Barrie Concerts & Georgian Music


Beethoven Celebration

January 18, 2020, 7:30pm - Hiway Pentecostal Church

Beethoven Celebration

Nurhan Arman, Director and Conductor

Nurhan Arman, Director and Conductor

Nurhan Arman returns to us after a four-concert tour in Italy last summer with Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali. His upcoming engagements include Kammerorchester Arpeggione (Austria), San Remo Philharmonic (Italy), Orquesta Sinfonica Do Teatro Nacional Claudio Santoro (Brazil) and a ten-concert tour in China.

Of Polish origin, Dr. Kornel Wolak performs on clarinet and piano; “Control and a smooth expressivity are what make Wolak shine” (Toronto Star). He is currently pioneering collaborative research in oral articulators with the department of Speech Language Pathology, University of Toronto. He is an internationally renowned soloist, teacher and touring chamber musician.

Maestro Arman has brought capacity crowds to their feet on four continents. He has appeared in France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Belgium, Spain, Hungary, Portugal, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Lithuania, Turkey, Armenia, South Korea, Mexico, Brazil and throughout the United States and Canada. Nurhan Arman is currently the Music Director of Canada's Sinfonia Toronto.

Critics on both sides of the Atlantic have been unanimous in their praise. Pravda hailed Maestro Arman as a "fascinating and striking musical personality," while the Broadcast Review in Prague reported "a spirited and nobly rounded performance."

Born to Armenian parents in Istanbul, he played his first violin recital at the age of 13. After arriving in the United States on a Disney Foundation scholarship, he concertized from coast to coast, appearing in major US cities as well as at prestigious music festivals in Tanglewood, Spoleto, New York and Florida. After several seasons of leading US orchestras as concertmaster, he began a conducting career that has taken him all over the world.

In 1982 Nurhan Arman moved to Canada to accept the post of Music Director of the North Bay Symphony and the Northern Music Festival. In 1987 he was named Music Director of Symphony New Brunswick which he swiftly built into a major regional resource. In March of 1993 Maestro Arman was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Yerevan Symphony in Armenia. In 1998 Maestro Arman founded Sinfonia Toronto, now considered one of Canada's finest chamber orchestras.

Maestro Arman records regularly for CBC Radio. Internationally, he has recorded for First Edition Records, Educo Records, Radio Moscow, Polish Broadcasting, Czech Radio, KBS of Korea, TRT of Turkey, Lithuanian TV, Slovenian Radio and TV, Armenian Radio and TV, and PBS in the US.

Maestro Arman has served as an adjudicator on many prominent panels, including the International Fitelberg Conducting Competition in Poland, the Canada Council Conducting Competition and the Heinz Unger Competition. He has taught conducting at New York's Brockport Festival, at the Florida Festival, and in Canada at his own Northern Music Festival as well as the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Among many orchestras conducted by Nurhan Arman are the Moscow Philharmonic, Belgrade Philharmonic, Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, Orchestra Filarmonica di Sanremo, Orchester der Nordharzer, Filarmonica Brasov Kharkov Philharmonic, Filarmonica Italiana, Vojvodina Symphony, Sergipe Philharmonic, Deutsches Kammerorchester Frankfurt, Bellas Artes Chamber Orchestra of Mexico City, Florence Chamber Orchestra, State Hermitage Orchestra St. Petersburg Camerata, Nordbohmische Philharmonie l’Orchestra da Camera Milano Classica, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Orchestra Sinfonica Giacchino Rossini, Orchestra Sinfonico di Lecce, Orchestra Extremadura (Spain), State Philharmonic of Mexico, Orchestra del Teatro Olimpico (Italy), Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, Hungarian Philharmonic, Lithuanian Philharmonic, Volgograd Symphony, l'Orchestre Regional d'Ile de France, Bratislava Symphony, Bohemian Festival Orchestra, Pilsen Radio Symphony, Silesian State Philharmonic, Denver Chamber Orchestra, Armenian Philharmonic, Bucharest Philharmonic, Brasov Philharmonic, Filarmonica Moldova, Filarmonica Sibiu, Slovak (Kosice) Philharmonic, Radomska Orkiestra Kameralna (Poland), Orquesta da Camaro Amazonas of Brazil Deutsches Kammerorchester on tour at the Ljubljana Summer Music Festival, Karlsbad Symphony, Rivne Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano, Grand Orchestre de l'Harmonie (Belgium), Pusan Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Orchestra London, Saskatoon Symphony and many others.

Among the major artists with whom Nurhan Arman has collaborated are André Laplante, Alexander Ghindin, Maria Kliegel, Measha Bruegergosman, Anton Kuerti, Janina Fialkowska, Corey Cerovsek, Lara St. John, Rivka Golani, Yuli Turovsky, Andrea Bacchetti, Aline Kutan and many others.

