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June 3, 2008
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CCOC Celebrates 40 Years!
The Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus celebrated 40 successful years on Monday, June 2nd, with a star-studded cast of performers at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.
The George Weston Recital Hall hummed with energy Monday, June 2nd as the Canadian Children's Opera Chorus featured a concert with such star-studded names from the opera and musical world as Richard Margison, John Fanning, The Canadian Tenors, and Quartetto Gelato. Lauren Margison and her father Richard set just the right tone for the opening of the concert as they sang a duet from An American Tail. Later Mr. Margison brought the house down with his rendition of Il Lamento di Federico from L’Arlesiano. Other featured performers included harpist Judy Loman, jazz selections from Sophia Perlman and Alana Bridgewater, Mark Pedrotti, Peter DeSotto, Kristina Bijelic and pianist Jason Li.
The CCOC’s Principal Chorus performed a 40th Anniversary Medley, arranged by Errol Gay and created in honour of this milestone event. All of the CCOC Choruses performed as well as a special group of alumni who performed Va’, pensiero from Nabucco.
The evening kicked off with a reception featuring an incredible display of culinary talent from celebrity chef Michael Stadtlander. Welcoming guests was Honorary Chair, His Excellency Dorian Prince, Ambassador, EU Delegation of the European Commission to Canada and Artistic Director of the Canadian Children's Opera Chorus, Ann Cooper Gay.
CCOC board members in attendance included President Mark Caskenette, Vice-President Marlene Nyilassy, Vice-President and Secretary Anna DeLataulade, Julie Bryski, Michelle Tissi, Wendy Melvin, Neil Rau and Virginia Kuypers. Sponsors for the event included Aim Trimark, Goodman & Company, Jones, Gable and Company Limited, Oasis Home Theatre Seating Inc., Myles Mindham Fine Jewellery, Accord Business Credit, Capuani Flowers N’Decor, and individuals Donald M. Ross, Colette and Tom Barber, Simon Nyilassy, and Karen Rice and Doug Ludwig. Media sponsors were Classical 96.3 FM and the National Post.
About the Canadian Children’s Opera Company
The CCOC is comprised of over 200 singers in five different choruses, all under the leadership of Artistic Director Ann Cooper Gay. Our singers range in age from 5-21. Our primary mandate is to provide musical and dramatic education for children, focusing on opera. The CCOC is committed to fostering a life-long enjoyment of the arts in children by introducing them to the magic of opera, both as performers and as members of its audiences. In addition to the technical elements of the program, the choristers learn self-discipline, self-confidence, community and the joy of working as a team to accomplish high goals.
The company regularly collaborates with other leading arts organizations and prominent individual performers, conductors and directors. Last season over 40 performances were undertaken by the CCOC. We are the only Canadian organization to commission new opera works written specifically for children and we strive to make the CCOC open to all children, regardless of financial means.