Toronto_The Migrant: In July and August, when many of the city’s arts organizations take a well-deserved holiday, Toronto Summer Music Festival takes the lead and offers audiences the chance to enjoy performances by some of the world’s best musicians, as well as opportunities to discover exciting new musical talent.
Each year the festival explores a new theme. For 2018, as organizations around the globe commemorate the end of the First World War, the festival offers a variety of works written during or inspired by times of war throughout history to present day.
“Some of the most beautiful, emotional and challenging music has been written during times of war and conflict as artists struggled to find meaning and give expression to the horrors gripping the world,” says Jonathan Crow, Artistic Director of Toronto Summer Music.
Crow believes strongly that music is for everybody, and he programs the festival offerings with that in mind. “The festival is full of great pieces of music performed by superstar musicians,” says Crow. “You don’t need to know anything about music to sit back and enjoy them.”
The 2018 festival will showcase a breadth of musical perspectives, past and present, through works by Brahms, Messiaen, Ravel, Shostakovich, as well as music from today’s composers. Artists performing at the 2018 festival include Russia’s internationally acclaimed Borodin Quartet, early music masters Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, renowned Syrian composer and clarinettist Kinan Azmeh, the celebrated Canadian tenor Ben Heppner, superstar Canadian pianist Angela Cheng, and German lyric tenor Christoph Prégardien.
Jonathan Crow says the festival strives to be accessible and inclusive. “There’s a family-like atmosphere to the festival. We have a very friendly and welcoming audience. You don’t have to dress up to attend; it’s not intimidating to come to a concert,” he adds.
The Toronto Summer Music Festival offers many opportunities to enjoy free performances by exceptional musicians including a series of lunchtime concerts, free children’s concerts on Wednesday mornings, and the popular OLG SHUFFLE Hour concerts featuring acclaimed artists and next-generation stars that take place Tuesdays through Thursdays during the festival. New this year, TSM Community Day — a fun-filled day of free concerts and activities for the whole family to enjoy — will be held on Sunday, July 29 at The Bentway and Koerner Hall.
Explore Toronto’s vibrant cultural scene and make Toronto Summer Music Festival part of your summer!
There are many free and pay-what-you-can events throughout the Festival and tickets to individual concerts begin at $20. Visit www.torontosummermusic.com for tickets and more information.