The SPOGreatMusic Performance Series: S42E05

Release Date: December 10, 2021

On this fifth episode of our SPOGreatMusic Performance Series (Season 42, 2021/2022), we’re pleased to present the following videos:

Vivaldi’s “Vedro con mio Diletto” from “Il Guistino”

Performed by Odin Quartet (Alex Toskov, violin / Tanya Charles Iveniuk, violin / Esme Allen-Creighton*, viola / Samuel Bisson, cello) with Angela Gibbon, soprano / Ronald Greidanus, harpsichord

Giustino (also known as Anastasio) RV 717 is a 1724 opera by Vivaldi to a libretto by Nicolò Beregan. The opera was composed for the 1724 carnival season in Rome and premiered at the Teatro Capranica.

The aria of Anastasio, Vedrò con mio diletto, has become a famous piece sung at concerts and on recordings by countertenors such as Philippe Jaroussky and Jakub Józef Orliński and by contraltos as Sonia Prina.

In July 2018, a concert performance was given at the Festival International d’Opéra Baroque de Beaune — with the Accademia Bizantina conducted by Ottavio Dantone. In August 2018, a full costume version of Il Giustino, directed by Deda Cristina Colonna and conducted by Peter Spissky and the Camerata Øresund, figured as one of the central pieces in the Næstved Early Music Festival.     [Source: Wikipedia]

Recorded at Forest Grove United Church in Toronto in August 2021
Audio engineer/sound editing by Marty Smyth and Kye Andrews
Special thanks to the sponsor Shining Waters Regional Council


Swan Hennessy’s “Trio for 2 Clarinets and Basson” Op. 54

Performed by Kaye Royer, clarinet / Barbara Newman, clarinet / Ronald Royer, cello  |  Video and audio edited and produced by Devin Scott.

In this performance, the Bassoon part is played by celloist and SPO Music Director, Mr. Ronald Royer.


Ariel Ramírez’s “Misa Criolla”

Performed by the Toronto Choral Society (under the baton of Music Director and Conductor, Geoffrey Butler) with the Cassava Latin Band.

Programme notes from Maestro Butler: “I first encountered the music of Ariel Ramírez from a recording of ‘Misa Criolla’ and ‘Navidad Nuestra’, starring José Carreras (of Three Tenor fame). I thought the Navidad Nuestra would be a great work for the TCS to tackle. In December of 1995 tackle it we did – we followed every note on the page and delivered what must have been a solid but fairly sterile performance. Since then I have been exposed to two great musical forces; the singing of Mercedes Sosa, and my friend Rodrigo Chavez and Cassava. They opened my eyes to the wonderful world of latin music with all its subtle rhythms and haunting melodies – a tradition of music where what is on the page is far less important than what the music evokes in your heart. We as musicians are so very lucky to fully immerse ourselves in this deep tradition. We are delighted to share the music of Ariel Ramírez with our SPO friends. It is my wish that the music washes over you and settles in your heart and that we all feast in the spirit of Navidad Nuestra – Our Christmas.”

SPO will post “Navidad Nuestra” on this channel next Friday, December 17, 2021.

The SPO appreciates our friends and community partners, the Toronto Choral Society. SPO and TCS look forward to performing again on stage in the future.

Performer and Composer Bios


ODIN QUARTET: The Odin Quartet has been the SPO Ensemble-in-Residence since 2017 and is recognized as one of Ontario’s premiere quartets. Click here to visit their website.


TORONTO CHORAL SOCIETY: The Toronto Choral Society (TCS) was founded in 1845 to foster a positive musical environment that enables members to learn and develop both musical ability and choral repertoire.

TCS is an integral part of the community of Toronto, presenting important works from the traditional choral repertoire, exploring the music of the many cultures that make up our community, and making an active contribution to the life of the city by participating in community events.

The SPO appreciates our friends and community partners, the Toronto Choral Society. SPO and TCS look forward to performing again on stage in the future.

Click here to learn more about the TCS and their Music Director/Conductor, Maestro Geoffrey Butler.


