Night Star Album Launch

Friday, Feb 24, 2023 • Album release concert featuring music by Debussy, Ravel, and Royer • Tickets at • Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto, 115 Simpson Street. Presented by the Scarborough Phiharmonic Orchestra and Akashic Classics @akashicrekords6447.

This concert program features chamber music by Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, and Ronald Royer — and includes the album launch of “Night Star, Chamber Music by Ronald Royer”. The concert will feature renowned musicians, including harpist Erica Goodman; pianist Alexander Panizza; clarinetist Kaye Royer; Odin Quartet; and the Canadian Sinfonietta Chamber Ensemble. PROGRAM:

Debussy – Danse sacrée et danse profane, for harp and strings

Debussy – L’isle Joyeuse, for piano

Ravel – String Quartet in F Major: Allegro moderato

Royer – Danzón Overture, for String Quartet and Percussion

Royer – Mistico, for String Quartet Royer – Musical Angels, for String Quartet

Royer – Night Music, for Piano: A Nostalgic Waltz

Royer – Night Music, for Piano: Bartok Meets the Blues

Royer – Night Star, for Solo Clarinet, Harp, Glockenspiel, String quartet, and Bass


Erica Goodman, harp (   / erica goodman – t…  )

Alexander Panizza, piano (@AlexanderPanizza)

Kaye Royer, clarinet (

Alejandro Céspedes, percussion (@musicale84)

Odin Quartet (@OdinQuartet)

Canadian Sinfonietta Chamber Ensemble, Joyce Lai, artistic director, and violin (@canadiansinfonietta)

A tribute to Howard Cable: “McIntyre Ranch” – Canadian Panorama

Members and friends of the SPO discuss “McIntyre Ranch” by Howard Cable, from their CD recording, “Canadian Panorama.”

Chris Meyer and musicians talk about “Fundy” from Canadian Panorama 

Members and friends of the SPO Winds discuss “Fundy – A Poem of Wind and Waves” from their CD recording, “Canadian Panorama.”

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Documentary by Saul Pincus —- Fundy is a tone poem for orchestral winds inspired by the dramatic scenery of Canada’s Bay of Fundy. The work begins by evoking the water and waves of the bay. The woodwinds dance up and down the water’s surface while ocean swells build up to a lively and spritely jig that reflects the strong tradition of celtic music in eastern Canada. After a drenching in the rollicking waves of the bay, we begin to notice the majestic cliffs scoured into the sandstone rock of the shores of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. At first the theme of the cliffs is relatively quiet and in the distance, but its chorus grows as the waves wash us closer to shore. We can imagine rounding a corner with a musical fanfare announcing our arrival at the fantastic arches of the Hopewell Rocks. Our journey continues past the cliffs to the expansive tidal plains where the vigor of the sea subsides leaving a gentle washing of the waves and a more lyrical, folk- like treatment of the cliff’s theme. January 21, 2015 (revised April 2016) Chris Meyer