Music Niagara 2018 – Our 20th Anniversary!

Atis Bankas
Atis Bankas

Dear friends,

It’s a dream come true. From our modest beginnings in 1999, we approach our 20th season thrilled with having become a major Canadian music festival, recognized nationally and worldwide.

In designing Music Niagara’s programming, I’m guided by the principles of excellence, integrity and fun. We present exceptional international musicians, including top Canadian performers. Music Niagara also showcases and nurtures young talent, the stars of tomorrow, with our Young Virtuosos series and the 5th season of our Music Niagara Performance Academy. My heart is filled with emotion as I see a number of artists, including former students who are now fully-fledged professionals, return to us for our gala 20th season.

Having emigrated from Lithuania many years ago, I know the struggles a performing artist faces in becoming re-established in a new land. Music Niagara takes pride in providing performance opportunities to great musicians born abroad who have come to Canada for a better life. They contribute to the diverse Canadian fabric that unites us all.

Take time to read through this year’s lineup. Classical, jazz, opera, choral, country, folk, and more—there’s something for everyone in forty events spread over six weeks. So much to enjoy at your festival!

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Hanneford Street Silver Band
Opening Gala – Hannaford Street Silver Band
Pre-concert reception starts at 6:30 PM An evening of light classics and jazz brought to you by Canada's finest professional large brass ensemble. Unique in its mandate and structure, the HSSB is the only fully professional ensemble of its kind in Canada.
Sunday in the Park – Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone? 
Sue and Dwight sing folksongs of hope and social justice from the Sixties.
Great Romantics Series – Dang Thai Son 
World-renowned Vietnamese-Canadian pianist Dang Thai Son, winner of the International Chopin Piano Competition, plays Schubert, Chopin, Paderewski and Liszt.
Mozart’s Don Giovanni
Based on the legends of Don Juan, Mozart’s 0peratic masterpiece features acclaimed British-Canadian baritone Alexander Dobson in the title role, supported by fantastic young Canadian talent.
3 Men in a Boat sketch
Three Men in a Boat – ‘the funniest book ever written’
Michael Bawtree captures the full range of surprise, bafflement, laughter and dismay of this 1881 novel. Let the adventure unfold!
Mykola Suk
Great Romantics Series – Mykola Suk
Mykola Suk (piano) Atis Bankas(violin) Jonathan Tortolano (cello)  play Mozart, Beethoven and Liszt. Suk has been described as "the greatest present-day Liszt pianist".
Lonesome Ace String Band – Bluegrass
This talented trio connects to the heart and ear through their love of Appalachian mountain music.  Banjo, bass and fiddle.
Bankas, Heller & Dobson
Great Romantics Series – Norbert Heller and Alex Dobson
Renowned Czech pianist Norbert Heller and acclaimed British-Canadian baritone Alexander Dobson with Atis Bankas (violin), perform Dietrich, Brahms, and Schumann.
Retro Ramblers
Sunday in the Park – The Retro-Ramblers
This barbershop quartet performs classics from the 50's, 60's and 70's! 
Great Romantics Series – Victoria Kogan 
Victoria Kogan, pianist extraordinaire, returns, supported by the Gould String Quartet in a program of Liszt, Wagner and Schumann.

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20th Season

Twenty glorious years of Music Niagara!

Picture of Atis Bankas playing with Academy Students


If you have been a patron or supporter for twenty years, or ten, or five, or even if you just discovered us recently, we would love to hear from you.

We are collecting memories and photos and hope to start sharing them in our newsletters and on this website, to celebrate this special anniversary.

Please email to memories@musicniagara.org or mail to:

Music Niagara
PO Box 1828
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0

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