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Past Performances

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

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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

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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

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"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).

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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

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Sublime Schubert

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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Summer Breezes

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

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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).

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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.

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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

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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.

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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).

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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

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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

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