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Harbourfront Centre offers free classical music concerts in outdoor setting with 2012 Summer Music in the Garden series presented by TD Bank Group

TORONTO, ON (May 17, 2012)Harbourfront Centre announces the 13th annual Summer Music in the Garden series presented by TD Bank Group and curated by Artistic Director, Tamara Bernstein. This series of popular music performances and garden tours runs from July 1, through to September 16, 2012, with 19 free outdoor concerts.

This year’s concert line-up is bursting with creativity, with four world premieres, and improvisations in styles ranging from South Asian ragas to classical Persian to klezmer and new music, as well as family-friendly concerts.

“This year’s artists are inspired by themes ranging from the ancient myth of Orpheus to the War of 1812 to ancient tales of Lord Krishna – and above all, by the desire to share the music they love with all,” says Artistic Director, Tamara Bernstein.

This delightful garden — a reflection in landscape of Bach's Suite No. 1 in G Major for unaccompanied cello, BWV 1007 — was designed by Julie Moir Messervy, in cooperation with internationally renowned cellist Yo Yo Ma. “During Summer Music in the Garden concerts, this oasis of green becomes a community of strangers,” explains Bernstein, “brought together by passionate music-making and a spirit of generosity and joy.”

The internationally renowned Cecilia String Quartet; popular Toronto taiko ensemble Nagata Shachu; the Lerner-Moguilevsky klezmer duo from Argentina; Juno-winning banjo player Jayme Stone; Canadian fiddling legend Anne Lederman and baroque cellist Kate Haynes are among the outstanding artists lined up to perform at Summer Music in the Garden this summer.

Concerts take place most Thursdays at 7 p.m., and Sundays at 4 p.m. (weather permitting). Free tours led by volunteers from the Toronto Botanical Garden are offered from June through September. Tours are 45 minutes and start at the entrance of the Prelude at the west end of the Toronto Music Garden. For more information visit or telephone 416-397-4145.

Admission to the park is always free, and open to all ages, including tours and concerts. Visitors to the garden can also enjoy an audio tour, with commentary from the Toronto Music Garden’s designers Yo-Yo Ma and Julie Moir Messervy. Hand-held audio players are available for $6 at Harbourfront Centre’s Marina Quay West office, 539 Queens Quay West.

The Toronto Music Garden is a City of Toronto park, located on the waterfront at
475 Queens Quay West, between Bathurst Street and Spadina Avenue. The Garden is wheelchair-accessible and open year-round. For information on current programmes and to check on concert status, the public can call Harbourfront Centre, 416-973-4000 or visit For information on City of Toronto parks and gardens, the public can call 311 or visit

The annual Summer Music in the Garden series and tours are produced by Harbourfront Centre in partnership with the City of Toronto, Parks Forestry & Recreation and Economic Development & Culture. Thank you to TD Bank Group, many generous contributors and Chief Cheerleaders, Margaret & Jim Fleck; Orfea and the Golden Harp supported by audience contributors, Fiddlers and Firebrands: Music from Old Ontario supported by Phyllis & Bill Waters, Wassho! supported by Ben Saskin, Hitting the Waves: Electronic Percussion by the Lake supported by Ben Saskin, Wild Reeds supported by David Graham, From L’Acadie to the Land of Faerie supported by KM Hunter, Arcadian Visions supported by Judy & Will Matthews, Voice of the Heart supported by Irfhan Rawji, Among Friends supported by Eli & Phil Taylor, Nymphs, Masques and Madness supported by to Sonja & Michael Koerner, Klezmer en Buenos Aires supported by Vivian & David Campbell, Bach at Dusk supported by Q Media Solutions, and One Hundred Years of Venice supported by Margaret & Jim Fleck.

Please note: All concerts are approximately one hour long (except where noted) and take place weather permitting. Concerts are cancelled in the event of inclement weather. Call the information desk on 416-973-4000 to confirm if a concert is going ahead.

Orfea and the Golden Harp
Sunday, July 1, 4pm

A delightful retelling of the Orpheus myth for the whole family, from Theatre Cotton Robes. A little girl named Orfea shoulders her golden harp and journeys to the Underworld to bring her beloved grandfather back to life.

Fiddlers and Firebrands: Music from Old Ontario
Thursday, July 5, 7 pm

To mark the bicentenary of the War of 1812, Canadian music legends Muddy York and friends regale us with songs and dance tunes from early Ontario. Through newly-arranged songs and dance tunes from 19th-century Ontario, they will take us from the War of 1812 through the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837, and musically tell the story of a new country finding its own identity.

Thursday, July 12, 7pm

Toronto’s thrilling taiko drumming troupe, Nagata Shachu, celebrates summer at their annual appearance at the Music Garden. Nagata Shachutaiko ensemble brings this joyous energy to the Music Garden with their thrilling drumming, rooted in tradition and embracing the new.

From the Gardens of India
Sunday, July 15, 4 pm

Bageshree Vaze (voice) and Vineet Vyas (tabla) present North Indian classical ragas, drawing on traditional Indian rustic themes and stories, including the great love story of Krishna and Radha in the garden of Vrindavan.

