“Piaf Encore” with Patsy Gallant and Toronto Concert Orchestra.
“Piaf Encore” is the latest offering in the musical tribute evenings to the great femmes fatales by the Toronto Concert Orchestra.
“Edith Piaf was a natural choice to follow last year’s highly successful Billie Holiday show.” said TCO music director Kerry Stratton. “We were very fortunate to engage three time Juno winning chanteuse Patsy Gallant to sing these great Piaf songs and we’ll accompany her with TCO’s perfect nightclub band, Grand Salon.” Gallant who has appeared in top ten charts in five countries, recorded such hits as ‘From New York to L.A., Are You Ready for Love? and How Many Lonely Nights?’
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.
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 film maker, Milos Formann.
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.
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.
As part of his audience development programme, Stratton developed a highly successful adult education series, called “A Little Night Music”. Its innovative format includes lectures, discussions and live music, in an intimate and non-intimidating atmosphere.
The concert, which takes place September 29th at 8 PM at the Glenn Gould Theatre, CBC will feature many of the great tunes that made Edith Piaf an icon.
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