Barrie Concerts & Georgian Music

Gershwin Greats

April 27, 2019, 7:30pm - Hiway Pentecostal Church

Gershwin Greats

Kerry Stratton – Conductor, Toronto Concert Orchestra

Kerry Stratton

In the course of his international career, Kerry has conducted orchestras in Europe, North America and Asia.

Having earned a degree in conducting from McGill University, Kerry later completed graduate studies at the Vienna Conservatory under Sir Charles Mackerras, Academia Chigiana in Siena, Italy, and L’Ecole Pierre Monteux with Charles Bruck.

Kerry’s conducting engagements have included, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, The Czech Philharmonic, Budapest Concert Orchestra, Hungarian Chamber Soloists, Prague Chamber Philharmonic, Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic, Slovak Radio Orchestra, Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra, State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, Prague Radio Orchestra, Zagreb Philharmonic, and Janacek Philharmonic. In January 2001, he became the first Canadian to conduct the St. Petersburg Camerata in the Hermitage Theatre at the Winter Palace. In December of 2004 he made his debut with the Beijing Symphony in a concert at the Forbidden City.

For his services to Czech and Slovak culture, Kerry is the 2000 winner of the Masaryk Award and was decorated by the Czech Government in 2007 at Prague’s Cernin Palace with the Gratis Agit Award. Other honourees included former Secretary of State, Madeline Albright and filmmaker, Milos Formann.

Kerry has conducted concert tours for renowned orchestras, such as the George Solti Orchestra, Budapest; the Vienna Concert-Verein, Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia and, most recently, the Slovak Sinfonietta.

For over 20 years, Kerry has established an additional public through his regular radio programs on Classical FM 96.3.

Toronto Concert Orchestra

Kerry Stratton

As an itinerant Ontario orchestra, the Toronto Concert Orchestra serves urban, suburban and outlying communities, from St. Catharines to Cornwall and north to Sarnia, as well as throughout the greater Toronto area. Throughout each season, we perform up to 35 concerts in Ontario that consist of touring and outreach/education programs around Ontario; an orchestra-in-residency at Casa Loma, Toronto; and short fall and spring concert series in downtown Toronto.

We began in 2008 producing symphony concerts at the Toronto rock venue The Phoenix Concert Theatre. Since then, we have performed at the Air Canada Centre for Toronto Raptor’s Season Opening, Doggie Jam at Echo Beach, the Windsor Arms, the Design Exchange, Roy Thomson Hall, George Weston Recital Hall, Betty Oliphant Theatre, Koerner Hall, St. Lawrence Centre. We now have long and established relationships with Ontario concert presenters, and we have presented orchestral music to new audiences in new environments

Many of the Toronto Concert Orchestra musicians, all professional, performing for film, theatre, ballet, and opera, and they are equally engaged in teaching, and most have been playing with us since the orchestra was founded by Kerry Stratton.

In supporting new generation artists, we collaborate with the Chinese Cultural Centre of Toronto’s International Piano Competition; Andrew Chan’s Harps on the Hill Festival which celebrates the new generation of harpists; and PRIME, a charitable organization that delivers one-on-one mentoring program for creative and underserved children and youth from at-risk neighborhoods, providing opportunities for their student artists to gain orchestral performing experience.

Alyssa DiMarco, Soprano

Alyssa DiMarco

With “a flexibility and range that are remarkable for her age,” and “a high E to wow any audience” (Greater Hamilton Musician), Alyssa DiMarco is a talented up-and-coming Canadian soprano. With a diverse performance experience in concert, opera, music theatre and jazz, Miss DiMarco has performed with the Toronto Concert Orchestra, Tafelmusik, the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra, the Rose Orchestra of Brampton, and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. She has also starred in several solo performances at venues such as the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, the Gladstone Hotel, and Casa Loma where she performed favourites from the twenties and thirties, featuring the music of Kurt Weill, Cole Porter and George Gershwin.

Most recently, Alyssa’s 2016/17 season included performances of Polly in The Threepenny Opera by Kurt Weill, a solo debut with the Toronto Concert Orchestra for their Symphony in the Gardens series, and as the soprano soloist in Faure’s Requiem with the Rose Orchestra. Additionally, she recorded the roles of Luanda and Heather the Hysterical Harp on the recording of Canadian composer William Lavigne’s new musical Jack & the Beanstalk. She filmed national commercials for Microsoft, Lenovo, and Cineplex, and completed a publicity tour for Microsoft Canada.

In 2015 she performed Handel’s Messiah with the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra, the role of Kate Carruthers in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Yeomen of the Guard alongside Canadian Opera Company ensemble graduates Charlotte Burrage and Clarence Frazer, and was cast as Morgana in Handel’s Alcina by the Center for Opera Studies in Italy. She also recorded vocals on tracks by Canadian recording artist SonReal, and Classified.

She has been featured in two productions awarded first place in the National Opera Association of America’s Opera Production Competition, as Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Oklahoma City University, 2013) and Nella in Gianni Schicchi (OCU, 2011). Subsequently leading to the productions being featured in Opera News. Alyssa was in the Oklahoma Premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass and Adam Guettel’s The Light in the Piazza, which toured to Arkansas. She is also heard on the Bass School of Music’s commercial recording of the Berlioz Requiem. Alyssa graduated from Oklahoma City University’s renowned Opera and Music Theater program where she studied under the guidance of Dr. David Herendeen. In Oklahoma she was featured as Johanna in Sweeney Todd, Maria in West Side Story, Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and Chorus in Children of Eden. She also holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, where she studied with Dr. Darryl Edwards.

