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The Sound of Music Medley by Richard Rodgers (1902-1979) and Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960), arranged by Robert Russell Bennett (1894-1981)

Posted on June 12, 2016 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (1)

The Sound of Music is based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. The musical, with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein II, was the last musical by the famous partnership, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and the musical opened on Broadway in 1959. In 1965, the Broadway musical was adapted as a film musical, and by 1966, The Sounds of Music became the highest-grossing film of all-time, an honour that the film held for five years. Today the Broad...

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Selections from The Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber (b. 1948), arranged by Calvin Custer (1939-1998)

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The Phantom of the Opera (Le Fantôme de l'Opéra) was originally a novel by Gaston Leroux, but today the name is associated to the film and musical which continues to be performed all over the world. The plot centers on a beautiful soprano who becomes the obsession of a mysterious, disfigured musical genius who lives in the opera house. The musical by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Charles Hart opened in London’s West End in 1986, and in 2012, the musical celebrated ...

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Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 Op. 46 by Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)

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Peer Gynt is a Norwegian play by Henrik Ibsen, who approached Edvard Grieg in 1874 about writing incidental music for this play, as task which took over eighteenth months. The play’s main character Peer Gynt is the son of the once rich and highly regarded Jon Gynt, who had become a drunkard and lost all his money, leaving Peer and his mother Åse to live in poverty. Peer wants to restore what his father had wrecked, but gets lost in boasting and day-dreams. The play, accompanied by ...

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Suite de Trois Morceaux Op. 116 by Benjamin Godard (1849-1895)

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Godard’s Suite de Trois Morceaux Op. 116 was composed in 1890 for renowned French flutist Paul Taffanel, who at the time was the conductor at Paris Opéra. Coincidentally, both Taffanel and Godard, along with Jules Danbé and Gabriel Marie, were all candidates for the conductorship at the Société des Concerts du Conservatoire in 1892, apposition which Taffanel eventually won. Originally trained as a violinist, Benjamin Godard’s compositional skills gained recogni...

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Le cygne by Camille Saint-SaŽns (1835-1921)

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During his lifetime, Camille Saint-Saëns did not want to be merely recognized as the composer of Le carnaval des animaux (The Carnival of the Animals). As a result, Saint-Saëns prevented the composition from being published while he was alive. However, after much protest and begging from his friends, Saint-Saëns decided to allow one movement from Le carnaval des animaux to be published: Le cygne (The Swan). Le cygne is today regarded as one of the most...

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Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major K. 467 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

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Of his twenty-three piano concertos, Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major K. 467 is perhaps the most recognizable thanks to the fact that the second movement was featured extensively in the 1967 Swedish film Elvira Madigan. For many years, this concerto was known as the Elvira Madiagn concerto; however, as the namesake film fell into the obscurity, the nickname was abandoned. Nevertheless, the lyrical Andante theme continues to surface in pop culture, including films and TV shows such as James Bo...

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Pavane Op. 50 by Gabriel Faurť (1845-1924)

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After an extended visit to Countess Elisabeth Greffulhe’s residence in Dieppe (Normandy, France) in the summer of 1887, Gabriel Fauré composed the orchestral version of his Pavane Op. 50 for the Danbé Concerts Orchestra. Originally composed for piano and chorus, the orchestral version was created for Jules Danbé who, at the time, was the conductor at the Opéra-Comique in Paris, which was destroyed by fire on May 25. While waiting for the reconstruction of the Opé...

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CASTYO Auditions 2015

Posted on June 27, 2015 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)

CASTYO Auditions 2015 - Sunday, September 13 from 1 pm to 6 pm near Steeles and Warden. Please sign up for registration at

See you in September!

CASTYO 22nd Annual Concert - Classic Themes and Tunes

Posted on May 6, 2015 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

CASTYO's annual concert is just a month away! Tickets can be ordered by emailing [email protected]


Our porgram includes themes from Fiddler on the Roof, Forrest Gump, The Godfather, The King and I, The Mission, Superman Returns, and Below the Lion Rock. Tunes including Ali Mountain, The Entertainer, Gypsy Airs, Il signor Bruschino, and Shenandoah


Performers: Chinese Artists Society of Toronto Youth Orchestra (CASTYO); Tony Fan, conductor; Samantha Chan...

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Below the Lion Rock

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Below the Lion Rock (獅子山下) is the theme song for the hit TV show that depicted the different social strata of life in Hong Kong. There were five series which were broadcasted from 1972 to 1979, 1984 to 1988, 1990, 1992 to 1995, and 2006. There were two theme songs composed for the TV series, one of which will be performed by CASTYO’s very own Richard Poon on harmonica for the upcoming annual concert taking place on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 7:30 PM at G...

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