GSO Matinee Concerts


GSO MATINEE CONCERTS | Sunday, March 29th, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm

This program for all ages includes a narrated presentation of Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade, Grieg’s engaging Peer Gynt Suite and to commemorate the 100th anniversary of of Colonel McCrae’s, In Flanders Fields, a new choral setting of the poem by Maria Case.
Special Guests:
Narrator: Joe Ringhofer
John McCrae Public School Choir
Guelph Youth Symphony Orchestra
Guest Conductor Michael Newnham

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These Concerts are Generously Sponsored by the Woolwich Arrow PubPrint

headshot_2439-tnMichael Newnham is best known for his intense and inspiring conducting style, based on a deep knowledge of the score and informed by a strong interest in languages, cultures and history. A born communicator, his open and direct contact with musicians and audiences creates performances full of expression and energy.

Music Director of Symphony New Brunswick, Camerata NB and the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra, Newnham has been instrumental in bringing these ensembles to new artistic heights and raising their profile on the provincial and national level.

Along with his appearances in his native Canada, Newnham has also appeared at the helm of many orchestras and opera companies throughout Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Italy and South Korea.

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10014039_700238256750266_1257612580219383935_oMaria Case is a Toronto-based pianist, choral conductor, composer and teacher. She holds the ARCT Performance Diploma in Piano and Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music in Composition from the University of Toronto. She has a long association with The Royal Conservatory as a senior examiner of both piano and theory and served as Chief Examiner of Theoretical Subjects from 2007-2013. She has been the Music Director of Glebe Road United Church in Toronto since 1991 and the Artistic Director of the Annex Singers since 2005; many of her choral works have been written for and premiered by these two choirs.

As a composer, most of her work centers on the voice and is inspired by texts from a wide variety of sources and traditions. Her most recent compositions are for voice, including the choral works In WinterO Living Flame, The World’s Desire and the song cycles Empty Wake,NightsongsInto Flight, and Gallery. Her vocal works are published by Plangere.


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