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Opening Gala: Countermeasure

Date

July 14 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Venue

St. Mark’s Church

Tickets Starting At

$50 + HST

RECEPTION

$15 + HST

Reception available at 3:00 pm prior to the concert

Smooth harmonies, joyful performances and infectious energy. Get ready for next-level a cappella with Countermeasure! Featuring some of Canada’s top young vocal talent, the group delivers a magical and memorable musical experience that has earned critical and public acclaim. Opening Gala reception to start at 3:00 PM.

From Vienna to Broadway: Cabaret

Date

July 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Venue

OAST HOUSE BREWERY

Tickets Starting At

$40 + HST

The enchanting Inga Filipova-Williams, soprano, will perform in a magical cabaret evening of music you will not want to miss, with Victoria Kogan, piano, and the Gould String Quartet. Music by Johann Strauss, George Gershwin, John Kander, Fritz Kreisler, and more!

Easy Fridays – The “jeru” Quartet: Music of the Legendary Chet Baker

Date

July 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Venue

Pondview Estates Winery

Tickets Starting At

$30 + HST

The “jeru” Quartet featuring top Canadian veteran jazz musicians Pol Coussée, Steve McDade, Pat Collins and Terry Clarke, winners of Juno and Grammy awards.

Wine & Music with an Italian theme: Elinor Frey, cello

Date

July 20 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Venue

Mount Carmel

Tickets Starting At

$40 + HST

Presented in the unique historical venue of Mount Carmel Monastery’s chapel in Niagara Falls, coupled with Monastery Cellar’s winery, cellist Elinor Frey and harpsichordist Mark Edwards have been searching for the most beautiful Baroque cello music from Italy, the country where cello music first appeared. This exquisite duo will bring cello masterpieces to our stage.

Paris Connection: Odin String Quartet featuring Victoria Kogan, piano and Atis Bankas, violin

Date

July 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Venue

St. Mark’s Church

Tickets Starting At

$45 + HST

The Toronto-based Odin String Quartet will delight audiences with a variety of French compositions sure to inspire with special appearances by renowned pianist Victoria Kogan and violinist Atis Bankas – Artistic Director of Music Niagara – in Chausson’s Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet.

Sundays in the Park: The Retro Ramblers

Date

July 21 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Venue

Simcoe Park

Admittance

Free

“Songs of your life in three-part harmony”. The Retro Ramblers are three guys who love to sing. Their repertoire is focused on songs from the seventies and eighties with a little contemporary funk thrown in. Add a few singalongs and the occasional political satire, and you have a musical potpourri.

Paris Connection: Janina Fialkowska, piano

Date

July 21 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Venue

St. Mark’s Church

Tickets Starting At

$40 + HST

For more than 40 years the renowned concert pianist, Janina Fialkowska, has enchanted audiences around the world with her refreshing natural approach and her unique piano sound. Fialkowska will be performing a nostalgic program of pieces, which connect to Paris and the first 18 years of her musical life.

Young Virtuosos 1

Date

July 22 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Venue

St. Mark’s Church

Admittance

Pay-What-You-Can

Young Virtuosos 1 Students of the Music Niagara Performance Academy Witness the future of classical music in this showcase of endearing vitality and exciting young talent. Now in its sixth year, the Music Niagara Performance Academy offers a unique artist development program for exceptional young musicians. Many of these students have continued in their careers …

Last Night of the Proms

Date

July 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Venue

St. Mark’s Church

Tickets Starting At

$45 + HST

It’s the most famous annual concert series in classical music — the Proms! Featuring popular classics and British patriotic pieces such as Land of Hope and Glory, Rule, Britannia!, The British Grenadiers March, and many more. No doubt, many will sing-along to these wonderful British favourites. Performed by the Niagara Proms Orchestra with a special guest appearance by Kerry Stratton, this will be an evening to be anticipated! British flags and costumes encouraged.

Elmer Iseler Singers

Date

July 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Venue

Niagara United Mennonite Church

Tickets Starting At

$45 + HST

Back by popular demand, the Elmer Iseler Singers will once again make the rafters ring as their 20 voices unite in song. This fully professional choral ensemble has been delighting audiences for more than 40 years with a repertoire that spans 500 years and focuses on Canadian composers.

Syrene Saxophone Quartet

Date

July 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Venue

Grace United Church

Tickets Starting At

$40 + HST

The seductive saxophone quartet from Amsterdam returns! This charismatic group, comprised of young Dutch women, subscribes to the performance credo, “fresh and sweet, but with a bite”, will perform a sparkling display of saxophone pyrotechnics that deliver new insight into the classics and beyond.

Young Virtuosos 2

Date

July 26 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Venue

St. Mark’s Church

Admittance

Pay-What-You-Can

Witness the future of classical music in this showcase of endearing vitality and exciting young talent. Now in its sixth year, the Music Niagara Performance Academy offers a unique artist development program for exceptional young musicians. Many of these students have continued in their careers to earn national and international recognition.

