Concerts

Concerts

"To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist."
Robert Schumann - Composer (1810-1856)

Multiple

Cities & Times (2017)

From Sunrise to sunset,
22 continual hours of concerts

16 livestreamed performances. coast to coast

details are still being determined.
Here are the preliminary concerts for 2017

St John’s

 

Sept 8th, 19:30-21:00(Local NDT) Pre-recorded

Venue: D.F. Cook Recital Hall, Memorial University - "The First Light from St. John's, Newfoundland"

Lead organizer: Dr. Jane Leibel

Artists and Performers

Sheilagh OLearyA St. John’s native, Sheilagh O’Leary is an award-winning photographer, filmmaker and art educator. Sheilagh has much experience in visual media including film, video and stills production, radio broadcasting, education, and not-for profit work specializing in areas of diversity and inclusion. She has run a successful photography business for over 25 years and her work has been exhibited and collected internationally, appearing in numerous art journals and publications. She published two books including 2011 NL Book award winner “Island Maid: Voices of Outport Women”, which documents rural women’s lives pre-fishing moratorium.

Elected Councillor at Large with the City of St. John’s in 2009 with the highest number of votes, Sheilagh ran unsuccessfully for Mayor in 2013 with 42% public support and made a resounding comeback in a Ward 4 by-election earlier last year. She is now a candidate for Deputy Mayor in the upcoming fall election. In her many years of advocacy, Sheilagh has been a strong, passionate voice in supporting positive change in our communities. She has been an energetic volunteer for over 25 years, a nature enthusiast and a mother of three. As a member of the Qalipu M’ikmaq First Nations Band, issues of cultural diversity and respect are paramount in her work.

She has been active on numerous boards, including North East Avalon Atlantic Coastal Action Program, The Irish Newfoundland Association of NL, The Canadian Mental Health Association of NL, Clean & Beautiful, The St. John’s Native Friendship Centre, and Equal Voice NL, where she is the former NL Chapter Chair. With a personal bucket list wish to swim five kilometres across the ‘Tickle’ from Portugal Cove to Bell Island, Sheilagh founded and swam twice, the ‘Tickle Swim for Mental Health’, a fundraising/awareness campaign for The Canadian Mental Health Association NL, now in its 5th year.

Alan KlausDr. Alan Klaus has been assistant professor of trumpet and horn at Memorial University since 2012. Born in London, Ontario, he previously served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Trumpet and Low Brass at Montana State University and as Brass Specialist at Mount Allison University. He is honoured to have been selected as a Bach Trumpet Artist and enjoys maintaining a varied schedule as a performer and clinician.
Klaus recently released a CD with American trombonist Timothy Dueppen including three new commissioned works. A featured soloist with the PEI Symphony Orchestra and at the Atlantic Band Festival, he has also appeared at numerous universities across North America for recitals and masterclasses. Klaus toured China as Principal Trumpet of the American Festival Orchestra and has performed with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Bozeman Symphony Orchestra, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra London (Canada), the World of Winds, the International Youth Wind Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and the National Youth Band of Canada.

Dan GoodyearDan Goodyear has worked in the education field for over 35 years. Dan’s early experience was in the public school system where he was employed as a classroom teacher, instructional resource teacher and a program coordinator at the school district level.

After working in the K-12 public school system Dan moved to post-secondary education, joining College of the North Atlantic, Newfoundland and Labrador’s public College. While Dan served in various positions at the College, he spent most of his time in Learner Services.

Dan accepted the position of Director of Student Support Services with the Department of Education, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2008. He led the implementation of the “Focusing on Students: The ISSP and Pathways Commission Report” which focused on improving services for students with exceptionalities.

In 2016 Dan joined the Canadian Mental Health Association-Newfoundland and Labrador Division as the Chief Executive Officer. Dan is a strong advocate for inclusive education and supportive environments where all can reach their full potential. Through collaboration, cooperation, creativity and thinking outside the box, Dan believes that together we can better support all of our citizens to achieve and enjoy full citizenship.

