BRAVO NIAGARA! ANNOUNCES 2018/19 SEASON
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ONTARIO – September 13, 2018: Bravo Niagara!’s fifth season will bring the world’s leading classical and jazz artists to the Niagara Region.
The 2018/19 Season will launch October 12, 2018 as Bravo Niagara! welcomes back Grammy and 11-time JUNO Award-winning violinist James Ehnes and acclaimed pianist Andrew Armstrong. Hailed as “a violinist in a class of his own” (The Times), Ehnes will perform an intimate recital featuring a program of Beethoven, Ravel, Brahms, and Corigliano at the historic 1792 St. Mark’s Anglican Church in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
James Ehnes has established himself as one of the foremost violinists of his generation. Gifted with a rare combination of stunning virtuosity, serene lyricism and an unfaltering musicality, Ehnes is a favourite guest of many of the world’s most respected conductors including Ashkenazy, Alsop, Sir Andrew Davis, Denève, Dutoit, Elder, Ivan Fischer, Gardner, Paavo Järvi, Noseda, Robertson and Runnicles. Ehnes’s long list of orchestras includes, amongst others, the Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, New York, London Symphony, Philharmonia, BBC Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, DSO Berlin and the NHK Symphony orchestras. Ehnes is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and in 2010 was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada. He plays the "Marsick" Stradivarius of 1715.
On November 3, 2018, Bravo Niagara! presents the Voices of Freedom Concert curated by artistic producer Céline Peterson, daughter of the late jazz legend Oscar Peterson, at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre’s Partridge Hall in St. Catharines. The Voices of Freedom Concert will bring together some of the best in Canadian jazz and soulful music to highlight inclusiveness, empowerment, and the importance of freedom. The concert will feature performances by Officer of the Order of Canada, singer/songwriter and philanthropist Molly Johnson, NAACP Image Award, Gemini, Dora and JUNO Award-winning singer/actress Jackie Richardson, Grammy Award-winning Larnell Lewis on drums (Snarky Puppy), multi-JUNO Award winners Robi Botos on piano and Mike Downes on bass, up and coming saxophonist from Barbados Joseph Callender, and the Laura Secord Secondary School Concert Choir.
The season continues in 2019 with the second edition of the Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival from February 15-17. Led by artistic director Renee Rosnes, artistic producer Kelly Peterson, and executive producers Christine Mori and Alexis Spieldenner of Bravo Niagara!, the inaugural Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival in 2018 brought “true jazz to Ontario… evoking jazz’s golden afterglow of the 1960s and early 70s” (The Globe and Mail). The second edition of this festival promises another exciting weekend of true, swinging jazz in picturesque Niagara wine country. The artist lineup will be announced in November 2018.
From April to May 2019, Bravo Niagara! will celebrate its 6th Annual Spring into Music Series with internationally-acclaimed jazz and classical artists, as well as rising young stars. The five-concert series features four concerts in the Stratus Vineyards “Press Alley” which is repurposed into an industrial chic concert venue: Cheng² Duo (April 12), Nat Cole: A King’s Centennial featuring Paul Marinaro and Ben Paterson Trio (April 13), Grammy-nominated Cuban jazz pianist Alfredo Rodríguez, a protégé of Quincy Jones, with percussionist Pedrito Martinez (May 11), and Jamie Parker and The New Gen (May 12), a unique project that pairs two of Canada’s rising classical musicians with renowned pianist Jamie Parker. The series finale features the inaugural Gala Concert for Piano Six: Next Generation (May 25) at St. Mark’s Anglican Church in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Modeled after the original "Piano Six" group including Janina Fialkowska, Angela Cheng, Marc-André Hamelin, Angela Hewitt, André Laplante, and Jon Kimura Parker, Piano Six: Next Generation features a collective of six internationally-renowned Canadian concert pianists: Marika Bournaki, David Jalbert, Angela Park, Ian Parker, Anastasia Rizikov, and Daniel Wnukowski.
For tickets, visit http://bravoniagara.org/tickets/ or call (289) 868-9177.
Prices range from $30 to $80. ‘Under 30’ ticket discounts available for ages up to 29. Prices exclude HST and service fees.
Bravo Flex Passes available by phone only. Purchase 3 concerts or more and save.
