Concert Series: “Two Men, Two Worlds, Two Centuries” on Oct 25

Two Men, Two Worlds, Two Centuries
Friday, October 25, 2013 at 8pm

“How’s the water?” by Tatjana Hutinec

To celebrate the 200th birthdays of Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi, we feature both musical titans in a commemorative concert that honours their musical legacies.

Hear soprano Barbara Fris sing Wagner’s Mathilde Wesendonk Lieder, Susan Tsagkaris as Brünnhilde sing “Hai Jo To Ho!” from Die Walküre, baritone Stuart Graham perform Wotan’s Abschied, “Leb’wohl”, and Joan Zarry perform Franz Liszt’s piano transcription of Liebestod.

Feast on Verdi arias and duets with sopranos Leigh-Ann Allen and Deanna Hendriks, and tenor Derek Kwan. Embrace Verdi’s grandeur and verismo with Nataliya Lepeshkina performing a piano rendition of “Aïda’s Triumphal March”, and a special sing-along of “Va, pensiero” (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from Nabucco).

Concert Series: “Tangos & Tapas” on Sept 27

The 2013-2014 concert series (click here for PDF brochure) features chamber performers, diverse programs, and collaborations with artists, actors and guest performers. Works of art that will be showing in the hall at our concerts are also featured in the brochure.

Tangos & Tapas
Friday, September 27, 2013 at 8pm

“Apple Orchard” by Bronwyn Fitz-James

A fiesta of Hispanic music, dance, food and wine, this wonderful program opens our 2013-2014 concert series. This concert features musical duo flutist Jaye Marsh and guitarist Lawrence Barley; pianists Joan Zarry and Ruth Kazdan; soprano Barbara Fris with guitarist Drew Henderson; and the Arriaga String Quartet with violinists Velma Ko and Edna Wolteger, violist Lea Kirstein, and cellist Kye Marshall.

We are also excited to present guest poet Beatriz Hausner, who will give a bilingual reading of a work by the poet Frederic Garcia Lorca.

Listen and watch the melancholy and excitement of the sounds and rhythms of Hispanic culture. Music by Ginastera, Albeniz, Piazzola, Turina, Bizet and much more. Bring your castanets and join the fun!

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.