Barrie Concerts & Georgian Music

Toronto Concert Orchestra

March 18, 2023, 7:30pm - Hiway Church

A Night at the Opera

Marcus Willem Scholtes, conductor

Marcus Scholte

Marcus Willem Scholtes is an alumnus of the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where he graduated with a Doctor of Music degree in Violin Performance in the studio of renowned pedagogue Mimi Zweig. He also holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan and an Honours Bachelor of Music degree from McGill University, both in violin performance. Marcus is currently the Associate Concertmaster of Sinfonia Toronto, a Juno-award winning chamber orchestra, and his teaching is based at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Excelling on both the violin and the piano, Marcus provides a dynamic performance which combines the difficult solo repertoire of both instruments on one concert recital. The culmination of this achievement is expressed on his own inimitable, “The Unaccompanied Marcus” concert series. (Please visit the Media tab for video clips). Most recently he has performed back-to-back violin and piano concerti with Sinfonia Toronto.

Marcus maintains a strong musical presence in Southern Ontario, performing with many of the orchestras in the area, including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Concert Orchestra, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. Chamber ensembles include the Ars Ephemera Quartet based in Hamilton, and the HMM Trio with pianist Heidi Wall and cellist Miriam Stewart-Kroeker, who perform at many recital series in the area. Marcus is also a dedicated pedagogue, guiding his students to high accomplishments in RCM Examinations, Kiwanis Music Festivals and various youth orchestras. He has led orchestra sectionals at WLU, and is becoming increasingly sought after for adjudicating.

Marcus has performed internationally in the USA, Europe, and Asia. Most recently, he performed in Gwangju, South Korea. He was a grant recipient of a Canadian Aldeburgh Foundation Award and was invited to attend the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme in Suffolk, England. He performed with the Aldeburgh World Orchestra in 2012, touring in Germany and Holland before playing at the BBC Proms as part of the 2012 London Olympiad. He has participated in the Aldeburgh String Residency Programme in 2010 and 2012, and was again invited to join the Residency as part of the Britten Centenary concerts in 2013.

Summer 2012 marked four years of his involvement with the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Germany, where he has served as Concertmaster and Principal 2nd Violin. In 2009 the festival orchestra performed in German cities including Berlin, Hannover, Dresden, and Flensburg, as well as in Sønderberg, Denmark; in the summer of 2010, the orchestra toured in the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland. He participated in the special tour project to Spain and Turkey in 2011, and as an alumnus was invited to participate in Lang Lang’s birthday project in 2012, performing at the O2 Stadium in Berlin. Marcus has also attended the Killington Music Festival in Vermont as an Artist Apprentice in 2007, and in the previous year, he participated in the AIMS (American Institute of Musical Studies) Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria.

Furthermore, scholarly and academic work is an important aspect of Dr. Scholtes’ focus. He achieved a perfect academic record during his time at Indiana University, and has been the recipient of many awards, distinctions, and scholarships. Most recently he was invited to join the Golden Key International Honors’ Society, and is also a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda Honors’ Society. He received a Full Tuition Scholarship for his Master’s degree at the University of Michigan. As an undergraduate, he made the Dean’s Honour List numerous times, and received the Faculty of Music Award, the James McGill Award, and the H. R. Ressler Scholarship. His doctoral dissertation, “The Historical Impact of William Walton’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra” has been published by Lambert Academic Publishing and is available in print worldwide and on He has also written program notes for the CD “Presenting Rachel Patrick” produced by Enharmonic Records. In furthering his pedagogical intent, he is currently seeking a publisher for his original method book, “Atonal Sight-Reading Method,” and lectures on the history of String Pedagogy.

Outside of his musical interests, Marcus is a driving and automotive enthusiast.

Sara Papini, Soprano

Sara Papini, Soprano

International opera singer Sara Papini has graced stages around Canada, the United States, Italy, France, and Israel.

Most recently, Ms. Papini made her Russian debut with the Primorsky Krai Philharmonic Orchestra in the Primorsky Krai Regional Hall, under the baton of Anatoliy Smirnov.