Bravo Niagara! gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors and government supporters:
Major Sponsor and Official Sound Provider: Meyer Sound; GerrAudio (Meyer Sound Canadian distributor)
Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival Presenting Sponsor: TD Bank
Presenting Sponsors: CIBC, The Village, John & Liz Hawley, Doug Widdicombe at Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, Audi St. Catharines, Gary Hall Design, Niagara Casinos, Stratus Vineyards, Yamaha Canada Music
Government Supporters: Government of Canada, Ontario Media Development Corporation, Ontario Arts Council, Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake
About Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts: Bravo Niagara! is a not-for-profit registered charity founded in 2014 dedicated to presenting the world’s leading Canadian and international artists in Niagara-on-the-Lake and the surrounding Niagara wine country. Bravo Niagara! produces an annual Spring into Music Series, Voices of Freedom Festival, and the Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival. www.bravoniagara.org
Alexis Spieldenner, Executive Director
Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts
Bravo Niagara! and the Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival
Announce Meyer Sound Sponsorship
For Immediate Release
August 3, 2018 (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario)– Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts and the Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival are proud to announce Meyer Soundas a Major Sponsor and Official Sound Provider.
Meyer Sound’s internationally-renowned audio and acoustic systems are relied upon for respected concert venues and festivals such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and Montreux Jazz Festival, as well as for international concert tours featuring artists such as Michael Bublé, Celine Dion, Ed Sheeran, Dead & Company and Metallica, among many others.
“At Meyer Sound we are very pleased to support Bravo Niagara!. It’s an ideal combination, since Bravo Niagara! is one of the leading performing arts organizations in Canada with the Spring Into Music Series, Voices of Freedom Festival and the Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival, while Meyer Sound strives for excellence in sound reinforcement technology,” says Meyer Sound Co-Founder and Executive Vice PresidentHelen Meyer. “Bringing the two together means every concert will be a memorable experience for all who attend.”
Meyer Sound systems will be appreciated by audiences in all of Bravo Niagara!’s festival venues. “Bravo Niagara! strives to create extraordinary concert experiences featuring the world’s leading artists. We are thrilled to have Meyer Sound as a Major Sponsor and Official Sound Provider, which will ensure we provide an optimum experience for both artist and audience,” says Bravo Niagara!’s Artistic DirectorChristine Mori.
The sponsorship is supported by Meyer Sound’s exclusive Canadian Distributor GerrAudio.
“Bravo Niagara!'s world-class performances speak for themselves. Our job is to guide the team that ensures they are heard transparently by every patron, it’s what we do,” says Bob Snelgrove, Presidentof GerrAudio Distribution.
In addition to supporting Bravo Niagara!’s concerts, Meyer Sound will be the Official Sound Provider for the Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival beginning with the second annual festival February 15-17, 2019. Led by Artistic Director Renee Rosnes, Artistic Producer Kelly Peterson, and Executive Producers Christine Mori and Alexis Spieldenner of Bravo Niagara!, the Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festivalis the first and only jazz festival bearing the name of Canada’s greatest jazz artist and is dedicated to showcasing the rich history and the future of the music Oscar loved.
Kelly Peterson, Christine Mori, and Alexis Spieldenner recently visited the Meyer Sound campus in Berkeley, California, where they had the opportunity to meet co-founders John and Helen Meyer.“I was mesmerized by the quality of sound and the passionate pursuit of excellence that was expressed by John and Helen Meyer and obviously shared by all their staff,” says Kelly Peterson, Artistic Producer of the Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival. “What a thrill it was to meet them, to tour their factory, to experience their exuberance and generosity. I am so very grateful for their sponsorship of the Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival, knowing that the superb performances of the artists we present will be supported by the best audio systems in the world.”
Bravo Niagara!’s first concert to feature Meyer Sound systems will take place August 18, 2018 as internationally-acclaimed classical guitarist Miloš Karadaglićtakes the stage with the Marc Djokic string quintet at the historic St. Mark’s Anglican Church in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Pictured at the Meyer Sound Campus in Berkeley, California (L to R): Jerry Placken (Director of Strategic Relations at Meyer Sound; Bravo Niagara! Board Member), Kelly Peterson (Artistic Producer of the Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival), John Meyer (Co-founder and CEO of Meyer Sound), Patricia Yocom (Bravo Niagara! Board Member), and Alexis Spieldenner and Christine Mori (Co-Founders of Bravo Niagara!; Executive Producers of the Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival)
Major Sponsor & Official Sound Provider
Meyer Sound Exclusive Canadian Distributor
ABOUT BRAVO NIAGARA!
