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!
Chair, Music Niagara Board of Directors
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!
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.
Saturday December 15, 2018 7:00pm at St. Mark’s Church
Equal Parts Naughty and Nice!
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!
Our record-breaking Summer 2018 Twentieth Anniversary Festival Season has ended, but the beautiful music still resonates in our memories.
Robert Schumann once said, “Nothing right can be accomplished in art without enthusiasm.” We agree wholeheartedly and would like to acknowledge that it was your enthusiasm that helped us set new benchmarks. Ticket sales in Summer 2018 reached an all-time high, increasing 15% from 2017, and over half of our ticket buyers were new this year! And for those of you who have been with us year after year, we’re so grateful that you not only joined us once again, but you attended more concerts. Many of you attended five or more events!
We owe all of this to you, our wonderful and loyal friends and supporters. Thank you very much. We’re on our feet, applauding you with gusto!
And… what’s next for Music Niagara?
We’re glad you asked!
First up, we’re putting down our violin bows and picking up our seven irons, at Music Niagara’s Second Annual Golf Tournamenton September 5th. We need to hit our longest drives ever to reach our 2018 fundraising goal, and there’s still much work to be done, with your enthusiastic participation! Join us for an afternoon of fun at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club. It’s a forgiving best-ball format, and players of all levels of skill are welcome! And for everyone, golfers and non-golfers alike, there will be a delicious dinner to follow.
Music will be in the air this Fall as we present three outstanding concerts: Remembrance Day, November 11, Vocalis Chamber Choir, December 9, and a Toronto All-Star Big Band Christmas, December 15. Tickets go on sale soon!
Please save this date: Saturday June 15, 2019. That’s right: Music Niagara’s Big Nightreturns, more dazzling than ever before! Our avid committee members are brainstorming to create a festive night and your participation will help make it the best in our history.
And if you are looking for something to do next weekend….
NIAGARA HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS
SATURDAY, SEPT 8, 2018 | 12:00 – 4:00 pm THE COMMONS, NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE | PARKING ENTRANCE ON JOHN ST.
$15 – ADVANCE | $20 – AT GATE
CHILDREN 12 & UNDER – FREE!
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.
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
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Young Musicians of Niagara Competition Finalists
St. Mark’s Church
2:00pm, Friday 29 June 2018
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
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June 2, 2018 5:30 PM
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14 Anderson Lane, Niagara-on-the-Lake
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Music Niagara Celebrates our 20th Anniversary
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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.
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.
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!
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Music Niagara Big Night 2018
June 2, 2018 5:30 PM
Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre
14 Anderson Lane, Niagara-on-the-Lake
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