Show One Productions is a full-service production company presenting concerts with high-profile classical musicians, opera stars, and orchestras, as well as great dance and theatre companies. Formed in 2004 by Svetlana Dvoretskaia, Show One continues its brand of excellence, presenting in Canada’s most prestigious concert halls. The secret to Show One Productions’ success is its uniqueness among Canadian presenters because of its successful blend of North American entrepreneurship and a strong European cultural sensibility. It thrives as well on a firm knowledge and appreciation of a wide range of musical genres. Not only is Show One Productions busy with concerts in major Canadian cities but it does outreach to the ethnic communities and welcomes many new immigrant audiences to its concerts.
Show One roster so far includes some of the following projects:
Orchestras and Conductors:
Opera in concert:
“We’ve got a new cultural icon in the making, and Canadian audiences are already lining up at the box office.” – Lifestyles Magazine, 2004
Toronto’s Show One Productions was founded in 2004 by the enterprising Russian born impresario Svetlana Dvoretsky.
Initially focused on classical music and special projects, the company has since expanded greatly and is now a leading commercial presenter of international artists including musicians, and theatre and dance companies from around the world.
Svetlana’s own training as a classical pianist and her exposure at a young age to a wide range of musicians and other artists inspired her to celebrate them in her chosen calling.
She paid her dues upon arriving in Canada in 1998. Positions in the arts were hard to come by, so she volunteered at concerts and worked at a clothing store, with long hours and duties that were neither fulfilling nor relevant. She tried business development for two large human resource companies, but a “normal 9 to 5 job” wasn’t for her, either. “I have known what I wanted to do since I was 15,” said Dvoretsky in one media interview, “and that path has been calling me ever since I immigrated to Canada.”
Ms. Dvoretsky quit all her jobs, determined to forge ahead with her dreams. With very little money, but no shortage of spunk, she organized her first Toronto concert in 2004. The event, Vladimir Spivakov and the Moscow Virtuosi, was a huge success, and Show One Productions was born.
Fifteen years later, Show One Productions is proudly collaborating with extraordinary artists from around the world. The company is especially proud of its presentations of Mikhail Baryshnikov, John Malkovich, Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, Vladimir Spivakov and the Moscow Virtuosi, Eifman Ballet, the Vakhtangov Theatre, and opera stars sopranos Sondra Radvanovsky and Hibla Gerzmava, and the late baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Trio Magnifico – the historic union at The Four Seasons Opera House of soprano Anna Netrebko and tenor Yusif Eyvazov in their Toronto debuts, with Hvorostovsky in his last Toronto appearance – remains an exceptional musical memory.
Show One produces around 50 performing arts events annually and attracts over 50,000 patrons, mostly in Toronto but also in Montreal, Vancouver and other locales.
Giving back is an important part of Svetlana’s philosophy. Show One constantly participates in charity events, supporting causes close to her heart, and extending invitations to unprivileged families. She served on the Board of Directors of Toronto’s Ashkenaz Festival from 2006 to 2009.
Svetlana is a proud recipient of the Order of York Centre Award given by the Government of Canada to “individuals that have improved the lives of others, and have acted as public leaders.”
The daughter of Dr. Michael Dvoretsky and the Russian pianist/St. Petersburg Conservatory faculty member Annetta Maisel, Svetlana was born and raised in St. Petersburg. She is a music school graduate and holds a masters degree in Business and Theatre Management from the Academy of Culture in that city. She has resided in Toronto since her arrival in Canada.
Svetlana is passionate about gourmet cooking and hosting friends at her house. She recently took up tennis, but while her new sport plays a big part in her life, nothing can beat travelling and discovering new worlds – and bringing some of the finest performing artists from these back to Toronto audiences.
Born and raised in the heart of Moscow, Natasha early on developed an inextinguishable passion for the performing arts, theatre, and museums. She is an operations manager and special projects coordinator with 30 years of experience in interpreting, public relations, logistics, sales, and related activities.
After completing her master’s degree in philosophy from the Moscow State University, she worked with some of the most influential enterprises in the high-tech industry – among them Microsoft, Dell, and IBM – in the fields of interpreting and public relations. After moving to Canada in 1999, Natasha branched out into more senior roles in logistics and sales, and later into operations management for such high profile North American manufacturing companies as Crane Payment Innovations, SlabbKiosks, and Access Machinery.
The end of this century’s first decade saw Natasha move to combine her career aspirations with her passion for the arts. One of her proudest achievements was the instrumental role she played, in 2018, to help preserve a piece of Canadian art heritage. She brought the media’s attention to the potential sale outside the country of a treasured painting – La Tour Eiffel by Marc Chagall. She began a nationwide petition that successfully overturned the National Gallery of Canada’s decision to sell the painting.
