The Toronto Summer Music Festival, which took place during July and August in venues throughout Toronto, reports that the 2009 season was its “most successful yet.” Ticket sales revenue increased by 20 percent compared to last year, and eight out of the twelve concerts were sold out. This was the fourth year for the festival, which spotlighted music of Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Martinu and concluded on August 13 with a concert by alumni of the festival’s opera studio with the National Academy Orchestra, conducted by festival artistic director Agnes Grossmann. Other performers this summer included the Gryphon Trio; the Leipzig, Penderecki, Cecilia, and Tokai string quartets; flutist Patrick Gallois; violinists James Ehnes and Mayumi Seiler; and pianists Jon Kimura Parker, Menahem Pressler, and Anton Kuerti. 

Posted August 18, 2009