Classical Music Club

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Sun Dec 9 2:00 Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (Part 2)
Sun Jan 27 2:00 Christine Goerke’s Elektra
Sun Feb 24 2:00 Masaaki Suzuki’s Bach

For details on these and other Classical Music Club Toronto programmes, please scroll or skip down.

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 Club meets to hear and discuss recorded 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!

Membership information

The Classical Music Club Toronto invites 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.

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Using the Classical Music Club of 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.

More information

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32nd Season - Upcoming Programs

Sun Dec 9 2:00

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (Part 2)

As a follow-up to our December 2018 program, we will again focus on Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125. Composed between 1822 and 1824, it was first performed in Vienna on May 7, 1824. The symphony opened up new era of orchestral music in its structure, length, addition of the chorus, and global theme. One of the features of the modern era of recording has been the number of orchestras who perform this work using reduced forces of the mid–19th century and instruments of that period. We will listen to recordings on both modern instruments and by historically informed performing ensembles.

As we noted last year, this symphony has very often been performed on special occasions, including season openings or finales, and the inaugural opening of concert venues. Interestingly, it is a popular feature of symphony concerts during the Christmas season in Japan, in a way similar to performances of Handel’s Messiah in North America.


View the full 32nd season programme schedule
for 2018-19 (subject to change)

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Last Updated: September 19, 2018