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Media Release - For immediate release - November 22, 2022


SINFONIA TORONTO CONTRASTS BEETHOVEN & HAYDN

Sinfonia Toronto presents a beautifully eclectic concert titled Beethoven & Haydn on December 9 at 8 pm in Jane Mallett Theatre. Led by Music Director Nurhan Arman, the program will include works with dramatically contrasting styles by Beethoven, Haydn and Andrew Balfour, and will feature the brilliant soprano Lynn Anoush Isnar in songs by Beethoven, Zemlinsky and Verdi.

The concert will open with Maestro Arman’s orchestral arrangement of Haydn’s Quartet in E flat Major, "The Joke," a humorous work in which Haydn launched a new approach to string quartets, replacing the traditional minuet movement with a playful scherzo and writing a witty surprise ending.

Old and new will mesh in Pyotr’s Dream by Andrew Balfour, a Canadian composer of Cree descent, a member of Fisher River First Nation. Re-casting Tchaikovsky’s Hymn of the Cherubim, Pyotr’s Dream embraces music appreciation as a spiritual truth. Balfour notes, “Strings lend themselves to a singing tone, echoing the voice of the choral tradition, and help create a heightened sense of spirituality that is a universal.”

The concert will end with Maestro Arman’s orchestral arrangement of Beethoven’s String Quartet Opus 95, "Serioso," a piece that reflects Beethoven’s distress over personal problems including a failed love affair, but nonetheless ends in a buoyant, optimistic mood.

Looking forward to the Beethoven and Haydn and the program's other works, Maestro Arman stated, “In between these two major works, we have the Balfour and a bouquet of soprano arias, so it should be a really interesting program.”

Audiences will be able to attend in person or by livestream and post-stream concert video. Sinfonia Toronto welcomes both Toronto-area listeners as well as virtual listeners coast-to-coast and abroad who have discovered a love for music online with Sinfonia Toronto.

Armenian-Canadian soprano Lynn Anoush Isnar has been hailed for her “terrific stratospheric high notes” (Opera Canada). She has starred in opera roles including Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare, Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, the title role in Katya Kabanova, Emma in Khovanshchina, Adele in Die Fledermaus and many others. During the 2021-22 season she recorded with Sinfonia Toronto for an upcoming CD of works by Canadian composer Colin Eatock. She will also appear this season with OperaFest and Mightier Productions. Ms. Isnar’s performance with the orchestra is made possible by a Guest Artist Sponsorship from Armen Krikorian/Big City Realty.

Through the past 23 seasons Sinfonia Toronto has received glowing reviews on tour in Europe, the US, South America and China. It has released four CD’s, including a JUNO winner, and performs throughout Ontario. Its extensive repertoire includes all the major string orchestra works of the 18th through 21st centuries, and it has premiered many new works. Under the baton of Nurhan Arman, the orchestra’s performances present outstanding international guest artists and prominent Canadian musicians.

Nurhan Arman has conducted in 24 countries in Europe, Asia, South America, Canada and the US, returning regularly to many orchestras in Europe. Among the orchestras Maestro Arman has conducted are the Moscow Philharmonic, Deutsches Kammerorchester Frankfurt, Filarmonica Italiana, St. Petersburg State Hermitage Orchestra, Orchestre Regional d’Ile de France, Hungarian State Symphony, Arpeggione Kammerorchester, Milano Classica and Belgrade Philharmonic.

Tickets and the livestream for December 9 and 2022-23 subscriptions are available at sinfoniatoronto.com.


Media Release - For immediate release - October 17, 2022

SINFONIA TORONTO PREMIERES HARP CONCERTO BY

JUNO-WINNING COMPOSER

Toronto, ON – Sinfonia Toronto's 24th season continues on November 11 at 8 pm in Trinity St-Paul's Centre with a concert titled “Autumn Serenade.” Led by Music Director Nurhan Arman, the concert will feature the world premiere of Harp Concerto by renowned Canadian composer Chan Ka Nin with the brilliant soloist Teresa Suen-Campbell.

The performance will also feature Italian flutist Luisa Sello in a favourite selection by Carl Stamitz, an elegant concerto that provides a lovely introduction to music from the Classical period. Early works by Mozart and the late-Romantic composer Josef Suk round out a program spanning three centuries.

