Sinfonia Toronto

Sinfonia Toronto

October 07, 2010 09:38 ET


Attention: Arts/Entertainment Editor, Lifestyle Editor, News Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, MEDIA RELEASE--(Marketwire - Oct. 7, 2010) - Sinfonia Toronto takes off on October 16 for a two-week, seven-city tour of Spain, the orchestra's second international tour in two years. In the fall of 2008, the orchestra toured Germany where it was acclaimed as "a world-class ensemble."

Music Director Nurhan Arman will lead the orchestra in two different programs during the tour, both featuring Marc Grauwels, one of the world's finest flutists. Orchestral selections include Turina's La Oracion del torero, the orchestral version of Dvorak's American Quartet, Schumann's Spanish Love Songs, and the Czech master Josef Suk's Serenade. Mr. Grauwels will perform Mendelssohn's Flute Concerto in D Minor, Dévienne's Flute Concerto in E Minor and Canadian composer Kevork Andonian's A Longing for Joy.

Contacted about the tour, Maestro Arman said "I am delighted we can present our wonderful orchestra on European stages. The artistic achievements of the orchestra deserve the international attention it is receiving. Such a tour with a major European soloist and playing in important halls like Barcelona's Auditori will help boost our reputation - and Canada's - in Europe and open still more doors."

With 60-plus recordings to his credit, Belgian virtuoso Marc Grauwels is among his generation's most recorded flutists. Over 100 works have been written especially for him, including Astor Piazzolla's History of the Tango and Ennio Morricone's Cantate for Europe. His recordings are available on labels including Naxos, Marco Polo, Cypres, Helios, Pavane, and Brilliant Classics.

Hailed by the Niedersachsische Allgemeine for the "impressively high" quality of its performance in Kassel, and with "a well-deserved storm of applause" noted by the Fuldauer Zeitung, Sinfonia Toronto is one of Canada's finest chamber orchestras. Its repertoire includes all the major works for string orchestra from baroque to contemporary, and it has premiered many new works. It is based at CBC Glenn Gould Studio, where many of its concerts have been recorded for national broadcast. Other recordings include a CD of works by Mendelssohn, Shostakovich and Khachaturian; the world-premiere recording of the newly discovered J.S. Bach aria 'Alles mit Gott' released by Analekta on iTunes; and the JUNO award winner Flanders Field Reflections, a Marquis Classics (EMI) CD of music by John Burge. Sinfonia Toronto is Orchestra-in-Residence for Barrie's Colours of Music Festival and performs regularly throughout southern Ontario.

Sinfonia Toronto's Music Director Nurhan Arman has conducted throughout the world to great critical acclaim. His upcoming engagements include performances with the Moscow Philharmonic, Belgrade Philharmonic and Mexico's UANL Monterrey Symphony.

Sinfonia Toronto's Spanish tour is supported by an International Touring project grant from the Ontario Arts Council and by donations from private individuals and corporations.

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Season opening concert in Barcelona's prestigious concert hall Auditori

Season opening concert of series in Pontevedra

Other tour performances

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