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April 5, 2007
Authentic Experience Series Performance - An Evening of Thomas Arne at Fort York National Historic Site
Toronto Culture, Fort York: National Historic Site and The Friends of Fort York present An Evening of Thomas Arne - Celebrated English Composer on Saturday, April 14, 2007 from 7 to 9 p.m. Fort York will be the setting for a memorable and evocative performance of selected works of Thomas Arne (1710-78) sung by accomplished soprano Antonella Cavallaro, accompanied by harpsichord provided by Claviers Baroque.

This event will replicate the salon recital setting of the 18th century and give guests both a view and ear to the past. Intimate recitals of this type were common in Toronto’s earliest days and were enjoyed by the Town of York’s (Toronto’s) colonial residents at the time of Fort York’s founding in 1793 and throughout the 1800s.

Cavallaro’s performance will be complemented by fascinating historical background, anecdotes and interpretation. An Evening of Thomas Arne is presented as the inaugural event of Fort York’s new Authentic Experience Series. The series will feature special entertainment events that give Torontonians and visitors a unique window on Toronto’s colourful past.

Fort York is a City of Toronto museum, a designated National Historic Site, and Canada’s largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings, located at 100 Garrison Road (between Bathurst St. and Strachan Ave; new entrance off Fort York Blvd. between Bathurst St. and Fleet St.).

An Evening of Thomas Arne is part of Live with Culture, a celebration of Toronto’s extraordinary arts and cultural communities, shining a spotlight on the vibrant and diverse activities happening in the city each and every day. Live with Culture showcases the vast scope of the city’s culture of creativity and inspires culture in Toronto to become a daily part of everyone’s life.

Pre-registration is required for this event with a fee of $20 per person. For more information, visit, the ultimate guide to Toronto’s culture scene, call 416-392-6907 or email

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Kevin Hebib, Toronto Culture, Museums & Heritage Services, 416-338-0027



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