St. Lawrence Centre for the Performing Arts

27 Front St E, Toronto, ON, M5E 1B4 Canada
Toronto
Ontario
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St. Lawrence Centre for the Performing Arts website Event information
Nov 15 2018 (Thursday)
Ensemble Made in Canada, Canada’s premier piano quartet, brings together four musicians with solid individual careers: Angela Park, piano; Elissa Lee, violin; Sharon Wei, viola; and Rachel Mercer, cello. Awarded the 2006 Galaxie Stars Award, EMIC has performed extensively throughout Canada, and has been Ensemble-in-Residence at Western University since 2014.
Nov 25 2018 (Sunday)
Featuring Isabel Bayrakdarian, Brett Polegato, and Matt Chittick. At the height of the Romantic era, the impossible love of Goethe’s tragic hero is pitted against an unforgiving social environment, inspiring a wealth of melodic splendour.
Nov 27 2018 (Tuesday)
Over her 35 year career, Louise Bessette has gained renown for her performances and for her commitment to promoting contemporary music. In addition to many recordings as a soloist and with chamber ensembles, along with appearances worldwide with orchestras and at important festivals, Ms. Bessette regularly tours throughout America, Europe and Asia. In 2016 Louise Bessette won her eighth Opus Prize (the Quebec Junos).
Nov 28 2018 (Wednesday)
Speaker Slam is Canada’s largest Inspirational Speaking Competition bringing together the best speakers, reputable professional judges and hundreds of passionate attendees who thrive on inspiration, community and connection.
Dec 06 2018 (Thursday)
Celebrating their 25th anniversary season throughout 2018, the Gryphon Trio continues to impress critics and audiences around the world with its highly refined, dynamic performances. Repertoire from the traditional to the contemporary, commissioning – and playing – more than fifty mostly Canadian works, teaching and touring: the Gryphon does it all.
from Dec 28 2018 to Jan 02 2019
Die Fledermaus is an operetta composed by Johann Strauss II to a German libretto by Karl Haffner (de) and Richard Genée. “Champagne’s delicious bubbles” set the stage for the Waltz King’s greatest hit.
Jan 31 2019 (Thursday)
Since their formation in 2012, Quatuor Van Kuijk has collected accolades: First, Best Beethoven and Best Haydn Prizes at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet competition, First Prize and an Audience Award at the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition, as well as becoming laureates of the Aix-en-Provence Festival Academy. Currently BBC New Generation Artists, the Van Kuijk Quartet is in residence at ProQuartet, Paris, where they study with members of the Alban Berg, Artemis, and Hagen Quartets.
Feb 03 2019 (Sunday)
Featuring Justin Welsh, Amy Welsh and Lawrence Wilford. Canadian premiere. The juxtaposition of two religions is the backdrop for powerful rivalries, the triumph of love and new understanding in the most idealistic of Romantic traditions. (in German with English surtitles)
Feb 05 2019 (Tuesday)
Celebrated as one of Finland’s most outstanding pianists, Juho Pohjonen gives recital and concerto performances widely in Europe and the U.S. Recent highlights include his debuts with Vancouver, Baltimore, and Cleveland Symphonies, and he continues his close association with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at Alice Tully Hall and on tour. He was a student of the Sibelius Academy where he completed his Master’s Degree in 2008.
Feb 14 2019 (Thursday)
The Juilliard returned to Music Toronto in 2015 after many years’ absence. They were invited back in 2016 with their new cellist, Astrid Schween. The renewed Juilliard retains its legendary reputation and continues to represent the best in American string playing. Marc-Andre Hamelin needs no introduction. He plays his 12th recital on our stage in October to open the 18-19 season. Among the great pianists of this age, with a discography that now numbers more than 100 recordings, he also loves to play chamber music.
Mar 03 2019 (Sunday)
We’ll Gather Lilacs in the Spring Again caused a sensation and Novello’s great musical ran for more than one thousand performances.
Mar 05 2019 (Tuesday)
One of Britain’s most respected and versatile pianists, Danny Driver made his Toronto debut on this series in November 2016 and we discovered his “impeccable technique and musicianship” (Gramophone). Most of his 15 recordings are on Hyperion—a label he shares with Marc-Andre Hamelin and Stephen Hough, company in which he definitely belongs. In addition to a busy performing career, Danny Driver was appointed Professor of Piano at London’s Royal College of Music in Fall 2016.
