Dewe'igan: Two-Spirited First Nations Women and the Drum
Thursday, July 2 | 7pm
To open our 2015 season, an inter-tribal gathering of Two-Spirited First Nations women drum and sing songs celebrating life and the heartbeat of Mother Earth, and composer Barbara Croall (Odawa) performs a new solo for pipigwan (cedar flute), commissioned by Harbourfront Centre.
Thanks to K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation
Guided by Voices
Sunday, July 5 | 4pm
Elinor Frey reveals the five-string cello’s incredible versatility and remarkable colours through J.S. Bach's Sixth Suite for solo cello, as well as her own transcriptions of violin music by Telemann and Benda, and newly commissioned works by Canadian composers Scott Godin and Isaiah Ceccarelli.
Thanks to Sonja & Michael Koerner
An Evening with Calum Graham
Thursday, July 9 | 7pm
The amazing Calum Graham returns with a rack of guitars, a sheaf of his show-stopping original songs and tunes, his mellow voice, and a fingerstyle technique that is a wonder of the international guitar world.
Thanks to Vivian & David Campbell
"Colourful Clouds Eating the Moon"
Sunday, July 12 | 4pm
Lalun returns to weave Chinese, Flamenco, Galician, and Jewish traditions into a unique, mesmerizing musical tapestry. Liron Man (hand pans & flamenco guitar), Lan Tung (erhu and vocals) and Jonathan Bernard (percussion).
Covent Garden in the Music Garden
Thursday, July 16 | 7pm
Toronto-born, rising star countertenor Michael Taylor presents a programme of sublime, virtuosic music by Handel and his rivals, originally heard some 300 years ago at London's Covent Garden Opera House. With Elinor Frey (baroque cello) and Borys Medicky (harpsichord).
Thanks to Judy and Wilmot Matthews
Sunday, July 19 | 4pm
Cellist Shauna Rolston joins the Cecilia String Quartet to perform Schubert's magnificent String Quintet in C Major, D. 956.
Thanks to Invesco
Jayme Stone's Lomax Project, Part II
Thursday, July 23 | 7pm
Four of North America's most brilliant roots musicians pay tribute to pioneer folklorist Alan Lomax by reviving songs from his collection of field recordings.
Thursday, July 30 | 7pm
Toronto's Ton Beau String Quartet performs Maurice Ravel's ravishing String Quartet in F Major, and Bill Rowson's expansive String Quartet No. 1.
Thanks to Sandra & Jim Pitblado
Choro: Brazilian Soul Music
Sunday, August 9 | 4pm
Join Tio Chorinho, Canada's only choro ensemble, for a spirited set of Brazil's original soul music.
Thursday, August 13 | 7pm
The Blythwood Winds present a lively concert of contemporary and classical repertoire for wind quintet, featuring Rossini's Overture to Cinderella, Summer Music by Samuel Barber, and new Canadian works by Kevin Lau and John Estacio.
Thanks to Bob & Ann Corcoran
Ragas by the Lake
Sunday, August 16 | 4pm
The groundbreaking Monsoon Trio performs classical Hindustani ragas on modified Western instruments. Jonathan Kay (tenor saxophone & bansuri), Andrew Kay (alto saxophone) and Justin Gray (bass veena), with guest Ravi Naimpally (tabla).
There and Back: Roots and Original Music from Scotland and Appalachia
Thursday, August 20 | 7pm
Coracree plays roots music from the heart – Celtic, Old Time, European and original music with an old and contemporary sound.
Un Brin de Fantaisie: Italian Instrumental Music of the Early Baroque
Sunday, August 23 | 4pm
Quebec’s Ensemble La Cigale treats us to passionate, fantastical masterpieces from 17th century Italy, with music by Castello, Frescobaldi, Kapsberger, Pittoni Ferrarese and others.
Thanks to Sandra & Jim Pitblado
Ancient Echoes, New Beats
Thursday, August 27 | 7pm
Nagata Shachu, a Music Garden favourite, takes listeners on an exhilarating musical journey to Japan, where the taiko drum has been used for 1400 years during times of prayer, celebration and war.
Silk and Bamboo
Sunday, August 30 | 4pm
The Silk String Trio weaves a colourful tapestry of Chinese music from village and court, from the Qing Dynasty to the recent era. Wen Zhao (pipa/lute), Ziwen Qin (guzheng/zither) and Di Zhang (yangqin/dulcimer).
Arrelumbre: Light after Dark
Thursday, September 3 | 7pm
Led by the thrilling voice of Tamar Ilana, Ventanas dissolves the borders of Mediterranean lands with Flamenco, Balkan, Sephardic, Turkish and original music.
Thanks to The Gail Asper Family Foundation
Grassy Roads, Wandering Feet
Sunday, September 13 | 4pm
The ever-popular Bombadils close our season with their unique, toe-tapping fusion of Celtic, Bluegrass, Old Time and Nordic traditions.
Thanks to our 2015 audiences