DIE FLEDERMAUS

From left to right: Tyler Fitzgerald, Adam Luther, Joseph Schnurr, Benjamin Covey, Jennifer Taverner, Edwin Outwater, Kimberley Barber, Bethany Horst, Carl Zehr, Daniel Isengart, Bradley Christensen

On January 15-16, I had the pleasure of performing Johann Strauss II's operetta, "Die Fledermaus" — a.k.a. "The Bat" with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. Under the musical direction of Edwin Outwater, we introduced own concert-style version of the comedy, thanks to the stage direction of Daniel Isengart. Daniel was commissioned by the symphony to tweak the opera and write himself in as narrator/host. The result was a huge success, fun for everyone, with laughter from start to finish.

It was an absolute treat working with Edwin, Daniel, the symphony (both staff and instrumentalists), the soloists and chorus. I look forward to having an opportunity to perform with them again. If you are in Kitchener, make sure you attend one of their concerts. They are fantastic! Visit www.kwsymphony.ca for more information.

TORONTO CHILDREN'S CHORUS CAMP WEEK

What a fabulous week this has been! I have had the privilege of working with the Toronto Children's Chorus (TCC) during their annual camp, teaching sight-singing and theory, and what's more, music from my homeland. In 2007, as a member of the New Zealand Youth Choir, I was fortunate enough to perform the gargantuan piece, I te timatanga. This week, at the request of the TCC, I have been teaching and choreographing it for the Chorale Choir. Wow, have they done an incredible job! Make sure you check out their website www.torontochildrenschorus.com to find out when they have their next performance. Congratulations TCC!!!