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 18th 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.

2016-2017 Share the Music events:

3rd Annual Dream Serenade Benefit Concert
Saturday, October 22, 2016 8pm
Massey Hall
Dream Serenade 2016 features special guests Broken Social Scene, Barenaked Ladies, Dan Mangan, Hayden, Amy Milan, Lou Canon, The Persuasions and more. This fundraiser was established by Toronto musician Hayden Desser and his wife Christie Greyerbiehl to benefit schools and services for children with special needs.
Recommended for middle and secondary school students.
6:45pm: Pre-concert Interactive workshop with vocal quartet CADENCE

Mariza, The Queen of Fado
Monday, October 24, 2016 8pm
Roy Thomson Hall
Of mixed Portuguese and African heritage, today’s most famous Fado singer is renowned for her magnetic performances around the world of the beloved soul music of Portugal as well as her songs in Spanish and English. Joined by her quartet of guitars, bass and drums. Recommended for middle and secondary school students .
7pm: Pre-concert workshop with ANIMA FADO TRIO: Nuno Cristo (host & Portuguese guitar), Pedro Joel (Classical guitar), Clara Santos (Fado singer).

Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle, Chief Conductor

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 8pm
Roy Thomson Hall
Sir Simon Rattle leads the legendary Berliner Philharmoniker in Brahms’ magnificent Symphony No. 2, plus selections by Viennese composers Schoenberg, Webern and Berg that display an eclectic range of shimmering colours, daring harmonies and unique textures. This rare Toronto visit by one of the world’s most illustrious ensembles is the only Canadian stop on its seven-city North American tour.
Recommended for secondary school students.
7pm: Pre-concert Chat with writer-broadcaster-teacher-musical tour host Rick Phillips

Toronto Blues Society’s
30th Annual Women’s Blues Revue

Saturday, November 19, 2016 8pm
Massey Hall
What began in the small clubs of Toronto 30 years ago has blossomed into the city’s hottest annual night of blues. This year’s milestone event features headliners Sue Foley, Alanna Stuart, Dione Taylor, Dawn Tyler Watson, Layla Zoe and more, joined by the fabulous 7-member all-star Women’s Blues Revue Band, led by trumpeter Rebecca Hennessy.
Recommended for middle and secondary school students.
6:45pm: Pre-concert workshop with blues-duo Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley

Classic Albums Live presents John Lennon: Imagine & Paul McCartney: Band on the Run
Friday, January 27, 2017 8pm
Roy Thomson Hall
Two mega-hit albums of the post-Beatles era (by two of pop’s all-time greatest songwriters): Lennon’s 1971 Imagine and McCartney’s 1973 Band on the Run, will be re-created live - note for note and cut for cut - by a selection of our country’s top musicians. Recommended for middle and secondary school students.
7pm: Pre-concert Workshop with pianist-vocalist Michael Johnston (of Skydiggers fame) & Friends

Soprano Measha Brueggergosman:
Songs of Freedom

Sunday, February 12, 2017 3pm
Harbourfront Centre Theatre
The internationally-renowned Canadian soprano is joined by her band for Songs of Freedom, a heartfelt program of spirituals that explores Ms. Brueggergosman’s heritage and faith and based on her 90-minute documentary film that premiered on Vision TV in 2015.
Recommended for middle and secondary school students.
2pm: Interactive gospel-singing workshop with choral conductor Karen Burke and pianist Joy Brown.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, Conductor | Emanuel Ax, Piano

Sunday, March 5, 2017 3pm
Roy Thomson Hall
The great Boston Symphony Orchestra, led by Latvian-born maestro Andris Nelsons, returns to Toronto after an absence of more than two decades to perform Berlioz’ psychedelic masterpiece, Symphonie Fantastique and Beethoven’s enchanting Piano Concerto No. 2, featuring Grammy-winning American pianist Emanuel Ax.
Recommended for secondary school students.
2pm: Pre-concert Chat with violinist-violist-radio host Kathleen Kajioka

Mouse on the Keys
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 8pm
Harbourfront Centre Theatre
Described as “…astounding, technically complex, yet emotionally affecting,” the Tokyo-based trio brings their unique dual keyboards and drums configuration, and personal approach to jazz with an exhilarating mix of funk, post-rock, modern classical and electronic music, matched by mind-blowing video accompaniment.
Recommended for middle and secondary school students
7pm: Pre-concert Interactive Jazz & Rhythm workshop with guitarist-sound sculptor Mark Sepic

with special guests Dengue Fever

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 8pm
Massey Hall
Grammy Award-winning Tinariwen, from the Southern Sahara desert, have gained global acclaim for their exotic and mesmerizing electric guitars and vocals that blend traditional melodies and African rhythms with blues, rock, pop and Arabic influences. The music of Cambodian-American band Dengue Fever is a cross-pollination of Khmer rock, garage rock, psychedelic rock and the British Invasion.
Recommended for middle and secondary school students.

Blues Guitarist Buddy Guy
with special guest Tom Hambridge
Saturday, April 22, 2017 8pm
Massey Hall
The legendary pioneer of the Chicago-style electric blues and a seven-time Grammy-award winner is a flamboyant showman whose unique style varies from the most traditional blues to a wide range of rock, soul and free jazz.
Recommended for middle and secondary school students.*
6:45pm: Pre-concert blues chat with performer-media personality Danny Marks.

An Intimate Evening with Lea Michele
Saturday, May 6, 2017 8pm
Massey Hall
Singer, author, award winning actress and former Glee star brings her band and an intimate concert of songs from her newest album Places to Massey Hall. Best known for her performance as “Rachel Berry” in the Grammy Award-winning TV series Glee, she can currently be seen as Hester in the Fox comedy series Scream Queens.
Recommended for Middle and Secondary School students.

Seven Things I've Learned:
An Evening with Ira Glass

Saturday, May 13, 2017 8pm
Massey Hall
Award-winning humorist Ira Glass, creator and host of the immensely popular radio show, This American Life, heard weekly by millions of listeners on more than 500 public radio stations in the U.S., Australia and Canada, shares secrets and memorable events of his career > as one of the iconic voices in American radio.
Recommended for secondary school students.