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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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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