Masterpieces of French Music

The Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra puts the spotlight on Masterpieces of French Music with its upcoming March concert performance, featuring the Toronto Choral Society.

French classical music has its roots in the sacred music of the Catholic Church and dates back as far as the 8th century or earlier. By the 19th Century, often called the Romantic Era, French composers like Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy developed a style called Impressionism, which emphasized tone “colours”, using chords purely for their sound (as opposed to for their harmonic role). This concert features pieces by both these renowned Romantic Era composers, as well as Emmanuel Chabrier.

Among the other French pieces featured is a work by Gabriel Faure, a more contemporary artist, and one of the foremost French composers of his generation, whose musical style influenced many 20th Century composers.

Join the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra for this special evening, as we celebrate the influential music of France.

Masterpieces of French Music
Saturday, March 29, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
Salvation Army Scarborough Citadel, 2021 Lawrence Avenue East (at Warden)

Tickets are available online at spo.ca, at the door, calling the SPO Box Office at 416-429-0007 or by emailing spo@www.spo.ca to reserve tickets.

Individual concert ticket prices are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors, $15 for students with ID and $10 children under 10. Group rates are available.

Brass and Steel

Nothing quite moves the soul and heart like the uplifting sound of a brass and steel orchestra. If you’ve heard that remarkable music before, you know what we’re talking about. If you haven’t, you’re in for a lifetime experience.

The Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra presents Brass and Steel, featuring the Red Brass Quintet and St. Paul’s Steel Orchestra, conducted by Elton Jones, the Red Brass Quintet.

You’ll thrill to music composed by Canadians Alex Eddington, Kevin Lau, Chris Meyer, John S. Gray, SPO’s Composer-in-Residence Jim McGrath and Bruno Degazio.

Don’t miss this amazing evening with the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra.

Brass and Steel
February 15, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
St. Paul’s L’Amoreaux Anglican Church, 3333 Finch Avenue East (at Warden)

Tickets are available online at spo.ca, at the door, calling the SPO Box Office at 416-429-0007 or by emailing spo@www.spo.ca to reserve tickets.

Individual concert ticket prices are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors, $15 for students with ID and $10 children under 10. Group rates are available.

Canadian Portraits

Have you ever stopped to think about the richness of Canadian music? The musical heritage of Canada reflects the diverse influences that have shaped our country. Today, Canadian artists, composers and conductors are famous the world over.

The Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra is proud to spotlight Canadian music in our performance Canadian Portraits.

Highlighting the evening are performances by The Canadian Staff Band of the Salvation Army conducted by Toronto-born Howard Cable, renowned conductor, arranger, music director, composer, and radio and television producer, and Salvation Army Band Master John Lam, a professional musician and music educator.

This exceptional evening features music of Newfoundland, Ontario, Quebec, Canadian folk songs and much more. Don’t miss this celebration of Canadian musical heritage.

Canadian Portraits

February 1, 2014, 8:00 p.m.

Salvation Army Scarborough Citadel, 2021 Lawrence Avenue East (at Warden)

Tickets are available online at spo.ca, at the door, calling the SPO Box Office at 416-429-0007 or by emailing spo@www.spo.ca to reserve tickets.

Individual concert ticket prices are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors, $15 for students with ID and $10 children under 10. Group rates are available.

Two Musical Cultures Celebrated

On Saturday, the musical cultures of the East blended harmoniously with the music of the West. Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra celebrated those two musical traditions with a special concert called “East Meets West” at St. Paul’s L’Amoreaux Anglican Church in Scarborough. The concert was well-attended by music lovers from both the Chinese and Western communities and featured a fantastic selection of music from both traditions.

Among the performers was Toronto soprano Yiping Chao, whose pure and bright voice moved the audience deeply. Ms Chao performed three traditional Chinese folk songs: two versions of” Embroidering a Pouch”, one from Shanxi province and one from Yunnan province, as well as the song “Lovesick” from Xinjiang. In addition, Ms Chao performed two Chinese art songs: “Beloved Father” and “Qomolangma” from Tibet.

The orchestra enjoyed tremendous support from many people in Chinese community and there were several honoured guests. The Consulate of the People’s Republic of China was represented by Mr. Zhong, Miss Yang attended from the Beijing Association and Dr. Liang, Chairman of the Chinese Artists Society was also present. The orchestra hopes for continued cooperation and support from the Chinese community in the future and is considering other performances featuring the music of the East.

 

Christmas on Stage and Screen

Christmas on Stage and Screen

This year, experience the sounds of Christmas as you’ve never heard them before. The Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra has put together a unique package of Christmas music drawn from both stage and screen for your enjoyment.

This heart-warming evening features SPO conductor Ronald Royer, conductor Geoffrey Butler and performances by the musicians of the Salvation Army Scarborough Citadel (including many young artists), the Toronto Coral Society and young artist Talisa Blackman on piano.

You’ll hear many familiar pieces from the films “Miracle on 34th Street,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Home Alone” and “The Polar Bear Express,” as well as Christmas traditions, such as The Nutcracker Suite,” “The Messiah” and much more. You can even sing along to some favourite Christmas carols.

Put yourself into the holiday spirit with this amazing evening with the SPO. Tickets are on sale now.

Christmas on Stage and Screen
November 30, 2013, 8:00 p.m.
Salvation Army Scarborough Citadel, 2201 Lawrence Avenue East (at
Warden)

Tickets are available online at spo.ca, at the door, calling the SPO Box Office at 416-429-0007 or by emailing spo@www.spo.ca to reserve tickets.

Individual concert ticket prices are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors, $15 for students with ID and $10 children under 10. Group rates are available.

East Meets West

China has had a well-developed musical culture that dates back more than 3,000 years to the Zhou dynasty and music was seen as essential to the harmony and longevity of the state.  Immerse yourself in a rich blend of Chinese and western classical music as Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra presents East Meets West.

This spectacular evening features performances by Yiping Chao (soprano), Lesley Duff (flute), young artist Danielle Girard (violin), Michelle Kang (on the Chinese guzheng), David McCartney (piano), composer and young artist Kevin Zi-Xiao He, young artist Boris Chang (oboe) and young artists from St. Paul’s L’Amoreaux Anglican Church.

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime musical event.  Tickets are on sale now.

East Meets West

November 16, 2013, 8:00 p.m.

St. Paul’s L’Amoreaux Anglican Church, 3333 Finch Avenue East (at Warden)