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Spring Concerts Press Release April 15, 2009

April 15, 2009  

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Canadian Children’s Opera Company
Presents Their Popular SPRING CONCERTS

Canadian Children's Opera Company (CCOC) is preparing for one of their most exciting projects of the season - the Spring Concerts on May 29 and 30 - all the while forty of the choristers are about to appear in the Canadian Opera Company productions of Puccini's ever-popular La bohème and Britten's enchanting A Midsummer Night's Dream. The popular annual concerts will feature all 200+ members of the CCOC, which is divided into six divisions based on age: Youth Chorus (ages 16-19), Principal Chorus (ages 10-16), Intermediate Chorus (ages 9-11), Apprentice Chorus (ages 7 and 8), Ruby Chorus (ages 5 and 6), and the newest division - OPERAtion Kids, a non-auditioned program for ages 8-13. The Junior Division (Ruby, Apprentice, and Intermediate Choruses) will perform a concert titled To Music on Friday, May 29, which will begin with several choral pieces. After intermission, each Chorus will be given the spotlight to present a brief, staged work, or an extended song.  The Senior Division (Principal and Youth Choruses) will present their concert on Saturday, May 30 in the evening. A short choral work performed by the Principal Chorus will be followed by the Youth Chorus' presentation of Hansel and Gretel go Into the Woods: A Fairy Tale, comprising of excerpts from the two works. Hansel and Gretel (based on Engelbert Humperdinck's opera of the same name) will be conducted and staged by Ann Cooper Gay, assisted by Ken Hall, with Gergely Szokolay accompanying on the piano. Into the Woods (based on the Stephen Sondheim musical) will be musically prepared by Errol Gay and staged by Sophia Perlman, the OPERAtion KIDS programme co-ordinator. Drama coach for the production is Gabe De Roche and piano accompaniment courtesy of Errol Gay and Gergely Szokolay. As there are currently so many talented choristers in the Intermediate Chorus, a special concert was added in order to feature them, on Saturday, May 30 in the afternoon, with a special appearance by OPERAtion KIDS. OPERAtion KIDS will perform How the Children Saved the Carnival, an original opera based on a story by Pedro Espi Sanchez. With the help of Sophia Perlman, the children themselves are writing the music, working on the libretto, and making the costumes, sets, and props.

The Canadian Children's Opera Company, led by charismatic Artistic Director Ann Cooper Gay, is one of the world's few children's opera companies. The CCOC commissions, produces, records, and tours new operas and choral music, with children as principal performers. The company also regularly collaborates with other leading arts organizations and prominent individual performers, conductors, and directors. The Company contains six divisions, with over 200 children and youth of ages 5 to 19. 

Canadian Children's Opera Company
Spring Concerts

Friday, May 29, 2009 at 7:30pm
To Music
Ruby, Apprentice & Intermediate Choruses

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 4:00pm
Hansel and Gretel
How the Children Saved the Carnival
Intermediate Chorus & OPERAtion KIDS

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 7:30pm
Hansel and Gretel go Into the Woods: A Fairy Tale
Youth Chorus with guest appearance by the Principal Chorus

First Unitarian Congregation
175 St Clair Ave W (at Avenue Rd), Toronto

Available in Advance by calling 416.366.0467 or at the Door
$25 Adult, $15 Senior & Students, $5 Children Five and Under


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