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.

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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.

Heliconian Choir and Orchestra Fundraiser: Nov 29

The Heliconian Choir and Orchestra is excited to announce their first concert of the season on Thursday, Nov 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Heliconian Hall. The program, entitled Highlights, features HCO musicians as soloists and in small groups playing the music that inspires them. While the spring concert will feature the full HCO ensembles, many of our musicians are actively involved in the music community as soloists and chamber musicians and we wanted to highlight their multitude of talents, giving all members their moment in the spotlight. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for members/students/seniors.

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