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Short Announcements today - it is a long weekend after all. 

The Announcements of May 10 contained a lot of detail for the June 15 Anniversary concert. You can find that edition on the CCO website. Attached is an electronic version of the poster for you to continue to send to your contacts. And tickets can be purchased on line - just go to Tickets. 


It’s a public holiday and the 519 is closed. 


Since 2021, the CCO has held a summer programme called Playing in the Park, 6 Sunday afternoons concerts in Allan Gardens. This initiative started as a response to the pandemic closures, a way of continuing to make music as a group, and a way of staying in touch with CCO friends and colleagues. 

That particular initiative has run its course. However, participating in PIP was a fun, unique and successful venture for the CCO. On a summer Sunday, you knew if

you showed up at the Park that afternoon, our Conductor, Concertmaster, and the string principals would all be there to greet you and run through some great 

music under the trees. We also got to hear and appreciate some of our colleagues who performed in their small ensembles. The orchestra gained some musicians

who first learned of the CCO in the park, and joined when our regular season started. We certainly gained some favour among passers-by who enjoyed the serendipity 

of strolling in a park and stumbling upon an orchestra! Thanks to everyone who put those three summers of outdoor performances together -  

great teamwork and an initiative CCO members can be proud of!

So is it time for a new type of summer programme? Attached is a Survey in which Director Daniel Payne asks CCO members what should replace PIP, if anything. 

Options include small ensembles, established or newly formed, taking over the Sunday afternoon time slot, and/or a single, larger outdoor concert where members can 

keep their chops up and see their CCO friends by performing a familiar piece together.

Daniel asks that everyone complete and submit the Survey by May 31. Here is the link:

Summer Performance Opportunities


Remember: Whiskful Thinking Bakery on Wellesley, just east of Church, has named the CCO as its charity for all of May. Do go buy yourself a treat. 

Monday May 20 - no rehearsal - Victoria Day  Monday May 27 - rehearsals resume at the 519, 7:30 to 9:30. Snacks: Second Violins. Monday June 3 - rehearsal at the 519. The CCO History Banner will hopefully be available for viewing & initialling. Snacks: First Violins. Monday June 10 - rehearsal at the 519. The History Banner should be available. Snacks: Winds and Brass

Friday June 14 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Dress Rehearsal, Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave.

Saturday, June 15 - 7:30pm. 40th Anniversary Concert, “Melodies of Pride and Progress with violinist Jaedon Daly”, plus a post-concert reception, and other celebratory events, Eastminster United Church. 


If you personally are performing in a concert or gig you would like others to know about, you can: (i) post it in the Musicians’ Only section of the CCO website;(ii) put ta flyer on the table at the door at the rehearsals; (iii) send details to for including in this spot in the CCO ANNOUNCEMENTS. Today’s gigs are highlighted below the poster.

Not too late to accept Bob Mitchell (cellist and Librarian)’s invitation: “… Below is a fundraiser for SickKids.  The Rose (of which I am a member) Orchestra is backing these hot shot young performers at Roy Thompson Hall.

Skyky Youth Charity Concert 2024 - Friday June 7"

Nor is it too late to hear Composer Dustin Peters’ new piece: 

"I’m extending an invite to the world premiere of my chamber work Ekphrasis! on May 29th at 12 noon. This concert is part of the Canadian Opera Company Free Recital Series and is held in the Richard Bradshaw Auditorium at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (corner of Queen West and University Ave.)

      Ekphrasis! was written to celebrate the acquisition of a Celesta for the COC orchestra, purchased by W. Bruce C. Bailey, Philanthropist, Collector and Patron of the Arts; Mr. Bailey is also the commissioner of the work, which will be performed by members of the COC orchestra led from the Celesta by Johannes Debus, Music Director of the Canadian Opera Company.  

     I hope you can make it; arrive in plenty of time to secure a spot as there is no assigned seating. Hope to see you there!

     Best, Dustin"

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