Free Summer Friday Lunchtime Concerts
Let's make beautiful music together ... or at least share lunch and listen to some.
Come join us on Fridays for the Summer Music at the Library series, free weekly concerts from noon - 1pm in the Toronto Reference Library Atrium on the main floor.
If you're interested in music, did you know that there are two drop in public piano practice rooms up on the 5th floor as well as 30,000 music scores (most of which you can borrow) for all kinds of instruments and styles of music? The 5th floor also has a great 10,000 DVD documentary collection including many musical performances and practical type DVDs. Also there are many therapeutic benefits to listening to music.
Summer Music at the Library dates and performers:
- July 20: Autorickshaw, Canadian Indo-fusion ensemble, perform contemporary jazz, funk & folk. Suba Sankaran (voice), Ed Hanley (tabla), Dylan Bell (bass).
- July 27: Ton Beau String Quartet. A mix of classical quartet gems and contemporary jewels. Jeremy Potts and Bijan Sepanji (violins), Alex McLeod (viola) and Sarah Steeves (cello), perform music by Debussy, Turina and Komitas.
- August 3: The ACTA Recorder Quartet (Alison Melville, Colin Savage, Tatsuki Shimoda and Anne Massicotte) perform Renaissance, Baroque and Modern compositions by Bach, Telemann, Fiala, and Staeps.
- August 10: Cordium Voces: Linda Falvy, voice & percussion; Krystina Lewicki, voice & bandura. Reflections on the life of the medieval pilgrim through the music of the Llibre Vermell and Cantigas de Santa Maria. Medieval music. Voice/Instrumental Project.
- August 17: Shawna Caspi, Toronto-based singer-songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist, will perform her original music.
- August 24: TOST String Quartet. Chamber music performance - Bach Chorale, and music by Dvorak, Haydn, Schubert performed by Catherine Sulem (violin), Gretchen Paxson-Abberger (violin), Elizabeth Morris (viola), Stephen Buck (cello).
- August 31: Mark and Steven Sparling perform free jazz improvisations.
If you are not able to join us then did you know that the Library also offers free streaming music services like Naxos and Naxos Jazz? You only need a Library card to get started and they're very easy to use.
We also have thousands of pieces of music available to borrow and download through Hoopla.