Muskoka Concert Association
A MUSKOKA TRADITION SINCE 1947
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We Bring Classical Music to Life!

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.
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Rescheduled to Friday, July 24th at 7pm

Gravenhurst Opera House

Sultans of String

Internationally awarded and honoured Canadian quintet SULTANS OF STRING collaborate with over 30 musicians on epic treatise on displaced peoples, REFUGE

Featuring special guests Anwar Khurshid - PAKISTAN / CAN, Demetrios Petsalakis - GREECE / CAN, Majd Sekkar - SYRIA / CAN
Sultans of String - Album  Refuge
Addressing the struggles of life has always inspired Toronto-based and Billboard charting quintet, Sultans of String. On their visionary seventh album, REFUGE, they bring their unique brand of musical synergy and collaboration to bear on 13 songs that speak to the challenges facing the world’s displaced peoples--their stories, their songs, their persistence and their humanity.

Joined by an international cast of refugees and immigrants to North America, the celebrated quintet immerse themselves in the plight of the international refugee on REFUGE, and the humanitarian response that should greet everyone in search of safety and home.

"This is a project that is centred around the positive contributions of refugees and new immigrants to Canada and the United States," says bandleader Chris McKhool, whose Lebanese grandfather stowed away on a ship bound for North America a century ago. "We are bringing in special guests that are newcomers to this land, as well as global talents that have been ambassadors for peace.  We wish to celebrate the successes of those who make the journey here, and bring their extraordinary talents with them. We hope that the kinds of conversations we can have as musicians can provide a model for peace that our politicians and citizens find inspiration from."

REFUGE reflects its theme of working together for a common goal and sharing extraordinary voices and stories --- like Iraqi violinist Imad Al Taha, now living in Ohio, whose house was destroyed by a grenade because he played violin for the wrong faction in Iraq. Or Iranian santur master, Amir Amiri whose wrist was broken by thugs in Iran for playing “illegal scales” on his instrument. Or Iraqi actor and singer, Ahmeh Moneka, unable to return home after receiving death threats for portraying a gay man in a film.

Since releasing their debut album Luna in 2007, Sultans of String have continually strived to make each chart-topping album more original and meaningful than the last. That includes working with an orchestra (2013's Symphony), teaming with Pakistani sitarist Anwar Khurshid (2015's Subcontinental Drift) and even crafting a world-music holiday album (2017's Christmas Caravan), which landed them on the Billboard charts and the New York Times. Their ambition and work ethic have garnered them multiple awards and accolades, including three JUNO nominations, first place in the International Songwriting Competition (out of 15,000 entries), three Canadian Folk Music Awards, and countless other honours.

Their live resumé is similarly stellar. Equally at home in a concert hall, jazz club or festival setting, the Sultans have gigged at JUNOfest, Koerner Hall, the legendary club Birdland in New York, the renowned Celtic Connections Festival and London’s Trafalgar Square. They have sold out Koerner Hall three times (Toronto’s Carnegie Hall), and performed with Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton Symphony Orchestras. They have performed with symphonies across Canada and the U.S., and played live on CBC’s Canada Live, BBC Radio, BBC TV,  Irish National Radio, and the syndicated World Café, Woodsongs, and SiriusXM in Washington.

Sultans of String are fundraising partners with the UNHCR, which provides medical supplies, clean water, and shelter to some of the 70 million displaced people around the globe. The band will also be donating a dollar from each CD sold. To date, they have raised $8000 for the Refugee Agency. 


There will be donation boxes and information about the critical work UNHCR does at every event. https://fundraise.unhcr.ca/fundraiser/1738374

Tour Dates: http://sultansofstring.com/calendar

Video – Backstory about REFUGE:  https://youtu.be/fnog2CowXqQ
Focus track 1 – The Power of the Land – w/ Ojibway Elder Duke Redbird and Twin
Focus track 2 – I Am A Refugee – w/ Somali poet Ifrah Mansour
Focus track 3 – El Bint El Shalabeya –an ancient traditional Lebanese song that is also a musical tribute to Dick Dale

Presenting our 2019-2020 Concert Season Lineup!

Hogtown Brass
October 5th, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Gravenhurst Opera House

The Hogtown Brass is a Toronto based chamber ensemble dedicated to pushing the boundaries of traditional brass music.
Highlands Chamber Orchestra
November 9th, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Gravenhurst Opera House

The Highland Chamber Orchestra is a group of 40 musicians who primarily perform to sell out audiences in the Haliburton
Kyung-a Lee
Christmas Concert
December 14th, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Gravenhurst Opera House

We are pleased to present Kyung-A Lee for our Christmas Concert. This incredible local pianist has a burning passion for
Brett Polegato
accompanied by Robert Kortgaard
Due to COVID19, we are postponing this concert
Trinity United Church in Gravenhurst

Brett Polegato is one of Canada’s best baritone singers. He is equally comfortable on the concert or the opera stage.
The Sultans of String
Rescheduled to Friday, July 24th at 7pm
Gravenhurst Opera House

The Sultans of String have been thrilling audiences with their genre-hopping music from Celtic reels to flamenco, to

Brett Polegato accompanied by Robert Kortgaard

Unfortunately, due to COVID19, we are postponing this concert until further notice. We plan to reschedule and will let you know the date as soon as possible. Thanks for your understanding and patience.

Dear Muskoka Concert Association Members and other Music Lovers
2 ways you can help...

  1. Volunteer
    The MCA is operated by a dedicated team of volunteers from your community. We currently have openings on the board of directors for the position of Treasurer and Publicity Co-ordinator. If you believe in the importance of live music and would like to make a difference in your community, please contact us via email and get in touch.
  2. Donate
    The MCA is a nonprofit organization run by volunteers that benefits greatly from financial and in-kind donations from businesses and individuals that believe in the importance of bringing world-class music to the community.

You will receive a official income tax receipt for all donations of $25.00 or more. Please mail your cheque or money order payable to “Muskoka Concert Association”.

Muskoka Concert Association
80 Evans Ave W
Gravenhurst, Ontario
P1P 1A6
President of the Muskoka Concert Association
Do you have a few minutes to spare? We need some help with a number of light tasks that take very little time. If you would like to lend a hand, we are looking for Friends of the Muskoka Concert Association to do the following:
  1. Concert Greeter - greet concert goers and ask them to sign up for email blasts about our concerts that include reminders and details about last minute changes.
  2. Flyer Distribution - distribute flyers around town or at the market.
  3. Pre-Concert Set Up - put out posters and flyers on the tables in the Trillium Court prior to each concert.
  1. Donation Jar Attendant - look after the cookie donation jar during concerts.
  2. Concert Photographer - take a handful of photos of the concert including pre & post concert reception.
  3. Refreshment Clean Up - helping the Andersons.
You may have noticed other things that would improve everyone’s theatre experience. Tell us and let us know how you can help. The most important things you can do is come to each concert and tell your friends to come too!
Here is a reminder of good things yet to come this and next year!
Brett Polegato
accompanied by Robert Kortgaard
Postponed due to COVID19, we plan to reschedule.
Brett Polegato is one of Canada’s best baritone singers. He is equally comfortable on the concert or the opera stage. His musical ability has earned him the highest praise from audiences and critics.
The Sultans of Swing
Rescheduled to Friday, July 24th at 7pm
The Sultans of String have been thrilling audiences with their genre-hopping music from Celtic reels to flamenco, to gypsy jazz and international rhythms.
Tickets: Adults $30 | Students $7 | Group $27, plus theatre fees
Children 10 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.
Respectfully,
Diane Harrop, MCA president
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