Meet Conductor Kerry Stratton and Harpist Andrew Chan

November 7, 2014 | Miriam

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Kerry Stratton Conducting
Kerry Stratton. Credit: Toronto Concert Orchestra.

Many Torontonians know Kerry Stratton from the wonderful music he introduces and plays on New Classical Music 96.3 FM, where he hosts Conductor's Choice on Sundays from 3-9 pm and The Oasis, weekdays, 3-5 pm.

You can meet Maestro Stratton in person this Saturday, November 8, 2 pm, at Northern District as we launch our three-part series, For the Love of Music. Kerry Stratton will be joined by harpist Andrew Chan. The rich yet delicate sounds of the harp, perhaps the oldest string instrument, will help to make this a unique listening and learning experience.


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Harpist Andrew Chan. Photo Credit: Albano Martins

In the first talk, The Experience of Music, Kerry Stratton--aided by Andrew Chan's playing--looks at how our public experiences of music have changed greatly, not least because of the modern ubiquity of electronic recordings. As Stratton will explain, a love of music and a bit of time will greatly enhance musical enjoyment and understanding.


The second lecture will look at The Conductor's Art. Stratton has conducted orchestras all over the world, from China to the Czech Republic. He is presently the conductor of The Toronto Concert Orchestra. The series wraps up with a look at the extraordinarily beautiful music of Wolfgang Amadues Mozart as well as his life, as seen through his sometimes extremely ribald letters,  Mozart's Most Faithful, November 29. 


If you are a classical music lover, or a play an instrument, Toronto Public Library has a fabulous collection of CDs, scores, books and more that can be borrowed:

Naxos Music Library is a vast archive of classical recordings--more than 100,000 discs and 1.5 million tracks!

The library's Performing Arts Centre is a magnet for musicians all over the city. It has a huge collection of printed music scores and most can be borrowed. It also has an important CD and LP collection for use in the library.