Joan Zarry in Concert: May 25

Heliconian Joan Zarry will present a concert in celebration of the 99th birthday of her mother, Gladys Lafferty, on Friday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Heliconian Club. The concert will feature piano works by Bach, Albeniz, Debussy, Chopin, Mendlessohn and Gershwin (part of a program that Joan will perform in Vienna in July) PLUS three talented guest artists (aka great grandchildren) Madeleine and Samantha Zarry, and Jacob Adelman, playing works for violin and trumpet.

Tickets available at the door or in advance. Adults are $20 and $10 for students and seniors. All proceeds are being donated to COLINA, a free spaying and neutering facility for dogs and cats opening May 15, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, by a granddaughter Colette, who lives there and is responding to a great need. This event will be a lot of fun!

Heliconians appear with The Kindred Spirits Orchestra

On April 1, Music Section members Christina Petrowska Quilico and Jaye Marsh Graham were both featured soloists at the recent concert given by The Kindred Spirits Orchestra in Markham. Christina is a renowned interpreter of the music of the late Anne Southam, a former member of the Club. She played a selection of Southam’s minimalist piano works, a new recording of which had been nominated for a Juno award. Jaye Marsh Graham, Principal Flutist for the orchestra introduced a very complicated Concertina for Flute and Strings, a recent work by emerging Canadian composer Brian Connor.

(Written by Charlotte Graham)

Theatrical Music: April 26

McIntosh's alter ego, Maude Pilly.

Theatrical Music is a one-woman performance by heliconian, musician, composer and multi-media artist extraordinaire, Diana McIntosh (

Described on Bravo TV news as a “national treasure”, Diana Mclntosh has an active career as a distinctive, original, witty, and invocative composer and performer, inhabiting a unique space between two worlds.

On the program this evening is text from Markham’s book: Flying West with the Night. Mclntosh assumes the psyche of the colorful intrepid British woman who lived in Kenya and who, in 1936, became the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. You, Me and the Tree, a recent work commissioned by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, was premiered by Mclntosh in their New Music Festival, January 2012. A “talking tree” becomes an alter-ego for Mclntosh’s inner artistic world as contrasted with her outer social world. Three connected sections comprise the piece – her inner world, her exterior world, and finally a synthesis of the two. Also on the program is Eliptosonics, an incredibly avant-garde, atonal piano piece which absolutely defies description.

This is a not to be missed performance! Concert begins at 8pm. Tickets are $20/$15 at the door. For more information, please call 416-922-3618 or email

“Encounters”, Array Music plays Toy Piano Composers: April 28

The Toy Piano Composers, founded by fellow Heliconian Monica Pearce, are excited and honored to be collaborating with legendary new music performers Arraymusic Chamber Ensemble, led by Artistic Director Rick Sacks.  Prepare to have your ears opened! Works by Elisha Denburg, Christian Floisand, Monica Pearce, Chris Thornborrow, Fiona Ryan, and Ruth Guechtal.

They will be performing at the Music Gallery (197 John St.) on April 28 at 8 pm. There is a pre-concert talk, 7:15 pm.  Please call Array Music for more information at 416-532-3019. Advance tickets can be purchased here, and tickets will also be available at the door. $25 / seniors and students $20.

The concert trailor is below. Also, don’t miss this interview with Rick Sacks, Artistic Director of Array Music on this upcoming collaborative concert!

Juno Nominations for Christina Quilico and the late Ann Southam

Two CDs featuring pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico on Centrediscs, the recording label of the Canadian Music Centre have been nominated for Classical Composition of the Year in the 2012 JUNO Awards, which will take place  in Ottawa, March 26-April 1.
The two composers are:
These two JUNO nominations bring to four the number that Christina Petrowska Quilico has garnered for Canadian composers.  In the 2011 Juno Awards, Larysa Kuzmenko received a nomination for her piano concerto (featuring the Toronto Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jukka-Pekka Saraste) on Petrowska Quilico’s CD 3 Concerti. Glenn Buhr was nominated for his piano concerto, which Petrowska Quilico recorded with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Bramwell Tovey on CBC Records’ 1995 Contemporary Piano Concerti.

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Ensemble Vivant: April 14

Ensemble Vivant’s concert Latin Romance, Saturday, April 14, 8 p.m. will be a celebration of their recent highly acclaimed release Homage to Astor Piazzolla, on the Opening Day Entertainment Group. The evening will include a unique melange of some of the late Argentinian tango composer’s music, including some of his best known works such as, Adios Nonino, Fuga Y Misterio, Milonga Del Angel and featuring beautiful unfamiliar works from Piazzolla’s vast repertoire. These works were arranged exclusively for Ensemble Vivant by Piazzolla expert Julien Labro, with Milonga For Three having been arranged by Canadian jazz great Rick Wilkins. Other Latin stylings will complement Piazzolla’s music with gorgeous and exciting repertoire by composers such as Aldemaro Romero and Ernesto Nazareth.

Ensemble Vivant is music member Catherine Wilson, piano, Artistic Director; Erica Beston, violin; Sybil Shanahan, cello; Dave Young, bass; with appearances by Norman Hathaway, violin. Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front Street West. Tickets for Latin Romance are now on sale for $48 through the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office, online at or by calling 416-872-4255. For more information on Ensemble Vivant visit

Eybler Quartet: April 22

Music member Margaret Gay will perform with her string Quartet, the Eybler Quartet on April 22, 2 p.m. at the Heliconian Club. The programme, called “Hey, I’m Mozart, Too!!” features works by Mozart and three other composers who were known as the Mozart of their time and country; Joseph Martin Kraus, Joseph Bologne, le Chevalier de Saint-Georges, and Juan Crisotomos Arriaga known as “The Mozart of Spain.”

Admission: $20 adults/$15 seniors/$10 students, art workers, and club members.