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Founded in 1994 (non profit since 2002) by soprano Cherry Ann Mendez and her son, composer/conductor Colin Mendez Morris, ArsMusica Concerts perform 4 to 10 performances per year. The performances feature complete operas, opera scenes and instrumental works performed with professional singers, chamber orchestra, Choir and Children’s Chorus. Our singers are younger “up and coming” ethnocultural Canadian professionals who wish to perform with a professional chamber orchestra. ArsMusica’s mandate includes working extensively with ethnocultural performers. this includes performers of colour and first generation Canadian performers. (whose parents were born outside Canada) ArsMusica past performances include complete performances and scenes from Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, La Bohème, Manon Leascaut, and Tosca. Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and Magic Flute. Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier, Bizet’s Carmen, Verdi’s Aida, La Forza del Destino, and Rigoletto as well as sacred works such as the Pergolesi Stabat Mater . ArsMusica also performs an annual Christmas concert where new settings of carols are premiered. The 2011 and 2012 concerts featured the world premiere of the carols set by renowned New Orleans pianist/composer Ellis Marsalis. 2011-12 was the 3rd consecutive year we performed a chamber version of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel with a children’s chorus. In Toronto ArsMusica has performed at The Columbus Centre, Heliconian Hall, The Arts & Letters Club,The Church of St. George the Martyr, St. Michaels and All Angels, 1st Unitarian Congregation, Orangeville Opera House, The Stone Church, and Mt. Dennis United Church.


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