Don't miss our LIVE CONCERT Saturday, May 14 -- and continue to enjoy our SPOGreatMusic Podcasts and Performance Videos all here on our website!
Sunday, May 1, 2022 — The SPO is planning our first live concert since March 2020 — and we’re hoping you can come and check out our orchestra in person. With already a few rehearsals under our belts, the rust is quickly wearing off and fine performance is once again rising to the surface.
While we have plans to continue offering SPOGreatMusic Digital Content, hearing the SPO live is always the preferred option. However, you may still want to enjoy great music, or to learn more about great music, by checking out our two online seasons of incredible digital content any time!
Our 2 Award-winning Online Series continue through 2021/2022!
#1: The SPOGreatMusic Performance Series
Click here to go to the full Performance schedule page now – and watch videos right from our website!
This award-winning series runs every second and fourth Friday, from October 2021 through April 2022. Videos are released through our YouTube channel. During February 2022, we will release videos every Friday during that month.
We’ve arranged our releases in playlists, so you’ll know which videos have just been released. The quality of sound and picture is excellent.
Mr. Royer has programmed excellent content based on our themes. SPO musicians and special guests have all been invitied to participate.
Click here for our SPOGreatMusic Performance Series episode release schedule, as well as additional information on music selections and composers, performer biographics, pictures, and social media links.
#2: The SPOGreatMusic Podcast Series Season 2
With Host, Dr. Daniel Mehdizadeh
Click here for our Podcast schedule page — each episode page has the podcast available to play from our website now!
New audio podcasts on the first Friday in October & December 2021, plus February and April 2022. Daniel will be interviewing interesting people, including SPO team members and musicians, composers, historians, musicologists, guest artists, sector representatives, special guests, and more.
You can click here to find upcoming episode release dates and themes, plus links for more information about each episode’s guests. Unlike missing a live concert, if you miss a podcast, don’t worry — they’re all there, all the time!
SPO will also be producing two special video podcast episodes, created with our Community Partners, the Stratford Symphony Orchestra. The episodes are currently being crafted and we’ll post to let you know when they are ready to view.
You can also find updates and other interesting information on our Facebook page.
WHILE TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR, WE DO ENCOURAGE YOU TO BUY YOUR TICKETS ONLINE IN ADVANCE!
This first live concert in over 26 months will be presented at The Salvation Army Scarborough Citadel
Besides celebrating the SPO’s first live concert in over 2 years, we will be highlighting the new SPO sponsored CD, Panizza Plays Ravel. A piece by Ravel will be performed by the brilliant piano soloist Alexander Panizza at the concert.
Mendelssohn’s “Trumpet Overture” Op. 101
Vaughan Williams’ “Rondo Pastorale” from Oboe Concerto, featuring oboist Gillian Howard
Beethoven’s “Leonore Overture No. 3” Op. 72a
Grieg’s “Piano Concerto in A minor” Op. 16, featuring pianist Alexander Panizza
Audience members are strongly recommended to wear a mask while inside the concert space. This is for everyone’s added protection and safety. SPO musicians and staff are required to have had at least the primary two COVID vaccinations and will be wearing their masks in most cases.
MR. RONALD ROYER Music Director and Conductor
MR. COREY GEMMELL Concertmaster
SPOGreatMusic Digital Content will continue through May and through the summer, so remember to check out our YouTube channel regularly.
The SPO has continues to develop new partnerships in our community and throughout the province/country. We value our friends and partners with the Stratford Symphony Orchestra, as well as community groups like Scarborough Arts, FabCollab, and more.
The SPO is also very grateful to Orchestras Canada for their ongoing and timely information during this pandemic, and for their opportunities to share ideas and updates with other Canadian orchestras and classical music ensembles. A true leader.
As the planet continues to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, the SPO has adapated to continue to offer our community, and the world, an incredible classical music experience, while ensuring we keep our musicians, team, and audience safe and comfortable.
Visit our website regularly, to see when new series episodes become available — and when live concerts return in the late Spring or early Summer of 2022.
You’ll also find regular updates on our social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Our 2021/2022 season is funded in part by the Toronto Arts Council, by the Canada Council for the Arts, by charitable gaming funds received through Delta Bingo & Gaming Downsview, and by dedicated SPO members, sponsors, and donors, like you.