Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts
-William Littler, Toronto Star
Founded in 2014, Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to defining Niagara-on-the-Lake as an international destination for world-class music and intimate, innovative performances of the highest calibre.
Bravo Niagara! presents world-renowned Canadian and international artists, as well as rising young stars, in intimate venues ranging from modern wineries to historic buildings in Niagara-on-the-Lake. At Bravo Niagara!’s annual Spring into Music @ Stratus series, the Stratus Vineyards Press Alley transforms from a working winery into an intimate, industrial chic concert space with a 9-ft concert grand taking centre stage. These intimate venues create an interactive experience between artist and audience and bring new energy to the conventional concert experience.
Past artists include some of the greatest classical artists to the top names in jazz, including James Ehnes, Mari Kodama, Valentina Lisitsa, the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Wycliffe Gordon, Molly Johnson, and more.
Set in Canada’s Prettiest Town, Bravo Niagara! performances create a “Symphony of the Senses” that combine music, wine, culinary and visual arts with Niagara-on-the-Lake’s natural beauty, historic riches, and awe-inspiring wonders. Bravo Niagara! believes that “the sum is greater than the parts,” and thus the synthesis of these art forms has the potential to create extraordinary multi-sensory concert experiences.
The Folks Behind It All
Mother-daughter team Christine Mori and Alexis Spieldenner founded Bravo Niagara! in 2014.
Artistic Director Christine Mori began her musical studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music with Boris Berlin. She studied with André Watts at Tanglewood and attended the Aspen Music Festival & School, Mozarteum Salzburg, and later The Juilliard School.
Upon graduation from Juilliard, Christine began her career with the Florida Orchestra where she performed as pianist for 30 years with artists ranging from Isaac Stern to Bobby McFerrin. Bravo Niagara! begins a new chapter in Christine’s musical career that reconnects her with her Canadian roots. She is excited to bring her experience and love of music to the community of Niagara-on-the-Lake and hopes her innovative approach to the concert-going experience will attract new audiences and ensure a life-long appreciate of the arts.
As the “musician’s kid,” Alexis Spieldenner spent much of her childhood growing up backstage. A Duke University alumna (’13), Alexis graduated with High Distinction in International Comparative Studies. She also worked alongside the Vice Provost for the Arts on various music and social entrepreneurship initiatives, performed as harpist for the Duke Symphony Orchestra, and worked for KidZNotes, an El Sistema-inspired organization that provides classical music education for children at risk.