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This podcast series from the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra (Ontario, Canada) features engaging and interesting interviews from our SPO team, Music Director, musicians, and community partners. We'll also have special guests and musicologists from around the world joining us, to share stories and history about classical music. New music performances can be found on our YouTube page.
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A look at the diverse world of orchestras in the province of Ontario. Besides the major orchestras like the Toronto Symphony and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, there are exciting orchestral activities throughout the province. Featuring part 1 interviewees conductor Philip Sarabura and Co-President of the Board Joann Alho (the Brantford Symphony), and part 2 Artistic Director Joyce Lai (Canadian Sinfonietta), Music Services Manager Ana-Maria Lipoczi (Canadian Music Centre), Vice-President Christine Fong (Cathedral Bluffs Symphony) and Executive Director Devin Scott (Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra). --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/spogreatmusic/message
A look at the diverse world of orchestras in the province of Ontario. Besides the major orchestras like the Toronto Symphony and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, there are exciting orchestral activities throughout the province. Featuring part 1 interviewees conductor Philip Sarabura and Co-President of the Board Joann Alho (the Brantford Symphony), and part 2 Artistic Director Joyce Lai (Canadian Sinfonietta), Music Services Manager Ana-Maria Lipoczi (Canadian Music Centre), Vice-President Christine Fong (Cathedral Bluffs Symphony) and Executive Director Devin Scott (Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra). --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/spogreatmusic/message
Composing music for an animated film is among the most complex, time consuming and technically challenging project a film composer can face. From Walt Disney’s developments in the field to present day work, go behind the scenes with composers who have experience in the field. Featuring interviews with film composers Jim McGrath, Bruno Degazio and more. This podcast is part of a YouTube project which includes Sheridan College student animated short films with music created by SPO related composers. Part 1 explores how composers approach writing music for animated film, along with Canadian contributions to the genre from Sheridan College and the University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Guest host and composer Ronald Royer interviews film composers Bruno Degazio and Jim McGrath. Part 2 will look at the history of Hollywood cartoons and music featuring noted professor Daniel Goldmark, author of "Tunes for ‘Toons: Music and the Hollywood Cartoon" (California, 2005). This podcast episode features brief music and audio from the animated short film, Ramon The Magnificent, created by Sheridan College Animation graduate, Vladimir Volkov, with new 2020 music by composer, Ronald Royer. Used with permission. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/spogreatmusic/message
Composing music for an animated film is among the most complex, time consuming and technically challenging project a film composer can face. From Walt Disney’s developments in the field to present day work, go behind the scenes with composers who have experience in the field. Featuring interviews with film composers Jim McGrath, Bruno Degazio and more. This podcast is part of a YouTube project which includes Sheridan College student animated short films with music created by SPO related composers. Part 1 explores how composers approach writing music for animated film, along with Canadian contributions to the genre from Sheridan College and the University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Guest host and composer Ronald Royer interviews film composers Bruno Degazio and Jim McGrath. Part 2 will look at the history of Hollywood cartoons and music featuring noted professor Daniel Goldmark, author of "Tunes for ‘Toons: Music and the Hollywood Cartoon" (California, 2005). This podcast episode features brief music and audio from the animated short film, Ramon The Magnificent, created by Sheridan College Animation graduate, Vladimir Volkov, with new 2020 music by composer, Ronald Royer. Used with permission. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/spogreatmusic/message
There is a long history of composers being inspired to tell stories through instrumental music, with Vivaldi’s Four Seasons being a famous example. In 2018, the SPO in partnership with its ensemble-in-residence, the Odin String Quartet, embarked on the Drying Ink project to create new Canadian music for the quartet. Interestingly, each of the composers involved created music with an embedded story. This episode will look at ways composers can tell stories using music and why this type of creation is appealing. Featuring interviews with members of the Odin String Quartet and 7 Canadian composers connected to this project. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/spogreatmusic/message
The piano music of Maurice Ravel is among the most exciting, the most colourful, and, for the performers, the most challenging in the piano repertoire. This episode will look at the life of Maurice Ravel, his beautifully expressive piano compositions, and the challenges of performing it. Featuring University of Ottawa professor and musicologist Christopher Moore and piano soloist Alexander Panizza. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/spogreatmusic/message
East Meets West

East Meets West

2021-02-0442:42

China has a rich musical history, but it is constructed differently than music in the western world. This episode will look at the ways composers have combined traditional Chinese music with western classical music, including a discussion of the Oscar winning movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, the Butterfly Lover’s Violin Concerto and more. Featuring interviews with conductor and composer Tak Ng Lai and composer Kevin Zi-Xiao He. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/spogreatmusic/message
O Canada, the Song

