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The Robson – Truong Duo

Sound and Colour: Pictures at a 21st Century Exhibition

Sunday March 17, 2024, 2:00 pm

MERA Schoolhouse, McDonald’s Corners
photo by Henry Truong


Music at MERA presents another first in its Blue Jeans Classics series with “Sound and Colour: Pictures at a 21st Century Exhibition”, a multimedia recital by the Robson-Truong Duo featuring cellist Fiona Robson and pianist Raymond Truong.

Riffing on Mussorgsky’s 1874 piano masterpiece “Pictures at an Exhibition,” this duo recital explores the interplay of the visual arts and music, two art forms that have enriched and complemented each other for centuries. Raymond Truong, piano, and Fiona Robson, cello, will transport you from the turn of the 20th century to the present day, by way of Debussy’s colourful cello sonata and a cohort of Canadian composers whose visual inspirations range from Indigenous painter Kent Monkman to a set of medieval tapestries. At the heart of the program is the premier of a new piece by Canadian composer Christopher Goddard, inspired by the work of his great-uncle, painter Walter Tandy Murch.

The Robson-Truong Duo brings this unique program to our intimate concert hall as part of a successful tour across Eastern Canada. The Duo has been featured at masterclasses, house concerts, recitals, and they have the distinction of premiering an original piano reduction for Philip Glass’ Cello Concerto No. 1, with the composer in attendance. Fiona has trained in Canada and Europe and is a founding member of the Lafontaine String Quartet (2018) and the Quatuor Magenta in Paris (2021). As a member of Matt Haimovitz’s Grammy-nominated cello ensemble Uccello, Fiona performed on tour in Toronto, Montreal, New York City and Berlin. Raymond has performed in many other venues including community musical theatre, piano accompanist, and is a founding teacher at The Little Chopin Academy.

We are proud to bring these world-class musicians to our humble stage.

For more information and to listen to music by the Robson -Truong Duo CLICK HERE

Tickets are $30 plus fees at Tickets Please

Depending on availability, tickets may be for sale at the door.

The MERA Schoolhouse is located at 974 Dalhousie Concession 9A, McDonald’s Corners



Sunday April 21, 2024, 2:00 pm

MERA Schoolhouse, McDonald’s Corners


Valdy is an icon of the Canadian folk scene who brings his own rich catalogue of his original compositions such as “Rock & Roll Song”, “A Good Song” and “Simple Life” together with other classics of the genre that he has made his own such as “Renaissance” by David Bradstreet, “Yes I Can” by Bob Ruzicka and “Sonny’s Dream” by Ron Hynes.

Valdy has sold more than half a million copies of his eighteen albums, has two Juno Awards (Folk Singer of the Year and Folk Entertainer of the Year), a total of seven Juno nominations and four Gold albums to his credit. In 2011, Valdy was appointed the Order of Canada.

A keen empathetic observer with a gentle sense of humour, Valdy is unaffected by all the acclaim and after over 40 decades on the road continues to play large & small venues with the genuine energy and passion of a man still in love with music and life.

Valdy has performed for us twice before and because of the strong interest we used the local Knox Presbyterian Church as the venue. With the Church being unavailable on the only day left open on his schedule, this time Valdy will play at the MERA Schoolhouse. We expect demand to exceed supply for this intimate show, and recommend purchasing your tickets early.

For video of Valdy live CLICK HERE

Tickets are $30.00 plus fees available at TicketsPlease

The MERA Schoolhouse is located at 974 Dalhousie Concession 9A, McDonald’s Corners