Maestro’s Message 2020-2021

“During these unprecedented times the York Chamber Ensemble endeavors to keep live orchestral music thriving and continue to bring community together through innovative and engaging experiences. Together with the Aurora Public Library and the Canada-wide celebration “Culture Days” we are delighted to bring our audience a virtual concert of our favourite transcriptions for string quartet. This season will also include live intimate concerts, featuring such artists as pianist Shoshana Telner performing Mendelssohn’s Piano Concert no. 2 in a special version accompanied by string orchestra. Since circumstances can evolve on a daily basis, please stay tuned and connected: you never know when a live or virtual concert will pop-up! We look forward to making music together through this extraordinary season and I look forward to interacting with you in person an/or online!”

Michael Berec

Music Director, York Chamber Ensemble 

YCE 20 years together!

First concert of the season : Saturday, Oct 17th, 2020 7:30pm 

York Strings with Pianist Shoshana Telner

We are excited to announce that we have planned a concert on Saturday October 17th at St Paul’s Anglican Church in Newmarket. 

Due to Covid restrictions, there will be a limit of 50 guests. Tickets must be purchased in advance online. There will be no ticket sales at the door. Masks must be worn and physical distancing will be required.

Click here for more details & online ticket orders.

Other dates to save on your calendar:

Saturday December 5, 2020

Saturday March 27, 2021

Saturday May 8, 2021


Covid update – June 2020

To all our Friends,

We are experiencing difficult and unsettling times.  Our government’s initiatives are working diligently to help return lives to what we know as normal. The timeline for this however is still uncertain. We as a community and an orchestra will be resilient and supportive to assist in making that happen.

For the time being, we have cancelled our concerts until further notice. When the physical isolation period ends we will look forward to our 2020-2021 season. 

In the meantime, we are busy planning our 20th season program.

“ YCE 20 Years Together”.             

Stay safe. Practice physical distancing and distant socializing.

We will see you all shortly.

YCE  Executive 

Concerts cancelled for remainder of season!

It is with regret that we have cancelled our concerts for this season. We had hope that the May concerts might be possible, but we now realize that we have to postpone our concerts until next season.

The tentative dates for the upcoming season are:
October 17
December 5
March 27
May 8
Naturally we will be sending updates with more detail over the course of the coming weeks and months. Please pencil these dates into your calendars!
Stay safe and we hope to see you in the fall!
York Chamber Ensemble

2019-2020 Concert Season – Save the dates!

Please save the following dates for our 2019-2020 Season: Beethoven: Joy@250!

Music Director : Michael Berec

Sat Oct 19th “Forces of Nature” York Chamber Ensemble 7:30pm
St Paul’s Anglican Church, Newmarket
Tickets: $20 at the door – cash only please

  • Beethoven, Creatures of Prometheus Overture
  • Handel’s Water Music
  • Haydn, Symphony #59 “Fire”

Sat Dec 7 2019 “Joy!” York Chamber Ensemble with York Festival Chorus 7:30pm
Christmas Concert: Trinity Anglican Church, Aurora
Tickets at the door: $25/Adults, $20/Seniors,students, $10/children under 10

  • Beethoven – Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt (“Calm Sea & Prosperous Voyage”)
  • Busoni, Concertino, Clarinet: Steve Fox
  • Mozart, Seranato Notturno and 3 German Dances
  • Christmas Favourites

Sat Mar 28 2020 “Beethoven 250!” York Chamber Ensemble 7:30pm
St Paul’s Anglican Church, Newmarket
Tickets: $20 at the door – cash only please

  • Beethoven – Emperor Piano Concerto #5 – Soloist: Corol Solomon-Berkovsky

Fri May 8 2020  “Suite Sounds of Spring”York Chamber Ensemble 8pm
Old Town Hall, Newmarket
Sat May 9 2020 7:30pm
St Mary Magdalene, Schomberg
Tickets: $20 at the door – cash only please

  • Beethoven, Allegretto from Symphony #7
  • Kalinnokiv, Serenade for Strings
  • Grieg, Peer Gynt Suite
  • Elgar, Elegy for Strings
  • Grieg, Holdberg Suite
  • Respighi, Ancient Airs and Dances


“The Age of Elegance and Romanticism” Sat May 11 2019 7:30pm

“The Age of Elegance and Romanticism” Sat May 11 2019 7:30pm
Location: Trinity Anglican Church, 79 Victoria Street, Aurora

Guest Conductor: Michael Berec
with York Festival Chorus

‘Schubert Symphony #3’
‘Schubert Mass in G’
‘Faure Elegie’ Soloist: Barbara Dickson, Cello
‘Faure Pavane and Cantique de Jean Racine’
Saint Saens Suite op. 49

Tickets available at the door: cash only please
$25 for adults, $20 for seniors/ students, $10 for children under 10