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June 10, 2021 ~  Media Release ~ for immediate release 
SINFONIA TORONTO ANNOUNCES "A JOYOUS REUNION" 

Toronto, ON - Sinfonia Toronto has just announced their 2021-2022 concert season, "A Joyous Reunion".  The season title celebrates an eagerly-anticipated return to live concerts, and marks the orchestra's 23rd year of musical activities in Toronto. throughout Ontario and internationally.  The orchestra performs in cities from Brockville to Sarnia and appears annually on the Barrie Concert Series and the Algoma Conservatory Concerts in Sault Ste-Marie. 

In 2021-2022 Sinfonia Toronto will present a hybrid season, combining in-person and virtual concerts.  The orchestra will present four Downtown Concerts at 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 the coast to coast to coast virtual listeners who have discovered Sinfonia Toronto this season.
 
In announcing the new season, Music Director Nurhan Arman states, "I'm thrilled to announce our plans and I am so looking forward to a joyous reunion with our audiences, our musicians and our community.  Together we will continue to explore rich traditions and create new ones.  Our season will include many world premiere performances and outstanding guest artists who are known nationally and internationally."
 
In 2021-22 Sinfonia Toronto will continue its Digital Inclusion Project, which brings the orchestra's performances to students in Toronto's non-profit community music schools and residents in retirement and long-term care homes.  Maestro Arman has spoken about the project with keen enthusiasm, noting that "this project enriches the lives of citizens who can't attend concerts in person even during normal times, and inspires and enhances learning for music students."
 
The new season features many Canadian soloists. Pianists Kevin Ahfat, Jarred Dunn, Artun Miskciyan and Daniel Vnukowski will make their first appearances with Sinfonia Toronto, and pianist Dmitri Levkovich will make a warmly welcomed return. Other guests include violinists Igor Pikayzen and Marc Djokic and Toronto-based mezzo-soprano Beste Kalender. The orchestra will perform in the Ontario cities of Barrie, Sault-Ste-Marie and Sarnia.
 
Season highlights will include performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8, Mozart's Symphony No. 40 and Schubert's 5th, all in premiere performances of string orchestra versions; the world premiere of Canadian composer Robert Rival's Violin Concerto; three works by Canadian female composers; and several other works by acclaimed Canadian composers.   

Concert details for series and virtual subscriptions are now available from sinfoniatoronto.com 

 
For more information please contact:
Margaret Chasins, Director of Operations
margaretchasins@sinfoniatoronto.com
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May 28, 2021
Media Release ~ for immediate release

 
SINFONIA TORONTO STREAMS 'VIRTUOSITY'
 
Toronto, Ontario - Sinfonia Toronto's next virtual concert VIRTUOSITY will begin streaming on Thursday June 3, 8 pm. It will remain available online for four weeks. This never before released archival video features dazzling displays for the entire orchestra composed by two giants of the 20th century - Dmitri Shostakovich and Sergey Prokofiev. The masterpieces by these virtuoso composers to be conducted by Nurhan Arman are chamber symphonies, Prokofiev's opus 50 and Shostakovich's opus 118. 

In announcing the concert Maestro Arman said, "I am excited about this juxtaposition of Prokofiev and Shostakovich. These two great composers lived during the same era and experienced and endured a similar social and political culture, but functioned as composers in completely different ways. Hearing them back-to-back is revealing. Prokofiev's amazing Opus 50 contains the composer's own favourite slow movement and Shostakovich's brilliant Opus 118 is perhaps one of his most optimistic compositions." 
 
Tickets for a private link to the VIRTUOSITY virtual concert are $15 dollars and can be obtained by the orchestra's website at sinfoniatoronto.com. The private link provides unlimited access to the concert from June 3 to July 2.


For more information on this release please contact:
Margaret Chasins, Director of Operations
margaretchasins@sinfoniatoronto.com

March 29, 2021 ~  Media Release ~ for immediate release
 
SINFONIA TORONTO LIVESTREAMS 'DIVERTIMENTI'

 
Toronto, Ontario - Sinfonia Toronto's next concert  DIVERTIMENTI  will be livestreamed from Toronto's Jane Mallett Theatre on Friday, April 9 at 8 pm. It will remain available online for four weeks. The program is a "spring forward" entertainment, a bouquet of music by Mozart, Janacek, Rachmaninoff and Weiner.  Nurhan Arman  will conduct the orchestra's fifth livestream concert of the season. 

