Past Seasons

2015

From the Rhineland

Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 at 7:30pm, St. John’s United Church
Sunday, Feb 22, 2015 at 3:00pm, St Simon’s Anglican Church

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat Major, K. 482, Stephanie Cheng, soloist
Schumann: Symphony No. 3 (Rhenish) in E-flat Major, Op. 97

We’re delighted to welcome back the extraordinary pianist Stephanie Cheng, who last appeared with us in 2011. Schumann’s Third is a glorious trip down the Rhine, with its castles, cathedrals and wonderful folklore.

Concerts proudly sponsored by Remenyi House of Music
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2014

Extraordinary Talent

Saturday, Nov 29, 2014 at 3:00pm, Queen Elizabeth Park Cultural & Community Centre

Ravel: Tzigane, Jasmine Lin, soloist violin
Mozart: Flute Concerto #1 in G Major, K. 313, Chelsie Vaillancourt, soloist
Saraste: Zigeunerweisen, Arielle Silverberg, soloist
Handel: Let the Bright Seraphim (from Samson)
Mozart: Ach, ich fühl’s (from The Magic Flute)
Gounod: Je Veux Vivre (from Romeo and Juliet)
Leslie Bickle, soloist soprano

I am truly proud of the Oakville Chamber Orchestra’s Concerto Competition. Our decision to make it an annual event was a very easy one; based not only on the outstanding and amazing talent of our winners, but also by the growing positive impact on our community that our concerts and activities are having.  As we develop the competition, we plan more and more activities around it, so that young people can be inspired by the significant talents of our winners.

Artistically this concert is also very interesting because of the selections of our two violin soloists, Jasmine Lin and Arielle Silverberg.  They have both selected works on Roma (Gypsy) themes.  Although Ravel and Sarasate were not themselves of Roma descent, their music beautifully captures the Roma spirit. The two pieces (translated, the titles are Gypsy Tunes by Sarasate and Gypsy by Ravel), are quite different in character; although they are both concerned with virtuoso display, Ravel’s work is more of a fantasy.  Its complex harmonies and extended opening solo might be regarded as a more sophisticated take on the tradition, but Sarasate’s wicked energy and expressivity have long made it an audience favourite.  I’m sure you’ll enjoy both!

Come and celebrate our 30th anniversary as we celebrate the extraordinary talents of some amazing young musicians on the cusp of their career!

Concerts proudly sponsored by Manulife Securities

The Great Romantics

Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 at 7:30pm, Central Baptist Church
Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 at 3:00pm, St Simon’s Anglican Church

Dvořák: Serenade for Wind Instruments in D minor, Op. 44
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings in C Major, Op. 48

It’s a great pleasure to welcome you to our 31st season, where we celebrate the Great Romantics, to an extent that we never have before.  Tchaikovsky, Dvořák, Schumann, Chopin, Puccini are a few of the 19th century composers celebrated this season, and I’m glad you’ve joined us for some of the most beloved music of all time.

By Dvořák and Tchaikovsky’s time the Serenade was well established as a form, mostly by Mozart, whose works in this genre are consciously imitated by tonight’s composers.  The feeling of an evening entertainment (serenade comes from the Italian word sera, meaning evening).  Candlelight, Romantic mood, singing and dancing resonates throughout.

On a personal note, I’d like to thank the orchestra for the opportunity to display works of art by my mother, Inez. Both her and her art can be seen at the intermission reception (on Saturday only).  It’s meaningful for both of us to have an opportunity to celebrate her creativity.

Concerts proudly sponsored by Cheferential Treatment
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Grand Prize Winners

Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 7:30pm, St. John’s United Church
Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 3:00pm, St Simon’s Anglican Church

Mozart: Violin Concerto in G Major, K. 216, Ji Soo Choi, soloist
Saint-Saëns: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28, Emma Meinrenken, soloist violin
Mozart: Symphony No. 36 “Linz” in C Major, K. 425

It’s a great joy to conduct the 30th anniversary concerts of OCO. The
orchestra continues to grow and improve as time goes by, and it’s particularly exciting
to have the first prize winners of our first annual concerto competition here to make
it all the more special.  I’m very proud to have conducted OCO for almost half the years of its existence, and am also proud of the great strides we’ve made in every aspect of our organization.  And I’d like to thank you for being here with us, for without you we wouldn’t be doing it!
I hope you enjoy our anniversary performances this weekend!

