Drums and Dances:
Christmas Music for Choir and Percussion
Saturday, December 1, 2018
The Church of St John the Evangelist
320 Charlton Avenue West
The music of the season comes alive with the sounds of Musicata and percussionists Bryan Allen and Stefan Kitai. Traditional sounds of Christmas are given a buoyant twist as Hamilton’s voices combine with marimba, djembe, shakers and congas. Holiday music from the African diaspora and Latin America along with favourites in new forms by Bob Chilcott, John Rutter and many others make this concert a unique and unforgettable way to usher in the most wonderful time of the year.
Bryan Allen and Stefan Kitai, Percussionists
Hailing from Mississauga, Ontario, Bryan Allen enjoys life as a soloist, orchestral musician, and a chamber musician. In the past several years, Bryan has won several prizes for contemporary solo percussion. He is the interested in familiarizing classical western music culture with the endless possibilities of all percussion instruments. Bryan continuously dedicate a balance of time to developing his abilities as a percussionist so that he can maximize the capabilities of the instruments in both the “perfection” of orchestral music and outside of the classical world. Recently living in Saskatoon as Principal Percussionist for the Saskatoon Symphony, Bryan won the Grand Prize for the annual Saskatoon Kinsmen Competition, as well as the Grand Prize for the Provincial Music Festival.
A native of Hamilton, Stefan received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto, and his Master degree from McGill University in percussion performance. He composes music from film and other forms of interactive media, and is currently studying composition at Sheridan College in the MASSIVE program. As a percussionist, he has performed with orchestras in Ontario, including the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Brantford Symphony Orchestra, and has been a member of the Nation Academy Orchestra of Canada for three seasons (2013-15).
Concert Preview: Drums and Dances
Music Director Roger Bergs previews Musicata’s December 1st concert, “Drums and Dances: Christmas Music for Choir and Percussion”.