Sing-along Messiah - Sunday December 10, 2017: 2 pm St Andrews Church
Sing-along Messiahs are a tradition in many communities and Nanaimo is no exception. Our eighth annual performance is your opportunity to be a chorister with the Malaspina Choir as we sing Handel’s transcendent Messiah under the direction of Lionel Tanod. The Cowichan Consort Orchestra provides the accompaniment along with Sharon Wishart on continuo. Our soloists are Elise Boulanger and Whitney Williams, sopranos; Julia Morgan, alto; Adam Dyjach, tenor; and Michael MacKinnon, bass. Exalt the glory of the Lord, tell good tidings to Zion, behold the Lamb of God, sing Hallelujah. And if you’re not a singer? You will enjoy being surrounded by this incomparable music and hearing the trumpet sound! We continue our tradition of sharing proceeds from the concert with a local Nanaimo charity, which this year is Haven Society.
Scores for Messiah will be available for purchase at the door for $20.
Elise Boulanger (Soprano) has a Diploma in Classical Vocal Performance from the Victoria Conservatory of Music. She is a driven singer that has performed in the VIO’s Rigoletto, VCM Opera Studio’s Captain Lovelock, the Pacific Baroque Music Festival, and for Olympic ceremonies. She has been singing with the Malaspina Choir for three seasons. Elise loves to be immersed in the Choir’s rich harmonies, and to perform as a soloist. For Malaspina’s 2017 spring concert, she composed and premiered “The Warming,” a choral piece drawing attention to climate change. Her sincere intentions are to inspire us to take the necessary actions needed for our survival. This is a common expression behind her own music, under both her self-titled project Elise Boulanger, as well as her symphonic-pop duo, The Blooming. The Blooming played at multiple festivals this past summer, and is in the process of recording. Elise is very proud of her recent accomplishment to ban straws within the VIU’s Student Union and Pub. She will be the featured soloist in the Tidesmen Chorus’ Christmas concerts, as well as in Malaspina’s upcoming Messiah Sing-a-long. For more information, or to sign-up for her newsletter, search www.facebook.com/eliseboulangermusic, or other social media outlets.
Whitney Williams (Sorano) was raised in the Cowichan Valley and this is where her love of music began. Whitney grew up participating in the Cowichan Valley Music Festival, under Iris Cook-Chislett, and went on to study Voice at the University of Victoria's School of Music under highly touted Canadian Tenor, Professor Benjamin Butterfield. During her three years at the University of Victoria, Whitney was lucky enough to have had some incredible opportunities, such as premiering "if numbers could breathe" by Ava McCaw at the Composer’s Symposium in Greater Vancouver, conducted by Guggenheim Fellowship winner Dániel Péter Biró. More recently, she was part of a group that premiered "The Warming", by Elise Boulanger, at Malaspina Choir's 'Canada 150' concert in Spring 2017. In line with her love of sports, Whitney can be seen singing the national anthem for the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on occasion. Whitney is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Education at Vancouver Island University."
Julia Morgan (Mezzo-soprano), has a burgeoning career in opera and recital. While her petite frame can deceive the eye, she has a large caramel-like voice which exudes the many colours and emotions necessary for operatic roles, oratorio, and art song. A few of her favorite core operatic roles are Dido, Carmen, Hansel, and Cherubino. Some of her local Premiere’s were Florrie in Tobin Stokes’ opera Rattenbury, Lilah in Leslie Uyeda’s opera When the Sun Comes Out, and short operatic works with Essential Opera. Ms.Morgan’s true passion lies in performing recital repertoire. She has studied with some of the world’s most respected song interpreters from Vancouver, England, Austria, and Italy. Much of her recital work has centered on German Lieder. Ms.Morgan signed with MSR Classics in 2012 and released a CD of German Lieder with them that year. Ms.Morgan revels at the opportunity to sing with an orchestra and looks forward to joining the Malaspina Choir for this year's Sing-Along Messiah.
Adam Dyjach (Tenor) . A native of Waterloo Ontario, Adam commenced his musical education at Wilfrid Laurier University in Voice Performance under the direction of Kimberly Barber. He now resides in Victoria, BC where he completed his Masters in Voice Performance with Benjamin Butterfield at the University of Victoria and currently studies privately with Carolyn Sinclair. In June Adam had the great privledge to attend the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute where he specialized in Early Music Performance Practice.
He has performed the Operatic roles of Sumers in Cimarosa’s L’italiana in Londra, Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Ernesto in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Oronte in Handel’s Alcina, Romeo in Neil Weisensal’s City Workers in Love, The Doctor in David Foley’s May 23rd and Monostatos in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.
Adam is a choral scholar at St. Barnabas Church under the direction of Michael Jarvis. He also teaches private singing lessons and is a music instructor at the Taber Music School.
Michael MacKinnon (Bass). A year after his first voice lesson in 2005, Michael MacKinnon began studying for a degree in music, combining studying with regular professional work in the Vancouver Opera Chorus. In 2009 he was on the road full-time with the Vancouver Opera-In-Schools Tour in the world premiere of Veda Hille’s Jack Pine. Around this time, he sang principal roles (such as Leporello in Don Giovanni and Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte -for Burnaby Lyric Opera, Donizetti’s Don Pasquale - for Fear No Opera, Victoria, and Méphistophélès in Gounod’s Faust -for Vancouver Island Opera). He was a two-time Western Canada division winner at the Met National Council Auditions. In 2012, after receiving his BMus in Voice Performance, he studied at the Music Academy of the West, in Santa Barbara, CA. In 2013 he made his European debut for The Opera Factory, Freiburg. Throughout 2014, he sang several more contracts in Germany and Switzerland, including Dottore Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore -for Landestheater Detmold, and Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni -for Ticino Musica Festival, Lugano/Locarno. Summer 2015 saw him touring southern Sweden and Denmark with the company Operafabriken, singing the role of Alvise in Ponchielli’s La Gioconda. He then sang for the Edinburgh International Festival’s educational outreach tour of The Magic Flute. Christmas that year brought him back to BC and to singing with Opera Nanaimo, as King Balthazar in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. In fall 2016, he joined City Opera Vancouver, in various bass-baritone roles, for their premiere production, The Lost Operas of Mozart.
Tickets are available online from the Port Theatre Box Office or call 250-754-8550.
Adult – $20, Under 25 (Youth) – $10, under 12 free.
High school students can purchase eyeGO tickets at the Port Theatre for $5.
Also available from members and at the door.