2016-17 Season Opener – Let’s Dance!

This concert will celebrate how dance music has been an important inspiration to composers over time. A variety of different styles of dance music will be featured, including music from Canada, Argentina, France, Russia and Spain. The players of the SPO love musical challenges, and Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe, Suite No. 2 will especially keep our woodwind players busy. Premiering at this concert is a piece by Bruno Degazio, the SPO’s Composer-in-Residence for 2016-17. To enhance the dance atmosphere of this concert, Ian and Kaitlin Crewe, dancers from the Scarborough community will accompany our performance of Daniel Leo Simpson’s Tuscaloosa
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Introducing our 2016-2017 Concert Season

Celebrating Canada’s 150th Anniversary through Great Music Making and the Launch of Our First Commercial CD Recording, “A Canadian Panorama” Welcome to the Scarborough Philharmonic’s 37th Concert Season, celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017 through great music making and the launch of our first commercial CD recording, A Canadian Panorama. During the season, we will be giving six world premieres by five Canadian composers. For the opening concert of Let’s Dance, Bruno Degazio, our new composer-in-residence, will be presenting his Ontario Pictures, based on traditional folksongs. Sam Bisson, our principal cellist and personnel manager has composed an enjoyable waltz for
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Great Romantic Music by Beethoven and Brahms

The Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) continues its highly successful 2015-2016 season with a tribute to the romantic era music of Beethoven and Brahms, conducted by SPO Music Director Ronald Royer. This concert features guest performances by Toronto violinist Conrad Chow and British cellist Jacob Shaw. Conrad Chow received his doctorate in Musical Arts degree from the State University of New York (Stony Brook), having studied under noted violinists Pamela Frank, Ani Kavafian, and Philip Setzer. He later pursued further postdoctoral work with Eduard Schmieder at Temple University in Philadelphia. Award winning British cellist Jacob Shaw has given acclaimed concerts across
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Family Holiday Concert

Wear PJs to a concert? Absolutely! The Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra is well known for its innovations in musical entertainment. The Orchestra’s family holiday concert will be no exception – children will be invited to wear their PJs, bring a pillow and a blanket and curl up for a very special performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. What makes this performance special? We’ve invited a secret Toronto personality to narrate. A prominent politician? A sports star? A media personality? You’ll have to wait to see – it’s a surprise! (Free childcare will be provided after the intermission, so parents
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Even bad can sound good

Sound confusing? The Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra will make it all crystal clear at its October concert – Breaking Bad: Colourful Characters in Music. The concert is sponsored by the Rotary Club of North Scarborough. “Bad characters” have become popular in television and film (think Breaking Bad, House of Cards, Madmen, and more). But the theme is hardly unique – classical composers have featured dark characters for a long time. The SPO’s October concert will shed some light into the darkness. The concert will open with Mozart’s famous Don Giovanni Overture. Alexander Rapoport has been commissioned by the SPO to compose
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East and West Meet in Perfect Harmony

When Longfellow wrote that “Music is the universal language of mankind,” he could well have been talking about The Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra’s season opener – East Meets West. This unique blend of musical traditions from China and the West builds on the tremendous success of the premiere East Meets West performance in our 2015-2016 program. For the Western part of the programming, the SPO will perform the Theme and Variations from the Suite No. 3 by Tchaikovsky, the Poet and Peasant Overture by von Suppe and In the Hall of the Mountain King from Peer Gynt by Grieg. These works
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2015-2016 Season

We’re just putting the finishing touches on our 2015-2016 season  for the SPO website.  Details and online tickets will be available soon!  Here’s a sneak peek at our 36th season concert line-up: East Meets West – Saturday September 26, 2015  8:00 p.m.  Scarborough Citadel Salvation Army Breaking Bad: Colourful Characters In Music – Saturday October 24, 2014  8:00 p.m.  Scarborough Citadel Salvation Army A Family Holiday Concert  – Saturday November 28, 2015  7:30 p.m.  Scarborough Citadel Salvation Army Great Romantic Music by Beethoven and Brahms – Saturday February 6, 2016  8:00 p.m.  Scarborough Citadel Salvation Army Shakespeare In Love, Romeo And Juliet – Saturday April 2,
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Masterworks by Beethoven and Mozart

The Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2014-2015 concert season has been an amazing mix of music – from our popular Halloween concert in November, to the warm holiday season concert for families, to music from Canada’s French, Italian and South Asian cultures, and a concert exclusively featuring Canadian composers. “This has been a very successful season,” says Ronald Royer, SPO’s Music Director and Conductor. “Audiences have embraced music that is appealing, relevant and reflective of the cultures of our community.” The SPO wraps up this successful season in May 2015 with the music of two of classical music’s greats – Ludwig van
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An Italian Festival

There is isn’t a city in Canada that hasn’t been positively influenced by Italian Canadians who brought their culture to this country, largely at the beginning of the 20th century. You can find Italian food, wine, art and music everywhere. The Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra pays tribute to the music of Italy at our March 2015 concert. The program features the music of Rossini, Respighi and Donizetti, with performances by the Toronto Choral Society under the direction of Geoffrey Butler and The SPO conducted by Ronald Royer. Performances include: Gioachino Rossini – Overture to Cenerentola (Cinderella) Ottorino Respighi – Gli Uccelli
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SPO’s Response to The Scarborough Community Renewal Campaign Report

January 2015 Thank you for the opportunity to be part of The Scarborough Community Renewal Campaign, sponsored by the Rotary Clubs in Scarborough. We are extremely supportive of the Renewal Campaign, as we believe that the development and growth of cultural organizations like The Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) enrich and unify the broader Scarborough community. Since its founding in 1980, the SPO has been deeply committed to providing opportunities for musicians – especially young artists – to develop and to practice their art for the benefit of our community. The majority of our musicians are volunteers from all walks of
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