Concert For Peace

Sunday, June 18, 2017 - 3:00pm

Pre-concert chat at 2:15 with Kevin Mallon

Orchestra Toronto is pleased and honoured to add our musical voice to Canada’s Sesquicentennial year of celebrations.  We conclude our 63rd season with a program that highlights one of our greatest Canadian strengths: our country's commitment to peace and to vibrant multiculturalism.

We are a nation occupied by settlers from around the world. And 150 years later, Toronto is one of the most diverse and livable cities on the planet.

Our 3:00 pm performance on Sunday, June 18th, 2017, in the George Weston Recital Hall honours our national commitment to welcome the world, in peace to Canada.  We are highlighting composers and compositions from some of the most recent conflict zones in our world as well as as some iconic pieces to bring some musical peace to the end of our season.


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The Iranian Composers of Toronto (ICOT)*
Miriam Khalil, soprano*
Matisse, Aled and Maslin Blundell**
Nai Syrian Children's Chorus***

On the Program

Barber – Adagio for Strings
ICOT – Recall the Eden*
Arabic Folksongs – arr. Kevin Mallon***
Telemann – Concerto in D for three trumpets**
Copland – Fanfare for the Common Man
Sibelius – Finlandia


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George Weston Recital Hall
Toronto Centre for the Arts
5040 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M2N 6R8


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icot_205_jm44632a-300x200Iranian-Canadian Composers of Toronto (ICOT) was founded by five Toronto-based composers and musicians in 2011 with the mission of creating new works that bridge Canadian and Iranian culture through music and art.

Miriam Khalil is an acclaimed Lebanese-Canadian soprano specializing in opera and concert performance. She has been lauded as a “skilled, versatile artist” with a “signature warm lyrical voice” by Musical Toronto, described as “dark, dangerous and alluring” by Opera Going Toronto, and praised for “making her fine soprano express every emotion with exactness and feeling” by the Globe and Mail.

The Blundell Brass

Canadian trumpeters Matisse, Aled, and Maslin Blundell started playing trumpet at 7, 6, and 5 years respectively, and have been playing together ever since!  Individually, they have held positions in the Hannaford Youth Program, Guelph Youth Symphony Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra, Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra (touring to Los Angeles and Shanghai), and the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, among others. Currently, the three play together in Orchestra Toronto. The siblings study with Jim Spragg of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.  Matisse, Aled, and Maslin love to play, and could not envision a life without music!

Orchestra Toronto is pleased to welcome special guests, Nai Syrian Children’s Choir. Founded in April 2016 by a staff and volunteer musicians at CultureLink, a Toronto-based charity, Nai Syrian Children’s Choir provides a unique space for the refugee children to learn to express their grief, yearning, love and hope through singing in their mother tongue and in the official languages of their new country. While recently arrived Syrian refugee children age 6-12 receive free weekly music education with our musicians, their parents learn and practice English conversation with experienced ESL educators.