On Saturday, April 18, join us in honouring Ruth Watson Henderson and her incredible legacy with the Toronto Children’s Chorus as accompanist and composer. Ruth will be in attendance at our season concert, Splendourous SouNZsCApes to receive an award recognizing her incredible contribution the TCC and Canadian music. Founding Artistic Director Jean Ashworth Bartle will also be there to recognize her accompanist of over 29 years!
Our winter has been cold and long, but finally the snow has gone and the sun is shining! Now all our thoughts turn to the promise of spring–and to flowers!
The annual Spring Flower Campaign in support of the TCC Tour fund is one of the chorus’ greatest traditions. All families, from the Preparatory Choir to Main Choir are invited to support this special campaign. Friends and families are welcome to place orders through your chorister. The Tour Fund continues to help both current and future choristers.
Saturday February 28th – 4:00PM
St. Anne’s Anglican Church
270 Gladstone Avenue
On February 28th the Toronto Children’s Chorus will kick-off the second half of its 37th concert season with a Celtic-themed programme performed by our Training Choirs, Cantare, and Boys’ Choir. For this Splendiferous! concert the TCC will share the stage with internationally-recognized and award-winning fiddler, Shane Cook, who will assist the choir with its goal to coax out the toe-tapping “Irish” in each of its audience members. Ticket are available for purchase online and at the door on the day of.
GUEST ARTIST PROFILE
At the age of 26, Canadian Shane Cook “rates at the top of the short list of the finest fiddlers in the world today,” says the Canadian Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame. Shane has distinguished himself as a master of the Canadian old-time fiddle tradition and excels at an array of fiddle styles ranging from Irish and Scottish to French-Canadian, Texan, and Bluegrass. In fact, after a recent concert at The Opera House the Boston Herald proclaimed “Shane Cook’s Celtic fiddling was enough to break hearts.”
In 2006, Shane retired from competitive fiddling as one of Canada’s most highly awarded fiddlers. He is a three-time Canadian Open National Fiddle Champion, a three-time Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion, a Grand North American Fiddle Champion, and is the only Canadian to have ever won the US Grand National Fiddle Championship, a feat he accomplished at just 17 years of age.
In concert, Shane captivates audiences with his danceable playing that is as adventurous as it is technically thrilling. He has toured Canada, United States, Germany, England, China and Taiwan, and has performed his show with several orchestras. Shane is proud to be a member of the PBS hit show Bowfire - a showcase featuring some of the leading names in modern violin playing, and is also a member of The Brian Pickell Band – a collection of Canadian virtuosos of traditional music. Shane has a new duo CD with East Coast Music Award winner Troy MacGillivray and also leads his own band with whom he has recently released his fourth solo CD that the London Free Press describes as “Relaxed, sprightly…and brilliantly played.”
The TCC is thrilled to have the chance to work with such a dynamic and exciting artist and is greatly looking forward to sharing the stage with him at our Splendiferous! concert in February.