Barrie Concerts & Georgian Music


A Night at the Opera

March 21, 2020, 7:30pm - Hiway Pentecostal Church

A Night at the Opera

Kerry Stratton, Music Director and Narrator

Kerry Stratton

Kerry Stratton is currently Music Director of the Toronto Concert Orchestra. In the course of his international career, Stratton has conducted orchestras in Europe, North America and Asia. Having earned a degree in conducting from McGill University, Stratton 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.

Stratton’s 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, 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.

He 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 almost three decades Toronto has tuned in to listen to Kerry Stratton six days a week on The New Classical FM (found on the dial at 96.3). They have also flocked to Casa Loma’s summer music series, Symphony in the Gardens, to see Kerry conduct the Toronto Concert Orchestra for sold-out crowds week after week. In high demand, Kerry regularly tours and guest conducts for orchestras internationally, and is often invited to speak to wall-to-wall crowds of hundreds because he has been gifted with the delightful ability to make the stories behind the music you love as entertaining as the music itself

We are saddened to share the news that Kerry Stratton’s decision to step down from hosting “The Oasis” is a result of his diagnosis of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). He will continue his weekly program “Conductor’s Choice” which airs Sundays at 3 pm. We are devastated by this news; Kerry has been a vital part of Classical 93FM’s on-air family for decades, known for his intimate knowledge of classical music and timeless literary quotes.

Kerry is also well-respected in the classical music community. He is a conductor that has lead orchestras around the world, and currently the music director of Toronto Concert Orchestra, a passion he will continue to pursue.

The fight ahead for Kerry won’t be easy, for him or his family – his wife, two sons, and teenage daughter.

I am hurt but I am not slain.
I'll lay me down and bleed awhile,
Then I'll rise and fight again.

This was the 'quote du jour' Kerry Stratton chose to close his final broadcast as the voice of The Oasis on The New Classical FM.

For over 25 years Kerry has conducted wonderful programmes for the Barrie Concerts. Subscribers have enjoyed Kerry’s humorous and insightful commentaries as well as his musical talents. Members of our audience welcomed the opportunity to offer financial donations expressing gratitude for so many enjoyable musical evenings for so many years.

Support can also be shown for Kerry at his “Go Fund Me” page - gf.me/u/n5tisk

Like many people working in arts and entertainment, Kerry doesn't have recourse to income supplements, a severance package, or critical illness to cover the hundreds of thousands needed for the road ahead.

Kerry is a man in the prime of his life. He's a devoted husband to Elizabeth and father to Nicholas (30), Connor (17), and Sarajane (14).

Donations raised through this campaign will provide Kerry's family with the funds they need to address his needs as they arise, with the dignity to make decisions privately rather than making a new appeal for each product or service required to maintain his quality of life.

Sara Papini, Soprano

Sara Papini, Soprano

International opera singer Sara Papini has graced stages around Canada, the United States, Italy, France, and Israel.

Most recently, Ms. Papini made her Russian debut with the Primorsky Krai Philharmonic Orchestra in the Primorsky Krai Regional Hall, under the baton of Anatoliy Smirnov.

Her operatic roles include Musetta La Boheme, Adina L'Elisir d'Amore, Norina Don Pasquale, Gilda Rigoletto, Contessa Le nozze di Figaro, Donna Anna Don Giovanni, Princess L'enfant et les sortilèges and Silvia in Zanetto by Mascagni. She made her New York city debut in the role of Tina in Jonathan Dove's Flight, a New York city premier, with Mannes College conducted by Metropolitan Opera conductor Joseph Colaneri.

She has performed under the baton of Metropolitan Opera conductor Paul Nadler in New York, Montreal, Virgina and in Tel Aviv, Israel with the Israeli Chamber Orchestra.

Alongside her operatic success, Ms. Papini has had the opportunity to branch into the crossover industry. She is a JUNO nominee for her operatic vocal contribution to the EP Track entitled "Black Tuxedo" by rapper Maestro Fresh Wes.

She has also performed alongside Italian singer and artist Albano Carrisi in Toronto Canada, Pistrino Italy, and was invited to perform on the television show, I Raccomandati, in Rome Italy broadcasted on RAI UNO for over 50 million viewers.

Ms. Papini is a graduate of the prestigious Mannes College of Music in New York City. She has performed for numerous galas, fundraisers and private events in both New York City, Toronto and surrounding areas. She has also performed for such dignitaries as former Prime Minister Stephen J. Harper, former Prime Minister of Italy Enrico Letta, Princess Marconi, Her Royal Highness Prof. Li of Manchurian Empire China.

Romulo Delgado,Tenor

Romulo Delgado,Tenor

Romulo Delgado is a classically trained tenor and a world music multi-­‐ instrumentalist. He was a region finalist at the Hans Gabor Belvedere International Opera competition in Vienna, Austria. He trained in Toronto at the Royal Conservatory Music and the Glenn Gould School. His versatility as a performer has enchanted audiences all over North America and Europe. His operatic roles currently include Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata, Don Jose in Bizet’s Carmen, The Duke of Mantua in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Edgardo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Idomeneo in Mozart’s Idomeneo, Mario Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca, Macduff in Verdi’s Macbeth, Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Boheme and Riccardo in the Canadian premiere of Verdi’s Oberto.

Also in demand as a classical concert tenor soloist, his concert repertoire includes Beethoven’s Symphony No.9, Gounod’s St. Cecilia Mass, Dubois’ the seven last words of Christ, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Handel’s Samson, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Verdi’s Requiem and Handel’s Messiah.

Ultimately, what distinguishes Romulo’s singing is that “striking, powerful and ingratiating lyric tenor sound with all the money notes!” (Opera Canada) As a world music performer, Romulo has also toured and recorded with many international and local recording artists and been engaged by several of the fortune 500 corporations. Whether on the opera stage, or enchanting audiences with his world music passion,

“Romulo Delgado’s free, vigorous & lustrous tenor voice makes him one of Canada’s most unique performing artists.” (The Globe and Mail)

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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