The Gesualdo Six: Passion and Polyphony

The-Gesualdo-Six

“The Gesualdo Six have everything going for them – talent, youth, stamina, confidence and years of experience of singing the most difficult vocal polyphony in the repertoire.” – The Tablet, 2016

The Gesualdo Six is a vocal consort comprised of some of the UK’s finest young consort singers, some of whom have performed previously at Music Niagara as part of the Trinity College Cambridge Choir.

Tickets $47 (all inc) at the door from 6:45 – St. Mark’s Church


PROGRAM

Tallis, Thomas: Te lucis ante terminum

Byrd, William: Miserere mihi, Domine

Gombert, Nicholas: Media vita

Park, Owain: Phos hilaron

Pärt, Arvo: Christ is the morning star

White, Robert: Christe qui lux es et dies (III)

Tomkins, Thomas: Have mercy upon me, O God

Plummer, John: Tota pulchra es

von Bingen, Hildegard: O Virtus Sapientiae

Bednall, David: Put out into the deep

Byrd, William: Vigilate

Interval

Marenzio, Luca: Potrò viver io più se senza luce

Palestrina, Giovani Pierluigi da: lo son ferito, ahi lasso

Blok-Wilson, Gerda: O Little Rose, O Dark Rose

Poulenc, Francis: Les Petites Voix, ‘La petite fille sage’ (i)

Poulenc, Francis: Les Petites Voix, ‘Le petit garçon malade’ (iv)

Poulenc, Francis: Les Petites Voix, ‘Le hérisson’ (v)

Park, Owain: Fantasia on English Children’s Songs

Various: Folksongs from the British Isles

 


Gesualdo Six

The Gesualdo Six is a vocal consort comprised of some of the UK’s finest young consort singers, directed by Owain Park. Formed in March 2014 for a performance of Gesualdo’s Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday in the chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge, the group went on to give over sixty performances around the United Kingdom and abroad in its first three years. Over this time, The Gesualdo Six further developed a passion for ensemble singing that for many of them stemmed from formative years as choristers in churches and cathedrals around the country. The Gesualdo Six has performed in many festivals in the UK (Temple Winter Festival, Brighton Early Music Festival, St John’s Smith Square Holy Week and Christmas Festivals), Germany, The Netherlands, France, Poland, Jersey and Monaco. The ensemble recognises the importance of teaching, and regularly incorporates outreach work into its activities, holding workshops for choirs and composers and giving concerts alongside local performers. Whilst initially focusing on early music, concert programmes began to reflect a desire to include more modern repertoire and now renaissance polyphony is often juxtaposed with works by composers including György Ligeti and Joanna Marsh amongst others. In 2016, The Gesualdo Six successfully curated its first Composition Competition, supported by St John’s Smith Square and the Music Sales group of companies, attracting 174 entries from around the world. The ensemble will shortly release their debut recording on Hyperion Records, an album of English renaissance polyphony titled English Motets.

Carmen on Tap – Opera gone Rogue!

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Carmen on Tap

Georges Bizet’s Carmen (abridged). Starring Julie Nesrallah and straight from Broadway & the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, Richard Troxell as Don Jose

Tickets from $45 + HST – Old Winery Cellar

Carmen on Tap brings the power and virtuosity of the human voice to you in an intimate setting. All theatrical walls are banished. The cast blurs the line between fantasy and reality as the drama unfolds around you. Carmen on Tap is opera gone rogue! Seasoned opera fans fall in love with opera all over again. Opera newbies never thought opera could be such a sexy and hip experience.

 


Julie Nesrallah

soprano

Julie Nesrallah is a sensational singer, actress and broadcaster captivating audiences with her engaging personality and her rich, expressive voice. She is regularly engaged by leading opera companies, symphonies, festivals and chamber music ensembles across North America and around the world. Miss Nesrallah is a proud recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for her cultural contribution to Canada as a singer and as the host of CBC Radio 2's national classical music program Tempo. Miss Nesrallah sang God Save the Queen for His Royal Highness Prince William and Her Royal Highness Princess Kate during Canada Day festivities in Ottawa on Parliament Hill in a performance that was viewed by millions of people around the world, and has graced the stage of Kurt Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall with classical harpist and Juno nominee, Caroline Léonardelli. Miss Nesrallah is the Executive Producer and star of Carmen on Tap, a company she created that performs Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen as dinner theatre. Carmen on Tap has thrilled audiences at the Stratford Music Festival, the Prince Edward County Music Festival, the Hamilton Arts Crawl, the Ottawa International Music Festival, Lula Lounge in Toronto and the Velvet Room in Ottawa. Miss Nesrallah has made several recordings, including Elements Eternal with Canada’s illustrious Gryphon Trio, Noël Nouvelet and Sospiro with Caroline Léonardelli.

