2017-2018 is Scaramella’s 13th season, with programs that are centred loosely on mythological goddesses of the arts: Terpsichore (the muse of dance, also associated with the flute), Calliope (the wise and beautiful-voiced muse of epic poetry) and Saint Cecilia (patron saint of musicians). But Scaramella’s muses are human, as well as symbolic, since in addition to beloved Toronto locals, our concerts this season feature a number of extraordinarily talented musical guests, from Quebec (flutist Grégoire Jeay, harpsichordist Lysiana Boulva and theorbist Esteban La Rotta), Alberta (cellist Josephine van Lier) and Switzerland (viol players Elizabeth Rumsey and Caroline Ritchie). Our brochure will be mailed out in mid-September, but we hope you’ll be excited to have a sneak peek at plans for the season ahead, and hold the dates.
All concerts will take place at Victoria Chapel on the University of Toronto campus. Tickets are available for advance purchase, and they will also be available at the door.
For more details and/or ticket order information, please visit the website: www.scaramella.ca.
It’s a season of graceful, eloquent and heavenly music - we would love to see you there - do, please, join us!!
Joëlle Morton, Artistic Director
Les idées heureuses
Saturday, November 11, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
Certain to inspire happy thoughts as well as tapping toes, Scaramella welcomes fabulous francophone early music specialists Grégoire Jeay (transverse flute) and Lysiane Boulva (harpsichord) for a pleasing program of high baroque gems by Jean-Marie Leclair, François Couperin and Johann Sebastian Bach with music that whirls and sashays around a Terpsichorean dance motif.
Grégoire Jeay – traverso
Joëlle Morton – basse de viole
Lysiane Boulva – clavecin
Ode to Music
Saturday, January 27, 2018, 8:00 p.m.
Calliope and her sisters will be in full attendance for the sweet harmony of this charming English program that pairs works penned in each of the muses’ names by Michael East with pieces based on the months and seasons of the year, by Christopher Simpson. Virtuoso viol players Elizabeth Rumsey and Caroline Ritchie (from Basel, Switzerland) and theorbist Esteban La Rotta (Montréal) come to town specially for it.
Elizabeth Rumsey – treble viol
Joëlle Morton – treble and bass viols
Caroline Ritchie – bass viol
Esteban La Rotta – theorbo
Boccherini and Friends
Saturday, April 7, 2018, 8:00 p.m.
“If God wanted to speak to men through music, He would do it with the works of Haydn, but if He wanted to listen to music, he would choose Boccherini.” Patron saint of musicians St. Cecilia sings her heart out to heaven above with this program of quintets by Boccherini, scored for a team of Toronto locals, who will be joined by our frolicking friend Josephine van Lier (on cello) from Edmonton.
Elizabeth Loewen Andrews – classical violin
Michelle Odorico – classical violin
Matthew Antal – classical viola
Josephine van Lier – classical cello
Joëlle Morton – Viennese double bass