Bravo Niagara! is a not-for-profit registered charity founded in 2014 dedicated to presenting the world’s leading Canadian and international artists in Niagara-on-the-Lake and the surrounding wine country. Bravo Niagara! produces the annual Spring into Music Series, Voices of Freedom Festival, and the Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival.
ABOUT OSCAR PETERSON INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
As the world’s first (and only!) jazz festival bearing the name of Canada’s greatest jazz artist, the Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival (OPIJF) honours and celebrates his legacy of excellence. The festival is not intended to simply present concerts in tribute to Oscar Peterson, but rather to truly present jazz, showcasing the rich history and the future of the music Oscar loved. Led by Artistic Director Renee Rosnes, Artistic Producer Kelly Peterson, and Executive Producer Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts, the OPIJF takes place in the Niagara wine country of Ontario and stands poised to become one of Canada’s most anticipated winter music events.
ABOUT MEYER SOUND
Meyer Sound continually strives to elevate the overall dialogue about sound and bring greater awareness to the importance of how we hear and listen. A collaborative, results-focused approach to sound solutions drives a company philosophy where creative thinking, old- fashioned craftsmanship, and entrepreneurial technology are strongly intertwined. Tours for top-grossing artists and respected concert and entertainment venues rely on Meyer Sound, as do houses of worship, cinemas, restaurants, universities, corporate offices, and museums. With field offices and authorized distributors worldwide, Meyer Sound designs and manufactures all products at its Berkeley, California headquarters, allowing for rigorous quality control and testing, and starting in 2018, all products are covered by a five-year warranty. Scientific acoustical research and product development have earned Meyer Sound more than 100 US and international patents and numerous awards since its founding in 1979 by John and Helen Meyer. Meyer Sound is a registered trademark of Meyer Sound Laboratories, Inc. All rights reserved.
Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts
Director of Social Media & Public Relations
Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival
Bravo Niagara!’s Voices of Freedom Concert will bring together some of the best in Canadian jazz and soulful music, to highlight inclusiveness, empowerment, and the importance of freedom.
Curated by Céline Peterson, daughter of jazz great Oscar Peterson, the evening will feature performances by Officer of the Order of Canada, singer/songwriter and philanthropist Molly Johnson, as she sings selections from her latest release ‘Meaning To Tell Ya’ including “Better Than This,” “L.O.V.E.,” and “Protest Song.” These songs were written to inspire hope, change, and love, which we believe to be the perfect narrative to fit the Voices of Freedom concert. Along with Molly’s performance, we will see NAACP Image Award, Gemini, Dora, and JUNO Award-winning singer/actress Jackie Richardson take the stage to perfectly take us on a journey of bravery through unimaginable struggle, with her performance of Paul Novotny’s “Railway Porter’s Song,” which was written as an ode to the Fathers and Grandfathers of icons such as Joe Sealy and Oscar Peterson, who worked as Porters during the early days of the CP Railway.
The evening will also feature performances from GRAMMY Award winner Larnell Lewis on drums (Snarky Puppy), multi-JUNO Award winners Robi Botos on piano and Mike Downes on bass, and up and coming saxophonist from Barbados, Joseph Callender. Robi’s recently released “Old Soul” features powerful original compositions, which perfectly fit the message of “Voices of Freedom.” With “Hope,” and “Praise,” Botos perfectly conveys a feeling of comfort through his luscious phrasings in these gospel-inspired tunes. The evening will conclude with Botos and Richardson coming together for an untouchable rendition of Oscar Peterson’s “Hymn to Freedom,” which was written during the peak of the Civil Rights Movement. With Harriette Hamilton’s lyrics perfectly complimenting Peterson’s melodies, the audience is sure to be left inspired.
In Fall 2018, the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake's Voices of Freedom Park will be unveiled. Voices of Freedom Park gives expression to the silenced and forgotten stories of people of African descent, enslaved, freed, and free, whose sacrifices, labour, skills, and talents contributed to the development of Niagara-on-the-Lake. This significant art installation permanently inscribes these Black men and women on the historical and cultural landscape of the town.