2014 - 2015 Season

TORONTO SINFONIETTA
Matthew Jaskiewicz, music director and conductor

EUROPE REUNITED

Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm
St. Michael's College School Centre for the Arts, 1515 Bathurst St., Toronto

Celebrating the opening of the Iron Curtain 25 years ago
Under the patronages of the Consulates of Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary and Poland
The year 1989 saw the acceleration of a democratic process that had started in the shipyards of Gdansk in 1980, leading to the first breach of the Iron Curtain at the Austrian-Hungarian border, the Fall of the Berlin Wall, and the Velvet Revolution that changed the regime in Prague.
Twenty-five years later these countries have overcome the artificial division of Europe and are friends and partners in the European Union.
This concert celebrates the historic anniversary with the music of Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary and Poland – the countries whose peoples drove this remarkable act of democracy and were most affected and changed by it.

By invitation only.

Ludvig van Beethoven     Egmont Overture
Bela Bartok     Rhapsody no 1 for violin and orchestra
Antonin Dvorak     Song to the Moon from "Rusalka"
Franz Schubert     Standchen
Fryderyk Chopin     Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise Brillante
Johann Strauss Jr     Voices of Spring
Karl Maria von Weber     Konzertstuck for Piano and Orchestra
Johannes Brahms     Hungarian Dances 19, 20, 21

         Katarzyna Musial, piano
         Konstanze Beckmann, piano
         Sonia Sokolay, violin
         Wendy Dobson, soprano

         Toronto Sinfonietta


Remembering Independence
CZESC CI POLSKO - SALUTE TO POLAND

Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm
St Michael’s College School Centre for the Arts, 1515 Bathurst S., Toronto

Our new sponsor, Polish National Union of Canada (Zwiazek Narodowy Polski, Gmina 1), joins us in celebrating Polish Independence Day with beloved Polish music that captures the joyous spirit of this national holiday.

Stanislaw Moniuszko     Excerpts from opera "Halka"
arr M.Jaskiewicz     Polish songs - Piesni ulanskie
G. Bizet, W.A. Mozart, G, Dinizetti     Opera arias
Fryderyk Chopin     Fantasia on Polish Tunes
Karol Kurpinski     Polonaise "Czesc Ci Polsko"

         Justyna Gabzdyl, piano
         Maria Knapik, soprano
         Marek Korkusinski, tenor
         Krzysztof Biernacki, baritone

         Novi Singers
         Toronto Sinfonietta


CHRISTMAS WITH HAYDN Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Calvin Presbiterian Church, 26 Delisle Street, Toronto
(one block north of Yonge and St. Clair)

Your hearts will be lifted by the glory of Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, followed by a selection of modern seasonal favourites and our popular Christmas carol sing-along.

Joseph Haydn     Lord Nelson Mass       Christmas Carols sing-along
Music for the Christmas season by:
John Rutter, Leonard Cohen, Kirby Shaw, Irving Berlin and Emily Crocker

         Zorana Sadiq, soprano
         Adriana Albu, mezzo-soprano
         Riccardo Ianello, tenor
         Michael York, baritone

         Oakham House Choir of Ryerson University
         Toronto Sinfonietta
Presented by Oakham House Choir of Ryerson University


Polish Christmas
GOD IS BORN - BÓG SIĘ RODZI

Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 3055 Bloor Street West, Toronto

This is our fourth concert in the European Christmas tradition. Marvel at the magnificence of the Magnificat. Then, sing-a-long to classic Polish and English Christmas carols

Pawel Bebenek     Magnificat
Polish and English Christmas Carols     

         Our Lady of Sorrows Choirs; Gordon Mansell, music director
         Dominanta Choir; Matthew Jaskiewicz, music director
         Toronto Sinfonietta


Ninth Annual Toronto Sinfonietta Concerto Competition
SALUTE TO THE RISING STARS
Gala Concert of the Winners

Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 7:00 pm
St. Michael's College School Centre for the Arts, 1515 Bathurst Street, Toronto
(Bathurst/St. Clair West, free parking)

You will be amazed by the exceptional talent of our young soloists. For many, it is the first time they have played with a professional orchestra. Share in the unbelievable musicality of a new crop of wunderkinds.

Excerpts from violin, piano, cello and woodwind concertos performed by the Competition winners     

         Soloists will be announced after the Competition
         Toronto Sinfonietta


LAST NIGHT AT THE PROMS

Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Calvin Presbyterian Church, 26 Delisle Avenue, Toronto
(one block north of Yonge and St. Clair)

In the tradition of the famous promenade concerts at the Albert Hall in London, this will be an unforgettable evening of well-loved British music. It will set your toes tapping and your heart swelling from the memories evoked.

         Solists:
         Wendy Dobson, soprano
         Michael Robert-Broder, baritone

         Oakham House Choir of Ryerson University
         Toronto Sinfonietta
         Matthew Jaskiewicz, music director

Presented by Oakham House Choir