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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. 

News release ~ for immediate release ~ October 24, 2018

SINFONIA TORONTO OPENS ITS DOWNTOWN CONCERTS WITH ‘RACHMANINOFF’
Toronto – Sinfonia Toronto will open its 2018-19 Downtown Concerts series with a program titled ’Rachmaninoff’. The orchestra’s Music Director Nurhan Arman will conduct the November 16 concert in Glenn Gould Studio, featuring brilliant Canadian pianist Anne Louise-Turgeon. She will appear as soloist in Rachmaninoff’s beloved ‘Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini’ in a chamber orchestra version created by Parisian composer Louis Sauter. The performance will mark the Canadian premiere of this transcription. Also on the program are two sparkling 20th century compositions by Albert Roussel and Polish composer Grazyna Bacewicz.

Anne Louise-Turgeon has taken prizes in the Cleveland and Sydney International Piano Competitions, a Government of Canada Award for Achievement in the Arts and an Ontario Arts Council Chalmers Award for advanced solo studies. She appears on Albany Records performing solo piano music by Ezra Laderman. She has appeared at the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam,  Carnegie Hall’s “Weill Recital Hall”, Sinfonia Toronto, Music Toronto, Hamilton Philharmonic, Massey Hall (Toronto), New World Symphony, Minsk Philharmonic, Festival Miami, FIU Stravinsky Symposium, Esprit Orchestra, Sanibel Chamber Festival, Norfolk Chamber Festival, Austin Chamber Festival, Novosibirsk Philharmonic, San Francisco International Chamber Festival, Montreal International Two Piano Festival, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory (Singapore), Chicago International Two Piano Festival, Salkind Two Piano Festival, Festival Duettissimo, Dranoff Foundation and the World Piano Conference.  

She has given world premiere performances of works by Copland, Corigliano and Pauk.  Radio and television appearances include ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corp.), Netherlands Public Radio, CBC I & II, “Arts National”, NPR “Performance Today”, BBC I & II,  WGBH Boston, WPR, WFMT Chicago, MPR, and the PBS documentary “Two Pianos – One Passion”. 

As a member of Duo Turgeon, Dr. Louise-Turgeon took first prize in the International Schubert Competition (Czech Republic) and the Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition. Her recordings on Vanguard Classics, Marquis Classics, Marquis/EMI,  Dranoff Foundation, ClassXdiscs, and Albany labels have received acclaim, including 5 out of 5 from la Scena Musicale, CBC “Sound Advice”, Les Grandes Pianistes et le Piano, Wholenote Magazine, Musicweb, and Soundstage. Dr. Turgeon’s performances and recordings have appeared on classical top ten lists.

Now celebrating its 20th Anniversary season, Sinfonia Toronto has toured in United States, South America and twice in Europe receiving glowing reviews. It has released four CD’s, including a JUNO Award 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 United States, 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 Symphony, Arpeggione Kammerorchester, Milano Classica and Belgrade Philharmonic.

TICKETS are $42 adult; $35 senior and $15 student. They can be purchased online at http://www.sinfoniatoronto.com/

RACHMANINOFF
Friday, November 16, 2018 8 pm  Glenn Gould Studio ~ 250 Front St. West
ANNE LOUISE-TURGEON Pianist
SINFONIA TORONTO / NURHAN ARMAN Conductor
Program
RACHMANINOFF Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini  
ROUSSEL Sinfonietta
BRUCKNER Adagio from String Quintet
BACEWICZ Divertimento

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News release ~ for immediate release ~ September 10, 2018
SINFONIA TORONTO LAUNCHES ITS 20TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON

Sinfonia Toronto is set to launch its 2018-19 season, the orchestra's 20th Anniversary, on Saturday, October 20, at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.  The concert titled ‘Beethoven’s Kreutzer’ will feature two internationally-acclaimed stars: one of the world’s finest trumpeters, Sergei Nakariakov, and the brilliant piano virtuoso Maria Meerovich.  They will team up in Shostakovich’s Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Orchestra.  Mr. Nakariakov will also perform Mozart’s Concerto for Horn No. 4.  Music Director Nurhan Arman will conduct Sinfonia Toronto in his own orchestral transcription of Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata.
 
This season Sinfonia Toronto will continue presenting its four-concert Downtown Concerts at Glenn Gould Studio and its three-concert 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 continue its annual performances for the Barrie Concert Association and the Algoma Concert Series in Sault Ste-Marie.
 
Music Director Nurhan Arman states, "I'm thrilled to have seen Sinfonia Toronto grow so dramatically since its inaugural season. The orchestra has expanded its musical horizons and has enriched the chamber orchestra repertoire with many premiere performances.  Its musical impact throughout Ontario and beyond has been fascinating.  Reaching our present level of artistic maturity is a testament to the flexibility of our wonderful ensemble. In nineteen short seasons we have been able to accomplish so much.  By the end of this season we will have made two European tours, a South American tour and a tour to the United States.  In Ontario we have performed from Sarnia to Sault-Ste-Marie and from Welland-Port Colborne to Brockville. We have recorded four CD’s, including a Juno winner.”
 
Season highlights include appearances by violinists Alexandre Da Costa and Andréa Tyniec; the North American premiere of Peteris Vasks’ Viola Concerto with violist Marina Thibeault Perso; Toronto composer Christos Hatzis’ Arabesque and the Canadian premiere of Alan Hovhannes’ Harp Concerto with harpist Valerie Milot.   
 
Program information
 
Saturday, October 20, 2018 Toronto Centre for the Arts
BEETHOVEN'S KREUTZER
SERGEY NAKARIAKOV Trumpeter / MARIA MEEROVICH Pianist
SINFONIA TORONTO / NURHAN ARMAN Conductor
“The Paganini of the Trumpet” and a superb pianist kick off our 20th Anniversary season with two brilliant favourites
MOZART Horn Concerto No. 4
SHOSTAKOVICH Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Orchestra
BEETHOVEN Kreutzer Sonata  arr. Beethoven
 
Ticket Information
 
Subscriptions and single tickets to all the concerts are now available at sinfoniatoronto.com
 
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. 
A registered charitable organization, Sinfonia Toronto is supported by a board of directors representing many facets of the community and by the efforts of its dedicated volunteers.  Its mission is to make the great wealth of string orchestra and chamber orchestra repertoire accessible to audiences in Ontario and beyond, and to create opportunities for young people and audiences outside traditional venues and metropolitan centres to connect music with their lives. The orchestra has performed for thousands of people at festivals such as Nuit Blanche, the Summer City Festival and Junction Arts Festival.  It offers free events during Culture Days and has collaborated with cultural organizations from nine different multicultural communities across Toronto.

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 is returning to Montreal in October 2017.


The orchestra has been active on the international concert circuit. 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 demanded by the audience in Barcelona. 

Sinfonia Toronto made its fourth international tour in April 2018 touring in Argentina, Ecuador, Peru and Uruguay appearing in major concert halls and on prestigious concert series.
In September 2019, the orchestra will make its first tour to China.


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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Radio

Burge: Flanders Fields Reflections
Mendelssohn: Symphony for Strings no 7 in D minor
Khachaturian: Masquerade Suite
Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony in A flat major, Op. 118a
Williams: Hook
Barry: Dances with Wolves
Broughton: Triptych
Lau: Joy

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