Feb 11: Symphonic Pops - Soloists


Tony Carlucci: Trumpet | Adele: Skyfall

Tony Carlucci is one of Canada's most in demand trumpet players. Tony joins the MSO to perform Adele's, "Skyfall".Tony Carlucci’s musical career started when his father introduced him to the trumpet. He was nine. By fifteen, Tony was a regular in musical theatre, performing in such shows as “West Side Story”, “The Pajama Game” and “A Little Night Music”. Working regularly on the CBC Television Network in the eighties, Tony played with such artists as Corey Hart, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Frozen Ghost, Percy Sledge, the Drifters, Sam and Dave, the Spoons, Alfie Zappacosta, Rita McNeil, Don Rickles and Paul Anka. Tony now leads the dynamic, crowd-pleasing, studio-tight powerhouse Brass Transit, the world’s foremost Chicago tribute.

Paul Weston: Alto Saxophone | Bette Midler: Wind Beneath My Wings

Paul Weston, current MSO member, multi-instrumentalist, and former president of the board,  steps in front of the orchestra to play saxophone on Bette Midler's, "Wind Beneath my Wings".Paul began making music at the age of seven. When he was 16, Paul joined the Royal Marines Band Service as a winds and string player. His 26-year-career took him to over 50 counties and included three years on board the Royal Yacht Britannia in support of the Royal Family and British overseas trade interests.
A graduate of the Royal College of Music, Paul arrived in Canada in 2005. Since then, he has performed across the country with a wide variety of orchestras and bands as an instrumentalist, director and conductor.

Kirt Godwin: Guitar & Vocals | Ozzy Osbourne: Crazy Train, Metallica: Enter Sandman, The Beatles: Eleanor Rigby

Kirt Godwin is a Toronto based singer and guitarist with a career spanning 20 years. He has shared the stage with John Mayer, Bon Jovi, Kid Rock and Ed Sheeran. Kirt recently completed a hard rock album as a guitar/drums duo with his brother Shane Godwin under the moniker, "The Matte Black Finish". You can catch Kirt every Saturday night at Toronto's renowned, "The Orbit Room", where he fronts the electrifying, dance floor shaking 60's & 70's Motown/Stax/R'n'B band named, "Ride The Tiger". Kirt joins the MSO on guitar for Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train" and Metallica's, "Enter Sandman", as well as on vocals for The Beatles, "Eleanor Rigby".

Melodious Vibes: Saxophone & Vocals | The Verve: Bitter Sweet Symphony, George Michaels: Careless Whisper

Allan De Lara

Music Director and Saxophonist for Melodious Vibes, Allan leads and performs eclectic styles of music in various events and venues within the Toronto scene. He is also the music director, conductor and full time music teacher for The Academy for Gifted Children. Allan is an associate conductor and leads in rehearsals, parades, and performances for the Philippine Heritage Band. He instructs new and current members with development on their musical instruments. He is able to challenge, adapt and provide students with the musical knowledge that will nurture and shape their musical experience.

Keith Javier

Whether as a solo act or as part of a group performance, Keith has been seen rocking the stages of such local Toronto venues as The Opera House, Rivoli and El Mocambo, and has also sung the Canadian and American national anthems at the Rogers Centre for the Toronto Blue Jays. An experienced songwriter and production enthusiast, he has amassed a long collection of original work and recordings. Whether it's jazz, R&B or top 40, Keith's versatile, smooth and soulful vocal style is sure to please any crowd.

Stephanie Ferracane: Vocals | Leonard Cohen: Hallelujah

Stephanie began her vocal training at York University where she studied classical voice under the tutelage of renowned soprano Norma Burrowes.  She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Music Performance in 2008 and later earned a Master of Music Degree specified in Opera Performance from The University of British Columbia.  Stephanie has performed in a variety of leads touring in China with the UBC Opera Ensemble and later singing with Toronto Operetta Theatre.  Stephanie is currently working as stage director and performing the role of Mother Abbess for Opera By Request’s production of The Sound of Music.  On her spare time, Stephanie writes and records original pop and folk music and has appeared as a guest performer for rock bands such as Liberty Coast and Stereo Guns.  “I love what I do and it is my wish that through performing and teaching, I may reach out and inspire every human being to use music as a way of expanding the mind and freeing the soul.”