Duo ConcertanteCanada’s premiere violin and piano ensemble, Duo Concertante, are partners in music and in life. Known for the passion and brilliance of their performances, this husband and wife team’s extraordinarily unified voice has become one of the most striking features of their work. Critics have praised Nancy Dahn and Timothy Steeves’ “artistry, poetry, and impeccable technique” (La Scena Musicale) and “deeply integrated performances that flow naturally as if the music were being created on the spot” (Gramophone). The Duo’s busy touring schedule across North America, Europe, and China, have lead to performances at Wigmore Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, the National Arts Centre, and the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. The Duo’s recording of Murray Schafer’s Duo for Violin and Piano won a JUNO award in 2011 and their Bach Sonatas for Violin and Keyboard won the ECMA Best Classical Recording in 2017. They were recently elected as Fellows to the Royal Society of Canada and are both Research Professors at Memorial University.

Florian HoefneBorn and raised in Germany, trained in New York City and now based in Canada, jazz pianist and composer, Florian Hoefner, draws from a myriad of influences that cumulate in his unique brand of modern jazz. Praised as a “composer-bandleader of insightful resolve” by the New York Times and a “harmonically daring pianist … reaching toward new sonic territory” by Downbeat, Florian Hoefner has made his mark as an inventive creator and performer of exciting contemporary Jazz.

With his quartet, the Florian Hoefner Group, he has released 3 albums on Origin Records that have received rave reviews around the globe. “Luminosity,” his latest release that features tenor saxophonist Seamus Blake, has been described as a “starkly picturesque album ... that makes profound statements from quiet moments” by Downbeat and as a “total experience” by the New York Jazz Record. It has been nominated as Jazz Recording of the Year at the East Coast Music Awards 2017. As a member of the Germany-based collective, Subtone, Florian has released 4 critically acclaimed albums on labels including ENJA Records and performed on 4 continents including festivals such as Jazz Baltica (Germany), ACACIA Jazz Festival (Ethiopia), Jazz in Situ (Ecuador) and Tremplin Jazz d’Avignon (France) where the group was awarded the jury and audience awards.

A two-time winner of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award, Florian’s compositions and arrangements can be heard on many commercial albums by artists including Till Brönner, Jasmin Tabatabai and Peter Fessler. His big band compositions have been performed by the New York Jazz Orchestra, the Lucerne Jazz Orchestra, the German Youth Jazz Orchestra and the DanJam Orchestra.

Since 2014 Florian has also been active as a solo performer and has played at venues including the Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., the Kitano in New York City and the Jazz Bistro in Toronto. In 2016, he was awarded a grant by the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council to write and record his first solo piano album. The collection of all new original compositions and improvisations was recorded at Sendesaal Bremen, a heritage protected radio hall of unparalleled acoustics in Northern Germany and is inspired by the nature and landscape around his home in St. John’s, Newfoundland at the shores of the North Atlantic. The album will be released under the title “Coldwater Stories” on September 15th on Origin Records.

Ian SutherlandBorn and raised in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, Dr. Ian Sutherland is Dean of the School of Music at Memorial University. Internationally he has developed a dynamic career as an academic leader, educator, researcher, and consultant. Prior to his Memorial University return he served as Associate Dean for Research and Director of PhD Studies at IEDC–Bled School of Management (Slovenia) and Research Fellow of the Centre for Leadership Studies at the University of Exeter (UK). Other appointments include: Adjunct Professor of Leadership at the Warsaw University of Technology Business School (Poland), Fellow of the Peter Pribilla Stiftung – Technische Universität München (Germany), Co-Convener of the Deans, Directors and Chairs Affinity Group of the International Leadership Association (USA). A leading expert in the art and business nexus, Ian was originally trained as a professional musician. Holding B.Mus. (Hons) and M. Mus. Degrees from the School of Music of Memorial University (Canada), he completed his PhD in Sociology and Philosophy at the University of Exeter (UK) under Prof. Tia DeNora. Today he brings these backgrounds together combining expertise in sociology, philosophy, creativity, music and leadership studies. A globally active speaker, facilitator and organizational development practitioner he has worked across numerous industries in more than 40 countries.

