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Heliconian Choir and Orchestra 2012 SEASON CONCERT
Sunday, 27 May 2012 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT)
We look forward to seeing you and your family at our 2012 Season Concert on Sunday afternoon May 27, 2pm at St. Clement's Church ! Light refreshments follow.
From curious new fans of classical music, to seasoned listeners, to families seeking to provide an insightful experience for children, this year's Heliconian Choir and Orchestra's season concert will be sure to amaze just about everyone.
The concert program is a parade of brilliant classical favorites juxtaposed with innovative musical works by Canadian female composers.
Featuring soloists who are members ofThe Toronto Heliconian Club including renowned and dazzling vocal artists Janet Catherine Dea in Song for Abwoon, Barbara Fris in Stabat Mater and Alison Hodsman in Salut Printemps. Joined by talented mezzo soloist Catharin Carew.
The concert program includes classical favourites including Mozart’s famous Symphony no. 40 in G minor and selections from Saint-Saëns’ children’s classic Carnival of the Animals, paired with the fresh and brilliant Salut Printemps for women’s choir by French composer Claude Debussy. Heliconian Choir and Orchestra will also be presenting selections from Pergolesi’s dark and beautifully rich Stabat Mater, which calls for combined choir and instrumental ensemble. This vivid program is rounded out by inspiring compositions by Canadian female composers, including Songbird for a capella female voices by London, Ontario-born composer Sarah Quartel, and Song for Abwoon for chamber ensemble, women’s choir and soloist, with text based on the Lord's prayer in the ancient Aramaic language. Song for Abwoon is composed by Joanna Estelle, featured member composer of The Toronto Heliconian Club. Our third featured composer is Monica Pearce, winner of the 2012 Heliconian Choir and Orchestra Emerging Female Composer Competition. Her piece for women’s choir and chamber ensemble is entitled You Know Me, and is based on text by the late Gwendolyn MacEwen.
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The Heliconian Choir and Orchestra (HCO) is a women’s choir and chamber ensemble. Founded in 2010, HCO strives to create opportunity for professional women in music. Supported by the historic and respected Toronto Heliconian Club, HCO carries the spirit of the Toronto Heliconian Club further into the Toronto community. Like the Toronto Heliconian Club, HCO works to promote and stimulate an active interest in and advancement of the arts amongst professional women.