September News

Music Notes


We have come to the end of the 19th season of the Music Niagara summer festival and what an amazing time we had!
We made some wonderful new friends: Oystein Baadsvik, Christopher Hall and The Fitzgeralds, to name just a few. And we enjoyed return visits from some of our favourites like Robert Silverman, James Cameron, the Toronto All-Star Big Band, and the Trinity College Cambridge Choir (presented in partnership with St. Mark’s Church).
Guido, Dave, Terry and John delighted us with jazz standards and Quartetto Gelato were as energetic as ever for our closing concert.

We had our challenges, everything from storms to last-minute reprogramming, but we survived and prospered. This was thanks in part to you, our loyal patrons, who braved the elements to enjoy Whiskey Jack under the tent at The Village, and took a chance on Victoria Kogan and Leopoldo Erice who understudied so brilliantly for André LaPlante.
Thank you all for coming and supporting us in so many ways.

Sarah Lynch – Executive Director
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Golf Tournament

Don’t forget our First Annual Music Niagara Golf Tournament, September 20th, 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the NOTL Golf Club.
We still have a few spots left, so gather your friends and book your foursome now.

$150.00 per golfer ($40 discount if you are already a Golf Club member), or come for the dinner only for $50.
Funds raised from this event will support Music Niagara programs and the Performance Academy.

Commemoration of the 225th Anniversary of the Opening of the First Parliament of Upper Canada

Music Niagara is proud to be a part of this special celebration. on September 17th at 11:00 am in Simcoe Park, Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Enjoy some excerpts from the special commissions created this year to celebrate both this event and the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

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Art Emporium  

Our Friends at St. Mark’s Church will be hosting an Art Emporium at The Rectory, 17 Byron St., Niagara-on-the-Lake, Friday, Sept. 1 and Saturday, Sept. 2 from 1- 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with summer refreshments.
For sale there will be an eclectic collection, curated by Geoffrey Joyner, of original oils, acrylics, watercolours and photographs by locally and internationally acclaimed artists.

Organizers of the Art Emporium stand with one of the more than 60 works available for sale. From left, Keith Bullen, Don MacLeod, Mary Webster and Nancy Bongard.


Save the Date

Mix & Mingle at at Critelli’s in St. Catharines
September 22, 5:30 – 7:30pm
This event will be a partnership with the Shaw Festival.

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Final Week

Our final weekend of the 2017 Festival.

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Tickets are also avalable at the Shaw Festival Box Office:

Canada’s Best will perform at St. Mark’s this Friday

We are all looking forward to the last of our Friday concerts for 2017.
Guido Basso, Dave Young, Terry Clark and John Sherwood
This week we will be at St. Mark’s, 41 Byron Street
Time 7:30 pm.

St. John String Quartet – bonus opening act.

The Saint John String Quartet concert starts at 7:30 but….

BONUS – OPENING ACT – 6:30 pm – A Trio of Premieres.

Come early and enjoy three brand new works by Canadian composers: Dimitriy Varelas,  Jim Hiscott and Mark Richards.
The Saint John String Quartet, one of Canada’s longest established string quartets will be performing with Richard Hornsby – clarinet and saxophone.

Ian McGimpsey Trio: The Future of Canadian Jazz
One last concert at the Epicurean Bistro.
Showtime 9:30

Tickets are available for dinner packages or for show-only. Enjoy an evening of cool jazz on the prettiest patio in town.

Karakoro: Japanese Dancers and Drummers
Show starts at 12:00 noon

Our free concerts in Simcoe Park are always a crowd-pleaser. These colourful dancers from Japan return again to entertain us at noon on Sunday. Bring a lawn-chair and a picnic and enjoy!

Closing Gala with Quartetto Gelato
Starting at 5:00

with a premiere of a new Canadian work by Dmitriy and Anatolyi Varelas, Taste of Freedom for String Quartet and Accordion .

We will celebrate the conclusion of our 2017 Festival with a reception at intermission.

“Virtuosic showpieces, romantic tenor arias, pyrotechnical solos, blazing gypsy show pieces, multi-instrument mastery and a World Accordion Champion – this is Quartetto Gelato.”

