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Classical Sunday Series (Posted On: Tuesday, August 04, 2015)

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On Sunday, August 9 Collingwood will welcome one of Canada's leading classical music conductors and promoters, Maestro Kerry Stratton.  Stratton is host of "Conductor's Choice" Sunday evenings on Classical 102.9 and has conducted orchestras around the world in addition to the Toronto Concert Orchestra.

This one-night-only concert starring the Toronto Concert Orchestra conducted by Maestro Kerry Stratton is an all-new Sinatra Tribute performed in Grand Salon style. The original orchestrations, entitled My Way! promise to delight and enthuse the audience like never before.

My Way! is part of the inaugural year of the Classical Sundays series.  This inspiring series brings a collection of beautiful music experiences to some of the most unique and picturesque settings along the shores of Southern Georgian Bay.

"We have a collection of spectacular scenic locations here in our region.  It was time to set them to beautiful music", said Patti Kendall, Director Marketing and Events, Blue Mountain Village Association.

"Imagine a red carpet concert experience at historic theatres like Gayety and Meaford Hall, or relaxing in the Scandinave baths or sipping wine at Georgian Hills Vineyards listening to world-class classical music.  Music lovers here deserve to have a world class concert series, a hallmark of other world class regions like Whistler, Aspen and Innsbruck." added Martin Rydlo, Director of Marketing and Business Development, Town of Collingwood.

My Way! will be performed at the historic Gayety Theatre. "Ol' Blue Eyes" will be brought back by baritone Dan Lauzon performing some of Sinatra's greatest hits including:

-My Way: A song popularized by Frank Sinatra with lyrics originally written by Paul Anka and set to music based on the French song "Comme d'habitude."

-Fly Me To The Moon: Frank Sinatra's 1964 version was closely associated with the Apollo missions to the Moon.

-Summer Wind: Best known for a 1966 recording by Frank Sinatra which peaked at number one on the Easy Listening chart.

-New York New York: In 1979, it was recorded by Frank Sinatra, for his album Trilogy: Past Present Future (1980), and has occasionally performed it live with Liza Minnelli as a duet.

-The Way You Look Tonight: Originally featured in the film Swing Time, performed by Fred Astaire, it went on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1936.

Curtains go up at 7:00 p.m. for this concert, which promises to be a great Sinatra tribute show, sure to please any music lover.  For details and tickets go to: www.classicalsundays.ca.  Tickets will also be sold at the door or call the Theatre Collingwood Box Office at 705-445-2200 to reserve your favourite seats at the historic Gayety Theatre.

About Classical Sundays Series

A collection of beautiful music experiences in some of the most unique and picturesque settings along the shores of southern Georgian Bay, from July to September, 2015.

The series is a collaboration by Georgian Hills Vineyards, Scandinave Spa, Meaford Hall, Town of Collingwood, Blue Mountain Village and the Toronto Concert Orchestra. Music direction by Kerry Stratton. Sponsored by Royal LePage Locations North Realtor, Town of Collingwood and the Province of Ontario.

About Maestro Kerry Stratton, Conductor and Music Director

Kerry Stratton is conductor of the Toronto Concert Orchestraas well as Wish Opera.

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.

For his services to Czech and Slovak culture, Stratton 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.

In 2005 Stratton founded 'Grand Salon' a palm court orchestra, devoted to music of the early 20th century, which plays original orchestrations to enthusiastic audiences throughout Canada.

Kerry Stratton is also committed to broadening the repertoire of both concert and recorded orchestral music with an extensive discography.  For more details visit this site. 


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