Share the Music

Share the Music

Share the Music, an arts and education outreach program presented by the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall, celebrates its 17th 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, please contact Laraine Herzog at 416-593-4822 x326.


2015-2016 Share the Music events:

London Philharmonic

The Bad Plus Joshua Redman

Thursday, October 15, 2015 8pm
Winter Garden Theatre

American saxophone virtuoso Joshua Redman joins forces with the piano-bass-drums trio, The Bad Plus, for a riveting evening of show-stopping and scorching live jazz.
Recommended for secondary school students.

7pm: Pre-concert workshop with saxophonist Kyle Brenders and members of the Massey Hall Jazz Band

More Info: The Bad Plus Joshua Redman concert

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox

Monday, November 16, 2015 8pm
Massey Hall

This eclectic and diverse ensemble under the direction of jazz pianist Scott Bradlee, has achieved international renown for its brilliant and often hilarious trademark renditions of contemporary songs performed in altered styles as pop hits of the past.
Recommended for secondary school students.

6:45pm: Pre-concert vocal workshop with Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman,
co-directors of Choir! Choir! Choir!

More Info: 28th Annual Women’s Blues Revue
Paco Peña

Paco Peña

Friday, November 27, 2015 8pm
Roy Thomson Hall

Spain's incomparable flamenco guitarist-composer-maestro, returns with his world-renowned dance troupe for a sizzling performance of rapid-fire footwork, soaring song and spellbinding guitar virtuosity bringing to life the intoxicating rhythms, colours and sounds of Andalucia, where this deeply passionate art form has its roots.
Recommended for middle and secondary school students.

7pm: Pre-concert flamenco workshop with Esmeralda Enrique and members of her Spanish Dance Company

More Info: Itzhak PacoPena
Photo: 29th Annual Women’s Blues Revue

Toronto Blues Society’s
Annual Women’s Blues Revue

Saturday, November 28, 2015 8pm
Massey Hall

The city’s hottest annual night of blues continues its longstanding tradition of presenting an eclectic and diverse mix of female vocalists, musicians and special guests. This year’s six headliners (to be announced) will be joined by the all-female Women’s Blues Revue band.
Recommended for middle and secondary school students.

6:45pm: Pre-concert musical chat with blues-duo Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley

More Info: 29th Annual Women’s Blues Revue
Le Terrible Orchestra de Belleville

The Triplets of Belleville

Le Terrible Orchestra de Belleville
Benoit Charest, composer-conductor

Thursday, February 11, 2016 8pm
Roy Thomson Hall

Be transported to the streets of 1920s Paris at the screening of this much-loved animated film as Quebec composer Benoit Charest leads Le Terrible Orchestre de Belleville in a live performance of his original “hot jazz” film score, which includes the Academy Award-nominated song “Belleville Rendezvous.”
Recommended for middle and secondary school students.

6:30pm: Jazz & Junkestra workshop hosted by guitarist & sound sculptor Mark Sepic with John Yelland, bass and Enrique Loyola, percussion.

More Info: The Triplets of Belleville
Photo: Classic Albums Live

Classic Albums Live presents
THE BEATLES: Help!

Friday, February 19, 2016 8pm
Roy Thomson Hall

“Help!” is a song by The Beatles that served as the title for both their 1965 film and soundtrack album. Hear all the songs from the album re-created live, note for note and cut for cut, performed 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.

More Info: THE BEATLES: Help! concert
Photo: Matt Andersen

Matt Andersen &
the Bona Fide
with special guest Donovan Woods

Saturday, March 5, 8pm
Massey Hall

Canadian bluesman Matt Andersen’s larger-than-life showmanship, soulful voice and dramatic six-string virtuosity have earned him a huge following and multiple international awards. The new Brunswick native, recently named Male Vocalist of the Year at the 19th Annual Maple Blues Awards, returns to headline his 2nd Massey Hall performance as part of a current three-month tour of North America.
Recommended for secondary school students.

6:45pm: Pre-concert musical chat with performer-broadcaster Danny Marks

More Info: Matt Andersen
Photo: Yundi

YUNDI, Piano

Saturday, March 19, 2016 8pm
Roy Thomson Hall

The Chinese super-star continues to garner world acclaim for his recitals and recordings since becoming an overnight sensation when he won the 2000 International Chopin Piano Competition at the age of 18, the youngest-ever and the first competitor in 15 years to be awarded the coveted gold medal.
Recommended for middle and secondary school students

7pm: Pre-concert Repertoire Chat with Gryphon Trio pianist James Parker

More Info: Yundi concert
Photo: Steve Reich

Steve Reich at 80!

Thursday, April 14, 2016 8pm
Massey Hall

Pulitzer Prize composer Steve Reich is a pioneer of 1960s minimal music (along with Philip Glass &Terry Riley). The popular appeal of minimalism changed the course of 20th century music and also influenced many rock groups including The Who and Radiohead.
Program: Clapping Music; Music for 18 Musicians; Tehillim
Recommended for secondary school students.

6:45pm: Pre-concert “Clapping Music” workshop w/host Kyle Brenders & percussionists Jamie Drake & Daniel Morphy

More Info: Steve Reich at 80! event
Photo: Steve Reich

SFJAZZ Collective & the Music of Michael Jackson

Saturday, April 23, 2016 8pm
Winter Garden Theatre

Formed in 2004, this all-star award-winning octet demonstrates that jazz is truly an international language with its current members hailing from Puerto Rico, New York, Venezuela, Philadelphia, New Zealand and Israel. Each year, the band’s repertoire focusses on arrangements of a jazz great; this year it’s the “King of Pop” Michael Jackson.
Recommended for secondary school students.

7pm: Pre-concert workshop with Toronto jazz-soul singer Justin Bacchus and his band.

More Info: SF Jazz Collective concert