In announcing the concert  Maestro Arman  said, "This program is just perfect for our second spring season living under a pandemic. The music I have chosen for our  DIVERTIMENTI  concert will be a true diversion, many beautiful melodies to cheer us all on. The works on the program are full of youthful optimism, love of nature and folk traditions and positive views of the world. Mozart was just 16 years old when he composed his second string quartet which sparkles with energy, Janacek was 22 when he wrote his Suite for Strings, looking forward to new beginnings. Rachmaninoff's Vocalise reflects the hypnotic beauty of nature and Weiner's suite of Hungarian folk melodies is full of Transylvanian joie de vivre." 
 
Tickets for the  DIVERTIMENTI  concert are $15 and are available from  sinfoniatoronto.com
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March 9, 2021 ~  Media Release ~ for immediate release
 
SINFONIA TORONTO LIVESTREAMS 'INSPIRATION'
 
Sinfonia Toronto's next virtual concert will livestream some welcome inspiration for this ongoing period of lockdowns. The orchestra's INSPIRATION concert will feature Mozart's most beloved music of all, the Serenade K, 525, "Eine kleine Nachtmusik," and Maestro Nurhan Arman's orchestral arrangement of Tchaikovsky's String Quartet No. 3, a gloriously intense masterpiece.  The concert will livestream on Saturday, March 20, 8 pm and will be available online for four weeks.
 
In announcing the concert Music Director Nurhan Arman said, "Tchaikovsky's Opus 30 string quartet is a real symphony for strings. The premieres of this work in major Russian cities attracted some of the greatest Russian string royalty to perform it. It is a work of passion, drama and a complete emotional palette of the Russian psyche. Its transcendental difficulties, both technical and musical, are well worth the challenge. And of course Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik is an irresistible gem."
 
Tickets for the INSPIRATION concert are $15 and are available from sinfoniatoronto.com

February 23, 2021 ~  Media Release ~ for immediate release
 
SINFONIA TORONTO LAUNCHES DIGITAL INCLUSION OUTREACH PROJECT

Toronto, ON - Sinfonia Toronto has launched its Digital Inclusion Project, an online initiative to bring the orchestra's performances to Toronto's non-profit community music schools and residents in long-term care facilities.
 
Music Director Nurhan Arman announced the project with keen enthusiasm, saying, "this project is destined to enrich the lives of citizens who can't attend concerts in person even during normal times, and to inspire and enhance learning for music students.  It will also provide some additional activity and work for our musicians in this time of continuing lockdowns, as they will host virtual seminars to supplement the students' concert experiences.  Our virtual concerts are being provided free of charge to these communities."
 
The orchestra's Director of Operations Margaret Chasins added, "students will have pre- and post-concert seminars spaced a few days before and after each concert. The sessions will include hosts' introductions about the music and time for students to ask questions and contribute their own comments and reactions. We are delighted that Toronto composer and educator Ron Royer is serving as our seminar consultant."
 
Following each concert, questionnaire responses from long-term care activities staff and music school program coordinators will be compiled for analysis at the end of the year and a final project consultant's report to be shared by the national service organization Orchestras Canada.
 
Sinfonia Toronto's Digital Inclusion Project is supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation's Resilient Communities Fund.
 
For further information please contact:
Margaret Chasins, Director of Operations
email: margaretchasins@sinfoniatoronto.com
phone: 416.499.0403

Toronto, December 8, 2020 ~ Media Release ~ for immediate release
 
SINFONIA TORONTO IN AFFAIRS OF THE HEART

Toronto, ON - Sinfonia Toronto and Toronto filmmaker Jamie Day Fleck will present an online screening of Fleck's bio-doc Affairs of the Heart, The Life and Music of Marjan Mozetich on Sunday, December 20 at 7 pm. The film will be followed by a live chat session with Marjan Mozetich, Fleck, Sinfonia Toronto Music Director Nurhan Arman and Toronto violinist Conrad Chow. Excerpts from Chow's performance of the Affairs of the Heart violin concerto with Sinfonia Toronto are included in the documentary.

The documentary explores the challenges and triumphs of famed Canadian composer, Marjan Mozetich, with glimpses into his interior world, spanning the vast reaches of the heavens and the dark depths of the human heart. The film features the composer's life story while presenting his music through performances by world-renowned musicians. Affairs of the Heart is Mozetich's best-known work. It captivated Canadian radio listeners when it premiered with its depiction of joys and sorrows, pain and bliss, and has remained popular ever since.
 
