Cancelled: Elegies and Remembrance

We are very sorry to say that we have had to cancel our November 30th concert, “Elegies and Remembrance.” Don’t fret, though! Sneak Peek will be back in the new year with an exciting new program.

We sincerely apologize to our audience and performers, and promise to see you again soon!

Elegies and Remembrance : our 2014/2015 season opener!

The SPO is set to start a new season with an afternoon of fanfares, elegies and friendships new and old. Sunday, November 30th at 4:00 p.m., we are proud to present Elegies and Remembrance. View our “Concerts” page for all the details.

Our season starts with a bang, opening with Aaron Copland’s iconic Fanfare for the Common Man. Featuring the SPO Brass and Percussion, Copland’s work explores the ‘everyman’ as hero in glorious fashion.

Elegies and Remembrance poster detail We are thrilled to announce the return of formidable cellist Rachel Mercer, who will join us in a performance of Elgar’s melodic and evocative Cello Concerto. Regarded as the composer’s elegy for a lost world, it was written in response to the atrocities of World War I. Prepare to be awed by this concerto’s emotional and dramatic scope, taking us on a journey from tragic passion to buoyant optimism. Rachel’s performance is one not to be missed!

Also returning to the SPO as conductor and composer is William Rowson, with his Elegy for Strings: a lyric and often searing work of remembrance.

Finally, the beloved Enigma Variations by Elgar could be the most personal musical composition ever written. The composer dedicated this piece “to my friends pictured within,” and indeed, every variation is a poignant musical portrait of those where close to him. This masterpiece has it all, from a barking bulldog, to the beloved Nimrod variation. The finale will use the beautiful organ of St. Gabriel’s Passionist Parish.

We are incredibly excited about this season opener, and hope to see you there!



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 Victor Cheng 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!