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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Canadian Showpieces for Winds

The Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra’s February 2015 concert shines the spotlight on Canadian composers. In fact, the program features exclusively the works of Canadian composers. “The Canadian music scene is incredibly vibrant and there are many exceptional composers recognized worldwide for their talent. Our February concert will showcase the quality and depth of a broad spectrum of Canadian composers – including many premieres,” says Ronald Royer, SPO’s Music Director and Conductor. The program features Gillian Howard on oboe, Kaye Royer on clarinet and Iris Krizmanic on horn. Performances include: Premieres• Chris Meyer’s Fundy (inspired by the Bay of Fundy and Celtic music)• Alexander
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Halloween is Almost Here

SPO is very pleased to have the very talented Simon Fryer join us as our special guest this coming Saturday, November 1, 8:00 pm, at our Halloween concert.  Simon is Principal Cellist of the Regina Symphony Orchestra, Head of Strings at the Regina Conservatory for the Performing Arts, Founder and Director of the Prairie Cello Institute and Artistic Director of the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto’s Music in the Afternoon concert series.  Simon will perform, “Journey, A Concerto for Cello and Orchestra”, composed by SPO’s Music Director Ronald Royer. We are also excited to premiere “Prelude to a Thriller”, composed
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It’s festive November at the SPO

November marks the kickoff of the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra’s 35th season of quality musical entertainment – with two concerts tailored to the season.   Our season premiere features Halloween music, packed with ghoulish and ghastly sounds, like Danse Macabre, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Funeral March for a Marionette, Prelude to a Thriller, Harry Potter music and more.   The SPO musicians will be dressed in costume and concert-goers are invited to dress up and join in the fun. There’s even be a costume parade and awards for the best outfits.   Trick or Treat – A Halloween Concert Saturday, November 1
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