Important Announcement

Dear Friends of Music Niagara,

Like a glorious sonata by Beethoven, Music Niagara never stands still. Our primary theme of providing great, diverse music to our audiences is always central to our activities, and we carefully develop it, weaving in new material and harmonies to make the textures ever richer.

As the 20th anniversary of Music Niagara nears its close with special Remembrance Day and Christmas concerts, we are already planning our 2019 summer season. Atis Bankas, Artistic Director, between his rigorous scheduled performances at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and his teaching a large violin studio at The Glenn Gould School at The Royal Conservatory in Toronto, is working hard to bring new and favorite artists back to Music Niagara next summer.

Atis is supported by wonderful staff and Board members and it is on that note, we have some important changes to share with you.

First, our Executive Director is on the move. Earlier in the year, Sarah Lynch kindly gave us substantial notice that she would leave her position on October 31, 2018 to pursue other interests. Sarah’s commitment over the last two years, and particularly throughout Music Niagara’s milestone, celebratory 20th anniversary season, was tremendously appreciated and we thank her sincerely. She contributed much during her tenure and has been instrumental in positioning us for continued success.

We are pleased to advise that Hannah Zachariah joined Music Niagara this month and is working alongside Sarah to ensure a smooth and harmonious turnover of the Executive Director responsibilities. New to the Niagara area since moving here from Alberta, Hannah brings strong organizational skills, the ability to evaluate success metrics and well-honed knowledge in social media and web development to Music Niagara. And as an added bonus, Hannah is a music enthusiast having just received her Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto (ARCT) in Piano Performance – one of the highest academic awards of The Royal Conservatory.

Second, we have changes taking place at the Board level. Sally Basmajian is retiring as Chair of Marketing to pursue her love for writing. We will miss her enthusiasm and creative style but luckily we’re told to standby for upcoming articles in the public domain! We are very fortunate to have Nancy Smith joining the Board as Sally’s replacement. Nancy’s skills as a business leader, entrepreneur and media executive will be invaluable.

Randy LeGallais has joined the Board with the intent of replacing Bob Lavery who retires as Treasurer in April 2019. Randy, having been a tax partner at KPMG, brings extensive financial acumen to the Board and appreciable community board and volunteer experience.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, please join us in thanking Sarah and Sally and wishing them the best in their future endeavors. And in welcoming Hannah, Nancy and Randy to the Music Niagara team!

Margot Hickson,
Chair, Music Niagara Board of Directors

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October Newsletter

Celebrate the Festive Season with Music Niagara!

Don’t wait for Santa to check your wish list — tickets go on sale TODAY for two ho-ho-holiday concerts that you and your loved ones won’t want to miss. If history repeats itself, these events will sell out more quickly than a reindeer can fly, so be sure to buy yours now! After all, you’ve been very, very good this year and deserve to treat yourself to fine seasonal music that will lighten your mood and stir your soul.


Vocális Chamber Choir

Sunday December 9, 2018 3:00pm at St. Mark’s Church

Revel in the Beauty of the Human Voice!

Vocális Chamber Choir

There is nothing more ethereal than the sound of a finely honed a cappella choir soaring in exquisite harmony. When Vocális Chamber Choir members sing, under the direction of James Burritt, expect to be transported by their immaculate precision and artistry. The critically acclaimed Vocális ensemble hails from Buffalo, New York, where they present a series of subscription concerts each year, on top of their national and international commitments. They consider it their mission to inspire and move audiences, interpreting choral masterpieces that showcase the power and versatility of the human voice. And they redouble their efforts when it comes to Christmas music, performing repertoire ranging from Renaissance carols to modern-day seasonal tunes, with commitment straight from their hearts. Santa knows you’ve been on your best behaviour, and as a special treat, this concert will also feature the incredibly talented Emma Meinrenken. Not yet twenty years old, this Music Niagara Performance Academy alumni who is currently studying at the prestigious Curtis Institute in Philadelphia has just been awarded the use of the 1689 Baumgartner Stradivarius by the Canada Council Musical Instrument Bank. It’s a rare chance to get up close to an incomparable violin, played by one of Canada’s most technically proficient and musically sensitive young artists.

Purchase Vocális Tickets Now!

Toronto All-Star Big Band

Saturday December 15, 2018 7:00pm at St. Mark’s Church

Equal Parts Naughty and Nice!

Toronto All-Star Big-Band
Toronto All-Star Big-Band

They’ll swing. They’ll bop. They’ll have you swaying in your seat, if you manage to keep yourself from jumping to your feet and dancing. The Toronto All-Star Big Band is back! Without a doubt, it’s the most wonderful big band of the year—and of Canada!–and they plan to spice up our most festive month with musical pizzazz. Join us, and prepare to be dazzled by the youthful energy and top-notch expertise of these star-quality musicians. Expect a sold-out show; they’re Music Niagara favourites!

Purchase Toronto All-Star Big Band Tickets Now

And to All a Good Night Make that two fabulous occasions: one gorgeous afternoon with Vocális, and one merry evening with the Toronto All-Star Big Band, and be sure to buy your tickets  TODAY!


Remembrance Day

Sunday November 11, 2018 11:45am at St. Mark’s Church

(following the Cenotaph wreath laying)

For the fifth year, Music Niagara will commemorate Remembrance Day with music and words that capture the moment.

The concert will feature:

  • Alex Dobson, baritone
  • Inga Williams, soprano
  • Victoria Kogan, piano
  • Atis Bankas, violin
  • Guy Bannerman, narrator

Music selections by French, British, German, Italian, Polish and Russian composers.

From our friends at St. Mark’s Church…

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