Give your children their first taste of classical music.
Join us as Music & Truffles KIDS celebrates its 21st birthday with an inspiring season of fresh, interactive music events sure to delight the young and the young at heart. Our unique one hour format for the 2022-23 season will feature the same artists who perform at our main stage concerts, in a more relaxed and fun setting.
Joanna host our shows! Watch her and our artists in action in the playlist below.
Music & Truffles KIDS is designed for young people ages 6 to 11, but it is also a great series for adults just starting to explore the mysteries and ecstasies of classical music – you are not required to bring a young person, and you will get a Lindt chocolate truffle anyway!
I don’t believe there is another series anywhere which presents such outstanding artists in programs specially designed for young people, at such a bargain price.
– Anton Kuerti, artistic director emeritus
Music & Truffles KIDS lets great youngsters hear great artists!
A magnificent bargain for these FABULOUS events
ALL CONCERTS at Walter Hall, UofT 1:15-2:15pm
|October 23, 2022 Cheng2Duo (Cheng Squared Duo)
THE SHOW: Music from around the World!
Captivating audiences and critics alike, this brilliant duo distinguishes itself with its musical integrity and charismatic chemistry. The Chinese-Canadian brother-and-sister are renowned cellist Bryan Cheng, first Prize winner of the 2022 UNISA international music competition and pianist Silvie Cheng, recipient of the Roy M. Rubinstein Award for exceptional promise in piano performance. Named one of CBC Music’s “30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30”, they have performed at Carnegie Hall and throughout Europe, UK, and Asia. They will perform excerpts from Arvo Pärt Fratres (1989), Brahms Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78 “Regen”, Prokofiev Cello Sonata in C Major, Op. 119, Piazzolla Le Grand Tango (1982). Tickets
|November 27, 2022 Ensemble Caprice
THE SHOW: Antonio Vivaldi, Baroque music master. The Four Nations!
For the past thirty years, Ensemble Caprice has gained a solid reputation for its innovative programming and vibrant performances. Their ensemble including string quartet, flute, baroque guitar, and recorder will perform a rare and reconstructed set of concertos – Vivaldi’s Les quatre nations – France, England, India, and Spain. The India score survived. The remainder are patterned in Vivaldi’s style from fragments. Excerpts from the following works are featured: Concerto La Francia (RV750/821), Concerto L’Inghilterro (RV750/822), Concerto Il Gran Mogul RV431a (India), Prelude: La Primavera, Sonata La Folia Op. 1, No. 12, Concerto La Spagna (RV750/825), Postlude: Largo Tickets
|February 12, 2023 Andrew Wan & Charles Richard-Hamelin
THE SHOW: Violin & Piano – Romantic and 20th Century music!
Come prepared for our version of a European salon. Versatile violinist Andrew Wan is concertmaster of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and a member of the acclaimed New Orford String Quartet. Silver medalist at the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition, Quebec’s Charles Richard-Hamelin stands out as an important pianist of his generation. He has appeared at prestigious festivals including La Roque d’Anthéron (France), Prague Spring, and the Lanaudière. His Chopin solo recording received critical acclaim from Diapason & BBC Music Magazine. They will perform excerpts from Robert Schumann, César Franck, and Nikolai Medtner. Tickets
|April 2, 2023 Mathieu Gaudet, piano
THE SHOW: Discovering Franz Schubert – the man and his music. He wrote over 600 songs for voice and piano. Be prepared to sing and dance!
Quebec’s Mathieu Gaudet is recording the complete piano music of Schubert for the Analekta label, a project acclaimed by critics and music lovers. The seventh album was just released – he records two per year. His love of science propelled him to study medicine and he became dual-career musician. His concerts and recordings are regularly broadcast on Radio-Canada and CBC. Revel in excerpts from this all-Schubert program: Twelve German Dances, D. 790, Sonata No. 18 in C minor D. 958, Two Scherzos, D. 593, and Four Impromptus, Op. 90/D. 899. Tickets
|May 7, 2023 TSO Chamber Soloists
THE SHOW: Musical Olympiad – many players, friendly competition.
Founded in 2014, the TSO Chamber Soloists came together with a mission to create programming featuring a diverse and varied range of instruments. Acclaimed as an ensemble of distinguished virtuosi, the Soloists unique combination of winds and strings give it the flexibility to present a wide range of unusual and infrequently performed repertoire, along with some of the best-loved works in the chamber music literature. The Soloists are Jonathan Crow (curator/violin), Luri Lee (violin), Michael Casimir/Remi Pelletier (violas), Joseph Johnson/Emmanuelle Beaulieu Bergeron (cellos), Eric Abramovitz (clarinet). The focus is on Brahms: Clarinet Quintet, Op. 155, Sextet No. 2 in G Major, and more. Tickets
About Our Format
These programs are shorter versions of the Concert Series, which take place later that day. We use the same world renowned artists to perform shorter pieces or movements of larger ones. The artist, host or both will help bring the music to life by discussing and illustrating it, and stimulating the youngsters’ imagination and appreciation with entertaining, interactive comments.
Many children and adults who have attended these series have gone on to discover their own musical abilities, including joining our youth orchestras. Don’t miss your opportunity for a unique classical music experience. Watch samples from our previous shows playlist below to see for yourself.