Richard Troxell

tenor

Richard Troxell’s beautiful lyric tenor voice has been thrilling audiences in leading roles in opera houses and on concert stages around the world, among them, The Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Los Angeles Opera, Washington Opera, Houston Grand Opera, San Diego Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Australia in Sydney, Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari, L’Opéra Comique Paris, Opéra Monte Carlo, Théâtre du Capitôle de Toulouse, Opéra National de Montpellier, Vancouver Opera, Opéra de Montréal, Teatro de la Maestranza de Sevilla, Teatro del Lago Chile, National Theater for the Performing Arts Beijing, National Theater Taipei, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Philadelphia , and the Portland Opera. His vocal artistry and powerful stage presence set him apart, and his ability to connect with audiences have made him a favorite.

Contact

Website: http://richardtroxell.tv/

Elmer Iseler Singers – 40th Anniversary 

Elmer Iseler Singers

Tickets available at the door from 6:45 PM
Prices including tax and handling:
General Admission –$52
University Students –$12
Elementary & High School –$6

Soaring Voices

A Canadian musical jewel, the Elmer Iseler Singers will make the rafters ring as their twenty voices unite in song.

Tickets from $45 + HST – Niagara United Mennonite Church


PROGRAM

Psalm 148 – Gustav Holst

Northern Lights – Ola Gjeilo

Nur: Reflections on Light – Hussein Janmohamed*

  • Light Unveiled
  • Light Suspended

An die Musik – Franz Schubert
Soloist: Laura McAlpine

The Gallant Weaver – James MacMillan

Songs of the Spirit
Ain’t-a-That Good News trad., arr. W. Dawson
Precious Lord, Take My Hand – Thomas Dorsey
Victor Cheng, conductor; Elmer Iseler Singers’ 2018 James T. Chestnutt Scholar
Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel? arr. Moses Hogan
Soloists: Cathy Robinson, Anne Bornath and Andrea Ludwig

INTERMISSION

For the Beauty of the Earth – John Rutter

Cosmic Voices

    • Stars – Ēriks Ešenvalds
    • Grandmother Moon Eleanor Daley

Shenandoah – arr. James Erb

The Canadian Songscape
Song for Canada – Paul Halley

Song for the Mira Allister McGillivray, arr. Stuart Soloist: Nelson Lohnes Calvert
Song for the Mira has recently received the 2018 Canadian Songwriters’ Hall of Fame Award. The Elmer Iseler Singers congratulate our dear friend, Allister MacGillivray, on this momentous award, and celebrate his achievement with this performance. This beloved arrangement by Stuart Calvert was sung for the very first time by the Elmer Iseler Singers, soloist Nelson Lohnes, with Elmer Iseler conducting, and Lydia Adams at the piano.

She’s Called Nova Scotia Rita McNeil, – arr, Stuart Calvert
Soloist: Gisele Kulak

We Rise Again Leon Dubinsky, – arr. L. Adams


Elmer Iseler Singers

The Elmer Iseler Singers (EIS), conducted by artistic director Lydia Adams, enters its 39th Anniversary Season in 2017/18. This 20-voice fully-professional choral ensemble, founded by the late Dr. Elmer Iseler in 1979, has built an enviable reputation throughout Canada, the United States and internationally through concerts, broadcasts and recordings — performing repertoire that spans 500 years, with a focus on Canadian composers. EIS present a five-concert series in Toronto each season, and are featured at concerts, workshops, and festivals throughout Canada. Touring is also a major component of EIS activities, with two multi-city tours in the 2016/2017 season - one to Western Canada and one to Atlantic Canada. Annually, EIS sponsors choral workshops through their GET MUSIC! Educational Outreach Initiative for secondary school conductors and choirs, concluding with a joint public performance. In addition to her work with EIS, Lydia Adams is conductor and artistic director of the Amadeus Choir. In September 2016 the women from both EIS and Amadeus Choir, along with the Toronto Children’s Chorus, joined with the TSO to perform Mahler’s Symphony No. 3. Then in February 2017, EIS and Amadeus Choir joined with the TSO (Stéphane Denève, conductor) for the Fauré Requiem. The Elmer Iseler Singers are a 2014 National Choral Award recipient and a 2017 Juno Nominee in the "Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral Performance” category.

