LIEDERKREIS
May
8
7:30 PM19:30

LIEDERKREIS

CONCERTS @100 CONCERT SERIES
Ryan Downey, tenor
Bradley Christensen, baritone
Trevor Chartrand, piano

Bradley Christensen and Ryan Downey, with pianist Trevor Chartrand, will perform a night of Schumann's masterworks.

Programme:
Liederkreis op. 39
Liederkreis op. 24
Zweistimmigen Lieder (Duets)

Song cycle in German translates as Liederkreis, so why not sing the two Liederkreis (opus 24 and 39) by the famed German composer, alongside a cycle of duets for tenor and baritone.

Both cycles speak of love, frustrated or lost, sometimes tender, sometimes anguished. Also present is the popular theme of someone being on a journey. As two strangers in a foreign land, Bradley from New Zealand and Ryan from Newfoundland, these songs carry a special significance.

Admission is by donation.
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B MINOR MASS
Apr
19
7:30 PM19:30

B MINOR MASS

CHORAL CONNECTION
Hugh Van Pelt, conductor
Chelsea Van Pelt, soprano
Whitney O’Hearn, mezzo
Chris Fischer, tenor
Bradley Christensen, bass

“One of the Baroque period's most celebrated choral masterpieces, this Mass was Bach's last major work before he died.” (Classic FM)

The Mass in B minor (BWV 232) is a musical setting of the complete Ordinary of the Latin Mass, composed around 1748–49, a year before his death in 1750. When the work is heard in its entirety, the listener comes away with the impression that this is a piece of music the composer had been building up to writing for the whole of his life. Sadly though, Bach never heard the Mass performed in its entirety. The complete B Minor Mass was first heard in Leipzig, Germany, in 1859.

The concert on April 19, 2019 will be conducted by Hugh Van Pelt, and performed by CHORAL CONNECTION. Formed in the spring of 2003, CHORAL CONNECTION is a local choir made up of singing enthusiasts from St. Thomas and the surrounding area. 

For more information on the choir, concert and tickets, click here.

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IDOMENEO
Apr
4
to Apr 13

IDOMENEO

April 04, 06, 12, 7:30pm
April 07 - 3:00pm
April 13 - 4:30pm

OPERA ATELIER
David Fallis, Conductor
Marshall Pynkoski, Director
Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg, Choreography
Chorus Master, Daniel Taylor

Colin Ainsworth, Idomeneo
Measha Brueggergosman, Elettra
Wallis Giunta, Idamante
Meghan Lindsay, Ilia
Olivier Laquerre, Arbace
Douglas Williams, Neptune
Bradley Christensen, High Priest

Idomeneo is an opera seria by Mozart, libretto adapted by Giambattista Varesco from a French text by Antoine Danchet. Set in Crete, following the Trojan War, about 1200 BC, the story is of King Idomeneo, one of Agamemnon’s allies.

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Photo by Bruce Zinger

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BIRTH OF CHRIST
Dec
7
8:00 PM20:00

BIRTH OF CHRIST

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MASTERWORKS OF OAKVILLE
Charles Demuynk, conductor

Cassandra Warner, Elizabeth
Christopher Fischer, Gabriel
Zach Finkelstein, Shepherd
Bradley Christensen, Joseph
Michael York, Zechariah

THE BIRTH OF CHRIST is a work composed by Andrew T. Miller in celebration of Christmas. It retells the biblical story of the birth of Christ. After a prologue with voices and orchestra there is the Annunciation of John followed by the Annunciation of Christ, the Visitation, a lovely song for the Virgin Mary, the exhilaration of 'Rejoice!' followed by the Journey to Bethlehem, the Birth, the Shepherd's Song and a final reprise of the opening. 

This will be a rare opportunity to hear such an incredible piece. And with the excellent Masterworks of Oakville Choral Group providing the foundation, you'll be swept by the beauty of the work.

For tickets, click here.

"I can't get over how beautiful Andrew T. Miller's The Birth of Christ is. There are several tracks of the live performance I've set to repeat. If the work were to be performed anywhere within half a day's distance from my home, I'd definitely make arrangements to see it. Andrew T. Miller's The Birth of Christ is that good."
Aaron Green (About.com): CLASSICAL MUSIC CD REVIEW: THE BIRTH OF CHRIST

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THE SEASONS (DIE JAHRESZEITEN)
Nov
16
7:30 PM19:30

THE SEASONS (DIE JAHRESZEITEN)

LAURENTIAN UNIVERSITY CHOIR
Dr. Robert Hall, conductor
Kathleen Promane, Hanne
Jason Lamont, Lukas
Bradley Christensen, Simon

The Seasons was written by Joseph Haydn in 1801 after the great success of his previous oratorio The Creation (1798), which had become very popular and was being performed all over Europe.

