Gordon Gerrard, conductor
Conductor Gordon Gerrard is among the exciting new generation of music directors demonstrating new visions for orchestral leadership in Canada. Currently in his sixth season leading the Regina Symphony Orchestra, Gordon has distinguished himself as a leader in innovative and inclusionary programming. Trained first as a pianist and subsequently as a specialist in operatic repertoire, he brings a fresh perspective to the podium that endears him to audiences and musicians alike. After an international search, Gordon was appointed Music Director of the Regina Symphony Orchestra where he has taken bold steps reimagining the orchestra’s programming, including its Forward Currents Festival dedicated to social change and community engagement.
He has held the posts of Associate Conductor of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Resident Conductor of Calgary Opera. He has returned to Calgary Opera to lead productions of La Bohème, Roméo et Juliette, Die Fledermaus, Lakmé and the Canadian premiere of Mark Adamo’s Little Women, which was recorded for national broadcast on CBC’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera. Gordon made his debut with Edmonton Opera leading the western Canadian premiere of Rossini’s Le Comte Ory.
Gordon has made appearances with many of Canada’s leading orchestras, including Toronto, Québec, Kitchener-Waterloo and Victoria. He has worked regularly with the National Ballet of Canada, and in 2016, he made his European debut at Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsburg in Germany.
Chris Henderson, vocals & guitar
Since his debut in 2008, Chris Henderson has been one of the busiest Recording Artists in Canada. The former high school teacher has been touring relentlessly, and has released 17 singles to National radio including, “Don’t Miss Your Kiss Goodbye” (peaked at #47), “My Regret” (#47), and many more.
The veteran singer/songwriter released his fourth studio project, “Point of View” in late 2019 and has already started work on a 5th record. Henderson has been nominated for dozens of awards including three consecutive wins as the, “Male Artist of the Year” at the Saskatchewan Country Music Awards in in 2018-20, and “Songwriter of the Year” in 2014.
Henderson has appeared on stages such as the Craven Country Jamboree, Big Valley Jamboree, Boots & Hearts, Dauphin’s Country Fest, the Telemiracle cast, and more. He has also showcased at the CCMA’s for the songwriter series, the WCMA’s, and served on the CCMA Board of Directors.