Collaborative Event with TD Niagara Jazz Festival – Joe Trio

Date

July 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Venue

Pondview Estates Winery

Tickets Starting At

$40 + HST

A well-chosen mix of jazz and classical music emphasizes Music Niagara Festival’s collaboration with TD Niagara Jazz Festival, performed by the Joe Trio. With an air of comedy, the Joe Trio has been delighting audiences across the globe since 1989, and is not afraid to mix styles in unpredictable, humorous, and captivating ways.

Wine & Music with an Italian theme: Gould String Quartet

Date

July 27 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Venue

The Hare Wine Co.

Tickets Starting At

$35 + HST

Wine & Music with an Italian theme: Gould String Quartet Our resident ensemble, the Gould String Quartet, is comprised of Atis Bankas, violin, Vera Alekseeva, violin, Anna Antropova, viola, and Jonathan Tortolano, cello. They will allure audiences with an Italian program by Donizetti, Puccini, and Verdi. Tickets start at $35 + taxes and fees, order …

Timothy Chooi, violin

Date

July 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Venue

St. Mark’s Church

Tickets Starting At

$40 + HST

Rising star and one of the most in-demand young musicians in Canada, Timothy Chooi will perform an enchanting classical program on the beautiful 1717 Windsor-Weinstein Stradivarius, as a winner of the Canada Council Instrument Bank Competition. Chooi’s debut with the Montreal Symphony was described by La Presse as “le miracle”.

Sundays in the Park: Young Virtuosos 3

Date

July 28 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Venue

Simcoe Park

Admittance

Free

Students of the Music Niagara Performance Academy Witness the future of classical music in this showcase of endearing vitality and exciting young talent. Now in its sixth year, the Music Niagara Performance Academy offers a unique artist development program for exceptional young musicians. Many of these students have continued in their careers to earn national …

Exosphere: Tom Allen Show

Date

July 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Venue

Niagara United Mennonite Church

Tickets Starting At

$35 + HST

A brand new show set in a distant century, above a parched world, where life is reduced to its molecular truth — and where bonding together is the only means of survival. Music by JS Bach, Hugh Le Caine, GF Handel, Caroline Lizotte and original music by the cast. Features harpist Lori Gemmell, sound designer and guitarist John Gzowski, dancer Julie Aplin, soprano Patricia O’Callaghan and writer/narrator Tom Allen.

Paris Connection: Sofya Gulyak, piano with Victoria Kogan, piano

Date

July 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Venue

St. Mark’s Church

Tickets Starting At

$45 + HST

Paris Connection: Sofya Gulyak, piano with Victoria Kogan, piano A beautiful French program played by two of the greatest pianists of our time. First-prize winner of the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition and named “la grande dame du piano” by La Scène magazine, Sofya Gulyak will perform works by Frank, Faure and Ravel. Joined in …

All Beethoven: Andrew Wan, violin & Charles Richard-Hamelin, piano

Date

July 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Venue

St. Mark’s Church

Tickets Starting At

$40 + HST

Enjoy music by one of the youngest concertmasters of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, violinist Andrew Wan and international star from Quebec, pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin, winner of the silver medal and the Krystian Zimerman prize at the 17th Frederic Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw. Featuring Sonatas by Beethoven for Violin and Piano.

Multimedia Presentation on Czech Music – Pavel Sporcl

Date

August 2 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Venue

Niagara on the Lake Public Library

Admittance

Free

Violinist Pavel Sporcl hopes to share his passion for Czech Music through an engaging lecture with a video presentation sure to complement the intriguing content of his discourse.

Easy Fridays: Heather Bambrick Quintet

Date

August 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Venue

Pondview Estates Winery

Tickets Starting At

$30 + HST

Juno-nominated singer Heather Bambrick’s performances have been described as “Carol Burnett meets Ella Fitzgerald at a Newfoundland kitchen party.” Her shows have it all, with music ranging from jazz standards and Canadian pop hits, to Newfoundland folk music, sitcom theme songs and side-splitting stories. Better still, it’s all delivered with warmth, wit and pure Newfoundland charm!

Wine & Music with an Italian theme: Caroline Leonardelli, harp & Julie Nesrallah, soprano

Date

August 3 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Venue

Mount Carmel

Tickets Starting At

$50 + HST

Julie Nesrallah is a sensational singer, actress and broadcaster, captivating audiences with her engaging personality and her rich, expressive voice. Paired with classical harpist and Juno nominee, Caroline Leonardelli, this pair will be swooning audiences right out of their seats! Playing music by Leoncavallo, Tosti, and Monteverdi.