Nurhan Arman’s engagements during the 2016-2017 season included Witold Lutoslawski Chamber Philharmonic (Poland), Kammerorchester Arpeggione (Austria), Orchester der Nordharzer (Germany), Orquestra Clássica da Madeira (Portugal), Orchestra Pomeriggi Musicali (Italy) Sinfonia Toronto and others. In 2017-18 Maestro Arman continues with Sinfonia Toronto in Canada and in April 2018 he leads the orchestra's South American tour. In June he returns to Orchestra Pomeriggi Musicali for concerts in Milan and in the Lombardia region of Italy.

Sinfonia Toronto

Sinfonia Toronto

Acclaimed as “a world-class ensemble” (Russelsheimer Echo, Germany), Sinfonia Toronto is one of Canada’s finest chamber orchestras. The orchestra performs its Masterpiece Series in two of Toronto’s finest concert halls, CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio, where many of its concerts have been recorded for national broadcast and the Toronto Centre for the Arts. The orchestra has recorded on its own label and for Marquis Classics EMI, Cambria and Analekta.

Sinfonia Toronto consists of virtuoso strings who perform standing, in the tradition of great European chamber orchestras, blending each musician’s soloistic energy and passion into a brilliant ensemble style under Nurhan Arman’s inspired direction. The orchestra’s repertoire includes all the major compositions for string orchestra from the Baroque through the Classical, Romantic and contemporary periods. Sinfonia Toronto has premiered many new works, and has been recognized by the Canada Council for the Arts for its commitment to performing music by Canadian composers.

Sinfonia Toronto’s recordings are heard frequently on radio broadcasts. Their world premiere of the rediscovered Bach aria ‘Alles Mit Gott’ was recorded by Analekta and released on iTunes. The title work of the orchestra’s Marquis Classics CD of music by Canadian composer John Burge, Flanders Fields Reflections, won a national JUNO Award for Best Recording of a New Classical Work. The Hollywood Flute CD, with flutist Louise DiTullio and Premieres, featuring violinist Conrad Chow, were recorded by Cambria and are distributed by Naxos.

The orchestra tours regularly throughout its home province of Ontario, playing on series in Brockville, Kingston, Lindsay, Midland, Port Hope, Sarnia, and annually in Barrie and Sault Ste.-Marie.

Sinfonia Toronto has enjoyed great success in international tours. Its 2008 tour in Germany drew headlines like ‘’Sinfonia Toronto Inspires,’’ and ‘’Sinfonia Toronto Thrilled the Audience.” Its 2010 tour of Spain was greeted with calls for encores at every concert, including a thrilling four encores demanded by the audience at the renowned hall l’Auditori in Barcelona. The orchestra performed in Florida in 2015, and in April 2018 for a two-week tour in Peru, Argentina and Uruguay. Every concert in South America received standing ovations, demands for multiple encores, superb reviews and requests to return.

The Musical Tribune in Buenos Aires hailed Sinfonia Toronto’s performances of a Mozart Divertimento and the famous Dvorak Serenade in the great hall of the Centro Cultural Kirchner as “definitive performances” and went on to say, “Here we were able to appreciate not only the high technical quality of the instrumentalists but also the unity of phrasing the director has achieved and his musicality.”

Xiaohan Guo, violinist

Xiaohan Guo, violinist

Xiaohan Guo is Concertmaster of Sinfonia Toronto. Born in Shenyang, China, Xiaohan began her violin studies at the age of six, winning many awards in numerous youth competitions. Continuing her musical education, she enrolled at the Shenyang Conservatory at the age of 13. In 1998, she pursued her Bachelor’s Degree, majoring in violin at the Shanghai Conservatory, where she subsequently received first prize in the 2001 Mozart Violin Concerto Competition.

Sinfonia Toronto consists of virtuoso strings who perform standing, in the tradition of great European chamber orchestras, blending each musician’s soloistic energy and passion into a brilliant ensemble style under Nurhan Arman’s inspired direction. The orchestra’s repertoire includes all the major compositions for string orchestra from the Baroque through the Classical, Romantic and contemporary periods. Sinfonia Toronto has premiered many new works, and has been recognized by the Canada Council for the Arts for its commitment to performing music by Canadian composers.

Zhengyu Chen, pianist

Zhengyu Chen, pianist

Zhengyu Chen was born in Qingdao, China, where he began to study piano at age four. By the age of seven, Chen was distinguishing himself as a prodigy, winning various youth piano competitions and at 11 was admitted to the Shanghai Conservatory. While studying there he was discovered by internationally renowned pianist Dang Thai Son, with whom he studied in Montréal after immigrating to Canada in 2003. In 2008 he was the first pianist originally from China to win the Gold Medal at the José Iturbi International Piano Competition in Valencia, Spain, and also became a permanent resident of Canada. He has given concerts in many countries including China, Japan, Vietnam, South Korea, Spain, the US and Canada, and has soloed with I Musici de Montreal at Place des Arts.

