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November 2006 - Nr. 11


The Editor
At Lake Huron
German Gala 2006
German Pioneers Day 2006
An Evening in Vienna
KW & Beyond
SOS-Herwig Wandschneider
Bitzer Event 2006
Diaspora Conference
Dick reports...
Sybille reports
Ham Se det jehört?
German Christmas Cookies
Heaven or Hell
TSO November Listings
Christmas at the TSO
Forte in Formal
Despite Kyoto Rift
Eggs Can Be Good
Schumacher's Farewell
Canadian Ski Areas
After the World Cup
FIFA U-20 World Cup
Canadian Holiday Stamps

An Evening in Vienna

  It is a well-known fact that the German clubs are a good choice for various events. They a re pleasant and clean and can be decorated without much effort to create special atmospheres.

The Danube Swabian Club in Scarborough also has a fine restaurant and catering staff. Gordon Brown, pianist and proprietor of the Bel Canto Studio has dinner there at least once a week and became interested in putting on a concert for the local crowd. Thus the Evening in Vienna was born.

Gordon Brown & his strings, Natalie Wong & Bryan HoltGordon Brown put together a most wonderful program, filled with very diverse musical moments. He presented the about 200 guests with two young musicians, Bryan Holt, cello, and Natalie Wong, violin. Together they accompBrittany Cuthbertanied the 2 sopranos, Gwynneth Sestito and Genevieve Proulx and Monica Zerbe, mezzo-soprano, as well as performing strictly instrumental pieces.. He also brought a fine baritone, Jesse Clark. To round out the performance he invited some young dancers from Pirouttes fantastiqueP.S.B. Dance Academy, Scarborough., which also brought a young solo dancer, Brittany Cuthbert. The audience really enjoyed the young people who were rewarded with warm applause and flowers before they went off.

A packed room

P.S.B. Dance Academy, Scarborough

Geneviève Proulx & Monica Zerbe

The Viennese journey started with "Empor zum Licht" by Hermann Ludwig Blankenberg and performed by Gordon Brown on the piano. After that much time was spent with the work of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The Opera singers took turns singing from his operas, and favourites of course were "Ein Maedchen oder Weibchen", PJesse Clark & Gwyneth Sestito accepting applauseappageno’s famous aria from the Magic Flute and "Der Hoelle Rache" an aria of the Queen of the Night in the same opera, one of the most difficult ones for a soprano voice. Jesse Clark and Genevieve Proult enjoyed tremendous applause with them.

The 3 sopranos

Monica Zerbe Monica Zerbe also enjoyed much applause, especially after songs like "Wien, Du Stadt meiner Traeume" by Rudolph Sieczynsky. And if you think that there is some German in Monica, then you are correct. Her dramatic mezzo voice and her Baltic good looks give her away.

Gwyneth SestitoIn the second half of the program, which started with Johann Strauss’ Sohn Kusswalzer sung by Gwynneth Sestito and Jesse Clark to the delight of the audience, the composers varied, but were just as Jesse Clarkwell loved. Who would not enjoy "Geh’n wir ins Chambre separee" by Richard Heuberger or "Vilja" from the Merry Widow by Franz Lehar? Every number was a hit with the audience.


Natalie Wong, violin, & Gordon Brown, pianoBryan Holt, cello





In admiration

Sybille Forster-Rentmeister, M.C.


Throughout the evening Sybille Forster-Rentmeister, added an entertaining touch with her witty and offhand remarks.



Flowers for the ladies

A kiss for the M.C.

Thank you!


Posing for memories: Sybille Forster-Rentmeister, Henry Betsch, Monica Zerbe, Gordon Brown, Julia BetschThe President Henry Betsch suggested that they all come back to present more entertaining classics, and the audience also promised to come back for more when called. Thus it can be reported that the evening was a full success, thanks to the artistic choices that Gordon Brown made and the wonderful talent that he presented.


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