Amor y Pasión – Isabel Bayrakdarian

Isabel Bayrakdarian

A Music Niagara first, world-famous Canadian soprano, Isabel Bayrakdarian performs an evening of Spanish music with pianist Robert Kortgaard

Tickets  $52 at the door- St. Mark’s Church


PROGRAM

Manuel de Falla: Siete Canciones populares Espanolas:

  • El paño moruno
  • Seguidilla murciana
  • Asturiana
  • Jota
  • Nana
  • Canción
  • Polo

Fernando Obradors:

  • La mi sola
  • Al Amor
  • El majo celoso
  • El vito

Monstsalvatge: Cinco Canciones Negras:

  • Cuba dentro de un piano
  • Punto de habañera
  • Chévere
  • Canción de cuna para dormir a un negrito
  • Canto negro

INTERMISSION

Pauline Viardot:         Madrid
Pauline Viardot:         Havanaise
G. Rossini:                     Canzonetta Spagnuola
G. Rossini:                     Tarantella (La Danza)

Tangos and Zarzuelas:
Kurt Weill:                     Youkali (Tango Habañera)
Carlos Gardel:              El dia que me quieras
Carlos Gardel:              Por una cabeza
Manuel de Falla:          “Vivan los que rien” from La Vida Breve
Pablo Luna:                   “De España vengo” from El Niño Judio
Gerónimo Giménez   “Zapateado” from La Tempranica


Isabel Bayrakdarian

soprano

A winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions—the same year she graduated from the University of Toronto cum laude with a Biomedical Engineering Degree—Ms. Bayrakdarian thereafter found her career taking rapid wing. Her versatility is also reflected in being the featured vocalist on the Grammy-award winning soundtrack of the blockbuster film The Two Towers from The Lord of The Rings trilogy and on the soundtrack of Atom Egoyan's Ararat. She sings on the BBC-produced short film HOLOCAUST - A Music Memorial Film from Auschwitz, as well as her Gemini-nominated film Long Journey Home, documenting her first visit to her ancestral homeland Armenia.

Robert Kortgaard

piano

Pianist Robert Kortgaard was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and grew up in Calgary, Alberta. He completed his Bachelor and Master’s degrees at the Juilliard School in New York City. As a recipient of arts awards from the Canada Council, he furthered his musical studies in Italy and England. Mr. Kortgaard has performed as a soloist with major Canadian orchestras and has given recitals throughout Canada and the United States, as well as in England, Finland, Portugal, Italy, Indonesia, the Czech Republic, China and Japan. He is a favorite collaborator of many of Canada’s finest instrumental soloists, vocalists and chamber groups. His performances are frequently heard on CBC Radio, and he has recorded for the Centrediscs, Marquis Classics/EMI, CBC Records, Teldec and ATMA Classique labels. Mr. Kortgaard is Artistic Director of the Indian River Festival on Prince Edward Island (recently nominated “Event of the Year” by the East Coast Music Awards), and the Leith Summer Music Festival in Ontario. He was musician-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick from l993-l998, and has given piano masterclasses at Universities and festivals in Canada, Indonesia and China and served as an adjudicator at many national music competitions. Mr. Kortgaard has performed with sopranos Isabel Bayrakdarian, Sumi Jo, Jane Archibald, Adrianne Pieczonka and Erin Wall, mezzo soprano Susan Platts, violinist Joshua Bell, and with prima ballerina Veronica Tennant on a production entitled “Invitation to the Dance”. He has recorded French and German Cabaret programmes with mezzo-soprano Jean Stilwell for CBC Records. His CD with soprano Wendy Nielsen was nominated for both Juno and East Coast Music Awards. Mr. Kortgaard tours with flutist Susan Hoeppner, cabaret artist Patricia O’Callaghan. baritone Brett Polegato, mezzo soprano Julie Nesrallah, renowned music theatre actress/singer Rebecca Caine and with piano duo partner Peter Tiefenbach. A CD of the music of Olivier Messiaen, recorded with soprano Suzie LeBlanc, was released on the ATMA Classiques label and has received an Opus Award for best recording of 20th century music.

Sunday in the Park – The Retro-Ramblers

Retro Ramblers

Retro Ramblers -Barbershop Quartet.

Join us in the park for another free noontime concert. Bring a picnic and a lawn chair and enjoy!

Performing the classics from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s! The Retro Ramblers perform the music of your life time, the best of the oldies, delivered in 4 part harmony! Timeless.


Great Romantics Series – Norbert Heller and Alex Dobson

Bankas, Heller & Dobson

Renowned Czech pianist Norbert Heller and acclaimed British-Canadian baritone Alexander Dobson with Atis Bankas (violin), perform Dietrich, Brahms, and Schumann. 

