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Tapestry

December 9, 2023 | 3 pm
Islington United Church

Join us for our second concert of the 2023/24 season, celebrating the holidays!

Immerse yourself in a heartwarming musical afternoon that will bring you on a journey through the cultures and heritages that define our home of Mississauga. Our choristers will be paying homage to the rich cultural tapestry of our beloved homeland through music from Eastern Europe, South Asia, South Africa, India, and beyond. As we unite with loved ones for the holidays, our shared traditions come alive in a harmonious blend of music. MCC continues to share our concert space with artists in the community, and we welcome the Odin Quartet as our guest artists for this concert.

Passionate about chamber music, the Toronto-based Odin Quartet represents the diversity and the promise of youth in Canada. Named after the one-eyed Norse god, seeker of knowledge and holder of the wisdom of the world, the Odin Quartet explores the role of classical music in modern-day storytelling. Since 2015, the ensemble is also dedicated to making classical music accessible to new generations of listeners, by promoting modern Canadian compositions, including those of cellist Samuel Bisson, alongside classical music literature. In June 2015, the Odin Quartet took part in the Luminato Festival’s epic production of R Murray Schafer’s 1980 oratorio Apocalypsis. Since their 2017 debut at the opening gala of the Music Niagara Festival, the Quartet has been a recurring performer at the summer festival, in 2019 and 2021. Other festival appearances include the University of Toronto’s New Music Festival, Midday Music with Shigeru, the Ottawa Valley Music Festival, Guelph Connections, and Music Mondays Toronto. The Odin Quartet has enjoyed multiple collaborations with the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra as its ensemble-in-residence since 2018; most recently, the quartet premiered a new piece for string quartet and symphony orchestra by Samuel Bisson, under the baton of Maestro Ron Royer.

Please join us as we celebrate the joy of the season in this musical homecoming where the spirit of the holidays transcends borders. Let the music of this concert, “Tapestry,” warm your soul, bringing you closer to the heart of our culturally diverse and richly woven home.

Odin Quartet

Odin Quartet

Odin Quartet (left to right): Matt Antal, Alex Toskov, Tania Charles Iveniuk, Samuel Bisson

Passionate about chamber music, the Toronto-based Odin Quartet represents the diversity and the promise of youth in Canada. Named after the one-eyed Norse god, seeker of knowledge and holder of the wisdom of the world, the Odin Quartet explores the role of classical music in modern-day storytelling. Since 2015, the ensemble is also dedicated to making classical music accessible to new generations of listeners, by promoting modern Canadian compositions, including those of cellist Samuel Bisson, alongside classical music literature. In June 2015, the Odin Quartet took part in the Luminato Festival’s epic production of R Murray Schafer’s 1980 oratorio Apocalypsis. Since their 2017 debut at the opening gala of the Music Niagara Festival, the Quartet has been a recurring performer at the summer festival, in 2019 and 2021. Other festival appearances include the University of Toronto’s New Music Festival, Midday Music with Shigeru, the Ottawa Valley Music Festival, Guelph Connections, and Music Mondays Toronto. The Odin Quartet has enjoyed multiple collaborations with the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra as its ensemble-in-residence since 2018; most recently, the quartet premiered a new piece for string quartet and symphony orchestra by Samuel Bisson, under the baton of Maestro Ron Royer.

Shreya Jha

Shreya Jha is a Toronto-based composer- playwright, and medical student with a keen interest in the intersections between music and science. Her first musical Statistics debuted in 2019, won the 2020 Adams Prize for Musical Theatre at the Toronto Fringe and was
shortlisted for the Playwrights’ Guild of Canada’s Robert Beardsley award. Statistics is presently being developed by Shifting Ground Collective after receiving a Canada Council Grant.

Shreya’s other musicals include Connections (2019, 2023) 18 Palace Road (2021) and The Last Piece (2023) Her musicals in development, The Last Piece and A Stone In The River, were selected as recipients of a Ontario Arts Council Recommender Grants.
Shreya made her professional orchestra compositional debut with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in 2021. She has also worked with the Can-Am trio, the University of Toronto Schools, the Gryphon Trio, and the New York Song Collective. She has been commissioned by the Scarborough Philharmonic orchestra multiple times since 2015. The Rose Orchestra will premiere two new works in early 2024.

Shreya’s research interests include music and dementia and the impact of music on developing brains. She has developed a composition program at Sistema Toronto and has been published in Frontiers in Psychiatry.

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