Yvan Pedneault To Rock Timmins With The Timmins Concert Singers

Yvan Pedneault

Yvan Pedneault

Yvan Pedneault, who currently plays Galileo in Toronto Ontario Canada’s Production of “We Will Rock You“, will perform with the Timmins Concert Singers in Timmins this Friday, April 3rd in Sylvia Gravel Auditorium.van Pedneault

He has catapulted to stardom through his outstanding work in the Queen-based musical and it is an absolute honour that he is able to “free up” his schedule to perform with the Timmins Concert Singers this week.

The Timmins Concert Singers is conducted by Lauri-Ann Loreto-Neal. The choir is really an extension of the Timmins Youth Singers, founded by conductor, Rosanne Simunovic.

However, after 25 years of extensive work with the choral organization, Rosanne comfortably handed over the reins to the very talented Lauri Ann, a dedicated and passionate alumnus of the choral organization.

However, the only thing missing from this week’s exciting concert is “yours truly” in the audience. I will be “kicking back” in dentists’ chairs in Sudbury Ontario on Thursday and Friday, just living the good life, while dentists explore the inner workings of my mouth and jaw. Good times!

You wait all year for an appointment with these dental gurus and, what a surprise, it happens to conflict with a performance of one of Canada’s rising stars in my hometown. Yep, good times indeedy!

Nevertheless, I would like to wish Lauri Ann, Sue Steel (piano accompanist) and the members of the TCS the very best of luck on Friday. I am sure the show will be an enormous success.

Also, for those of you who haven’t purchased tickets, they are going very quickly. So run to Timmins Square Customer Service Counter or Alfie’s Cigar and Gourmet Coffee Bar and snag the last few remaining seats. Ticket Price: $20.00/person

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Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

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