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.
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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.
We would like to sincerely thank The W. Garfield Weston Foundation for their support of the Toronto Children’s Chorus who recently donated $15,000 to support the Choral Music Library and the Conductor Internship Program. We cannot thank them enough for their generosity! With generous support such as this, we are able to continue enriching the musical lives of so many young Canadians.
Coming in at number 24 the album, recorded in 1995 under the baton of Jean Ashworth Bartle, is a CBC SM5000 recording featuring Members of the Toronto Symphony and tenor Ben Heppner.
According to the CBC, “This is a holiday classic with stellar selection of mostly unfamiliar carols as well as a musical fable called The Last Straw by Ruth Watson Henderson. Here, the great Canadian tenor Ben Heppner is resplendent in the role of a cranky, over-burdened camel on his way to greet the baby Jesus. Pass the eggnog.”
The Toronto Children’s Chorus is also on the album voted number four featuring The Toronto Symphony playing Holst The Planets under the baton of Andrew Davis recorded in 1985. This album won a Juno award in 1986 for the best classical album. This coming May the TCC will be rejoining Sir Andrew Davis for a repeat performance of The Planets with the TSO.
That’s two albums featuring the TCC in the top 30 Canadian Classical Recordings!! Wow!
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