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Toronto Symphony Orchestra Ticket Giveaway: ‘Best of Rodgers & Hammerstein’ (Wednesday April 19, 2017 at 8 p.m.)

This fabulous concert brings you unforgettable songs from every one of the eleven Broadway musicals that this legendary team created—solid-gold classics such as The Sound of Music, South Pacific, Carousel, Oklahoma!, and The King and I, with appealing rarities like Cinderella and Flower Drum Song, too!

All music and lyrics by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Orchestration by Robert Russell Bennett, unless otherwise indicated.

Arr. Adolph Deutsch/orch. Alexander Courage

Selections from Oklahoma!

Main Title (film version)

“Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” (film version)

“People Will Say We’re in Love”

Orch. Don Walker

Selections from Carousel

The Carousel Waltz

“Soliloquy”

“You’ll Never Walk Alone”

“It’s a Grand Night for Singing” from State Fair

“The Gentleman Is a Dope” from Allegro

Selections from South Pacific

“You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught” (orch. Don Walker)

“I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy”

“Some Enchanted Evening”

“There Is Nothin’ Like a Dame”

Selections from The King and I

Overture

“I Have Dreamed”

“I Whistle a Happy Tune”

“No Other Love” from Me and Juliet

“Everybody’s Got a Home But Me” from Pipe Dream

“Waltz for a Ball” from Cinderella

“I Enjoy Being a Girl” from Flower Drum Song

Selections from The Sound of Music

Prologue and “The Sound of Music” (orch. Irvin Kostal)

“Edelweiss”

“Climb Ev’ry Mountain”

Principal Pops Conductor, Steven Reineke says, “I love the music of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, who together are arguably the most important and successful song writing duos in theatre history. While many of their songs from the eleven musicals on which they collaborated are classics now, it’s worth remembering that they revolutionized the genre when Rodgers and Hammerstein created them. Rather than simply being a diversion to the main action of the story, these song and dance numbers are directly integrated into the drama, furthering the plot and also providing social commentary. The music you’ll hear at this concert is sophisticated and affecting and I’m delighted to be performing these amazing songs with star vocalists Chilina Kennedy and Ryan Silverman, the glorious voices of the Amabile Choirs of London, Canada, and, of course, your Toronto Symphony Orchestra!”

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN

  • Richard Rodgers (1902–1979) and Oscar Hammerstein II (1895–1960) wrote eleven musicals in seventeen years, an astonishing accomplishment.
  • Although Rodgers and Hammerstein had collaborated on writing songs for Oklahoma! (1943), Carousel (1945), State Fair (1945), and Allegro (1947), the first musical they produced entirely on their own was South Pacific (1949). They would produce, or co-produce, every one of their musicals from then on.
  • Rodgers and Hammerstein’s casting process was a cottage industry unto itself. They held weekly Thursday morning audition sessions from which they would recruit fresh talent, who would first be sent out on road tours or be members of Broadway choruses before they became lead performers. For example, Shirley Jones worked in the choruses of South Pacific and Me and Juliet before she undertook the female lead role in the Oklahoma! film.

Thank you to our friends at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for gifting Thirty Four Flavours with a pair of tickets to the ‘Best of Rodgers & Hammerstein’ (Wednesday April 19, 2017 at 8 p.m. )performance!

What are the rules when entering the Thirty Four Flavours and Toronto Symphony Orchestra Ticket Giveaway?

Simple! Please sign up to Thirty Four Flavours Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thirtyfourflavours, Twitter https://twitter.com/34flavours, or email subscription to enter the draw. When you have signed up please send me a Facebook message, a tweet or email (thirtyfourflavours@gmail.com) telling me you why you want to win the Symphony tickets.

Deadline for the Thirty Four Flavours and the ‘Best of Rodgers & Hammerstein (Wednesday April 19, 2017 at 8 p.m.)’ Ticket Giveaway is Monday April 17, 2017.

https://www.tso.ca/concert/best-rodgers-hammerstein

Ticket Giveaway: The Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s ‘New Creations Festival’: James Ehnes (Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – 8:00pm)

Known for his virtuosity and probing musicianship, violinist James Ehnes has performed in over 35 countries on five continents, appearing regularly in the world’s great concert halls and with many of the most celebrated orchestras and conductors.

In the 2016-2017 season James continues his cross-Canada recital tour in celebration of his 40th birthday, performs the complete Bach Sonatas and Partitas in Stresa, Montreux, Los Angeles, Liverpool, and Amsterdam, and joins the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra on a tour of China and the National Arts Centre Orchestra on a tour of Eastern Canada. James also holds artist residencies with the Melbourne Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, and the Scotia Festival, undertakes two tours with the Ehnes Quartet, and leads the winter and summer festivals of the Seattle Chamber Music Society, where he is the Artistic Director.

