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.
Judy and Wilmot Matthews
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.
The Gail Asper Family Foundation
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.
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).
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”).
Sandra and Jim Pitblado
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.
Bob and Ann Corcoran
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.
Our 2016 Audiences
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.
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.
Bob and Ann Corcoran
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.