“Bringing established and emerging Canadian artists from the concert halls of the world to Northumberland County”

Welcome to Friends of Music’s 2016/17 season. As I come to the end of my first term at the helm of Friends I’m excited to build on a 41 year legacy and offer a dynamic and eclectic program of classics – and beyond – everything from the re-imagined classical favourites of the Piano Chameleons to the sensational young pianist, Charles Richard-Hamelin, fresh from his win at the International Chopin Piano Competition, to the Juno nominated Cecilia String Quartet, the Gryphon Trio, one of the world’s pre-eminent piano trios and to a long-time Friends favourite, The Elmer Iseler Singers, returning for a rousing Christmas special at Port Hope United Church.

We’re stretching and growing as we welcome our newest friends, the All-Canadian Jazz Festival. We share with them a gala fundraising tribute to the life and music of Oscar Peterson, featuring Montreal’s Rémi Bolduc Quartet.

All the while we’re making Friends concerts more accessible than ever. We’ve lowered ticket prices across the board. By popular demand we’ve brought back three-concert build your own flex packs. And, as ever, the early birds get the discounts and the best seats, so don’t delay, get your ticket orders in now.

Eitan Cornfield

42nd Season


Piano Chameleons

Sunday, October 23, 2016 – 3:00 p.m.
Capitol Theatre, Port Hope

Montreal piano greats Matt Herskovitz and John Roney deliver a colourful spectacle of musical aerobics: two pianos competing, talking and complementing each other. This is familiar classical repertoire reimagined with jazz arrangements and world beat influences, a feast for the eyes as well as the ears!
In partnership with the All Canadian Jazz Festival.


Elmer Iseler Singers

Sunday, December 18, 2016 – 4:00 p.m. (new time)
Port Hope United Church

The 20-voice Elmer Iseler Singers, directed by Lydia Adams, bring to life a repertoire spanning 500 years of great choral music. With a presentation described by the press as “faultless: perfect pitch tone, timing – everything”, this is a not-to-be-missed performance of one of Canada’s most illustrious choral ensembles!


Cecilia String Quartet

Sunday, February 12, 2017 – 3:00 p.m.
Capitol Theatre, Port Hope

Ensemble-in-residence at the U of T’s Faculty of Music, Cecilia String Quartet members Min-Jeong Koh (violin), Sarah Nematallah (violin), Caitlin Boyle (viola) and Rachel Desoer (cello) have been hailed for their dazzling technique and exquisite sound. Check out a knockout performance by these rising stars!


Remi Bolduc Quartet

Sunday, March 12, 2017 – 3:00 p.m.
Capitol Theatre, Port Hope

The Rémi Bolduc Quartet presents a Tribute to Oscar Peterson… and a gala night for fundraising. Bolduc is one of the foremost jazz saxophonists in Canada, composing and performing pieces with “great energy and spontaneity that give rein to a very organic play.” Prepare to be wowed by this dynamic quartet!
In partnership with the All Canadian Jazz Festival. The gala is not part of the subscription package but can be ordered separately.


Charles Richard-Hamelin

Sunday, April 23, 2017 – 3:00 p.m.
Capitol Theatre, Port Hope

Twenty-six year old Québec pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin is the silver medalist and laureate of the Krystian Zimerman award for the best sonata at the International Chopin Piano Competition in 2015. Press reviews extol his “mesmerizing” presentation and “emotional depth”. See, and hear, for yourself!


Gryphon Trio

Sunday, May 7, 2017– 3:00 p.m.
Capitol Theatre, Port Hope

The Gryphon Trio redefines chamber music of the 21st century with a repertoire ranging from the traditional to the contemporary and from European classicism to modern-day multimedia. James Parker (piano), Annalee Patipatanakoon (violin) and Roman Borys (cello) regularly tour throughout North America and Europe, and have 17 recordings to their name. A highly refined, vibrant performance is guaranteed!