Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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NEXT THREE PROGRAMMES
Zoltán Kocsis, pianist
Tannhäuser (Live TV)
BYOR - Bring your own recordings
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Who we are
The Classical Music Club of Toronto is a music appreciation society founded by gay music lovers but is open to everyone. The Classical Music Club of Toronto meets to hear and discuss classical music. Each programme is lead by a presenter, who has selected the topic and arranged the programme. The contents of the programme are entirely up to the presenter to choose and to organise. Programmes run approximately three hours. There is a program about every three to five weeks. Typically in the winter the programmes are Sunday afternoon, and in the summer Saturday evening. However, the exact times of the programmes can vary - read the calendar carefully!
The Classical Music Club Toronto invites gay and gay positive music lovers to come to a presentation or two, and give us a try. If you join, membership fees are a modest $25/yr, just $10/yr for seniors and students, and are due each September.
To be added to our e-mail reminder list, to join as a member, to find out the location of the next programme or to answer questions you may have about the Classical Music Club of Toronto, please contact John:
Using the Classical Music Club Toronto's calendar
The calendar listings include all the basic programme information (date, time and subject) and in addition each presenter provides a brief summary of what the programme is to be about. There may be additional information such as links to another web page with a biography or background material about the works being presented.
Where you see [Discography] as a link, the presenter has provided details on the exact performers and recording references. This is usually available within a week of the programme having been given. Only upcoming programmes are listed on the main page, so you will need to locate the programme in the full-season calendars. You will find the links to the current and past seasons listed after the list of upcoming programmes.
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concerts and festival sites and to internet radio with some sources of on-line streaming classical music.
30th Season - Upcoming Programs
Please note that summer programs are usually Saturdays at 7:00 P.M.
In Memoriam: Zoltán Kocsis, Hungarian pianist
The celebrated Hungarian pianist Zoltán Kocsis passed away in
his native Budapest on November 6, 2016, at the age of 64. He began
his musical studies at the age of five and continued to study at
the Béla Bartók Conservatory in 1963, studying piano
In 1970 he won the Hungarian Radio Beethoven Competition and made his
first concert tour of the USA in the following year. Kocsis performed
with the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco
Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, and
other renowned orchestras. In 1990, his recording of Debussy’s
Images won The Gramophone Instrumental Award for that year. He won
another Gramophone award with the violinist Barnabás Kelemen
in 2013 in the chamber category for the recording of Bartók’s
Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2. Kocsis was famous for his “impressive technique,
and his forthright, strongly rhythmic playing which is nevertheless deeply
felt and never mechanical” (Grove Music Online). Kocsis co-founded with
Iván Fischer the Budapest Festival Orchestra in 1983, thus opening
a new epoch in the history of Hungarian orchestral playing. He played a
determining role in the direction and the development of the program
policy of the orchestra from its founding, and from 1987 also appeared
as a conductor at their concerts. He became the musical director of
the Hungarian National Philharmonic in 1997 and held the title until his death.
The program will feature video and audio recordings of his concerts and recitals.
Live TV Broadcast from Munich, Germany. Please note the unusual day and time.
Bring Your Own Recordings
full 30th season programme schedule
for 2016-17 (subject to change)
Current year and past years full programme calendars:
- The Aldeburgh Connection Concert Society Celebrating the Art of Song, the society presents concerts featuring Canadian singers. Performances take place at Glen Gould Studio and Walter Hall.
- Canadian Opera Company
Based in Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company (COC) is the largest producer of opera in Canada and one of the largest in North America. Under its General Director, the late Richard Bradshaw, the company enjoys an international reputation for artistic excellence and creative innovation.
The COC presents seven fully staged operas each season. In addition, it presents operatic and orchestral concerts in venues throughout the city and collaborates with a number of arts organizations. In total, over 117,000 people attended COC mainstage performances, and the COC currently has over 16,000 subscribers.
- Esprit Orchestra
Formed in 1983 by Music Director and Conductor Alex Pauk to bring new music to Canadians and to champion new music by Canadian Composers, Esprit Orchestra remains Canada's only full-sized orchestra devoted exclusively to new music.
- Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
Toronto's opera house opened in September 2006 to very positive reviews of the building and to the Canadian Opera Company's production of Wagner's Ring cycle.
- Glenn Gould Studio
Glenn Gould Studio is one of Toronto's favourite venues for concert-goers, and home to CBC Radio's flagship live concert series OnStage. With only 340 seats, you'll be "closer than you've ever been" to great artists and events.
- Music Toronto
Music TORONTO began in 1971 as the music programme of Toronto Arts Productions, presenting chamber music concerts and recitals at the Town Hall in the St. Lawrence Market precincts. The St. Lawrence Centre is located in downtown Toronto at the corner of Front and Scott Streets, one block east of Yonge. From the Subway and the Go train at Union Station, walk two blocks east on Front Street. Parking is available in the neighbourhood.
- National Ballet
- New Music Concerts
New Music Concerts was founded in 1971 by the internationally acclaimed Canadian musicians, flutist and composer Robert Aitken and composer Norma Beecroft, to promote interest in the art of music and contemporary music in particular. Ninety percent of our concerts are recorded for regular broadcast on Two New Hours on CBC Radio 2.
