Shannon Mercer

CDA winner Shannon Mercer will have a merry month of May

Shannon Mercer, soprano, 2006 winner of the WMCT Career Development Award, regularly maintains a busy and challenging performance calendar of opera, concert, and recital engagements.

On May 3, in CelloDrama! she will sing, accompanied by WMCT Artistic Director Simon Fryer and seven other cellists, Heitor Villa-Lobos’s best-known work, Bachianas Brasileiras no. 5, his homage to Bach, and to the rhythms and folk melodies of his own country.

Then on May 15, Shannon will appear with Esprit Orchestra in the world première of a work by Montrealer Chris Paul Harman.

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Integral Man at Hot Docs

Toronto Hot Docs Film Festival features “Integral Man” this week about the late Jim Stewart a successful mathematician who spent a decade and a small fortune building Toronto’s Integral House, considered by many one of the city’s best performance spaces.

“After Euclid, Jim Stewart is the most published mathematician in the world”, says the Hot Docs description. Integral House reflects his two obsessions, curves and music.  It is a stunning architectural gem of subtly curved wood and vast,

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CDA Fund Raising Concert

People create beauty.

They flex wood into curving shapes and fill that space with glorious sound.
Sitting in the performance space of Integral House as soprano Shannon Mercer sings and Steven Philcox collaborates, you know that this is beauty.

Oak fins, planes of concrete and 180 degrees of glass look out to the blue sky and the Don Valley where spring has yet to arrive.

And then there is the music.

Shannon Mercer,

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