Concerts proudly sponsored by Charles Havill
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Sweet Serenade

Saturday, Mar 1, 2014 at 7:30pm, Central Baptist Church
Sunday, Mar 2, 2014 at 3:00pm, St Simon’s Anglican Church

Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61, Jacques Israelievitch, soloist
Brahms: Serenade in D Major, Op. 11

It is truly an honour for the Oakville Chamber Orchestra to play with such an
esteemed musician as Jacques Israelievitch.  In rehearsal I have found him to be not only as outstanding as one expects considering his reputation and experience, but also to be a warm and friendly colleague to work with. I feel confident in speaking for the orchestra that these concerts are a milestone in our development as an ensemble. We certainly hope you enjoy the concert as much as we do.  In addition to our wonderful soloist these two great works are outstanding examples of Germanic symphonic music. The Beethoven concerto is by turns tranquil, powerful and lyrical… it has a serenity in the first two movements and a joy in the last that are highly prized and rarely found. The Brahms Serenade is a true gem, a large scale chamber work that, although as long and complex as any of his symphonies, has a much more intimate character. It’s a pleasure to perform it for you.

Concerts proudly sponsored by TD Canada Trust
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2013

Extraordinary Talent

Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 at 3:00pm, Queen Elizabeth Park Cultural & Community Centre

Mozart: Cosi fan tutte Overture
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto. 1st mvt. Leslie Ashworth, soloist
Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto #2 1st mvt. Christopher Yeung, soloist
Mendelssohn: Capriccio Brillante Tiffany Tse, soloist
Anderson: Christmas Festival

Featuring the runners up of the Junior and Senior categories from our inaugural Concerto Competition, sponsored by Manulife Securities.

Come and celebrate our 30th anniversary as we celebrate the extraordinary talents of some amazing young musicians on the cusp of their career!

Concert proudly sponsored by Manulife Securities
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Going For Baroque

Saturday, Nov 2, 2013 at 7:30pm, Central Baptist Church
Sunday, Nov 3, 2013 at 3:00pm, St Simon’s Anglican Church

Scarlatti: Symphonies #10, 3, & 7 (Elizabeth Raum, oboe soloist)
Bach: Keyboard Concerto in d minor BWV 1052, Daniel Lau soloist, piano
Handel: Water Music Suite #3 (Susan Edmonds, flute soloist)
Rameau: Les Boreades Suite
Everybody loves Baroque music and at OCO it’s one of our main points of focus. Join us for this special melange of the familiar and the beloved, with the less familiar and soon to be beloved!

Concerts proudly sponsored by Remenyi House of Music
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Farewell Symphony

Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 7:30pm, Central Baptist Church
Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 3:00pm, St Simon’s Anglican Church

Haydn: Symphony #45 “Farewell”
Bach: Violin Concerto #2 in E, Leslie Ashworth, soloist
Bach: Orchestral Suite #3
Featuring one of Haydn’s most favourite symphonies, this concert also showcases Oakville’s own Leslie Ashworth, a violinist on the cusp of an international career. Come see her in Oakville while you still can!

Concerts proudly sponsored by The Invidiata Team

Featuring an art exhibit by ArtWorks Oakville
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Romance – Now & Then

Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 at 7:30pm, Central Baptist Church
Sunday, Mar 3, 2013 at 3:00pm, St Simon’s Anglican Church

Elizabeth Raum: Sir Gawain & The Green Knight
Borodin: Notturno from String Quartet #2
Vivaldi: Cello Concerto in D Major, RV 404, Rachel Mercer, soloist
Chan Ka Nin: Soulmate, Rachel Mercer, soloist
Telemann: “Don Quixote” Suite
Elgar: Serenade for Strings
Romantic love is an eternal theme in the arts… this concert explores all aspects of it from many different eras, including chivalry, passion, yearning and the deep connection that Romance implies.

Concerts proudly sponsored by Charles Havill Chartered Accountant.

Featuring an art exhibition by Oakville Art Society.
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2012

Brilliance and Light

Saturday, Nov 3, 2012 at 7:30pm, Central Baptist Church
Sunday, Nov 4, 2012 at 3:00pm, St Simon’s Anglican Church

Beethoven: Triple Concerto
Mozart: Symphony #41 “Jupiter”

Soloists:
The Blakemore Trio: Amy Dorfman, piano; Carolyn Hubel, violin; Felix Wong, cello

This concert features two of the absolute favourites of the Classical repertoire. The amazing international Blakemore Trio followed by Mozart’s greatest Symphony, what a concert!

