LIEDERKREIS
May
8
7:30 PM19:30

LIEDERKREIS

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

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

Liederkreis op. 24, was composed and published in 1840 on nine poems by Heinrich Heine. The nine songs tell of frustrated or lost love, sometimes tender, sometimes anguished. This will be performed by Bradley.

Liederkreis op. 39 - its poetry is taken from Joseph Eichendorff's collection entitled Intermezzo. Written in the same year as op. 24, but a few months later, Liederkreis op. 39, is regarded as one of the great song cycles of the 19th century. In a letter to Clara he called the twelve songs that make up the Liederkreis, Op 39 ‘my most romantic music ever, with much of you in it, dearest Clara’. These twelve vignettes are linked by themes of loss and loneliness, nocturnal mystery and menace, memory and antiquity, wistful reverie and rapturous soaring. These will be performed by Ryan.

Admission by donation.
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SYMPHONY NO. 9
Jun
1
to Jun 2

SYMPHONY NO. 9

June 1 - 8:00pm (Yorkminster Citadel, 1 Lord Seaton Road, Toronto)
June 2 - 7:30pm (The Church of St Peter and St Simon-the-Apostle, 525 Bloor Street East, Toronto)

NORTH YORK CONCERT ORCHESTRA
Rafael Luz, conductor
Andrea Lett, soprano
Danielle MacMillan, mezzo-soprano
Michael Barrett, tenor
Bradley Christensen, baritone
Jubilate Singers

Composed between 1822 and 1824, Symphony No. 9 is the final complete symphony by Ludwig van Bethoven. “It is regarded by many critics and musicologists as one of Beethoven's greatest works and one of the supreme achievements in the history of western music.” (Cook, 1993)

The symphony was the first example of a major composer using voices in a symphony - the words are sung during the final (4th) movement of the symphony by four vocal soloists and a chorus. They were taken from the "Ode to Joy", a poem written by Friedrich Schiller in 1785 and revised in 1803, with text additions made by the Beethoven. The piece is a resounding cry of humanity, celebrating universal brotherhood and sisterhood.

For more information on the performance and tickets, click here.

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LA BOHÈME
Jul
5
to Jul 7

LA BOHÈME

July 05, 06, 07, 7:30pm

FRASER LYRIC OPERA
Brenna Corner, Director

Bradley Christensen, Marcello

La Bohème is a tragic love story of Mimí and Rodolfo.
Set in Paris in the 1830s, four arty types shiver in their Latin Quarter garret; the artist Marcello, the poet Rodolfo, Colline, a philosopher, and Schaunard, a musician. Trying to keep warm on Christmas Eve, they feed the stove with pages from Rodolfo’s latest drama. For these young bohemians, art is life! It’s a timeless story that celebrates free-spirited creativity and expresses the romantic power of love. With some of the most glorious music ever composed, it has made its way to being one of the most popular operas ever written.

For a fun explanation of the story, check out the video below, created by Opera5.

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WING MEN
Sep
27
7:30 PM19:30

WING MEN

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

Ryan and Bradley embrace a wonderful collection of opera arias and duets in this concert titled Wing Men. The reason for this is simple - they have selected various characters from four operas where one of the two men (or both) act as a ‘wing man’ for the other.

1. Cosi fan tutte (Mozart):
- Un’aura amorosa (Ryan)
- Rivolgete a lui lo sguardo (Bradley)
- Secondate aurette amiche (Duet)

2. Barber of Seville (Rossini):
- Largo al factotum (Bradley)
- Ecco ridente (Ryan)
- All'idea di quel metallo (Duet)

INTERMISSION

3. L'elisir d'amore (Donizetti):
- Quanto é bella (Ryan)
- Come Paride vezzoso (Bradley)
- Una furtiva lagrima (Ryan)
- Venti Scudi (Duet)

4. La boheme (Puccini):
- Baritone aria 
- Che gelida manina (Ryan)
- O Mimi, più non torni (Duet)

This is a concert you won't want to miss.

Admission by donation. Venue suggests $25
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FANTASIA ON CHRISTMAS CAROLS
Dec
6
8:00 PM20:00

FANTASIA ON CHRISTMAS CAROLS

UPPER CANADA CHORISTERS
Laurie Evan Fraser, Conductor
Bradley Christensen, Soloist

Composed by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1912, the Fantasia on Christmas Carols is a work that sets four poems in a single movement. Roughly twelve minutes in length, it consists of the English folkcarols "The truth sent from above", "Come all you worthy gentlemen" and "On Christmas night all Christians sing" (Sussex Carol).

The work is written for a baritone soloist, SATB chorus and piano.

See here for more information.

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OURS
Jul
16
to Jul 18

OURS

July 16 - 7:30pm
July 18 - 2:30pm

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

Bradley Christensen, Michael Kennedy

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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