Barrie Concerts & Georgian Music

Christmas Memories

December 10, 2017, 2:30pm - St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

Christmas Memories

Judy Loman, harp

Judy Loman

Judy Loman studied harp with Carlos Salzedo at the Salzedo Harp Colony in Camden, Maine, from 1947–56, and at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. She was his assistant in the Salzedo Harp Ensemble in 1957. That year she moved to Toronto and became the principal harp of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) in 1959, and continued in that position until 1991.

Her many appearances as soloist with the TSO have included performances of the Weinzweig Concerto, which was written for her, and of Somers' Suite for Harp and Chamber Orchestra, which she played with the orchestra on its 1965 European tour. The TSO commissioned Schafer's Concerto for Harp and Orchestra for her, and they premiered the work in 1988.

Judy appeared as soloist with the TSO on its 1979 Canadian and US tour, and in 1987 on its tour to northern Canada and the Arctic. She has also appeared as soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and CBC Vancouver Orchestra. She has given many recitals and has performed on CBC radio and television, and with the Festival Singers, at the Festival of the Sound, at the Elora and Stratford festivals, and with the York Winds. Robert Turner and John Felice have written works for her, and she premiered Schafer's Crown of Ariadne in 1979 for New Music Concerts, playing both percussion and harp; her recording of the work received a Juno Award as best classical album of 1979, and the Canadian Music Council's Grand Prix du Disque.

Judy gave the premieres of Schafer's Theseus in 1986 with the Orford String Quartet, of Weinzweig's 15 Pieces for Harp in 1986, and of Glen Buhr's award-winning Tanzmusik in 1987 in Pittsburgh as part of the American Harp Society's annual composition competition. Some of Judy’s own arrangements, realizations, and transcriptions of music for harp may be heard on her recordings. She became a member of the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, in 1966 (and continued to teach there in 1991) and established a summer school for harpists near Fenelon Falls, Ontario, in 1977. Her pupils have included Gianetta Baril, Nora Bumanis, Sarah Davidson, Erica Goodman, and Elizabeth Volpe.

Judy became a board member of the World Harp Congress in 1985. She adjudicated at the 1985 Israel International Harp Contest, for the American Harp Society's annual harp composition competitions, and at the 1989 USA International Harp Competition.

Monika Whicher, soprano

Monika Whicher

Style and musical elegance combined with an intuitive theatrical sense are the hallmarks of soprano Monica Whicher‘s performances on the concert and opera stage. Extravagantly praised for repertoire ranging from the title role in THAIS to the most intimate masterpieces of German Lieder, the Ontario native continues to captivate listeners from Lameque to Vancouver. Recent destinations include the Festival International de Musique Baroque de Lamèque, Edmonton’s Richard Eaton Singers, Vancouver’s Music in the Morning series, Orchestra London, ON and Toronto’s Amadeus Choir. Her latest recording with harpist Judy Loman was released to great acclaim and she is also prominently featured in the release of the continuing Ukrainian Artsong Project. Her 2014-2015 season included Brahms’ REQUIEM with Symphony Nova Scotia, MESSIAH with Vancouver Chamber Choir, WEIHNACHTSORATORIUM for Toronto Bach Consort, Anna in STREET SCENE for VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert and Wolf’s ITALIANISCHES LIEDERBUCH for the University of Toronto`s Faculty of Music Artist Series. For Early Music Vancouver, she appeared in the title role in Purcell’s DIDO AND AENEAS and AENEAS AND DIDO by Rolfe in Ottawa and Vancouver and for the Ottawa Choral Society in ELIJAH.

In the previous seasons she was heard with the Thunder Bay Symphony, Symphony Nova Scotia and Ottawa’s Thirteen Strings in repertoire ranging from opera to Villa Lobos to Fauré and Bach. Ms. Whicher debuted with Houston’s Mercury Baroque as Asprano in Vivaldi’s MONTEZUMA, the work’s premiere in North America. In addition to her residency at the Colours of Music Festival, her many recitals include the works Lysenko at Toronto’s Koerner Hall, engagements with the Talisker Players, the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, the Leith Festival and the Indian River Festival. The varied aspects of her artistry are reflected in performances of Strauss’ VIER LETZTE LIEDER with Peter Oundjian and the Toronto Symphony, ELIJAH with the Calgary Philharmonic, Bach’s JOHANNES PASSION for the Amadeus Choir, Bach’s WEIHNACHTSORATORIUM with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Mozart’s MASS IN C MINOR with the Kingston Symphony, and Grieg’s PEER GYNT with the Victoria Symphony.

