TSM Adds Xenia Concert for Children on the Autism Spectrum to 2019 Festival Programming

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TORONTO – New this year, Toronto Summer Music expands its festival programming with a one-hour concert specially designed for families with children on the autism spectrum and children with accessibility issues. On Sunday, July 28 at 11 AM, the Xenia Concerts and TSM: Beyond Borders with Ensemble Made in Canada event will take place at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts (1 Front Street East).  The concert highlights the many cross-cultural influences that have shaped classical music into what it is today. Tickets are free, register online at Eventbrite Xenia Concerts and TSM.

Since 2017, Toronto Summer Music has offered a free Kids Concerts series at its annual festival, which has played to packed houses of enthusiastic children and their families.  The 2019 Toronto Summer Music Festival features three fun and engaging one-hour concerts specially designed to introduce children, ages 5-12, to classical music. Hosted by Joanna Kellam, the free concerts are held on Thursday mornings during the festival – July 18, 25 and August 1 – at 11 a.m. in Walter Hall at the University of Toronto, 80 Queen’s Park, next to Museum Subway Station.  The concerts are ticketed events and require advance booking.  To reserve tickets to the Kids Concerts or for more information call 416-408-0208 or visit www.torontosummermusic.com.

Toronto Summer Music’s 2019 Kids Concerts include:

Dover Quartet
Thursday, July 18 at 11:00 a.m. at Walter Hall

The award-winning Dover Quartet brings its youthful energy to this entertaining introduction to the sounds and instruments of a string quartet.

Art of Time Ensemble
Thursday, July 25 at 11:00 a.m. at Walter Hall

Ensemble Made in Canada
Thursday, August 1 at 11:00 a.m. at Walter Hall

Ensemble Made in Canada highlights the many cross-cultural influences that have shaped classical music into what it is today with a program that features music by Mozart, Fauré, and Frank Bridge.

The Kids Concerts series and Xenia concert on July 28th are made possible thanks to the support of TSM’s Free Concert Series Sponsor: TD Bank.

Art of Time Ensemble’s Artistic Director, pianist Andrew Burashko, will perform L’Histoire de Babar, le petit éléphant by Francis Poulenc, an iconic piece of music that seeds a love of classical music in young audiences by playfully connecting the piano score with the beloved children’s story by the same name.

About Toronto Summer Music
From July 11 to August 3, Toronto Summer Music brings outstanding classical music experiences to the city with a festival featuring 50+ public events including 28 mainstage concerts at Koerner Hall, Walter Hall, Lula Lounge and Church of the Redeemer, performed by renowned Canadian and international artists, plus masterclasses, lectures, workshops, and free and pay what you can outreach concerts. The 2019 Festival theme, Beyond Borders, celebrates the cross-cultural influences that have pervaded classical music from the times of Mozart and Mahler, right up to the composers of today.  Performances include soprano Adrianne Pieczonka, pianist Jon Kimura Parker, countertenor Daniel Taylor, pianist Angela Hewitt, the acclaimed Dover Quartet, The Art of Time Ensemble with Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah Slean, and the Rolston String Quartet. Call 416-408-0208 or visit www.torontosummermusic.com.

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