Kathryn LadanoKathryn Ladano is one of Canada’s premiere bass clarinetists. She is a specialist of contemporary music and free improvisation and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician across Canada and abroad. Several works have been composed for her and her ensembles from some of Canada’s most distinguished composers. Kathryn holds a masters degree in bass clarinet performance from the University of Calgary and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in music from the University of Waterloo. Her performance instructors have included Stan Climie, Tilly Kooyman and world-renowned bass clarinetist and improviser, Lori Freedman. Kathryn has participated in workshops and masterclasses from world-renowned musicians such as bass clarinetist Harry Sparnaay and legendary improviser and percussionist, Eddie Prévost. Kathryn has studied Electroacoustic Composition with Richard Windeyer and Jazz improvisation with Sundar Viswanathan and has also performed with internationally known musicians and improvisers such as Douglas Ewart, Richard Robeson, Ed Sarath, Billy Satterwhite, Michael Jefry Stevens, Stephen Nachmanovitch, and Dong-Won Kim.
Kathryn is heavily involved in both educational and creative work. She is currently the Artistic Director of NUMUS concerts, the Director of ICE (Improvisation Concerts Ensemble) and instructor of improvisation studio at Wilfrid Laurier University, and the bass clarinet instructor at the University of Waterloo. As an enthusiast of improvisation in the classroom and bass clarinet repertoire, she has guest lectured in university classes and conducted workshops across Canada for both teachers and students. Additionally, Kathryn has been a guest speaker and performer at various conferences such as the 2004 World Bass Clarinet Convention, 2013 Summit on Improvisation Pedagogy and Community Impact in Guelph, the 2014 McGill University Music Graduate Symposium, the 2014 International Society for Improvised Music Conference in New York City, and the 2015 Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium.

Currently, Kathryn performs as a soloist and in a number of ensembles that specialize in new music and free improvisation such as In Orbit, Edges, and Stealth; her duo with famed TorQ percussionist, Richard Burrows; the duo released their debut CD, “…listen”, in the summer of 2015 with generous support from the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund. Kathryn was a 2010 nominee for KW Oktoberfest Woman of the Year in the “arts and culture” category and the 2015 winner of the Cook Homes Music Award at the Waterloo Region Arts Awards.

Kathryn’s debut CD “Open” was released in September, 2010 and was made possible by a grant from the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund. Her music has been featured on CBC radio 2, CISM in Montréal, CJSW in Calgary, CKMS in Waterloo, and on TienCC in The Netherlands. In the fall of 2011, Kathryn completed a Fall Creative Residency at the prestigious Banff Centre for the Arts and she is currently pursuing her PhD at York University under the supervision of Casey Sokol. Kathryn’s research interests include improvisation pedagogy and the use of free improvisation as therapy for musicians with various anxieties.

Kathryn Ladano is a Vandoren Canada musician.

Kristina SzutorPraised by the American Record Guide for the "brilliance and meticulous sensitivity" of her playing, pianist Kristina Szutor is both a passionate performer as well as a skilled and dedicated teacher, adjudicator and clinician.

Her two solo piano CDs- Bookends in Time and Après Scarlatti -both present very attractive and listenable contemporary works for piano. She can also be heard as a collaborative artist two vocal CDs; Voyage to Canada and Songs and Sonnets with School of Music colleagues, Carolyn Schiller and Jane Leibel.

As an adjudicator, she has been invited to sit on panels for the Juno awards, for the Eckhard-Grammattée international contemporary music competition for piano and for local and national festivals all across Canada. Kristina holds a Masters Degree in performance form the Juilliard School of Music and a Doctorate from the University of British Columbia. She has been a faculty member at the School of Music since 1991.

Kristina is an avid gardener, cook, animal lover and mother of a 17-year old daughter who plays violin and viola

The Atlantic BoychoirThe Atlantic Boychoir is the first and only Provincial choir of boys and young men in Canada. The Singing Ambassadors of Newfoundland and Labrador are selected singers from across the Province that are inspired by the famous European model of SATB boy-choir singing known in Europe for Centuries. The Atlantic Boychoir provides artistic training for over 100 boys and young men from the age of 4 to 22. The repertoire includes both traditional and modern works of both Canadian and International composers, famous classical compositions from all musical periods and large choral works, Newfoundland folk songs, contemporary music and choral arrangements of popular music. The founding artistic directors are Dr. Jakub and Jennifer Martinec, choir closely cooperates with music educators and voice teachers from across the Province, concert choir pianists are Drs. Jennifer Matthews and David Chafe. The Atlantic Boychoir would like to be recognized for the high level of choral excellence and its stable unique sound quality created by the uniform voice training.