Superstar violinist James Ehnes performs a concerto that Pulitzer Prize–winner Aaron Jay Kernis wrote especially for him. Festival curator Owen Pallett offers his latest piece, Songs From an Island.

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s ‘New Creations Festival’ has snapped up James Ehnes to highlight their ‘New Creations Festival’ with light in these dark winter months.

As part of the performance night, be sure to enjoy Harry Stafylakis: Shadows Radiant (TSO Co-commission) [2′], Aaron Jay Kernis: Violin Concerto (World Première/TSO Co-commission) [25′], Owen Pallett: Songs From An Island (World Première/TSO Commission) [15′] and Nico Muhly: Mixed Messages [11′].

Thank you to our friends at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for gifting Thirty Four Flavours with a pair of tickets to the ‘New Creations Festival’: James Ehnes (Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – 8:00pm) performance!

What are the rules when entering the Thirty Four Flavours and Toronto Symphony Orchestra Ticket Giveaway?

Simple! Please sign up to Thirty Four Flavours Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thirtyfourflavours, Twitter https://twitter.com/34flavours, or email subscription to enter the draw. When you have signed up please send me a Facebook message, a tweet or email (thirtyfourflavours@gmail.com) telling me you why you want to win the Symphony tickets.

Deadline for the Thirty Four Flavours and the ‘New Creations Festival’: James Ehnes (Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – 8:00pm) Ticket Giveaway is Monday March 6, 2017.

Limited tickets available.

https://www.tso.ca/concert/james-ehnes

Review: ROM Friday Night Live (#FNLROM): Afro Fête celebrates Black History Month (Friday February 3, 2017)

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New year and new jams at #FNLROM!  On Friday February 3, 2017 we celebrated Afro Fête as part of Black History Month with a jam-packed night of vibrant music, food and activations.  The evening featured live entertainment, DJs and special performances in the Museum’s stunning galleries.

The #FNLROM Afro Fête Performances did not disappoint with the likes of Exco Levi & High Priest.  Jamaican/Canadian musician Exco Levi paid tribute to the founders of reggae music with a modern twist of poetry and sound. This four-time Juno award winner has performed in multiple tours and reggae festivals around the world.

We also enjoyed Ammoye.  Rooted in the reggae music of her native Jamaica, Ammoye effortlessly glided from reggae and dancehall to gospel, soul and R&B. Over the years, Ammoye has been performing at events and festivals around the globe, and has shared the stage with Ziggy Marley, Freddie McGregor, Romain Virgo and Beenie Man.

The Afro Lounge was off the hook!  We ordered some West African street eats, grabbed a drink, and played a game of Ludo. Complete with a dressing room in the back, showcasing exclusive pieces from the Chinedesign summer collection inspired by the Museum’s current Art, Honour, and Ridicule: Asafo Flags from Southern Ghana exhibition.

Who Killed Colin Roach? We also explored the interconnections between race, justice and the state in this film by Isaac Julien.  Well worth a visit!

See you in the spring!

#FNLROM:

Afro Fête Tickets: $5 for ROM Members, $15 for Adults, and $13 for Students.

#FNLROM is a specially ticketed event for adults 19+.

For information and future tickets, visit rom.on.ca.

Review: The Sony Centre Partner Neighborhood Restaurant – Real Mo-Mo’s

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Before or after a performance at The Sony Centre check out Real Mo-Mo’s. It can be found across the street from the Sony Centre for Performing Arts – think European, relaxed and delicious. Be sure to grab a special discount off your food/drink receipt when you show your Sony Centre for Performing Arts ticket before or after your show! A perfect way to stretch your dollar, feed you and your guests and keep the good energy flowing!

Monique and her team do the most gorgeous High Tea. It is probably the best deal in the city.  Offered daily between 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. for $30 (for two people) you will be fed Speculaas, Dutch stroop wafel, selection of cakes and a scone with fruit compote and butter, Cucumber and tzatziki sandwich, Dutch chicken curry salad sandwich, smoked salmon & goat cheese brioche and Dutch bitterballen.  Make it a Cream High Tea (add two glasses of Pink Prosecco).

We swooned over the Dutch chicken curry salad sandwich which was fresh, tasty and fragrant. It was filling and not too strong that it took over the flavours from the other goodies on the tier tray.  I wish I could eat a bowl of this as a midnight snack some nights.

The smoked salmon & goat cheese brioche was just as exquisite. It even came with a bit of attitude and flair in presentation with an onion cutting waving us a hello upon entering our mouths.  The smoked salmon was luscious and clean.  The goat cheese brioche just melted in one bite.  The sizing in the portions was grand and not typical for High Tea fare.

