2012-2013


St. Barnabas Church

Sunday

The Beethoven Cycle Continues

Works: #1 Ludwig Van Beethoven, #2 piano trio Op. 1, Wolfgang Amadè Mozart, piano trio K. 502, #3 TBA

Grace United Church

Friday

Glissandi Christmas Concert 3A

A delightful evening of poems and short stories intertwined with seasonal music for flute, violin and harp. Glissandi and Shaw Festival Actor Guy Bannerman, have once again put together an enchanting concert featuring the narrated version of Howard Blake's The Snowman. Works TBA.

Fonthill United Church

Saturday

Glissandi Christmas Concert 3B

A delightful evening of poems and short stories intertwined with seasonal music for flute, violin and harp. Glissandi and Shaw Festival Actor Guy Bannerman, have once again put together an enchanting concert featuring the narrated version of Howard Blake's The Snowman. Works TBA.

Niagara Artists Centre

Saturday

New Sounds Niagara - Co-Prodution with Niagara Artists Centre

Come with us on a fascinating journey through silent film with accompanying improvised music. This evening’s feature film is F.W. Murnau's Sunrise (1927, 95 mins.), which was awarded three Oscars. Film critic Joan Nicks will introduce the film and lead a discussion following the performance.

St. Barnabas Church

Sunday

Ensemble Polaris is Back, with ‘Uncharted Waters’

From evocative laments to sizzling dance tunes, Uncharted Waters reflects the humour, eclecticism and colourful diversity which have won Polaris fans across North America, Europe and Australia. This program includes sunny Mediterranean instrumentals, wistful ballads, unique versions of Scandinavian traditional tunes and much more. Guaranteed to send you away smiling.

Rodman Hall Art Centre

Sunday

An Evening with Michael Kelly

Canadian acting legend R.H. Thomson and the Eybler Quartet bring to life through music and readings an evening in Vienna from 1784, when Michael Kelly, a young Irish tenor, heard a house concert performed by Haydn, Mozart, and two of their contemporaries-- Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf and Johann Baptist Wanhal.

2013-2014


St. Barnabas Church

Sunday

The Spring Sonata

Come hear Beethoven’s Spring Sonata in a charming transcription by Patrick Jordan, paired with Anton Arensky’s luscious string quartet scored for violin, viola & two celli! Also on the programme a new cello duo by Michael Oesterle, and the hypnotic Assobio a jato, (Jet Whistle) by Heitor Villa-Lobos.

Grace United Church

Friday

Glissandi Christmas

The first of two concerts, guests are welcomed with a delightful evening of poems and short stories woven together with seasonal music for flute, violin and harp. Glissandi and Shaw Festival actor Guy Bannerman, have once again put together an enchanting concert featuring readings from Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas in Wales”.

Saturday

Glissandi Christmas

Our second Christmas concert, guests are welcomed with an evening of poems and short stories woven together with seasonal music for flute, violin and harp. Glissandi and Shaw Festival actor Guy Bannerman, have once again put together an enchanting concert featuring readings from Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas in Wales”.

Rodman Hall Art Centre

Sunday

A Poet’s Voice - Co-Production with Primavera Concerts

Join the Eybler Quartet and guests Brett Polegato, Joseph Phillips and Timothy Phelan for the premier performance of a intriguing new arrangement of Schumann’s famous song cycle Dichterliebe transcribed by Patrick Jordan for string quartet, guitar & voice. Also on the programme will be Mendelssohn’s Op. 13 A minor string quartet, and a new commission from Canadian composer Martin Arnold.

Niagara Artists Centre

Saturday

Movie Night

We continue our fascinating journey with improvised music accompanying silent film with The Crowd (1928) by King Vidor, (90 mins). A jewel of style and narrative, the film features a marvelous scene of a young couple honeymooning in Niagara Falls! Film critic Joan Nicks will introduce the film and lead adiscussion following the performance.