Alyssa has sung in master classes with acclaimed Metropolitan Opera sopranos Rita Shane, Mary Jane Johnson and Sarah Coburn. She has been seen on television in American Lawmen, Motives and Murders, and as a competitor on CBC’s Triple Sensation, and Over the Rainbow, and is featured as Selena Gomez in Much's Collision Course. In 2018 she can be seen in Forbidden: Dying for Love. She also finds joy in singing for those in palliative care, performing solo recitals at hospices in the GTA. Alyssa works for Fantasy Fables Children’s Entertainment, a Disney-sanctioned company where she plays the roles of Elena from Elena of Avalor, Belle from Beauty and the Beast and Princess Anna from Frozen. She loves making “dreams come true” with Fantasy Fables as the company visits children at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto.

Anna Shalaykevych, Piano

Anna Shalaykevych

Born in a family of acclaimed Ukrainian singers, Anna grew up surrounded by music. She fell in love with classical music after she was introduced to piano at the age of six. Anna gave her first performance with Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of nine, an experience which solidified the importance of piano in her life.

After graduating from Lysenko Music Academy in Lviv, Ukraine under mentorship of Olena Pylatyuk, Anna continued her studies at Anton Rubinstein Academy in Dusseldorf, Germany. Under strong influence from world renowned pianist, Chopin Competition prize-winner and Professor Dina Yoffe, Anna achieved new heights and mastery of piano playing.

Anna finds most inspiration when performing music by Fryderyk Chopin and Sergei Rachmaninov. In addition, her repertoire includes works from baroque to modern composers such as Bach, Mozart, Shubert, Schumann, Debussy, Ravel, Glass, Say, and Kapustin, among others. Anna’s passion to music doesn’t stop at performing. Most recently Anna enjoyed sharing her knowledge with young students by offering music lessons at the Lysenko Music Academy.

She leads rich concert activity both in Ukraine and abroad, appearing in solo and chamber performances and cooperating with a number of ensembles and musicians, including world-famous quartet "group MoCarta” in Wawer Music Festival (Warsaw, 2011), and one of the world's leading dramatic mezzo-soprano Malgorzata Walewska.

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

That Choir

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Craig Pike Conducts the Amazing That Choir

from “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” to “Abide With Me”

Time to Remember

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Double Double Duo returns - A Christmas CELEBRATION

Kornel Wolak, clarinet & piano Michael Bridge, accordions & piano - Tchaikovsky’s Astounding “1812 Overture”

Pianist Sheng Cai

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Armenian Pianist Sofya Melikyan

performs Mendelssohn’s captivating Second Piano Concerto with Nurhan Arman and Sinfonia Toronto

Schubert’s Great Sonata Duo

February 23, 2019, 7:30pm

Beyond The Pale

Three-time Canadian Folk Music Award winners - An Instrumental Tour De Force

Sublime Dvořák

March 23, 2019, 7:30pm

Sublime Dvořák

Penderecki String Quartet & Pianist Benjamin Smith - The Slavonic String Quartet - The Two Piano Quintets - Music that leaves you Happy

Gershwin Greats

April 27, 2019, 7:30pm

Gershwin Greats

Soprano Alyssa DiMarco - Kerry Stratton Conducts the Toronto Concert Orchestra Summertime…Cheek to Cheek…The Man I Love…Embraceable You - Ukrainian Pianist Anna Shalaykevych performs Rhapsody in Blue

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VENUE: Bethel Community Church,
128 St. Vincent Street (MAPS TO VENUES )
TIME: 2:30pm

Cabaret with Patricia O’Callaghan

October 14, 2018, 2:30pm

Cabaret with Patricia O’Callaghan

Soprano Patricia O’Callaghan, Bassist Andrew Downing & Pianist Robert Kortgaard… Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah!

Songs of Norway

November 4, 2018, 2:30pm

Songs of Norway

Violinist Jeremy Bell & Pianist Shoshana Telner - Grieg’s Three Violin sonatas

Duo Turgeon - “Rhapsodies and Variations”

January 13, 2019, 2:30pm,

Duo Turgeon - “Rhapsodies and Variations”

pianists Anne Louise-Turgeon and Edward Turgeon - Performing two Pianos - Lutoslawski’s Variations on a Theme of Paganini; Rachmaninoff’s Variations on a Theme of Paganini; Ravel’s La Valse; Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances - Op. 46 - Numbers 1,2,4,6,8; Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess Fantasy

Glorious Strings - Saguenay String Quartet

March 10, 2019, 2:30pm

Glorious Strings

Violinists Laura Andriani and Nathalie Camus, violist Luc Beauchemin, and cellist David Ellis & Lafayette String Quartet - violinists Ann Elliott-Goldschmid and Sharon Stanis, violist Joanna Hood, and cellist Pamela Highbaugh Aloni -- Together for Three Octets Including Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat major Op. 20; Niels Gade’s String octet Opus 17; A brand new commissioned piece from the Canadian composer: Airat Ichmouratov

Fifteen Years Old Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Sextet

April 7, 2019, 2:30pm

Fifteen Years Old Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Sextet

Angela Park, piano, Elissa Lee, violin, Douglas McNabney, viola, Sharon Wei, viola, Blair Lofgren, cello, Raphael McNabney, double bass. Mozart’s Kegelstatt Trio for violin, viola and piano; Romberg’s Trio for viola, cello and bass in E minor Opus 38 No.1;


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