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The most decadent savoury item was the Dutch bitterballen with mustard. Who knew such a tasty little item the size of a ping pong ball would be so flavourful and curious.  How did the meat stay so lush in the deep fried ball, we wondered?

For our tea choice, we went for the traditional Earl Grey leaves to linger upon and enjoy with our casual conversation. We loved the glassware tea service.  It was modern and very Dutch in its clean lines.  Throughout the meal we would stare up at the crown moulding ceiling, lavender walls, comfy furniture and natural wood.

For some quick additions to the High Tea we ordered Mo-Mo’s Tibetan Dumplings which were crispy vegetable dumplings with mango chutney. Think lil packages stuffed with mushroom, ginger and cabbage.  We loved the mango chutney which had touches of tamarind in each bite.

Moving on, we tried out the Down Under Sliders which consisted of (wait for it) grilled kangaroo, caramelized onions, granny smith apple, creamy brie, homemade beetroot jam on buttery brioche buns. Talk about a surprise and indeed something different.  We were told by Monique, the owner, that the kangaroo is ordered in advance from the butcher and is certainly unique in flavour.  We were not disappointed.  It was certainly a rich experience.  The beetroot jam would be a perfect ally for a Sunday in bed with tea and toast.

Another win was the Bison Burger. Think Goat cheese, pickled red onions, mustard aioli, tomatoes served on a warm soft pretzel bun.  The Zucchini Spears were the perfect addition.  The batter was crisp, not oily and awesome to crunch on in between sips of tea and laughter.  The hot cross bun styles made us smile and hugged the burger.  The Bison Burger was satisfying, tender but pretty heavy for a High Tea addition.

As we carried on with the sweets portion of the meal we tucked into the Speculaas, Dutch stroop wafel, scone with fruit compote and butter with ease. Light, fairy like and decadent.

As Monique says, ‘ The hospitality at Real Mo-Mo’s is not profit-driven, but rather, focussed on establishing meaningful relationships with our clients. With this, and additional luxury of delicious brunches, lunches and dinners carefully prepared for them, I am certain that my guests will feel right at home at Real Mo-Mo’s.’

Don’t forget to visit Real Mo-Mo’s during Winterlicious in Toronto from January 27 – February 9, 2017.

Bonne Appetite!

http://realmomos.com/

http://www.sonycentre.ca/plan-your-visit/restaurants

Toronto Symphony Orchestra Dining Partner: ‘Azure Restaurant & Bar’ at the InterContinental Toronto Centre

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Featuring contemporary Canadian cuisine, the Azure Restaurant & Bar restaurant in downtown Toronto offers an innovative dining experience. Showcasing the city’s diverse culinary influences in a pleasing modern environment, Azure Restaurant & Bar offers a distinct selection of dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Chef de Cuisine Grace DiFede creates a tempting culinary journey, using the ingredients to take your taste buds off the beaten path. Stylish private dining rooms provide intimate spaces for parties and private dining, and Azure Lounge offers the ultimate space to unwind. For a delectable buffet breakfast, inspiring business lunch or lingering dinner and drinks, Azure is a sophisticated and inviting option loved by locals and travelers alike.

Located in the open lobby of the luxurious InterContinental Toronto Centre, the Azure Restaurant & Bar is a modern urban escape. Soaring floor-to-ceiling windows meet a gorgeous glass canopy, letting diners look out onto the cityscape. Enjoy the ambiance of outdoor dining all year long, and experience superior service from a knowledgeable, attentive staff. Stunning blue glass artwork from Stuart Reid floats above the bar, which serves signature martinis, organic local beer and thoughtful wine selections. Pamper your senses and indulge your hunger for serene, contemporary dining at Azure Restaurant & Bar.

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Review:

Upon entering the modern and relaxing space we were guided to our seats which overlooked the Azure Restaurant & Bar. The hanging sconces and dim lights were romantic but at the same time offered us comfort. The city lights shone into the window and the music playing was gentle to the ears.  We viewed fellow guests enjoying intimate conversations with one another, a few were quietly eating their meals on their own with a glass of wine and some were just taking in the moment.

Glancing at the Cocktail List at the Azure Restaurant & Bar is a sight to behold. We sipped our Azure Blue cocktails which had flavours of coconut and pineapple (white rum + malibu + pineapple juice + lime juice + blue curacao) and Apple Ginger Punch which was laden with ginger, spice and everything nice (bacardi black + galliano + angostura bitters + thyme syrup + apple cider + ginger beer) quietly.  They were beautifully hand crafted and potent in the first sip.

To begin we ordered the Crisp Pork Belly & Chive Blini which consisted of red cabbage slaw, sour cream and fig marmalade. The pork belly was beautifully cooked. Although solid in placement, when consumed it was fluffy and buttery.  Almost cloud like.  The crust was nicely baked and tender.  The sour cream and fig marmalade indeed took a back seat to the pork belly but illuminated its flavour once it hit the palate.