St. Barnabas Church

Sunday

In the Shadow of the Volcano

The Vesuvius Ensemble paints a portrait of Naples and its surrounding countryside in the Renaissance & Baroque periods, giving colourful details of Neapolitan life. A fun mix of folk and early music, the ensemble will be joined by our cellist Margaret Gay.

Silver Spire United Church

Sunday

Hello Cello

The cello takes centre stage in this programme featuring Villa Lobos’s beloved Bachianas Brasileiras #5, arrangements of works by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky plus a hauntingly beautiful setting of Rilke by Canadian Michael Oesterle.

Grace United Church

Friday

Christmas Trifles

Glissandi and Guy Bannerman will indulge your senses with a delicious array of carols, spiced with delectable readings from the British Isles. A perfect prelude to the festive season!

St. Barnabas Church

Sunday

Christmas Trifles

A second performance. Glissandi and Guy Bannerman will indulge your senses with a delicious array of carols, spiced with delectable readings from the British Isles. A perfect prelude to the festive season!

FirstOntario PAC

Sunday

From The Heart

We welcome back baritone Brett Polegato for this special Valentines performance featuring a new transcription of Schumann’s Liederkreis op. 39, Beethoven’s intensely personal string quartet Op. 18 #6 subtitled “Melancholy” and a special treat from Schubert’s lieder and quartet works.

Niagara Artists Centre

Saturday

Movie Night

We continue our fascinating journey with improvised music accompanying silent films. In The Kid (1921), Charlie Chaplin’s little tramp takes in a street orphan who mimics every physical gesture of his would-be father; in Sherlock Jr. (1924), Buster Keaton, silent film’s comic genius, portrays a loner who woos the woman of his dreams but envisions the traps of family life.

Silver Spire United Church

Sunday

Tunes and Tangos: The Festive Choros Music of Brazil

Join us for a soul-warming afternoon of traditional Brazilian instrumental music, full of beautiful melodies and mesmerizing rhythms. The infectious dance rhythms and scintillating colours are brought to life by flute, clarinet, guitar and percussion, the ensemble originally heard in the cafes of Rio de Janeiro in the early nineteen hundreds. It’s Carneval!

Silver Spire United Church

Sunday

The Beethoven Cycle Continues

We continue our cycle of Beethoven piano trios with the enduring masterpiece the “Archduke” trio Op. 97. Its pair for the afternoon, piano quartet op. 1 #1, was the first published work of the 13 year old prodigy Mendelssohn

Silver Spire United Church

Sunday

Bohemians in Brooklyn

“What happens when a poet, an author, a composer, his lover, and a book-loving stripper all move into the same house in quiet, wartime Brooklyn? Arguments, indulgence, infestation, questionable relationships of every description, a murder mystery, plenty of reasons for the neighbours to bang on the walls and, just possibly, some truly wonderful art.” A potent mix of cabaret, social history, very juicy gossip, glorious music and all parts fun.

FirstOnario PAC, Robertson Hall

Friday

Elements

Experience the beauty and drama of Earth, Air, Fire and Water through a kaleidoscope of stunning visuals, evocative live music, and interactive dance. Stimulating all the senses, you will be surrounded by the profound power of nature. Five of Niagara’s finest artists join forces to create a one-of-a-kind performance piece. The Gallery Players’ popular movie series musicians join dancer Jena Slingerland, who will interact with an array of projected visuals designed by Luke Gillett. A not-to-be-mi

Silver Spire United Church

Thursday

A Celtic Christmas

Join Glissandi and Guy Bannerman for an enchanting evening of haunting melodies, and heart-warming stories. The rich and soulful music of Ireland, Wales and the Scottish Highlands, reflects the magical charm of the Holiday season. This annual event has become a popular seasonal highlight.

Grace United Church

Friday

A Celtic Christmas

Join Glissandi and Guy Bannerman for an enchanting evening of haunting melodies, and heart-warming stories. The rich and soulful music of Ireland, Wales and the Scottish Highlands, reflects the magical charm of the Holiday season. This annual event has become a popular seasonal highlight.

