Canadian SinfoniettaCelebrating their 20th season in 2018, the Canadian Sinfonietta (CS) is a chamber orchestra led by founder Tak-Ng Lai in partnership with concertmaster Joyce Lai. The orchestra is comprised of 14-25 professional musicians who perform as a large ensemble at the Glenn Gould Studio and in small ensembles at their wine and cheese concerts at Heliconian Hall.
The mission of CS is to reintroduce live chamber music to the growing GTA community, producing a new generation of concertgoers by presenting concerts that are traditional with a twist. The programs are innovative and often feature interdisciplinary artistic presentations, multicultural music, non-western instruments and diverse Canadian artists.
This season’s highlights include JUNO award-winning violinist Scott St. John with his wife, Ensemble Made in Canada violist Sharon Wei, performing the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante; Queen Elizabeth Competition winner, pianist Douglas Finch, performing his own piano trio joined by concertmaster Joyce Lai along with principal cellist, Andras Weber. The finale to the season will feature Joyce playing the “Butterfly Lovers’” Chinese violin concerto in the orchestra’s “Symphony Night.”

Ben Lau


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