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August News

Music Notes…
Week 4

We’re at the far turn (forgive the racing analogy!), with some wonderful music still ahead. This weekend’s highlights include…

Joel Quarrington
Rossini: Eat, Hear and Be Merry
August 5, 6:00pm St. Mark’s Church

Juno award winning, and world-renown contrabassist Joel Quarrington brings an all-Rossini  program to St. Mark’s. Also featuring Carole Sirois, cello. Tickets to the show include a Rossini-inspired reception at intermission—Rossini himself was an avid gastronomist who created many of his own recipes. Concert introduction with James Wegg.

Jonathan Crow and Peter Chiu
Confederation Celebration
August 6, 4:00pm St. Mark’s Church

Jonathan Crow (violin) and Philip Chiu (piano) help celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial with a program of music from the Founding Fathers (Britain and France) along with Canada’s own Healey Willan. Also includes music by Debussy, Elgar and Ravel. Concert introduction with James Wegg.

Philip Chiu & Jonathan Crow
Philip Chiu & Jonathan Crow
Robert Silverman
An Afternoon with Robert Silverman
August 7, 2:00pm St. Mark’s Church

A festival favourite for many years, Robert Silverman returns to perform music by Beethoven and Chopin.

Help Music Niagara Thrive…

The Music Niagara family is tremendously indebted to our sponsors. We rely on the largesse of over a hundred individuals and businesses to present Atis’ exceptional music, in our intimate venues, at reasonable prices. 

Each year, as many as 30% of our sponsors, make their commitment during the Festival. So, if you’re enjoying this season and want to ensure we continue to have such wonderful performances in our community, let us know you want to contribute. Contact Ginny Green at or donate online now.

Golf Tournament Registration Open!
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Tournament will be held on Wednesday September 20th at Niagara on the Lake Golf Club

Price is $150 / $110 if you are a NOTL GC Member
Dinner only guests are welcome–$50
Targeting mixed foursomes, but also welcoming men’s foursomes and ladies foursomes
Our goal is 60 golfers, or 15 foursomes
Lots of prizes!

Playing golf. Golf club and ball. Preparing to shot

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July News

Chair’s Message
Why We Love Music Niagara…

On Sunday at the Get Ready to Tuba concert at St. Mark’s, there was a wonderful moment—an AHA! moment, for me—when my love of what Music Niagara really is, came into vivid focus. We were seeing and hearing exceptional musicality and a wonderful, very personal, stage presence. We were informed, entertained, amused and musically sated. In a special intimate setting with 75 or so of our musical family. What could be better than that?

That feeling—that moment—is what all our concerts aim to imbue, each and every time our performers take the stage. It is why the staff, our Board and our dozens of volunteers work so tirelessly to make it happen. We are very lucky.

By the time you read this, we will be almost half way through our 2017 Music Niagara season! I know many of you have already caught the momentum. But there is so, so much more to come.

Tim Taylor
Chair, Music Niagara

Relive the Scotch Mary show on COGECO
Thursday July 27, at 9:00pm

There was a festive air at our first Feel Good Friday concert, at the Market at the Village on July 21. The market tent was transformed into a concert venue—with lots of picnic tables surrounding the tent (reminiscent of a small Artpark!). The food trucks and beverage bars were busy. And the music was truly toe-tapping. Scotch Mary (of Big Night fame) kept the crowd moving with folk music from Canada’s four original provinces—and a few more. (Could someone please record the broadcast?)

Scotch Mary at The Village, July 21st.
The Fitzgeralds…
Friday July 28, 6:00pm, The Market at The Village

This Friday’s concert (July 28) features The Fitzgeralds, a fiddling and step dancing trio from the Ottawa Valley. This sibling act has earned three Canadian Grand master Fiddling Championships and numerous set dancing events. We better re-inforce the stage! Doors open at 5:00pm. The concert begins at 6:00pm. Lots of food and beverages available. See you there.

The Fitzgeralds
André Laplante Cancellation

On Tuesday afternoon we received the unhappy news that André LaPlante was unwell and unable to perform his concert that evening. In true Music Niagara fashion, staff, board and artists pulled together and created a miracle.