Additional credits include the Strauss songs for Orchestra London, the Hamilton Philharmonic and the Ottawa Symphony; MESSIAH with the Elmer Iseler Singers, the title role in Purcell’s DIDO & AENEAS for Opera Atelier’s tour of Korea, repeating the role for Toronto Masque Theatre; ARMIDE and ORFEO for Opera Atelier and a return to Pacific Opera Victoria for Female Chorus in THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA, (having previously appeared there as Cleopatra in Handel’s GIULIO CESARE), ELIJAH with the Vancouver Symphony, DIE SCHÖPFUNG for Orchestra London, Bach’s MASS in B MINOR for the Vancouver Bach Choir and Mozart’s REQUIEM with the Victoria Symphony.

She has been featured in MESSIAH with the Toronto Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic and the Edmonton Symphony, as Drusilla in Monteverdi’s CORONATION OF POPPEA for the Cleveland Opera, as the Countess in Mozart’s LE NOZZE DI FIGARO for Opera Atelier and she was lavishly praised for her Naxos recording of CASTOR ET POLLUX with Opera in Concert of Toronto. She appeared at the Nürnberg Chamber Music Festival as the Governess in TURN OF THE SCREW and Female Chorus in THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA, the latter recorded for broadcast by Bayerischer Rundfunk. Other festivals have included Lanaudière, Westben, Festival of the Sound, Winnipeg New Music, Toronto Summer Music and the Michoacàn Festival of Music and Culture in Mexico.

Further performance credits include Mozart’s MASS IN C MINOR and EXULTATE, JUBILATE with Helmuth Rilling in Bilbao, Spain and appearances with the symphonies of Barcelona, Utah, Hartford and Minnesota. She has sung Pamina in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE for Opera Lyra in Ottawa, Elisa in IL RE PASTORE for the Canadian Opera Company, Zerlina in DON GIOVANNI for Vancouver Opera, Gorecki’s SYMPHONY OF SORROWFUL SONGS with the National Ballet of Canada, and, for CBC television, the inaugural Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards, where she sang in honour of Leopold Simoneau.

Winner of the George London Award, Ms. Whicher has been nominated for a Juno Award for “Singing Somers Theatre” (Centrediscs) as well as two Dora Mavor Moore awards (LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, DIDO AND AENEAS) and is featured on the Juno-award winning CD’s “Beethoven Lives Upstairs”, “Mozarts’ Magic Fantasy” and “Daydreams and Lullabies”. Her recordings of Bach, Schubert and Hatzis are available on Marquis Classics and other labels and her critically acclaimed portrayal of Mérope can be seen in the EuroArts DVD of Lully’s PERSÉE. Ms. Whicher is on the faculty of both the Glenn Gould School and the University of Toronto.

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Marty Smyth, organ

Marty Smyth

Marty Smyth is a musician whose versatility is unmatched. He is adept at: all types of church music, classical pipe organ and piano, jazz piano, rock bass, choral conducting, and audio recording. He holds the Associateship diploma in piano performance with the Royal Conservatory, the Associateship diploma with the Royal Canadian College of Organists, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Toronto.

At the University of Toronto, he studied organ performance with John Tuttle, complemented by double bass lessons with Tim Dawson. He has appeared in solo and ensemble classical music performances across Canada, the U.S. and Europe. A multi-instrumentalist, he performs frequently, playing various keyboard and bass instruments in the worlds of classical, jazz and rock music as well as delighting in the opportunities he encounters with his recording company.

As both recording engineer and performer (conductor, pianist, organist, bassist) Marty has appeared on CBC, CTV, MTV and other networks. This very satisfying experience in the entertainment industry provides much needed perspective to the rest of his career in the church music world.

