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.

To learn more
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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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