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December, 2005 - Nr. 12


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A Classic is Reborn
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Love for Vienna...
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Orchestra Toronto Event
German Films Honoured
Opera York Fundraiser
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Goodbye to Beloved Hippo
Castle Belleview Re-opened




Toronto, January 12, 2006 ---- On Sunday February 19, Orchestra Toronto welcomes Artist-in-Residence Catherine Manoukian for her first Pre-Concert Talk of this concert series "Afternoons at the Symphony". Guest soloists for this concert, entitled Afternoon in Winter, will be three talented performers – Grace Hong, violin; Karen Henderson, cello; and Gordon Wolfe, trombone.

The program features works by Glazunov ("Winter" from The Seasons), Vivaldi ("Winter" from The Four Seasons), Saint-Saëns (Cello Concerto No 1, op,.33), Milhaud (Concertino d’hiver) and D. Healy (Arctic Images).

"This is an exciting program for two reasons," explains Stan Shortt, Orchestra Toronto member, Chairman of the Board and a 2005 Betty Webster Award winner for his outstanding contribution to the Canadian orchestral community. "First, we are looking forward to having our Artist-in-Residence, Catherine Manoukian, with us for her first presentation of the season. And secondly, we are proud to feature as guest soloists not only Gordon Wolfe, a talented performer from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, but also two of our own orchestra members – Concert Master Grace Hong and principal cellist Karen Henderson. This demonstrates clearly that Orchestra Toronto is a well-established community orchestra with longstanding members from the community who have developed their talents performing with us."

Catherine Manoukian, Orchestra Toronto’s Artist-in-Residence, is a talented and articulate violin soloist who has performed in festivals and concerts and with orchestras around the world. This is Ms Manoukian’s third season with Orchestra Toronto.

Eun-Hwa Grace Hong, violin, is Orchestra Toronto’s Concert Master. She has taught violin in schools and music festivals throughout the United States and has performed with several orchestras there. She currently teaches violin at Havergal College and to private students in Toronto. Karen Henderson, cello, has been principal cellist of Orchestra Toronto since 1983 and currently both teaches and performs, often with her mother and pianist/composer Ruth Watson Henderson. Gordon Wolfe, trombone, is associate principal trombone with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and is on the faculty at the Glenn Gould School.

All Orchestra Toronto’s performances are held at the Toronto Centre for the Arts where it is a Company in Residence, at 5040 Yonge Street (north of Sheppard Avenue) in the George Weston Recital Hall.

Individual concert tickets can be purchased at the Toronto Centre for the Arts box office or through TicketMaster (416.872.1111 or  Adults $30, Seniors/Students $25. Special rate tickets are $10 for Children/Youth (18 & under) and $20 for groups of 20 persons or more and are available by calling the Orchestra Toronto office at 416.467.7142.

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Orchestra Toronto is one of Canada’s premier community volunteer symphony orchestras dedicated to providing affordable family entertainment, music education and full repertoire in its programs.

Concert sponsors include TD Canada Trust, RBC Investments and Long & McQuade Limited Musical Instruments. Continuing support of the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Foundation is also gratefully acknowledged.

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