Daniel Hass, cellist

Daniel Hass, cellist

Aspiring twenty-year-old Israeli-Canadian cellist Daniel Hass, one of Canada’s most promising young artists, is the First Prize Gold Medal winner of the 2016 Stulberg International String Competition, as well as the 2016 winner of the Canada Council for the Arts Michael Measures Prize.

A rising talent in the next generation of promising classical musicians, Mr. Hass made his solo orchestral debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at age 15. He has since performed as soloist with orchestras and in recitals across North America.

Upcoming performances include his debut with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra performing the Dvořák Cello Concerto, and debut with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra performing the Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations.

Mr. Hass has been featured several times on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation national radio, and on the American radio show ‘From the Top’.

As a member of the Perlman Music Program Alumni, he has played numerous concerts under the baton of Itzhak Perlman and performed with various chamber music groups.

Mr. Hass has participated in master classes with many internationally renowned cellists, including Gary Hoffman, Frans Helmerson, Ralph Kirshbaum, Janos Starker, and Benjamin Zander. He has served as principal cellist of several orchestras, including the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Juilliard Orchestra.

Recently graduated from Juilliard School of Music in New York, Mr. Hass has received training at the Israel Conservatory, The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, the New England Conservatory in Boston and at the Perlman Music Program. In the fall of 2015, he became a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship at the Juilliard School of Music, from where he graduated in 2017.

Mr. Hass performs on a 1914 Eugenio Degani Cello on loan to him by a private donor.

Sixth Pianofest

January 26, 2020, 2:30pm

Sixth Pianofest

Younggun Kim, Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight’ Sonata Ravel’s ‘La Valse’ - Benjamin Smith,Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Sonata Chopin’s ‘Fantasie Impromptu’


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

Austrian violinist

October 19, 2019, 7:30pm

Brilliant Austrian violinist returns

Elisso Gogibedashvili performs Paganini's First Violin Concerto. Nurham Arman and Sinfonia Toronto


Voices of Angels

November 9, 2019, 7:30pm

Voices of Angels

Captivating Hamilton Children's Choir. Zimfira Poloz conducts Canada's Globetrotting sensation


Beethoven Celebration

January 18, 2020, 7:30pm

Beethoven Celebration

Sixth Symphony "The Pastoral". Nurhan Arman conducts Sinfonia Toronto. Exhilarating Triple Concerto. Violinist Xiaohan Guo, Pianist Zhengyu Chen and Cellist Daniel Hass.


The Talent of Youth

February 29, 2020, 7:30pm

The Talent of Youth

University of Toronto Brass Ensemble. Percy Grainger & others. Gillian MacKay conducts


A Night at the Opera

March 21, 2020, 7:30pm

A Night at the Opera

Kerry Stratton conducts The Kerry Stratton Orchestra. La Boheme, Carmen, Don Giovanna, O Sole Mio. Soprano Sara Papini, Tenor Romulo Delgado


Strike up the Band!

April 25, 2020, 7:30pm

Strike up the Band!

A Fun Evening. Return of the Famous Hannaford Street Silver Band. Canada's Award-Winning Professional Brass Band.

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

Mendelssohn and Hummel

October 06, 2019, 2:30pm

Mendelssohn and Hummel

Trios for Flute, Cello and Piano. Mendelssohn's Cello Sonata 2, Schubert's Flute Sonata.


Gryphon Piano Trio

November 24, 2019, 2:30pm

Gryphon Piano Trio

Beethoven - Brahms Dvořák’s Soaring 3rd Trio


Sixth Pianofest

January 26, 2020, 2:30pm

Sixth Pianofest

Younggun Kim, Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight’ Sonata Ravel’s ‘La Valse’ - Benjamin Smith,Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Sonata Chopin’s ‘Fantasie Impromptu’


Rolston String Quartet

February 9, 2020, 2:30pm,

Rolston String Quartet

Winners of the Banff International String Quartet Competition. Haydn – Beethoven. Schubert’s Compelling “Death and the Maiden"


Schubert's Monumental

April 5, 2020, 2:30pm

Schubert's Monumental "The Trout"

plus Hummel & Dussek Quintets. Pianist Pieter Grobler, Violinist Annette- Barbara Vogel, Violist Raquel Bastos, Cellist Katerina Juraskova, Double Bassist Joseph Phillips


Canada's Treasure Harpist Judy Loman

April 19, 2020, 2:30pm

Kawartha Trio

Canada's Treasure, Harpist Judy Loman with her daughter and son in law, violist Linda Umbrico and clarinetist Ross Edwards. Mozart, Bruch, Debussy, Glick, Kreisler


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