Tina DaviesTina Davies is the President and founder of Richard's Legacy Foundation for Survivors of Suicide Loss. Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, she moved to St. John's, Newfoundland with her husband Kim in the year 2000. Having lost their eldest son, Richard to suicide at the age of 18, she decided to start a support group for survivors of a suicide loss. That was 12 years ago. Tina is also Vice President of ASIST NL ( Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and teaches workshops for suicide prevention, intervention and postvention. She speaks about suicide across the province and is on the Steering Committee for the Community Coalition for Mental Health NL. Tina recently opened a place called The Comfort House, where support group meetings, workshops, and other events are held. It is a place where people can go if they are not feeling safe with themselves, or just drop in for a chat or a session in the Healing Room.













Trinitas Cook-Cheramy-Roberts_GSL-7621Born from a desire to explore the fringes of standard classical chamber music and to present engaging, off-beat performances, Trinitas is Eastern Canada’s premiere flute/cello/piano chamber ensemble. Taking its name from the Latin word for “three,” the group consists of three outstanding musicians with a shared vision and infectious onstage chemistry. Accomplished soloists in their own right, the members of Trinitas have performed around the world, including St Petersburg (Russia), Llangollen (Wales), Uberlândia (Brazil), and Tegucigalpa (Honduras). Trinitas gave its premiere performance in Toronto in June of 2015, and since then this new ensemble has inspired rave audience reaction at venues in Washington DC, Ontario, Alberta, and Newfoundland.

Michelle Cheramy, flute, has been hailed as a “...fine blend of artistry and bravura” (Edmonton Journal) and recognized for the beauty of her sound, the fluidity of her playing and her interpretive skills in repertoire from the 18th to 21st centuries. From her maritime base Michelle has appeared as concerto soloist with orchestras in Canada, the United States and Russia, and in recital venues across Canada and the US. She is currently associate professor of music at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Nathan Cook, cello, has been praised for his “authoritative yet relaxed” playing, his “sweet and pliant” sound, and “the combination of vigour and beauty” in his interpretation (Houston Chronicle). Nathan’s performances have been heard regionally and nationally in Canada on CBC Radio, and in the US on NPR stations in New York, Texas and Iowa. He has served as principal cellist of the Houston Chamber Orchestra and the Newfoundland Symphony, and recent international work has included teaching and performing residencies at string festivals in Brazil and Honduras.

Phil Roberts, piano, has served as visiting assistant professor of piano for the School of Music at Memorial University, as accompanist and vocal coach for the instrumental and vocal faculties at Memorial, and as a much sought-after collaborative colleague in the larger St. John’s community. His solo and collaborative work has taken him across Canada and to the U.S. and Europe, where his impressively broad performance skills have allowed him to enjoy work in the genres of jazz, opera and musical theatre as well as classical chamber music.


Halifax

 

6:30-8:00(Local ADT) Prerecorded

Venue: Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Dalhousie Arts Centre, Dalhousie University

Rebecca Cohn TheatreSince 1971, the Dalhousie Arts Centre has been a key feature in Nova Scotia’s arts and culture landscape. The Dalhousie Arts Centre is home to the Fountain School of Performing Arts, the Nova Scotia Art Gallery and the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. The Rebecca Cohn Auditorium regularly features performances by local performing artists as well as world-famous national and international entertainers.

Thank you to Dalhousie University for their continued support and encouragement.



