Get ready to enjoy another season of our intimate concerts in the heart of Rosedale-Summerhill. We are happy to announce our opening concert, Vibrant Strings – featuring Toronto’s Windermere String Quartet on Sunday September 25 at 3:00 pm. You can find out more about the artists here.
Formed in the spring of 2005, the Windermere String Quartet regularly performs the music of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert and their contemporaries on period instruments. They are particularly interested in rediscovering forgotten works and also commission new ones. The quartet has been praised by The Wholenote magazine “for its dynamic performances and distinctive approach to well-known and rarely-heard repertoire as well as its regular commissions of new works.” They have been chosen as Critic’s Pick several times by the Toronto Star, and have been recorded for broadcast by the CBC.
You can find out more about these accomplished artists here. Tickets are on sale now and you can order them here.
Leonid Nediak is performing this Saturday in the Toronto area. We were glad to be a presenter for this rising star and will watch his career with interest.
Get ready for another event to end our season as we welcome back Robert Kortgaard along with Peter Tiefenbach in an entertaining afternoon of collaborative piano. This final series concert is entitled Keyed Up! -1 Piano – 4 Hands. It features the music of Poulenc, Ravel, Dvorak – and a little P.D.Q. Bach. Join us on Sunday April 3 at 3:00 pm. Order tickets now
Some of you will remember Robert as a collaborator with Rebecca Caine in a previous series. Toronto concert goers have also met Peter in collaboration with Diva Mary Lou Fallis in her many performances. We invite you to join these well known Toronto musicians, organizers of music festivals and collaborative pianists, amid many other accomplishments in our own intimate setting. Enjoy meeting the artists and friends at the reception that follows too.
The specifics for the concert – and where to find – us are here To learn more about these artists and our other performers in 2015-2016m, you can find more information here. And you can purchase tickets here.
Our audience enjoyed our second concert of the year featuring the Toronto Mass Choir, one of Canada’s best performing ensembles of Gospel Music. They have another performance coming up in Toronto soon and we thought we would let you know.
Bringing together two of Toronto’s most powerful musical forces, the Big Band Gospel Project is a collaboration between the 18-piece Toronto Jazz Orchestra and the 35-voice Toronto Mass Choir. The Big Band Gospel Project features performances by each ensemble alone, and at least six arrangements for the combined ensembles, created specifically for the Project by acclaimed composer/producer Shelly Berger. Repertoire includes traditional tunes and original compositions, reflecting the strong history and continuing vitality of both jazz and gospel music.
The Big Band Gospel Project was conceived as an opportunity for two ensembles to celebrate, with each other and the audience, a passion for performance; to explore each ensemble’s musical traditions; and to find the common ground within those musical traditions. We want to create greater awareness of both gospel and jazz in Toronto, and strengthen and celebrate the musical and cultural diversity of Toronto. But most of all, we want to share our passion and excitement with you.
The Big Band Gospel Project
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 7:30 pm
With the Toronto Mass Choir
Bloor Street United Church
300 Bloor Street West
$25 adults in advance ($30 at the door)
$20 students &seniors in advance ($25 at the door)
(Stay tuned for our last concert of the Shaftesbury Salon Music Series season. Promotion will arrive soon.)
A Holiday Triumph!
Here’s a very amateur video clip of the Toronto Mass Choir getting ready for their concert at Shaftesbury just before the audience arriived. But the sound makes it worthwhile.
The choir began the concert from one level up and you can see them here.
Then they came downstairs to delight the audience.
The director, Karen Burke introduced us to the history and style and encouraged the audience to join in. Since some of the repertoire included familiar carols, it was almost impossible not to do so. We encourage all the member of our audience to keep track of this wonderful ensemble via their own website with ongoing chances to hear them again.
Gospel music is one of the most joyous and energetic of the entire music spectrum. Our five storey Atrium will fill with sound as we welcome the Toronto Mass Choir, one of Canada’s most distinguished performing ensembles in the gospel genre. The concert takes place on November 29th at 3:00 pm. with a reception to follow.
We look forward to welcoming the choir under the direction of Karen Burke who is also a professor of music at York University. Founded in 1988 the choir has produced several recordings in its history which now spans more than 25 years. You can learn more about the choir and its director here. This concert is sure to be a sell out. Order tickets here.
Some of their music is beautifully quiet and reflective. But to whet your appetite for an outstanding evening to come . . . . . . Try a bit of this!