Reflections on Mozetich's career and works by Nurhan Arman and a number of other prominent Canadian musicians are included in the film, together with performance excerpts by a variety of ensembles, a dance sequence, and reminiscences by the composer himself, all woven into a seamless hour-long film.  Attendees on December 20 will view the documentary and then stay online to be welcomed into a digital afterparty where they can speak directly with all the composer himself, the filmmaker and both musicians.

Jamie Day Fleck received her Masters of Fine Arts in Documentary Media from Ryerson University in 2014 and won the Ryerson University Documentary for Social Justice Award for her thesis film on a genocide survivor who became a renowned photographer. Her documentary The Voice of the Violin has been screened at film festivals in Canada. Affairs of the Heart: The Life and Music of Marjan Mozetich won the Dean’s Award at the DocUtah film festival in 2019. Her next project is a feature documentary about urban agriculture in Toronto which will be released in 2021. 

Marjan Mozetich was born to Slovenian parents in Gorizia, Italy, in 1948 and arrived in Canada as a child in 1952. He co-founded and was artistic director (1977-79) of the contemporary ensemble, Arraymusic.  Stylistically he has evolved over the years from avant-garde expressionism, to minimalism, to the post-modern romanticism embodied in Affairs of the Heart.   Throughout, his music has remained accessible and has been enthusiastically received by the musical public.   His works have been performed and broadcast throughout Canada and abroad.  When CBC Radio broadcast a concert performance of Affairs of the Heart, the switchboards lit up from coast to coast. Mozetich taught composition for almost two decades at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario where he resides. 

Sinfonia Toronto is a JUNO-winning chamber orchestra acclaimed as “A World-Class Orchestra” (German review headline). Under the baton of Music Director Nurhan Arman they perform the Masterpiece Series in Toronto, tour in Ontario from Brockville to Sarnia, play annually in Barrie and Sault Ste-Marie and present an interactive program in high-needs schools. Sinfonia Toronto has toured in Argentina, China, Germany, Peru, Spain, Uruguay and the US. Sinfonia Toronto plays music by many Canadian composers, and Maestro Arman has been a strong proponent of Marjan Mozetich's works.

Nurhan Arman has conducted throughout 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.

Conrad Chow is an active chamber musician, soloist and educator. He has made regular appearances both performing and teaching in Los Angeles, at the Summit Summer Music Festival in New York; Shandong College of Arts in Jinan, China; Seattle University; and Eilat Chamber Music Festival in Israel. During a recent six-concert tour of China, he performed the beloved Butterfly Lovers Concerto with the Ontario Festival Symphony Orchestra. He has been Visiting Assistant Professor of Violin at Dalhousie University and is currently on the faculty of the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists at the Royal Conservatory of Music and also Visiting Professor of Violin at the University of Jinan, College of Music in Shandong, China.

$20 virtual tickets entitle purchasers to download the film and, for the first 100 purchasers, to attend the December 20 online screening and post-viewing live chat with Mozetich, Fleck, Arman and Chow. Tickets are available at www.sinfoniatoronto.com
 
For further information please contact:
Margaret Chasins, Director of Operations
email: margaretchasins@sinfoniatoronto.com
phone: 416.499.0403


News release - for immediate release - November 16, 2020

SINFONIA TORONTO CELEBRATES BEETHOVEN@250

Sinfonia Toronto’s next Virtual Concert will top off the Beethoven anniversary year just before his actual 250th birthday on December 17. The Beethoven@250 concert will livestream on December 5 and remain online until January 4.

Maestro Nurhan Arman has selected a joyous program, with Beethoven's Six Ländler Dances and the exuberant Symphony No. 7. 

The Beethoven@250 concert will feature the premiere performance of Maestro Arman's chamber orchestra arrangement of the Symphony No. 7.  
 
Commenting on his arrangement Maestro Arman noted that, "In 1816 Beethoven's publisher and good friend Sigmund Anton Steiner published a string quintet arrangement of the seventh symphony. That version was created by arrangers employed by Steiner's publishing company, and was reviewed and approved by Beethoven himself. I have made adjustments to this 1816 quintet version and augmented it with Beethoven's original string parts. I think this version will bring new dimensions to this amazing symphony. Paired with the set of folk-like, cheerful dances, this should give Herr Ludwig a very happy 250th birthday."

