Celebrating the life of Terry Evans (1950-2020)

It takes a team to keep an orchestra going on and off the stage. Losing any member of that team has an impact. The SPO is sad to share that TERRY EVANS, who you would have seen at SPO concerts over the past years helping his friend and our archive audio-recordist, John S. Gray. Terry passed peacefully on March 25, 2020. Terry was always very helpful, supportive, and had a keen sense of humour. You can learn more about Terry’s life experiences here < https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thestar/obituary.aspx?n=terence-george-evans&pid=195900397&fhid=17679 >. To celebrate Terry’s life and friendship, the SPO arranged for the planting of a
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COVID-19 and the value of music in our lives

It’s no secret that the impact of COVID-19 on the whole world is troublesome and worrying. Adapting to social distancing, not being able to go where we want, when we want, and even having to line up to get the real essentials of life, has impacted every person on the planet. Many people are also impacted financial, and certainly emotionally. Family and friends are forced to be separated, even for life’s most precious moments, like a marriage, welcoming a new baby, or in grief. Tempers become shorter, as does patience. Musicians and creative folk are at least able to express
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Welcome to the SPO Players Committee

Earlier this year, the SPO Players Committee was formed to better connect, communicate, and share ideas of our valued musicians that can benefit the whole. The musicians, having selected their leadership, are already being well-served and the SPO is thrilled with the feedback and ideas on how to make this great orchestra even better, together. Another very positive step in the right direction.
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Our big website update is currently under way!

Our webmaster is currently updating our website, including our new 2019/2020 40th Anniversary Season Brochure, new information about our coming concert season, special guest performers and artists, and the opportunity to buy your tickets through our website. We anticipate having everything updated over the next 48 hours, so check back soon and thank you for your patience.
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Musicians of the SPO to perform at Cedar Ridge Creative Centre Wednesday, July 24 @ 7 pm

The Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra has arranged for a septet to perform at the Cedar Ridge Creative Centre (225 Confederation Drive) on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. This summer music event starts at 7 pm. Bring your better friends and enjoy an evening of incredible performance. Special guests include: Joyce Lai (violin), Ian Clarke (viola), Ronald Royer (cello), Sarah Hamilton (oboe), Kaye Royer (clarinet), Larkin Hinder (bassoon), and one more performer. Ticket prices are P.W.Y.C. (Pay-What-You-Can) and will be available at the door. For directions, click here. For more information about the Cedar Ridge Creative Centre, click here.
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Odin String Quartet performs at Cedar Ridge Creative Centre Tuesday, June 4, 2019 @ 7 pm

While we’re still finishing the current season, the SPO has already booked some extra events for your summer enjoyment. The Odin String Quartet will be performing at Cedar Ridge Creative Centre (225 Confederation Drive, Scarborough) on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at 7 pm. This event is P.W.Y.C. (Pay What You Can), so we hope you’ll be generous to the quartet, one of Canada’s finest. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information and a poster, use the pull-down menu at the top of this page (Season, Non-Series Events, Item #5 and #6), or click here. Another concert will
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Music brings us closer together this May 25th!

We hope you’ll join us for our last concert of this season, EAST MEETS WEST, Saturday, May 25th, 8 pm, at St. Paul’s L’Amoreaux Anglican Church (3333 Finch Ave. E., at Warden). Music has always had a way of bringing people together. This amazing concert also brings cultures together. We are thrilled to have the Odin String Quartet joining us, as well as the SPO Women’s Choir (Yiping Chao, Director), and special guest performers Lucy Lu (piano), Larkin Hinder (bassoon), Ronald Royer (cello), and Mark Laidman (bass). You also won’t want to miss new music from Bruno Degazio (SPO Composer-in-Residence)
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Young movie fans are now SPO fans!

We couldn’t help but post a note of thanks to everyone who came and enjoyed our May 4th concert. While there were many highlights of this concert, including the presentation of great animated short films from graduates of the Sheridan College Animation program (with original music performed live by the orchestra while the movies were projected on the big screen), it was also a special day for fans of Star Wars and John Williams’ great Star Wars music. Four young fans went all out and donned costumes of their favourite characters. And the youngest fan was born on May 4th
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