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Harbourfront Centre announces 2014 Summer Music in the Garden Concert Series – July 3 – Sept. 14

A season of free classical and traditional concerts at the Toronto Music Garden, presented by TD Bank Group

TORONTO, ON (June 6, 2014) —The popular Summer Music in the Garden series, presented by TD Bank Group, returns to the Toronto Music Garden with a new season of free music all summer long. Summer Music in the Garden showcases an eclectic array of music that complements the beauty and calm of the Toronto Music Garden, and the music of Johann Sebastian Bach that inspired it. Taking place on most Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. and on most Sunday afternoons at 4 p.m. from July 3 to September 14, Harbourfront Centre presents 18 free outdoor concerts with over 70 performers for the 2014 Summer Music in the Garden season.

Co-produced by Harbourfront Centre, in partnership with the City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation and Economic Development and Culture Divisions, Summer Music in the Garden 2014, presented by TD Bank Group, is the perfect antidote to the rush and stresses of life beyond the garden. This year’s season features a variety of musical styles including Western classical, South Asian classical, Japanese, Persian, Klezmer, North American traditional, First Nations, acoustic guitar and baroque period instruments. With international performers coming from countries including Israel, Spain, England, United States and France, and national talents coming from across Canada including artists from Vancouver, Victoria, Montreal, Toronto, Cape Breton and the Akwesasne Reserve in Ontario, the 2014 season will provide patrons with the opportunity to experience the work of some of the globe’s most talented musicians.

Artists making their Toronto Music Garden debut this summer include Panache!, a new, all-female fiddling super group (July 31); the international trio Lalun, with its unique instrumentation and hypnotic music (July 6); the young acoustic guitar star Calum Graham (July 17), the Lafayette String Quartet (July 27), the Trillium Brass Quintet (August 10), the Sarv Ensemble (August 24), and the klezmer group Veretski Pass (September 4).

Audience favourites returning to the Toronto Music Garden include the Cecilia String Quartet (July 10), Gretchen’s Muse (July 13), The Bombadils (August 7), banjo virtuoso Jayme Stone (August 14), Nagata Shachu taiko ensemble (August 21), TorQ Percussion Quartet (September 7) and Baroque cellist Kate Haynes (London, England), who returns with the fourth installment of her six-year cycle of Bach Suites for Solo Cello (August 28). She also premieres a new piece by Canadian composer Michael Oesterle (Montreal), commissioned for this concert by Roger D. Moore and Harbourfront Centre.

The popular free guided garden tours led by volunteers from the Toronto Botanical Garden also return for another season, taking place on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and Thursdays before every concert at 5:30 p.m. from June to September. Self-guided audio tours are also available for a nominal fee. Admission to the park and the concerts are free.

Summer Music in the Garden, presented by TD Bank Group, is curated by artistic director Tamara Bernstein, and made possible through the generosity of the City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation, and Economic Development and Culture Divisions, and a number of individual supporters led by Garden's Chief cheerleaders Margaret and Jim Fleck.

For information on the Toronto Music Garden and its current programmes, the public can call Harbourfront Centre, 416-973-4000 or visit For information on other City of Toronto parks and gardens, the public can call 416-338-0338 or visit

Harbourfront Centre is a Canadian charity operating the 10 prime acres of Toronto’s central waterfront as a free and open public site. We celebrate the multiplicities of cultures that comprise Canada and enliven the city through the creative imaginations of artists from across the country and around the globe. For information about visiting Harbourfront Centre during the Queens Quay revitalization,

The Toronto Music Garden is considered by many to be the jewel of the City of Toronto’s park system. A unique and magical venue, the Toronto Music Garden is the only garden/park in the world known to be directly inspired by a specific piece of music—Johann Sebastian Bach’s Suite No. 1 in G Major for unaccompanied cello.
The Toronto Music Garden was conceived by internationally renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and designed by Boston-based Garden Designer Julie Moir Messervy. Opened in 1999, it consists of six contiguous sections, each of which corresponds to one of the six movements of the Bach Suite (Prelude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Menuett and Gigue), where each movement is poetically reflected through landscape and flora.



Kahnekaronnion (The Waters)
Thursday, July 3, 7 p.m.
Singing in Mohawk and English, the Akwesasne Women Singers share their original songs that honour Haudenosaunee women’s experiences, with wisdom and humour. They are joined by Odawa composer Barbara Croall, performing her own compositions on First Nations traditional cedar flute.
Thanks to our 2013 audiences

Dreams from Andalusia and the Silk Road
Sunday, July 6, 4 p.m.
Lalun’s Toronto debut. Discover this exciting new international trio’s unique instrumentation and hypnotic, intercultural sound. Liron Man (hand pans & flamenco guitar), Lan Tung (erhu & vocals) and Jonathan Bernard (percussion).

Requited Love Stories
Thursday, July 10, 7 p.m.
The Cecilia String Quartet performs Beethoven’s Quartet in F Major, Op. 18 No. 1, and Mendelssohn’s Quartet in E Minor, Op. 44 No. 2.

