Press Release - April 1, 2015

For its next pair of concerts, dubbed “Classical Origins,” the York Symphony is delighted to welcome back Canadian clarinetist Michael Dassios.  A past winner of both the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra Open Winds and Brass Concerto Competition, Mr. Dassios is currently pursuing an Artist’s Diploma at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, where he is studying with Joaquin Valdepeñas.  Michael plays in a range of musical groups, from the Royal Conservatory Orchestra to the New Music Ensemble, and also teaches the clarinet.  Last summer he held a fellowship at the prestigious Aspen Summer Music Festival.


Michael last performed with the orchestra in 2013, when he played Weber’s Clarinet Concerto.  This time, Michael will be playing the most famous concerto of all for his instrument: the one composed by Mozart.


Music Director Denis Mastromonaco has also chosen for this program two favourites of the classical orchestral repertoire: Beethoven’s Overture to his opera Fidelio, and Brahms’ Third Symphony.


The concerts are Saturday, April 18th at 8 pm at the Trinity Anglican Church in Aurora, and Sunday, April 19th at 7:30 pm at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts.

Tickets for April 19th may be purchased by calling 416 410-0860; for February 22nd, call 905 787-8811 or go online at Tickets will also be available at the door of both venues.