National Youth Orchestra: Artistry and Exuberance

There is something transcendent in hearing a group of our nation’s best classical musicians, aged sixteen to twenty-eight, play their youthful hearts out on stage. They don’t second-guess themselves; they perform with pure passion, creating an atmosphere that sparkles and delights.

Music Niagara is thrilled to present The National Youth Orchestra, as they share their prodigious, combined talents with an appreciative audience at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (St. Catharines) on Thursday, July 26 (7:30pm). Their ambitious Migrations 2018 repertoire includes demanding and contrasting works such as Ein Heldenleben,-Richard Strauss’s eighth tone poem—as well as the enduringly popular Appalachian Spring (Suite for Orchestra) by Aaron Copland. Rest assured that, whatever Maestro Jonathan Darlington chooses to conduct, the concert hall will be filled with luscious harmonies and nuanced performances.

National Youth Orchestra of Canada
National Youth Orchestra of Canada


For over fifty years, young musicians from Canada have vied to become part of the National Youth Orchestra. Several hundred hopefuls audition each year for approximately ninety-five positions. Landing one of the coveted spots is considered a stepping stone to a professional career; in fact, about a third of all Canadian professional orchestral musicians are alumni of NYO Canada.

As one famous young musician—a certain Wolfgang A. Mozart–once said, “Music is my life and my life is music.” Like Mozart, every young artist needs an audience. On July 26, be a part of the excitement, and support these budding Canadian musical stars as their careers take flight.

Tickets for this concert, $35 +HST Call 1-855-515-0722

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Young Musicians of Niagara Competition

Congratulations to Terrence Wu and Axell Panganiban, winners of the Inaugural Young Musicians of Niagara Competition on June 29th at St. Mark’s Anglican Church in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Both winners have secured a place at the 2018 Music Niagara Performance Academy. Well done!

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Elmer Iseler Singers – 40th Anniversary

It’s a Canadian jewel of an ensemble with a well-deserved international reputation for choral brilliance. Fully professional and twenty jubilant voices strong, the Elmer Iseler Singers will make the rafters ring, when they perform at the United Mennonite Church (1775 Niagara Stone Road, NOTL) on

July 19 (7:30pm)

Conducted by visionary Artistic Director, Lydia Adams, the Elmer Iseler Singers will treat us to a thrilling range of choral music, from Leonard Bernstein to Healey Willan. They’ll demonstrate just why they’ve won a Juno, and why they’re in demand in concert halls worldwide.

Elmer Iseler Singers
Elmer Iseler Singers

The ensemble was founded in 1978 by the remarkable Elmer Iseler, who directed it until his death in 1998. We’re sure he’d be thrilled to see how the tradition continues to thrive and strengthen to this day. And we’re thrilled to celebrate the group’s fortieth anniversary the same year as we salute our own twentieth!

Imagine being in the audience, listening to twenty resonating voices singing in perfect four-part harmony. Critics have called their performances “divine” and “mesmerising,” not to mention “absolutely stunning.”
Please join us and listen for yourself. Revel in the glory of an unforgettable choral experience. We’re sure you’ll treasure the experience!

Tickets for this concert, from $45 +HST


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