Thank you to the BNMO orchestra, Lindsey and Peter Barrett, Simone Caruso, Hamilton Children’s Choir directed by Zimfira Poloz and all those that attended the Burlington New Millennium Orchestra 2018 Christmas Family Holiday Concert which won rave reviews:
“Its a wonderful orchestra. Very professional and some lovely choices of Christmas music.”
Sue C., Burlington
“Excellent – on par with a Toronto Symphony with more heart and personality. Congrats on a wonderful evening – will do everything I can to promote the next performance!”
Ellen E., Burlington
“The concert was amazing… we really enjoyed every moment… the orchestra, the opera singers, the choir… blew my mind …beyond our expectations. I would recommend to my family and friends.”
Jack K., Cambridge
Join us for an amazing evening of music and entertainment performed by the Burlington New Millennium Orchestra conducted by maestro Charles Cozen. The evening also includes celebrated guests Lindsay Barrett, Soprano; Peter Barrett, Baritone; Internationally acclaimed Hamilton Children’s Choir and Simone Caruso, Soprano plus a special appearance from Santa Claus!
The concert is at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, November 24th, 2018 at Compass Point Bible Church, 1500 Kerns Road, Burlington, Ontario L7P 3A7.
Lindsay Barrett attended the University of Toronto’s Opera School receiving the Tecumseh Sherman Rogers Graduating Scholarship. She recently appeared in Isis and the Seven Scorpions with the COC’s Xstrata Ensemble Studio School Tour.
Other credits include Tatyana in Eugene Onegin with Off Centre Music; Violetta in La Traviata with Saskatoon Opera; Laetitia in Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief, and Fanny in Rossini’s La Cambiale di Matrimonio with Highlands Opera Studio; Cunegonde in Candide and Flaminia in Haydn’s Il mondo della luna with UofT; and, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with conductor David Briskin and the U of T Orchestra.
Lindsay is currently an artist with the Canadian Opera Company
Peter Barrett is one of Canada’s most acclaimed artists on the opera and concert stage. In the 2016/2017 season, Barrett covered Mercutio in Romeo et Juliette and Morales in Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera, and performed Wolseley in Louis Riel at the Canadian Opera Company, Mozart’s Requiem with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, and Emile De Becque in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific with the Calgary Opera.
This season, he returns to the Metropolitan Opera to cover Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliette. He will sing Mercutio for Calgary Opera in the Fall off 2018, and Valentin for Vancouver Opera’s Faust. Further afield he revisits Marcello in La Boheme.
Peter Barrett studied at Hartwick College in the United States, attended Tanglewood’s Music Institute and graduated from the Glenn Gould Professional School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, where he studied under Roxolana Roslak and Peter Tiefenbach. Further credits include the “Galaxy Rising Star” prize for most promising young artist at the 32nd Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s National Competition for Young Performers.
Hamilton Children’s Choir, enjoys its reputation for being one of the leading children’s choral programs in the world. Going far beyond technical excellence, the choir lead by Music Director, Zimfira Poloz, consistently dazzles audiences with its focused sound, brilliant repertoire, and captivating stage presence. Celebrating over 40 years of choral singing, the Hamilton Children’s Choir has grown to include six choral groups and approximately 200 young singers aged 3 to 18. The HCC’s Ilumini choir has shared the stage with world renowned international artists, including Celine Dion at the 1999 Juno Awards and more recently, internationally acclaimed a capella group, Rajaton.
Across Canada, throughout Europe, and even in China, the HCC has participated in numerous choral events & competitions. In August 2014, the HCC was the only Canadian choir invited for the World Symposium on Choral Music in Seoul, South Korea and for the Polyfollia biennial choral showcase in France. The HCC joined the starstudded Toronto Pan Am Closing Ceremony on July 26, 2015 as the only children’s choir chosen from the entire nation for a solo performance of Shine Your Light to mark the Pan Am flame being extinguished. In June 2015, the HCC performed Apocalypsis in Tortonto’s signature cultural event, Luminato Festival. Consisting of 1,000 performers, this multi-disciplinary piece composed by acclaimed Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer was performed in full for the first time since 1980. The 2015 Luminato Festival was led by artistic director Jorn Weisbrodt and produced by Lemi Ponifasio. In March 2017, the choir has been invited to be the showcase children’s choir for the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA) National Conference.
In addition to gaining international acclaim, HCC is an active part of the thriving local arts community, performing with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the Bach Elgar Choir, the Toronto Northern Lights, TorQ, Chorus Niagara, Young Voices Toronto and the Canadian Male Orpheus Male Choir. The HCC has also performed at the Choirs & Organ Concert at Roy Thomson Hall, enjoyed special performances at the Haida Celebration, Ontario Sings, and at Hamilton TiCats games.
Soprano Simone Caruso has been singing and studying music for 16 years. She started taking private singing lessons when she was 6 years old and at the age of 8 started her classical training with pedagogue from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Simone also sang with the famous Hamilton Children’s Choir for five years where she competed in many national and international competitions.
Her performance credits include several appearances with music festivals in Southern Ontario and lead roles for many musicals in the greater Hamilton area including Jekyll and Hyde, Annie, Lucky Stiff, Songs For A New World and Stage to Screen. In 2006 Simone started competing in competitions such as the Kiwanis Festival, Hamilton Teen Idol and the St. Anthony’s Festival where she achieved first place in all three. In 2009 Simone won the Ontario Youth Talent Search and went on to compete at the National level in P.E.I.
In 2011 Simone became the vocal coach/vocal director of the Cathedral High School Glee Club in Hamilton. CHS Glee has competed at Show Choir Canada two years in a row and has walked away with first place in three categories.
Simone graduated from McMaster University in 2015 with her BA in Sociology. In 2017, Simone Caruso launched her debut album. Described as a “classical crossover,” Only Love is a mix of both original and previously recorded songs, compiled with the assistance of Juno nominated arranger/composer Charles T. Cozens.
She recently performed with Quartetto Gelato at the Niagara International Chamber Music Festival to critical acclaim, and will be appearing with Producer/Arranger Charles Cozens in various boutique concerts in Ontario.
Currently, Simone is continuing her vocal studies with Canadian mezzo-soprano Gisele Fredette, and is active as a vocal teacher with a roster of over 40 students.