Topp excited to play Piaf with Toronto Concert Orchestra

By: Heidi Ulrichsen - Sudbury Northern Life

 | Jul 23, 2014 - 12:48 PM |
Pandora Topp will perform the music of Edith Piaf with the Toronto Concert Orchestra at Castle Loma July 23. Supplied photo.

Pandora Topp will perform the music of Edith Piaf with the Toronto Concert Orchestra at Castle Loma July 23. Supplied photo.

Singer hopes performance leads to bigger things

Local singer Pandora Topp will fulfill a dream July 23 — she'll get the chance to perform with a symphony orchestra.

She said she was approached by the Toronto Concert Orchestra recently, and asked to perform the music of Edith Piaf — something she's known for here in Sudbury — along with the ensemble.

Piaf's repertoire was only charted for performance by a symphony orchestra last year.

“I've been (performing Piaf's music) for 20 years,” Topp said. “I have the repertoire in me, and I think that was a selling point. I sound like her, I speak in French. I know the work. So it's just a matter of putting the two together.”

Because Topp was pulled in on short notice, she only gets to rehearse with the symphony once on the day of the performance, something that makes her quite nervous.

But she's nonetheless excited, and hopes this performance — which takes place at Castle Loma, the home of the Toronto Concert Orchestra — will be the start of bigger things for her.

Beyond her music career, Topp is also involved in cinema, and is the executive producer of “Salt Bullets,” a film being shot in Sudbury this year.

“It's just a huge gift,” she said. “I don't know what's happening in my life for the past year. It's been like somebody's driving me towards these things. It's crazy. I feel so lucky and honoured.”

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Heidi Ulrichsen

Heidi Ulrichsen

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