2019/2020 Season

Dear Friends of the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra;

We are delighted to share with you our 2019/20 season of the award-winning Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra. Music Director Matthew Jones brings to life engaging classical music with enthusiasm and vision.

Don’t miss a concert by subscribing to our five Main Series concerts featuring exciting guest artists. You will find something for everybody in this season’s musical delights from Elgar, Brahms, Liszt, Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and more! Join the EPO as we inaugurates our NEW Sunday matinée “Discovery Series” concert to explore the vast world of orchestral music.

We are thrilled to welcome again Joseph Johnson, principal cellist with the Toronto Symphony, for a performance of Tchaikovsky’s majestic Rococo Variations. Young winners from the North York Music Festival celebrate their talent with the EPO with performances from Rimsky-Korsakov’s Piano Concerto, the first movements from Haydn’s Cello and Mozart’s A major Piano Concertos, all rounded out by a performance of Brahms’ second Piano Concerto with very popular and renowned pianist Arthur Ozolins.

We hope you will join us,
Matthew Jones, Music Director

Concert Programs

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Concert In Lockdown

The EPO may be in lockdown, but its members, conductor and soloists continue to live, play and think music. We invite you, our audience, to enjoy our uniquely curated, virtual concert–the program planned for May 8th–together with interviews, podcasts and member showcase videos. Please follow this link to access the first EPO Concert in Lockdown.

EPO Concert in Lockdown

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Nature's Power in Music

Friday, October 25, 2019

A program that explores the majesty of the natural world and the power of the human imagination. Grieg’s In Autumn, Stravinsky’s Firebird, and selections from Alexander Borodin and Peter Hatch celebrate the breadth of the human experience. Cellist Joseph Johnson joins the EPO for a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations dominated by the celebration of elaborate ornamentation.

Edvard Grieg
In Autumn, Op. 11
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Rococo Variations
Peter Hatch
Long Beach
Igor Stravinsky
Firebird Suite
Alexander Borodin
In the Steppes of Central Asia
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Tales of a Canadian Pioneer

Friday, November 22, 2019

Music that tells a story of a French Canadian pioneer girl determined to thrive in the north of our great province. Oshawa French Canadian composer Luc Arsenault shares his majestic composition Histoire d’une petite pionnière du Nord (Tale of a Northern Pioneer Girl). Join concerto winners from the North York Music Festival all framed by the majestic Elgar Enigma Variations.

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Piano Concerto in C# minor, Op. 30
Edward Elgar
Enigma Variations
Franz Joseph Haydn
Concerto No. 2 in D Major for cello and orchestra, Hob. VIIb/2, Op. 101, 1st mvmt.
Luc Arsenault
Histoire d’une petite pionnière du Nord
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The Gift of Christmas

Friday, December 13, 2019

Amongst the Christmas cheer of your favourite Christmas repertoire, conductor Matthew Jones trades his baton for a recorder, joined by fellow recorder player Nate Houston and concertmaster Mark Whale in a performance of the Brandenburg Concerto No. 4. A fun and lively Holiday celebration with our popular Singalong and Silent Auction.

We are also excited to have the Porter Fly High Raffle sponsored by Porter Airlines. Win a trip for two to any Porter Destination.

John Finnegan
Christmas Singalong
Johann Sebastian Bach
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049
Milton Barnes
Channuka Suite No. 2
Johnny Marks
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Alan Silvestri
Suite from The Polar Express
Leroy Anderson
Sleigh Ride
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Fantasia on Greensleeves
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DISCOVERY SERIES: A Musical Journey Through Time

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Join the EPO as it inaugurates a new series designed to explore the vast world of orchestral music. Enter our orchestral time machine and journey from Giovanni Gabrieli’s Canzoni of the renaissance, Bach’s compositions from the baroque era, the romanic music of Tchaikovsky all the way back to our own 21st century with Canadian John Estacio's Frenergy.

Giovanni Gabrieli
Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C Major, BWV 1066
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488, 1st mvmt.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
1812 Overture, Op. 49
John Estacio
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The Swirl of Humanity

Friday, March 27, 2020

We regret to announce the cancellation of our March 27 The Swirl of Humanity concert as a result of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation.

The Tragic Overture by Brahms comments dramatically on the spirit of tragedy in human life. Written at the same time as the jubilant Academic Festival Overture, Brahms famously declared “one weeps, the other laughs”.

Shostakovich was more strongly affected by the vagaries of history and politics than most composers, since he lived in a country where "Big Brother" was constantly watching everyone.

It is thought that Shostakovich began his Symphony No. 10 only a few months after Stalin’s death, a political shift that brought forth a time when the Soviet government stopped bullying.

Johannes Brahms
Tragic Overture, Op. 81
Dmitri Shostakovich
Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93
Matthew Emery
Unanswered Letters
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Celebration of Invention

Friday, May 8, 2020

We regret to announce the cancellation of our May 8 Celebration of Invention concert as a result of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation.

Franz Liszt published “Les Préludes” in 1856, and the term “Symphonic Poem” was born – a work inspiring scenes, images, or moods. Brahms’ mighty Piano Concerto was inspired by the composer’s experiences crossing the Alps to Italy as he drafted his ideas for his monumental second Piano Concerto.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Overture to The Magic Flute
Franz Liszt
Les Préludes
Johannes Brahms
Piano Concerto No. 2 in Bb major, Op. 83

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