Date:April 8, 2016 4:28 pm

“Our Night Sky,” is a new, multi-media, multi-cultural, curriculum based show for elementary school audiences. A young girl tells the story of her imaginary journey through the night sky. Created, produced and performed by The Chamber Music Society of Mississauga (CMSM), “Our Night Sky”, will be presented

Show:Our Night Sky.”

(Recommended for grades3-6)

Date: November 7, 2016

Performance Times: 11 am; 1 pm

Location: The Meeting House, 2700 Bristol Circle, Oakville

Admission: $5 per student

Deposit required: $100

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3586 The Credit Woodlands Rd.
Mississauga, Ontario  L5C2K6


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Three songs in the show are available for students to learn before attending the show so that they can sing along. The lyrics and a recording of the songs, along with a curriculum guide, will be made available when the full payment is received.

Peggy Hills, Artistic Director of The Chamber Music Society, in consultation with an artistic and scientific collaboration of a First Nations professional performer and composer, a South Asian Carnatic violinist, a Chinese virtuoso musician, an astronomer from Royal Astronomical Society of Mississauga and two Canadian actors, created the narrative for “Our Night Sky”. The narrative is supported by a new musical score composed by Mississauga composer Michael Coghlan and it incorporates many musical styles including electronic/digital, classical, world and improvised. On stage, will be a narrator, 10 musicians, with a conductor, projected sky images on screens behind, above and around the concert hall, and special lighting effects.

The Chamber Music Society of Mississauga has created, produced and performed 9 unique programs for elementary school and family audiences over the past 18 years. One of them won a JUNO AWARD nomination and had been translated into French and Italian. CMSM is renowned for producing professional, high-caliber, live music performances for young audiences. We passionately believe in the transformative power of the performing arts and in its capacity to positively affect the development and wellbeing of all the citizens of our community.  

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Peggy's Violin casts a magical spell

Mississauga News

The thousand or so excited children who entered Hammerson Hall at the Living Arts Centre yesterday morning made enough noise to drown out the full symphony orchestra that was tuning up prior to presenting Peggy's Violin — A Butterfly in Time.
But, once the show began, you could have heard a pin drop. The young audience was mesmerized by the story, told with words and music,  of a 310-year-old violin.
The kids sat entranced throughout the first-ever symphony orchestra production of Peggy's Violin, conducted by John Barnum and narrated by Angela Fusco. The star of the show, of course, were Peggy Hills and her violin that was crafted in 1702 by Giovanni Grancino in Milan, Italy. 
Yesterday and again today, the production will play to more than 3,500 stunts from 37 schools across the GTA. Three performances are narrated in English while one is presented in French. The cost to attend is $2 per child.
Hills is artistic director of Chamber Music Mississauga and the Mississauga Symphony's second violin. She's taught violin for more than 50 years. Throughout her career she has amazed and inspired children with stories about her violin's past and, eventually, those stories tales were woven into the musical presentation of Peggy's Violin — a Butterfly In Time. The recorded version of the story was nominated for a Juno Award in 2005.
Hills has been playing violin since the age of 8, after she found two old violins in a closet and fell in love with their sound. 
She bought her Grancino violin in Montreal after graduation. She took out a bank loan to buy it and and paid it off over several years.
Her hope is that children who see Peggy's Violin will fall in love with the instrument the way she did.
Meanwhile, it's taken years to bring the full-symphony production to the stage.