Press Release

Orchestra London Announces 2013-2014 Season


Tuesday, February 12, 2021



LONDON – Orchestra London is pulling out all of the stops next season with some of the greatest music ever written, great Canadian guest artists and top rising stars. At the heart of the 2013-2014 season is the Mozart Experience, with the composer’s entrancing last Symphonies, greatest opera selections and his magnum opus the Requiem.

Also impressive is the lineup of guest artists, including two-time Juno-winning banjoist Jayme Stone and young violinist Timothy Chooi, multi-instrumentalist Guy Few, pianist Angela Cheng, organist Christopher Herrick, London’s cello phenom Cameron Crozman, and conductors Howard Cable, Brian Jackson, Jean-François Rivest and Simone Luti.  Song will ring throughout the halls with fantastic guest vocalists Megan Nuttall, Cassandra Hodgins and Toronto singer-songwriter Emma-Lee. The season also features amazing local talent, including Orchestra London musicians Kaili Maimets (Flute); Joseph Lanza (Concertmaster); and Mary-Elizabeth Brown (Associate Concertmaster); Big Band Legends crooner Michael Vanhevel, the Amabile Choir, London Pro Musica, and the Canadian Operatic Arts Academy Singers (COOA).

“I am extremely proud to present, in collaboration with our great musicians, a spectacular 2013-2014 season!” says Music Director Alain Trudel.  “After the success of our Beethoven season we are now thrilled to offer a true ‘Mozart Experience’ to London’s music lovers by celebrating his greatest works,” he explains.

Trudel, who is currently in his second season as Music Director, enjoys conducting in each of the series:

“Like my colleagues of Orchestra London, I really love all kinds of music, and have always valued the works of masters in all styles. From the giants of Classical music, to modern, Pops and even Rock, all of it inspires us to bring our best to the stage for our audiences.”

Orchestra London’s flagship Masterworks series, which presents major classical works at Centennial Hall, opens the season with a Mozart-Brahms double-header October 5. Trudel conducts rising star Timothy Chooi on his multimillion dollar 1729 Guarneri del Gesù violin (on loan from Canada Council) in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5; and Brahms’ unforgettable Symphony No. 1 rounds out the night’s festivities. Trudel returns to conduct Rimski-Korsakov’s exotic Scheherazade as well as Mozart’s Requiem in March. To bring Mozart’s final testament to life Trudel is joined by the voluminous voices of four top-notch operatic soloists and the Amabile singers. In a season-ending two concert piano extravaganza, Canadian star pianist Angela Cheng performs Shostakovich’s spirited Piano Concerto No. 2;  and audience favorite and renowned pianist Sara Davis Buechner returns to Orchestra London in May, as the Orchestra gives our audiences a guided tour of Paris.  Trudel conducts Buechner for an evening of fine French music, including Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G and Poulenc’s Sinfonietta.

“I am always captivated by the sheer amount of talent we are able to put together each season,” says Trudel. “Our 13/14 Masterworks is a blockbuster Series filled with internationally acclaimed artists, as well as home-grown performers and groups who are set for the world stage,” he says.

The Classics & Beyond Series, offering beautiful music from the Baroque to the 21st Century at St. Paul’s Cathedral, opens with Principal Flute Kaili Maimets performing Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 2.  Trudel lets the thunder roll in November with Poulenc’s Organ Concerto starring internationally renowned organist Christopher Herrick.   Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony (No. 6), completes this beautiful program.  The ever-popular Handel’s Messiah returns in December in Mozart’s arrangement of the holiday classic and features the London Pro Musica choir and outstanding singers. In January, Concertmaster Joseph Lanza tells the tale of Mozart’s younger years in a concert that features his beautiful and bright Violin Concerto No. 3, composed when Mozart was just 19.  Other highlights include the Orchestra London debut of rising cello star Cameron Crozman who performs on Shostakovich’s dramatic Cello Concerto No. 1; a journey into the folk inflected music of the Appalachians with Juno-winner Jayme Stone on banjo and Kevin Turcotte on trumpet led by Canadian conductor Lucas Waldin; and a night at the opera with conductor Simone Luti and the Canadian Operatic Arts Academy Singers as they perform selections from Mozart’s most beloved operas.

The Pops Series, offering favourites from Broadway, Big Band, and light classics, kicks off with triple-threat performer Guy Few who will dazzle with his singing, trumpet, and piano skills in an homage to showmen of the 50’s and 60’s, including Liberace, Mancini, Bernstein, and Harry James.  Airat Ichmouratov conducts the charming Wolak-Donnelly Duo in a blend of jazz standards and traditional classics. Beloved conductor Brian Jackson returns with Amabile singers for a December Christmas Extravaganza of music from The Nutcracker and other holiday favourites.  Other highlights include a show-stopping all-request program featuring the Orchestra London debut of 12-year old piano prodigy Anastasia Rizikov and Kiwanis Rose Bowl winning soprano Karine White; Maestro Trudel and Canadian singer/songwriters John Connolly and Emma-Lee honour Canadian legends Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, and Leonard Cohen; legendary conductor Howard Cable and Grand Bend crooner sensation Michael Vanhevel takes you back to the swinging sixties and the beauties of Broadway get an overdue tribute from Mirvish’s Sound of Music star Megan Nuttall and CBC Over the Rainbow winner and H.B. Beal graduate Cassandra Hodgins.

“The opportunity to collaborate with so many talented groups and bring new and well known stars to London audiences will continue Orchestra London’s well deserved reputation for exciting and innovative programming,” says Joe Swan, Executive Director.

“We are thrilled to announce the 2013-14 season and I look forward to continuing the current wonderful season with our talented musicians, loyal audience, and supporters,” adds Trudel.

Subscriptions for Orchestra London’s three classical series (Masterworks, Classics & Beyond, Pops) are on sale now.  Flexible packages that cross multiple series (Flex Package) are also on sale now.  Information about our Red Hot Weekends, Serenade Brunch Series and Cushion Concerts will be released shortly.  Call (519) 679-8778 or visit for more information.

Subscriptions on Sale Now – Buy Before April 30, 2021 and pay last season’s prices!

Subscription prices (for 7 concert series)

Now until April 30, 2021
Adults: $217-$343; Seniors: $189-$322; Students: $126 (Plus handling fee, tax is included).

Effective May 1, 2013:
Adults: $224-$353.50; Seniors: $196-$332.50; Students: $129.85

Subscriber Benefits

Orchestra London Government Supporters: Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, City of London

About Orchestra London
Orchestra London has been making music in the London Community since 1937. Officially incorporated in 1957, Orchestra London performs over 50 concerts each season across six different series. Education & Outreach programs have introduced the orchestra to more than 30,000 schoolchildren since 2000 and the community at-large.  Orchestra London welcomed Alain Trudel as Music Director in 2011.



For more information, please contact:

Sonia Wolf,  Marketing Manager
Phone 519.679.8558 x 242 or email


2 Responses to Orchestra London Announces 2013-2014 Season

      • Alyssa Stevenson
      • Hi Lisa,

        Jens isn’t playing with us this year, unfortunately! I went to his website to try and find a list of his upcoming concerts for you but he doesn’t have a calendar of events on there or on facebook.
        He did play with Western’s Wind Ensemble last week. I wish I could have told you earlier but we were having technical difficulties with our comment section so I apologize for not responding in time.

        We have many more fantastic concerts this year though and I hope to see you there!

        Warm regards,
        Alyssa Stevenson
        Community Relations Associate

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