Jayme Stone’s Room of Wonders
Thursday, July 19, 7pm

Two-time Juno-winning banjoist, Jayme Stone, makes music inspired by traditions from around the world, bridging folk, jazz, chamber and world music. Performed by Jayme Stone (banjo), Kevin Turcotte (horns), Andrew Downing (cello) and Joe Phillips (bass).

Hitting the Waves: Electronic Percussion by the Lake
Sunday, July 22, 4pm

Rick Sacks mixes sounds of nature, industry and percussion to fill time and space with delightful, intriguing music, including his theatrical "Le Bateau" invoking sounds and sights of the waterfront.

Music from the Natural World
Thursday, July 26, 7pm

Erosonic brings virtuosity touched with mysticism to an evening of music inspired by the natural world. Music from the Natural World with David Mott (baritone saxophone) and Joseph Petric (accordion), which includes the world premiere of But, Even so…

Wild Reeds
Sunday, July 29, 4 pm

Clarinetist Kornel Wolak and accordionist Joseph Macerollo team up for an entertaining, sometimes dramatic, musical reunion of these two distant relatives of the reed family, with music ranging from Rossini to Benny Goodman, and including the world premiere of Quay Quodibet, by Norbert Palej.

From L’Acadie to the Land of Faerie
Thursday, August 2, 7pm

Drawing from Celtic and French-Canadian roots, From L’Acadie to the Land of Faerie creates vignettes of New England mill towns’ Irish and French communities at the height of the industrial revolution through earthy dance tunes and haunting airs. With fiddler Donna Hébert, guitarist Max Cohen, and vocalist Molly Hebert-Wilson.

Arcadian Visions
Thursday August 9, 7pm

Montreal violist Pemi Paull performs visionary music from the 17th century to today, by Heinrich Biber, Michael Oesterle, Katia Tiutiunnik, Georges Enescu, and Gustav Mahler.

Among Friends
Sunday, August 12, 4pm

The award-winning Cecilia String Quartet performs music by the young Beethoven, and teams up with clarinetist Peter Stoll to perform Mozart’s sublime Clarinet Quintet, and three Preludes by George Gershwin.

Voice of the Heart
Thursday, August 16, 7pm

The Castle Quartet follow some of their favourite composers in their search to find their own unique creative voices, including Arnold Schoenberg’s lushly romantic Quartet in D; the “Rosamunde” variations from Schubert’s Quartet in A Minor, and music by Michael Oesterle and Carina Reeves.

Nymphs, Masques and Madness
Sunday, August 19, 4pm

The Montreal duo, Les Amusements de la Chambre perform glorious music from 17th-century Italy and England, interspersed with new music inspired by Baroque forms by Canadian composers, including the world premiere of a work by Toronto composer Linda C. Smith, commissioned by Canada Council and Harbourfront Centre.

Songs for Cello
Thursday, August 23 at 7pm

Rufus Cappadocia performs his transcendent, world-influenced music on his five-string cello.
A Hamilton, Ontario native, Cappadocia is a performer, composer and recording artist of incredible range and diversity.

Songs from an Ancient Garden
Sunday, August 26, 4pm

Classical Persian music performed by the Shiraz Ensemble, with percussion virtuoso Pedram Khavarzamini. Inspired in particular by performing traditions from the era of the Qajar dynasty (1785-1925), their concert includes both composed tunes and improvised music.

Klezmer en Buenos Aires
Thursday, August 30, 7pm

From Argentina, Marcello Moguilevsky and Cesar Lerner bring their electrifying klezmer improvisations, embracing elements of Argentine folk music, jazz, contemporary music and even tango. Co-presented with the 2012 Ashkenaz Festival.

Bach at Dusk
Thursday, September 6, 7pm
** Short concert **

Baroque cellist Kate Haynes continues her cycle of J.S. Bach’s suites for solo cello with the soulful, dark-hued Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008.

49th Parallel
Sunday, September 9 at 4pm

The Ton Beau String Quartet returns to the Toronto Music Garden with a lively programme exploring the nature of cultural identity in music by Haydn, Dvorak and Kevin Lau.

One Hundred Years of Venice
Sunday September 16, 4pm

Glorious music from Baroque Venice, performed by Christopher Verrette (baroque violin), Kate Bennett Haynes (baroque cello) and Matthew Wadsworth (theorbo).

The Toronto Music Garden is one of Toronto’s most enchanting public park locations. The Garden was conceived by internationally renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and designed by Boston-based landscape artist Julie Moir Messervy. Its design interprets Bach’s Suite No. 1 in G Major for Unaccompanied Cello, with each movement of the suite corresponding in both name and spirit to a different section of the Music Garden: Prelude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Menuett and Gigue. We know of no other public garden in the world that reflects a specific piece of music in this way.

The Toronto Music Garden opened in 1999; concerts have been held there every summer since 2000. Since 2001, the concerts have been produced by Harbourfront Centre in partnership with City of Toronto, under the artistic direction of Tamara Bernstein. The Garden itself is maintained by City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation.

The Toronto Music Garden, located on Queens Quay West at the foot of Spadina Avenue, is easy to reach by public transit. From Spadina Station take the 510 (Union Station) streetcar south. From Union Station take the westbound Harbourfront LRT (509 or 510 streetcar). Call the Toronto Transit Commission at 416-393-4636 for transit information.

Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues on a 10-acre site in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront.

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