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Ovation Symphonic Productions is the result of vision and passion by its musician founders, Ross Daly and Angela Cox-Daly.

Ross Daly and Angela Cox-Daly were born and musically raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. While still in university (U of Toronto), they created a vision of a life together as a performing husband and wife, violin and viola, duo. Upon graduation in 1987, with degrees in music performance and having freshly married, they launched "The Daly Duo Strings" as their newly formed company. One year later, Angela secured a position with the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony as their 2nd Associate Concertmaster. They promptly moved to the Waterloo region and settled into the community. Since then, they have grown as a company (and family with three children) to be a full service entertainment agency, and in doing so, appropriately changed the company name to "Daly Live Music & Entertainment"!


Their message to you:

We are committed to creating shows your audience loves by providing the highest quality of live entertainment "Powered by Your Symphony Orchestra!" Our shows appeal to broad audiences and are designed to be artistically and commercially successful. It's so easy, all you do is "Simply Add Orchestra".

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President

Ross Daly

Ross Daly is a talented musician with a unique vision and passion. His formal music training, on violin, viola and piano, was through the Classical stream culminating with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance from the University of Toronto (1987), after having attended the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto) for many years.

After several years of performing in the symphonic scene in such orchestras as the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic, Thunder Bay, Windsor and Niagara Symphonies, Ross ventured into other styles of music including Jazz, Latin, Celtic, New Age, Pop and Rock, and also began composing some truly original works.

Ross has honed his music arranging skills over the past 32 years having written hundreds of scores for string duos, trios, quartets, ensembles and symphony orchestra. He also performs in and arranges all the music for Mannheim Virtuosi and The Classical Rock Show.

For the past 10 years, he has toured with Bounty Enterprises tribute show productions to ABBA (ABBA-Mania), Bee Gees (Night Fever), Rod Stewart (Forever Young), Tom Jones, Tina Turner, Neil Diamond (Solitary Man), Ray Charles, Engelbert Humperdinck, Elvis (Stephen Kabakos), Glitter Sisters (Disco Show) as electric violinist, keyboardist and/or orchestra music arranger and conductor. He has also on occasion stepped in as "Maurice Gibb" in the Bee Gees show "Night Fever". Ross recently conducted the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra with the ABBA-Mania and Bee Gees shows.

In partnership with his musician-wife, Angela Cox-Daly, Ross is the co-founder of the "Daly Music Academy", as well as music education director and instructor. In addition, he enjoys adjudicating at music festivals and competitions. Together, Ross & Angela also manage the entertainment agency "Daly Live Music & Entertainment" which provides live music and entertainment for all types of special events - worldwide! Their three children are musician members of the wonderful Kitchener Waterloo Youth Orchestra programme.

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Vice-President

Angela Cox-Daly

Angela Cox-Daly has been a member of the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony (KWS) since 1988 as second associate concertmaster until 2003. After a playing related injury and almost three years off, Angela gratefully returned as a first section violinist. She is an active chamber music performer in Canada and the United States and has appeared as soloist with various chamber and symphony orchestras. Angela was on scholarship at the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto) in the Course for Gifted Students for seven years and was a recipient of over one hundred awards and scholarships in both piano and violin prior to graduating from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Music in Performance degree.

Angela enjoys a versatile career including performing with Bounty Enterprises tribute show productions to ABBA (ABBA-Mania), Bee Gees (Night Fever), Rod Stewart (Forever Young), Tom Jones, Tina Turner, Neil Diamond (Solitary Man), Ray Charles, Engelbert Humperdinck, Elvis (Stephen Kabakos), Glitter Sisters (Disco Show) as electric violinist and keyboardist.

She also enjoys teaching, conducting, coaching, adjudicating, summer music festivals, etc. In partnership with her musician-husband, Ross Daly, she is the co-founder of the "Daly Music Academy", as well as music education director and instructor. They also manage the entertainment agency "Daly Live Music & Entertainment" which provides live music and entertainment for all types of special events - worldwide! Angela participates in a variety of unique music education and outreach programmes in her local community.

Angela and Ross have three children who are musician members of the wonderful Kitchener Waterloo Youth Orchestra programme. Angela is also an avid trick water-skier!

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VP Marketing/Sales

Chris Sharpe

Christopher Sharpe has been a member of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony since 1979. Chris came to Wilfrid Laurier Orchestra in 1979 and graduated with a Bachelor of Music Performance degree in 1982, at which time he became a full-time member of the KWS. He has held the position of Associate Principal 'Cellist since 1985.

In addition to his KWS work, Chris has been a cello teacher, chamber musician, and the conductor of the KWS Junior and Intermediate Youth Orchestras. He served several years as KWS Personnel Manager and briefly served as Acting General Manager for the KWS. He has also designed and maintained several business websites over the years, including the site you are now visiting.

As VP of Marketing and Sales for Ovation, Chris is realizing his passion for music performances that break new ground!

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