FirstOntario PAC, Cairns Hall

Sunday

Ensemble Polaris with Uncharted Waters

From evocative laments to sizzling dance tunes, Uncharted Waters reflects the humour, eclecticism and colourful diversity which have won Polaris fans across North America, Europe and Australia. This program includes sunny Mediterranean instrumentals, wistful ballads, unique versions of Scandinavian traditional tunes and much more. Guaranteed to send you away smiling.

FirstOnario PAC, Film House

Saturday

Movie Night! - Three Rare Comedies- Charlie Chaplin, 1916, 78 min.

We continue our fascinating journey with improvised music accompanying silent films. Three digitally restored 2-reelers representing Chaplin’s brilliant work at Mutual Studios (1916-1917), where he honed his screen persona and story-telling style: ONE A.M. (26 mins.), THE PAWNSHOP (26 mins.), and THE RINK (26 mins.). Presented in partnership with the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

Silver Spire United Church

Sunday

Haydn Central

Who was the dominant superstar of the early string quartet? Joseph Haydn!! Join the Eybler Quartet for an afternoon of infectiously engaging works revolving around him, including a piece by the master himself, one of the quartets Mozart dedicated to Haydn and a rarely heard work by his dear friend Franz Asplmayr.

Silver Spire United Church

Sunday

The Golden Age

Kristin Hoff mezzo soprano returns home to Niagara for a dazzling concert featuring transcriptions of Malher’s Kindertotenlieder and Ravel’s Sheherazade and Le tombeau de Couperin.

Silver Spire United Church

Sunday

Concertos Inc.

Going Solo..... but not alone! Come hear our chamber musicians shine in the role of soloist!

Covenant Christian Reformed Church

Saturday

Flutes en Route!

More flutes, new adventures! Doug Miller, Laura Thomas and the Flutes en Route Ensemble will take you around the globe on the wings of the wind.

Silver Spire United Church

Thursday

Glissandi - A Christmas Menagerie

Animals frequently play a role in Christmas rituals and tales. Join Glissandi and Guy Bannerman in the celebration and stories of the Animals of Christmas as portrayed through song and word.

Grace United Church

Friday

Glissandi - A Christmas Menagerie

Animals frequently play a role in Christmas rituals and tales. Join Glissandi and Guy Bannerman in the celebration and stories of the Animals of Christmas as portrayed through song and word.

FirstOntario PAC, Cairns Hall

Sunday

Close Encounters ... in Salzburg

The world needs more Biber! Members of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra bring two of his Partitas to centre stage in this concert that transports us to the city of Salzburg. Also featured is the fascinating instrument known as the viola d’amore, rarely heard in concert but perfect for this chamber setting as performed by Tafelmusik’s Thomas Georgi, one of the world’s foremost experts on the instrument.

FirstOnario PAC, Film House

Saturday

Movie Night - Safety Last

We continue our fascinating journey with improvised music accompanying silent films. Safety Last- Harold Llyod (1923). Known as the “third genius” of silent film comedy, Harold Lloyd plays an ordinary man with the instincts of a daredevil performing death-defying physical feats to keep his job and his girl.

Silver Spire United Church

Sunday

Eybler Quartet - Three Worlds in One

Join the Eybler Quartet on a fascinating journey of the first 50 years of the string quartet. From the rarely heard but pioneering voice of Franz Asplmayr (colleague of Mozart & Haydn), to the beguiling voice of Mozart himself, and concluding with the visionary expression of Beethoven in his late period, we lead you to a bold new frontier of music.

FirstOntario PAC, Cairns Hall

Sunday

Opera in Concert - “Folly in Love”

Mistaken identity, sibling rivalry, and love at first sight - these comic themes drive the eighteen-year-old Alessandro Scarlatti`s first opera, premiered in Rome, 1679. Despite papal decree against such scandals as women on stage, and a ban on the church`s employment of theatre musicians, the public couldn`t resist the charms of this new, youthful voice of opera. ``Gli equivoci nel sembiante``, an intimate comedy for four singers and orchestra, became a hit that toured throughout Italy.