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October 12-14, 2018

A feast of classical & jazz music

St. John's Anglican Church

A feast of Classical and Jazz Music

Stirlingfest is a fall weekend feast of classical and jazz music to be held in St. John's Anglican Church, Stirling this October. We have gathered the very best instrumentalists to perform at this historic venue and for those who have a passion for classical music or a love of jazz this will be a weekend for you. Following each performance there will be a reception providing audience members an opportunity to meet the performers and a chance to taste the marvellous fare of the region and especially Hastings County.

friday october 12, 7:30 pm


Saturday october 13, 7:30 pm


sunday october 14, 3:00 pm


The Venue

Historic St John's Anglican Church

This historic church has graced the landscape of Stirling since it was erected in 1860. The architect, Thomas Fuller, of Fuller and Jones, prepared the drawings for this parish church in the same year he was awarded the contract to design the parliament buildings in what would become the Nation's capital, Ottawa. This lovely stone church has a warm and intimate interior and possesses a very suitable acoustic for listening to music.

In 1989 St. John's purchased a tracker action pipe organ from Gabriel Kney, London. The inaugural recital of this instrument was recorded by CBC in June, 1990 and this organ will be featured in the Sunday afternoon concert.

Meet the Artists


Atis Bankas


Violinist extraordinaire and visionary, Atis Bankas is a soloist, leader and chamber musician. He is the leader of the Ensemble CamerAtis, first violinist of the Gould String Quartet and founder and Artistic Director of Music Niagara...

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Victoria Kogan


Russian born Victoria Korchinskaya-Kogan is one of the most significant pianist of our time. Praised as “an admirably gifted performer’’ by Yuri Temirkanov, “the pianist of great talent having extraordinary skills and boundless musicality...

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Michael Bloss


MICHAEL BLOSS has developed a celebrated reputation for animated performances, sensitive collaborative playing and illuminative coaching. In an enviable career of touring, performing and recording throughout the world,...

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Toronto All-Star Big Band

Jazz Band

One of the most exciting bands around, the Toronto All-Star Big Band revives the spirit style and sound of the 30ʼs, 40ʼs and 50ʼs – that golden age of the big bands. Armed with brilliant programming, choreography and engaging cultural...

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Vera Alekseeva


Vera Alekseeva first studied violin at the Perm Music School in Perm Russia, then at Moscow Gnessin High State College and finally at the M. Glinka Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory where she received a Diploma of Orchestra Artist...

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Anna Antropova


Born in the Ukraine, Anna Antropova graduated with a Master's degree in Viola performance from Glinka State Conservatory of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. She started her professional career with the National Opera and Ballet Theatre...

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Jonathan Tortolano


Cellist Jonathan Tortolano studied with Elsa Hilger, attended the New England Conservatory of Music and has degrees from Oberlin College and the Cleveland Institute of Music. He also studied with William Pleeth and Janos Starker...

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Eric Friesen

Host for the Opening Night

Eric Friesen’s name and voice are well known to radio listeners. A longtime radio personality who has been called one of the most gifted broadcasters in the industry, Eric has hosted many CBC flagship programs,including All in a Day,...

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Tickets: $30 each

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St. John's Anglican Church
73 North Street
Stirling, Ontario

P: 613-398-7573

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