Masterpieces of French Music

The Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra puts the spotlight on Masterpieces of French Music with its upcoming March concert performance, featuring the Toronto Choral Society. French classical music has its roots in the sacred music of the Catholic Church and dates back as far as the 8th century or earlier. By the 19th Century, often called the Romantic Era, French composers like Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy developed a style called Impressionism, which emphasized tone “colours”, using chords purely for their sound (as opposed to for their harmonic role). This concert features pieces by both these renowned Romantic Era composers, as well
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Brass and Steel

Nothing quite moves the soul and heart like the uplifting sound of a brass and steel orchestra. If you’ve heard that remarkable music before, you know what we’re talking about. If you haven’t, you’re in for a lifetime experience. The Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra presents Brass and Steel, featuring the Red Brass Quintet and St. Paul’s Steel Orchestra, conducted by Elton Jones, the Red Brass Quintet. You’ll thrill to music composed by Canadians Alex Eddington, Kevin Lau, Chris Meyer, John S. Gray, SPO’s Composer-in-Residence Jim McGrath and Bruno Degazio. Don’t miss this amazing evening with the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra. Brass and
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Canadian Portraits

Have you ever stopped to think about the richness of Canadian music? The musical heritage of Canada reflects the diverse influences that have shaped our country. Today, Canadian artists, composers and conductors are famous the world over. The Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra is proud to spotlight Canadian music in our performance Canadian Portraits. Highlighting the evening are performances by The Canadian Staff Band of the Salvation Army conducted by Toronto-born Howard Cable, renowned conductor, arranger, music director, composer, and radio and television producer, and Salvation Army Band Master John Lam, a professional musician and music educator. This exceptional evening features music
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Two Musical Cultures Celebrated

On Saturday, the musical cultures of the East blended harmoniously with the music of the West. Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra celebrated those two musical traditions with a special concert called “East Meets West” at St. Paul’s L’Amoreaux Anglican Church in Scarborough. The concert was well-attended by music lovers from both the Chinese and Western communities and featured a fantastic selection of music from both traditions. Among the performers was Toronto soprano Yiping Chao, whose pure and bright voice moved the audience deeply. Ms Chao performed three traditional Chinese folk songs: two versions of” Embroidering a Pouch”, one from Shanxi province and
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Christmas on Stage and Screen

Christmas on Stage and Screen This year, experience the sounds of Christmas as you’ve never heard them before. The Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra has put together a unique package of Christmas music drawn from both stage and screen for your enjoyment. This heart-warming evening features SPO conductor Ronald Royer, conductor Geoffrey Butler and performances by the musicians of the Salvation Army Scarborough Citadel (including many young artists), the Toronto Coral Society and young artist Talisa Blackman on piano. You’ll hear many familiar pieces from the films “Miracle on 34th Street,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Home Alone” and “The Polar Bear
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East Meets West

China has had a well-developed musical culture that dates back more than 3,000 years to the Zhou dynasty and music was seen as essential to the harmony and longevity of the state.  Immerse yourself in a rich blend of Chinese and western classical music as Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra presents East Meets West. This spectacular evening features performances by Yiping Chao (soprano), Lesley Duff (flute), young artist Danielle Girard (violin), Michelle Kang (on the Chinese guzheng), David McCartney (piano), composer and young artist Kevin Zi-Xiao He, young artist Boris Chang (oboe) and young artists from St. Paul’s L’Amoreaux Anglican Church. Don’t miss
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Majesty in Music

Scarborough Symphony Orchestra is tuning up for the first concert of the 2013-2014 season. And a truly powerful opening it is, with a selection of pieces that will set the tone for this incredible season. Our season opening concert at the Citadel will feature Gustav Mahler’s majestic “Symphony No. 1 (Titan).” The soloists on this program are Toronto Symphony musicians: oboist Sarah Jeffrey and horn player Gabriel Radford. SPO Music Director, Ronald Royer, has been commissioned by Sarah and Gabriel to compose a “Rhapsody for Oboe, Horn and Orchestra” and this Canadian piece will be a world premiere.  Gabriel will
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Welcome!

Welcome to the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra’s new website, made possible through the generosity of the Trillium Foundation. We’re excited at the SPO! What was once a long held thought, ‘it would be terrific if….’, is now an, ‘it’s fantastic that we can…’; now offer you easy online ticketing, introduce you to our talented and fabulous musicians, share clips of the great music that the SPO performs, interact with you through a variety of social media sites, and so much more. We invite you to have fun exploring our new site and would love to have you join us for our spectacular
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You don’t have to be British to be a Prommer

The Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra proudly presents the “Last Night at the Proms.” “The Proms, or promenade concerts, date back to 1895, are now a BBC tradition in Britain, and popular in concert halls around the world. The ‘Last Night at the Proms’ is very special, with popular classics followed by British patriotic pieces,” says SPO Music Director, Ronald Royer, who will conduct half of this performance. “Of course, we’ve selected the music of British composers, with a special focus on choral music, featuring The Toronto Choral Society under the direction of Geoffrey Butler,” who will conduct the other half, adds
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Let’s get Romantic in May

The Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) proudly presents “The Romantic Masters” featuring two highly-talented young artists, some great orchestra music and a special reception. “The SPO has a mandate to support young musicians, including young soloists and young orchestra players. The enthusiasm and energy these players bring to our concerts helps inspire the rest of us,” says SPO Music Director, Ronald Royer. SPO’s May concert features two of these young artists.
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