Now in its 22nd season, Sinfonia Toronto has received glowing reviews for tours in Europe, the US, South America and China. It has released four CD’s, including a JUNO winner, and performs in many Ontario cities. 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 throughout 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 for the Beethoven@250 concert are $15. They can be purchased at http://www.sinfoniatoronto.com/

Sinfonia Toronto’s December 5 performance is supported by Venue Sponsor TO Live and Media Sponsor Ludwig Van Toronto. The orchestra’s 2020-2021 season is supported by the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.
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Media Release ~ Toronto, October 28, 2020

Intrepid Orchestra Follows up First Livestream with World Premiere

Sinfonia Toronto rehearsed in sectional cohorts last week, then came together as a complete ensemble for a dress rehearsal and a streamed performance on October 26 in Koerner Hall. Under the baton of Music Director Nurhan Arman the masked, distanced musicians performed major works by Beethoven and Shostakovich, their first performance since last February.

Determined to carry on in spite of this fall’s challenging conditions, the orchestra will present their next livestream on Friday, November 6 at 8 pm from the Jane Mallett Theatre.  The program will include Mozart’s jewel-box Salzburg Symphonies and the World Premiere of Arman’s orchestration of Sergei Prokofiev’s Chamber Symphony Op. 92a, the “Kabardinian.”

The title “Kabardinian” refers to the Kabardinia-Balkaria region in the North Caucasus, where Prokofiev and other artists were evacuated for their safety by the Russian government during World War II.  While there Prokofiev was directed to utilize the region’s folk music, and his original String Quartet Op. 92 was the result, incorporating many authentic local folk tunes.

Livestream tickets are $15. Tickets and full program information are available at www.sinfoniatoronto.com.  Tickets include access on November 6 plus access to the livestream video recording until December 5.

Sinfonia Toronto’s November 6 performance is supported by Venue Sponsor TO Live and Media Sponsor Ludwig Van Toronto. The orchestra’s 2020-2021 season is supported by the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.
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News release ~ August, 27, 2020

SINFONIA TORONTO ANNOUNCES REVISED SEASON
 
Toronto, Ontario - Sinfonia Toronto is delighted to announce its revised 2020-2021 Masterpiece Series. Now entering its 22nd season, Toronto's chamber orchestra will present four concerts in the orchestra's long-time home, CBC's Glenn Gould Studio and three in Koerner Hall in the TELUS Centre for Performance & Learning in midtown Toronto. The 2020-2021 concerts will be livestreamed to a global audience as well as available for in-person attendance.
 
The new season will launch on Sunday, October 25, 3:30 PM at Koerner Hall with a program of Beethoven & Shostakovich, dedicated to front-line workers and health care providers. 
 
Director of Operations Margaret Chasins commented, "We have just concluded a new agreement with our musicians and the Toronto Musicians' Association for 2020-21.  It includes modest increases in fees and pension contributions and special provisions for livestreaming, which is great - livestreaming can put us in touch with listeners around the world. The orchestra has followers in many countries, especially fans from its international tours.  For the last 'Maestro's Chat'  webcast we had participants from Europe, the UK and South America.  And of course we all look forward to serving our live audiences in Toronto and around Ontario." She added, "It will also be a pleasure to see and hear our wonderful musicians in Koerner Hall this season."
 
After months of solo work on scores, Sinfonia Toronto's Music Director Nurhan Arman looks forward eagerly to getting back to rehearsals and concert.  "I am truly excited to return to performing again. There is a lot of pain and sorrow around Toronto and the rest of the world now. As musicians, we have a role and duty in the healing process.  And we are fortunate... as a compact chamber orchestra we will have no problem with physical distancing. Our size and repertoire are ideal for present conditions.  I am also ecstatic about livestreaming our concerts this year.  We have brought audiences to their feet in Europe, South America, the US and China, and now audiences around the world will be able to enjoy our virtual concerts."

Maestro Arman spent time and care re-envisioning the 2020-21 season: "I have reprogrammed the season to fit today's realities. We have some outstanding Ontario-based guest artists, but for many concerts the star will be our orchestra.  We will present works that show off the orchestra's brilliance and versatility as an ensemble, in great music to delight, inspire and intrigue us and wash away daily worries."
 
In-person attendance at 2020-21 concerts will be limited in accordance with public health directives. Margaret Chasins confirmed "our foremost priority is the health and safety of our audiences, musicians, volunteers and hall staff members. Together with our halls we will take extraordinary precautions and follow all City guidelines."
 