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Lead organizer: Prof. Marcia Swanston

Marcia SwanstonMarcia Swanston’s voice has taken her to opera stages around the world. Today, it’s brought the mezzo-soprano to Dalhousie where she is a professor of voice. Originally from Alberta, Prof. Swanston did post-graduate studies in concert and opera in London, England, at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. As a professional opera singer, Prof. Swanston has performed with orchestras and opera companies in more than 50 roles across North America and Britain. More
marcia.swanston@dal.ca

Artists and Performers

Marcia SwanstonMarcia Swanston (vocal)
Marcia Swanston, mezzo-soprano, has enjoyed a long and critically acclaimed career, lauded for her vocal beauty and technical ease, as well as her wide-ranging acting ability and dramatic musical interpretations. She has performed more than 50 operatic roles with opera companies across Canada and the U.S., as well as the significant orchestral works for mezzo with this country's major symphony orchestras. More


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Ottawa

 

10:30-12:00(Local EDT) Live

Venue: Freiman Hall, University of Ottawa "Wheels of a Dream"

Freiman Hall in OttawaMusic students or groups enjoy performing on the Freiman Event Center stage in front of an audience.

Thank you to University of Ottawa for their continued support and encouragement.

Lead organizer: Prof. Christiane Riel

Christiane RielAppreciated for more than the sheer beauty of her voice, Christiane Riel is recognized for the generosity and intensity of her interpretations. The heroines of Puccini, Verdi, and those of the French romantic repertoire encompass the very heart of her remarkable career. After a triumphant debut with the Canadian Opera Company, Ms. Riel has enjoyed an international career throughout Canada, the United States, and Australia. A “heartbreakingly believable” Madama Butterfly, Ms. Riel’s Cio-Cio-San is acclaimed worldwide in over 18 different productions. More
criel@uOttawa.ca


Toronto

 

12:00-13:30(Local EDT) Live

Venue: Walter Hall at the University of Toronto

walterhallNamed for Arnold Walter, Dean of UofT Music (1952-1968), with 490 seats, Walter Hall is Toronto’s finest small auditorium. Designed for chamber music and solo recitals, Walter Hall also has a Casavant Organ.

Thank you to University of Toronto for their continued support and encouragement.

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Lead organizer: Monica Whicher

Monica WhicherStyle and musical elegance combined with an intuitive theatrical sense are the hallmarks of soprano Monica Whicher’s performances on the concert and opera stage. In recent seasons, the varied aspects of her artistry have been reflected in performances with the Toronto Symphony (Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder), Houston’s Mercury Baroque (Vivaldi’s Motezuma), the Colorado Symphony (Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven Mass in C), the Calgary Philharmonic and the Edmonton Symphony (Mendelssohn’s Elijah), the Elmer Iseler Singers (Bach’s Mass in B Minor, for CBC radio), Symphony Nova Scotia (Fauré Requiem, Brahms Requiem) and in recitals across Canada. More
monicawhicher@aol.com


Kitchener Waterloo

 

13:30-15:00(Local EDT) Live

Venue: Maureen Forrester Recital Hall at Wilfrid Laurier University - "The Sounds of Silence"

LaurierUThe Recital Hall seats 323 guests

Thank you to Wilfrid Laurier University for their continued support and encouragement. We are especially indebted to the Faculty of Music and the Office of the Dean of Students for their sponsorship of this concert.

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Lead organizer: Prof. Kimberly Barber

Kimberly BarberThis season saw Canadian mezzo-soprano Kimberly Barber return to Toronto’s Tapestry Opera, creating the role of the fortuneteller Asa in the world premiere of Aaron Gervais and Colleen Murphy’s OKSANA G to critical acclaim. Kimberly also appeared with Ojibwe narrator Rene Meshake, TorQ Percussion Quartet and harpist Angela Schwarzkopf in a newly commissioned work, THIS LAND, by composer Abigail Richardson-Schulte, to commemorate the Canadian sesquicentennial for NUMUS in Waterloo, Ontario in May 2017.

Kimberly has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Naxos, CBC Records, Teldec and Dutton Classics. Grounded in the traditional, but a champion of new music, she has performed numerous world and Canadian premieres, collaborating with musicians of all stripes.

