selection of recordings (both audio and video) will be presented. 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.
Apr 30 7:00: Canadian Opera Company. Anna Bolena: The Power of Clothing in the Court of Henry VIII. Join Alexandra Kim, former Historic Royal Palaces Curator at Kensington Palace, as she unpacks the role Tudor court costume played in charting Anne Boleyn’s changing fortunes, as seen in the COC’s new production of Anna Bolena. Education Centre, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. (at University Ave.). Free. Reserve tickets at 416-363-8231.
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).
Apr 07 1:00: Tafelmusik. Voice Masterclass. Dorothee Mields. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-964-9562 x241. Free admission for auditors. Suggested donation $10. Open to the public.
Apr 22 1:00: Guitar Society of Toronto. Toronto Guitar Weekend: Masterclass with M áximo Diego Pujol. Church of St. Peter and St. Simon the Apostle, 525 Bloor St. E. 416-964-8298. $20/$10(st).
Apr 24 2:45: Li Piano Academy. Piano Masterclass with James Anagnoson. James Anagnoson, Dean of the Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School, is one of Canada’s most renowned pianists and pedagogues. Level 6 to ARCT Repertoire. Infinity Strings, 351 Ferrier Str., Markham. 647-822-2931. $15; $5(st).
Apr 07 4:30: Toronto Silent Film Festival. Sensation Seekers (1927). Fern Lindzon, composer, pianist. Royal Cinema, 608 College St. $15.
Apr 24 6:30: Royal Conservatory of Music. Song of Lahore (2015). Meet and discover the cultural heritage of Pakistan’s classical musicians. After toiling in obscurity for years, an innovative album leads Sachal Studios to international acclaim and a triumphant concert with Wynton Marsalis and his orchestra at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Toronto-based musicians Anwar Kurshid (sitar), Luis Denis (saxophone), and Matias Recharte (percussion) will join for the post-screening performance and Q&A. $17. Hot Docs members: $12, $10(sr/st), free(child). Tickets can be purchased at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema box office, 506 Bloor St. W. or online at www.hotdocscinema.ca.
Sing-alongs, Jams, Circles
April 20 7:30: Toronto Recorder Players Society. Monthly meeting. Mount Pleasant Road Baptist Church, 527 Mt. Pleasant Rd. Bring your recorders and music stand. 416-779-5750. Non-members $15.
Apr 24 7:00: Canadian Opera Company. Opera Chorus Sing-Along. Warm up those pipes and join the COC’s Chorus Master Sandra Horst as she guides participants through a sing-along of favourite opera choruses by Mozart and Donizetti, and shares what it takes to be an opera chorister. Open to all levels of experience and musical ability. Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. (at University Ave.). Free. Reserve tickets at 416-363-8231.
May 04 7:30: Toronto Recorder Players Society. Monthly meeting. Mount Pleasant Road Baptist Church, 527 Mt. Pleasant Rd. Bring your recorders and music stand. 416-779-5750. Non-members $15.
April 08 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 Apr 15, 22, 29.
Apr 07 Chorus Niagara. Treble In Niagara: Professional Development Day for Choral Educators. Observe clinics with participating choirs and internationally renowned choral leader Dr. Rollo Dilworth. Participate in a choral reading session with Toronto Children’s Chorus Conductor Elise Bradley. Enjoy an evening concert featuring children’s choirs from across the GTA at 7pm. FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 250 St. Paul St., St. Catharines. $25.
Apr 08 1:30. Toronto Early Music Players Organization. Workshop coached by recorder player Janos Ungvary. St. Leonard’s Church, 25 Wanless Avenue (Canon Dykes Memorial Room). Bring your early instruments and a music stand. 416-779-5750. www.tempotoronto.net. $20.
Apr 22 2:00: CAMMAC Toronto Region. Reading for Singers and Instrumentalists. Vivaldi: Gloria and Haydn: Little Organ Mass. David Weaver, conductor. Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. 416-551-5183. $10; $6 (members).
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