- Off Centre Music Salon. Intimacy in a modern concert hall is that possible? Curtains and orchestra pits is it necessary to have barriers between the performers and the audience? Do people hear the music or do they actually listen to it and moreover can they reply? Do the arts need to be separated? These are a sample of the questions that Boris Zarankin and Inna Perkis posed of themselves in establishing Off Centre Music Salon eight years ago. In search of a less commercial more intimate form of musical presentation, this duo in life and music revived the European Salon tradition. All concerts at the Glen Gould studio, Sundays at 2 pm. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: 416-466-1870.
- Roy Thomson Hall & Massey HallMassey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall bring you the finest artists in classical music, jazz, pop, comedy, world music and dance - from Canada and around the world. The Roy Thomson Hall is located at the south-west corner of King and Simcoe Streets. Massey Hall, the Grand Old Lady of Shuter Street, lures superstars and audiences alike with her character, warmth and intimacy.
- Sinfonia Toronto
describes itself as Toronto's Premier Chamber Orchestra. Music director is Nurhan Arman. All concerts at Grace Church on-the-Hill.
- Soundstreams Canada
Canadian creation takes centre stage at Soundstreams Canada. Whether it's living-edge chamber music, multi-choral spectaculars, or rarely performed works of music theatre, our aim is to foster a living Canadian musical heritage. Artistic director: Lawrence Cherney.
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, founded in 1979, is one of the world's leading period performance ensembles. Led by Music Director Jeanne Lamon, all members of the orchestra are specialists in historical performance practice, and their collaboration results in a delightful transparency, vitality and richness of sound. Tafelmusik performs 50 concerts a year at home in Toronto, tours extensively around the world, and has a discography of 60 award-winning CDs.
- Toronto Centre for the Arts
The centre has three performance halls - The Main Stage Theatre, the Recital Hall and the Studio Theatre. The George Weston Recital Hall is widely recognized as Canada's best recital hall and one of the top music venues in the world. Located in Toronto (North York), just south of the North York subway station or a few blocks north of the Sheppard subway station.
The Toronto Consort
Since its founding in 1972, the Toronto Consort has become internationally recognized for its excellence in the performance of medieval, renaissance and early baroque music. Some of Canada’s leading early music specialists have come together to form the Toronto Consort whose members include both singers and instrumentalists (lute, recorder, guitar, flute, early keyboards and percussion).
- Toronto Mahler Society
The mission of the society is to promote the music of Gustav Mahler in Toronto and Canada. If you are interested in Mahler's music and would like to join other Mahler lovers across Toronto and Canada, you have come to the right place. You don't have to know a lot about Mahler to join, we are here to educate and provide a forum for discussion and enjoyment of anything about Mahler. In addition to online discussion, we are planning to have meetings in Toronto to talk about Mahler's music, the man and his life. [Toronto Mahler Society - flyer]
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is Canada's world-renowned large vocal ensemble. Founded in 1894 by Dr. Augustus S. Vogt as an extension of his Jarvis St. Baptist Church choir, the Choir presented its first concert in Massey Hall (as part of the hall's inaugural season) on January 15, 1895. The Choir's name was chosen to honour the composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy who had died just a half-century before its founding.
- Toronto Symphony Orchestra
A cultural institution better than three-quarters of a century in the making, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is Canada's foremost symphonic ensemble.
- The Wholenote Magazine
Most complete single source of concert listings for Toronto.
WNED-FM Buffalo, NYClassical music 24 hours each day at FM 94.5MHz and also streaming on the web. Local programming includes BBC news and weather for Buffalo and Toronto. This station prides itself in having the fifth largest classical music library in the U.S., and that their programming is selected by the on-air personalities.
Gay-related music links:
Concerts and Festival links:
- The Festival of the Sound
The Festival of the Sound started in 1979 with three concerts in the Parry Sound High School gymnasium, presented by Anton Kuerti and Kristine Bogyo. They were soon joined in their vision of a classical music festival held annually on the shores of Georgian Bay by the first of hundreds of volunteers who have worked to make the dream a reality. Under the artistic directorship of Canadian clarinetist James Campbell since 1985, the Festival of the Sound has grown to a 3 ½-week season with over 60 events, recognized as a destination for serious music lovers from far and wide. Dates in 2016 are from July 15 to August 7.
Thrills, Chills, and Trills —
Music at every turn; your favourite composers interpreted with creative new intensity; traditional and fringe alike, performed to the bravos of folk who truly love their song
these are a few of the impressions you’ll take home from Ottawa Chamberfest 2012.
Now in its 19th edition, this year’s two-week international chamber music festival brings together the boldest names in ensemble and solo performance, capped at both ends with the hottest three tickets of the summer concert season.
Join us in Ottawa this summer July 26 to August 09 and live the music.
Classical music on Internet radio:
This is the classical music radio station from Radioio. RadioioClassical plays entire musical works complete - many other Internet radio stations just play “bleeding chunks”. They play orchestral music, no vocal. Data rate is very high (128Kbps) with excellent sound if you have high speed. Free (with ads) or pay (no ads). The company also has some 20 other music genres (e.g., 70s, Jazz, Dead etc.)
vTunerAn index of Internet radio stations, sortable by country, musical genre, or station name/identifier. For classical, there are about 240 stations listed. Provides the name, location, bit-rate and links to the audio feed and the station's page.
“vTuner.com recognized the need for a product that would put Internet radio and TV broadcasts at the user's finger tips and the idea of vTuner was born. vTuner creates an easy way to find and launch radio and TV broadcasts available over the Internet. vTuner is your complete guide to the world of live entertainment, music, news and talk on the Internet including thousands of stations from over 160 countries around the globe.”
Last Updated: June 22, 2017