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Upcoming Performances

New Zealand String Quartet: Old Masters, New Directions

Thursday, July 20 at 7pm

The New Zealand String Quartet performs works that represented new paths for their respective composers: Mozart’’s quicksilver Quartet in G Major, K. 387 and Mendelssohn’s passionately lyrical Quartet in A Minor, Opus 13.

Supported by
Bob and Ann Corcoran

Ghielmi-Frey Duo: Berlin Sonatas

Sunday, July 23 at 4pm

The award-winning duo of Elinor Frey (playing a five-string baroque cello) and Italian harpsichordist Lorenzo Ghielmi play music by the brilliant composers of mid-18th-century Berlin.

Supported by
Our 2016 Audiences

Nagata Shachu: Drumming Across Borders

Thursday, July 27 at 7pm

In ancient Japan, the point at which you could no longer hear a village’s drums marked its outer borders. Today, the joyous drumming of Nagata Shachu’s taiko erases boundaries and barriers, bringing together people from all nationalities.

Tio Chorinho: Brazilian Soul Music

Sunday, July 30 at 4pm

Experience the exuberance, nostalgia and virtuosity of Brazilian choro, as guest vocalist Flavia Nascimento joins Tio Chorinho – Canada’s only ensemble dedicated to performing this unique style of music.

Supported by
Bob and Ann Corcoran

An Evening With Calum Graham

Thursday, August 3 at 7pm

A Music Garden favourite, the young guitar phenomenon Calum Graham returns with more of his original songs and virtuosic instrumentals.

Fiddling for the 21st Century, Eh?!

Thursday, August 10 at 7pm

Ace fiddlers Anne Lederman, Emilyn Stam, and James Stephens play the heck out of Canadian and world traditions, composing, singing and switching it up on keyboards, mandolins, guitars, accordions, kalimbas and feet.

Aruna Narayan and Jasmeet Chana: Ragas in the Garden

Sunday, August 13 at 4pm

North Indian ragas performed by sarangi virtuosa Aruna Narayan, Jasmeet Chana (tabla), and Anuroop Kalle (tanpura).

In memory of Sheila Kirpalani
Supported by The Sheila Kirpalani Foundation represented by Dr Anish and Mrs Pooja Kirpalani

Taktus: Mirrored Glass

Thursday, August 17 at 7pm

Taktus marimba duo returns with new arrangements of music by Ann Southam and Philip Glass in a program that journeys through the light and dark moods of these two iconic minimalists.

Vincent Lauzer and Madeleine Owen: Passaggi

Sunday, August 20 at 4pm

An exuberant program of early Italian baroque music performed by Vincent Lauzer (recorder) and Madeleine Owen (theorbo and baroque guitar), featuring the world premiere of a solo by Maxime McKinley that was commissioned by Harbourfront Centre.

Edwin Huizinga and William Coulter: Fire and Grace

Thursday, August 24 at 7pm

Virtuoso violinist Edwin Huizinga and Grammy-winning guitarist William Coulter perform dance-infused music by Bach and Vivaldi, alongside traditional fiddle tunes and timeless melodies from Argentina and Europe.

Fin de Fiesta Flamenco: Andalusia!

Sunday, August 27 at 4pm

With explosive bursts of guitar, haunting flute, stunning vocals and percussive footwork, Fin de Fiesta Flamenco shows its fiery command of both traditional and avant-garde flamenco forms.

Gardens of Shiraz

Thursday, August 31 at 7pm

Toronto’s Shiraz Ensemble returns with its nuanced, virtuosic performances of classical Persian music preformed by Pedram Khavarzamini (tombak), Kianoosh Khalilian (ney), Araz Salek (tar), and Mahan Nohroudi (santour).

Supported by
Invesco

Les idées heureuses: Love’s Lament

Sunday, September 10 at 4pm

Montreal’s Les idées heureuses present intricate, voluptuous love songs from late medieval France and Italy. Music by Guillaume de Machaut, Francesco Landini, Gulielmus Ebreo and others.

Ton Beau String Quartet: Return Again, Sweet Springtime!

Sunday, September 17 at 4pm

The Ton Beau String Quartet closes our season with instrumental music saturated with song: Schubert’s sublime Quartet in A Minor, D. 804 (“Rosamunde”) and Armenian folk songs arranged by Komitas Vardapet.

Supported by
Sandra and Jim Pitblado

Past Performances

Elinor Frey Plays Bach and Smith

Thursday, June 29 at 7pm

Elinor Frey opens our season with two of J. S. Bach’s suites for unaccompanied cello – sisters to the work that inspired the Toronto Music Garden – and Ricercar (2015) for solo cello, by Toronto composer Linda C. Smith.

Supported by
Judy and Wilmot Matthews

Trillium Brass: Happy 150th, Canada!

Sunday, July 2 at 4pm

Celebrate Canada Day with a concert by the Trillium Brass Quintet, featuring classical music and a medley of “greatest hits” from Canadian folk and popular music.

Supported by
The Gail Asper Family Foundation

Christine Tassan et les Imposteures: When Felix Met Django

Thursday, July 6 at 7pm

Christine Tassan et les Imposteures marry the poetry of Quebec chansonnier Felix Leclerc and the swing guitar of Django Reinhardt to create an exuberant tribute to two musical legends.

Michael Taylor: Obstinate Beauty

Sunday, July 9 at 4pm

Chaconnes and passacaglias by Purcell, Merula and Vivaldi, performed by countertenor Michael Taylor with The Dansant Baroque Ensemble: Vanessa Chartrand-Rodrigue (viola da gamba) and Esteban La Rotta (theorbo, baroque guitar).

Supported by
Sandra Simpson

Cecilia String Quartet: Song of the Lark, Dances of Death

Thursday, July 13 at 7pm

A favourite of world stages, the Cecilia String Quartet performs Haydn’s String Quartet in D Major, Op. 64 No. 5 (“The Lark“) and Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, D. 810 (“Death and the Maiden”).

Supported by
Sandra and Jim Pitblado

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