The Snowman* and Friends

Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 3:00pm

Pre-concert chat at 2:15 with Michael Newnham

This concert will be a relaxed performance.

A seasonal family celebration, featuring a screening of the animated classic The Snowman, with live orchestral music. Join Orchestra Toronto and special guests at our family-oriented concert to bring music and warmth to a chilly time of year.

  • Generations of children of all ages have enjoyed,  The Snowman,*a wintertime classic animated film with a magical score by Howard Blake.
  • Toronto-based composer Ron Royer's A Canadian Christmas Fantasia premiered in 2016, and has quickly become a popular seasonal work for orchestras all over North America.
  • Winner of the 2018 Marta Hidy prize for violin, Julia Mirzoev, will make her Orchestra Toronto debut, performing her chosen concerto.
  • The Long&McQuade Instrument Petting Zoo will visit, allowing audience members to get up close and personal with their favourite musical instruments during intermission. 

Read the programme notes before you attend!


Michael Newnham – Conductor
Julia Mirzoev – Violin**
And special guests

On the Program

Ron Royer – A Canadian Christmas Fantasia
Howard Blake – The Snowman
Alexander Glazunov – Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.82**
Johannes Brahms – Hungarian Dances, Nos.V and VI
Piotr Illych Tchaikovsky – Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker

* © Snowman Enterprises Limited


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


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Julia Mirzoev with her violinA Toronto native, Julia Mirzoev started playing violin at the age of two and a half years with her father. She then studied with renowned pedagogue Jacob Lakirovich up until she began her undergraduate degree. Julia is currently under the tutelage of Jonathan Crow, at the University of Toronto, where she plays principal positions as well as Concertmaster in the University of Toronto Symphony orchestra and the Opera orchestra. A winner of multiple first prizes across national and provincial competitions; including first and grand prizes at the Canadian Music Competition and the esteemed President's Trophy award at Toronto Kiwanis, Julia was granted both the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra concerto competition first prize, granting her a series of solo concerts with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, as well as the University of Toronto Concerto Competition prize. Julia has also performed solo with the Scarborough Philharmonic, Sinfonia Toronto, and the Canadian Sinfonietta, and will perform solo with Orchestra Toronto later this year as winner of the 2018 Marta Hidy Concerto Competition. A participant in international music festivals, Julia has been a part of the Orford music festival, as well as the Aspen Summer Music Festival this past summer. She will be attending the Toronto Summer Music festival this summer as a fellow, as well as the Sarasota Music Festival. A full scholarship student due to her musical and academic success, Julia has graduated her Bachelor’s Degree in Music, and will attend Yale University on full scholarship to pursue her Master’s Degree in Music with respected violinist and pedagogue and Ani Kavafian. Julia also enjoys playing chamber music, as well as teaching.

Isobel Arsenau

Isobel Arsenau is thrilled to be a part of The Snowman & Friends. She is a member of the Principal Chorus with the Canadian Children's Opera Company and a Grade 10 Musical Theater Major at Etobicoke School of the Arts. Theater credits with The Canadian Opera Company include: The Shepherd Boy in Tosca, Children's Chorus in Carmen, and a supernumerary in The Marriage of Figaro. Isobel has enjoyed the varied vocal opportunities she has had with the Canadian Children's Opera Company including their productions of the Monkiest King, Brundibar, and The Hobbit. She also trains in ballet and contemporary dance at Pia Bouman School for Ballet. Isobel is thankful for her choir conductor Teri Dunn and everyone at the CCOC, as well as her family and her vocal teacher, Elizabeth Polese.