Her operatic roles include Musetta La Boheme, Adina L'Elisir d'Amore, Norina Don Pasquale, Gilda Rigoletto, Contessa Le nozze di Figaro, Donna Anna Don Giovanni, Princess L'enfant et les sortilèges and Silvia in Zanetto by Mascagni. She made her New York city debut in the role of Tina in Jonathan Dove's Flight, a New York city premier, with Mannes College conducted by Metropolitan Opera conductor Joseph Colaneri.

She has performed under the baton of Metropolitan Opera conductor Paul Nadler in New York, Montreal, Virgina and in Tel Aviv, Israel with the Israeli Chamber Orchestra.

Alongside her operatic success, Ms. Papini has had the opportunity to branch into the crossover industry. She is a JUNO nominee for her operatic vocal contribution to the EP Track entitled "Black Tuxedo" by rapper Maestro Fresh Wes.

She has also performed alongside Italian singer and artist Albano Carrisi in Toronto Canada, Pistrino Italy, and was invited to perform on the television show, I Raccomandati, in Rome Italy broadcasted on RAI UNO for over 50 million viewers.

Ms. Papini is a graduate of the prestigious Mannes College of Music in New York City. She has performed for numerous galas, fundraisers and private events in both New York City, Toronto and surrounding areas. She has also performed for such dignitaries as former Prime Minister Stephen J. Harper, former Prime Minister of Italy Enrico Letta, Princess Marconi, Her Royal Highness Prof. Li of Manchurian Empire China.

Romulo Delgado,Tenor

Romulo Delgado,Tenor

Romulo Delgado is a classically trained tenor and a world music multi-­‐ instrumentalist. He was a region finalist at the Hans Gabor Belvedere International Opera competition in Vienna, Austria. He trained in Toronto at the Royal Conservatory Music and the Glenn Gould School. His versatility as a performer has enchanted audiences all over North America and Europe. His operatic roles currently include Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata, Don Jose in Bizet’s Carmen, The Duke of Mantua in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Edgardo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Idomeneo in Mozart’s Idomeneo, Mario Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca, Macduff in Verdi’s Macbeth, Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Boheme and Riccardo in the Canadian premiere of Verdi’s Oberto.

Also in demand as a classical concert tenor soloist, his concert repertoire includes Beethoven’s Symphony No.9, Gounod’s St. Cecilia Mass, Dubois’ the seven last words of Christ, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Handel’s Samson, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Verdi’s Requiem and Handel’s Messiah.

Ultimately, what distinguishes Romulo’s singing is that “striking, powerful and ingratiating lyric tenor sound with all the money notes!” (Opera Canada) As a world music performer, Romulo has also toured and recorded with many international and local recording artists and been engaged by several of the fortune 500 corporations. Whether on the opera stage, or enchanting audiences with his world music passion,

“Romulo Delgado’s free, vigorous & lustrous tenor voice makes him one of Canada’s most unique performing artists.” (The Globe and Mail)

Bruce Owen Memorial Concert

September 10, 2022, 7:00pm, Hiway Church

Bruce Owen Memorial Concert

Pianist Shen Cai playing Barber and Schubert (about 33 minutes).Nurhan Arman and Sinfonia Toronto performing Puccini and Dvorak (about 35 minutes)NOTE: No intermission.MASKING MANDATORY

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VENUE: Hiway Church,
50 Anne Street North (MAP)
TIME: 7:30pm

A Night at the Opera

March 18, 2023, 7:30pm

Toronto Concert Orchestra

Marcus Scholtes conducts the Toronto Concert Orchestra along with Soprano Sara Papini and Tenor Romulo Delgado

True North Brass

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True North Brass

(Details of programme coming soon)

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VENUE: Bethel Community Church,
128 St. Vincent Street (MAPS TO VENUES )
TIME: 2:30pm

Magisterra Soloists Monumental Schubert’s “The Trout” plus more

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Magisterra Soloists Monumental Schubert’s “The Trout” plus more

(Full details to be finalized soon)

Canada's Treasure Harpist Judy Loman

April 16, 2023, 2:30pm

Kawartha Trio

Canada's Treasure, Harpist Judy Loman with her daughter and son in law, violist Linda Umbrico and clarinetist Ross Edwards. Mozart, Bruch, Debussy, Glick, Kreisler


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