Peterborough Symphony Orchestra season finale welcomes actress and comedian Luba Goy as guest host

Ukrainian-Canadian comedy superstar Luba Goy is a special guest at ‘A Concert of Surprises’, the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra’s final concert of its 2021-2022 season on May 28, 2022. She will bring her spirit and her distinctive comedy to a program of cheerful music, including Opus 46 No. 1 in C major by the Czech composer Antonín Dvorak. (Publicity photo)

For what is being billed as “A Concert of Surprises” at the end of May, the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra (PSO) will deliver, not only bringing together the largest number of musicians on stage since its return in March, but also the surprise additional of beloved Canadian actress and comedian Luba Goy serving as concert host.

Scheduled for Saturday May 28 with performances at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., the 2021-22 season finale will see the orchestra, led by Music Director Michael Newnham, perform, among others, Opus 46 No. 1 by Antonin Dvorak in C major (Furiant).

The piece is one of a series of 16 composed by the Czech composer in 1878 and 1886, following Johanne Brahms’ recommendation in 1877 that Dvorak be commissioned to write Slavic dances for four hands on the piano. Inspired by the Hungarian dances of Brahms, Dvorak’s pieces are still considered his most memorable works today.

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Tickets for A Concert of Surprises are $45 ($10 for students) and are available in person at the Showplace box office (290 George St. N., Peterborough) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday or online at or at the box office. Spectators must wear a mask.

By getting Goy involved, the PSO ticked all the boxes towards its goal of “sharing an experience of laughter and fun” with its audience.

For Goy, the opportunity stemmed in part from his longtime friendship with PSO board member Nancy Westaway, who, when she was president of the Bradford Symphony Orchestra in the 1980s, asked Goy to d to help fundraise for this orchestra.

Czech composer Antonín Dvorak with his wife Anna in London, England in 1886. Dvorak composed a series of 16 orchestral pieces known as Slavic Dances in 1878 and 1886, which were published in two sets respectively Opus 46 and Opus 72. (Public domain photo)
Czech composer Antonín Dvorak with his wife Anna in London, England in 1886. Dvorak composed a series of 16 orchestral pieces known as Slavic Dances in 1878 and 1886, which were published in two sets respectively Opus 46 and Opus 72. (Public domain photo)

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“We stayed in touch and became friends, and then she moved to Peterborough,” Goy notes, adding, “She called me and said ‘Nancy here. I need you to host the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra.

Goya adds that it was obvious for her to agree to be involved.

“Michael (Newnham) is a genius,” she says, noting that she met him over two years ago before COVID emerged to discuss this gig.

“Besides that, he’s fun to watch. Can I say that? He’s very beautiful. He calls me by my Ukrainian name, which is very nice. And I call him Michael.

“I’m going to host it with all my different characters. Of course, the Queen, Her Majesty, will be there – “It’s a pleasure to be where Camilla is not.” I can’t wait to be there.

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During her guest appearance, Goy will do what she does best: keep things light with the wit and acting skills she has honed and honed for the delight of Canadians in coast to coast as one of the original members of CBC’s long-running comedy troupe, Royal Canadian Air Farce.

In 1973 Goy, alongside Roger Abbott, Dave Broadfoot, John Morgan, Martin Bronstein and Don Ferguson, formed the original cast of Royal Canadian Air Farce. Their weekly CBC radio series ended in 1987, while the CBC television series ran from 1993 to 2008 and over the years featured guest appearances by anyone who was anyone. one at the time. When a particular show needed a “guest” for a particular skit, Goy delivered his over-the-top takes on a number of luminaries, from Hillary Clinton and Sheila Copps to Rita MacNeil and Kim Campbell, to name a few. name a few.

In 1998, the original cast members, including Goy, received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, Canada’s highest honor in the performing arts. stage. In 2000, Royal Canadian Air Farce received a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame. There was even a Juno award in 1979 for comedy album of the year.

Luba Goy (bottom left) with the original cast of Royal Canadian Air Farce in 1979. Roger Abbott is also pictured next to Luba, with Don Ferguson, Dave Broadfoot and John Morgan in the back row. (Photo: Royal Canadian Air Force)

Reflecting on what made Royal Canadian Air Farce work so well for so long, Goy points to what she calls “a pact” made between cast members.

“As long as we have fun, we will stick together. There were times when we were traveling and if someone flaunted some kind of diva thing, that person would be put in the niche. We just loved each other. We were a family.

Born in Germany to Ukrainian parents and raised in Belgium, Goy came to Canada at the age of five with her family in 1951. She then graduated from the National Theater School of Canada in 1969, performing in Stratford productions before joining The Jest Society – a comedy troupe. from which Royal Canadian Air Farce evolved – in 1971.

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Along with his legacy, events unfolding in Ukraine are never far from his thoughts.

“My parents’ homeland is needlessly slaughtered…it’s hard for me to go more than a day without crying,” says Goy, whose only visit to Ukraine was in 1990 for a film in which she was cast.

“A journalist who lives in Kyiv has been writing thoughts from Kyiv every day since the start of the war. He writes from his point of view, how he feels and how people feel. It taught me a lot about my parents’ homeland.

VIDEO: Dvorak’s Opus 46 No. 1 in C major performed by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Goy is especially grateful to the PSO for allowing her to use the concert as a platform to appeal for funds to help humanitarian efforts in Ukraine – an appeal that will take the form of an advertisement in the concert program.

Now living in Hamilton, a proud mother and grandmother, Goy remains deeply grateful to have been able to do something she loves to do – entertain – in the company of very special people in her life, past and present.

“I never take my success, if you want to call it that, for granted,” she says. “I once said to Roger (Abbott): ‘Oh, that secretary is irreplaceable.’ He looked at me and he said ‘Everyone is replaceable.’ I thought ‘Is he looking at me?’

“One of the things I’ve always said, when people ask me which of the band (Royal Canadian Air Farce) I am, is ‘I’m the funniest. “”

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