Concert Organizer


Sally Dibblee, soprano

Captivating opera audiences and critics alike since her Canadian Opera Company mainstage debuts in the roles of Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi and Musetta in La Bohème, soprano Sally Dibblee has performed the title roles in Madama Butterfly and Lucia di Lammermoor with Calgary Opera, Elizabetta in Maria Stuarda with Pacific Opera Victoria, Mimi in La Bohème with Arizona Opera, Liu in Turandot with Kentucky Opera and the Canadian premiere of John Adams’ Nixon in China playing Pat Nixon with Vancouver Opera, to name a few. She has been a featured soloist with the Toronto Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Symphony New Brunswick, and the Mineria Symphony in Mexico, among others.

Sally made her theatre debut with St. Andrews Summer Theatre Company playing the role of notoriously flawed singer Florence Foster Jenkins in the hilarious Souvenir. Upcoming is a performance in the title role of Adrianna Lecouvreur with Opera in Concert in Toronto. Sally will sing with Symphony NB in December with Guest Conductor Kevin Mallon.

A former faculty member of Mount Allison University, Sally is in demand as a voice teacher, Masterclass lecturer and adjudicator. She is the conductor of the Fredericton Ladies Choir.


Speakers & Performers

Pierre-André Doucet, piano

Biography coming soon.

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Nadia Francavilla, violin

Nadia Francavilla, Montreal-born violinist and music educator, brings a collaborative spirit, a passion for new music, and a distinctly European sensibility to her performing and teaching work.

A McGill University graduate, she trained under Mauricio Fuks, Raphael Druian and Joseph Silverstein. Her orchestral background includes l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and Les Violons du Roy, and she spent several years with Quatuor Arthur-LeBlanc and Quatuor Bozzini, producing recordings and touring in North America, Europe, and Japan. At present, she performs most often with Motion2, Atlantica, and Moineaux D’Entendre, exploring classical and contemporary works in mixed chamber music settings.

Ms. Francavilla’s driving interest in new music has led her to commission and premiere new works from both Canadian and international composers. She is currently musician-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick where she has worked on solo projects, given masterclasses and lectures, and integrated herself into the Fredericton music scene. Ms. Francavilla is also a violin teacher at the Mount Allison University and at the Université de Moncton.


Richard Hornsby, clarinet and saxophone

Biography coming soon.


Sebastian Hutchings, composer

Biography coming soon.


Stephen Hutchings, visual artist

Biography coming soon.

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Ventus Machina, quintette
Karin Aurell, Christie Goodwin, James Kalyn, Patrick Bolduc

Formed in 2011, the New Brunswick-based woodwind quintet Ventus Machina has quickly become a major player on Canada’s east coast classical music scene. Their flexible and dynamic style of performance—often presenting themed programs that at once engage, entertain, and educate—continues to attract and delight increasingly diverse audiences. Classically based and uncompromising in artistic quality, Ventus Machina makes regular excursions into other genres including jazz, opera, Latin and pop, challenging themselves and surprising their audiences.



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We respectfully acknowledge that the land on which we gather for this concert is the traditional unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) and Mi’kmaq Peoples. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) and Mi’kmaq Peoples first signed with the British Crown in 1725. The treaties did not deal with surrender of lands and resources but in fact recognized Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations.