Studies show that listening to classical music can increase the IQs of babies developing in the womb, much like decoupaging Louis de Broglie's dissertation onto a pregnant belly. Fuel the minds of the future with today’s Groupon to the Toronto Summer Music Festival, running from Tuesday, July 19, through Saturday, August 13. Performances will be held in Koerner Hall at the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning and in Walter Hall in the Edward Johnson Building at the University of Toronto. Click here for a list of performances.
The Toronto Summer Music Festival awes ears of all ages with a mellifluous lineup of classical music performed by adroit artists of both Canadian and international persuasions, with this year’s festival dedicated to the works of Beethoven and the romantics. Each concert is held in an intimate venue, and many begin with free preconcert talks that discuss topics such as, “The Piano Trio: A Study in Relationships” and “Wild Composer Hair: Who Wore it Better?” Pianist Kirill Gerstein deftly tickles stubborn ivories until they erupt with dulcet giggles of Beethoven, Brahms, and Liszt, and conductor Jonathan Darlington steers the National Youth Orchestra of Canada through the majestic waters of Mahler’s Symphony no. 5 without splashing audiences with excess treble clefs.
All values include a service charge and HST. Regular admission for those younger than 35 is $42.32 on July 19 and $24.18 for the remaining shows.
Toronto Summer Music Festival
Both Canadian and international artists descend upon the stages of Toronto Summer Music Festival for its eighth year. Twelve mainstage concerts bring a decidedly French-heavy lineup of compositions to life, exploring the Parisian bent of Ravel, Debussy, and Fauré. But the festival doesn't stop at the stage. Augmenting these performances are film screenings, musician interviews, masterclasses, and guest lectures that discuss topics such as, “La Belle et la Bete: Wagner and Wagnerism in La Belle Epoque” or “Wild Composer Hair: Who Wore it Better?”