On April 24-25, Stratus hosts Bravo Niagara! for the second annual “Spring into Music @ Stratus” featuring three exciting performances with internationally acclaimed artists. Join us and witness the transformation of the Stratus Press Alley into an intimate, industrial chic concert hall with a 9-ft Steinway taking centre stage.
Friday, April 24, 2015 @ 7:30pm
Soprano Julia Bullock & Pianist Renate Rohlfing
Bravo Niagara! presents soprano Julia Bullock, winner of the 2014 Naumberg International Vocal Competition, with pianist Renate Rohlfing. Julia has been hailed by The New York Times as “ravishingly visceral” and an “impressive, fast-rising soprano…poised for a significant career.” Renate Rohlfing is known as one of the most versatile and accomplished collaborative pianists of her generation, having worked with leading performs including soprano Anna Netrebko.
Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 2pm
Mari Kodama & Karin Kei Nagano
Internationally acclaimed pianist Mari Kodama has been hailed as “commanding and electrifying” by the LA Times. On April 25, she will take the stage with her 15-year-old daughter Karin Kei Nagano. A major highlight of the season for Mari Kodama is the release of the complete collection of Beethoven Piano Sonatas recordings, the culmination of more than a decade’s work. Fifteen-year-old acclaimed pianist Karin Kei Nagano is the daughter of Mari Kodama and Kent Nagano, the world-renowned conductor of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.
April 25, 2015 at 8pm
Bravo Niagara! presents the Canadian solo debut of jazz trumpeter Jumaane Smith. Best known to audiences around the world as Michael Bublé’s lead trumpeter for 10 years, Jumaane recently released his debut record I Only Have Eyes For You. Jumaane’s collaborations range from pop idols to jazz legends, including Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, Barbara Streisand, Natalie Cole, Wynton Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Santana, Chris Botti and more.
Jumaane writes of his album: “I strived to create an intimate album which focused on the sentiment of love and romance while being perfect for any occasion and best to be enjoyed with a glass of wine and someone you care about.”