May 4, 2013: Visions

The complete books of  Rhapsodies and Fantasias by Constantine Caravassilis for solo piano performed by internationally renowned Canadian pianist Christina Petrowska-Quilico are visions in sound, transcending lyrical poetry to passionate drama in an opera for the keyboard. Experience a world of intense and hypnotic soundscapes accompanied by projections on a screen of over 70 paintings created by Christina Petrowska-Quilico and inspired by the music. Driven by deep emotions and spirituality composer Constantine Caravassilis is intimately connected to his Hellenic roots, drawing inspiration from ancient Greek mythology and Byzantine music. His work also reflects his strong affinity to classical music  ranging from the Baroque to impressionism. These virtuosic piano works are synaesthetically linked to colour and movement.

Tickets are $10 (general admission) and can be purchased by phone through the Kindred Spirits Orchestra Box Office at  905.604.8339, in person at the Kindred Spirits Orchestra administration office at 4981 Highway 7, Unit 8, Markham ON L3R 1N1 (Monday through Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.) or at the door of Cornell Recital Hall, 1 hour prior to the concert. For more information, visit Kindred Spirits Orchestra.

Presented by Markham Contemporary Music Festival in association with the Kindred Spirits Orchestra.

Ensemble Polaris recording “Definitely NOT the Nutcracker”

ENSEMBLE POLARIS, featuring fellow Heliconian Alison Melville and Margaret Gay in their midst, was founded to create a distinctively Canadian voice for the music of the north – Scandinavia, Canada, the Baltics and, most recently, Russia. With musicians from richly diverse traditions and backgrounds, they have a colourful, unusual instrumentation that ranges from cello and bass clarinet to nyckelharpa, bazouki and the musical saw. they play category-defying arrangements of northern traditional music, as well as original tunes by Polaris members and other Canadian and international musician/composers.

Two years ago they wanted to create an antidote to the festive season’s musical clichés, and got the idea to arrange Tchaikovsky’s quintessential ballet music for their unusual instrumentation. Definitely Not the Nutcracker was born and premiered at our own Heliconian Hall!

As a natural extension to their ‘northern’ rep, they added some Russian folk tunes to the mix; these are also a perfect complement to Tchaikovsky, who loved and made arrangements of his country’s folk music. The show in 2011 was a huge hit, so they expanded the rep and played for an even bigger, enthusiastic crowd in a larger venue last December.

Show them your support here. Campaign ends May 11, 2013.

April 4, 2013: Diana McIntosh in McIntosh the Stein Way and more

Diana McIntosh, photo by Mary Perdue.

On Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 8 pm, musician/theatrical performer/composer Diana McIntosh will give a one-night-only performance of her provocative one-woman theatrical concert featuring her original work McIntosh the Stein Way. It offers a glimpse into the playful and profound mind of Gertrude Stein, as seen, felt and enjoyed by McIntosh. Also included in the program are her comical work Doubletalk, and her entertaining piece All-Too-Consuming, about a sensual meal in a restaurant where McIntosh ‘plays’ the dishes.

Described on Bravo television as a ‘national treasure,’ Winnipeg-based Diana McIntosh leads an active career as an innovative and witty composer and performer who has appeared widely across Canada and the USA and in the UK, France, Portugal and Kenya. Together with Ann Southam, she founded western Canada’s first contemporary music concert series, Music Inter Alia, and was its Artistic Director for fourteen years.

This concert will take place at the historic Heliconian Hall, home of the Toronto Heliconian Club of which Diana McIntosh is an out-of-town member.  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear and experience one of Canada’s leading female composer/performers, in a witty and thoroughly original program of her own creation!

Admission $20 (students/seniors/members $15). Tickets will be available at the door. Show at 8pm.

April 14, 2013: Kye Marshall’s Pencil Blues CD Launch

“Pencil Blues offers eleven instantly ear-pleasing melodies. Very highly recommended.” Mark Rheaume, CBC.

A new member of the Heliconian Club, Kye Marshall will be launching her just-released CD “Pencil Blues” on Sunday April 14th at the Jazz Bistro located at 251 Victoria Street.

The event will feature performances by Kye Marshall (cello), Dave Young (Bass), Andrew Scott (Guitar) and Ethan Ardelli (Drums). Sets at 2 and 3.30 pm. $10 Cover.

“Kye Marshall is brilliant and blew me away with her playing and her writing.”  Barrie Woodey, CHRW.

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).