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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Musicians in Ordinary Opens 11th Season October 8



The Musicians In Ordinary evoke the elegant courts of the Elizabethan and Jacobean age when soprano Hallie Fishel and lutenist John Edwards open their 11th season with a concert titled Apt for Voices, Viols or Violons. It takes place Saturday, October 8, 8 p.m. at the Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Avenue (Bay subway).

Single tickets, $25, $20 for students and seniors, are available. Subscriptions, $85 adults; $68 students and seniors, offer a 15% discount. They may be ordered by sending a cheque payable and addressed to The Musicians In Ordinary, 1585 Bloor Street W., Suite 212, Toronto ON M6P 1A6. More information may be obtained from, by e-mailing or by calling 416-535-9956.


Led by violinist Christopher Verrette, a Renaissance violin band of five parts joins Hallie Fishel and John Edwards in a program of consort songs, dances, lute songs and solos from the Elizabethan and Jacobean courts, by Anthony Holborne, William Byrd and the perennially popular John Dowland.

Edwards points out an intriguing historical note: “The string players who came to Henry VIII’s court were Jewish refugees escaping the Spanish Inquisition. Their sons and grandsons formed the core of the string ensemble till the time of Charles I. They would have played both the viola da gamba and the violin family interchangeably.”

Apt for Voices, Viols or Violons is the first of four Musicians In Ordinary concerts featuring music from the Renaissance and Baroque eras in England, Italy and across Europe.

The remainder of MIO’s 2011-12 season features the following (8 p.m. at the Heliconian Hall unless otherwise stated):

Sunday and Monday, January 1 and 2, 2012 – A New Year’s Day Concert
MIO’s New Year’s Day tradition continues with all new repertoire from the late Baroque from various European countries. The alternative to the usual 19th century polkas and waltzes for New Year’s Day features Fishel and Edwards with violinist Christopher Verrette and other guests. N.B. Sunday, January 1 at 2 p.m.; Monday, January 2 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, February 18, 2012 – When Tircis Met Chloris
The invention of Baroque opera is explored as Hallie Fishel and guest tenor Bud Roach (who also plays Baroque guitar) join theorboist John Edwards in duets and dialogues from the time of Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643). As Edwards describes it, “We hear the composers who are inventing Baroque opera working out little dramas as shepherds and nymphs cajole one another, play hard to get, and get pouty and amorous.”

March 17, 2012 – Sero sed Serio
The season’s last concert takes as its title the motto (Late but in Earnest) of Robert Cecil, Earl of Salisbury, who died in 400 years ago this spring. As Elizabeth and then James’s “prime minister” (before the term was coined), Cecil had his finger in every pie, including the musical one.

The Musicians In Ordinary’s season is supported by The Anglican Foundation, the Spem in Alium Fund of the Toronto Community Foundation, and individual donations.



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