O Canada, the Song

2021-01-2123:30

Canadians all sing it, but how much do we really know about it? This episode is based on the article, Calixa Lavallee and the Construction of a National Anthem by Ross W. Duffin (The Musical Quarterly). A fascinating exploration of the man and the music behind O Canada. Featuring an interview with Ross W. Duffin himself. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/spogreatmusic/message
Discover the 40-year history of the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra. The triumphs and challenges, as well as the passion and love for great music that has sustained the orchestra through the decades. There will be several interviews featuring musicians, SPO music directors and other members from the SPO community. Special thanks to our 2020/2021 Music Director, Conductor, and podcast Producer, Ronald Royer, and Executive Director and podcast Executive Producer, Devin Scott, for all their hard work keeping our history moving forward. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/spogreatmusic/message
The Huron Carol was the first Christmas song composed in Canada, written using the language of the Huron/Wendat people in 1642. Progressing through the centuries to present day music, this episode will look at Canada’s cultural history through the lens of holiday music. Including musical traditions and music from Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and the unique “Santa Claw” songs from the Maritimes. Featuring interviews with SPO conductor and composer Ronald Royer, Toronto Choral Society conductor Geoffrey Butler,  Toronto based singer-songwriters Jacelyn Holmes and folk artist, translator, farmer and pilot Anastasia Fyk. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/spogreatmusic/message
Discover the 40-year history of the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra. The triumphs and challenges, as well as the passion and love for great music that has sustained the orchestra through the decades. There will be several interviews featuring musicians, SPO music directors and other members from the SPO community. Special thanks to our 2020/2021 Music Director, Conductor, and podcast Producer, Ronald Royer, and Executive Director and podcast Executive Producer, Devin Scott, for all their hard work keeping our history moving forward. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/spogreatmusic/message
Beethoven’s life, his personality, his daily schedule, his favourite foods, and influences on his life and music will be discussed. We will examine what inspired and motivated Beethoven, leading him to create some of the most famous and popular classical music of all time. Included will be a discussion of his chamber music, including interviews with University of Toronto Music Professor Dr. Alexander Rapoport, SPO music director Ronald Royer, SPO Artist-in-Residence Dr. Lisa Tahara and pianist Alexander Panizza. Part 2 examines Beethoven's mid to late works. Make sure to also listen to Part 1, focusing on Beethoven’s early life and career. Excerpts from the piano sonatas are recorded by Alexander Panizza. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/spogreatmusic/message
Beethoven’s life, his personality, his daily schedule, his favourite foods, and influences on his life and music will be discussed. We will examine what inspired and motivated Beethoven, leading him to create some of the most famous and popular classical music of all time. Included will be a discussion of his chamber music, including interviews with University of Toronto Music Professor Dr. Alexander Rapoport, SPO music director Ronald Royer, SPO concertmaster Corey Gemmell, and pianists Alexander Panizza, Emily Rho and Dr. Lisa Tahara. Part 1 will focus on Beethoven’s early life and career, while Part 2 (November 13 release) will examine his mid to late work. Excerpts from the piano sonatas will be recorded by Alexander Panizza. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/spogreatmusic/message
J.S. Bach’s compositions for solo cello and violin are milestones in the repertoire for a solo unaccompanied instrument. This episode will look at J.S. Bach’s life, his solo suites for the cello and his partitas for the violin, and his influence on other composers who have written solo works. Featuring interviews with Eric Siblin, author of J.S. Bach’s The Cello Suites (Anansi with support from the OAC and CCA), SPO concertmaster Corey Gemmell, and Canadian composer Frank Horvat, discussing his recent Music for Self-Isolation series of solo instrument works. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/spogreatmusic/message
How have plagues and pandemics affected musical life, musicians, and composers? This episode will focus on the European plagues from the 1300s through the 1800s, and the global 1918 and 2019 pandemics. Featuring interviews with Dr. Remi Chiu, author of Plague and Music in the Renaissance (Cambridge University Press), Katherine Carleton, Executive Director of Orchestras Canada, and conductor/composer William Rowson. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/spogreatmusic/message
Episode one is an introduction to the series, featuring interviews with artists from organizations involved with the podcast, including Ronald Royer (music director of the SPO), William Rowson (music director of the Stratford Symphony), Derek Spooner (executive director of Scarborough Arts), and Tamar Ilana (executive director of FabCollab). --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/spogreatmusic/message
Introductory episode to the all-new SPOGreatMusic podcast. Premiere episode to be released Friday September 18th, 2020. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/spogreatmusic/message
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