The concert will open with Maestro Nurhan Arman’s orchestral arrangement of Mozart’s String Quartet No. 2, composed in Milan when Mozart was just sixteen years of age. The eagerly-awaited world premiere of Toronto composer Chan Ka Nin’s Harp Concerto will follow, a highly personal work written during the pandemic while thinking of those most vulnerable.

On performing this world premiere, Music Director Nurhan Arman commented, “The harp for us is very special, it’s a wonderful, heavenly instrument really, and it doesn’t happen everyday that anywhere in the world a new harp concerto is composed and premiered.”

After Stamitz’s Flute Concerto in G Major the orchestra will play Suk’s Serenade in E flat major, written to promote his long - and eventually successful - courtship of his teacher Antonin Dvořák’s daughter.

Audiences will have the option to attend either in-person or by livestream and post-stream concert video. Sinfonia Toronto welcomes both Toronto-area listeners as well as virtual listeners coast-to-coast and abroad who have discovered a love for music online with Sinfonia Toronto.

Harpist Teresa Suen-Campbell has performed with the Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Strings, and SAR Philharmonic. Her playing was described as “angelic solo rendering” by the Financial Times. An eloquent advocate for contemporary music, Teresa has worked with many composers and previously commissioned two concertos and two solo works for the harp.

Luisa Sello has performed as a recitalist and chamber musician throughout Europe, the United States, South America, Russia and in Asia. In recent seasons she has performed throughout the Midwest, as well as in Italy, Scotland, Thailand and China. She is in constant demand as a teacher, conducting dozens of international masterclasses each year. In Toronto she will give a masterclass on Sunday afternoon, November 6, in Long & McQuade’s Bloor Street auditorium. The masterclass and her performance with Sinfonia Toronto are generously sponsored by Long & McQuade.

Through the past 23 seasons Sinfonia Toronto has received glowing reviews on tour in Europe, the US, South America and China. It has released four CD’s, including a JUNO winner, and performs throughout Ontario. Its extensive repertoire includes all the major string orchestra works of the 18th through 21st centuries, and it has premiered many new works. Under the baton of Nurhan Arman, the orchestra’s performances present outstanding international guest artists and prominent Canadian musicians.

Nurhan Arman has conducted in 24 countries in Europe, Asia, South America, Canada and the US, returning regularly to many orchestras in Europe. Among the orchestras Maestro Arman has conducted are the Moscow Philharmonic, Deutsches Kammerorchester Frankfurt, Filarmonica Italiana, St. Petersburg State Hermitage Orchestra, Orchestre Regional d’Ile de France, Hungarian State Symphony, Arpeggione Kammerorchester, Milano Classica and Belgrade Philharmonic.

November 11 tickets and livestream access and 2022-23 subscriptions are available at www.sinfoniatoronto.com.

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For more information please contact:

Margaret Chasins, Director of Operations

margaretchasins@sinfoniatoronto.com


Media release ~ October 1, 2022

SINFONIA TORONTO OPENS SEASON WITH CANADIAN STARS

Toronto, ON - Sinfonia Toronto launches their 24th season on October 22 at 8 pm in George Weston Recital Hall with a concert titled Dvorak & Doubles. The concert will feature not just two, but in fact four iconic Canadian guests. Music Director Nurhan Arman will lead the orchestra in two sparkling double concertos performed by pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico and violinist Marc Djokic, and both renowned concerto composers will be present, Alice Ping Yee Ho and Christos Hatzis.

Alice Ping Yee Ho's Capriccio Ballo for Violin, Piano and Strings and Christos Hatzis' Arabesque for Violin, Piano and String Orchestra are both lyrical, highly personal works with brilliant passages to display their soloists' virtuosity; Arabesque is a self-declared musical autobiography.

After intermission Maestro Nurhan Arman will lead the orchestra in a special treat to welcome audiences back to in-person attendance, one of the most popular works of the Romantic period, Dvorak's Serenade for Strings, a joyous five-movement piece he wrote while delighted at the birth of his son and buoyed by increasing success in his career.

The concert will also be livestreamed. While delighted to be reaching listeners at home and far beyond the GTA, Maestro Arman emphasizes welcoming back in-person audiences, “When there is a live audience, there is that secret chemistry in the air, there is some electricity that creates even more excitement for us.”

Hailed by the New York Times as a “promethean talent” at age 14, pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico has recorded more than 50 albums including three nominated for JUNO awards, introduced more than 200 new works across Canada and perfomed in the US, Taiwan, the Middle East, France, Germany, Greece and Ukraine, and has been an eloquent advocate at the keyboard for music by women composers.

