1. Molinari, In the Orchard

2. Dompierre, Mon Ami Max

3. Dompierre, Les Portes Tournantes

4. Korngold, Violin Concerto in D Major op.35
soloist: Aaron Chan


5. Larson, Seasons of Love – Rent

 soloists: Mel Soares, David Tilley  

6. Andrew Lloyd- Webber- Phantom of the Opera
(arr. Custer)

7. Pasek & Paul, Everywhere That You Are-
James and the Giant Peach (arr. Molina)

8. Pasek & Paul, A Million Dreams,
The Greatest Showman (arr. Langley)

Aaron Chan, Violin
Adam Johnson, Conductor

Special Guests: The Rainbow Chorus of Waterloo-
Wellington, Artistic Director, Alison MacNeill,

Collaborative Pianist, Chris Fischer

Concert Sponsor: BMO


A pdf of the condensed concert program is available here.

Adam Johnson, Conductor

Award-winning conductor Adam Johnson has been
hailed as “an exciting talent” and for his
“charismatic and commanding presence” on the
podium. He completed his tenure as assistant
conductor of the Orchestre Symphonique de
Montréal (OSM) in 2018, and was named conductor-
in-residence for the 2018-2019 season. He has
conducted over 70 concerts with the OSM and is
frequently reengaged as a guest conductor.
Internationally, Adam Johnson has conducted at
the Opéra National de Paris as well as in Spain,
Germany and the United States. Prior to his tenure
in Montreal, Mr. Johnson worked for three seasons
with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and
continues to regularly guest conduct orchestras
across Canada. He has also just been appointed as
the Music Director of the Baton Rouge Symphony


Aaron Chan, Violin

Recognized for his “singing tone… who combined bravura
technique with poetic imagination”, Hong Kong-Canadian
violinist Aaron Chan is sought after as a soloist and chamber player around the globe.
Aaron was the winner of the concerto competitions at the
Cleveland Institute of Music and Rice University respectively.While at McGill, Aaron won both the classical concerto competition and chamber competition with his quartet (Lafontaine Quartet). During the 2022-23 season, Aaron held a fellowship as a resident of the Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Performance Residency Program at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

Click on the photo to read full bio.

The Rainbow Chorus of Waterloo-Wellington

The Rainbow Chorus of Waterloo-Wellington fosters community and enjoyment and appreciation of choral music within its membership and in its surrounding communities through practice and performance. The chorus enriches the lives of its members and audience by providing a mutually supportive and inclusive environment that promotes education, cultural enrichment, and 2SLGBTQIA+ pride.

Alison MacNeill , Artistic Director

Alison was named Artistic Director of the Rainbow Chorus in 2018, following her 15 season run as Collaborative Pianist for the choir.

She is Director of Music and Fine Arts Ministry at Harcourt United Church, and leads two other local community choirs; The Village Singers, and The Lightshine Singers.

Alison collaborates with area musicians whenever she can, believing in the power of music to transform lives and bring people together. Her work resonates with emotion, joy, precision, and her deep-rooted love for music and community.


Our Orchestra

First Violins

Jose Molina, Concertmaster*

Margaret Zak

Carol Sammut

Paul Macnaughton

Yonhee Chang

Roza Ushkanova

Jef ten Kortenaar

Bridget Walsh


Second Violins

Elayne Ras*

Philipp Samutin

Janet Takata

Alison Feuerwerker

Veronica Kroess

Anne-Louise Flynn

Jay Samuel


* Principal Player



Catherine Molina*

Sheila Smyth

Ron Dolynchuk

Linda Umbrico

Charles Small



Jeremy Cook*

Janusz Borowiec

Marlena Tureski

Keren Canche

Stephanie Lai


Double Basses

George Greer*

Calum MacLeod

Art Lang



Bruce Gremo*

Christoph Kessel


David Vanbiesbrouck*

Paul Goeglein


Larry Moser*

Anita Brooks-Kirkland

Tilly Kooyman, Bass Clarinet


Simion Ciobanu*

Iulia Tiba



Tony Snyder*

Kelly Kaddatz

Kim Christensen

Jeryl Phillips





Andras Molnar*

Dorothy Vreeswyk-Kidd

Alexa Brown


Bob Phillips*

Leila Mehkeri

Doug Lavell


Al Carter*


David Knight*


Richard Burrows

Ryan MacKinnon


Nikki Chang*


Chris Fischer*


NEXT SEASON at a Glance:

Season Opening Concert, Sunday October 6, 2024, 3pm| Basilica of Our Lady

Holiday Celebration, Sunday, December 8, 2024, 3pm| River Run Centre

Dreams of Vienna and More, Wednesday, January 1, 2025, 3pm|River Run Centre

Brahms and Barber, Sunday, February 9, 2025 | Basilica of Our Lady

Season Finale Concert, Saturday, April 26, 2024, 7:30pm, River Run Centre

Advanced Season Ticket forms are available in the lobby at today’s concert!

Special Thanks to our Donors!


Theresa Wall

GOLD BATON $1,000- $2499

Friends of the Guelph Symphony (FOGS)

Frank & Janet Brewster

Dorothy Bakker & Danny Lui

Peter Hannam

Adam Johnson

Marilyn Kuhn & Zoltan Petrany

Theresa Lammer

Gerry & Suzanne Meinzer

Catherine & Jose Molina

Harold & Marilyn Quinn

Stephen Salt


SILVER BATON $500-$999


June Cauthers

Knarr Jewellry

David & Janet Knight

Joe Ringhofer

Robert Tims


BRONZE BATON $250-$499

Barbara Alderson

Ian & Carol Blain

Jane Caspers

Dorthy & Ken Fisher

Simon and Janice Irving

Heather Moore

Marion Steele

Janet Takata

Sylvia & Glen Tarlin

Butch & Judy Waldrum

Special Thanks to:

Joe Carere
Dorothy & Ken Fisher
our wonderful volunteers
the RRC Ushers
Dorothy Baker & Danny Lui
Shane Fernandes
Lisa Kohlmeier
Reist Photography
Ann & Andras Molnar
Carol Sammut
David Knight, production
The Guelph Concert Band (for the loan of percussion instruments)
All of our patrons and supporters!  

FRIEND  $100-$249

Heather Beecroft

Irene Berry

Aileen & John Campbell

Edwina & Neil Carson

David & Wilma Churchill

Malcolm & Marta Coutts

Jeanne Forsythe

Paul, Rebecca & Sandra Forte

Nicole deFrancesco

Collin & Marjorie Jutzi

Judy Kingdon

Rosanne Morris & Duncan MacKenzie

Anne Mattheson


And to the

GSO Board of Directors

Lisa Kohlmeier, Chair
Danny Lui, Treasurer

Shane Fernandes, Corporate Secretary
Frank Brewster
Cynthia Davis
Roger Garriock
Adam Johnson, ex-officio
Catherine Molina, ex-officio