A powerful advocate of mental health and suicide prevention and awareness, Kimberly was project lead for Laurier's inaugural Mysterious Barricades concert, also taking the helm for this year's event. She brings an adventurous spirit to the voice and opera programs at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she has been on faculty since 2002 and recently assumed the role of Associate Dean: External. More
kbarber@wlu.ca

Artists and Performers

Anna RonaiAnna Ronai (piano)
Anna Ronai has collaborated with such distinguished singers as Michelle Breedt, Bernarda Fink, Robert Holl, and instrumentalists Ulrike Anton and Brooks de Wetter-Smith. Anna has preformed at major venues in Europe, North America and China, including the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall in New York, Gläserner Saal, Musikverein, and Schubert Saal, Konzerthaus in Vienna.
Anna maintained vocal and instrumental coaching positions at the Vienna and Innsbruck Conservatories, and the Institute for European Studies, in Vienna. She has played for master-classes with esteemed artists including Brigitte Fassbaender, Christa Ludwig, Thomas Hampson and Linda Watson. Anna has appeared and placed in several major Lied Duo competitions such as the Robert Schumann Duo Competition, Zwickau, Germany, the East & West Artists International Auditions, New York, U.S.A and Schubert und die Moderne in Graz, Austria.
Anna is a graduate of the Music University of the Arts Vienna, and holds two Masters degrees, one in Piano Performance and the other in Collaborative Piano.
In 2009 Anna moved to Canada, and took the position of vocal coach and accompanist at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo. She is an active performer at concerts and recitals across Ontario.
Recent performances include “Music Toronto”, (world-premiere of ”Manidoog”, by native composer Barbara Croall), the Caledon Music Festival and the McMaster University celebrity series.

Glenn MaraisGlenn Marais is an incredible singer, Juno Nominated songwriter and an amazing guitar player who has been compared to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix. He performs solo and with his band The Mojo Train and performs every show like it his last pouring his heart and soul into his performances.


















Heather TavesHeather Taves (couperin)
Pianist Heather Taves (www.heathertaves.com) performs in classical, contemporary, and popular idioms. Emerging first as a classical concert pianist, she was acclaimed in the classical music industry by age sixteen when she entered McGill University, and her graduation recital at age nineteen was broadcast nationwide in Canada by the CBC. In the same year, she performed the Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 3 with the McGill Symphony Orchestra under Uri Mayer, won the Grand Prize for all categories of the Quebec Music Festival, and first prizes in the CMC and the National Festival of Music with her trio, the Trio de Quebec. She also won scholarships to the Banff and Orford Arts Centres, and a Canada Council Grant to obtain her Master of Music at Indiana University. In the creative environment of Indiana University she joined the legendary piano class of Gyorgy Sebok, but simultaneously discovered her interests in jazz, world music, early music and improvisation. On graduating from Indiana, she became a concert artist based in Montreal, performing over 80 concerts a year while teaching part-time at the McGill Conservatory. At age 30, she won a major Quebec fellowship to obtain her doctorate at Stony Brook in New York. Completing her doctorate in two years, she was immediately offered a tenure-track professorship at Brock University, and four years later her current position at Wilfrid Laurier University. Since then, she has integrated her love of undergraduate teaching in her home country of Canada with an international performing career in diverse genres. Her own compositions have been recorded on two CDs.More



Kathryn LadanorKathryn Ladano is one of Canada’s premiere bass clarinetists. She is a specialist of contemporary music and free improvisation and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician across Canada and abroad. Several works have been composed for her and her ensembles from some of Canada’s most distinguished composers. Kathryn holds a masters degree in bass clarinet performance from the University of Calgary and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in music from the University of Waterloo. Her performance instructors have included Stan Climie, Tilly Kooyman and world-renowned bass clarinetist and improviser, Lori Freedman. Kathryn has participated in workshops and masterclasses from world-renowned musicians such as bass clarinetist Harry Sparnaay and legendary improviser and percussionist, Eddie Prévost. Kathryn has studied Electroacoustic Composition with Richard Windeyer and Jazz improvisation with Sundar Viswanathan and has also performed with internationally known musicians and improvisers such as Douglas Ewart, Richard Robeson, Ed Sarath, Billy Satterwhite, Michael Jefry Stevens, Stephen Nachmanovitch, and Dong-Won Kim. More

Kimberly BarberThis season saw Canadian mezzo-soprano Kimberly Barber return to Toronto’s Tapestry Opera, creating the role of the fortuneteller Asa in the world premiere of Aaron Gervais and Colleen Murphy’s OKSANA G to critical acclaim. Kimberly also appeared with Ojibwe narrator Rene Meshake, TorQ Percussion Quartet and harpist Angela Schwarzkopf in a newly commissioned work, THIS LAND, by composer Abigail Richardson-Schulte, to commemorate the Canadian sesquicentennial for NUMUS in Waterloo, Ontario in May 2017.

