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October 13-15, 2017

A feast of classical & jazz music

St. John's Anglican Church
St. Paul's United Church

A feast of Classical and Jazz Music

Stirlingfest is a fall weekend feast of classical and jazz music to be held in Stirling, Ontario, October 13, 14 ,15. We have gathered the very best instrumentalists to perform in historic venues and for those who have a passion for classical music or a love of jazz this will be a weekend for you. Following each performance there will be a reception providing audience members an opportunity to meet the performers and a chance to taste the marvellous fare of Hastings County.



friday october 13, 7:30 pm

Classical
St. John's Anglican Church

Program

Saturday october 14, 7:30 pm

Jazz
St. Paul's United Church

sunday october 15, 3:00 pm

Classical
St. John's Anglican Church

Program

Venues


The historic church of St. John's has graced the landscape of Stirling since it was erected in 1860. The architect, Thomas Fuller, of Fuller and Jones, prepared the drawings for this parish church in the same year he was awarded the contract to design the parliament buildings in what would become the Nation’s capital, Ottawa. This lovely stone church has a warm and intimate interior and possesses a very suitable acoustic for listening to music. St. John’s is blessed with two fine instruments; a mechanical - action pipe organ built by Gabriel Kney and a Steinway grand piano, both of which, when played by our highly skilled musicians, will fill this sacred space with delightful sounds.

Our Saturday night Jazz concert will take place just down the street from St. John's at St. Paul's United Church. St. Paul's is a lovely, historic church with a good acoustic, a marvellous Yamaha grand piano and provides an ideal, somewhat larger, venue for our second concert. This congregation supports their love of music in a very tangible way having inaugurated the Stirling Festival of Praise more than fifty years ago. Choirs throughout the region are drawn to this annual Spring festival to experience and demonstrate the power of sacred music. On Saturday October 14 St. Paul's will host our Jazz concert presenting Canada's very best Jazz musicians. It will be a night to remember and I think you are in for a treat!

Meet the Artists

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Atis Bankas

Violin

Violinist extraordinaire and visionary, Atis Bankas is a soloist, leader and chamber musician. He is the leader of the Ensemble CamerAtis, first violinist of the Gould String Quartet and founder and Artistic Director of Music Niagara...

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Duo Pergulæ

Organ

Francine Nguyen-Savaria and Matthieu Latreille are Canadian organists and choirmasters, currently sharing duties as co-directors of music for Saint Thomas' Anglican Church in Belleville, Ontario. Both recitalists in their own right...

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Sora Sato-Mound

Violin

At the age of three, Sora was inspired by Ashley MacIsaac and began taking violin lessons. A student of Professor Atis Bankas since December 2016, Sora is presently a third year student at Hawthorne II Bilingual Alternative School in Toronto.

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John Sherwood

Piano

Sherwood is recognized by his audiences and his peers as one of the top jazz pianists in Canada today and has performed, toured, and/or recorded with a lengthy list of other jazz greats including Moe Koffman, Guido Basso, Kenny Wheeler...

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Dave Young

Bass

Toronto-based and Winnipeg-born multiple award-winning bassist and composer Dave Young, is, without a doubt, one of Canada’s most valuable and beloved musical exports. Whether he’s performing as part of a classical symphony...

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Brian Barlow

Drums

Brian has spent most of his career in the Toronto recording studios and is one of Canada's most recorded musicians. His work in the studio and on the concert stage with a widely diverse group of artists including: Ringo Starr, Alanis Morrisette...

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Guido Basso

Flugelhorn

Guido Basso was only nine years old when he began playing the trumpet, becoming recognized as a prodigy while studying at Montrealís Conservatoire de musique du Quebec. He was just a teenager...

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Victoria Kogan

Piano

Russian born Victoria Korchinskaya-Kogan is one of the most significant pianist of our time. Praised as “an admirably gifted performer’’ by Yuri Temirkanov, “the pianist of great talent having extraordinary skills and boundless musicality...

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Anna Antropova

Viola

Born in the Ukraine, Anna Antropova graduated with a Master's degree in Viola performance from Glinka State Conservatory of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. She started her professional career with the National Opera and Ballet Theatre...

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Vera Alekseeva

Violin

Vera Alekseeva first studied violin at the Perm Music School in Perm Russia, then at Moscow Gnessin High State College and finally at the M. Glinka Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory where she received a Diploma of...

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Zuzanna Chomicka-Newnham

Violoncello

Zuzanna Chomicka-Newnham was born in Poland, and received her Master's Degree from the Chopin University of Music in Warsaw in 1991. Among her teachers were Daniel Shafran, Milos Sadlo and...

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Eric Friesen

Host for Friday & Sunday

Eric Friesen’s name and voice are well known to radio listeners. A longtime radio personality who has been called one of the most gifted broadcasters in the industry, Eric has hosted many CBC flagship programs...

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Tickets: $30 each or all three concerts $75

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St. John's Anglican Church
73 North Street
Stirling, Ontario

St. Paul's United Church
104 Church Street
Stirling, Ontario

P: 613-398-7573

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