Thursday, September 20, 2007


Mad Iris Music and By the Bay Productions are pleased to announce:

Uptown Goes Downtown Tonight

Rita Chiarelli ( has been called the “Goddess of the Blues” by CBC’s Shelagh Rogers.

Magic happens when roots/blues diva Rita Chiarelli joins forces with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra is the only professional orchestra located between Toronto and Winnipeg and is one of Ontario’s best kept secrets! Together they make beautiful music and they’re going to record it.

Building on a highly successful cabaret show last season featuring Rita Chiarelli with the TBSO, the recording of Uptown Goes Downtown Tonight will include 11 of Chiarelli’s songs. Arranger Joe Phillips has charted Rita’s songs for the symphony and producer Keith Horner will fly up to Thunder Bay from Toronto to oversee the production of the album. Rita’s three-octave voice will be highlighted, but you’ve never heard her with a back-up band like this one!

Following three days of recording at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium (TBCA), Rita Chiarelli and the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra will perform in concert at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 14, at the TBCA. The evening will include the songs from the album and an additional classical repertoire chosen by resident conductor Jason Caslor, who will be wielding the baton throughout this project.

For more information or to arrange a media interview with Rita, contact Liz Harvey-Foulds, By the Bay Productions, 807-886-9910 or

Rita’s interview with Jeff Goodes on CBC’s Fresh Air and one of the songs (a version recorded during rehearsal) can be heard on Rita’s website.

Tickets are available for the concert by calling the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium 1-800-684-4444 or visiting their website To order an advance copy of the CD, visit Rita’s on-line store or call the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra office at 807-474-2284 .

Uptown Goes Downtown Tonight… Rita Chiarelli with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra - NOVEMBER 14TH, 2007


Mad Iris Records –“Mad for Music”

Liz Harvey-Foulds, Box 119, Red Rock, ON P0T 2P0

807. 886-9910

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