Muskoka Concert Association
The Blazing Fiddles are a foot stomping, bow hair shredding, high energy fiddle group, consisting of two violins, piano, and upright bass. They have been performing on the Grand River near Caledonia for close to 20 years, delighting audiences from all over the world.
The Blazing Fiddles perform a wide variety of music, from fiery classical numbers, to jazz and showtune classics, and of course fiddle music from Canada, Ireland, Scotland and America. Come and enjoy the music, if you can stand the heat!
Ensemble Vivant, “Canada’s Chamber Music Treasure” (Toronto Star), receives accolades internationally and is a favourite wherever the group performs. Since its inception over 25 years ago, Ensemble Vivant has been a pioneer in the piano chamber music world, championing exciting, innovative programming ranging from classical to Latin and other jazz styles. Ensemble Vivant’s 12 recordings are heard on radio around the world. Led by pianist/artistic director Catherine Wilson, Ensemble Vivant is also known for its depth of artistry, passionate, virtuosic interpretations and engaging stage presence.
Henderson-Kolk Duo have established themselves as one of North America's premier classical guitar duos. Drew Henderson and Michael Kolk met at the University of Toronto. They quickly cultivated a musical chemistry that has resulted in a dynamic and exciting performance style. As soloists they have combined for nine international competition prizes. As a duo they have performed throughout Canada and the United States and made their international debut at the Mediterranean Guitar Festival in Cervo, Italy in 2006. In 2011 they performed and adjudicated at the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America convention in Columbus Georgia. Much of the duo's energy has been directed towards arranging music for two guitars.” Bradford Werner of This Classical Guitar.com says they are “...one of the most spectacular classical guitar duos performing today."
Under the artistic direction of Greg Rainville, the Canadian Men's Chorus, is a highly accomplished men’s chamber choir, performing from the classical repertoire and other genres. The Canadian Men's Chorus is noted for its beautiful sound, exciting and varied performances and the ability to take audiences on an emotional journey. They present high calibre, professional performances of classical repertoire, traditional and contemporary, with a focus on music that reflects Canadian culture and on creating new Canadian music.
Please note that this concert will include a vocal class for male singers in the afternoon.
An artist "so genuinely interesting to listen to, one forgets how good her technique is" , violinist Nancy Dahn has created an international career with pianist/husband Timothy Steeves. His solo performances have been praised for their expressiveness, beautiful sense of line and nuance, and stunning colour.
Voice of a Nation is a collaborative family concert featuring indigenous artists. Presented by the Toronto Concert Orchestra led by Kerry Stratton, in recognition of Canada's 150th year, this concert highlights Métis music and poetry sung by indigenous artists and the Mnjikaning Kendaaswin Elementary School choir from Chippewas of Rama First Nation.
Metropolitan Silver Band. Founded in 1931, this lively band plays only brass and percussion instruments. Their repertoire includes classics, marches, selections from the great musicals, religious works, pop, and contemporary pieces.
Broadsway. . . Heather Bambrick, Diane Leah and Julie Michels combine their musical experience in a show that is eclectic, funny and very musical! Their repertoire ranges from jazz and theatre, to pop and classical... all delivered with passion, power, poignancy, and plenty of humour!
Tom Allen, famous as the host of Shift on CBC Radio 2, and his musical friends have put together a concert of chamber music and story telling set in wartime Brooklyn which involves a potent mix of cabaret, social history, very juicy gossip, glorious music and fun.
More than virtuosi on piano, cello and violin, the Trio’s members are fantastic performers who engage the audience in a way few classical musicians can. Amply witty, charming, and tremendously musical, Joe Trio leaves audiences with a new appreciation for classical music.
Cameron Wilson -- arrangement and violin
Allen Stiles -- storytelling and piano
Charles Inkman -- cello
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.”
All Music Guide, 2007
Guy Few -- trumpet, cornet and piano
Nadina Mackie Jackson -- bassoon
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.