Concert Series: “Devotion and Seduction” on February 22, 2013

Devotion and Seduction
Friday, February 22, 2013 at 8pm

Join three of our Heliconians, Janet Catherine Dea, Joyce Lai, and Jacqueline Leung in their debut joint recital as a trio of soprano, violin and piano. The three musicians will also be joined by members of the Croydon String Quartet (Andrew Ogilvie, violin, Ian Clarke, viola and Helena Likwornik, cello) to perform music that speaks of love, be it through devotion or seduction! Janet Catherine Dea enjoys a varied career nationally and internationally as a soloist with opera companies, orchestras and in recital. Canadian violinist Joyce Lai (Concertmaster of the Canadian Sinfonietta) enjoys a rich career as a soloist and chamber musician. Toronto pianist Jacqueline Leung shines both as soloist and collaborator.

February 5, 2013: Nonnie Griffin in Sister Annunciata’s Secret

Sister Annunciata’s Secret was written and will be performed by newly admitted Heliconian Nonnie Griffin. In August she took it to the Edinburgh Festival, and she will be performing it again for one night only at the Heliconian Hall under Heliconian Peggy Mahon’s direction.

A nun’s vow of chastity is a sacred one and never taken lightly. Sister Annunciata’s Secret is based on a true story, which took place in 1937 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Without intending to transgress her vow, Sister Annunciata falls in love with a pupil. Her near self-destruction leads her to a changed life and hard-won redemption.

Nonnie Griffin’s one-woman play is based on truth and offers a rare insight into the workings of the human heart. “Since no one in the Church seems to want to admit what they have done to innocent children,” she writes, “this nun, in her agony, found she had to deal with herself and her wrongdoing.”

This performance is in aid of the KAMI Foundation for Haiti. KAMI has developed stoves that are manufactured in Haiti and burn alternate fuels to prevent tree cutting. They plant trees that produce seeds from which oil is pressed and used in the stoves. Tickets are $20.00 at the Door.

To reserve tickets email or call (416) 699 2856.

Artistic Differences: February 2, 2013

Co-founded by fellow heliconian, Monica Pearce, the Toy Piano Composer (TPC) Collective and Ensemble takes to the stage once more, bringing Canadian artwork to life.  Join them as they re-imagine great Canadian art from the past and present, transforming canvas and paint into notes and sound.  This energetic concert will focus on the intersection of these two art forms – line, colour, gesture, and form are explored by each of the brand new compositions.  Each of the visual works of art will be displayed while the pieces are performed onstage.

From local Toronto paintings to animations and video game art, the TPC have drawn on a diverse range of visual media for musical inspiration that playfully reflects each composer’s own unique style.  World Premieres include: Sylvan Sworcery by Christian Floisand (art by Sylvian Coutouly), Get in Line by Glenn James (art by Zoë Cilliers), In the forest, glow. by Monica Pearce (art by Brandon James Scott), Strange Gazes and Birdsong by Fiona Ryan (art by Kate Domina) and Walking by Chris Thornborrow (animation by Ryan Larkin).  Also joining the TPC Composers will be guest composer Patrick Murray, who has written Skin and Bone (with art by Ognian Zekoff) for the ensemble.  Come hear what art sounds like and what music looks like.

Special online ticket price – only $10! Click here to get them.

Jan 17, 2013: “The Wizard of Oz”

Heliconian and British music specialist Dorothy de Val and guest artist Charlene Biggs are “off to see the wizard” in the Faculty Concert Series of York University’s Music Department. They will mark the centenary of the births of British composers Benjamin Britten and George Lloyd and pay tribute to Australian-born composer Percy Grainger, the titular wizard, with a performance of works for duo piano at York’s Tribute Communities Recital Hall on January 17 at 7.30 pm.

The first half of the program will feature a rare performance of Lloyd’s atmospheric Aubade and the magisterial Introduction and Rondo alla Burlesca by Britten. After intermission comes a musical romp down the yellow brick road with Grainger’s compositions and arrangements “dished up”, in the composer’s words, for two pianos. The lineup includes Hill Song No. 2 , an unusual and haunting work better known in its version for band; his adaptation of the exuberant Symphonic Dance No. 1 written by his close friend, English composer Cyril Scott; and – in a nod to Grainger’s many years living in the US – his exhilarating fantasy arrangement of songs from George Gershwin’s incomparable opera, Porgy and Bess.

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The Gift of New Members at Heliconian Club

Earlier this Fall, we welcomed 27 new members at the President’s Reception at the first event of the year. Since then, many of these new members have contributed to life to our Club, adding fresh ideas and perspective to our ever growing club. We are  thankful for their participation, and can’t wait to show them off as fellow Heliconians. Below are a few highlights of these women based on submitted bios.

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Christmas Lunch: Dec 4

THE CHRISTMAS LUNCH will take place on Tuesday, Dec 4 at 12 for 12:30 p.m. The cost is $25 per person.

The theme is the Nutcracker Suite. Jennifer Carroll will co-convene with Mary Jane Warner. Beth Breen is making her fantastic layered salad. Yvonne Ormston is preparing the main course. Dawn Potts is providing the accompanying vegetable dish. Jennifer Carroll will prepare a dessert, and Jan Garvey will be looking after the other essentials. Sharon Koyle is designing the programme. Sue Ince is in charge of the decorations and Janet Catherine Dea is organizing the musical component of the Lunch. Please RSVP as soon as possible for this event.


Member’s Concert: Amanda Johnston in Recital, Nov 23

This Friday, Allison Arends (soprano), Katarzyna Sadej (mezzo soprano) and Heliconian Amanda Johnston will be presenting an exciting programme featuring song cycles by De Falla and Liszt, duets by Chausson, Debussy, and Brahms, and operatic highlights by Handel, Donizetti, Bellini, and Stravinsky. This is a programme that is sure to enlighten, uplift, and entertain.

It will take place on Friday, November 23rd at 8pm at Heliconian Hall (35 Hazelton Avenue, in the heart of Yorkville). Tickets are $20 and are available at the door.

Mary Rezza Memorial Student Recital: Nov 25

This Sunday afternoon at 3pm, come out to support musicians of the future as they begin their musical journey in Heliconian Hall where Heliconian teaching members present their students in recital. Family and friends are welcome. Admission is by donation. This is always a terrific concert. Admission is free and a reception follows the performances.