Join us on June 1st for Illumination

Composer Kevin Lau

Join SPO on its final journey through a landscape of new, unusual, and profoundly moving Canadian works. After a rip-roaring opening featuring one of our favourite overtures, Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, we proceed to a work of a dramatically different ilk: composer/conductor William Rowson‘s dark and affecting Aria.

To commemorate artistic director Kevin Lau‘s departure from SPO, we present his latest composition, Illumination, featuring pianist Mary Kenedi and percussionist Michelle Colton. The work was inspired by a wide range of sources, from Toronto’s recent ice storm to the surreal vignettes found in Alan Lightman’s short novel, “Einstein’s Dreams.”

We are also excited to present renowned soloist Erika Raum on a special performance of a lushly dramatic violin concerto written by her mother, Elizabeth Raum.

Finally, as part of our ongoing dedication to the young champions of our musical future, we are delighted to present a short orchestral composition by 13-year-old Ian Chan entitled Valse D’un Enfant.

Visit our Concerts page for all the details!

SPO + Danjam Collaborate on Coltrane Ballads

Coltrane Ballads Poster

Tickets now on sale for an exciting collaboration between the Sneak Peek and Danjam Orchestras. Featuring Mike Ruby on tenor saxophone, John Riley on drums, Arlia de Ruiter on violin, Victor Cheng on piano and Daniel Jamieson as conductor/arranger. Alex Dean will be hosting for the evening.

Monday September 30th, 8:00pm

Al Green Theatre
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
750 Spadina Ave, Toronto,
ON, M5S 2J2

Tickets $40 – Click here to purchase tickets! There will be no physical ticket. Your name will be at the door and we suggest checking in no later than 30 minutes before the start of the performance. Please bring ID.

More information on Danjam Orchestra’s website:  http://danjam.ca/coltrane-ballads-in-toronto/

Sneak Peek Presents: Symphonic Tales

The Sneak Peek Orchestra is back for a fun-filled evening of Symphonic Tales for the whole family! After our incredibly successful and spooky Halloween concert we are excited to bring you a fun and exciting programme of orchestral escapades. On Friday April 19th, 7:30 pm, get ready for adventure!

Lead by Conductor Victor Cheng, we’ll begin with Jared Miller’s 2010 Traffic Jam, written for the Vancouver Olympics and the inevitable chaos that surrounded them. Next, we will be joined by actor J. Adam Brown, who will narrate Prokofiev’s famous tale, Peter and the Wolf. This classic story also features some fantastic orchestral soloists portraying the bird, the cat, the duck, the grandfather, Peter, and the wolf!

Our audience is also sure to enjoy Kevin Lau’s Gooby Suite, a piece based on his score for the 2009 Canadian children’s film, “Gooby,” (co-composed with Ronald Royer), about a lovable teddy bear that comes to life. Finally, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade is a symphonic suite based on the celebrated story One Thousand and One Nights, and features our concertmaster Tanya Charles as the title legendary Persian Queen weaving her tale.

The concert will take place at St. Gabriel’s Passionist Parish (670 Sheppard Ave. East, near Bessarion Subway Station). Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 students. Click here to purchase tickets!

Fundraising Chamber Concert: Sat. Nov 10!

Clockwise from top left: Emily Klassen, Blythwood Winds, Andrew Ascenzo, Ton Beau String Quartet. (Yes, we look as good as we sound.)

With a big orchestral concert behind us, we are quickly getting ready for our joint fundraiser at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. We are thrilled to have our friends at Ton Beau String Quartet, Blythwood Wind Quintet, cellist Andrew Ascenzo and colouratura Soprano Emily Klassen joining us in a program that will have the classics, the popular, the well loved, and the surprises.

If you missed SPO conductor Victor Cheng perform on the organ with the orchestra this last Friday, you will have a chance to see his jazz performance chops with his trio.

Ticket prices are $25/$20 for adults and students. Online tickets are now available!