Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 3:00pm

Pre-concert chat at 2:15 with Michael Newnham

Springtime brings warmth and delight. What better way to bring in springtime’s warmth than with lush Romantic music?

  • The orchestral opening to Rossini's opera La Gazza Ladra has eclipsed its opera in popularity, with good reason: we are opening the concert with duelling snare drums, lyrical melodies, and playful virtuosity
  • Carl Maria von Weber's favourite wind instrument was the clarinet. His Clarinet Concerto No. 1  is full of expressive melodies, passed between the soloist and the orchestra. Soloist Dominic Desautels will share the stage with Orchestra Toronto to present this classic concerto.
  • We conclude our 2018-19 season with Respighi's symphonic poem The Pines of Rome, an orchestral painting of the ancient towering pines that shelter children's games, shade ancient catacombs, and have stood tall over ancient roads for centuries. 


Michael Newnham – Conductor
Dominic Desautels – Clarinet*

On the Program

Rossini – La gazza ladra
Carl Maria von Weber – Clarinet concerto No.1 in F minor*
Britten/Rossini – Les matinées musicales, Op.24
Respighi – The Pines of Rome


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Dominic Desautels

Headshot of Dominic Deautels with clarinet

Dominic Desautels photo by Pierre-Etienne Bergeron

Principal clarinetist at the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, Dominic Desautels enjoys a busy career as a soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue, at home as well as abroad.

He made his debut as a soloist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 2003 at the age of 21 — as well as being invited the same season as acting principal clarinetist. He has since been a guest soloist with several orchestras, including Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais, Symphony Nova Scotia, Sinfonia Lanaudière, Orchestre de la Francophonie and Orchestre de l’Université de Montréal.

Dominic appears as a guest artist and faculty in several festivals, notably since 2013 at Scotia Festival of Music with its fine history of clarinet artists which initiated with Robert Marcellus in the 1980s. As co-artistic director of The Parcival Project chamber ensemble, he has toured across Canada and South America. Other recent tours include 40 recitals presented by Jeunesses Musicales of Canada, and last minute replacement for Italian star clarinetist Corrado Giuffredi on a USA tour.


Besides his duties at the Canadian Opera Company, he also holds the principal clarinet chair at the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. Prior to these positions, he was principal clarinetist at the Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais in Brazil, and then at Symphony Nova Scotia in Halifax.

Dominic started playing the clarinet at age 15 and studied mainly with Jean-François Normand, Robert Riseling and Joaquin Valdepeñas, and more recently has received guidance from François Benda and James Campbell. After studies at several institutions such as the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal and the Glenn Gould School, he graduated from the Université de Montréal in 2007.

The winner of several competitions, he was the first clarinetist to ever win a top prize, at the 33rd edition of the prestigious International Stepping Stone at the Canadian Music Competition. He is now in demand as an adjudicator at institutions such as the Glenn Gould School, University of Toronto, the Concours at the Conservatoires de Musique du Québec and the national finals of the Canadian Music Competition. He has taught at Dalhousie and Acadia Universities, and has recently been appointed Adjunct Professor of clarinet at the Faculty of Music of the University of Toronto.

Dominic Desautels is a Backun Artist and plays on the Backun MoBa clarinets made of cocobolo wood, and is an Endorsing Artist for Légère European Cut Reeds.