Sinfonia Toronto’s Spring Pops program presents this brilliant string orchestra in a bouquet of variety – four centuries of favourites, including ‘Spring’ from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and beautifully contrasting selections by Dvorak, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Puccini, Shostakovich and Khachaturian.
Acclaimed as a world-class ensemble, Sinfonia Toronto is one of Canada’s finest chamber orchestras. The orchestra performs its Masterpiece Series in two of Toronto’s finest concert halls, CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio, where many of its concerts have been recorded for national broadcast, and the Toronto Centre for the Arts. The orchestra has recorded on its own label and for Marquis Classics EMI, Cambria and Analekta.
Sinfonia Toronto consists of virtuoso strings who 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 the Classical, Romantic and contemporary periods. Sinfonia Toronto has premiered many new works, and has been recognized by the Canada Council for the Arts for its commitment to performing music by Canadian composers.
Sinfonia Toronto’s recordings are heard frequently on radio broadcasts. Their world premiere of the rediscovered Bach aria ‘Alles Mit Gott’ was recorded by Analekta and released on iTunes. The title work of the orchestra’s Marquis Classics CD of music by Canadian composer John Burge, Flanders Fields Reflections, won a national JUNO Award for Best Recording of a New Classical Work. The Hollywood Flute CD, with flutist Louise DiTullio and Premieres, featuring violinist Conrad Chow, were recorded by Cambria and are distributed by Naxos.
The orchestra tours regularly throughout its home province of Ontario, playing on series in Brockville, Kingston, Lindsay, Midland, Port Hope, Sarnia, and annually in Barrie and Sault Ste-Marie.