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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Summer Music in the Garden returns with an eclectic season of free concerts at the Toronto Music Garden, July 2-September 13

Presented by TD Bank Group  
TORONTO, ON (May 27, 2015) -Harbourfront Centre is pleased to announce the return of its much anticipated Summer Music in the Garden outdoor concert series from July 2 to September 13, presented by TD Bank Group.

This 16th edition will feature 17 free concerts, showcasing the talents of more than 55 artists throughout the summer, most Thursdays at 7pm and Sundays at 4pm

This edition of Summer Music in the Garden one again offers Torontonians and guests the opportunity to cross borders and experience a world of music. The performances range from a world premiere by First Nations (Odawa) composer Barbara Croall to the fingerstyle wonders of show-stopping guitarist Calum Graham, to virtuosic arias written 300 years ago for London's Covent Garden Opera House and sung by star countertenor Michael Taylor,"says Tamara Bernstein, Artistic Director of Summer Music in the Garden. 

Summer Music in the Garden Highlights :

  • Sunday, July 5 -Guided by Voices: Elinor Frey reveals the five-string cello's incredible versatility and remarkable colours through J.S. Bach's Sixth Suite for Solo Cello, her own transcripts of violin music by Telemann and Brenda, as well as commissioned works by Scott Godin and Isaiah Ceccarelli.
  • Thursday, July 30 -Impressions: Toronto-based Ton Beau String Quartet performs Ravel's String Quartet in F Major and Bill Rowson's String Quartet No. 1.
  • Thursday, August 27 -Ancient Echoes, New Beats: Nagata Shachu returns to the Music Garden with exhilarating taiko drumming.
  • Thursday, September 3 -Arrelumbre: Light after Dark: Ventanas kindles the light born of musical and human connection through its thrilling performances of music from Mediterranean lands: Flamenco, Balkan, Sephardic, Turkish and original composition.
Toronto Botanical Gardens offers free tours of the Toronto Music Garden from June 20 through September. Self-guided tours are also available with audio players that can be rented at the Marina Quay West office, 539 Queens Quay West.
Summer Music in the Garden is presented by TD Bank Group 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 generous individual supporters led by Margaret and Jim Fleck. 

For further information on Summer Music in the Garden, please visit http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/summermusic/2015/ or call Harbourfront Centre at 416-973-4000

For information on other City of Toronto parks and gardens, please visit http://www1.toronto.ca or call 416-338-0338. 

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. 

The Toronto Music Garden is considered by many to be the jewel of the City of Toronto's parks 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 MoirMesservy. Opened Founded 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 and each movement is poetically reflected through in the park's landscape and flora.

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