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Rehearsal May 8, 7:30pm, St. Barnabas Church (Chester subway).  

Musicians are expected to bring their own music - available on the Musicians’ portal on or by asking our Librarian, Bob Mitchell, to bring a part for you, using The IMSLP link to Dvorak’s New World Symphony is 

The music for Elizabeth Raum’s new piece, Kupala Nights, is available in full in the Announcements dated March 23, as well as on the CCO website, Musicians’ Only portal, or by asking Bob Mitchell to bring your part. 


Name: New World, New Music, Inspiration from Tradition

Where & When: The Church of St. Peter and St. Simon the Apostle, 525 Bloor East, 7:30pm. The audience will not be required to wear masks, although masks are strongly recommended for everyone, including musicians and audience members. Volunteers will have masks available free for distribution. There will be a short intermission, but no refreshments. 

Tickets: $20 for adults, $12 for Youth (18 and under). Available electronically on the CCO website. Also for sale at the Church on June 10. All musicians are expected to sell at least 2 tickets. 

Posters & Tickets: Available at the May rehearsals. All musicians are expected to sell at least 2 tickets. 

Please start advertising the concert among friends and family, and start thinking about where you can hang the lovely new poster. Several posters were not used for the last concert. There is certainly room for members to bump up this cheap and personal way of getting the word out. Passersby who notice the poster may not be available for this particular concert, but seeing it will be a reminder to them of the CCO’s continuing existence and programming. Here’s a copy of the poster to include in an email to your family, friends, and contacts. 


Co-Chairs Trish Tervit and David Brownstone have summarized the brainstorming of ideas that occurred at the members’ Zoom call on May 2. A Zoom link to the next Committee meeting, scheduled on May 23 at 7:30pm, is included at the end of their message:

"To Musicians, Members and Supporters:

We held our first CCO 40th anniversary committee meeting on Tuesday and we are off to a great start. But there is lots to do and we need people to help! Along with orchestra members we are hoping to recruit family and friends or anyone you may know who may be interested to assist

The 40th anniversary is an exciting opportunity to showcase the history of our wonderful orchestra and present an exhilarating program to our loyal and new audience members. At our meeting we broke out the key areas that need extra hands. Please review and if there is any way you can help, even in a small way, please reach out to Co-chairs David Brownstone ( or Trish Tervit ( Please feel free to encourage people you know who may be interested or have related skills or contacts, to join with us.

Our next meeting is May 23 at 7:30 p.m. a Zoom link is attached. Please join. Here are the areas of focus, and where we’d love your support:

VENUE SELECTION – We welcome any suggestions for a location for our 40th anniversary concert. Please contact Andrew Lam (, a Director and a first violiniswho is leading this search if you have a connection or know of a good spot. Keep in mind we would like a place near the subway  – preferably central Toronto, wheelchair accessible, a good space that allows space for the orchestra to play and good amount of audience seating (5-600 people), not too expensive (!), and QUEER FRIENDLY! 😊

FUNDRAISING – We need many hands to gather sponsors for this event, as well as ongoing fundraising support for CCO. If you have any business or community contacts that might want to contribute and/or if you are willing to help out soliciting some local Queer businesses, please contact Liz at or David Brownstone. If you know any organizations that have potential grants or programs that support this type of special project, please let us know.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND PROMOTION – Our social media is covered by our wonderful CCO team but if you’d like to participate and support content, please let us know. Also, if there is anyone who has connections with media outlets such as TV/Radio/Podcasts and Newspapers or suggestions please contact Trish Tervit. Ideas and connections welcome!

COLLECTING OUR HISTORY – Are you an archivist at heart and looking for an opportunity to organize our history? We have a collection of programmes from years past and could use a volunteer to organize the data into a spreadsheet so we can see who past sponsors and supporters were. This is a task you can do at home on your own time but would make a great contribution! Please note- if you have items you’ve collected at home, such as programs, posters, photos- we may be asking for pictures of these to include in telling our story. 

40th Anniversary Committee Meeting

Time: May 23, 2023 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 816 4733 4678 

We’re looking forward to hearing your ideas, and to working with some of you., 

Trish Tervit & David Brownstone,

Co-Chairs 40th Anniversary Committee"



As previously announced, the Board has committed to a third season of Playing in the Park on 6 Sunday afternoons, outdoors in Allan Gardens. Please plan to attend, and perform at as many of these as you can manage along with your other summer plans. The 2 hour performance is made up of one hour of rehearsal followed by a one hour concert, playing the music just rehearsed or familiar for other reasons, and usually including a featured small ensemble. 

The concert portion will usually feature guest performers, tentatively set so far as a flute trio (Tetsuya and friends), a Baroque quartet (Rick Fields and friends), Windwerx (Kevin Seymour and Caroline Spearing). There is room for more such guest performers. If you have an ensemble that would like to join please email

Toronto Metropolitan University School of Social Innovation has a multi-year project underway, aiming to make Allan Gardens Park the community hub it used to be. One new project is TMU’s plan to hold concerts in Allan Gardens on 6 Thursday evenings this summer. TMU has approached the CCO to perform a concert on one of those Thursday evenings, and will pay the orchestra an honorarium for doing so. This is an exciting and challenging addition to our usual programming. More details will be provided in future Announcements as they become available and our Music Director figures out how the CCO can take advantage of this terrific opportunity to be involved in a community initiative, and get more exposure in the community for our orchestra. 


Monday May 1, 8, 15, 29, and Monday June 5  - rehearsals 7:30pm. St. Barnabas Church. 

Thursday May 18 - 7:30pm Board meeting. Members who want to attend, please request a Zoom link from

Monday May 22 - Victoria Day. Our M.D. has suggested a rehearsal that day, and will canvas musician willingness at upcoming rehearsals. 

Tuesday May 23 - 7:30pm - Zoom meeting of the 40th Anniversary Committee. Members welcome. 

Friday June 9 7:00pm  - Dress Rehearsal. Church of St. Peter and St. Simon the Apostle, 525 Bloor St. W. 

Saturday June 10 7:30pm - CCO’s final concert of its 39th season. St. Peter and St. Simon the Apostle Church. 

Sundays July 9, 16, 23, 30 and August 13, 2:00pm  - Playing in the Park summer series of 6 outdoor concerts, Allan Gardens Park. Picnic finale on August 13.

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