Information on concert dates, venues and repertoire is now available at sinfoniatoronto.com.

All information for livestreamed concerts is at Virtual Concerts.

Ticketing information for in-person attendance will be available on the website from September 10. 
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News release ~ for immediate release ~ August 20, 2019 
SINFONIA TORONTO ANNOUNCES CHINA TOUR
 
Toronto - Sinfonia Toronto announced detailed plans for its upcoming tour of China. Music Director Nurhan Arman and the orchestra will perform ten concerts in China from September 18 to October 7, 2019.  The tour is the orchestra's fifth international tour. The orchestra has toured in Germany (2008), Spain (2010), the US (2015) and South America (2018 - Peru, Argentina and Uruguay).
 
Sinfonia Toronto will perform on the main concert series in each of ten cities. The first concert will take place on September 20 in Taiyuan. From there the orchestra will continue to Baotou, Erdos, Foshan, Shenzhen, Yangzhou, Jinan, Handan, Harbin and a final tour concert in Changchun. Concertmaster Xiaohan Guo will be featured as soloist in one of the most famous works of the Chinese repertoire, the Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto.
 
Sinfonia Toronto's China tour is supported by a grant from the Canada Council's International Touring program.
 
The orchestra's tour program will celebrate both Western and Chinese traditions. Maestro Arman has selected music by Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Canadian composer Chan Ka Nin to combine with the Butterfly Lover's Violin Concerto and chamber orchestra arrangements of Dance of Yao and Good News from Beijing to Bianzhai created especially for the tour.
 
While announcing the tour, Maestro Nurhan Arman noted, “Touring is a very important part of an orchestra’s life.  We love playing to our audiences in Toronto  and around Ontario, but it is also important for us is to represent Toronto and Canadian music and Canadian talent in the wider world, as we will in China. We have chosen programming that will show off the skills and versatility of our musicians and display Canadian creativity.”
 
Sinfonia Toronto's first 2019-2020 season concert in Toronto will open its 21st season. The teenage Austrian violin virtuoso Elisso Gogibedashvili will join Maestro Arman and Sinfonia Toronto for the PAGANINI & DVORAK concert in George Weston Recital Hall.  Details of the concert can be found at sinfoniatoronto.com 

Concerts
Friday, Sept 20 Shenmu - Shenmu Grand Theater 
Saturday, Sept. 21  Baotou - Baotou Grand Theater 
Sunday, Sept. 22  Erdos - Erdos Grand Theater 
Monday, Sept. 24 Shenzhen - Shenzhen Longgang Culture Center 
Tuesday, Sept. 25  Foshan - Foshan Nanhai Theater 
Wednesday, Sept 26 Fuzhou - Fuzhou Theater
Friday, Sept. 28 Yangzhou - Yangzhou Concert Hall
Saturday, Sept. 29  Qihe - Qihe Arts Center 
Sunday, Sept. 30  Chengde - Chengde Grand Theater
Tuesday, Oct. 2  Harbin - Harbin Concert Hall
Wednesday, Oct. 3  Changchun - Changchun Northeast Asia Arts Center 
 
China Tour Program
SINFONIA TORONTO / NURHAN ARMAN, Conductor
XIAOHAN GUO Violinist
Ode to the Red Flag / Me and My Country 
KA NIN CHAN Salt and Vinegar
HE ZHANHAO & CHEN GANG Butterfly Lovers' Violin Concerto 
YUAN MAO Dance of Yao 
ZHENG YU & MA HONG-YEH Good News from Beijing Reaches the Frontier 
intermission
MOZART Divertimento K 138 
TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade 
 
SUPPORT OUR CHINA TOUR
Please join us in supporting this historic tour. Help us to blow Canada's horn (we don't have horns but we'll do a great job). Donate at our secure CanadaHelps page by choosing the China Tour fund. Click here to donate now or contact Margaret Chasins, Director of Operations margaretchasins@sinfoniatoronto.com 416.499.0403
 
ABOUT SINFONIA TORONTO
Acclaimed as “A World-Class Orchestra” (review headline, Russelsheimer Echo, Germany), Sinfonia Toronto is one of Canada’s finest chamber orchestras. Now entering its nineteenth season, the orchestra performs its Masterpiece Series downtown at Glenn Gould Studio and in North York at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.  Sinfonia Toronto inspires Toronto students each year with its interactive ‘Concerts under Construction’ program, focused on presenting in high-needs schools. 
 
