Classical Music Club

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Sat Jun 24 7:00 Zoltán Kocsis, pianist
Sun Jul 10 3:30
Tannhäuser (Live TV)
Sat Aug 12 7:00 BYOR - Bring your own recordings

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 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!

Membership information

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.

More information

For your convenience, the Classical Music Club Toronto has assembled links to music-related sites , to gay music-related sites , to gay related sites , to concerts and festival sites and to internet radio with some sources of on-line streaming classical music.

30th Season - Upcoming Programs

Summer Season

Please note that summer programs are usually Saturdays at 7:00 P.M.

Sat Jun 24 7:00

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 and composition.

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.


Sun Jul 10 3:30


Live TV Broadcast from Munich, Germany. Please note the unusual day and time.


Sat Aug 12 7:00


Bring Your Own Recordings


View the full 30th season programme schedule
for 2016-17 (subject to change)

Current year and past years full programme calendars:

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Concerts and Festival links:

Classical music on Internet radio:

Last Updated: June 22, 2017