All ticket buyers were contacted by email and/or phone and Atis pulled together a brilliant concert with only a few hours notice.

Victoria Kogan was conscripted to play a solo piano recital of Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky and the Gould String Quartet performed Mozart and Haydn. All those who attended were very happy that they did.

Saturday’s concert is also cancelled and will be replaced with a  performance featuring a wonderful Spanish pianist Leopoldo Erice and the Gould String Quartet. The program will consist of:

Beethoven’s Sonata for Piano Op. 110, 
Beethoven’s Sonata for Piano and Violin No.5 Op. 24 “Spring”
Cesar Frank’s very romantic Piano Quintet in F minor

Bonjour – Taste of Stradivari
Saturday July 29, 2:00 at Grace Church

The Bonjour Stradivari cello was made by famous luthier Antonio Stradivari in 1692. The instrument is named after the amateur 19th-century Parisian cellist Abel Bonjour. The Bonjour cello was restored at the George Heinl shop in Toronto and awarded to Cameron Crozman, a winner of the Canada Council Musical Instrument Bank Competition. 

On Saturday afternoon you will have the chance to see Cameron perform on this truly unique instrument, one of the best Stradivari cellos in the world!
More information here

Cameron Crozman
Laugh with Christopher Hall
Sunday July 30, 2:00pm, St. Mark’s Church

Our second Family Series concert features Christopher Hall, on clarinet, and a string quartet and reminds us, in a humorous and engaging way, that classical music is for everyone, not just an educated few. Hall takes a fun and engaging poke at the music and rituals surrounding the performance of classical music. Just take a look at the promotional picture!

Christopher Hall
Christopher Hall
Golf Tournament
Tournament will be held on Wednesday September 20th at Niagara on the Lake Golf Club

Price is $150 / $110 if you are a NOTL GC Member
Dinner only guests are welcome–$50
Targeting mixed foursomes, but also welcoming men’s foursomes and ladies foursomes
Our goal is 60 golfers, or 15 foursomes
There will be lots of prizes!
Details to follow.

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June News

Chair’s Message

The Final Scurry is Underway

After a year’s concerted thought and planning, our 19th season is less than a month away. Thirty-six concerts, more than 100 performers, seven local venues—a cornucopia of musical talent. As always, classical music is the cornerstone of the season. My favourites: Saint John String Quartet, Gryphon Trio, Swiss Piano Trio, and André LaPlante. And the Rossini Cocktail promises to liven up the August 5 concert.

Two new initiatives for this year:
  • Immediately following the FREE Sunday in the Park concerts, we’re presenting two family-friendly concerts: Get Ready to Tuba (July 23) and Laugh with Christopher Hall (July 30). The series is sponsored by Ontario Power Generation. Fun for the whole family.
  • The Market at the Village tent (beside Garrison House restaurant), is a perfect venue for three Feel Good Friday Folk Concerts—July 21, 28 and August 4. The new tent gives us lots of room for a real folk celebration. The Exchange Brewery and Stratus Wines will be serving. And we’ll have at least two food trucks. So come hungry and thirsty and ready to sing and dance along.

If you haven’t seen the full program, you can find it here.

Tim Taylor
Chair, Music Niagara

Concert and Series Sponsorships still available…

Connect to our Musical Excellence

To maintain our performance excellence, we need your financial support. Some of you have already committed to a $500 concert sponsorship. Some of you have given even more. And some of you are still considering your contribution.

There is no better way to whet your musical appetite and shape your contribution than a wander through this year’s summer program here . Choose a concert or series to support. Then call the office at 905-468-5566 or donate online here  . If you want to explore other opportunities, please connect with Ginny Green, our Chair of Fundraising.

Atis’ European Spring

For several weeks this spring, Atis has been touring Europe with the Potsdam Trio. The trio, including Constanze Beckman (who has performed for us in Niagara) and Damien Ventula, was formed in 2016, following a successful European tour. This year’s tour is taking the trio to venues in Germany, Lithuania and Italy.