Following the success of his first solo pipe organ CD ‘Danse Macabre’ (featuring many original orchestral transcriptions), in 2008 Marty released his second pipe organ CD, Synchronous. It is an eclectic set of pieces based around the pipe organ, which included transcriptions of 20th and 21st century rock, pop and classical music (including Frank Zappa, Led Zeppelin, and Ravel). The CD release was followed-up by a (attendance-record breaking!) concert, entitled Beatles vs. Bach. It showcased the pipe organ’s versatility in modern and classical music, from a swinging Bach Toccata and Fugue, to music by Rush and the Beatles. From this, Electro-Funk band AM was born - a band in which Marty played organ (sampled, for portability) and bass, along with eight other great funky musicians. Since then, he has become an established concert and session player, primarily on bass, organ and piano.

As a clinician for choirs and for community music programs, Marty has presented and coached music leaders in how they can adapt and grow their programs. His presentations show how classical, jazz, pop, and many other forms of musical expression are valid as worship, education and entertainment experiences, which can compliment each other to excite both communities and individuals.

As a private and ensemble teacher he has had the great privilege of leading many musicians, young and old, on their musical path. Teaching both the excellent and not-so-excellent has been a great personal and musical journey.

Marty is Director of Music at Forest Grove United Church. There, in addition to leading a small adult choir and instrumental ensemble, he created the Grove Music School. With six instructors and over 50 participants, the school has, over four years, become a hub for community growth, fostering a new and relevant mission for the church. In addition to the school’s children’s ensemble programs (drumming, dancing, singing, playing), a new ‘Mommy Choir’ (for mothers, mostly with young children) was formed. In it’s second year, the group is a meaningful outreach for the church, and an inspiring experience, performing for not only the church, but sharing with the wider community.

More important than any of his career successes and aspirations is Marty’s family. He is married, has two children, and lives in North Toronto. When allowed, he is an avid automobile racer.

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VENUE: Hiway Pentecostal Church,
50 Anne Street North (MAP)
TIME: 7:30pm

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North Americas Best Band – The Hannaford Street Silver Band

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Time to Remember – Songs from the Great Wars

Lenard Whiting & U of T, Scarborough Students - Songs will include “We’ll Meet Again”, “Keep the Home Fires Burning”, “Pack Up Your Troubles”,

Pianist Sheng Cai

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Pianist Sheng Cai

The Twelve Transcendental Etudes – Liszt’s Greatest Achievement

Schubert’s Great Sonata Duo

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Violinist Emil Israel Chudnovsky & Pianist Eric Himy

Schubert’s Great Sonata Duo & Rondo Brillant; Vieuxtemps’ Grande Sonata

Sinfonia Toronto

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Sinfonia Toronto & Pianist Stewart Goodyear

Thrill to Dvořák Serenade & Beethoven's Magnificent Piano Concerto No.5 "The Emperor".

Stage & Screen

May 05, 2018, 7:30pm

Kerry Stratton conducts the Toronto Concert Orchestra & Pianist Younggun Kim

Highlights from the greatest film & theatre scores including music from ‘The Sound of Music’, ‘Star Wars’, ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’

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VENUES: Vary with concert. see below
TIME: 2:30pm

Pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin

October 29, 2017, 2:30pm
Venue: Hiway Pentecostal Church

Pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin

Mozart, Chopin, Babadjanian, Schumann

Christmas Memories

December 10, 2017, 2:30pm
Venue: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

Christmas Memories

with Harpist Judy Loman, Soprano Monica Whicher, Organist Marty Smyth

We Sing!

February 11, 2018, 2:30pm,
Venue: Grace United Church

We Sing!

Hilary Apfelstadt conducts the Exultate Singers – Mozart’s Ave serum corpus, Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs...

Penderecki String Quartet

April 22, 2018, 2:30pm
Venue: Grace United Church

Penderecki String Quartet & Pianist Stéphane Lemelin

Wolf, Verdi – the Opulent Wolf-Ferrari Piano Quintet


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