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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20th Season Opening Concert

Music Notes

Opening Gala
Hannaford Street Silver Band

Feel free to dress up or dress down! Anything goes, as long as you come out and enjoy the Hannaford Street Silver Band at Music Niagara’s Opening Night on Saturday July 7th in the Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre.

This special concert is the first of many in Music Niagara’s jam-packed, high quality 20th Anniversary Concert Season. Kicking off the festive evening on July 7th is a pre-concert Reception open to one and all at 6:30 PM, for just $15.00 per person. The Hannaford Street Silver Band Concert follows at 7:30 PM, with a ticket price of $50.00 per person.

Hanneford Street Silver Band
Hanneford Street Silver Band

The award-winning, professional Hannaford Street Silver Band performs a variety of great music from jazzy to classy. They take joy in reinvigorating the brass band tradition, fusing the traditional within a contemporary context and giving everything a unique Canadian spin. As classically trained musicians themselves, they intend to make this Opening Night an engaging and appealing event, with something for everyone, and create lasting musical memories for all.

Be brassy, be bold, be there! We want to share the music and the fun with you!


Bosley Real Estate logo
Bosley Real Estate

Thanks to our sponsor for this event, Bosley Real Estate, celebrating its 90th Anniversary this year!

 

 

Tickets for this and all of our upcoming events are on sale. Check here for details.

Special Recital:
Young Musicians of Niagara Competition Finalists
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St. Mark’s Church
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2:00pm, Friday 29 June 2018
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Terrence Wu (age 15), Axell Panganiban (age 11), on piano, and Ellie Khutornaya (age 7), on violin, will each play four pieces. After the awards, the two professional judges, Atis Bankas and Victoria Kogan, will treat the students and audience to more glorious music. Please come to this exciting Music Niagara event. Your contribution to this concert will help to support the Music Niagara Performance Academy.


Thanks to all those who supported the Music Niagara Big Night 2018

Save the date for next year – June 15th, 2019


Support our 20th Season

It’s going to be a spectacular 20th anniversary season. To find out more about ways that you can invest in this exciting year of concerts and events,

visit us online  

Or just:
Donate NowDonate Now (http://www.musicniagara.org/donate-now/)


Memories

Do you have photos or special memories you would like to share with us? We would love to put together some pictures and remembrances for our 20th season. Email us: memories@musicniagara.org. We would like to feature some of these through our newsletters and on our website, so be sure to let us know that you give us permission to share.

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2018 Preview Concert

Come and celebrate Music Niagara’s 20th season

Free Preview Concert

Sunday May 20th, 7:30pm at

St. Mark’s Anglican Church,

Niagara-on-the-Lake

Featuring
John Sherwood
Gould String Quartet
and our Young Virtuosos:
Sora Sato-Mound, David Duan, and Keris Choi

Gould String Quartet
Gould String Quartet

And be a Music Niagara super-hero!
Attend our annual gala and keep the music flowing. Buy tickets . . .

On Sale Now

Music Niagara Big Night 2018

June 2, 2018 5:30 PM
Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre
14 Anderson Lane, Niagara-on-the-Lake


Tickets and 6-Packs on Sale Now!
Call 1-800-511-7429 or 905-468-2172
To see the full line-up and purchase tickets visit
musicniagara.org/events
Music Niagara Celebrates our 20th Anniversary
Support our 20th Season

We’re gearing up for a spectacular 20th anniversary season. To find out more about ways that you can invest in this exciting year of concerts and events, visit us online. Or just:

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Music Niagara Celebrates our 20th Anniversary
Tickets on Sale May 2

Call 1-800-511-7429 or 905-468-2172

To see the full line-up and purchase tickets visit
musicniagara.org/events/

Music Niagara is marking its milestone twentieth anniversary with an extravaganza of a Summer 2018 season.  Festival founder and Creative Director, Atis Bankas, has put together a roster of performances that is big and brilliant in quality and scope.  Audiences will be introduced to world-class artists who will wow Niagara for the very first time and be reintroduced by popular demand to some of the most electrifying stars of previous seasons. From the impact of full ensemble programs to the intimacy of solo concerts, there will be music to suit every taste.