Kimberly has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Naxos, CBC Records, Teldec and Dutton Classics. Grounded in the traditional, but a champion of new music, she has performed numerous world and Canadian premieres, collaborating with musicians of all stripes.

A powerful advocate of mental health and suicide prevention and awareness, Kimberly was project lead for Laurier's inaugural Mysterious Barricades concert, also taking the helm for this year's event. She brings an adventurous spirit to the voice and opera programs at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she has been on faculty since 2002 and recently assumed the role of Associate Dean: External.

The Good Hearted Women SingersMino Ode Kwewak N'gamowak (Good Hearted Women Singers)
We are Indigenous and non-Indigenous women following the drum circle teachings of Community Elder Jean Becker, who began this group in 2003.
We have been taught to follow the teachings of the Seven Grandfathers. These teachings guide us in our relationships with ourselves and each other and they help guide us towards living our lives in a balanced way.
Our drum group reflects a sweetgrass teaching. One blade of sweetgrass by itself is not very strong. It can break easily. When several blades of sweetgrass are braided together, the sweetgrass is strong and cannot easily be broken. The singing and drumming helps us to find the strength to keep going. A woman may feel reluctant and not have the confidence to lead a song, but she gives it a try because she knows that the others will be there to pick up the song if she falters. That song will be carried on, just as we all must carry on with our lives, no matter what. Just as the braided sweetgrass is strong, our "knowing" that we have the strength and support of one another helps us to carry on.More






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Rene Andre Meshake Rene Andre Meshake is an Ojibwe elder, visual and performing artist, award-winning author, storyteller, flute player, new media artist and a Recipient of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. He works to fuse Ojibwe and English words into his stories, poetry and spoken word performances, Rene communicates his Ojibwe spiritual heritage to the contemporary world. He was born in the railway town of Nakina in Northwestern Ontario and was raised by his Okomissan grandmother. His education includes: Anishinaabe oral tradition, language, arts and culture. Rene has a diploma in Graphic Design from Sheridan College and a certificate in Creative Writing from the Humber School for Writers. Rene’s body of artwork, stories and his flute improvisations create a strong, expressive, and entertaining presentation for an ever-increasing audience. He also has an active on-line and performing presence as a Funky-Elder.














Samantha PickettSoprano Samantha Pickett is from Kitchener, Ontario and is a current member of the Canadian Opera Company's illustrious Ensemble Studio. She has recently been featured as a soloist in recitals in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre Free Concert Series, Against the Grain Theatre's Opera Pub, and in the 2016 Toronto Summer Music Festival. In 2015, she completed herbMasters of Opera and Voice at McGill University (Montreal, QC) under Professor Sanford Sylvan. Miss Pickett is an alumna of Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, ON), where she earned a Bachelor's of Voice Performance (2012) and Opera Diploma (2013), studying with Kimberly Barber. Engagements with Opera McGill in 2015 included Contessa Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi, as well as understudy for the title role in Suor Angelica. In Opera McGill’s Lisl Wirth Black Box Festival, Miss Pickett appeared in excerpts as Magda Sorel in The Consul (2015), Alice Ford in Falstaff and Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello (2014). Miss Pickett’s other recent roles include Micaëla in Carmen and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (Opera NUOVA), and Elle in La Voix humaine (Opera McGill). Credits with Opera Laurier include Countess Almaviva and Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro, Mrs. Demers in Neil Weisensel’s City Workers in Love, and Die Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte. In the summer of 2015, Miss Pickett was delighted to debut at the Banff Centre in the world premiere of Crush. Miss Pickett is a recipient of a Joseph Armand Bombardier Master’s CGS Grant, courtesy of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Through this grant, Miss Pickett launched The Emerging Project, a text and video web-series, chronicling the triumphs and struggles of the international operatic community. She now lives in Toronto, ON, where she studies with Wendy Nielsen..





