BRAMPTON, ON. (July 7th , 2017) – Brampton Music Theatre is thrilled to be presenting our Arts Alive Festival in celebration of local and professional artists in Brampton from August 24 -26, 2017. The festival will feature talent from Broadway, internationally acclaimed operatic singers and instrumentalists, extraordinary jazz performers and dancers along with featured local visual artists, all coming together to celebrate the Arts! Professional Performing artists will join hands with Brampton Music Theatre, The Jazz Mechanics, The Brampton Concert Band, Peel Choral Society and The Rose Orchestra.
Not only will there be fabulous music but a Visual Arts Show in the lobby of the Rose Theatre coordinated with our partner Beaux Arts but many numbers will be choreographed by BMT choreographers Stephanie Gemmell, Cassie Baird, Nick Cunha and Toronto’s Hip Hop Dance Authority Shawn Byfield.
Kicking off on Thursday Aug 24th is a free concert in Gage park featuring accomplished Local Bramptonian’s and ticketed events in the Rose Studio for Youth and an evening of Jazz in the Rose Theatre featuring;
Canadian-born Singer/Pianist Carol Welsman, the granddaughter of Frank S. Welsman, the founder and conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. At sixteen, she organized and arranged for her own vocal ensemble. Despite the ever-present musical environment surrounding her young years, Carol “never felt any pressure, unlike other young musicians I knew. I was surrounded by music in a loving way and I felt nothing but encouragement.” Carol, a six time Juno Nominee, is a graduate of the Berklee School of Music and the Paris Music School CIM, Carol has an international following and her expressive vocal styling and vibrant stage presence will captivate audiences! Along with the GTA’s own Shannon Butcher, Ross Macintyre, and Stu Mac along with the fabulous Brampton Jazz Mechanics!
Concurrent with the free concert and Jazz feature in the mainstage theatre will be a celebration of Youth in the studio theatre representing some of Brampton’s best up and coming musical talent.
Friday will feature an evening of Chamber Music in the Studio and an evening of Broadway giants performing numbers from the current Broadway smash hits “Hamilton, Waitress, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Kinky Boots and more. Joining Brampton Music Theatre’s singers, the evening features; Syndee Winters, New York born, Miami raised, she has the privilege of touring the world doing what she loves. Her career began shortly after high school, as a dancer with The New York Knicks City Dancers. She also danced behind American Idol Jordan Sparks. In 2010, Syndee’s dream of being on Broadway came true, when she starred as her dream role, Nala, in Disney's The Lion King. She has travelled North America performing the role, and has received several drama award nominations. Syndee is still on Broadway, in the biggest musical in American History, Hamilton.
Katie Travis, originally from Michigan, Katie is a versatile soprano equally at home singing operetta through contemporary musical theatre. She has performed principal roles at The Fireside Theatre, Liederkranz Opera Theatre and at the Quisisana Resort Theatre. She is a recent winner of the Lys Symonette award for her performance at the 2014 Lotte Lenya Competition. Katie is currently playing the role of Christine Daaé in the North American Tour of The Phantom of the Opera. Katie is passionate about global music education. In the fall of 2012, Katie spent time teaching music in Ghana at The Beacon House School, an orphanage for children in Accra. She is grateful for her musical journey and the beautiful people she’s met along the way. Katie will lead a Masterclass in Voice for aspiring local performers.
Alvin Crawford, raised in Brampton and a graduate of Cawthra Park Secondary School, has performed with the Canadian Opera Company, and Opera Companies in Europe, Germany and the US. Alvin has sung under the batons of Julius Rudel, Sir Andrew Davis, James Conlon, Randall Behr, and Christopher Hogwood, with whom he had the pleasure of making his Kennedy Center debut as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte. Alvin made his Carnegie Hall debut as the bass soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School and is a Metropolitan Opera National Council regional winner and an Opera Index Encouragement winner. Alvin has many TV/Film credits including the motion picture It Runs In The Family with Michael Douglas. On Broadway, He has been heard as Sam Cooke in The Buddy Holly Story, John in Miss Saigon, The Lion in Candide and Mufasa in The Lion King and currently rehearsing with Disney’s Aladdin as Jafar. We are excited that Alvin has “come home” to join us in this Arts Celebration! Also performing in the evening’s celebration will be the Peel Choral Societyl
As a finale to this incredible festival, on Saturday August 26th, @ 7:30 pm a Gala concert will feature Canadian renowned soprano Leslie Ann Bradley, the internationally acclaimed Tenor Richard Margison and Jean Stilwell, who has been hailed on 3 continents for her complex portrayal of Carmen. Joining the Rose orchestra on stage will be one of Canada’s best violinist Moshe Hammer all under the direction of David Warrack returning to Brampton to participate in this illustrious event. Joining in on the evening will also be The Brampton Concert Band and a magnificent mass choir combining all singers in the festival as the Grand Finale.
For more information on the festival visit www.artsalivebrampton.com,
For Tickets contact The Rose Theatre Box Office; 905-874-2800 www.rosetheatre.ca
Brampton Music Theatre, beginning in 1963, a group of local residents came together with the same vision to learn, grow and share their talents. With over 50 years in the making, Brampton Music Theatre continues to expand, keeping the vision alive. Today, BMT has produced an excess of 100 shows with our Main stage and Youth Troupe members.
Every year BMT presents two Main stage and two Youth Troupe productions. As a teaching facility, we also offer six unique educational programs for youth aged 6-17. These programs run through the Fall and Spring for kids interested in the performing arts. At BMT, we believe that everyone has something special to contribute with our company. Whether your interest is on or off stage, experienced or not, everyone has a place.
Festival Artistic Director