Hanneford Street Silver Band
Hanneford Street Silver Band

The gala twentieth anniversary season kicks off on July 7th with the lively music of the Hannaford Street Silver Band, a Toronto ensemble that has made it a mission to revive and elevate brass band repertoire to impressive new levels. In a very different but also stunning ensemble concert, the twenty voices that make up the Elmer Iseler Singers will raise spirits on July 19th. And the big ensemble evenings will continue throughout the summer, with the National Youth Orchestra (July 26th), the Niagara Proms Orchestra (August 4th), the always sold-out Toronto All-Star Big Band (August 6th), and more.

Isabel Bayrakdarian
Isabel Bayrakdarian

 Music Niagara’s line-up of soloists is likewise impressive. On July 8th we have Vietnamese-Canadian pianist Dang Thai Son, an internationally recognized as a consummate interpreter of Chopin. Soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian, winner of four consecutive Juno Awards for Best Classical Album, will enchant audiences on July 16th. Long-time Music Niagara favourite, pianist Andre Laplante, will demonstrate his virtuosic classical prowess on July 22nd—and these are just a few of the artists from this star-studded twentieth season.
 
And don’t forget!

On Sale Now

Music Niagara Big Night 2018
June 2, 2018  5:30 PM
Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre
14 Anderson Lane, Niagara-on-the-Lake 

Support our 20th Season

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March News

New Collaboration with TD Niagara Jazz Festival

The spirit of collaboration is alive and soaring in Niagara-on-the-Lake! Today, Music Niagara and the TD Niagara Jazz Festival are stepping into the future together, announcing our first ever joint concert presentation featuring two of Canada’s premiere jazz artists.

July 29, 2018 7:30 pm
St. Mark’s Church,
41 Byron Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Clarinettist Phil Nimmons and pianist David Braid, who tour as Nimmons ‘n Braid, are superlative musicians as well as intuitive, versatile musical partners. Both have won many accolades, including Juno Awards, most recently with Braid’s 2018 win for Jazz Album of the Year – Group. They’re jazz performers at the top of their game, and, despite their fifty year age difference, their musical styles blend in a timeless and brilliant combination of structure and improvisation.

Tickets for this and all of our upcoming events will go on sale shortly. Check here for information as it becomes available.

Phil Nimmons
David Braid
David Braid

Louis Armstrong said that “the memory of things gone is important to a jazz musician.” With Phil Nimmons and David Braid, Niagara audiences will hear both echoes of things gone and the excitement of all that is yet to come.

And, stay tuned for updates about a fantastic Music Niagara season! It will be a star-studded summer, as we celebrate our Twentieth Anniversary with the Hannaford Street Silver Band (July 7), Isabel Bayrakdarian (July 16), the Elmer Iseler Singers (July 19), and so much more.

And don’t forget!
On Sale Now
Music Niagara Big Night 2018

June 2, 2018 5:30 PM
Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre
14 Anderson Lane, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Support our 20th Season

We’re gearing up for a spectacular 20th anniversary season. To find out more about ways that you can invest in this exciting year of concerts and events, visit us online. Or just:
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Congratulations Atis!

Please join us in congratulating Atis, who won the “Christopher Newton Award for Extraordinary Vision in Business” on Tuesday night at the Spirit of Niagara Awards Ceremony. The event was held at Queen’s Landing hotel in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Well done, Atis!

Spirit of Niagara Awards
Atis with Music Niagara Board members, staff and supporters.

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February Update

Alexander Sevastian

IN MEMORIAM
Quartetto Gelato Member Alexander Sevastian Has Died, Aged 41


We are very sorry to learn that the Toronto accordion virtuoso Alexander Sevastian died suddenly on Friday, February 16, 2018 in Ajijic, Mexico, while on tour with Quartetto Gelato. He had been a member of the group since 2002.

Alexander Sevastian started out in Moscow, touring Europe with the Russian Radio Orchestra. He was a renowned artist, who won several International Accordion Competitions.

