Concert Season 2009

TactusA Day in the Life of Will

Tactus Vocal Ensemble
Sunday, February 15 at 4.00 p.m.

The eight-voice ensemble from southwestern Ontario, with guest actors and musicians, follows Shakespeare from dawn to dark with dramatic readings and songs from his plays and from the pen of his contemporaries such as Byrd. Weelkes and Tallis. We conclude this celebration with an Elizabethan feast—syllabub, mead and all.

Denis Bédard


Sunday, March 22 at 3.00 p.m.

Organist and composer Denis Bédard has given concerts across Canada, in the United States and Brazil, and his numerous compositions—orchestral, chamber and vocal as well as organ works—have been performed worldwide. Formerly a professor at the Conservatoire de musique de Québec and for many years organist of St. Coeur-de-Marie, Québec City, he is at present organist and music director of Holy Rosary Cathedral, Vancouver.


Platero y Yo

Simon Wynberg, classical guitar
Colin Fox, narrator

Sunday, April 19 at 4:00 p.m.

This outstanding pair of artists presents the beautifully moving story of a young writer and his donkey journeying in Spain, told in the poems of Nobel prizewinner Jiminez, with musical accompaniments by Tedesco. Simon Wynberg, the artistic director of Artists of the Royal Conservatory, has performed at international festivals and throughout the UK, North America and the Caribbean. Colin Fox, whose career spans more than 40 years as an actor, has recently become known on the concert stage for his engaging readings: from Tolstoy with the Penderecki Quartet to "Tales of the Netsilik" with the Toronto Symphony to the letters of Brahms and Dvorak with the Gryphon Trio.


Trio LyraTrio Lyra

Erica Goodman, harp
Suzanne Shulman, flute
Mark Childs, viola

Saturday May 9, 2008, at 3:00 p.m.

Founded in 1978, this trio of virtuosi is well known to audiences in Canada and the United States, and noted for their devotion to the beauty and perfection of musical expression. They have developed a particularly strong French repertoire, and also have commissioned and premiered works by a number of important Canadian composers. Each member of the trio has appeared as soloist with orchestras in Canada and abroad.

On The Table:

Once again, we are pleased to offer special post-performance dinner celebrations, with spectacular catering by St. Barnabas Church. Two unique dinners feature an Elizabethan dining experience, and a Spanish feast.

Dinner celebrations are:

Sunday February 15/09 – Elizabethan Fare, following A Day in the Life of Will performance
Sunday April 19/09 – Spanish Delights, following Platero y Yo performance.

All tickets are $60 per person and include dinner, wine and dessert.