Exciting times for Sinfonia Ancaster and the Burlington Concert Band


Exciting times are ahead for Jeffrey Pollock and Sinfonia Ancaster.

On Friday, October 28 at 7 p.m., Pollock and SA will open their new season with “A Grand Night!” in their new home, Peller Hall at the Ancaster Memorial Arts Center, 357 Wilson St. E.

Their opening night at their new home will be triply grand as Pollock and its 50 community SA members will be the first orchestra to perform in the 470-seat venue. The Brott Music Festival was to host the National Academy Orchestra last summer, but those plans fell through when the venue was not fully completed in time.

Traditionally, SA has had a three-concert season largely funded by grants. However, thanks to Pollock’s first-ever solo fundraising foray, SA’s October opening will be the first of their four gigs this season.

“As I was inspired by this wonderful new venue, I spent the whole month of July fundraising for SA so we could even put on the show, Pollock said. “I thought it was important that SA had a first show in the new space before their annual holiday show. I wanted the show’s message to be how great it is that SA now has a real performance house and that it’s a great place, something that had to be separated from “Jingle All the Way”.

SA “A great night!” consists of ballet and opera selections with guest soprano Joni Henson making her return to public performance.

“In the 20 years that I’ve been singing professionally, the performing arts landscape has changed dramatically,” Henson said. “Many opera companies have closed and it is incredibly difficult to make a living as a Canadian opera singer. I’m proud to have won a few international awards and sung in many Canadian houses, but the performing arts life and expectations weighed heavily on my mental health without the corresponding financial reward or sense of stability. I am happy with the good opportunities that come my way. Singing with SA will be a wonderful night. I perform some of my favorite tunes in the brand new concert hall.

These tunes are “Dich, teure Halle” from Wagner’s “Tannhäuser” in which the text praises the Hall of Singers at Wartburg Castle, and “Song to the Moon” from Dvorak’s “Rusalka”.

The program also includes favorite orchestral pieces from Delibes, Offenbach, Debussy, Cimarosa, Strauss Jr. and Smetana.

Tickets to sinfoniaancaster.com or by calling 905-304-3232: $25, senior $20, child under 14 $15.

Do you speak French, children?

Sunday, October 23 at 2 p.m. at Faith Church, 2265 Mountainside Dr., Burlington, Joanne Romanow and her 75-member Burlington Concert Band, in partnership with Center Francophone Hamilton, present a children’s concert featuring Joseph’s arrangement Prokofiev’s Paulson “Pierre et le loup” (Peter and the Wolf) with narration in French.

“The BCB performed ‘Peter and the Wolf’ a few years ago at a children’s concert, and it was a hit,” Romanow said. “We decided it would be a great idea to present something unique and also engage the Francophone community of Hamilton/Halton.

The partnership with CFH was natural for the BCB.

“Their mission goals align with ours: to provide resources and activities to the community,” Romanow said. “CFH has been a huge help in connecting with the community, providing language resources, finding French-speaking volunteers to help out on the day, and helping secure funding to cover costs that we wouldn’t normally have with a concert. “

The BCB, with the help of CFH, has fortunately retained Djennie Laguerre of Mini TFO’s “Madame Bonheur” as concert host and narrator in the Prokofiev.

“However, it will be adapted to English, so we will have projected English subtitles,” Romanow added of Prokofiev. “We have also engaged several French and French Immersion schools in Hamilton/Halton and provided them with educational kits with the goal of having students produce artwork depicting scenes from ‘Peter and the Wolf’ to show in real time as the story unfolds. with the group and the narrator.

The hour-long interactive concert will also include children’s songs and Pixar films, as well as a petting zoo.

“We are delighted to organize this concert for our Francophone-Francophile community,” said Romanow.

Tickets to canadahelps.org: $15, 4 for $50, free for children under 2 years old.


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