He has performed with Music Niagara on numerous occasions over the years and was always a great favourite with our audiences.

Alex is survived by his wife Anya, their children Vladimir and Maria, his brother Vitali and his mother Nadya.

Full biography
Donate to the Alexander Sevastian Memorial Fund

Funeral arrangements for Alexander have been made:
Elgin Mills Funeral Centre
Monday, February 26th
12:30-3 pm
1591 Elgin Mills Road East
Richmond Hill Ontario

Alexander Sevastian – October 2, 1976 – February 16, 2018


Spirit of Niagara Awards

Our very own Atis Bankas has been nominated for a 2018 “Spirit of Niagara” award. Join us on February 27th at 6:30, in the Grand Georgian Ballroom, Queen’s Landing, Niagara-on-the-Lake, to lend your support. Individual tickets, $40.
Ceremony and awards at 7:00, buffet afterwards.


Support our 20th Season

André Laplante, Trio Céleste, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Julie Nesrallah, Victoria Kogan and Alex Dobson  are just a few of the treats we have in store for you in 2018. To find out how you can invest in this exciting year of concerts and events, visit us online . Or just:

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Memories

Do you have photos or special memories you would like to share with us? We would love to put together some pictures and remembrances for our 20th season. Email us: memories@musicniagara.org  . We would like to feature some of these through our newsletters and on our website, so be sure to let us know that you give us permission to share.

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February Newsletter

Don’t let his height fool you! Though Sora Sato-Mound could barely see past the heads of the residents, this virtuoso wowed audiences to the back of the room with his talent and musicality.
Our roster of talented performers, under the direction of Artistic Director, Atis Bankas.

 

On Sunday February 4th, the halls of the Royal Henley Retirement Community and Ina Grafton Gage Village in St. Catharines echoed with the sound of music. Sora Sato-Mound, Hilary Chan, Keris Choi and Veronika Manchur, all from the Royal Conservatory, delighted over one hundred residents with their talent and professionalism.

This isn’t the first time Music Niagara has brought music to Niagara-area retirement communities. In total since beginning this initiative, Music Niagara has presented eight concerts to local area homes. “It is a unique way to give back to our community and our supporters” Artistic Director Atis Bankas remarked.

This week’s double header is just the latest in what Bankas says is an ongoing series. “We have plans to continue bringing great music to these retirement communities in the months and years to come.”

Collage of Music Niagara Posters
The Big Night 2018

Our annual fundraising event will be held on Saturday June 2nd, 5:30 at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre. Call your friends and put together a table. Catered by Collin Goodine, this should be a night to remember. As always, we will have a fantastic selection of silent and live auction items and Chris Blake will be returning to Niagara-on-the-Lake, just to call the bids for us.

Tickets are $1200 for a table of 8 or $150 each and are already on sale here .

20th Season
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Look out for our Season announcement coming soon. We have lots of wonderful concerts in store for you.
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Hosting for Music Niagara
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Every year, Music Niagara brings world renown artists to our beautiful town. Part of what makes Music Niagara unique is our wonderfully dedicated volunteer group who open up their homes to host these visiting artists. As Music Niagara grows, we’d love to see our network of hosts grow as well. From commitments as short as one night, to longer stays with the talented youngsters of the Performance Academy, Music Niagara has a wide-range of varying needs for accommodations. If you’re interested in learning more about hosting for Music Niagara, please email us: concerts@musicniagara.org

Volunteer Appeal
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During the festival, volunteers are an essential part of our operation. From serving wine, to taking tickets and handing out programs, we rely on a strong network of volunteers on a daily basis. If you would like to join the team, let us know !

Support our 20th Season

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We’re gearing up for a spectacular 20th anniversary season. To find out more about ways that you can invest in this exciting year of concerts and events, visit us online . Or just:

Donate Now

Memories

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Do you have photos or special memories you would like to share with us? We would love to put together some pictures and remembrances for our 20th season. Email us: memories@musicniagara.org  We would like to feature some of these through our newsletters and on our website, so be sure to let us know that you give us permission to share.

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