Performance Details 

S H A T T E R  

Date: August 3rd, 2021 7PM



We introduce pieces that shatter our lens of what we know and love. To shatter what we know of Canada, we bring you a reprise of a portion of “Voice of a Nation,” our 2017 commission of composer Ian Cusson of Métis and French Canadian descent. His piece “Five Songs on Poems of Marilyn Dumont” is brought to life by Canadian/Indigenous (Métis) Mezzo-Soprano Rebecca Cuddy. We then shatter the image of a classical composer (picture Beethoven and Mozart’s portraits) by bringing you “Quest” by Asian-Canadian female composer Alice Ping Yee Ho. Lastly, we take this opportunity bring ourselves back to our own “shatter” moment of losing our Maestro Kerry Stratton to ALS. Composer-in-Residence Samuel Bisson’s “Currency of Time” was written in response to Kerry’s illness, and an exploration of time as precious, as a currency. 


Toronto Concert Orchestra

Ian Cusson - Five Songs of Marilyn Dumont

Marcus Scholtes, conductor

Rebecca Cuddy, mezzo soprano

Sharon Lee, violin

Aysel Taghi-Zada, violin

Veronica Lee, viola

Tom Mueller, cello

Gregory Oh, piano


Alice Ping Yee Ho - QUEST

Marcus Scholtes, conductor

Sharon Lee

Patrick Goodwin

Jeremy Potts

Suhashini Arulanandam

Laurence Schaufele 

Samuel Bisson

Mike Cox


Samuel Bisson - Currency of Time

Marcus Scholtes, conductor

Sharon Lee

Patrick Goodwin

Alex Toskov

Jeremy Potts

Adam Diderrich

Heng Han Hou

Iain McKay

Veronica Lee

Laurence Schaufele 

Tom Mueller

Andrew Ascenzo 

Mike Cox


Rebecca Cuddy

Métis/Canadian Mezzo-Soprano Rebecca Cuddy is a fast up and comer on Canadian operatic stages. Acknowledged as ‘moving’ (Gilks, Opera Canada 2019) and ‘the next generation who are going to do incredible things’ (Newman, The Whole Note 2019), her 2020 season saw her twice nominated at the Dora Awards for exceptional ensemble work, winning for Soundstreams’ Two Odysseys; Pimootewin and Gállábártnit.

Career highlights include world premieres of the roles La Métisse in Riel; Heart of the North (Regina Symphony Orchestra), Kwe in Shanawdithit (Tapestry Opera/Opera on the Avalon), and Bunny in Flight of the Hummingbird (Vancouver Opera/Pacific Opera Victoria). Rebecca is a member of the Canadian Opera Company Circle of Artists, the National Theatre School of Canada Indigenous Advisory Circle and is a Grand Council Member with The Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance. She is the current Indigenous Artist in Residence at the National Theatre School of Canada in Tiohtià:ke (Montreal).