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The Four Seasons Special Dance Performance

Saturday, May 26 & 27, 2012, Theatre Sheridan

Demuynck Ah voltige mon amour
Vivaldi The Four Seasons
A juried art exhibition on the concert themes

Soloists:
Aleksandar Gajic (violin)
Alain Bouvier (violin)
Christine & Lisa Brkich (choreography)

OCO is proud to announce an important artistic collaboration with Oakville’s own Two Sisters Dance Projects. We will present 2 newly choreographed works: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Ah voltige mon amour, a recent composition by our Music Director Charles Demuynck, which has been honoured in Choirs Ontario’s annual Composition Competition. A juried Art Exhibition in the lobby on the concert’s artistic themes will also be featured!

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Classic Comedy

Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 7:30pm, Central Baptist Church
Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 3:00pm, St Simon’s Anglican Church

Telemann: Canary Cantata
Mozart: A Musical Joke
Bach: Coffee Cantata

Soloists:
Clodagh Earls (Soprano)
Jason Hales (tenor)
Michael York (Bass)

Who says classical music is dead (and) serious? Here are 3 wonderful and witty works by master composers you love!
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Merry Olde England

Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 7:30pm, Central Baptist Church
Sunday, March 4, 2012 at 3:00pm, St Simon’s Anglican Church

Elgar: Introduction & Allegro
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
Purcell: The Old Bachelor Suite
Coulthard: Prayer for Elizabeth
Britten: Simple Symphony

English string music is particularly beautiful, with lush harmonies and powerful lyricism… join us for a full board of English treats!

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2011

Who Says We’re Bourgeois?

Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 7:30pm, Central Baptist Church
Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 3:00pm, St Simon’s Anglican Church

Mozart: Piano Concerto # 25 in C
R. Strauss: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme Suite

Soloist:
William Aide (piano)

The sublime beauty of Mozart’s grand and lyrical concerto is brought to us by distinguished U. of T. Professor Emeritus William Aide… a wonderful contrast to the fun wit of Strauss’ Bourgeois Gentleman. Splendid!
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The Genius of Handel

Mother’s Day Special Concert!
Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 7:30pm, Central Baptist Church
Sunday, May 8, 2011 at 3:00pm, St Simon’s Anglican Church

Handel: Water Music Suite #2
Handel: Concerto Grosso
Handel: Selected Arias
Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks

Soloists:
Janet Obermeyer (soprano)
Aleksandar Gajic (violin)
Alain Bouvier (violin)
Beata Csuka (cello)

Who can deny the appeal of Handel, that endlessly melodic composer… one of my composition teachers once described Messiah as “one hit tune after another”. And indeed it is… Join us for some of his greatest!
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The Real Classics

Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 7:30pm, Central Baptist Church
Sunday, March 6, 2011 at 3:00pm, St Simon’s Anglican Church

C.P.E Bach: Symphony in E
Mozart: Piano Concerto #26
Haydn: Symphony #88

Soloist:
Stephanie Shih-yu Cheng (piano)
www.stephanie-cheng.com

Who can deny the glory of Mozart and Haydn, the epitome of elegance and the height of sophistication! One of Haydn’s most famous Symphonies is balanced by the wonderful work of Bach’s most famous son, and Stephanie Shih-Yu Cheng’s marvelous Mozart playing.

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2010

Baroque Music Old & New

Saturday, Nov 13, 2010 at 7:30pm, Central Baptist Church
Sunday, Nov 14, 2010 at 3:00pm, St Simon’s Anglican Church

Pachelbel: Canon & Gigue in D (Audience Choice Contest Winner)
Rameau: Selections from Castor and Pollux
Corelli: Concerto Grosso Op. 6
Conway Baker: Baroque Diversions
Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite

Soloists:
Aleksandar Gajic (violin)
Alain Bouvier (violin)
Agile Storyk (cello)

Baroque fans rejoice! A feast of 18th century music for your pleasure… and two new masterworks that amplify and reflect the glorious style.
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The Four Seasons

Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 7:30pm, Central Baptist Church
Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 3:00pm, St Simon’s Anglican Church

Macmillan: Two Sketches based on French Canadian Folk Songs
Purcell: The Virtuous Wife
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Soloist:
Bora Kim (violin)

We are proud to present teenage virtuoso Bora Kim, a truly outstanding musician and multiple prizewinner, to perform one of the most beloved pieces in classical music, Vivaldi’s complete Four Seasons. Don’t miss this excellent and world-famous music!
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Souvenir de Florence

Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 7:30pm, Central Baptist Church
Sunday, March 7, 2010 at 3:00pm, St Simon’s Anglican Church

Beethoven: Octet
Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence

Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence has all the hallmarks of his style: Passion, Ecstasy, Colour, Tragedy, Joy…based on the composer’s sojourn in Tuscany; it is every bit as wonderful as his more famous String Serenade. Beethoven’s Octet features our wind program in a virtuoso display…Not to be missed!
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2009

