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Introducing Our New Executive and Artistic Director

The board of directors of Xenia Concerts Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Rory McLeod as the organization’s new Executive and Artistic Director.

Rory comes to Xenia with an impressive background both artistically and corporately as the innovative co-founder of Pocket Concerts, a thoughtfully curated chamber music series that provides intimate, extraordinary listening experiences in homes and other unconventional venues in the Greater Toronto Area. He is also a teacher and performer of the viola and has performed with many musical organizations, including the Caledon Music Festival and at The Four Seasons Centre with the Canadian Opera Company and National Ballet Orchestras.
 
Rory is passionate about understanding and promoting accessibility and inclusion in the performing arts. In his own words:
 
“I’ve been consistently inspired by Xenia’s commitment to inclusion and accessibility over the years, and I’m thrilled to be joining the organization as Executive and Artistic Director. Continuing in the spirit of collaboration and co-creation that Xenia espouses, I look forward to cultivating new partnerships across Canada, nurturing and expanding Xenia’s programming, and finding new ways to create high-quality arts events that welcome people across the full spectrum of human diversity.”
 
Sarah Nematallah is the founding Executive and Artistic Director of Xenia Concerts.  After creating a strong foundation for the organization, she will be stepping down from that role as of August 1st. Sarah will continue to advance the mission of Xenia Concerts as she will be joining its Board of Directors.
 
Rory will assume his duties beginning July 1st. 
 
For additional information, visit xeniaconcerts.com. You can also contact us at 416-927-1555 or xeniaconcerts@gmail.com.

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About Rory McLeod 

Rory McLeod is a bold musical entrepreneur who uses his work as a concert designer, violist, and educator to cultivate authentic human connections. Motivated by a desire to create meaningful and memorable experiences for audiences across the full spectrum of human diversity, Rory looks forward to building new pathways to inclusion and accessibility as Executive and Artistic Director of Xenia Concerts.

Known for being relentlessly innovative, Rory is also the founder and Co-director of Pocket Concerts, a series of intimate concerts that delivers extraordinary listening experiences to audiences in unexpected venues all over the Greater Toronto Area, including homes, offices, banks, hair salons, cafés, and—since March 2020—porches, parks, balconies, and online. Determined to increase the impact of their work, Rory and his partner Emily Rho are writing a book that will help arts entrepreneurs develop self-sustaining business models while staying true to their values.

Rory believes that art is a catalyst for emotional connection, and he brings this attitude to his work as a chamber musician and orchestral player. Playing at festivals such as the SweetWater Festival, The Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance, and Festival of the Sound has helped him build lasting relationships with many inspiring artists and music lovers, and his many hours in the pit with the Canadian Opera Company and National Ballet of Canada orchestras have taught him the value of large-scale cooperation.

Rory holds a B.A. in English Literature from McGill University, a Performance Diploma from The Glenn Gould School, and a Publishing Certificate from Ryerson University.

Rory is inspired by Xenia Concerts’ mission to make high-quality arts events accessible to all people. He looks forward to guiding the vision of the organization, cultivating new and existing partnerships, and expanding Xenia’s reach across Canada.

New Shows for June and July!

Xenia Concerts heads into Summer with a series of monthly concerts.

Join Xenia Concerts as we enjoy the Summer with a series of concerts streamed right to your home! This summer, just like last, we will be streaming our main-series concerts live in June and July. On June 6th, we welcome Alex Samaras (voice) and Alexa Belgrave (piano) to the stage! On July 31st, Luri Lee (violin), Hezekiah Leung (viola) of the Rolston String Quartet, will join us for a show.

Stay tuned for more information. We look forward to seeing you all online soon! 

You’re Invited to the sound.colLAB!

Are you a music lover who is interested in the music creation process?
If so, join us for this special event!

Xenia Concerts and National accessArts Centre are pleased to announce the launch of this exciting endeavour! sound.colLAB is a multi-stage project that will bring together musicians and composer with neurodiverse artists and community members to collaboratively create a new accessibility and inclusivity focused musical work.

The event on January 19th, featuring renowned musicians Luri Lee, Hezekiah Leung, and Barry Shiffman, will introduce the project and invite attendees to get involved in making it happen.

Attend this free virtual event on January 19 at 8PM EST on Zoom. Learn about the power of collaboration and sound. Interact with award-winning musicians, and learn how you can be involved in this exciting music exploration project.

You can RSVP by clicking HERE, by e-mailing: xeniaconcerts@gmail.com or by calling 416.927.1555 ext. 1.

 

 

We would like to thank the Canada Council for the Arts for they support in realizing this project.

Xenia Concerts 2020/21 Season!

We are absolutely thrilled to announce the beginning of our 2020/21 season of concerts! We’ll be presenting livestreams for at least the majority of this year, featuring phenomenal artists and ensembles who are bound to thrill, energise, and entertain you. We hope you’ll take this chance to join us on our livestream to welcome these artists to the virtual stage!

For the first concert of our season, we can only say, ‘Here comes Ladom‘!! We’re so happy that we’ll be joined by Toronto’s very own Ladom Ensemble. Ladom Ensemble combines piano, cello, accordion, and percussion in a unique blend of acoustic chamber and world music that is passionate, sophisticated, and wild! They bring us a unique and varied programme of music by Prokofiev, Brahms, and more.

We hope you can join us on Sunday, October 11 at 11AM EDT when we’ll go live from the Canterbury Music Company in Toronto, in a concert that we hope brings more light to your Thanksgiving weekend!

Xenia Concerts is Featured in The Whole Note!

We are proud to let you know that Xenia Concerts was recently featured in the Whole Note Magazine!

Last month, pianist Angela Park joined us for a livestreamed piano concert, as part of our ongoing livestream series. Angela performed an array of dazzling works for piano centred around the theme of water. Just the thing to beat the summer heat! Leah Borts-Kuperman was kind enough to write up this fantastic review of the concert. Thank you to the Whole Note and Leah!