Notes on Summer Music in the Garden

What a July we’ve had at the Music Garden! From the shamanic power of Barbara Croall’s new solo for pipigwan (cedar flute) that opened the season, to Margaret Glaspy’s spine-tingling singing of the traditional song “Shenandoah” (part of Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project), via Elinor Frey’s thrilling performance of Bach’s Sixth Suite for 5-string cello, and countertenor Michael Taylor’s breathtakingly sweet singing of music from Handel’s London, this year’s concerts have been spectacular.

There were some unexpected treats, too: when guitar wonder Calum Graham spotted the legendary Don Ross in the audience, he invited his friend and mentor onto the stage for an impromptu duet.

There’s also exciting news about Barbara Croall’s new piece, which was commissioned by Harbourfront Centre for the Music Garden and is titled Binesiwag miinawaa Bineshiinhyag (Big Birds and Little Birds). Shortly after giving its world premiere at the Music Garden, Barbara took the piece on tour to Europe, where she is giving concerts of her music. She dropped us a note from Germany, where her well-traveled birds brought new voices to the homeland of the presiding spirit of the Music Garden — J.S. Bach.

As I write, I’m looking forward to hearing the Ton Beau Quartet perform one of my favourite pieces, Ravel’s ravishing, achingly nostalgic Quartet in F Major, on July 30. Coming up in August, we’ve got classical music from India, and traditional music from around the world. Toronto’s Blythwood winds are bringing a delightful classical program — and don’t miss the Music Garden debut of Ensemble La Cigale – a Quebec-based baroque ensemble that performs passionate, fantastical music from 17th-century Italy.

Whether you’re walking, cycling, roller-blading, paddling, driving or taking the TTC to the Music Garden, we look forward to welcoming you to our free concerts!

Full Listings of the next nine concerts:

Sunday, August 9 at 4pm
Choro: Brazilian Soul Music by Tio Chorinho

Thursday, August 13 at 7pm
Summer Breezes by Blythwood Winds

Sunday, August 16 at 4pm
Ragas by the Lake by Monsoon Trio

Thursday, August 20 at 7pm

Un Brin de Fantaisie: Italian Instrumental Music of the Early Baroque by Ensemble La Cigale

Thursday, August 27 at 7 pm
Ancient Echoes, New Beats by Nagata

Sunday, August 30 at 4pm
Silk and Bambooby Silk String Trio

Thursday, September 3 at 7pm
Arrelumbre: Light after Dark by Tamar Ilana and Ventanas

Sunday, September 13 at 4pm

Grassy Roads, Wandering Feet by Bombadils

Enjoy the summer weather and come on down to Toronto Music Garden for an unforgettable free concert. For further details click here! A heartfelt thank-you to all our supporters, led by our season sponsor, TD Bank Group.

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