Winner of the 2017-2018 Mécénat Musica Prix Goyer and a Prix Opus from the Conseil québécois de la musique, violinist Marc Djokic is one of Canada’s busiest artists. In addition to Sinfonia Toronto, Marc has soled with the Toronto Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Quebec Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Sudbury Symphony and McGill Chamber Orchestra. He has toured throughout Canada under the auspices of BC Touring, Jeunesses Musicales and Debut Atlantic and is Concertmaster of the Orchestre Classique de Montreal.

Through the past 23 seasons Sinfonia Toronto has received glowing reviews on tour in Europe, the US, South America and China. It has released four CD’s, including a JUNO winner, and performs throughout Ontario. Its extensive repertoire includes all the major string orchestra works of the 18th through 21st centuries, and it has premiered many new works. Under the baton of Nurhan Arman the orchestra’s performances present outstanding international guest artists and prominent Canadian musicians.

Nurhan Arman has conducted in 24 countries in Europe, Asia, South America, Canada and the US, returning regularly to many orchestras in Europe. Among the orchestras Maestro Arman has conducted are the Moscow Philharmonic, Deutsches Kammerorchester Frankfurt, Filarmonica Italiana, St. Petersburg State Hermitage Orchestra, Orchestre Regional d’Ile de France, Hungarian State Symphony, Arpeggione Kammerorchester, Milano Classica and Belgrade Philharmonic.

October 22 tickets and livestream access and 2022-23 subscriptions are available at www.sinfoniatoronto.com.

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For more information on this release please contact:

Margaret Chasins, Director of Operations

margaretchasins@sinfoniatoronto.com


For immediate release ~ April 21, 2022

SINFONIA TORONTO ANNOUNCES 2022-2023 SEASON

Toronto, ON - Sinfonia Toronto has just announced their 2022-2023 concert season. The new season will celebrate returning to live concerts with the resilience and exciting talents of artists from the newest generation to Canadian icons. Next season marks the orchestra's 24th year of performances in Toronto and throughout Ontario. The orchestra has performed in Ontario cities from Brockville to Sarnia and appeared annually on the Barrie Concert Series and the Algoma Conservatory Concerts in Sault Ste-Marie.

In 2022-2023 Sinfonia Toronto will again present a hybrid season, combining in-person and virtual concerts. The orchestra will present four Downtown Concerts at the Trinity St-Paul's Centre and Jane Mallett Theatre and three North York Concerts in George Weston Recital Hall at the Meridian Arts Centre. Audiences will be able to purchase virtual or in-person tickets, accommodating both GTA music-lovers and virtual listeners coast-to-coast-to-coast and abroad who have discovered Sinfonia Toronto online.

In announcing the new season, Music Director Nurhan Armanstated, "I am delighted to announce a season full of great music and brilliant guest artists. Our season will include world premiere performances. beloved classics and great Canadian works both old and new."

In 2022-23 Sinfonia Toronto will continue their Digital Inclusion Project, bringing the joy of music to residents in an ever-expanding list of long-term care homes, already consisting of 30 partner homes. Maestro Arman has spoken about this project with keen enthusiasm, noting that "this project enriches the lives of people who are unable to attend concerts in person even when public health conditions are normal."

The new season features pianists Christina Petrowska Quilico, Jean-Philippe Sylvestre and Sunny Ritter; violinists Marc Djokic and Julia Mirzoev; soprano Lynn Isnar; bassoonist Samuel Fraser; harpist Teresa Suen-Campbell; Italian flutist Luisa Sello; and German maestro Johannes Rieger.

Season highlights will include performances of beloved serenades by Antonin Dvorak and Josef Suk, an orchestral version of Beethoven’s Opus 95 "Serioso" String Quartet; world premieres of works by Canadian composers Vania Angelova, Chan Ka Nin and Wayne Toews; four works by Canadian female composers; and three works by Indigenous Canadian composers.

In addition to the Toronto concert series, the orchestra's 2022-2023 season will include a recording project with pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico and violinist Marc Djokic for a CD of double concertos by three eminent Canadian composers, Christos Hatzis, Alice Ping Yee Ho and Larysa Kuzmenko, and a projected return tour of South America in spring 2023.

Full concert details and 2022-2023 subscriptions are now available from the orchestra's website.