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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2014-2015 Season

We’re just putting the finishing touches on our 2014-2015 season for the SPO website.  Details and online tickets will be available soon!  Here’s a sneak peek at our 35th season concert line-up: Halloween Trick or Treat – Saturday November 1, 2014  8:00 p.m.  Scarborough Citadel Salvation Army Festive Music for the Holiday Season – Saturday November 29, 2014  8:00 p.m.  Scarborough Citadel Salvation Army Music from France, Canada, South Asia & More! – Saturday January 17, 2015  8:00 p.m.  St. Paul’s L’Amoreaux Anglican Church A Canadian Panorama for Winds – Saturday February 21, 2015  8:00 p.m.  Scarborough Citadel Salvation Army
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From Russia with Love

No, this concert doesn’t feature the music of James Bond. But, the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra’s stunning 2013-2014 season finale does feature Russian Showpieces. There won’t be any cannons firing in this special performance. Instead, you’ll enjoy the 20th century masterpieces of Sergei Prokofiev, Dmitri Shostakovich and Aram Khachaturian – the “Three Titans” of Soviet music. Plus, there’s something special in store for this concert – our annual fundraising Silent Auction. This popular evening raises money to support the orchestra and the great work done in our community by the Rotary Club of North Scarborough. Join the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra and
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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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