Share the Music

Helping young people experience the world through music.

Share the Music, an arts and education outreach program presented by the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall, celebrates its 19th season of sharing music with young people (ages 8-18) of all backgrounds. The program enhances and broadens students’ musical horizons by exposing them to world-class performers and related pre-concert educational sessions. Performances selected for Share the Music events include a wide range of classical, jazz, blues and world music, providing many opportunities to awaken students to new ways of listening, seeing and thinking.

For more information contact Laraine Herzog at

2017-2018 Share the Music Events

(More shows will be added during the season – so check back!)

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 8pm
Massey Hall
World-renowned trumpeter-bandleader Wynton Marsalis returns with his acclaimed 15-member orchestra to perform newly-commissioned works along with historic standards by Ellington, Coltrane and others.
Recommended for middle and secondary school students
6:45pm: Pre-concert “Rhythm Counts” workshop with trombonist Ron Westray & the York-U “Jazz Mobile”

Ludovico Einaudi
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 8pm
Massey Hall
The award-winning Italian pianist and film composer is joined by his 6-piece orchestra for a concert of his much-loved “luminous and lyrical” music that draws on elements of classical, rock, electronics and world music.
Recommended for secondary school students

Mariinsky Orchestra
Valery Gergiev, Conductor

Friday, November 10, 2017 8pm
Roy Thomson Hall
Maestro Gergiev leads his magnificent orchestra in a program of vibrant 20th-Century Russian masterworks: Shostakovich’s rollicking Symphony No. 9; Scriabin’s ultra-romantic Symphony No. 3 (The Divine Poem) and Prokofiev’s dazzling Piano Concerto No. 2 featuring pianist Denis Matsuev (winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition.)
Recommended for middle and secondary school students

7:00pm: Pre-concert Repertoire Chat with writer-broadcaster Rick Phillips
7:30pm: Hands-On Instruments-of-the-Orchestra Display by Long & McQuade

The 4th Annual Dream Serenade
Saturday, November 11, 2017 8pm
Massey Hall
The 2017 Dream Serenade features a star-studded line-up of Canadian pop and rock royalty: Sloan, Sam Roberts, Owen Pallett, Hayden, Skydiggers, Hannah Gorgas, The Big Sound, plus special guests. This fundraiser was established by Toronto musician Hayden Desser to benefit children with exceptionalities and their caregivers.
Recommended for middle and secondary school students
6:45pm: Pre-concert workshop (details TBA)

Toronto Blues Society’s
31st Annual Women’s Blues Revue
Saturday, November 18, 2017 8pm
Massey Hall
One of the city’s hottest nights of blues brings together an eclectic and electric mix of female vocalists, musicians and special guests. Headliners Dawn Tyler Watson, Sue Foley, Shakur S’Aida, Jenie Thai and Andria Simone are joined by the powerhouse Women’s Blues Revue Band led by trumpeter Rebecca Hennessy.
Recommended for middle and secondary school students
6:45pm: Pre-concert Gospel Singing workshop with choral director Karen Burke and guitarist Chris McFarlane

Classic Albums Live presents
Eagles: Their Greatest Hits

Friday, February 9, 2018 8pm
Roy Thomson Hall
This famous collection of ‘70s hits by the Eagles, one of the top-selling U.S. rock bands of the 20th century, will be recreated live – note for note and cut for cut - by many of our country’s top musicians. The Eagles were formed in Los Angeles in 1971.
Recommended for middle and secondary school students
7:00pm: Pre-concert workshop hosted by pianist-vocalist Michael Johnston (of Skydiggers fame) & Friends

China National Symphony Orchestra
Tan Dun, Conductor

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 8pm
Roy Thomson Hall
Oscar-winning composer Tan Dun leads the over 100 musicians of the CNSO in a brilliantly-coloured program that blends sounds from East and West, including Bartók’s The Miraculous Mandarin, Stravinsky’s The Firebird, Guan Xia’s 100 Birds Flying Towards the Phoenix and his own Crouching Tiger Concerto (from his famous film score).
Recommended for middle and secondary school students
7:00pm: Pre-concert Repertoire Chat with composer-conductor-educator Ronald Royer

Itzhak Perlman, Violin
Rohan De Silva, Piano
Sunday, April 22, 2018 3pm
Roy Thomson Hall
Treasured by audiences world-wide, the reigning violin virtuoso of our time returns to Toronto for a special recital with his long-time collaborator, the esteemed pianist Rohan De Silva.
Recommended for middle and secondary school students
2:00pm: Pre-concert Repertoire Chat with violist-broadcaster Kathleen Kajioka

Pink Martini
Monday, May 14, 2018 8pm

Massey Hall
This enchanting 12-piece orchestra with vocalist China Forbes are captivating audiences world-wide with their multi-lingual and multi-genre repertoire, drawing upon Afro-Cuban rhythms, Parisian café tunes, Caribbean calypso and Argentine tango.
Recommended for middle and secondary school students

Evgeny Kissin, Piano
Friday, May 25, 2018 8pm
Roy Thomson Hall
The Russian-born superstar brings his eloquent artistry and breathtaking virtuosity to our stage for a solo recital of supreme keyboard masterworks: Beethoven’s monumental “Hammerklavier” Sonata and 12 richly-romantic Rachmaninoff Preludes.
Recommended for middle and secondary school students
7:00pm: Pre-concert Repertoire Workshop (host TBA)