The Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) proudly presents “The Romantic Masters” featuring two highly-talented young artists, some great orchestra music and a special reception. “The SPO has a mandate to support young musicians, including young soloists and young orchestra players. The enthusiasm and energy these players bring to our concerts helps inspire the rest of us,” says SPO Music Director, Ronald Royer. SPO’s May concert features two of these young artists.

SPO presents The Romantic Masters
As the Industrial Revolution swept the western world in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, it laid the foundation for today’s technology. But not everyone was happy with the new mechanical, scientific world. “A large group of musicians longed for the more romantic, mystical, spiritual world of the past,” says Ronald. Ronald has selected some of the great Romantic music for this Saturday, May 11 concert performance:

  • Havanaise, Opus 83 for Violin and Orchestra by the French composer Camille Saint-Saens, is based on a Cuban rhythm, which you might better recognize as tango.Young artist Leo Jarmain will perform the violin solo in this piece.
  • Piano Concerto No. 2, by Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff, who played the piano solo himself for the premier of this concerto in 1901. Our piano soloist will be young artist Cissy Zhou. This piece has been frequently used in movies, including the Marilyn Monroe favorite, The Seven Year Itch.
  • Pines of Rome, by the Italian composer Ottorino Respighi is a “symphonic poem” that eloquently depicts pine trees in four different locations around Rome during different historical periods and times of day.
  • Capriccio Espagnol, a lively showpiece for orchestra based on Spanish folk melodies, and was written by the Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

There’s more!

Come early for a special treat
Come early and enjoy a sampling of delicious food and our silent auction. This annual event raises money to support the orchestra and the great work done in our community by the Rotary Club of North Scarborough. Savour the sumptuous food of Chef Chris Antonin Kanka from West Hill Wine Bar as you make your silent bids for some fabulous items. Christopher’s background includes Monsoon, Taboo Restaurant, The Historic Distillery Restaurant, the 4-star Bangkok Garden and Elmwood Spa. This special fund-raising reception features guest speaker Kathryn Carleton, CEO of Orchestras Canada.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Salvation Army Scarborough Citadel, 2021 Lawrence Avenue East (at Warden).
Gourmet food sampling and silent auction – 6:30 p.m.

The SPO performance of “The Romantic Masters” music selections – 8:00 p.m.
Tickets are available at the door or by calling the SPO Box Office at 416-429-0007 or by emailing to reserve tickets.

Prices for the concert alone are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $15 for students with ID. Group rates are available.
The special price for the fund-raising reception and the concert combined is $60.

Media Contact: For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Sue Payne, General Manager, at 416-755-0050 or

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