May 9, 2013: Peggy Mahon’s 6th Annual Interval House Benefit Concert

At this 6th annual Interval House Benefit concert, we want to honour those who seek sanctuary from domestic violence at Canada’s first shelter for women and their children. Performed at the historic Heliconian club, we will also be celebrating the women who defied the odds, almost 100 years ago, and founded the Heliconian Club for women in the arts.

We hope you can join us this year! This is always a fabulous concert featuring Peggy Mahon‘s jazz quartet with Danny McErlain on Piano, Dave Field on Bass and Don Vickery on drums. Please stay for the reception following the show for some refreshments, and meet Peggy, her band mates, and some of the hard working folks at Interval House.

Concert is on May 9th at 7:30pm, Heliconian Hall. Advanced tickets for $30 can be ordered by calling 416-698-2163.

March 8, 2013: HCO presents “In the Mood for Love”

The Heliconian Choir and Orchestra is proud to present their 2nd “Highlights Concert” of the 2012-2013 season!

The program this evening features our members in small groups and as soloists. There are singers, instrumentalists, performing works ranging from Bach to Gilbert & Sullivan. A light reception will follow, and there will be a cash bar throughout the evening.  This is a fundraising concert, and we are pleased to include a Silent Auction, with such items as a gift basket of pampering treats, as well as voice lessons and concert tickets for a variety of events.

 We hope the show warms your heart on this cold winter’s night with colours of the musical kind! All ticket sales will go towards producing our biggest concert of the year on April 28th at Grace Church on the Hill, so save the date.

For more information on the HCO, please visit their website or find them on facebook.

March 9, 2013: Club Fundraiser Concert “Evening of Piano Music”

Join us on Saturday March 9, 2013 at 8 pm and enjoy the artistry of celebrated Russian pianist Natalia Lepeshkina as she performs a colourful, evocative program of music by some of the classical world’s best-loved composers for the piano. She is joined by celebrated Canadian actress and singer, Peggy Mahon who will be narrating the evening and introducing the featured pieces.

The program begins with Ludwig van Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight’ Sonata (op. 27 no. 2) and continues with Schubert’s Impromptu (op. 90 no. 2) and a selection of etudes, waltzes and other pieces by one of the 19th century’s most celebrated pianist-composers, Fredéric Chopin.

The second half of the program is devoted to repertoire from Natalia’s Russian homeland, and offers a variety of works by P.I. Tchaikovsky, Sergei Rachnaninov and Sergei Prokofiev (March from ‘The Love for Three Oranges’), two Études by Alexander Scriabin, and a grand finalé with N. Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee.

This promises to be a wonderful concert of the classics as interpreted by an accomplished performing artist. We hope you’ll join us and treat yourself to an evening of brilliant music and expressive playing by one of Toronto’s own celebrated pianists!

$25 general, $20 for members, students and seniors. Tickets at the door.

Concert Series: “Love: It’s a Quiet Thing” on April 19, 2013

Love: It’s a Quiet Thing
Friday, April 19, 2013 at 8pm

This concert is a musical journey through music from Broadway that highlight the contradictions and ironies of love. The program includes works by John Kander and Fred Ebb (“It’s a Quiet Thing”), Leonard Bernstein (“We Are Women”), Andrew Lloyd Webber (“Music of the Night”), Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein (“All the Things You Are”) and female Canadian music theatre composer, Leslie Arden (“It Started Out So Well”).

Featuring performances by Barbara Fris, Janet Catherine Dea, Alison Hodsman, and Peggy Mahon who will also be providing stage direction. Jane Blackstone, Margaret Lam and Jacqueline Leung will be accompanying throughout the evening. Guest artists include singer Elizabeth Rose Morriss and a special appearance by Emma Vachon-Tweney’s Magenta String Quartet with Velma Ko (violinist), Charna Matsushige (violinist), Lea Kirstein (violist) and Rachel Capon (cello).

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.

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.

Box office and other info at: http://music.finearts.yorku.ca/news-events/events/

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.