In 2019, Natasha joined the Show One Productions team, where she has proved an invaluable member. She has been closely involved with the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit, most notably as editor-in-chief of the stunning commemorative art book, which contains enlightening commentary and high-quality photographs. She has also generated and overseen many special concepts and projects.
Over the course of her career, Natasha has gained a remarkable track record as an integral multifunctional operative, acting as a liaison between a company’s executive team, its various departments, and its clientele. She believes mindfulness and optimism are the keys to success, and lives by those attributes in all areas of her life, at work and at home.
Andrei has brought his background in journalism and TV production to the arts world, where his career has since taken off.
He got his start by providing technical support to various community music events and festivals, while at the same time working as a news anchor.
He went on to manage projects in key venues both in Canada and the USA, working with many theatrical and music productions and tours across North America.
Andrei became involved with Show One Productions in its early days, creating video content for the company’s events, commercials and radio voiceovers. Later, he was asked to provide production support, and proved so skilled and knowledgeable that he has now been named the permanent Production Manager and Technical Director for Show One.
Despite a busy travelling schedule, Andrei loves being home in Toronto, to help grow Canada’s arts scene. In addition to the diversity of acclaimed projects he handles for Show One, he finds time to assist in various production management roles with the other Canadian theatre companies. Among these was his work with Musical Stage Company’s Dora Award-winning musical, Next To Normal.
When he manages to take a break, Andrei is an avid canoeist and a huge tennis fan.
Anna Kharkhourin brings her passion for the arts and business know-how to Show One.
She studied public relations, business administration, and economics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Latvian State University before moving to Canada.
Since joining Show One as a producer more than a decade ago, she has expanded the company profile, creating a number of theatrical productions, and organizing rock and pop concerts. In the process, she has extended Show One’s activity to new venues in and outside Toronto.
Today, Anna is in charge of programming and daily operations related to producing Show One events. She manages the full production life cycle from contract negotiations to tour planning and execution. Anna’s in-depth understanding of the European theatrical scene helps Show One bring the most significant performances to the North American market and ensure their cultural and financial success.
Also a cinematography enthusiast, Anna has co-produced several short films in Canada. Some of them have been screened in film festivals, including the high profile Toronto International Film Festival. She has also participated in organizing and managing the Toronto Russian Film Festival.
Anna is a proud and busy mother of three, a dedicated yoga practitioner and an active supporter of various non-profit organizations in Canada and Russia. Modern literature, cinema and rock music are other loves. Her life and passionate interests continually provide inspiration for future business projects.
A professional videographer with 35 years of experience, Boris worked for the Russian Canadian broadcasting company Mix TV for a number of years until he joined Show One Productions. He was in charge of video production of news, overseeing innumerable interviews, commercials, and more.
In 2006, Boris met Svetlana Dvoretsky, Executive Producer of Show One Productions. By that time Show One had already built a solid reputation in the classical music world. Boris proposed extending the company’s roster to include Russian theatre, stand-up comedy and other genres. Their first joint project back in 2007 was a great success and proved a turning point for the company.
Today, Boris’ main responsibility is ticket distribution for all Show One events, seeking out all possible channels, retail and online.
Boris also acts as Show One’s tour manager, handling logistics and taking care of the artists on the road.
With his personable approach to every customer and his uncanny ability to count better than a computer, Boris Groisman is a unique and highly valued colleague.
Michael is a freelance arts writer in Toronto and founding editor of Lighthouse Immersive’s smART Magazine. Starting as a copywriter for Show One Production he partnered with Lighthouse Immersive to create the digital magazine which presents co-productions by Starvox Entertainment and Show One Productions alongside exciting interviews and features with artists in the performing arts.
Michael is also the creator and chief editor of briband.com, which is a digital platform that presents and celebrates conversations and performances in ballet, classical music, opera, as well as literature. He’s the author of The52, which is a weekly music journal reviewing orchestral recordings on vinyl. He’s also the host of The Blue Riband Podcast.
Elsewhere, he is a performing arts critic at large, and a regular contributor to Opera Canada, The Dance Current, Schmopera, Ludwig van Toronto and more. Recently, he launched the REMOTE podcast series for Ludwig van Toronto, featuring candid interviews with classical artists and arts administrators in Canada and beyond.
In his spare time, Michael is working towards a degree as a Health & Disease Specialist in the Human Biology department at the University of Toronto. His passions include listening to music, running, and watching basketball.
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