I am not the conductor of the New York Philharmonic, nor do I travel from one major Opera house to another conducting the world’s leading musicians and opera superstars; however, at this stage in my life what matters is sharing my passion. On this exciting journey called life, I am honoured to be able to select, create and perform the music that I love with the people who I love, in a community that I love.
What makes creating each new season so inspiring is the many types of musical genres that I get to explore. The Chamber music, piano concerti, operas, choral repertoire and symphonic works are but a few examples of what makes the GBC so cutting edge. Oh yes, and don’t forget the culinary extravagance and decorative elegance that complete the experience.
One of the things I pride myself on is providing performance opportunities for local young artists, both vocally and instrumentally, a wonderful visual reminder to our audiences that classical music is not just for the old! If you were fortunate enough to have attended the St. Matthew Passion at the close of our last season, you would have seen young Cambridge tenor Michael Taylor as the Evangelist, local University opera students Christina Lamoureux and Marcel van Helden, Matthew Pope, (my former student now a D.Mus. candidate), on organ, and two young teenagers in the choir.
Looking forward to the coming season, audiences will enjoy stunning pianistic virtuosity when pianists Ron Greidanus and Kathryn Tremills team up in two Rachmaninoff Concerti. In November, St. Elias has again invited us into their beautiful sacred space, where you will hear Bach Cantatas with a twist; ‘Recorder Sopranino’ virtuoso Tatsuki Shimoda will join the orchestra. Bach rarely included this instrument in his Cantatas, but you will be mesmerized by the speed of this man’s fingers! Taneyev’s incredibly difficult Piano Quintet in G minor will be showcased in February with a roster of world class string players. As usual, this winter performance is followed by the Chorale’s culinary hospitality – hot soups and stews along with tasty breads and cheeses to help you digest this intense music.
An all-Mozart concert ends the year with the famous Requiem in D minor, soprano extraordinaire Christina Lamoureux singing Mozart’s sublime Alleluia, and myself, Ronald Greidanus, featured in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 playing stunning cadenzas of my own composition.
It is a Performance Season not to be missed, once again offered in the glorious venues of our own Halton Hills.
Come one! Come all!