Sinfonia Toronto consists of thirteen virtuoso strings. They perform standing, in the tradition of great European chamber orchestras, blending each musician’s soloistic energy and passion into a brilliant ensemble style under Nurhan Arman’s inspired direction. 
 
The orchestra’s repertoire includes all the major compositions for string orchestra from the Baroque through classical, romantic and 20th-Century works. Sinfonia Toronto has premiered many new works, and has been praised by the Canada Council for its commitment to performing music by Canadian composers. 
 
Sinfonia Toronto’s CD of music by Mendelssohn, Khachaturian and Shostakovich is broadcast frequently on Classical 96.3 and other classical stations. Their world premiere of the rediscovered Bach aria ‘Alles Mit Gott’ is available on iTunes. Flanders Fields Reflections, their Marquis Classics CD of music by John Burge, won the 2009 JUNO for Best Recording of a New Classical Work. Two additional CD’s, Hollywood Flute and Premieres (featuring Toronto violinist Conrad Chow) were both recorded by the California label Cambria and are distributed by Naxos. 
 
Sinfonia Toronto has concertized throughout Ontario. It has performed on the Barrie Concert Series every season since 2001, and was the annual Orchestra in Residence for Barrie’s Colours of Music Festival until the festival ceased operations. It has played on regional concert association series in Brockville, Gravenhurst, Lindsay, Peterborough, Port Hope, Sarnia and Welland-Port Colbourne and at Queens University, and is the only ensemble of any kind ever to be offered a regular annual engagement on the Algoma Conservatory Concert Series in Sault Ste-Marie. The orchestra has also performed in Montreal’s Place des Arts and returned to Montreal in October 2017.
 
The orchestra has been active in international touring. In April 2015 Sinfonia Toronto made its first trip to the US. The orchestra’s 2008 tour in Germany generated review headlines such as ‘’Sinfonia Toronto Inspires,’’ and ‘’Sinfonia Toronto Thrilled the Audience,’’ and their two-week tour of Spain in 2010 was greeted with calls for encores at each performance, including a record-setting four encores in Barcelona. In April 2018 it toured in Argentina, Ecuador, Peru and Uruguay, where every performance received standing ovations, demands for multiple encores, requests to return and reviews such as one in the Buenos Aires Musical Tribune that hailed the orchestra’s Mozart Divertimento and the famous Dvorak Serenade as “definitive performances.” 
 
Sinfonia Toronto is supported by the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.  
 
ABOUT XIAOHAN GUO, VIOLINIST
Born in Shenyang, China, Xiaohan Guo began her  violin studies at the age of six, winning many awards in youth competitions, and entering the Shenyang Conservatory at the age of 13. In 1998 she enrolled in the Shanghai Conservatory, majoring in violin. She received first prize in the 2001 Mozart Violin Concerto Competition, resulting in an invitation to perform Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 with the Shanghai Youth Symphony. Upon graduation she joined the Shanghai Broadcast Symphony Orchestra. Since moving to Canada in 2004, Xiaohan has completed her Master’s and Doctorate at l’Université de Montreal, joined Sinfonia Toronto, appeared as soloist with Sinfonia Toronto, I Musici di Montreal and Montreal’s Orchestre Nouvelle Gènération, and returns to China regularly for concert tours.
 
ABOUT NURHAN ARMAN
Distinguished Canadian-Armenian conductor Nurhan Arman has appeared to critical acclaim in twenty-four countries, including Austria, Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, the Czech Republic, Serbia, Slovakia, South Korea, Ukraine and throughout the US and Canada.  

In recent seasons Maestro Arman has guest-conducted the Witold Lutoslawski Chamber Philharmonic (Poland), Kammerorchester Arpeggione (Austria), Orchester der Nordharzer (Germany), Orquestra Clássica da Madeira and directed several tours with I Pomeriggi Musicali Milano (Italy).  Among many other orchestras he has conducted are the Moscow Philharmonic, State Hermitage Orchestra St. Petersburg, Belgrade Philharmonic, Deutsches Kammerorchester, Orchestre Regional d'Ile de France, Florence Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra da Camera Milano Classica, Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, Hungarian Philharmonic, Lithuanian Philharmonic, Filarmonica Moldova, Pilsen Radio Symphony, Bucharest Philharmonic and in Canada the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, RCM Orchestra and Saskatoon Symphony.
 