The Quinoa & Endive Salad was zesty and humorous. The granny smith apple, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds were laced elegantly with pomegranate yogurt.  The Quinoa & Endive Salad was a wonderful introduction to the meal.  Light, airy and yet brimming with delight in its crispiness and subtle flavours.

If you are stopping in for a quick bite or before a performance at The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, order the Charcuterie Board. It consists of cured meats, pickled vegetables, olives, mustard and crostini. Think rustic and ‘oh so’ Italy meets Canadiana on a piece of slate.  Put a slice of salami on the crostini with a dash of the spicy mustard.  It was divine, powerful and must be had with a wine or beer from the bar.  The Mezze Platter or the Cheese Board will also make great first dates for the evening.  Wonderful additions if you are looking to prolong your evening with good company.

For the mains, the Pomegranate Glazed Duck Breast came to the table sat politely on an island of beetroot mash, squash, brussel sprouts and drizzled with cherry jus. The Pomegranate Glazed Duck Breast was majestic, rich and generous.  Filling but not to the point of exhaustion.  The beetroot mash could easily been eaten on its own sat in a reclining chair looking out at your back garden in the summer.  This dish was picturesque.  The mini brussel sprouts were cheeky and plumped up the plate.  The Pomegranate Glazed Duck Breast can be dwelled upon over conversation or satiated even further with a glass from Organized Crime’s ‘Break In’ (Pinot Noir).

If seafood is your fancy, the Grain Mustard Coated Salmon requires a gentle introduction. The salmon was beautifully cooked and was a substantial size as it said hello on a freshly made bed of couscous, fennel, radicchio and blood orange nage.  Truly ceremonial.  Flavourful, tantalizing and romantic.  This plate was all glamour but subtle.  It definitely stayed in its own lane.  Pair the Grain Mustard Coated Salmon with Cantina Rauscedo’s (Pinot Grigio).

For the steak lover in your life, the Striploin Steak and Fries had the best fanfare. Think Wellington County Beef drizzled with jus, caramelized onions, double smoked bacon, bbq aioli and corn bread.  This plate immediately transported us to a back country smokehouse with all the trimmings.  Woody, aromatic and yet no nonsense.   From the beauty of the meat – simple and uncomplicated.  To the dancing caramelized onions and double smoked bacon – this dish popped.  The bbq aioli was quietly noticeable.  The Colores Del Sol ‘Malbec’s’ was the perfect pairing with the Striploin Steak and Fries.

Dessert was just as verbose and refined at Azure Restaurant & Bar. The Lemon Cheesecake consisted of graham crust, candied lemon, citrus segment salad and toasted sesame seeds.  The Lemon Cheesecake was the perfect end to a rich, tantalizing adventure in modern Canadian cuisine at Azure Restaurant & Bar.

Grab a reservation with Azure Restaurant & Bar over Winterlicious in the weeks ahead. You will be guaranteed a beautifully curated meal and an authentic foodie experience before you trot off for a date at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Azure Restaurant & Bar

225 Front Street West

416.597.8142

https://www.tso.ca/concerts/plan-your-visit/restaurants

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Review: The Sony Centre Neighborhood Partner Restaurant: Marché Mövenpick Brookfield Place Street Level

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Marché is a marketplace-style restaurant located inside Brookfield place in downtown Toronto with a dedication to freshness, home-made recipes, and “on the spot” preparation of seasonal and regional products – an experience for all of your senses.

Featuring 8 unique food stations, including Italian, Asian, Grill, Seafood, Green Island, Fruit Island, Beverage Bar, and a Café, there is something to please everyone.

Review:

Before the Batsheva performance at The Sony Centre tonight, hang out for a delicious and nutritious meal at Marché Mövenpick Brookfield Place Street Level.  Found across the street from Union Station (literally a two minute walk)! The vibe is chill, family friendly and relaxed.  Most importantly, grab a special discount off your food/drink receipt when you show your Batsheva ticket this afternoon!  A perfect way to stretch your dollar, feed you and your guests and keep the good energy a glow for the day!

As you enter Marché Mövenpick Brookfield, you will be greeted by a greeter who will provide you with a reloadable swipe card that you can use to ‘swipe’ your purchases for the day.  Easy peasy.   I loved that I was able to take my time with my guest and soak in the international flair and foods.  No pressure, the experience right from the get go felt sweet.

First stop, we checked out the ‘Find Your Tasty Treat’ board and thought about what we fancied.  Sushi?  Stir fry?  Hot tea?  Desserts?  Seafood?  There was a lot to pick from and for all dietary types –we were covered.  Forget the use of a menu, use your eyes.