Gypsy Fire: Pavel Sporcl, violin

Date

August 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Venue

St. Mark’s Church

Tickets Starting At

$40 + HST

The program entitled “Gypsy Fire”, will dazzle you with amazing “Czech Paganini” music by Pavel Šporcl on his incredible blue violin. As a rare occurrence in the classical world, Šporcl performs unaccompanied, and allows his violin to consume the space immensely.

Sundays in the Park: Frog & Henry

Date

August 4 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Venue

Simcoe Park

Admittance

Free

Sundays in the Park: Frog & Henry Frog and Henry are a two-man band that play up to seven string and brass instruments simultaneously, featuring a foot operated tuba of their own creation! This duo performs and records New Orleans based dance jazz music from the 20s and 30s. Free Concert!

Cuban Night: Hilario Duran

Date

August 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Venue

St. Mark’s Church

Tickets Starting At

$45 + HST

Juno nominated for his album “Contumbao”, Hilario Durán is going back to his roots to take us on a trip to Cuba: where every era has seen new musical revolutions, influencing the way music has been played across the world. Experience the tradition of Afro-Cuban music with mojitos and appetizers in hand!

Toronto All-Star Big Band

Date

August 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Venue

Ravine Estate Winery

Tickets Starting At

$50 + HST

Back by popular demand, and one of the most exciting bands around, the Toronto All-Star Big Band revives the spirit, style and sound of the 30s, 40s and 50s — that golden age of big bands. Armed with brilliant programming, choreography and engaging cultural nostalgia, this vibrant cast of stunning young talent will provide you with an evening of swingin’ tunes you won’t soon forget.

Around Bach: Ilya Poletaev, piano with Emma Meinrenken, violin

Date

August 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Venue

St. Mark’s Church

Tickets Starting At

$40 + HST

A musician with a fiercely inquisitive mind, impeccable technique and an intensely poetic vision; the incredible pianist Ilya Poletaev will delight audiences with a variety of Bach, Baroque contemporaries, and composers inspired by Bach. This concert will also feature the extraordinary Emma Meinrenken, violin, former student of Music Niagara’s Performance Academy and the winner of an incredible Stradivarius on loan from the Canada Council Instrument Bank.

Easy Fridays: My Sweet Patootie

Date

August 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Venue

The Legion

Tickets Starting At

$30 + HST

My Sweet Patootie embraces the fun that makes live music so intoxicating. Shades of vintage swing, country blues, folk and ragtime collide in an uplifting vaudeville-style show performed with tight vocal harmonies, instrumental virtuosity and humorous storytelling. It’s a unique musical experience that transcends the borders of the acoustic-roots genre, promising to entertain music lovers of all kinds.

Season Finale: All Beethoven

Date

August 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Venue

St. Mark’s Church

Tickets Starting At

$50 + HST

Reception

$15 + HST

Reception to follow the concert

Come celebrate with us at our Season Finale and Closing Reception. In anticipation of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary next year, we will present an All Beethoven program. Performed by Canada Council Instrument Bank Competition winners Bora Kim, violin, and Cameron Crozman, cello, along with violist Ivan Ivanovich, the concert will feature French cellist Damien Ventula, pianist Victoria Kogan, and violinist Atis Bankas in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto accompanied by members of the CamerAtis ensemble.

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Music Niagara Festival 2019 – Season Welcome

Atis Bankas
Atis Bankas

Dear friends,

There isn’t a greater satisfaction for a musician than entertaining music lovers and sharing musical experiences with audiences. Presenting live music has been my life long passion and this year brings us all to the 21st season of the Music Niagara Festival.

Blessed with natural beauty and history, Niagara is a world renowned magnet for wine, theatre and music. Music Niagara Festival’s 21st season offers exceptional performances by Canadian and international artists that will leave the audiences inspired, intrigued, amused, better informed, and above all, entertained.  You will enjoy hearing young rising stars, among them some of the 2018 winners of the Canada Council’s Instrument Bank Competition, playing priceless instruments including two Stradivarius violins. Our Music Niagara Performance Academy young virtuosos will delight you with their incredible skills and maturity beyond their years.

Always striving to introduce new artists to our audiences along with well-loved performers, our diverse festival lineup will satisfy even the most discerning listeners with its wide-ranging musical tastes. Among this season’s international musical flavours are French and Italian themes, Cuban jazz and Czech musical delights.  Renowned musicians from Holland, France, Czech Republic and Italy will join us.  Our Performance Academy will welcome young musicians from Mexico.

Continuing our collaboration with the Niagara TD Jazz festival, this season’s event will offer a special combination of jazz, classical music and humour. Our Music Niagara Festival prides itself in presenting something for everyone –  classical, jazz, choral, pop and country.

Find your favourites and come to hear exceptional artists at unique and acoustically superb venues.

The world is coming to play for you!

See you soon!

Atis Bankas

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