St ANDREW'S UNITED CHURCH 311 FitzWilliam St, Nanaimo
Sunday 19 November, 2:00 pm
Musica Magnifica : featuring Bach’s Magnificat with the Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra augmented by members of the Cowichan Consort Orchestra plus the Victoria Brass
Magnificat by JS Bach
Magnificent Music - music that lifts our spirits, stirs our hearts and magnifies our minds!
Johann Sebastian Bach’s glorious Magnificat in D is the featured work in the first half of Malaspina Choir’s fall concert program. A heavenly praise of the spirit composed for choir, soloists and orchestra, this music sparkles and dances. The concert opens with Haydn’s anthem Insanae et vanae curae where fast, discordant passages contrast with gentle, sweet and soothing music and thrilling organ accompaniment that encourages us to look outwards and beyond ourselves.
As well as Brahms, Berlioz and Schutz, the second half of the concert includes music by contemporary composers John Rutter, Morten Lauridsen and Randall Thompson’s setting of Robert Frost’s iconic poem Choose Something Like a Star. All these works remind us to be inspired by mountains, the stars, the heavens.
The concert brings together Malaspina Choir; the Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra augmented with woodwinds, the Victoria Brass and timpani; organist Peter Orme; guest professional soloists and the choir’s award-winning accompanist, Sharon Wishart, all under the direction of Music Director Lionel Tanod.
Director: Lionel Tanod
Pianist: Sharon Wishart
Mari Lyn Kelly (Soprano) has had a wonderful relationship with vocal music, singing from before she was born into a talented musical family. She was a soloist and belonged to many choirs as a child. She was a frequent winner at her local Kiwanis Music Festivals and as well as attaining her Grad 8 Toronto Conservatory of Music certificate she played the French horn in her high school band and orchestra. Taking the path into nursing was simply a diversion for her and after marriage and raising her two children Mari Lyn began taking music and voice more seriously. She was a member of the Ottawa Choral Society for over 10 years and eventually obtained her Music Degree from Ottawa University with a major in voice and a piano minor. She sang and Assistant Directed with Opera Lyra Ottawa in over 12 productions as well as becoming an instructor for the Ottawa School of Speech and Drama creating the Musical Theatre program for them. She has studied voice at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and worked with some very gifted conductors and vocal coaches at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Her claim to fame is being a back-up singer for Sarah Brightman in the late 90s.
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.
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.
John Zewniuk (Bass) John ’s interest and appreciation for classical music was kindled in his mid-30’s when his children’s’ music lessons led to his discovery of the violin and its repertoire. While scratching out a note or two and torturing the cat and singing to , he was asked to join the choir in what may have been an attempt to save the cat. For three years John has found his vocal home in the Malaspina choir, discreetly honing his talent by mastering the cadence. He has nervously participated in trios, duets and the odd solo here and there. The cat, now deaf, has thoroughly enjoyed John’s preparation to sing the Quia Fecit Mihi Magna from the Magnificat in Malaspina Choir’s upcoming Musica Magnifica concert ( November 19 ). John is profiled in the concert promo article in the Nanaimo Bulletin .
The Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra is a community based string orchestra of approximately 25 instrumentalists. Members include experienced professionals, dedicated amateurs and talented young musicians. The orchestra's concerts often feature local soloists. Occasionally, the core group is expanded to include winds and percussion to perform larger works. Mentoring young musicians by providing training and performance opportunities is an important goal of the orchestra. Performances are located in the Nanaimo-Parksville area.
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.