We grabbed a quick cocktail in the Muv Bar and took in the ambiance of the space.  The Muv Bar is sleek, sophisticated and sexy.  A perfect before a night out drink spot, catch a game, meet friends or after work chill spot.  The hanging liquor bottles on hooks provided for a great conversation piece.  The icicle chandeliers and plush seating provided comfort and a respite after winter’s chill.

Marché Mövenpick Brookfield Place is the best kept secret in the downtown core.  It is a perfect eatery for families, visitors, a girl’s night out or guys wanting to catch a game (show your ACC/Rogers Centre ticket and get a sports meal for $11.99 and one free beverage on the day of the game).  The free wifi can be your date if you are sat alone and need to get some work done while having a quick meal.  The pressure is off when you have your appetite in your hands to stroll around at your leisure.

As we continued to walk through the space we took our time having a custom made salad prepared for us.   The Cajun Shrimp Salad was robust with Cajun shrimp, arugula, corn salsa, sliced red cabbage, mango coleslaw with a lemon lime vinaigrette.  It was crisp and fresh.  A perfect starter.

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The rotisserie station was a buzz – with the fragrant aromas of roast beef and chicken hitting the air.    For the ‘meat and potatoes’ guests with your group – this is a perfect stop.  We sampled the roast beef which was tender, almost sweet and delicate.

A quick stop for a custom made sangria.  We opted for red sangria which was subtle in taste and laden with the sweetest orange slices and berries.  We instantly felt like were in Europe walking within a market while taking in more food options for our day.

There are many different rooms you can dine in while visiting Marché Mövenpick Brookfield Place.  The French bistro styled room and Swiss cottage were our favourites.  True enclaves within the space, one can slip into the French bistro for a quick drink or tuck into the Swiss cottage for a rousing roast party with your after work colleagues.  The rooms are beautifully curated.  The French bistro styled room has white floors, black short bistro styled tables, white walls and linen style curtains.  Whereas, the Swiss cottage is reminiscent of Heidi on the mountain top, skis, winter gear, wooden furniture with hearts engraved into them.  Ambience is at its best inside Marché Mövenpick Brookfield Place.  That said, if take out is more your fancy – Marché Mövenpick Brookfield Place is happy to pack up your meal for your commute home.

If you are looking for options for you’re after work week and don’t have time to cook – pick up a roast chicken that could easily feed four, grilled veggies and some potato rosti’s to go.  Forget the competition, Marché Mövenpick Brookfield Place roast chickens are to die for.  Succulent, beautifully seasoned and hearty.  If you choose to eat it in the restaurant with your friends before a show at The Sony Centre, the staff will be happy to carve it up for you and your guests to enjoy hot and in the moment.

The seafood bar albeit small is heaping with choice for you and your fish friendly mates.  We loved the shrimp stir fry and fish tacos.  The plates were heaping with colourful delights!  Get your vitamin D at this station in one shot.

The dessert bar is a space to be reckoned with.  Heaps of brownies, butter tarts, slices of cakes, gelato, pies and macarons.  Similar to the Marché Mövenpick Brookfield Place’s ideals – there is truly a dessert for everyone, even if you don’t have a sweet tooth.  We loved the double chocolate cookies, blueberry and cranberry scones from the tea/coffee station.  They are a perfect go to for an early morning treat or evening ‘After 8’.  Be sure to grab a latte or cranberry purifier tea on your way out.

A gentle head’s up, Marché Mövenpick Brookfield Place’s food pricing does not go by weight instead goes by size of your order.  Feel free to go with what your eyes and belly feel like in the moment – you will not be disappointed.

If you need to drop your kids off in the Kids Play Area – feel free.  The tea and coffee will brew as the kids have fun away from restaurant guests but still close enough so you can see your kids in action. Kids eat for $9.90.  On Saturday and Sunday between 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. kids eat for free!  Marché Mövenpick Brookfield is also happy to host your Kids Birthday Parties.

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Marché Mövenpick Brookfield Place also hosts Corporate Events for you and your co-workers.  If you are keen on a Paint Night with your girlfriends, Marché Mövenpick Brookfield Place can host for a nominal fee.  Paint a canvas, have a drink and have some delicious eats.  Foodies and artisans unite!

Upon paying for your meals, give the cashier your reloadable Marche Toronto card which swiped all of your food/drink purchases during your visit. It’s quick and easy! Make sure you also get your Loyalty meal card stamped. For every $15 meal you purchase, you get a loyalty stamp. Once you hit 10 loyalty stamps, your next $15 meal is on Marche Toronto.

Bonne Appetite!