The Seasons features orchestra, a chorus, and three vocal soloists: Simon (bass/baritone), Lucas (tenor), and Hanne (soprano).

The oratorio is divided into four parts, representing Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter.

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OURS
Nov
9
to Nov 11

OURS

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November 9 - 7:30pm
November 11 - 7:30pm

OPERA ON THE AVALON
Judith Yan, Conductor
Glynis Leyshon, Director

Andrew Love, Thomas Nangle
Gordon Gietz, Archbishop Roche
Lara Ciekiewicz, May
Adam Fisher, Edward
Thomas Goerz, Field Marshall Haig
Aaron Sheppard, Charlie Whitten
Aaron Durand, Arthur Murray
Bradley Christensen, Michael Kennedy
Ryan Downey, John King
Cheryl Hickman, Thelma
Brittany Cann, Elizabeth Crowley
Mike Daly, Recruiter

On July 1, 1916, Newfoundland became victim to one of the most devastating losses of the First World War. During the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel, at the beginning of the Somme Offensive, in just a matter of minutes, thousands of young men were ruthlessly mowed down while attempting to drive back German soldiers on the Western Front. "More than 800 Regiment soldiers clambered out of the trenches and ran towards enemy lines. Famously, just 68 were able to answer roll call the following day." (Julie Skinner, CBC News)

Ours, composed by John Estacio and playwright Robert Chafe, tells the story of Catholic priest Thomas Nangle and his roll in helping locate and bury those who died in Beaumont-Hamel. 

See here for more details.

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AGAINST THE GRAIN THEATRE - OPERA PUB
Oct
4
9:00 PM21:00

AGAINST THE GRAIN THEATRE - OPERA PUB

AGINST THE GRAIN THEATRE
Ambur Braid, soprano
Samantha Pickett, soprano
Ryan Downey, tenor
Bradley Christensen, baritone
David Eliakis, piano

Running the first Thursday of every month, Against the Grain Opera Pub nights are fantastic evenings of favourite operatic arias and ensembles, while offering your favourite beer on tap (or wine if you prefer). Admission is free; discounted pints of beer. It’s the perfect event for opera lovers to experience opera in a different setting, or to introduce new audiences to the scene.

For more information, visit Against the Grain Theatre.

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WINTERREISE
Sep
5
8:00 PM20:00

WINTERREISE

TONGUE IN CHEEK PRODUCTIONS
Trevor Chartrand, piano
Bradley Christensen, baritone

Schubert's epic masterpiece performed by twenty-four basses and baritones. The iconic song cycle as you've never heard it before. Bradley will perform #3 - Gefrorne Tränen.

Doors Open: 7:00 pm / Show Starts: 8:00 pm.

Admission: $35 for general admission / $25 for arts workers. 

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

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L'INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA
Aug
17
to Aug 23

L'INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA

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August 17, 20, 23 - 7:30pm

MANITOBA UNDERGROUND OPERA
Brenna Corner, Director
Bradley Christensen, Ottone

L'incoronazione di Poppea (The Coronation of Poppaea) takes place in ancient Rome around AD 60. Written by Claudio Monteverdi, with a libretto by Giovanni Francesco Busenello, it was first performed at the Teatro Santi Giovanni e Paolo in Venice during the 1643 carnival season. The main characters include Nero, the Roman emperor; Poppea, his lover; Ottone, Poppea's fiancé; Drusilla, who is in love with Ottone; and Octavia, Nero's wife. The opera describes how Poppea, mistress of the Roman emperor Nero, is able to achieve her ambition and be crowned empress. 

See here for more details.

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JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
Aug
7
to Aug 23

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

August 07, 13, 14, 21, 23 - 2:00pm

MANITOBA UNDERGROUND OPERA
Bradley Christensen, Giant / Trouble Man

Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan
Words and music adaptation by John Davies.

An operatic version of the story of Jack & the Beanstalk based on scenes from the operettas of Sir Arthur Sullivan.

See here for more details.

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