2016-2017 Concert Season

Over the past eight seasons we offered a range of affordable concerts, accessible to all sectors of the community, and engaging professional and amateur musicians, conductors and composers to create exciting musical experiences for our audiences.

For this new season we have prepared a season of programs that range from classical to romantics, pops and movie tunes.

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Autumn Classics Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 3:00pm

Calvin Presbyterian Church, 26 Delisle Ave, Toronto, ON

Featuring

Jean-Michel Malouf – conductor

Featuring North York Music Festival '16 winners:
Duncan McDougall – violin
Kyoko Kohno – piano
Matisse & Aled Blundell – trumpets

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On the program

Mozart  –  Violin Concerto
Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 1 (1st. mov)
Vivaldi – Concerto for Two Trumpets
A. Dvorak –  Symphony No. 8

Our opening concert features four exceptional young soloists, winners of the 2016 North York Music Festival concerto class competition who will be offered the opportunity to perform accompanied by a full orchestra in what could become a key step in the development of their career. The orchestra will also perform the Symphony No. 8 by Antonin Dvorak in G major, Op. 88, one of the best-known compositions in romantic repertoire and the most frequently played of Dvorak's symphonies, a musical piece of cheerful and optimistic character that fits with the start of a new season for the orchestra.


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Tango Friday, November 25, 2016 at 8:00pm

Calvin Presbyterian Church, 26 Delisle Ave, Toronto, ON

Featuring

David Fallis – conductor

Michael Bridge – accordion

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On the program

W. Bridges – A Saturday Night Dance in Canada
A. Piazolla – Libertango, Oblivion, Adios Nonin
G. Bizet – Carmen, Suite No. 1
E Chabrier – Espana, Rhapsody for orchestra
F. Deda – Five pieces for accordion and orchestra

Our second concert features young accordion player Michael Bridge, recent winner of the University of Toronto concerto competition, performing three “hits” for accordion and orchestra Astor Piazolla: Libertango, Oblivion and Adios Nonino. Another piece in the program is "A Saturday Night Dance in Canada" by William Bridges.


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Waltzes & Overtures Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 3:00pm

Columbus Centre, 901 Lawrence Ave W, Toronto, ON

Featuring

Paolo Busato – conductor

Sydney Baedke – soprano
Rocco Rupolo – tenor

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On the program

J. Strauss II – Eine Nacht in Venedig, Tales from the Vienna Woods
P. Mascagni – Cavalleria Rusticana, Overture
Ponchielli – Dance of Hours

Since 2011, the GTPO has established a strong partnership with the Columbus Centre, the multicultural community centre located at Dufferin & Lawrence W. There, the orchestra has performed vocal-instrumental programs in front of sold-out audiences. The program, usually planned for a Sunday afternoon, will follow in this tradition featuring a repertoire that is familiar and very attractive to audiences of that area. This time we will explore some of Strauss' "unknown" waltzes and will also focus on one specific period of Italian opera "Verissimo" featuring overtures by Puccini, Mascagni and Leoncavallo as well as Dance of Horses by Poncielli.


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Romantica Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 8:00pm

Calvin Presbyterian Church, 26 Delisle Ave, Toronto, ON

Featuring

John Palmer – conductor

Arthur Tang – piano
Holly Chaplin – soprano

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On the program

Beethoven – Coriolan Overture
Mendelssohn – A Midsummer's Night Dream
Grieg – Piano Concerto

Our spring concert will bring a musical bouquet with works written between the late 18th or early 19th century. GTPO’s mission is to offer showcase and support for the development of its musicians and accomplishes this goal through programs that nurture and grow the orchestra’s repertoire and quality. This program offers a different musical palette from the rest of the season, with romantic notes. Beethoven's overture to Coriolan will open the program followed by young soloist, Arthur Tang, who will perform Grieg's Piano Concerto in A min. The other piece in the program is Mendelssohn's Suite "A midsummer's night dream" a very romantic piece in atmosphere.


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A Night at the Movies Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 8:00pm

Calvin Presbyterian Church, 26 Delisle Ave, Toronto, ON

Featuring

Jean-Michel Malouf – conductor

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On the program

H. Shore – Lord of the Rings
M. Knopfler – Princess Bride
J. Williams – Star Wars, Indiana Jones, E.T.
N. Rota – The Godfather
E. Morricone - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
M. Kamen - Robin Hood

Our final performance of the season will celebrate the music written for the screen with a program of famous movie tunes and melodies. Well-known themes from award- winning movies such as "Princess Bride" by Mark Knopfler, "Schindler's List" by John Williams, "Lord of the Rings" by Howard Shore, Ennio Morricone's westerns soundtracks and the unforgettable themes from Nino Rota's "Godfather" will be part of the program. Various instrumental solos will feature several orchestra members performing as soloists.

With the generous support of

  • Premier Homecare Services
  • Columbus Centre
  • St. John's Music
  • Toronto Arts Council
  • SOCAN
  • Ontario Arts Council
  • Ontario Trillium Foundation