Barrie Concerts & Georgian Music

Sinfonia Toronto & Pianist Tony Yike Yang

April 07, 2018, 7:30pm -Hiway Pentecostal Church

Sinfonia Toronto & Pianist Tony Yang

Sinfonia Toronto

Sinfonia Toronto

Acclaimed as “A World-Class Ensemble” (headline, Russelsheimer Echo, Germany), Sinfonia Toronto is one of Canada’s finest chamber orchestras. The orchestra performs its Masterpiece Series in two of Toronto’s favourite concert halls, Glenn Gould Studio - where many of its concerts have been recorded for national broadcast - and the George Weston Recital Hall at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.

Sinfonia Toronto consists of thirteen string virtuosos. They 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 Baroque through classical, romantic and 20th-Century works. Sinfonia Toronto has premiered many new works, and has been recognized by the Canada Council for its commitment to performing music by Canadian composers.

Sinfonia Toronto’s first international tour in 2008 in Germany was a resounding success, resulting in reviews with headlines such as ‘’A World-Class Ensemble,’’ ‘’Sinfonia Toronto Inspires,’’ and ‘’Sinfonia Toronto Thrilled the Audience.’’ The orchestra’s two-week tour of Spain in October 2010 was greeted with calls for encores at each performance, including the thrilling four encores demanded by the audience in Barcelona.

Sinfonia Toronto is Orchestra-in-Residence of the Colours of Music Festival in Barrie, performs regularly in many other Ontario cities, and last season received several standing ovations during its Quebec debut at Montreal’s Place des Arts.

Music Director Nurhan Arman brings a wealth of international experience to the Sinfonia Toronto podium. He has appeared in Armenia, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Ukraine, Turkey and throughout the United States and Canada.

Sinfonia Toronto’s many recordings are heard across Canada and beyond in a wide range of styles. Its CD of music by Mendelssohn, Khachaturian and Shostakovich is broadcast frequently on classical radio stations throughout Canada. The orchestra’s world premiere of the rediscovered Bach aria ‘Alles Mit Gott’ was recorded by Analekta and released on iTunes. The title work on the orchestra’s Marquis Classics CD of music by Canadian composer John Burge, Flanders Fields Reflections, won the 2009 JUNO Award for Best Recording of a New Classical Work. The Hollywood Flute CD, and the orchestra’s most recent CD, Premieres, were both been released by Cambria and are distributed by Naxos.

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Nurhan Arman – Conductor, Sinfonia Toronto

Nurhan Arman

During the 2013-14 season Nurhan Arman will perform frequently in Europe. He will conduct two programs in Berlin with the Europa Kammerphilharmonie and will direct the Orchester des Nordharzer in world premieres at the Impuls New Music Festival. In Italy he will conduct the Orchestra Sinfonica di Bari and at the Tuscany Festival. He will also lead Poland’s famed Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra, and the Filarmonica Brasov in Romania.

Maestro Arman has brought capacity crowds to their feet on three continents. 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 Prague’s Broadcast Review 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 and music festivals in Tanglewood, Spoleto, New York and Florida. After several seasons as a concertmaster, he began the conducting career that has taken him around 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 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.

He has recorded for PBS, CBC Radio, First Edition Records, Educo Records, Radio Moscow, Polish Broadcasting, Czech Radio, KBS of Korea, TRT of Turkey, Lithuanian TV, Slovenian Radio and TV and Armenian Radio and TV. Maestro Arman has served as an adjudicator for 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 the Northern Music Festival, Orford and the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Among many orchestras conducted by Nurhan Arman are the Moscow Philharmonic, Belgrade Philharmonic, Filarmonica Italiana, State Hermitage Orchestra St. Petersburg Camerata, Kharkov Philharmonic, Nordbohmische Philharmonie, Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, Bellas Artes Chamber Orchestra of Mexico City, Florence Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Orchestra Sinfonica di Lecce, Orchestra Extremadura, Orchestra del Teatro Olimpico, Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, Hungarian Philharmonic, Lithuanian Philharmonic, Volgograd Symphony, l'Orchestre Regional d'Ile de France, Bohemian Festival Orchestra, Pilsen Radio Symphony, Silesian State Philharmonic, Denver Chamber Orchestra, Armenian Philharmonic, Bucharest Philharmonic, Brasov Philharmonic, Filarmonica Moldova, Filarmonica Sibiu, Slovak Philharmonic Kosice, Orquesta da Camaro Amazonas, the Deutsches Kammerorchester in Frankfurt and at the Ljubljana Summer Music Festival, Karlsbad Symphony, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano, Grand Orchestre de l'Harmonie in Brussels, Pusan Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Kitchener- Waterloo Symphony, Orchestra London, Saskatoon Symphony and many others.

Tony Yike Yang, piano

Tony Yike Yang

Born in 1998, 18-years-old Tony Yike Yang is emerging as one of the foremost pianists of the younger generation. As a frequent prizewinner, Tony's most recent success at the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition led him to become the competition's youngest ever laureate, winning the 5th prize at the age of 16.

In previous years, Tony has won the first prize at the Thomas and Evon Cooper International Piano Competition (Oberlin, 2014), and the Bosendorfer and Yamaha USASU International Junior Piano Competition (Phoenix, 2013). Tony has also been awarded with top prizes at many other competitions such as the Hilton Head International Young Artists Piano Competition (Hilton Head, 2013), the Gina Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition (Salt Lake City, 2012), and the Canadian National Chopin Competition as the youngest ever prizewinner. (Toronto, 2014).

Over the past few years, Tony has had the privilege of performing extensively in Canada and the USA, as well as making appearances in Europe and Asia. He has taken part and performed in many festivals and important events, as well as having given performances for many world-renowned people. One of his performance highlights includes having performed in front of her Royal Highness Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. In addition, Tony has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic, Hilton Head Symphony, Toronto Sinfonietta, Toronto Festival Orchestra, and the Royal Conservatory of Music's Academy Symphony Orchestra.

Tony has also been featured on many television programs, including the "Inspiration Generation" series on Global TV where he was selected as one of six outstanding Canadian young people, demonstrating the talents and excellence of Canadians. Tony is currently studying with Juilliard faculty Julian Martin, as well as receiving mentorship from world-renowned pianist Dang Thai Son.

Polonaise in A Flat Minor

Piano Concerto in A

Scarlatti: Sonata in C Major, K. 513

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

North Americas Best Band

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North Americas Best Band – The Hannaford Street Silver Band

Ontario Reflections - Canadian Composers plus Holst, Vaughan Williams, Gershwin

Time to Remember

November 11, 2017, 7:30pm

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

January 20, 2018, 7:30pm

Pianist Sheng Cai

The Twelve Transcendental Etudes – Liszt’s Greatest Achievement

Schubert’s Great Sonata Duo

March 17, 2018, 7:30pm

Violinist Michael Guttman & Pianist Eric Himy

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

Sinfonia Toronto

April 07, 2018, 7:30pm

Sinfonia Toronto & Pianist Tony Yike Yang

Thrill to Wolf-Ferrari's 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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