Wit and Wisdom
Sunday, July 13, 4 p.m.
Members of New York’s Gretchen’s Muse, with guest cellist Beiliang Zhu, return to perform Haydn’s String Quartet in E-flat Major, Opus 33 No. 2 (“The Joke”), and Beethoven’s Quartet in C Major, Op. 59 No. 3. Abigail Karr and Vita Wallace (violins), Kyle Miller (viola) and Beiliang Zhu (cello).Thanks to Judy & Wilmot Matthews

An Evening with Calum Graham
Thursday, July 17, 7 p.m.
Don’t miss the Toronto Music Garden debut of this young Canadian acoustic guitar star!
Thanks to Sandra & Jim Pitblado

Music from the Garden of India
Thursday, July 24, 7 p.m.
A program of North Indian classical ragas associated with gardens, including the great love story of Krishna and Radha in the garden of Vrindavan. Bageshree Vaze (voice) and Vineet Vyas (tabla).Thanks to INVESCO

Eminent Victorians
Sunday, July 27, 4 p.m.
On tour from the west coast, the magnificent Lafayette String Quartet performs Haydn’s Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 20 No. 1, Rebecca Clarke’s Poem, and Beethoven’s Quartet in F Major, Op. 95.
Thanks to Sonja & Michael Koerner

Thursday, July 31, 7 p.m.
A new, all-female Fiddling Super Group makes its Toronto debut! Don’t miss these four fiery powerhouses: Andrea Beaton (Cape Breton), Donna Hébert (Franco-American style), Jane Rothfield (Southern style) and Véronique Plasse (Quebecois).

Songs of Wandering
Thursday, August 7, 7 p.m.
The Montreal-based Bombadils return with original songs inspired by their cross-continent travels. Theirs is a contemporary sound rooted in tradition, fired by virtuosity, generosity and imagination.

All Things Brass and Beautiful
Sunday, August 10, 4 p.m.
The Trillium Brass Quintet weaves a rich tapestry of sounds and styles in a programme that ranges from Renaissance Spain to modern Canada, catching Kurt Weill, Bartok, Brahms, Gershwin and more en route. Thanks to Vivian & David Campbell

Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project
Thursday, August 14, 7 p.m.
Five of North America’s most distinctive and creative roots musicians come together to celebrate the work of famed folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax. Jayme Stone (banjo, voice), Eli West (voice, guitar, bouzouki), Margaret Glaspy (voice, guitar), Brittany Haas (fiddle, voice) and Greg Garrison (bass).

Hanabi: Musical Fireworks in the Garden
Thursday, August 21, 7 p.m.
A Music Garden favourite, the Nagata Shachu taiko drumming ensemble brings a programme inspired by the Japanese word for fireworks — Hanabi — which combines the characters for “Flower” ((花)) and “Fire” (火). In memory of Ben Saskin from the Saskin Family

Seyr-o Safar: A Musical Journey Across Iran
Sunday, August 24, 4 p.m.
The Sarv Ensemble, with virtuoso percussionist Pedram Khavarzamini, performs their arrangements of music from Iran in its dazzling range and variety. Thanks to INVESCO

Bach to the Future
Thursday, August 28, 7 p.m.
Baroque cellist Kate Bennett Haynes continues her cycle of Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello with the Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major, along with music by Piatti and Britten, and the world premier of Harbourfront Centre commissioned work by Michael Oesterle. Thanks to Roger D. Moore

Jewish Music from the Carpathan Bow
Thursday, September 4, 7 p.m.
Veretski Pass Trio, one of the world’s great klezmer ensembles, presents pre-World War II Jewish melodies from Ukraine, Carpathian-Ruthenia, Bessarabia and Rumania, in their unique, energetic village-style arrangements. Thanks to The Gail Asper Family Foundation

Soundscapades: An exploration of a city full of sound
Sunday, September 7, 4 p.m.
Using more than 80 percussion instruments, TorQ Percussion Quartet presents a program of music created collectively by all four members and reflecting the diverse sounds, landscapes and people of the city of Toronto.

Thursday, September 11, 7 p.m.
A red dress, a parka, gold shoes and snow! Mix it up with accordionist Tiina Kiik and dancer Julia Aplin as they explore the intersection of dance and music! Note: 30-minute concert due to early sunset.

If it’s Sunday, this must be Paris: A Baroque Musical Tour
Sunday, September 14, 4 p.m.
A musical travelogue from Baroque Europe, featuring trio and solo sonatas from Germany, France, England, Italy and more, performed by four of Toronto’s leading period instrument exponents: Marco Cera (baroque oboe), Alison Melville (recorders), Margaret Gay (baroque cello) and Lucas Harris (theorbo).

Toronto Music Garden Tours
Guided tours begin at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays: June 4, 11, 18, 25; July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; August 6, 13, 20, 27; September 3, 10, 17, 24.
Pre-concert guided tours begin at 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays: July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; August 7, 14, 21, 28; September 4, 11.
The popular garden tours return for another season! Discover the spectacular parade of seasonal blooms and learn about the garden’s unique design and history. The two-acre Toronto Music Garden contains a spectacular array of flowering trees, shrubs and perennials.
Visitors are invited to take a free 45-minute walking tour led by Toronto Botanical Garden volunteer guides. Tours start in the west end of the garden in the Prelude section. Self-guided 70-minute audio tours (English only) hosted by Yo-Yo Ma and Julie Moir Messervy are also available for a rental fee of $6 at the Marina Quay West office, 539 Queens Quay West (daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.).

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