Tickets $47 at the door from 2:15 – The Market Room


PROGRAM

A. Dvorak Sonatina, Opus 100

Allegro risoluto
Larghetto
Scherzo. Molto vivace
Finale. Allegro

F.A.E. Sonata (composed by Dietrich, Brahms and Schumann)

Allegro
Intermezzo
Scherzo
Finale

INTERMISSION

R. Schumann Dichterliebe, Opus 48 – “A Poet’s Love”


Alex Dobson

baritone

An ardent singer since childhood, Alexander’s solo début was at twelve years old, as a treble soloist in the Canadian premiere of Lloyd Webber’s Requiem under conductor Elmer Iseler. Alexander graduated from the University of Toronto Opera Division and the Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario with Honours. He is also an alumnus of the Music Theatre Program at the Banff Centre, Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, the Steans Institute for Young Artists at Ravinia, and L’Atelier Lyrique de L’Opera de Montreal. Alexander is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes including those from the International Voice Competition of Paris (including the Edward Marshall Association Award for Outstanding Baritone), the Jeunesses Musicales National Competition, the Marilyn Horne Competition (Music Academy of the West), and the Jacqueline Desmarais Competition.  

Norbert Heller

piano

Norbert Heller has performed in many countries in Europe and around the world including the U.S.A. (Chicago, Washington, D.C., New York, Phoenix) and Japan (Nagoya, Osaka, Casals Hall in Tokyo). Besides recitals, he has regularly accompanied renowned instrumentalists and singers, and collaborated with various chamber ensembles. An impressive number of his recordings include Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Smetana, Shostakovich, Mussorgsky, and others.

Contact

Website: http://www.norbertheller.cz

Atis Bankas – violin

Mozart’s Don Giovanni

Alex Dobson
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Based on the legends of Don Juan, a fictional libertine and seducer, this masterpiece of the operatic repertoire blends comedy, melodrama and supernatural elements.

Featuring acclaimed British-Canadian baritone Alexander Dobson in the title role, supported by fantastic young Canadian talent.


“A vivacious, absolutely seductive Don Giovanni, with a voice of superb tone.  A real career lies ahead of him.”
                                                    —La Presse

“Baritone Alexander Dobson used a ringing, present sound and duplicitous charm to create the quintessential bad boy.”
               —Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal

“The title protagonist was embodied in physique, serpentine poses and baritone power by Alexander Dobson. He flashes his sword and prowls for women like Douglas Fairbanks reborn into lechery. He must be simultaneouly loathsome and attractive — a serial seducer working his way across Europe. Dobson not only has to sing amazingly crisp and strut with arrogance among his victims, he also has to relish the cynical laughter of the world’s most incorrigible cock of the walk.”
                                        —Urban Milwaukee

Tickets from $40 + HST – Niagara United Mennonite Church


Alex Dobson

baritone

An ardent singer since childhood, Alexander’s solo début was at twelve years old, as a treble soloist in the Canadian premiere of Lloyd Webber’s Requiem under conductor Elmer Iseler. Alexander graduated from the University of Toronto Opera Division and the Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario with Honours. He is also an alumnus of the Music Theatre Program at the Banff Centre, Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, the Steans Institute for Young Artists at Ravinia, and L’Atelier Lyrique de L’Opera de Montreal. Alexander is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes including those from the International Voice Competition of Paris (including the Edward Marshall Association Award for Outstanding Baritone), the Jeunesses Musicales National Competition, the Marilyn Horne Competition (Music Academy of the West), and the Jacqueline Desmarais Competition.  

Elmer Iseler Singers – 40th Anniversary

It’s a Canadian jewel of an ensemble with a well-deserved international reputation for choral brilliance. Fully professional and twenty jubilant voices strong, the Elmer Iseler Singers will make the rafters ring, when they perform at the United Mennonite Church (1775 Niagara Stone Road, NOTL) on

July 19 (7:30pm)

Conducted by visionary Artistic Director, Lydia Adams, the Elmer Iseler Singers will treat us to a thrilling range of choral music, from Leonard Bernstein to Healey Willan. They’ll demonstrate just why they’ve won a Juno, and why they’re in demand in concert halls worldwide.

Elmer Iseler Singers
Elmer Iseler Singers

The ensemble was founded in 1978 by the remarkable Elmer Iseler, who directed it until his death in 1998. We’re sure he’d be thrilled to see how the tradition continues to thrive and strengthen to this day. And we’re thrilled to celebrate the group’s fortieth anniversary the same year as we salute our own twentieth!

Imagine being in the audience, listening to twenty resonating voices singing in perfect four-part harmony. Critics have called their performances “divine” and “mesmerising,” not to mention “absolutely stunning.”
Please join us and listen for yourself. Revel in the glory of an unforgettable choral experience. We’re sure you’ll treasure the experience!

Tickets for this concert, from $45 +HST

 

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