Mesmerizing Songs


Saturday, November 5, 2016 / 18:00 - 21:00

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About the Evening

18:00 Dinner


19:00 Melissa-Marie Shriner: Arias, Songs and Jazz in Two Acts

Recital Program


  • Elindultam szép hazámból – Béla Bartók

Act One – Jazz

  • Someone To Watch Over Me – George Gershwin
  • Our Love Is Here To Stay – George Gershwin
  • Can’t Help Loving That Man – Jerome Kern
  • Autumn Leaves – Joseph Kosma
  • Georgia On My Mind – Hoagy Carmichael
  • Besame Mucho – Consuelo Velázques
  • I Got Rhythm – George Gershwin
  • I Didn’t Know What Time It Was – Richard Rogers
  • Fever – John Davenport-Eddie Cooley
  • Summertime – George Gershwin
  • Almost Like Being In Love – Frederick Loewe
  • Unforgettable – Irving Gordon
  • Over the Rainbow – Harold Arlen

Act Two – Arias and Songs

  • Olyan forró ajkamról a csók – Ferenc Lehár
  • Vilja dal – Ferenc Lehár
  • Királyány dala – Pongrác Kacsóh
  • Általmennék – Béla Bartók
  • Ablakomba – Béla Bartók
  • Száraz ágtól – Béla Bartók
  • Kling leise, mein Lied – Ferenc Liszt
  • Die Lorelei – Ferenc Liszt
  • Tacea la notte placida/di tale amor (Il Trovatore) – Giuseppe Verdi

About the Artists

Melissa-Marie Shriner

Melissa-Marie Shriner

Soprano Melissa-Marie Shriner Melissa-Marie Shriner is well known as a versatile performer in recitals, concerts, and self-produced shows, throughout southern Ontario and upstate New York. With her feet solidly planted in both the classical and jazz worlds, Ms. Shriner regularly performs as soloist with the Avanti Chamber Singers, as a guest soloist with Choralis Camerata and Nickel City Opera in Buffalo, with The Melissa-Marie Shriner Jazz Trio, as the featured artist in the “In the Village” concert series in Niagara, along with various other musical incarnations.

Ms. Shriner has most recently finished a month long concert tour, performing in solo recitals in Budapest, and throughout the Balaton region in Hungary, where she was very well-received. Her solo classical concert will be aired on the national Catholic radio channel in late September. Showcasing her musical versatility, while in Hungary, she performed Bartók folk song arrangements, selections from operettas by Léhar and Kacsóh, along with art songs and arias by Liszt, Bach, Wagner, Rachmaninoff, Delibes, jazz, classical crossover and original music.

Ms. Shriner holds a solid reputation as a vocal pedagogue mainly through Melissa Shriner Vocal Studio in Jordan Station, also having served as vocal coach at Big Voice Studios in Toronto and as vocal/choral workshop clinician at various high schools in the Niagara Region.

Ms. Shriner is the creative force behind the successful “In the Village” concert series, now in its 6th season, for which she serves as Artistic Director, Producer, and Performer.

Recordings accompanied by the flute player Márk Fülep and Erik Gerő:

Le Rossignol – L. Delibes Deh Vieni Non Tardar – Mozart


Gábor Finta

Gábor Finta was born and educated in Hungary. His post-secondary musical studies between 1963-1970 led to a degree in piano, choral conducting and music education from the Franz Liszt University of Music, Budapest, Hungary. He also studied in Germany at the International Musikseminar in Weimar. After graduation he taught at the Liszt Academy’s Teacher Training Institute and became the director of the Béla Bartók Music Conservatory in Miskolc. After immigrating to Canada in 1982 he taught piano (his students won many prizes; among them the 1991 Ontario Young Artist competition) and appeared as soloist in Ottawa, Brandon, Calgary, London, Brockville. He collaborated with many artists as piano accompanist, instructed at Carleton and Ottawa Universities and has an examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto. His compositions include pieces written for piano, chorus, solo voice, orchestra and other instruments and have been performed at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Festival Music and Beyond, in Hungary and several other countries.


Doug Mundy

Doug Mundy, a long time Niagara resident, began studying piano and experimenting with improvisation as a child, mainly playing around with simple blues progressions and pop/rock solos, and became an active performer in rock, blues and country ensembles around the Niagara and Hamilton Regions as a teenager.

Blues improvisation led to his complete dedication to music, studying first at Mohawk College, then at York and Brock Universities. At York University, Doug Mundy had the privilege to have his skills moulded by the Canadian jazz great Don Thompson as well Dr.h.c. Oscar Peterson.

Mr. Mundy is accompanying vocalists, leading his duo and trio, working as a sideman on gigs and in the studio, as well as performing solo piano at various functions, thereby being one of the most sought pianists in the Niagara region. He has recently completed a tour in New Zealand where he performed along with the country’s finest Jazz musicians.

On the Dinner Menu


Pork with Mushroom and Rice


Sour Cherry Cake

cup of coffee

Coffee and Tea


Soft drinks, beer, wine and liquors available at the bar.

We can only guarantee the seating for reservations received in time, and dining is by reservations only. Please make yours by 9 PM on Friday prior to the event. Reservations successfully submitted through the web are confirmed by e-mail.


Bookings are closed for this event.