Dear Chamber Music Lover,
Almonte in Concert is back in action with a new, dynamic Board of Directors. The Directors are exploring the possibility of presenting some concerts this spring, and anticipate returning in full swing for the 2016-17 season. Stay tuned for updates.
At a meeting on November 20, 2015 organized by Penny Blades and Michael Macpherson, Almonte in Concert began its renewal with a show of strong support from the community. The Annual General Meeting was held on December 14, 2015 at which 11 board members were elected as Directors. Michael Macpherson will assume the role of President, and Maureen Nevins will continue as Artistic Director.
The absence of concerts this fall led to much concern in the community, but has also had the effect of rallying support to perpetuate the excellence of our long-standing organization and its cultural activities. Almonte in Concert will rely on the support of a broad base of volunteers who are willing to build on past success and work alongside the new board.
If you would like to add your name to our list of volunteers please email us at email@example.com
The Board of Directors
Valdy to Vivaldi: From Folk to Baroque
Saturday, October 18th 2014, 8:00 p.m.
The season opens with legendary folk singer/songwriter Valdy and one of Canada’s most charismatic virtuosos, bassoonist Nadina Mackie Jackson. Along with their Folk to Baroque Band including Joe Phillips (bass) and Karel Roessingh (piano), they deftly weave their music into a splendid tapestry of diverse styles.
Christmas with Buzz
Saturday, December 13th 2014, 8:00 p.m.
Get into the spirit of the festive season with an annual favourite: our Christmas concert! Opus Award-winning brass quintet Buzz (Sylvain Lapointe and Frédéric Gagnon, trumpets; Pascal Lafrenière, horn; Jason De Carufel, trombone; Sylvain Arseneau, bass trombone) is in its 12th year and has performed over 1,000 concerts. Come and rediscover the traditions of Christmas through new eyes – and ears!
I am Not a Rock Star
Friday, January 23rd 2015, 7:30 p.m. (film screening) Saturday, January 24th 2015, 8:00 p.m. (recital)
Marika Bournaki last performed in Almonte on her 17th birthday, in 2008. We welcome back this extremely talented artist in concert, and on screen in Bobbi Jo Hart’s award-winning documentary entitled I am Not a Rock Star, which traces Miss Bournaki’s personal and professional growth between the ages of 12 and 20, when she was coming to terms with her future as a world-class concert pianist. The film screening, hosted by Bournaki and Hart, will be followed by a period of questions and answers. View trailer
The Golden Flute
Saturday, March 7th 2015, 8:00 p.m.
The duo of Canadian flutist Leslie Newman, recognized for her technical and musical brilliance, and pianist Peter Longworth, who is one of the most sought after performers of his generation, will present an entrancing programme of works that celebrate the beautiful acoustics of the flute and its place in music history.
A World of Fugues and More
Saturday, April 18th 2015, 8:00 p.m.
Ensemble Vivant (Catherine Wilson, piano; Corey Gemmel, violin; Norman Hathaway, viola; Sybil Shanahan, cello; Jim Vivian, bass) can be described as one of Canada’s chamber music treasures. In this concert, the ensemble pays homage to J.S. Bach, quintessential master of the fugue, in an innovative programme that explores the genre with breathtaking examples by Bach himself, Brazil’s Heitor Villa-Lobos, Argentina’s Astor Piazzolla, Venezuela’s Aldemaro Romero, and Canada’s Michael Coghlan – all presented with Ensemble Vivant’s inimitable flair.