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Please note the change of date. Darkness into Light is now on March 31, 2018, not April 14 as previously announced.
Saturday, October 28, 2017 *7:00*
A Hallowe'en Concert
Saturday, November 25, 2017 7:30
Fate and Fancy
Guest Artists: Emily Belvedere, Harp
Laurel Swinden, Flute
Monday, January 1, 2018 *3:00*
New Year in Vienna
Guest Artists: Catherine and Mark Gardner
Saturday, January 27, 2018 7:30
Guest Artists: Allison Lupton Band
Stratford Police Pipes and
Saturday, March 31, 2018 7:30
Darkness Into Light
Emerging Artist Competition Winner
Ji Won Baxter
Saturday, May 12, 2018 7:30
Guest Artists: Louise Pitre
All concerts at Avondale United Church
Introducing our Guest Conductor for October 28, Melanie Leonard
Photo: Sergio Veranes
Known for her youthful vibrancy and dynamic versatility with musical genres and styles, Mélanie Léonard is increasingly sought after as a guest conductor. She served as Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra's Resident Conductor from 2009 to 2012 and as Associate Conductor for the 2012-2013 season. Starting in the 2016-2017 season, she takes on a new role as Music Director of the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra.
A Montréal native, Ms. Léonard illustrates her virtuosity on the classical and jazz scenes. 2007 marked her first of several collaborations with the Montréal International Jazz Festival.
Ms. Léonard’s impassioned love of music, her charming stage presence, and her rapport with musicians and audiences are quickly becoming known on the national music scene. She guest conducted with a number of Canadian orchestras including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal and I Musici. Ms. Léonard worked with acclaimed artists, including Herbie Hancock, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Shauna Rolston, Charles Richard-Hamelin and actors John Rhys Davies (Lord of the Rings) and Garrett Wang (Star Trek).
In 2014, she founded the Wild West New Music Ensemble in Calgary, for which she acted as Music Director and Conductor until 2017. From 2014 to 2016, she also served as Artistic Director for the Calgary New Music Festival. In addition to her conducting career, Ms. Léonard joined the team of La Croisée des Chemins on ICI Radio-Canada Première in Calgary as music correspondent for the years 2013-2016. More recently, she conducted the orchestra and choir for the music recording featured in Aura, a show produced by Moment Factory and presented at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montréal. Mrs Leonard was also invited to give a conference about artistic leadership as part of the 2017 Festival Orford Musique.
Ms. Léonard holds a Doctorate in orchestral conducting from the University of Montréal, where she studied with Maestri Paolo Bellomia and Jean-François Rivest. She received her Bachelor's degree in Music Theory from the same university, and completed her Master’s of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the Hartt School of Music (Hartford, CT), where she studied with Maestro Christopher Zimmerman. In 2012 she was honoured with the Jean-Marie Beaudet Award in Orchestra Conducting by the Canada Council for the Arts.
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