The Board of Directors of Health Arts Society of Ontario (HASO) are pleased to announce the appointment of Jeanne Lamon as the Society's new Artistic Director. Ms Lamon's role includes artistic leadership of the Society's Concerts in Care programme of professional music concerts for people, mainly frail elders, living in long-term care.
The announcement of this new chapter in the Society's development was made on January 29th by Mr Bob Rae, P.C., O.C., O.Ont., Q.C., Honourary Patron of Health Arts Society of Ontario, at a concert presented at Castleview Wychwood Towers long-term care home in Toronto. Jeanne Lamon (violin) performed along with colleagues Cristina Zacharias (violin), Christina Mahler (cello) and Lucas Harris (lute). The event was presented for the residents and staff of the home, and was attended by the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, O.C., O.Ont., Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, among other invited guests.
Jeanne Lamon, C.M., O.Ont., holds a distinguished position in the musical life of Canada. Violinist and Music Director of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra from 1981 to 2014, Ms Lamon has been praised by critics in Europe and North America for her strong musical leadership and regularly guest conducts symphony orchestras in North America and abroad. She has been widely honoured her work with Tafelmusik, including three honorary degrees.
Health Arts Society of Ontario was established in 2011, based on the model of Health Arts Society in British Columbia (est. 2006) to bring the work of professional musicians to audiences sequestered in long-term care. Thanks to generous foundational support from BMO Financial Group, the societies, including Quebec's Société pour les Arts en Milieux de Santé (SAMS), now serve audiences in care in all ten provinces. Health Arts Society of Ontario received additional support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and now delivers 200 concerts per year under the presentation banner of Concerts in Care. To date over 10,000 concerts have been delivered to audiences in care in Canada by the Health Arts Societies, reaching an audience of over 400,000.
Honorary Patrons: The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, O.C., O.Ont., Lieutenant Governor of Ontario; James Fleck, O.C.; Bob Rae, P.C., O.C., O.Ont., Q.C.
Board of Directors: Bruce Wright (President), Cheryl Hudson (Treasurer), Sylvia L'Ecuyer (Secretary), Catherine Fauquier, David Lemon, Andrew Shaw, Alison Smith
Canadian Opera Company
National Arts Centre Orchestra
Opera Lyra Ottawa
Ottawa Symphony Orchestra
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
University of Toronto Faculty of Music
The Associate Organisations support the objectives and values of Health Arts Society of Ontario and provide cultural assets to the concert programme.
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