CASSAVA LATIN BAND: Cassava’s colourful performances at festivals, clubs and special events involve total audience participation and never fail to keep the crowd moving to real Latin rhythms: “We make the whole audience participate and feel like part of the show”. This band has participated in the opening ceremony for the 2015 PANAM GAMES in Toronto. Since 1997 Cassava has been performing at various festivals such as Dundas Square, Canadian National Exhibition, Sante, Ritmo y Color Latin Festival at Toronto’s Harbourfront, Northern Lights Festival in Sudbury, Niagara Falls, Barrie’s Kempenfest, Hamilton & Oakville Jazz Festivals, Taste of The Danforth, Toronto Street Festival, and many more. In 2006 CASSAVA took part in Ritmo Latino, a series of Latin music concerts at Harbourfront and in 2007 made a successful tour trough the Maritimes performing in major theatres, such as the Capitol in Moncton and The Imperial Theatre in Saint John. As well, it has maintained regular engagements at clubs and restaurants such as Havana Nights, Louisiana, The Honest Lawyer and The Red Violin, in addition to a busy schedule of private functions and festivals throughout Canada.

Click here to learn more about the Cassava Latin Band.


SWAN HENNESSY: Edward Swan Hennessy (24 November 1866 – 26 October 1929) was an Irish-American composer and pianist who lived much of his life in Paris. In his pre-War piano music, he excelled as a miniaturist in descriptive, programmatic music. After joining a group of Breton composers, he developed a reputation as a “Celtic” composer, drawing on his Irish heritage, writing in a style that was unique in a French as well as an Irish context. Even though he has been almost forgotten after 1950, his music was applauded by contemporary French music critics including Henri Collet, Louis Vuillemin, Émile Vuillermoz and Lucien Chevaillier. In some works, he used jazz elements and took inspiration from funfairs and industrial noise, anticipating trends associated with the group of “Les Six”. [Source: Wikipedia].

Click here to learn more about Swan Hennessy.



Ariel Ramírez (4 September 1921 – 18 February 2010) was an Argentine composer, pianist and music director. He was considered “a chief exponent of Argentine folk music” and noted for his “iconic” musical compositions.

Ramírez is known primarily for his Misa Criolla (1964). It allowed him to travel around Europe and Latin America to build his reputation. However, he wrote more than 300 compositions during his career, and sold millions of albums.

Click here to learn more about Ariel Ramírez.



Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (4 March 1678 – 28 July 1741) was an Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher, impresario, and Roman Catholic priest.

Born in Venice, the capital of the Venetian Republic, Vivaldi is regarded as one of the greatest Baroque composers. His influence during his lifetime was widespread across Europe, giving origin to many imitators and admirers and was paramount in the development of Johann Sebastian Bach’s instrumental music and the French concerto (Michel Corrette, Jean-Joseph de Mondonville, Louis-Nicholas Clérambault).

Vivaldi composed many instrumental concertos, for the violin and a variety of other musical instruments, as well as sacred choral works and more than fifty operas. His best-known work is a series of violin concertos known as the Four Seasons. Many of his compositions were written for the all-female music ensemble of the Ospedale della Pietà, a home for abandoned children. Vivaldi had worked as a Catholic priest for 18 months and was employed from 1703 to 1715 and from 1723 to 1740. Vivaldi also had some success with expensive stagings of his operas in Venice, Mantua and Vienna. After meeting the Emperor Charles VI, Vivaldi moved to Vienna, hoping for royal support. However, the Emperor died soon after Vivaldi’s arrival, and Vivaldi himself died in poverty less than a year later.

After almost two centuries of decline, Vivaldi’s musical reputation underwent a revival in the early 20th century, with much scholarly research devoted to his work. Many of Vivaldi’s compositions, once thought lost, have been rediscovered – in one case as recently as 2006. His music remains widely popular in the present day and is regularly played all over the world.  [Source: Wikipedia]

Click here to learn more about Vivaldi.


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