Mexican composers, poetry take the spotlight at Windermere church concert

News Sep 21, 2015 by Lisa Rainford Bloor West Villager

As part of its Fall Concert Series, Windermere United Church presents an evening of works by “outstanding” Mexican composers, such as Manuel Ponce, and poetry by literary greats, like Octavio Paz.

The concert “is something I’ve wanted to do since we moved here from Mexico,” classical violinist Paulina Derbez told The Villager.

Derbez, a Mexico City native, has called Bloor West Village home since moving to Toronto with her husband in 2005. The couple has a seven-year-old daughter. The family has belonged to the Windermere United Church congregation for more than a year.

“We started the concert series last spring at Windermere,” Derbez said. “The response was really great.”

The local church, with support from the Mexican Global Network Toronto Chapter presents ‘Mexico: From the Baroque to the Contemporary’ with the Monarca Ensemble, Saturday, Oct. 17. The concert will help launch the Mexican Global Network Toronto Chapter’s new Mexican cultural platform ‘Contemporary Mexico,’ Derbez said.

“This is a very unique event since Mexican chamber music is not very known in Toronto,” she said. “This new platform will include a cultural exchange between Mexican artists living in Canada and in Mexico where the arts of the 20th and 21st centuries will be promoted in Canada.”

Derbez is performing as part of the Monarca Ensemble, alongside pianist Maria Rosales, a Mexican National Youth Prize winner, and cellist Naomi Barron, a principal musician with the Britt Festival Orchestra.

This is an important concert for Windermere United, Rev. Alexa Gilmour said.

“The poet, Emily Dickinson, once said ‘tell all the truth, but tell it slant’ and music speaks the truth of our collective human experience in a way that touches our hearts and leaves a lasting impression,” she said. “Windermere loves to be part of events that bring community together for these shared moments of beauty.”

Derbez fell in love with Toronto when she performed at Harbourfront Centre in 2004. The following year, she moved here with her Australian husband, who happened to live in Toronto as a child. Two months later, she joined the Ontario Philharmonic. She said she tries to go back to Mexico to visit family twice a year.

In 2013, Mexico’s magazine Quién named Derbez one of the “50 celebrities that are transforming Mexico.”

A Toronto daily newspaper named her one of the “Top 10 most successful Mexicans in Canada.”

Derbez was introduced to music when her grandmother gave her family a piano; one of her sisters would give her the occasional lesson. But it wasn’t until Derbez’s mother discovered a forgotten violin in the depths of a closet and asked her daughter if she’d like to take classes that Derbez’s love affair with the instrument began. She studied at the Yuriko Kuronuma Academy in Mexico City before travelling to Lugano, Switzerland to complete her training at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana.

Derbez has performed concerts around the world, in Japan, Colombia, France, Italy, Germany, Canada and Mexico, as a soloist and with chamber and symphony orchestras. She is the creator of the ‘Conscious Musician’ music teaching method and the author of a book of the same name.

The concert takes place at Windermere United Church, 356 Windermere Ave., Saturday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets will be available at the door from 7 p.m.

For more information, contact info@rtmtoronto.ca or call 416-769-5611.

There will be a reception afterward.

Mexican composers, poetry take the spotlight at Windermere church concert

News Sep 21, 2015 by Lisa Rainford Bloor West Villager

As part of its Fall Concert Series, Windermere United Church presents an evening of works by “outstanding” Mexican composers, such as Manuel Ponce, and poetry by literary greats, like Octavio Paz.

The concert “is something I’ve wanted to do since we moved here from Mexico,” classical violinist Paulina Derbez told The Villager.

Derbez, a Mexico City native, has called Bloor West Village home since moving to Toronto with her husband in 2005. The couple has a seven-year-old daughter. The family has belonged to the Windermere United Church congregation for more than a year.

“We started the concert series last spring at Windermere,” Derbez said. “The response was really great.”

The local church, with support from the Mexican Global Network Toronto Chapter presents ‘Mexico: From the Baroque to the Contemporary’ with the Monarca Ensemble, Saturday, Oct. 17. The concert will help launch the Mexican Global Network Toronto Chapter’s new Mexican cultural platform ‘Contemporary Mexico,’ Derbez said.

“This is a very unique event since Mexican chamber music is not very known in Toronto,” she said. “This new platform will include a cultural exchange between Mexican artists living in Canada and in Mexico where the arts of the 20th and 21st centuries will be promoted in Canada.”

Derbez is performing as part of the Monarca Ensemble, alongside pianist Maria Rosales, a Mexican National Youth Prize winner, and cellist Naomi Barron, a principal musician with the Britt Festival Orchestra.

This is an important concert for Windermere United, Rev. Alexa Gilmour said.

