Founded in 1998, the Canadian Sinfonietta (CS) is a chamber orchestra led by artistic director and founder, Tak-Ng Lai, in partnership with concertmaster Joyce Lai. The orchestra is comprised of 14 to 25 professional musicians who perform as a large ensemble at the Glenn Gould Studio (250 Front St. W) and the Markham Free Methodist Church (22 Esna Park Dr., Markham), and as a small ensemble at the Heliconian Hall (35 Hazelton Ave). The mission of CS is to reintroduce live chamber music to the growing GTA communities, producing a new generation of concert-goers by presenting concerts that are traditional with a twist. The programs are innovative and often feature interdisciplinary artistic presentations, multicultural music and non-western instruments, and highlight diverse Canadian artists. CS is a community-conscious group and plays an active role, through partnership with local community organizations, in promoting the appreciation of music across various cultures; mentoring young artists, and using music as a language to engage and link people of all ages and status within the community. CS believes that “chamber music is for everyone.”

Joyce Lai


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