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Laura Hynes, soprano

A Fulbright scholar in Paris, American coloratura soprano Laura Hynes spent six years in France and Germany, performing repertoire ranging from baroque opera with Les Arts Florissants to "classical cabaret" on French television and radio.

She has performed opera roles, solo recitals, and concerts throughout Europe and North America, in venues including New York's Alice Tully Hall, the Barbican in London, the Châtelet and the Cité de la Musique in Paris, as well as major venues in Seville, Brussels, Madrid, Lisbon, Frankfurt, Marseille, and Montpellier.

In 2015, Hynes joined the performing arts faculty at the University of Calgary. Her research focuses on performance innovation in art song recital through social justice issues (Raise Your Voice), and transgender voice transition,supported by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant.

She holds degrees from the University of Minnesota (DMA) where she was the Carolyn Bailey & Dominick Argento Fellow, the Paris Conservatory (Cycle de perfectionnement), the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (MM), and Miami University (BM). 


Speakers & Performers

Amici String Quartet

Biography coming soon.


Jeremy Brown, saxophone

Biography coming soon.


Chantal Chagnon, multidisciplinary Métis artist

Biography coming soon.


Sujeev Chohan, tabla

Biography coming soon


Neil Cockburn, harpsichord

Biography coming soon.


Neil Craighead, baritone

Biography coming soon.


Oliver Munar, tenor

Praised for an “instantly likeable voice” with “gorgeous, spinning tone”, tenor Oliver Munar is in increasing demand for his clarity, versatility and interpretation. He earned a Master of Music in vocal performance from the University of Alberta where he studied with famed international operatic tenor John Tessier.

This season, Oliver debuts with Calgary Concert Opera Company as “Gastone” in its production of Verdi’s “La traviata”. He will also sing in the Calgary Opera productions of Gounod’s “Romeo et Juliette” and Verdi’s “Rigoletto”, and will be a featured soloist in J.S. Bach’s “St. John Passion” in the spring.

Oliver is both honoured and pleased to again lend his voice to the Mysterious Barricades concert series.


Raj Rangayyan, bansuri

Biography coming soon.


Rod, marimba

Biography coming soon.


Jack Olszewski, piano

Canadian pianist Jack Olszewski is a solo and collaborative pianist that has performed throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe. He holds multiple degrees in piano performance from McGill University (B.Mus. and M. Mus), and most recently graduated with an Artist Diploma in collaborative piano where he studied with Michael McMahon.

Mr. Olszewski is an alumni of the Orford Music Festival, The Banff Centre, Opera NUOVA, the Franz-Schubert-Institut, Toronto Summer Music Festival, and the St. Andrews Opera Workshop. He has been the recipient of funding from the Edmonton Community Foundation, the Anne Burrows Music Foundation, the Williamson Foundation for Music, and the Art Song Foundation of Canada.


University of Calgary Saxophone Ensemble

Biography coming soon.


University of Calgary voice students
Musical Director: Mel Kirby
Conductor: Kimberley-Ann Bartczak

Biography coming soon.



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We respectfully acknowledge the traditional territories of the Blackfoot and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikuni, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina, and the Stoney Nakoda First Nations, including Chiniki, Bearpaw, and Wesley First Nations. I would also like to note that the University of Calgary is situated on land adjacent to where the Bow River meets the Elbow River, and that the traditional Blackfoot name of this place is “Mohkinstsis” which we now call the City of Calgary. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.