The Muskoka Concert Association began in 1947 under the sponsorship of the Gravenhurst Rotary Club.
Today the organization runs as a community-based association, directed by a volunteer board. It is one of the longest-running concert associations in Ontario.
The objectives of the Association are three-fold: to enhance the awareness and enjoyment of classical music for all age groups; to provide at a reasonable cost a variety of quality musical performances, accessible to all, in community facilities; and to endeavour to sponsor musical outreach events for students.
Some of Canada's finest artists who have appeared for the MCA include soprano Lois Marshall, bass Jan Rubes, contralto Maureen Forrester, tenor Jon Vickers, guitarist Liona Boyd, the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, pianist Anton Kuerti, and the Aradia Ensemble.
Winter is officially half over! We hope you are cozied up to the fire and listening to music in anticipation of another great MCA concert in April.
At the end of our last season, the MCA executive felt it essential to tell you that we couldn't continue without a minimum of 100 members and more volunteers on the board. We now have 89 members so we thank you for subscribing and encouraging others to do so as well. The monies raised through subscriptions and from our SOLD OUT Dan Hill concert puts us in a financial position to program a 2017/18 season.
Unfortunately, we did not have anyone offer to join our board and three key members have recently retired. Even with all the enthusiasm of the remaining group it is not a tenable situation. It quite literally means that the MCA will cease to exist after July 2017. The only way to save the MCA is if people decide NOW that they will help out. All positions are held by volunteers and to quote a truism, “Many hands make light work.”
The current president has agreed to stay on in an advisory role should members of the community step up to help. To better understand how the board functions, we have provided a breakdown of roles and responsibilities. Please note that new volunteers will be given proper training and support. They can also count on a strong working relationship with the Gravenhurst Opera House.
The entire board decides on the musical offering for the season. We have 6-8 meetings throughout the season and much can be accomplished via the internet.
The MCA is a very important part of the cultural programming offered in Muskoka. We offer workshops to students, performance opportunities to young artists and offer exposure to local businesses and organisations who assist by hosting receptions. The musicians love playing at the Gravenhurst Opera House and working with the MCA. In fact, they often contact us about joining our annual series of four classical music concerts. Our reputation precedes us and we can be proud to know that we have served Muskoka very well for seventy years.
Please save the Muskoka Concert Association and volunteer to help.
Call Diane Harrop at 705 684-8859 or send an email to email@example.com.
Here is a reminder of good things yet to come this year.
Guy Few and Nadina Mackie Jackson (plus an outreach program)
Sat. April 8, 2017, 7:30 p.m., $30
Known internationally as soloists, chamber musicians, recitalists and fashionistas Nadina Mackie Jackson and Guy Few celebrate a passionate musical friendship on stage with every performance. “Few and Jackson play with polished tone, immaculate intonation, and infectious high spirits; it's obvious they're having a blast.”
The Canadian Men’s Chorus (plus a vocal workshop)
Sat. May 6, 2017, 7:30 p.m., $30
The CMC returns. As ever, they will present a high calibre, professional performance of classical repertoire, traditional and contemporary, with a focus on music that reflects Canadian culture and on creating new Canadian music.
Liona Boyd — MCA Fundraiser
Sat. July 15, 2017, 7:30 p.m. $35
Canada’s Liona Boyd is a classical guitarist known around the world for the beauty of her compositions and her magnificent playing.
To quote from her biography: “Since 1975, when she made her Carnegie Recital Hall debut, Boyd has been called, “The First Lady of the Guitar.” Through her concerts, television specials and twenty-seven recordings, many of which attained Gold and Platinum status, Liona introduced millions of people around the world to the art of classical guitar.”
The Canberra Times in Australia also wrote: “Breathtakingly beautiful playing, the most musically accomplished and technically flawless playing that I have heard from any classical guitar performer.”
Diane Harrop, MCA president