6th Annual Elixir Mixer

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Elixir Baroque Ensemble says
6th Annual Elixir Mixer
Presented by Elixir Baroque Ensemble

Tickets $20 adults, $10 students/seniors/arts workers

Join us after the holiday season for an evening of joyful concertos, appetizers, and delicious drinks! Elixir is thrilled to present our Elixir Mixer for the 6th year in a row. We are thrilled to be working with guest soloists Patricia Ahern and Matt Antal. Brave the January weather, and come out to the beautiful Gallery 345!

Elixir Ensemble
Valerie Gordon and Michelle Odorico, violins
Justin Haynes, viola da gamba
Sara-Anne Churchill, harpsichord

special thanks to our colleagues Chole Prendergast and Rezan Onen-Lapointe for joining us in this performance

Program

Concerto per la Viola da Gamba in A major, by J.G. Graun
Justin Haynes, viola da gamba

Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 KV 107 W.A. Mozart (after J.C. Bach)
Sara-Anne Churchill, harpsichord

Concerto for Viola, Strings and Continuo in Eb Major, by J. G. Graun
Matt Antal, viola

Intermission

Sonata for two violins and basso continuo in E minor Op. 5, No. 2, P. Locatelli
Elixir Ensemble

Concerto for 3 Violins in D Major, after BWV 1064, by J.S. Bach (Charlotte Nediger / Tafelmusik 1996, revised 2006)
Patricia Ahern, Valerie Gordon, Michelle Odorico, violins

Elixir Baroque Ensemble was founded in 2010 by harpsichordist Sara-Anne Churchill, viola da gamba player Justin Haynes, and violinists Elyssa Lefergey-Smith and Valerie Gordon. Elixir is excited to welcome violinist Michelle Odorico to the ensemble as of May 2016! Elixir gives new life to 17th and 18th century music by serving up intoxicating programs combining the lyrical with the virtuosic and the well-known with the newly discovered. Elixir’s innovative programming and bold performances have swiftly established the group as a major proponent of early music in the Greater Toronto area. Elixir has been a frequent guest on series at Toronto’s Metropolitan United Church, St. David’s Anglican Church (Musically Speaking Series), and at the University of Toronto as part of the Toronto Handel Festival. The group also has its own series where it is often joined by members of Tafelmusik. In April 2014, Elixir gave the world premier performance of “The Sad Life of Laure Beausejour,” composed specifically for Elixir by Frank Horvat.

Elixir seeks to share its knowledge of baroque performance practice through community outreach and education of all ages. In 2011, during a brief residency at the University of Fredonia (SUNY), the group performed and gave masterclasses for the students of the faculty of music. Elixir is also a regular guest of the Kingsway Conservatory of Music where the group teaches and performs alongside the Kingsway Chamber Strings, inspiring young minds with a curiosity for gut strings, pointy bows, and harpsichords.

Elixir Ensemble was recently named one of five a finalists in the Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition.
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By: Elixir Baroque Ensemble