Marché International is a global company with Swiss roots that develops innovative culinary solutions and provides catering services characterized by maximum freshness, quality and taste. Marché International operates restaurant businesses in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Norway, Hungary, Croatia, Singapore, Indonesia and Canada under the established brand names Marché®, Marché Mövenpick, Mövenpick Restaurants, Cindy’s Diner and Palavrion Grill. Part of the Mövenpick Group, Marché International is a leading restaurant operator on motorways, in airports and in selected urban locations. It generated sales of CHF 230 million in 2015 and employs around 2,800 members of staff. Headquarters are in Kemptthal, Switzerland.

Marché Mövenpick Brookfield Place Street Level

181 Bay Street

Toronto, Ontario, M5J 2T3

Tel: +1 647 350 6999 ext.4

Fax: +1 647 350 7999

brookfieldplace@marche-restaurants.com

Business hours

Sunday – Thursday

7.30 am – 11.00 pm

Friday – Saturday

7.30 am – 01.00 am

http://www.marche-restaurants.com

http://www.sonycentre.ca/plan-your-visit/restaurants

Holiday Stocking Stuffer: The Twelve Days of Christmas with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra – December 9 & 11, 2016

The malls maybe busy and we maybe run off our feet on our weekends – what better time is it to carve out some much needed early family and friends time before the holiday rush kicks in?

I encourage you to pick up tickets to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’. It is truly an event for the whole family.

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me…a festive family concert! Sing along with your favourite carols and songs as part of The Twelve Days of Christmas—a hilarious live-action pageant, narrated by Canadian actor and improv comedian Colin Mochrie, that will have you rolling on the floor with laughter. If it isn’t already, the TSO’s annual family Christmas concert is sure to become your new holiday tradition!

These concerts feature the Toronto Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Earl Lee, with the Highland Creek Pipe Band, Resonance Youth Choir and Tha Spot Holiday Dancers.

Program:

JAMES STEPHENSON: Holiday Overture

MOZART/arr. Aubrey Winter: Allegro from Toy Symphony in C major

STEVEN REINEKE: “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

LUCAS RICHMAN: Hannukah Festival Overture

KRISTEN ANDERSON-LOPEZ: Music from Frozen

JOHN RUTTER: Candlelight Carol

TRADITIONAL/arr. Mitch Clarke: Frosty the Snowman

TCHAIKOVSKY: “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” from The Nutcracker

TCHAIKOVSKY: Trépak from The Nutcracker

ANDERSON: Sleigh Ride

DELVYN CASE: Rocket Sleigh

RICHARD HAYMAN: The Twelve Days of Christmas

FINNEGAN, PLOYHAR, LUCK: Rudolph’s Christmas Medley

Tickets can still be purchased and they are reasonably priced at $26! True stocking stuffer pricing that will keep your wallet happy as well as you and your loved ones.

https://www.tso.ca/concert/twelve-days-christmas

Review: Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring in Concert’

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Original Score composed by Howard Shore Composer Howard Shore brings J.R.R. Tolkien’s literary imagination to vivid life with his Academy® and GRAMMY® Award–winning score to The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.  By the way, Howard Shore is Canadian!

Shore’s music expresses Peter Jackson’s film as an immense symphonic work—a uniquely developed vision drawn from centuries of stylistic tendencies. The music of The Lord of the Rings is counted among film music’s most complex and comprehensive works. This unique performance sets the score to the film, but allows the music to bear the narrative weight, creating a wholly new and dramatic live concert experience.

Shore’s score not only captures Fellowship’s sweeping emotion, thrilling vistas, and grand journeys, but also echoes the very construction of Tolkien’s Middle-earth.    Styles, instruments, and performers collected from around the world provide each of Tolkien’s cultures with a unique musical imprint. The rural and simple hobbits are rooted in a dulcet weave of Celtic tones.  The mystical Elves merit ethereal Eastern colours.

The Dwarves, Tolkien’s abrasive stonecutters, receive columns of parallel harmonies and a rough, guttural male chorus. The industrialized hordes of Orcs claim Shore’s most violent and percussive sounds, including Japanese taiko drums, metal bell plates and chains beaten upon piano wires, while the world of Men, flawed yet noble heirs of Middle-earth, is introduced with stern and searching brass figures. In operatic fashion, these musical worlds commingle, sometimes combining forces for a culminated power, other times violently clashing…and always bending to the will of the One Ring and its own ominous family of themes.

The music’s vast scope calls for symphony orchestra, mixed chorus, children’s chorus, and instrumental and vocal soloists singing in the Tolkien-crafted languages Quenya, Sindarin, Khuzdul, Adûnaic, Black Speech, as well as English. Original folk songs stand alongside diatonic hymns, knots of polyphony, complex tone clusters, and seething, dissonant aleatoric passages. It is purposeful, knowing writing, as contained in execution as it is far-reaching in influence; for within this broad framework resides a remarkably concise musical vision.

