Since 2011, Chamber Music Orillia (CMO) has been presenting a varied and intriguing selection of concerts in Central Ontario. Audiences are drawn to the excitement of live classical music coupled with the intimacy of works for small ensembles. Collaborations with Albert Greer, the Muskoka Concert Association, and the Barrie Concert Association have placed CMO at the centre of high-quality, classical music making in Simcoe County and Central Ontario.
CMO is committed to educational outreach! Musical youth are given unique performing opportunities through the CMO Young Performers programme, and the CMO Children’s Choir, after one semester, has earned a reputation as an outstanding musical ensemble for young singers.
Christmas Music for All Ages!
Hear your favourite seasonal music sung by the charming, clear voices of the CMO Children’s Choir.
Additionally, this concert marks the debut of the 20-voice CMO Chamber Choir, drawing on some of the finest choral singers from across Simcoe County and Muskoka, and conducted by Jeffrey Moellman.
Works by Brahms, Greer, Rachmaninoff, Rutter, Vaughan Williams and more!
Piano, organ and percussion will brighten the programme, too!
Sunday, November 30, 3:00pm
St. James’ Anglican Church, Orillia
A seasonal reception will follow the performance!
$20 (adults), $5 (ages 5-18)
Other Upcoming Performances
Friday-Saturday, November 21-22, 3:00 to 4:00pm
St. James’s Anglican Church, Orillia
CMO Young Performers showcase during Ten Thousand Villages Festival Sale
Leonid Nediak, October 5
Can you imagine an 11-year-old boy performing a full concert of repertoire normally played by a professional concert pianist? That was the extraordinary treat offered to Orillia on Sunday, October 5, at the Chamber Music Orillia concert at St. James’ Anglican Church. From the first notes, Leonid Nediak swept the audience away with his brilliant technique.
This young performer was the Grand Prize winner of the 2013 and 2014 Canadian Music Competitions. Thanks to the efforts of CMO’s Artistic Director, Jeff Moellman, Leonid agreed to perform a full concert in Orillia so that local people could hear for themselves what is possible in the world of classical music performance. With a program consisting of Chopin, Bach, Haydn, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev, Leonid presented a display of fine music that required not only technical prowess but also great musical sensitivity. Although he looked very young, there was no doubt from the performance that he has already spent many years of hard work and concentrated focus to build his skills.
Where are the real super-heroes of our time? Here is one young man who is already acting as a model for our young people. It was delightful to see the reaction of the children and youth in the audience. As for the adults, there was much head-shaking, many wide smiles and quiet chuckles as Leonid rippled through quick, virtuoso passages and contrasted powerful chords with quiet motifs. The second half of the concert was particularly well played. Rachmaninoff’s “Lilacs” was gorgeous and, although he had a small difficulty with the stamina needed for the Rachmaninoff Prelude in G-sharp minor, he rallied with full control for the Prelude in C-sharp minor and depth of musicality for the Prokofiev Third Sonata.
It was obvious that the people attending this concert returned home with more renewed vigour and uplifted energy than could have resulted from any Sunday afternoon snooze or leisurely puttering about the house. Life is more than just the rituals of enacting routines and dealing with problems. CMO Sunday afternoon concerts regularly set one up with a feeling of optimism for the week to come. The CMO audience will also be looking forward in anticipation to the next concert, “Angelic Songs for the Season”, which will be presented on Sunday, November 30, at 3:00 p.m. at St. James’ Anglican Church.
- Nancy Telfer is a Canadian composer and conductor
who has been a judge for local, national and international music competitions.