Hart House's facilities include the Great Hall located in the East Wing which functions as an event venue, conference centre, and concert hall and houses a Steinway grand piano. The Music Room in the West Wing also boasts a grand piano, and is used for smaller concerts, lectures and events.
Piero Gamba became music director in 1971, a position he held until the fall of 1980. In 1979 he led the WSO in a gala concert at Carnegie Hall. Kazuhiro Koizumi became music director in 1983, and in the 6 years he served with the WSO the orchestra's subscriber base rose to more than 10 000 patrons.
The musician who directs a group of singers or instrumentalists without participating in the actual singing or playing is essentially the creation of the early 19th century; the one who makes a full-time career of such leadership is the product of the final decades of that century.
No one can say exactly when it happened or by what process, but sometime in the middle of the last decade, “Black music” suddenly turned into "urban music." This, of course, didn't mark the first time the genre had been re-christened. In 1982, Billboard magazine's Soul chart was renamed Black, and eight years later was recast as rhythm & blues.
The attribution of the music to a native-born priest, Charles-Amador Martin (1648-1711), is an attractive possibility, though not fully proven. This piece, though not nearly as early as the earliest compositions from New Spain, does antedate the earliest known by composers of New England.
Amici's first concert was held at Toronto's Harbourfront in 1985. Three years later, the group initiated a successful three-concert season held at St. Andrew's Church. In 1989, it relocated to Walter Hall at the University of Toronto, and was appointed the music faculty's Trio-in-Residence.