Shore’s writing assumes an earthy, grounded tone built on sturdy orchestral structures and a sense of line that is at once fluid yet stripped of frivolous ornamentation.

Says Howard Shore, “This is the first time that the complete score to The Fellowship of the Ring will be performed live to projection in Toronto. My first score for The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring, was the beginning of my journey into the world of Tolkien and I will always hold a special fondness for the music and the experience.”

—Doug Adams is a Chicago-based musician and writer. He is the author of the book The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films.

Review:

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

It was pretty fitting that we took in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring in Concert’ last night as the end of the year creeps towards us. The 3 night sold out performance captured Howard Shore Academy Award ®– Winning Score at its essence and perfectly ‘lit’ the Roy Thomson Hall space with a musical respite from the damp weather outside.

There was a definite excited energy in the air as we took our seats above Roy Thomson Hall. We had a perfect view.  The space was filled and there were a few die heard fans in full Arwen gear in front of us.  We made sure to pick up our cocktails and popcorn prior to the performance.   It’s great that the Toronto Symphony Orchestra encourages guests to indulge on treats from the concession stand for evening performances.  It is a truly cultural experience watching a film and having the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s musical wares wash over you.

The nuances that Conductor, Ludwig Wicki, brought to the table last night amplified every note that may have gotten lost as we watched ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’ on the big screen in the past.  From the lovely Kaitlyn Lusk’s soprano solos and the Canadian Children Opera Company’s subtle but eloquent odes to the landscapes and intimate scenes between characters – the emotion was at its height last night.  There were tears, laughter, sighs of relief and ‘yes!’ in unison but the audience members.   We were in union last night.  Alastair Thorburn-Vitols the boy soprano was gentle in his intent with his performance but he was sure to provide the goose bump texture for the evening.   The evening was rich, diverse and beautifully curated.

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s deep bass made us cringe at numerous points throughout the performance. In those moments we constantly were made aware that the collective group of musicians, conductor and singers are true athletes.  A three hour performance with one intermission – we felt emotionally and physically raw.  Sure, these musicians are professionals – but how do they do it?  Not only were they able to evoke, provoke and keep up with a consistent momentum and still ‘slay’ us – they did it with joy, verve and it was gobsmackingly good.  The audience repaid the musicians with an epic prolonged standing ovation which was well deserved.

Music from the soundtrack that we visited in our travels together with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in the Shire and abroad included of:

PART I

Prologue: One Ring To Rule Them All

The Shire

Bag End

Very Old Friends

Farewell Dear Bilbo

Keep It Secret, Keep It Safe

A Conspiracy Unmasked

Three is Company

Saruman the White

A Shortcut to Mushrooms

Strider

The Nazgûl

Weathertop

The Caverns of Isengard

Give Up the Halfling

Orthanc

Rivendell

The Sword That Was Broken

The Council of Elrond Assembles

The Great Eye

Intermission

PART II

The Pass of Caradhras

The Doors of Durin

Moria

Gollum

Balin’s Tomb

Khazad-dûm

Caras Galadhon

The Mirror of Galadriel

The Fighting Uruk-hai

Parth Galen

The Departure of Boromir

The Road Goes Ever On…

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is definitely on to something here.   Last night was an excellent example of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra not only illuminating the beauty of Howard Shore’s score but also raising the bar on entertainment in the city of Toronto.  The audience lay in awe as we left Roy Thomson Hall last night and brimming with gratitude for an art that is hardly fading thanks to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s efforts and gracious talent.

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Ticket Giveaway! Welcome in the holidays with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s “The Twelve Days of Christmas”

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me…a festive family concert! Sing along with your favourite carols and songs as part of The Twelve Days of Christmas—a hilarious live-action pageant, narrated by Canadian actor and improv comedian Colin Mochrie, that will have you rolling on the floor with laughter. If it isn’t already, the TSO’s annual family Christmas concert is sure to become your new holiday tradition!

These concerts feature the Toronto Symphony Orchestra with the Highland Creek Pipe Band, Resonance Youth Choir and Tha Spot Holiday Dancers. About the TSO: Founded in 1922, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is one of Canada’s most important cultural institutions, recognized internationally. Music Director Peter Oundjian leads the TSO with a commitment to innovative programming and audience development through a broad range of performances that showcase the exceptional talents of the Orchestra along with a roster of distinguished guest artists and conductors. The TSO also serves the larger community with TSOUNDCHECK, the original under-35 ticket program; the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra; and music-education programs that reach tens of thousands of students each year.

