Holiday Music Magic
Sunday, December 10, 2017 – 3:00pm
Pre-concert chat at 2:15 with Kevin Mallon
December brings wintertide enchantments for young and old and we have a magical programme lined up to delight all ages. This is a great opportunity to introduce the youth and children in your life to the wonder of orchestral music. Trevor Rines will return to the Orchestra Toronto stage to narrate How the Grinch Stole Christmas, to the familiar music composed by Albert Hague Orchestra Toronto is also pleased to introduce our inspirational young viola soloist Lynn Sue-A-Quan. As an added feature, thanks to our friends at Long & McQuade, our young patrons will have access to our “Instrument Petting Zoo.”
Kevin Mallon – Conductor
Trevor Rines – Narrator*
Lynn Sue-A-Quan – Viola**
Nikki Ponte – Vocalist***
On the Program
Theodore Giesel and Albert Hague – How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Walton – Concerto for Viola by William Walton*
Humperdinck – Overture to Hansel & Gretel
… plus a visit from everyone’s favourite wintertime Princess and Queen.***
George Weston Recital Hall
Toronto Centre for the Arts
5040 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M2N 6R8
Canadian violist, Lynn Sue-A-Quan began playing the violin at age 6. At age 11, she began studying at the Phil & Eli Taylor Academy for Young Artists at the Royal Conservatory of Music where she studied under Dr. Conrad Chow, Dean Barry Shiffman, and Mr. Viktor Danchenko. In 2016, she switched to the viola with the guidance of Teng Li. Now, she’s currently a freshman student at the Juilliard School, working on her bachelor degree under Hsin-Yun Huang.
Lynn has performed with numerous orchestras as a soloist across Ontario including Sinfonia Toronto, Niagara Symphony, Symphony on the Bay, and Toronto Sinfonietta.
She is a winner of the Canadian Music Competition and Martha Hidy Prize Concerto Competition and has won awards at the Ontario Music Festival, North York Music Festival, and Kiwanis Music Festival. Additionally, she has been a semi-finalist in the Klein International String Competition in 2017. In March 2018, she will perform with the Oakville Chamber Orchestra as a soloist.
Trevor studied Astrophysics & Music at the University of Toronto & is now at Hart House Theatre, having also worked with the Ancient Comic Opera Company, Tapestry Opera, Frederick Harris Music, & as the Canadian Opera Company’s Education & Outreach Coordinator. His speaking voice has been heard on JazzFM, the short animated film Wor(l)d, & most recently on the CBC TV documentary programme First Hand. He has the lowest singing voice you’re ever likely to hear, is a composer, boardgame developer, & graphic designer, & is quoted in The Dictionary of Canadian Quotations. Having conducted & devoted four years to learning how to play every instrument of the orchestra poorly, he’s decided that he actually plays the piano, flute, & especially the Renaissance bass gemshorn in his notorious quartet, The Gemsmen, with whom he performed the opening concert of the 2016 Belfountain Music Festival. Originally from Burlington, he lives in Toronto with his wife, Anne, & son, Malcolm. Last seen on this stage in 2016, narrating The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, he is delighted to be performing with Orchestra Toronto once again.
Nikki Ponte is a Toronto-based, classically trained vocalist whose career has led her to local and international stages in musicals and as a solo artist. Her credits include placing 3rd overall in the “X-Factor Greece” talent competition after which she signed to Sony Music. Though this collaboration she earned a Eurovision nomination, MTV Greece artist of the year nomination and best new artist nomination at the MAD video Music Awards. In Canada Nikki has had the opportunity to work professionally in theatre/film in local and regional theatres across the country. Theatre credits include Gabriella in High School Musical (here at the TCA!), Wendy in Peter Pan and multiple featured rolls in several revue style shows. Nikki continues to perform while owning and operating her own children’s entertainment company The Fairytale Factory producing children’s shows and bringing magic to birthday parties and special events across the GTA. She can also be seen singing at various corporate events with her band Switchbeat. Nikki is beyond excited to be performing with Orchestra Toronto as the Snow Queen. Let’s “Let it Go” and enjoy the music!