Classical Music Club

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Sun Sep 25 2:00 Mahler Symphony No. 3
Sun Oct 25 2:00 Erik Satie: An Anniversary Celebration
Sun Nov 13 2:00 Rossini's Operas

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Who we are

The Classical Music Club of Toronto is a music appreciation society intended for gay and gay positive music lovers. 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

Sun Sep 25 2:00

Mahler: Symphony No. 3

Mahler's Third Symphony in D minor is considered to one of his most extrovert and positive scores. It is also his longest symphony, lasting at least an hour and a half. Using large-scale forces similar to those in his Second Symphony, the score presents a panoramic vision of Mahler’s world view.

In his own writing he states that the keys to his philosophy in this work are the fourth movement (a setting of Nietzsche) and the Wunderhorn song “Das himmlische Leben” (The Heavenly Life), which he had originally planned as the symphony’s finale. The combination of these influences offers an image of a world filled with a pain relieved only by death, and a longing fulfilled only by heavenly paradise.

The sounds of nature combined with birdcalls, rustic dances, military marches, and other mundane sounds are combined with music representing deep human emotion. For Mahler, nature meant everything; it was the world.

To commemorate performances of Mahler’s Third Symphony by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, we will sample excerpts from several classic recordings and enjoy a marvelous video performance from the Lucerne Festival under Claudio Abbado.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra — Wed., Sept. 28 at 8 pm & Thurs., Sept. 29 at 8 pm

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano
Women of the Amadeus Choir & Elmer Iseler Singers
Toronto Children’s Chorus


Sun Oct 2 2:00

Erik Satie: An Anniversary Celebration


Sun Nov 13 2:00

Rossini's Operas


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

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Last Updated: September 12, 2016