Thank you to the generous folks at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra who have gifted Thirty Four Flavours with a pair of tickets to their ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’! Send me an email, tweet, or inbox me about what you are looking forward to during the holidays. Contest closes on Monday December 5, 2016.

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Review – Toronto Symphony Orchestra: ‘Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton’

Featuring music from BATMAN, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, TIM BURTON’S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, and others.

“For all the costumed spectacle and fun, this event was a substantive, rich and revealing concert. Mr. Elfman’s music and Mr. Burton’s cinematic images are intricately enmeshed… Mr. Elfman took a more creative approach in creating this program. He devised suites for orchestra and chorus, fashioning his scores into sections of a two-part, evening-length composition with its own musical integrity…At one point, a slinky, sad waltz melody wafts from the strings [“Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985)”]. Gradually, accents are nudged by dissonant chords, and the music morphs into a hard-bitten dance. Imagine Prokofiev in Hollywood.” —New York Times

“It was an inspiring example of how to do a film music concert that should be forever imitated – a thoughtfully curated and varied program honoring the important marriage the music has to images while also letting the music breathe and come to life on its own.” —LA Weekly

“As imaginative and inspiring as Tim Burton himself, this exquisite performance of Danny Elfman’s genius at the Royal Albert Hall is dramatic storytelling in its purest form…Utterly evocative from the outset – chilling, rousing, innocent and epic – Elfman has the incredible ability to bring Tim Burton’s pictures to unique and individual life through music.” —The Upcoming

DANNY ELFMAN’S MUSIC FROM THE FILMS OF TIM BURTON explores the collaborative relationship between music and storytelling, and its importance in the filmmaking process. Composer Danny Elfman and visionary Hollywood filmmaker Tim Burton have created a unique concert experience, blending music and visuals to celebrate the three decades long partnership of two of Hollywood’s top creators. This live concert features Danny Elfman’s celebrated film scores brought to life on stage by orchestra and choir, enhanced by the stunning visuals of Tim Burton’s original sketches, drawings, story boards, and film clips rendered in exquisite detail on the big screen.

Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton has sold out performances around the world in cities like Tokyo, Los Angeles, London, New York, Lucerne, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Mexico City, Prague, Atlanta and Paris. In July 2015, it opened the Lincoln Center Festival with seven critically acclaimed performances.

Review:

Halloween is indeed full of creative fun, frivolity and spooky cheekiness for the kids. But for us adults, changing up the usual party scene and getting civilized with a pint and your spookiest outfit at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is now the ‘cool’ way to get down with the holiday.

Last year, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra made us welp with their orchestral accompaniment to Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’. This past weekend they upped their game with ‘Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton’.

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra did a smashing job of curating a detailed synopsis of ‘Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton’. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra stitched in Burton’s best films scores along with film clips, art work and moments long forgotten. For an Elfman and Burton fan, this evening was for them.

Elfman and Burton have melded their talents into creating tangible emotional triggers that not only amplifies their storytelling but teaches us about the humanity that lies deep within its characters. These characters are like you and I – warts and all.

Without touching film scores created by Elfman’s special touch we would be hard pressed not to shed a tear and still be talking about memorable characters like Edward Scissorhands, Jack, the Queen of Hearts and William Bloom.

In ‘Beetlejuice’ we are introduced to Elfman’s “danse macabre”. Elfman’s emo jitterbug was perfectly executed alongside Burton’s dark humour and costuming as seen through the likes of characters played by Catherine O’Hara, Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder.

Elfman’s and Burton’s collaboration on ‘Batman’ captures the Caped Crusader in a shadowy world, halfway between a film noir and an animated graphic novel. The film required a major symphonic score, and Elfman’s was a sensation – quirky and unpredictable, yet also so muscular and violently stark that it instantly helped define the comic book genre.

‘Sleepy Hollow’ was Burton’s love poem to the British Hammer horror movies he loved as a child, and Elfman responded with a richly atmospheric and gothic score. As a viewer, we may have only read about ‘Sleepy Hollow’ as a child or seen it in animated shows around Halloween.  Taking in a realistic film with a score that made us cringe in our seats was already successful in its horrific intent.

‘Big Fish’ mixed Burton-esque fantasy with a more serious personal drama, as a resentful son tries to come to terms with his father’s predilection for tall tales – loss, as the son sees them. For his touching Americana score to ‘Big Fish’, Elfman received his first Oscar nomination earned by one of his collaborations with Tim Burton.

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra did a tremendous job in providing a meditative Halloween journey through the use of Danny Elfman’s music alongside the Orpheus Choir of Toronto who added a pop up experience to the night. The two boy sopranos took us over the edge in reminding us of the innocent storytelling in front of the grandiose quirky imagery derived from Tim Burton’s unique imagination.

Be sure to check out the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s website for more unique programming in the week’s ahead.

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