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WHO’S WHO | Ontario Pops Orchestra Releases Debut Album "Breaking Barriers"

By Ludwig Van on January 25, 2023

(L-R) Featured soloists: Yanet Campbell Secades, violin; Tanya Charles Iveniuk, violin; Marlene Ngalissamy, bass


Music includes concertos and symphonic works by Mozart, Bach, and Vivaldi conducted by Music Director Carlos Bastidas

On March 31, 2023, the Ontario Pops Orchestra (OPO) releases its debut CD, Breaking Barriers. The album was released on digital platforms in Fall 2022. Three Black women are spotlighted as soloists: violinists Tanya Charles Iveniuk, Yanet Campbell Secades and bassoonist Marlene Ngalissamy. The recording includes concertos by Bach and Vivaldi alongside Holst’s St. Paul’s Suite, and “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” and Symphony No. 40 by Mozart, all led by OPO founder, conductor, and music director Carlos Bastidas.

Inspired by watching broadcasts of the Boston Pops Orchestra as a youngster in his native Colombia, Bastidas founded the OPO in 2014 to foster musicianship in a positive, inclusive and supportive environment. One of the most diverse professional orchestras in Canada, the Toronto-based orchestra performs classical and popular music, provides musicians with performance and professional development opportunities, and highlights the work of women and BIPOC composers and instrumentalists.

The album release will be celebrated with a concert on March 31, 2023, at 8 pm at Toronto’s Trinity St. Paul Music Centre (427 Bloor St. W). Tickets are $20-$30 CAD and are available here.

Contact ClassicalCommunications@gmail.com to request a physical CD or digital copy of this recording.

Disc 1

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550

by Wolfang Amadeus Mozart

[01] I. Molto allegro 8:35

[02] II. Andante 7:34

[03] III. Menuetto. Allegretto – Trio 4:28

[04] IV. Allegro assai 5:41


The Four Seasons, RV 315 “Summer”

by Antonio Vivaldi

[05] I. Allegro non molto 6:10

[06] II. Adagio e piano – Presto e forte 2:43

[07] III. Presto 3:02


St. Paul’s Suite for String Orchestra,

Op. 29, No. 2 by Gustav Holst

[08] I. Jig. 3:45

[09] II. Ostinato. 2:03

[10] III. Intermezzo. 4:14

[11] IV. Finale (The Dargason) 3:4


Disc 2

Serenade in G Major, K. 525 “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” by W.A. Mozart

[01] I. Allegro. 6:18

[02] II. Romanze. 6:55

[03] III. Menuetto 2:16

[04] IV. Finale. 4:05


Violin Concerto in A minor, No. 1, BWV 1041 by Johann Sebastian Bach

[05] I. Allegro moderato 4:21

[06] II. Andante. 7:11

[07] III. Allegro assai 3:57


Violin Sonata No. 3, BWV 1005 by J.S. Bach

[08] I. Adagio. 4:59


Bassoon Concerto in E minor, RV 484 by Vivaldi

[09] I. Allegro poco. 4:45

[10] II. Andante. 3:38

[11] III. Allegro 3:11



Carlos Bastidas is the founder, conductor, and music director of the Ontario Pops Orchestra in Toronto and the emeritus conductor for the Durham Chamber Orchestra in the Region of Durham (Ontario). Born in Colombia, Maestro Bastidas studied bassoon, composition, conducting and chamber music at the University of Ottawa. In 2019, he received the Transformation Institute’s Transformation Award for Heritage, and was one of TD’s 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians. As found of Ontario Pops, he has steadily built the ensemble’s following and developed its reputation as one of the most diverse professional orchestras in Canada from its beginnings in 2014.


Born in Camagüey, Cuba, violinist Yanet Campbell Secades is an accomplished soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. She has performed throughout Europe and the Caribbean as well as in her home country Cuba. In 2015, she won the first prize at Cuba’s prestigious Unión de Artistas y Escritores Cubanos (UNEAC) competition, and in 2019 she was a prize winner at the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals’ National Competition. Yanet has performed at the Rheingau Musik Festival in Germany and the Mozartwoche in Austria. She received her Master of Music from Memorial University of Newfoundland and she is currently is in the Artist Diploma Program at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.


A native of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada with roots in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, violinist Tanya Charles Iveniuk, has performed across North and South America, and the Caribbean. Recipient of the Women’s Art Associate of Canada – Luella McCleary Award, the Gabriella Dory Prize in Music, and the Hamilton Black History Council’s John C Holland Award, Tanya received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto, and an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School. She is the concertmaster of the Obiora Ensemble, and violinist with Ensemble du Monde (Guadeloupe), Toronto Mozart Players, and the Odin Quartet. Former posts include Associate Concertmaster of the Gateways Festival Orchestra and violinist with Sinfonia Toronto. Tanya is a dedicated educator, and an in-demand string adjudicator and clinician abroad as well as in Ontario.


Marlene Ngalissamy developed a deep passion for the bassoon at age 13. As her curiosity blossomed, she was accepted at the Montreal Conservatory of Music where she studied with Mathieu Harel and Stephane Levesque. She continued her studies at the Curtis Institute of Music with Daniel Matsukawa. She participated in workshops and programs around the world, including the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, the International Summer Academy of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and the Pablo Casals Festival in France.


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