Treble clef on an abstract background with orange and greenMondays, October 28 - November 11, 2019
    1:30 - 3:00 pm

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    With Robert Harris, CBC Radio host and Globe & Mail music critic

    Inspired by Harris' 20 part conversations with Michael Enright on CBC's The Sunday Edition, these illustrated music lectures - liberally sprinkled with musical examples - reveal why select compositions have entered the cultural firmament and continue to resonate with us today. 

    October 28           Elvis Presley’s That’s Alright Mama
    November 4         Ludwig van Beethoven's Eroica
    November 11      Civil Right’s anthem We Shall Overcome


    Series: $40; Drop-in: $16 +CIF/HST

    Interior of the Paris Opera HouseMondays, March 23 - April 27, 2020 (*no class March 30)
    1:30 - 3:30 pm

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

    For centuries, Paris has been both a model and a magnet - the richest and most dominant city in Europe. As a model, Parisian fashions in architecture, dress, literature and music radiated across the continent. Parisian cultural influence on Russia, Germany, Austria, Italy and Spain is unparalleled. As a magnet, it attracted the world’s greatest artists and innovators – and any success in Paris ensured not only widespread fame but also unprecedented financial rewards. As a result, nearly all of the greatest opera composers, both domestic and foreign-born (e.g. Lully, Rameau, Gluck, Meyerbeer, Verdi, Bizet, Massenet, Debussy, etc.) created their greatest works for Paris. And the city of Paris is the place-setting for many of the world’s most famous and most loved operas, including La Bohème, La Traviata, Manon, and Andrea Chénier.

    In this course, we will use a loose historical framework to trace the development of operas created for the city and to illustrate operas, composed in later times, set in each period of the city’s fascinating history. In so doing, we will not only learn about a great model and“magnet city … but also about the breadth of the art-form of opera itself.


    Monday March 23
          The Ancien Régime and The French Revolution
    Monday April 6           Bohemian Paris and The Citizen King
    Monday April 13         La Gloire - Paris in the Second Empire
    Monday April 20         Opera and Paris in La Belle Époque
    Monday April 27         Paris in the Fin de Siècle and Paris Today

    Series: $90; Drop-in: $22 (+HST/CIF)

    Graphic with a cutout of Buffy St Marie on top of a cream background covered in orange flowersThursday, September 19, 2019
    Refreshments: 1:00 pm   
    Program: 1:30 - 3:00 pm   

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    A tribute concert featuring popular folk singing duo Sue & Dwight

    Singer-songwriters Joan Baez, Buffy St Marie and Joni Mitchell were three of the leading musician-activists of the 1960s. All showed remarkable range as vocalists and proved that music could have a powerful impact as an instrument of socio-political change. These remarkable female musicians created harmonious legacies of tolerance and peace. 

    Admission: $5/program

    Advance tickets are available for each program on our website or at our Information Desk. A limited number of tickets per program will be available for in-person sales the morning of each program, on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Poster for Kiss Me KateThursday, October 10, 2019
    Refreshments: 1:00 pm   
    Program: 1:30 - 3:00 pm   

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    With pianist/musicologist Jordan Klapman

    One of the greatest composer/lyricists of the 20th century, Cole Porter is still revered for his witty words and musical sophistication. Despite personal tragedies, Porter's iconic songs comprise a massive portion of The Great American Songbook - and his songs conquered Broadway, the popular music hit parade, and provided the soundtracks for many of Hollywood’s classic musicals. Enjoy this historical lecture complete with live music.

    Admission: $5/program

    Advance tickets are available for each program on our website or at our Information Desk. A limited number of tickets per program will be available for in-person sales the morning of each program, on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Poster for Sophie Tucker's Some of These Days coverThursday, November 21, 2019
    Refreshments: 1:00 pm   
    Program: 1:30 - 3:00 pm   

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    With singer Honey Novick, accompanied by Neil Gardiner

    An international star of music halls, vaudeville and film, Sophie Tucker was a role model, a ‘big girl’ …   a woman years ahead of her time. Learn how she influenced future generations of women, and enjoy a live performance of some of her trademark songs, including A Yiddishe Mama and Some of These Days, as well as some originals.

    Admission: $5/program

    Advance tickets are available for each program on our website or at our Information Desk. A limited number of tickets per program will be available for in-person sales the morning of each program, on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Cab Calloway in a TuxedoThursday, December 5, 2019
    Refreshments: 1:00 pm   
    Program: 1:30 - 3:00 pm   

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    With musician Jonno Lightstone

    Cab Calloway – the legendary "Hi De Ho" man – was a larger-than-life showman known for scat singing, dancing, and flashy elegance. He catapulted to fame with performances at The Cotton Club, created signature songs like Minnie the Moocher, and led one of the greatest bands of the Swing Era.
    Enjoy this historical lecture complete with live music.

    Admission: $5/program

    Advance tickets are available for each program on our website or at our Information Desk. A limited number of tickets per program will be available for in-person sales the morning of each program, on a first-come, first-served basis.

    One character jumping at another character.
    Mondays, November 18 - December 16, 2019
    1:30 - 3:30 pm

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

    By December 1791, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart had written the defining compositions in every available musical genre of his time: symphony, chamber music, masses, and - above all - three types of Operas: Opera Seria, Opera Buffa and Singspiel. Clearly, each of Mozart's mature masterpieces is a source of wonder. But how to interpret them on stage? Iain will discuss a spectrum of directorial approaches to these masterworks, each of which promises to provide fresh insights into these multi-layered experiences. We will not only learn more about Mozart and his great Operas, we will also discover how a variety of brilliant theatrical minds have illuminated these icons of operatic literature.

    November 18          Idomeneo and Entführung
    November 25          The Marriage of Figaro
    December 2            Don Giovanni
    December 9            Cosi Fan Tutte
    December 16          The Magic Flute

    Series: $90; Drop-in: $22 (+HST/CIF)

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