2011 - 2012 Season

Matthew Jaskiewicz - Founding Artistic Director

New music, new performers...

Remembering Independence
Under the patronage of the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto


Friday, November 11, 2011 7:00 pm
Delta Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

A celebration of Remembrance Day and Polish Independence Day with works by the most prominent 20th century Polish composers and with new compositions by Polish Canadian composers living in Toronto.

   National anthems: Canada, Poland, European Union
   Witold Lutoslawski: Dance Preludes for clarinet and orchestra
   Norbert Palej: Cantilena for viola and orchestra
   Walter Buczynski: Fantasia on Polish Airs for accordion and strings
   Grazyna Bacewicz: Allegro from Divertimento for Strings

         Kasia Marczak, clarinet
         Anna Barycz, viola
         Joe Macerollo, accordion

Sponsored by the Senat of the Republic of Poland through the grant from "Wspolnota Polska", and by Toronto Arts Council

Choral Concert

Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 7:00 pm
Christ Church Dear Park, 1570 Yonge Street, Toronto

This concert captures the special atmosphere of an English Christmas with music by three of that country's most renowned 20th-century composers. Fantasia on Christmas Carols, which is Ralph Vaughan Williams' reworking of a number of old English Christmas carols, has been a seasonal favourite ever since it was first performed in 1912.

John Rutter's dramatic Gloria continues the long history of English sacred music in a style that is both contemporary and traditional.

Gustav Holst's St. Paulís Suite for Strings was written for the students of St.Paul's Girls' School where Holst was Director of Music.

   John Rutter: Gloria
   Ralph Vaughan-Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols
   Gustav Holst: St Paul's Suite for strings

         soloists: TBA
         Oakham House Choir of Ryerson University
         Toronto Sinfonietta Strings and Brass

Choral concert
Fantasia on Christmas Carols - Fantazja Bozonarodzeniowa


Sunday, January 8, 2012 at 4:00 pm
Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 3055 Bloor Street West, Toronto

The Polish Agnus Dei Choir joins forces with the Oakham House Choir of Ryerson University to continue the European tradition of singing Christmas Carols till mid-January.

The beautiful Polish carols on the programme were arranged in 1984 by Matthew Jaskiewicz, who was then a new immigrant to Canada. Traditional English carols were the inspiration for Vaughan Williamsí Fantasia for baritone solo, choir and orchestra.

   Polish Christmas Carols for choir and orchestra
   Ralph Vaughan-Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols

         Agnus Dei Choir
         Oakham House Choir of Ryerson University
         Toronto Sinfonietta Chamber Orchestra
         Maria Lesniak, Matthew Jaskiewicz - music directors
         soloists: TBA

6th Toronto Sinfonietta Concerto Competition for Young Musicians

Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 7:00 pm
Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles Street West, Toronto

Once again, the winners of the competition, young soloists under the age of 19, will perform with the orchestra. The concert will fuature movements from solo concertos for piano, violin cello and woodwinds.

Program and soloists will be announced in December 2011

Choral Concert
better is PEACE than always war

Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 7:00 pm
Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen Street East, Toronto

As the 66th anniversary of VE Day approaches, we remember the victims of all wars and honour the struggle for peace.

This will be one of the first performances in Toronto of Karl Jenkins' masterpiece, which is based on the Catholic Mass but draws on musical styles from six centuries and on Islamic and Sanskrit texts.

   Krzysztof Penderecki: Chaconne from the Polish Requiem
   Grazyna Bacewicz: Allegro from Divertimento for Strings
   Karl Jenkins: The Armed Man - A Mass For Peace

         Soloists TBA
         Oakham House Choir of Ryerson University, Univox Choir
         Toronto Sinfonietta

Reservations call 416-410-4379 or e-mail tickets@torontosinfonietta.com