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Monday, December 5, 2011

Musicians In Ordinary Welcomes New Year with Baroque Concert



Too much partying over the holiday season?

The Musicians In Ordinary ease music lovers into the New Year in gentle elegance, with their annual New Year’s Day concert.

Soprano Hallie Fishel, lutenist John Edwards, violinists Edwin Huizinga and Christopher Verrette, and harpsichordist Lysiane Boulva in her MIO debut perform baroque music from Italy and elsewhere in Europe, Sunday, January 1, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Avenue (Bay subway). The concert will be repeated Monday, January 2 at 8 p.m. Single tickets, $25, $20 for students and seniors, are available at the door. More information may be obtained from, by e-mailing or by calling 416-535-9956.

As an alternative to the traditional New Year’s Day fare of 19th century Viennese waltzes and polkas, The Musicians In Ordinary offer cantatas by Vivaldi and Alessandro Scarlatti, a trio sonata by Corelli, and John Edwards playing solo archlute music by Giovanni Zamboni.

John Edwards invites the public to enjoy their unique way to bring in the New Year: “I think the elegance and subtle shading of the Baroque sets us off from other musical offerings on New Year's Day, while still exhibiting the joy and exuberance so appropriate as we look forward to the New Year.”

Christopher Verrette has been a member of the violin section of Tafelmusik since 1993 and is a frequent soloist and leader with the orchestra. He holds a Bachelor of Music and a Performer’s Certificate from Indiana University and has contributed to the development of early music in the American Midwest as a founding member of the Chicago Baroque Ensemble and Ensemble Voltaire (Indianapolis), and as a guest director with the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra. He collaborates with numerous ensembles around North America, performing music from seven centuries on violins, viola, rebec, vielle and viola d’amore. He was concertmaster for a recording of rarely heard classical symphonies for an anthology soon to be released by Indiana University Press, and most recently collaborated with Sylvia Tyson on the companion recording to her novel, Joyner’s Dream.

Edwin Huizinga has toured throughout Canada, Europe and Asia with Tafelmusik and performed with the Aradia Ensemble and I Furiosi. He has soloed with the Oberlin, Note Bene and San Francisco Baroque Orchestras, the San Bernardino Symphony, Sacramento Baroque Ensemble, Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra and Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra. He has been guest concertmaster of the San Francisco Bach Chorale and guest director of the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, toured with the Wallfisch Band under Gustav Leonhardt, and has been a guest artist at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Currently a member of the ensemble Passemezzo Moderno, in November 2011 he makes his Carnegie Hall debut with the Theatre of Early Music. Huizinga has a passion for bringing chamber music to the people and is a founding member of the Classical Revolution, which began in San Francisco in 2006. He is now developing a Toronto chapter, which will bring chamber music closer to the public. An avid improviser, Edwin can be found collaborating in many different genres in the artistic community.

Lysiane Boulva holds a Master in harpsichord from the Université de Montréal and a Master in Arts in early music and historical performance practice from the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, Netherlands (2010). She has performed in France, Belgium, Netherlands and in Canada, for concerts organized, among others, by the Festival Oude Muziek − Fringe Festival in Utrecht (NL), the Festival Alexandria (ON), the Amis de l’orgue de Rimouski (QC), the Concerts aux Iles du Bic Festival (QC) and as a guest artist with the baroque ensemble I FURIOSI (Toronto). Recipient of a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, an Ontario Graduate Scholarship as well as a J. Armand Bombardier Internationalist Fellowship, Lysiane has studied with Fabio Bonizzoni, Kenneth Gilbert, Ton Koopman, Réjean Poirier and Blandine Verlet. She now pursues a Doctorate in Musical Arts at the University of Toronto with Charlotte Nediger and Mary Ann Parker, during which she is specializing in French harpsichord music of the 18th century.



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