Louis Applebaum was music consultant 1968-71. Franz Kraemer was music director 1971-9, succeeded by a team: Costa Pilavachi, music administrator, and Paul Robinson, director of music programming. Robinson resigned in 1980 and Pilavachi continued in sole charge of music until Jane Forner replaced him in 1982.
In the 1970s and 1980s, music presentations at the St Lawrence Centre for the Arts included several annual series and a broad spectrum of chamber music performances, in addition to special series and events. Canadian Sound, a festival of music by Canadian composers and performers, was presented in 1976. The Orford String Quartet presented a Beethoven series during the 1982-3 season. In addition to its regular chamber series in 1984-5, CentreStage Music (the concert arm of CentreStage) presented its 17-day Bach 300 festival at the St Lawrence Centre and various venues throughout the city. Among others who used the Centre's facilities, COMUS Music Theatre presented the staged premiere of John Beckwith's The Shivaree in the Town Hall in April 1982, and the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble mounted Cosi fan tutte in the Bluma Appel Theatre in 1985.
CentreStage Music ceased its operations 1 Jul 1987, and the St Lawrence Centre became, for musical events, a rental house. The Centre has since hosted a wide variety of performers, including the Gryphon Trio; the St Lawrence and Tokyo string quartets; Marc-André Hamelin; Jon Kimura Parker; the Chamber Players of Toronto; MegaCity Chorus; Nexus; the ORIANA Women's Choir; Youth and Music Canada; and the Elmer Iseler Singers, who premiered Pimooteewin: The Journey (Melissa Hui, composer; Tomson Highway, librettist) at the Centre in February 2008. Festivals held at the St Lawrence Centre for the Arts have included the New Wave Composers Festival and the Luminato arts festival.
Author Clifford Ford, Patricia Wardrop, Sarah Church
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Littler, William. 'Two men of note follow in Kraemer's footsteps,' Toronto Star, 16 Jun 1979'
The transformation of the St Lawrence Centre,' Toronto Globe and Mail, 12 Mar 1983
Freedman, Adele. 'Old grey hall ain't what she used to be,' Globe and Mail, 19 Mr 1983
Bach 300: Birthday Celebration March 8-24 1985. [souvenir book] (Toronto 1985)
Everett-Green, Robert. 'CentreStage Music to change its name and location too,' Toronto Globe and Mail, 25 Aug 1986
"St Lawrence Centre revitalized as Toronto's cultural jewel," Canada NewsWire, 11 Jun 2007
Links to Other Sites
Founded by renowned oboist Lawrence Cherney, Soundstreams offers innovative classical music events and educational programming. Check out the latest program news and the multitude of media clips featuring performers from previous productions.
St Lawrence Centre for the Arts
The website for the St Lawrence Centre for the Arts in Toronto. Check out the resident performing arts companies and the podcasts for ST Lawrence Centre Forums on various topics.
The website for Toronto's MegaCity Chorus, an all male a cappella singing group.
Tokyo String Quartet
The website for the acclaimed chamber ensemble Tokyo String Quartet. See their rave reviews, biographies, and links to audio clips from their recordings.
The website for 3rd UNCLE design, an award-winning multidisciplinary design studio based in Toronto.
The website for "Theatre Projects," an innovative theatre design firm. Check their online portfolio for information about their many projects located in North America and overseas.
St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts - Capital Improvement Fund
Scroll down to the Preamble for a brief history of the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. A City of Toronto document.
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