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Monday, September 21, 2009

The Musicians in Ordinary begin eigth season October 10 in an elegantl melancholy mood

The Musicians In Ordinary sigh, weep and woo in song as soprano Hallie Fishel and lutenist John Edwards open their eighth season with An Anatomy of Melancholy, Saturday, October 10 at 8 p.m. in the Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. (north of Scollard Street in Yorkville; Bay St. subway).

Tickets are $20, $15 seniors and students, and may be purchased at the door. For information, call 416-535-9956, e-mail or visit

Subscriptions for four concerts of music from the 1500s to the Victorian era of Swedish nightingale Jenny Lind are only $70 adults; $55 students and seniors. The season includes the duos popular New Years Day Viennese concert with special guests, which will be repeated on January 2. A November 28 concert of 17th century Italian and German instrumental music is an added bonus for subscribers.

Cheques or money orders for subscriptions should be made payable to The Musicians In Ordinary, and sent to The Musicians In Ordinary, 1585 Bloor St. West, Suite 212, Toronto M6P 1A6. As well, there is a bonus instrumental concert on November 28. Details on all of the concerts are below.


Anatomy of Melancholy, the 1621 opus by English scholar and vicar of Oxford Robert Burton, is considered as great a work of literature as it is of medicine and philosophy. David Klausner of the University of Torontos Centre for Medieval Studies and Department of English ( reads from the venerable work in The Musicians in Ordinarys opening concert on October 10. The musicians intertwine the readings with songs by the famed John Dowland (1563-1626), portraying suffers of that disease. With Edwards on Renaissance lute, Fishel sings of crazy lovers who care not about the weather, irrational shepherds ardently wooing nymphs, as well as the sadder sighers.

Copies of MIOs CD, Sleep, Wayward Thoughts, featuring the music of Dowland and other composers of Elizabethan and Jacobean England, will be available for sale.

The remainder of The Musicians In Ordinarys 2009-10 season offers plenty of musical cheer:

Friday, Jan. 1, 2010 at 2 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010 at 8 p.m. A Viennese New Years Day Concert: All new repertoire from 18th century Vienna. Dont like polkas and waltzes but looking for a concert on New Years Day? This is the concert for you. MIO performs the Music of Vivaldi, Conti and others, with Fishel singing, Edwards on archlute, and guests Christopher Verrette, violin, and Sara Anne Churchill, harpsichord. The second performance has been added to accommodate the crowds January 1, 2009 was sold out, with not one seat left!

Feb. 27, 2010 O Dolce Nocte: Tenors Bud Roach and Kevin Skelton join Fishel and Edwards for a sweet night of Italian madrigals from the 1500s. It features the music of Verdelot, Cipriano di Rore and others.

Apr. 24, 2010 Songs of the Americas: MIO ends its season with songs to the guitar from Brazil, Mexico and the antebellum United States of America. Fishel sings and Edwards plays baroque and early romantic guitars in early rumbas and modinhas, as well as opera excerpts from the repertoire of Jenny Lind, the Swedish Nightingale, whose tour was promoted by P.T. Barnum.

Special Bonus Instrumental Concert Saturday, Nov. 28, at 8 p.m. at Emmanuel College Chapel, 75 Queens Park Crescent Sonata Variata Violin Music of the 17th Century:

Subscribers to MIOs 2009-10 season will also receive at no extra charge tickets to an instrumental concert featuring Christopher Verrette in a recital of solo violin music of 17th century Italy and Germany. Accompanying him are John Edwards on theorbo and Sara Anne Churchill on organ and harpsichord. Single tickets are $20; seniors and students $15. For information, call 416-535-9956, e-mail or visit



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