“The poet, Emily Dickinson, once said ‘tell all the truth, but tell it slant’ and music speaks the truth of our collective human experience in a way that touches our hearts and leaves a lasting impression,” she said. “Windermere loves to be part of events that bring community together for these shared moments of beauty.”

Derbez fell in love with Toronto when she performed at Harbourfront Centre in 2004. The following year, she moved here with her Australian husband, who happened to live in Toronto as a child. Two months later, she joined the Ontario Philharmonic. She said she tries to go back to Mexico to visit family twice a year.

In 2013, Mexico’s magazine Quién named Derbez one of the “50 celebrities that are transforming Mexico.”

A Toronto daily newspaper named her one of the “Top 10 most successful Mexicans in Canada.”

Derbez was introduced to music when her grandmother gave her family a piano; one of her sisters would give her the occasional lesson. But it wasn’t until Derbez’s mother discovered a forgotten violin in the depths of a closet and asked her daughter if she’d like to take classes that Derbez’s love affair with the instrument began. She studied at the Yuriko Kuronuma Academy in Mexico City before travelling to Lugano, Switzerland to complete her training at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana.

Derbez has performed concerts around the world, in Japan, Colombia, France, Italy, Germany, Canada and Mexico, as a soloist and with chamber and symphony orchestras. She is the creator of the ‘Conscious Musician’ music teaching method and the author of a book of the same name.

The concert takes place at Windermere United Church, 356 Windermere Ave., Saturday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets will be available at the door from 7 p.m.

For more information, contact info@rtmtoronto.ca or call 416-769-5611.

There will be a reception afterward.

Mexican composers, poetry take the spotlight at Windermere church concert

News Sep 21, 2015 by Lisa Rainford Bloor West Villager

As part of its Fall Concert Series, Windermere United Church presents an evening of works by “outstanding” Mexican composers, such as Manuel Ponce, and poetry by literary greats, like Octavio Paz.

The concert “is something I’ve wanted to do since we moved here from Mexico,” classical violinist Paulina Derbez told The Villager.

Derbez, a Mexico City native, has called Bloor West Village home since moving to Toronto with her husband in 2005. The couple has a seven-year-old daughter. The family has belonged to the Windermere United Church congregation for more than a year.

“We started the concert series last spring at Windermere,” Derbez said. “The response was really great.”

The local church, with support from the Mexican Global Network Toronto Chapter presents ‘Mexico: From the Baroque to the Contemporary’ with the Monarca Ensemble, Saturday, Oct. 17. The concert will help launch the Mexican Global Network Toronto Chapter’s new Mexican cultural platform ‘Contemporary Mexico,’ Derbez said.

“This is a very unique event since Mexican chamber music is not very known in Toronto,” she said. “This new platform will include a cultural exchange between Mexican artists living in Canada and in Mexico where the arts of the 20th and 21st centuries will be promoted in Canada.”

Derbez is performing as part of the Monarca Ensemble, alongside pianist Maria Rosales, a Mexican National Youth Prize winner, and cellist Naomi Barron, a principal musician with the Britt Festival Orchestra.

This is an important concert for Windermere United, Rev. Alexa Gilmour said.

“The poet, Emily Dickinson, once said ‘tell all the truth, but tell it slant’ and music speaks the truth of our collective human experience in a way that touches our hearts and leaves a lasting impression,” she said. “Windermere loves to be part of events that bring community together for these shared moments of beauty.”

Derbez fell in love with Toronto when she performed at Harbourfront Centre in 2004. The following year, she moved here with her Australian husband, who happened to live in Toronto as a child. Two months later, she joined the Ontario Philharmonic. She said she tries to go back to Mexico to visit family twice a year.

In 2013, Mexico’s magazine Quién named Derbez one of the “50 celebrities that are transforming Mexico.”

A Toronto daily newspaper named her one of the “Top 10 most successful Mexicans in Canada.”

Derbez was introduced to music when her grandmother gave her family a piano; one of her sisters would give her the occasional lesson. But it wasn’t until Derbez’s mother discovered a forgotten violin in the depths of a closet and asked her daughter if she’d like to take classes that Derbez’s love affair with the instrument began. She studied at the Yuriko Kuronuma Academy in Mexico City before travelling to Lugano, Switzerland to complete her training at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana.

Derbez has performed concerts around the world, in Japan, Colombia, France, Italy, Germany, Canada and Mexico, as a soloist and with chamber and symphony orchestras. She is the creator of the ‘Conscious Musician’ music teaching method and the author of a book of the same name.

The concert takes place at Windermere United Church, 356 Windermere Ave., Saturday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets will be available at the door from 7 p.m.

For more information, contact info@rtmtoronto.ca or call 416-769-5611.

There will be a reception afterward.