Tanis MacdonaldTanis MacDonald is a poet and creative non-fiction writer. She won the national Bliss Carman Poetry Prize in 2003 and was a finalist for the Gabrielle Roy Prize in 2013 for her book The Daughter’s Way. Her next poetry book, Mobile, is coming out with BookThug in Fall 2019, and her book of essays, The Art You Make, with Wolsak and Wynn in Spring 2018. New poems have appeared or are appearing in The New Quarterly, Canthius, The Rusty Toque, Gamut, The Fourth River, Poetry is Dead, Contemporary Verse 2, FreeFall, and The Mondegreen. She lives in Waterloo, Ontario, where she teaches Canadian literature and creative writing at Wilfrid Laurier University.



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Edmonton

 

18:30-20:00(Local MDT) Live

Venue: Convocation Hall, University of Alberta

UBC-old-auditoriumA gem of a performance space, Convocation Hall was opened in 1915 and holds an audience of 426 people. A rectangular room wrapped by balcony on three sides, the seating in Convocation Hall is fixed, theatre style. The venue is most suitable for recitals and chamber music ensembles, although larger ensembles can be accommodated.

Thank you to University of Alberta: Office of the Dean of Students and Information Services & Technology for their continued support and encouragement.
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Lead organizer: Elizabeth Turnbull

BethElizabeth Turnbull has been hailed by the critics as ‘a revelation’, with ‘controlled passion, acute timing and glistening presence’. Her many and varied credits include appearances with major orchestras and opera companies across North America (Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec, New York, Florida, Chicago, Dallas and San Francisco). More
turnbull.e.m@gmail.com



Calgary

 

20:00-21:00(Local MDT) 22:00-23:00(EDT)

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Vancouver

 

19:00-21:30(Local PDT) 23:00-24:00(EDT)

Venue: Old Auditorium, University of British Columbia

Old AudtiroriumThe historic Old Auditorium is one of the early buildings on campus (from the 1920’s). One of UBC’s oldest buildings, the Old Auditorium is located at the heart of the University’s arts precinct. The Old Auditorium is the only 530-seat concert hall in Vancouver with a 60-seat orchestra pit, stunning collegial gothic architecture, a shoebox design for exceptional acoustics, excellent site lines and an intimate grandeur rarely found in North American concert halls.

Thank you to University of British Columbia for their continued support and encouragement.

Lead organizer: Prof. Patrick Raftery

Patrick RafteryJ. Patrick Raftery’s debut was for The San Diego Opera’s production of La bohème singing Schaunard and sharing the stage with Luciano Pavarotti. This debut and The Richard Tucker Music Foundation Award Winner’s concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall helped catapult Mr. Raftery to performances with most of the major opera houses and orchestras of the world. After a career spanning more than three decades, seventy operatic roles, numerous recitals and concerts worldwide Professor Raftery joined the faculty at UBC, School of Music in summer 2014.

Some notable debuts:
The Royal Opera House at Covent Garden (Conte-Nozze di Figaro)
Das Deutsche Oper Berlin (Marcello)
The Glyndebourne Festival (Guglielmo)
The Metropolitan Opera of New York (Lescaut- Manon Lescaut)
L’Opéra de Paris (Figaro-Barbiere)
The Canadian Opera Company (Marcello)
Vancouver Opera (Figaro-Barbiere)
Bayerische Staatsoper (Sharpless-Madama Butterfly)
Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro (Poeta-Turco in Italia)
The San Fransisco Opera (Marcello)
The Washington Opera (Figaro-Barbiere)
Teatro alla Scala (Cinna-La Vestale)
Théâtre du Châtelet-Paris (Zurga -Les pêcheurs de perles)
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jpatrick.raftery@ubc.ca

Artists and Performers

James Patrick RafteryJames Patrick Raftery (vocal)
J. Patrick Raftery’s debut was for The San Diego Opera’s production of La bohème singing Schaunard and sharing the stage with Luciano Pavarotti. This debut and The Richard Tucker Music Foundation Award Winner’s concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall helped catapult Mr. Raftery to performances with most of the major opera houses and orchestras of the world. After a career spanning more than three decades, seventy operatic roles, numerous recitals and concerts worldwide Professor Raftery joined the faculty at UBC, School of Music in summer 2014.

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jpatrick.raftery@ubc.ca


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