The Really Big Night

More than 180 music lovers gathered June 3^rd to celebrate and support the upcoming 19th season. Volunteer Elaine Mayo and her team transformed the Community Centre into a virtual garden and the dedicated auction team presented more than 50 silent and live auction items.

Big Night Chair, Margot Hickson: “The real thanks go to the total team of over 35 volunteers, staff, Board members AND all the community sponsors, donors and 183 friends who joined us at the Big Night – everyone’s generosity and support of Music Niagara made the evening one of the most successful fundraisers ever and exceeded expectations.”

The annual special event is critical to the financial health of Music Niagara. A special thanks and applause to Ginny Green, Board Fundraising Chair, and Margot Hickson, Chair of the Big Night, for their determined, unflagging leadership.

Concert Updates

There were a couple of errors in the calendar in our brochure. The information included in the concert descriptions is correct.

Saturday, July 22
Wine and Music

This concert is at 11:30 am (not 11:30 pm!)

Friday, August 11
Guido, Dave, Terry and John

This performance will take place at St. Mark’s Church (not the Market)

And a couple of small changes…

Saturday, August 5
Rossini: Eat, Hear and be Merry

Intermission reception will feature Rossini Cocktails and Rossini-inspired hors d’oeuvres (we think it may be too early for dessert).

Saturday, August 12

The final Saturday Jazz at the Epicurean will now feature the Ian McGimpsey Trio

Toronto Summer Music Festival

July 13- August 5
Featuring the very best of Canada’s many world renowned classical performers including James Ehnes, the St Lawrence and Rolston String Quartets, Jonathan Crow, TSO Chamber soloists…and MUCH more!
Save 20% with the code SESQUI17* 416-408-0208

And from our friends at St. Mark’s…

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April News

It’s spring, and we have an explosion of news and activities!

Summer Festival Tickets on Sale!

Atis Bankas
Atis Bankas

For ticket information, availability, packages and more, check out our website.

A message from Atis Bankas, Artistic Director:

“During this special season celebrating Canada’s sesquicentennial anniversary of Confederation, Music Niagara takes pride in our Canadian national treasures, such as Shaw Festival Artistic Director Emeritus, Christopher Newton, pianists Andre Laplante and Robert Silverman, and jazz legend Guido Basso.  Emerging Canadian talent may be enjoyed at concerts featuring young virtuosos of the Music Niagara Performance Academy.”

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Annual Campaign in Full Swing…

As a supporter of Music Niagara, you know that almost a quarter of our funding comes from donors and sponsors.  This year’s campaign, launched in February, is gathering momentum.  But it still needs your help.  If you would like to be part of the Music Niagara funding family, you can attach your name to a concert of your choice or to one of the other funding opportunities.

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Check out our new artwork for 2017 above.  Did you know Sir John A. Macdonald played fiddle?  …Weeeell, the research findings haven’t come in yet, but we love Scott McKowen’s artwork anyway!

Hurry, Hurry, Hurry – Big Night Tickets Selling Fast!

Almost 65% of available seats are already spoken for! After a number of years of angst hoping for good weather for the Gala, Margot Hickson and her energetic planning team are moving us indoors to the Community Centre.  The Centre’s main room is wonderful for an event–artfully transformed into a garden setting by our decoration guru, Elaine Mayo and her team.

And have we gathered interesting stuff for the active bidders in the crowd?! You’ll take home unique travel experiences, great art, one-of a kind cultural and recreational packages—a veritable cornucopia of temptation. And of course Atis is planning both musically-inspiring and toe-tapping music.

Click here to book your tickets today.


Hamilton Children’s Choir

We’re bringing the Hamilton Children’s Choir to St. Marks for a stunning program of international favourites.

Monday May 8, 2017
Details and tickets here.
Hamilton Children's Choir
Hamilton Children’s Choir

Golf Tournament

Polish your golf clubs for the first annual Music Niagara Open- a fun and engaging day of golf (and food, and prizes) at Niagara’s historic course.

Wednesday September 20, 2017
Details to follow

And from our friends in Niagara-on-the-Lake…

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