Youth at the Holidays

Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 3:00pm

Pre-concert chat at 2:15 with Kevin Mallon

harry-potterT’is the season to take a break from our regular programming as we present our annual holiday concert. This is a great opportunity to introduce the youth and children in your life to the magic of orchestral music.

Trevor Rines will narrate The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. It was originally commissioned for an educational documentary film called Instruments of the Orchestra, featuring the London Symphony Orchestra.

Orchestra Toronto is also pleased to introduce our inspirational young percussion soloist Michael Murphy.

As an added feature, thanks to our friends at Long & McQuade, our young patrons will have access to our “Instrument Petting Zoo” and receive a special gift bag at the end of the performance.

Read our programme notes written by Terry Robbins.



Kevin Mallon – Conductor
Trevor Rines – Narrator*
Corey Gemmell - Violin**
Michael Murphy - Percussion***

On the Program

Britten – Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra*
Williams, Hooper, Desplat, Doyle – The Complete Harry Potter
Vivaldi - Concerto no.4 in f minor, op.8 "Winter"**
Higdon - Percussion Concerto***


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


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michael-murphy-headshot-12.5Canadian percussionist Michael Murphy is known for his dynamic approach to chamber music and for his commitment to new music. He premiered Larysa Kuzmenko’s Dance Macabre for marimba and tuba in 2015, and in the same year contributed to the creation of two operas, including Isis and Osiris featuring the music of Peter Togni. He also appeared with the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra as winner of the Concerto Competition, to standing ovations. As a collaborator, Murphy is involved in multiple contemporary chamber projects and has been a regular guest with the Toronto-based percussion quartet Spectrum. In 2015, he and accordionist Michael Bridge began the Michael Squared Project, a duet established for the purpose of premiering works for accordion and percussion. During the Pan Am Games, Michael joined Greta Hodgkinson and several dancers of the National Ballet of Canada for five performances of Venom, to an audience of over 10,000. On April 22, 2016, Michael will premiere the concerto version of Alice Ping Yee Ho’s Evolving Elements for marimba and strings.