Critics on both sides of the Atlantic have been unanimous in their praise. Pravda hailed Maestro Arman as a "fascinating and striking musical personality," while the Broadcast Review in Prague reported "a spirited and nobly rounded performance."
 
Born to Armenian parents in Istanbul, he played his first violin recital at the age of 13. After arriving in the United States on a Disney Foundation scholarship, he concertized from coast to coast, appearing in major US cities as well as at prestigious music festivals in Tanglewood, Spoleto, New York and Florida. After several seasons of leading US orchestras as concertmaster, he began a conducting career that has taken him all over the world.
 
In 1982 Nurhan Arman moved to Canada to accept the post of Music Director of the North Bay Symphony and the Northern Music Festival. In 1987 he was named Music Director of Symphony New Brunswick which he swiftly built into a major regional resource. In March of 1993 Maestro Arman was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Yerevan Symphony in Armenia. In 1998 Maestro Arman founded Sinfonia Toronto, now considered one of Canada's finest chamber orchestras.
 
Maestro Arman records regularly for CBC Radio. Internationally, he has recorded for First Edition Records, Educo Records, Radio Moscow, Polish Broadcasting, Czech Radio, KBS of Korea, TRT of Turkey, Lithuanian TV, Slovenian Radio and TV, Armenian Radio and TV, and PBS in the US.
 
Maestro Arman has served as an adjudicator on many prominent panels, including the International Fitelberg Conducting Competition in Poland, the Canada Council Conducting Competition and the Heinz Unger Competition. He has taught conducting at New York's Brockport Festival, at the Florida Festival, and in Canada at his own Northern Music Festival as well as the Royal Conservatory of Music. 

Among the major artists with whom Nurhan Arman has collaborated are André Laplante, Alexander Ghindin, Maria Kliegel, Measha Bruegergosman, Anton Kuerti, Janina Fialkowska, Corey Cerovsek, Lara St. John, Rivka Golani, Yuli Turovsky, Andrea Bacchetti, Aline Kutan and many others. 
 
In 2019-20 season Maestro Arman continues with Sinfonia Toronto in Canada and leads the orchestra's China tour. His upcoming guest conducting engagements include Italy's San Remo Philharmonic Orchestra and City of London Soloists in London, England. 
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For immediate release ~  January 28, 2019
SINFONIA TORONTO ANNOUNCES 21st CONCERT SEASON      
Toronto, ON - Sinfonia Toronto has just announced its 2019-20 concert season.  This will mark the orchestra's 21st year of musical activities in Toronto and throughout Ontario, performing in cities from Brockville to Sarnia and appearing annually on the Barrie Concert Series and the Algoma Conservatory Series in Sault Ste-Marie. 
 
During the 2019-2020 season Sinfonia Toronto will continue presenting its 7-concert Masterpiece Series, Downtown Concerts at Glenn Gould Studio and North York Concerts in George Weston Recital Hall at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. The orchestra will also present programs for schools in Toronto's Neighborhood Improvement Areas and travel to Barrie in October and January and Sault Ste-Marie in April. 

The orchestra has been invited to tour China for three weeks in September 2019. The orchestra has previously toured in the US and twice in Europe and last April made a highly successful two-week tour in Argentina, Peru and Uruguay.  Sinfonia Toronto has recorded four CD’s, including a Juno winner.

Music Director Nurhan Arman states, "I'm thrilled to announce the new season.  It includes many world premiere performances and outstanding guest artists who are known nationally and internationally. We’ll celebrate both Beethoven’s 250th Anniversary and the 150th anniversary of the iconic Armenian composer Komitas.  I am excited for our first collaborations with violinist Mark Djokic, pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico, mezzo-soprano Beste Kalender and cellist Daniel Hass, and looking forward to the return of fantastic artists we have loved working with some seasons ago -- virtuoso violinists Elisso Gogibedashvili, Nune Melik and our concertmaster Xiaohan Guo, cellist Stéphan Tétreault, and pianists Marika Bournaki, Zhengyu Chen and Antonio Di Cristofano.”

Season highlights will include performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, the “Pastoral,” and his Triple Concerto, both in 19th century chamber orchestra versions; world premieres by Toronto composer Larisa Kuzmenko, Turkish composer Tahsin Incirci and Toronto premieres of works by Airat Ichmouratov,  Alberto Ginastera and Grazyna Bacewicz.  

