[PRESENTED BY THE CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF MISSISSAUGA]
The CMSM artistic vision has always been to create unique, high-caliber programming that has relevance to the Mississauga community as well as to the performing artists. Since 1997, the mandate of The Chamber Music Society of Mississauga (CMSM) has been to present professional, live, chamber music and theatre events that educate, inform, inspire and entertain audiences of all ages. These include:
- Annually presenting a series of three “Saturday Evening Family Concerts” in a variety of Mississauga locations with the latest venue being the Great Hall of the Unitarian Congregation. These performances featured local/regional, professional and emerging musicians and ensembles. This series was retired in 2016 to make room for other artistic endeavours.
- Creating/producing programs for young and family audiences that are performed in schools. The “Tales and Tunes for Toonies” (TT4T) are performances in a concert hall setting where the students come to the concert hall.
- In 2011 CMSM initiated a new series of twelve informal, free admission concerts called “Out and About” throughout the Mississauga community with professional ensembles performing in non-traditional concert venue locations. These have been growing in frequency to over 23 plus performances in the last couple of seasons.
All of CMSM’s programs are designed to inspire audiences for the future and to keep the love of live, professional classical music and theatre performances alive and accessible in our community.
In 2016 CMSM launch the ‘Artfull Wellness’ program bringing professional musicians into seniors’ residences and long term care facilities at no cost to them. The program was well received (36 concerts given) and will be expanded to 60 concerts over the next 3 years.
For the past 20 years, under the artistic leadership of violinist and music educator, Peggy Hills, with the support of a dedicated Board of Directors, General Manager, Linda Thomas and selected out-sourced professionals, the CMSM has consistently provided meaningful, professional, artistic employment for hundreds of musicians, composers, actors, visual artists, lighting designers and other artists. To the Mississauga public, CMSM has provided a way to connect the arts to our own diverse community and created a variety of collaborations with other arts organizations. The educational performances for young – family audiences have been heard in Mississauga and around the world. CMSM CDs have been distributed internationally since 2006 and garnered a 2005 JUNO AWARD nomination. In 2008 CMSM received a Donner Canadian Foundation Honourable Mention Award, which ranks CMSM as being one of the top in the country among its peers in the areas of management, performance, funding and service delivery. In February 2015 CMSM performances were listed in the “Musical Toronto” weekly “Critic’s Picks” as one of the top three things to do on February 21.