Mondays, November 5 - December 3, 2018
    1:30 - 3:30 pm

    Comedy is a challenge. It is much more difficult to pull off successfully than tragedy – both for a composer and for a performer. It covers a wide-ranging spectrum … from subtle irony or droll parody to full-scale “laugh out loud” guffaws. Individual tastes – what they think is funny - vary considerably … and this is magnified on macro-social and national scales. We will explore the contrasting styles of Italian, French, Viennese, English and Russian conceptions of comic and light operas.

    With Iain Scott, one of Canada’s foremost opera educators.

    November 5               Italian comedies         
    November 12             French Opéra Bouffes
    November 19            
    English Savoy operas
    November 26
                Russian comic operas
    December 3                Viennese operettas

    Mondays: 1:30-3:30pm
    5 week series: $90; Drop-in: $22 (+HST/CIF)

    Mondays, March 18 - April 15, 2019
    1:30 - 3:30 pm

    Canada, a relatively small country in terms of population, has consistently “punched above its weight” when producing truly world-class opera singers. We excel in other operatic disciplines as well: our stage directors, designers and conductors are in global demand. Our greatest claim to fame is for our development of operatic tenors, but we have proudly created outstanding stars in all the other vocal categories as well. In this course we will celebrate some of Canada’s finest and greatest singers – performing in some of their most celebrated roles. This course will reinforce your pride in being Canadian!

    With Iain Scott, one of Canada’s foremost opera educators.

    March 18                    Tenors
    March 25                    Baritones
    April 1                       
    April 8
    April 15                      Teresa Stratas

    5 week series: $90; Drop-in: $22 (+HST/CIF)


    Mondays, January 14 - February 11, 2019
    1:30-3:30 pm

    In this course, we will examine the roots, evolution and present status of the classic Hollywood musical, considering questions of aesthetics, social commentary, race and ethnicity, and changing musical forms. Films studied will include The Jazz Singer, Singin’ in the Rain, Cabaret and La La Land, influential directors such as Busby Berkeley and Vincente Minnelli, and major stars including Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Bill Robinson, Judy Garland and Gene Kelly.

    With film critic Adam Nayman.

    Series: $50; Drop-in: $12
    $6 drop-in
    for Toronto Jewish Film Society subscribers with valid (TJFS) ID

    Thursday, October 11, 2018
    Refreshments: 1:00 pm   
    Program: 1:30-3:00 pm   

    Composer George Gershwin, and his brother, the great lyricist, Ira, became one of the finest and most influential songwriting teams in the history of the American Musical Theatre. Collaborating on more than two dozen of Broadway and Hollywood’s most innovative scores, they elevated musical theatre and popular songwriting to unprecedented levels of sophistication and beauty. 

    With pianist/musicologist Jordan Klapman.

    Fee: $5 (includes refreshments)

    Tickets will be available for in-person sales on the morning of each Thursday program, on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Thursday, December 6, 2018
    Refreshments: 1:00 pm   
    Program: 1:30-3:00 pm

    The Beatles’ arrival in New York on February 7, 1964 opened North America’s doors to a wealth of British musical talent and officially launched what became known as The British Invasion – a musical phenomenon unseen before or since. John Rowlands, who toured with the Beatles, The Rolling Stones and the Dave Clark Five, shares his personal stories and private collection of photographs he captured of these legendary bands.

    With celebrated rock & roll photographer John Rowlands

    Fee: $5 (includes refreshments)

    Tickets will be available for in-person sales on the morning of each Thursday program, on a first-come, first-served basis.


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    Phone: 416.924.6211
    Fax: 416.924.0422

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