Mar 14 2019 (Thursday)
The Lafayette has achieved more than 30 years as an ensemble without a single change of personnel. Coaching with major quartets followed by important awards led to an enduring career. The LSQ have been artists-in-residence at the University of Victoria since 1991. The Saguenay (formed in 1989 as the Alcan) has developed a reputation for excellence throughout Canada and internationally since its formation over twenty-five years ago. Based in Chicoutimi, Quebec, it receives the unconditional support of the Orchestre symphonique du Saguenay-Lac Saint-Jean. The two quartets have played together numerous time during the course of their quartet careers, and have a special musical bond and creative friendship.
Mar 16-17 2019
The place where juggling and Bharathanatyam meet is a place of ecstatic geometries. A criss-cross of rhythmic incandescence. Sigma is a spectacular new cross art-form production in collaboration with Gandini Juggling and dazzling Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer Seeta Patel. The production showcases exuberant rhythms, patterns and colours, celebrating the dialogue between the worlds of juggling, music and classical Indian dance. Gandini Juggling have a reputation for innovation, pushing the boundaries of their art form by combining dance and rhythm into their work and forcing the threshold of juggling in its own unique direction. Through Sigma, Gandini add to this multiplicity, investigating virtuoso classical Indian geometries combined with mathematics, rhythm and architecture. Sigma is designed to engage in a dialogue with the viewer, transcending cultural barriers and stimulating imaginations.
Mar 16-17 2019
Sigma is a spectacular new cross art-form production in collaboration with Gandini Juggling and dazzling Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer Seeta Patel. The production showcases exuberant rhythms, patterns and colours, celebrating the dialogue between the worlds of juggling, music and classical Indian dance.
Mar 30-31 2019
Featuring Elizabeth DeGrazia, Marion Newman, and Theodore Baerg. Condemned by the Nazis, this masterwork’s acerbic politics and satirical themes merge with humanity’s search for happiness.
Apr 02 2019 (Tuesday)
Cuban-born Hilario Duran grew up in Havana in a musical family, and immigrated to Canada in 1998. A giant of Afro-Cuban jazz, Hilario Duran performed with legends such as Dizzy Gillespie, Michel Legrand and Arturo Sandoval. In his now 4-decade career, Duran has won multiple Junos and Canadian National Jazz Awards. For his special programme, Hilario will be joined by the Hilario Duran Trio: Hilario Duran (piano), Roberto Occhipinti (bass), Mark Kelso (drums), and by Annalee Patipatanakoon (violin), and Roman Borys (cello), of the Gryphon Trio. We might call this concert Memories of Lula Lounge because the Gryphons, Hilario and Roberto were the mainstays of our 8-year foray into classical-jazz-world music at Lula Lounge.
Apr 14 2019 (Sunday)
The North Atlantic Drift is a current that runs directly from Canada’s East Coast to Ireland providing a historical trading and cultural connection. This season finale concert with the acclaimed Celtic Trio of the same name brings together the music of Ireland, Scotland, and Cape Breton with a distinctly Canadian style. Together with our own Scottish Lord of the Dance, James Gourlay, the trio and brass will get your toes tapping and leave you with a song in your heart and a smile on your lips.
Apr 18 2019 (Thursday)
Formed in Israel nearly twenty years ago when its members were students, the Quartet was recently awarded the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award. The Ariel serves as the Faculty Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music, where they play their own annual series of concerts in addition to their busy international touring schedule.
Apr 23-28 2019
Enjoy the greatest waltz of them all in Lehar’s masterwork of love, comedy and romance.
May 08 2019 (Wednesday)
Starring the Bicycle, as muse, musical instrument, and agent of social change. Through a series of songs played live on a vintage bicycle, award-winning Toronto theatre artist and songwriter Evalyn Parry takes her audience on an innovative musical and theatrical journey about women, cycling and liberation. Inspired in part by the incredible true tale of Annie Londonderry – the first woman to ride around the world on a bicycle in 1894 – Parry spins a web of stories which travel deftly from 19th century women’s emancipation to 21st century consumer culture, peeling back layers of history to ultimately reveal a profoundly contemporary and personal heart to her investigation. Parry’s co-star is a vintage bicycle: suspended in a mechanic’s stand on stage, and connected to a variety of electronic effects, the bike is played – from fenders to spokes to bells – by percussionist Brad Hart, who conjures an astonishing array of sounds with this “iron horse”, creating a richly textured and utterly unique sonic accompaniment to Parry’s songs and monologues.