Age of Emotion

Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 7:30pm, Central Baptist Church
Sunday, November 29, 2009 at 3:00pm, St Simon’s Anglican Church

Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faune
Vaughan Williams: Five Variants of “Dives and Lazarus”
Bizet: Arias from Carmen – “Havanaise” and “Seguidille”
Mahler: Adagietto
de Falla: El Amor Brujo

Soloist:
Erica Iris Huang (mezzo-soprano)

The late 19th and early 20th centuries were a time of voluptuous artistic production. All the works in this concert are full of passion and expression, not least the main feature, Manuel de Falla’s fiery El Amor Brujo: “Love the Magician”; it contains the famous Ritual Fire Dance which will have you dancing in the aisles…Olé!
Concert proudly sponsored by Gregory J. Muldoon, Investors Group
Program Notes

La Bizarre

Saturday, May 2, 2009 at 7:30pm, Central Baptist Church
Sunday, May 3, 2009 at 3:00pm, St Simon’s Anglican Church

Holst: Brook Green Suite
Telemann: Suite La Bizarre
Dvorak: Serenade for Strings

Concertmaster: Aleksandar Gajic

Telemann’s Suite “La Bizarre” is another lively, quirky and refreshing masterpiece by this extremely prolific Baroque master. Dvorak’s Serenade for Strings is one of the great treasures of the string orchestra repertoire, and very much beloved for its warm melodies and folk-dance flavour. A concert not to be missed!
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Exuberant

Saturday, March 7, 2009 at 7:30pm, Central Baptist Church
Sunday, March 8, 2009 at 3:00pm, St Simon’s Anglican Church

Haydn: Cello Concerto in C (Jonathan Tortolano, soloist)
Demuynck: Exuberant for Cello & Orchestra (Jonathan Tortolano, soloist)
Buhr: Jyotir (Brilliance)
Tchaikovsky: Suite No.4 (Mozartiana)

 Concertmaster: Aleksandar Gajic

This concert is full of energetic and brilliant music, from Guelph composer Glenn Buhr’s “Jyotir” with its powerful percussion solos, to the incredible energy of our Music Director’s “Exuberant”, to the lightning-fast scales of Haydn’s Cello Concerto last movement.
Hold onto your hats!
Program Notes

2008

Complete Brandenburg Concertos

Saturday, November 29, 2008 at 7:30pm (pre-concert chat 1/2 hour beforehand)
Central Baptist Church
Sunday, November 30, 2008 at 3:00pm (pre-concert chat 1/2 hour beforehand)
St Simon’s Anglican Church
Concertmaster: Robert Miskey

This concert features Norman Engel, trumpet; Stephen Sitarski, violin;
Douglas Perry, viola; Ronald Greidanus, harpsichord, in addition to:

No.1: Robert Miskey, violin; Cristina Sewerin, oboe 1; Sarah Cardwell, oboe 2; Stephen Koshurba, oboe 3; Peter Samuelson, horn 1; Tom Fleming, horn 2;Dorothy Ward, bassoon
No.2: David Klausner, recorder; Cristina Sewerin, oboe
No.4: Bora Kim, violin; Takayo Shimoda, recorder 1; David Klausner, recorder 2
No.5: Nicole Li, violin; Joan Browne, flute
No.6: Judith Davenport, viola 2; Beata Csuka, cello
The pinnacle of the chamber orchestra repertoire, Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos contain some of the most famous melodies in all of classical music. Join us for this rare and special event celebrating our 25th Anniversary !

Program Notes

Music for the Eyes

Saturday, May 3, 2008 at 7:30pm, Central Baptist Church
Sunday, May 4, 2008 at 3:00pm, St Simon’s Anglican Church

Demuynck: Kaleidoscope
Dvorak: Czech Suite
Faure: Fantasy for Flute and Chamber Orchestra (Linda Morgan, soloist)
Harry Somers: Picasso Suite (Includes slide show of Picasso’s works)

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Les Nations

Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 7:30pm, Central Baptist Church
Sunday, March 2, 2008 at 3:00pm, St Simon’s Anglican Church

Bach: Orchestral Suite #1 in C
Ridout: Ballade for Viola & Strings (Eric Fahn, soloist)
Telemann: Suite “Les Nations”
Grieg: 4 short pieces
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2007

Marvelous Mozart

Saturday, November 24, 2007 at 7:30pm, Central Baptist Church
Sunday, November 25, 2007 at 3:00pm, St Simon’s Anglican Church

Mozart: Wind Serenade in E flat
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A (Greg James, soloist)
Mozart: Symphony #33 in B flat

 

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