Concert details for all three series and online subscriptions at Early Bird rates are now available from sinfoniatoronto.com 
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News release ~ for immediate release ~ November 30, 2018 
SINFONIA TORONTO ERASES DEFICIT, GROWS AUDIENCE 
Toronto - The recently completed 2017-2018 audit confirmed that Sinfonia Toronto has erased the last small deficit amount remaining from three seasons ago.  "This is a very welcome verification," said Margaret Chasins, the orchestra's Director of Operations.  "We have been working systematically to erase the accumulated deficit even though many expenses such as hall rentals keep increasing from year to year."
 
"There is more good news as we celebrate the orchestra's 20th Anniversary.  Subscriptions are up by 17%, on top of increased sales last season also; and our single ticket sales to date are almost double last season's at the same time. This is all especially positive, because many North American orchestras are reporting reduced subscription sales and lower attendance in general... This is a huge bravo for the orchestra, and great evidence of Toronto's robust cultural scene." 
 
"The orchestra is in superb shape artistically, and there's great energy and 'buzz' among the audience at each concert. The orchestra's artistic success is drawing notice internationally as well - soon after last April's successful tour in South America we received an invitation for a three-week tour in China next September.  So all in all this anniversary season is a really feel-good time. Increasing ticket sales won't cover all our concert costs, and we still face the same funding challenges as always; but we do have a lot to celebrate this year." 
 
Considered one of Canada’s finest chamber orchestras, Sinfonia Toronto performs its Masterpiece Series in CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio and the Toronto Centre for the Arts. The orchestra has recorded on its own label and for Marquis Classics EMI, Cambria and Analekta.  It tours regularly throughout Ontario, performing annually in Barrie and Sault Ste-Marie, and has performed in Montreal and toured internationally in Germany, Spain, the US, Peru, Argentina and Uruguay. 

Media release ~ for immediate release ~ February 2, 2018
SINFONIA TORONTO ANNOUNCES MAJOR SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR 
Toronto - Today, Sinfonia Toronto announced plans for its upcoming April 2018, South American tour.  Music Director Nurhan Arman will lead the orchestra in six concerts in Argentina, Peru and Uruguay.  This will be the orchestra's fourth international tour.  The orchestra has toured in Germany (2008), Spain (2010) and the United States (2015).

In making today's announcement, Maestro Nurhan Arman noted that, “Touring is an important part of an orchestra’s life. We love playing for our audiences in Toronto and throughout Ontario, but we also want to represent Toronto and Canadian music and Canadian talent to the wider world, as we will in this upcoming tour.  We have chosen programs that will show off the skills and versatility of our musicians and composers and display Canadian creativity.”
 
World-renowned clarinetist Julian Milkis will be the featured soloist, joining Sinfonia Toronto for performances on the foremost concert series in each tour city's major concert hall.  The orchestra will open the Sociedad Filarmónica de Lima's season on April 17 in Lima, Peru; perform four concerts in Argentina between April 19 and 26, in Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Rosario and San Juan; and conclude the tour in Uruguay on April 28 in the spectacular Atlantic-cape city of Punta Del Este.
 
Maestro Arman has selected two unique programs for the tour.  Music by Canadian composers Marjan Mozetich and Chan Ka Nin will be featured together with works by Britten, Dvorak and Mozart. Clarinetist Julian Milkis will perform the orchestral version of Weber's Clarinet Quintet and a number of popular short selections.
 
The tour is organized and managed by the US-based agency World Touring LLC.  World Touring has promoted and tours orchestras, chamber ensembles and solo artists for three decades, with particular emphasis and success in the Far East, South America and United States.  Sinfonia Toronto's South American tour is supported by a Touring Project grant from the Ontario Arts Council.
TOUR CONCERTS
SINFONIA TORONTO / NURHAN ARMAN, Conductor / JULIAN MILKIS Clarinetist
Tuesday, April 17, 2018  - LIMA / Auditorio Santa Úrsula
Thursday, April 19, 2018  - SAN JUAN / Auditorio Juan Victoria
Sunday, April 22, 2018  - CÓRDOBA / Teatro Real
Tuesday, April 24, 2018  - ROSARIO / Teatro El Círculo
Thursday, April 26, 2018  - BUENOS AIRES / Centro Cultural Kirchner
Saturday, April 28, 2018  - PUNTA DEL ESTE, URUGUAY / Hotel Conrad
 

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