Schedule 2017-2018

AUGUST 19 at 8pm

Mishaabooz’s Realm

World premiere semi-staged workshop performance in Haliburton, ON

Highlands Opera Studio @ Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion

Experience this important new work combining opera and First Nations singers and instrumentalists, created by Cree composer, Andrew Balfour.

In Anishinaabe aadizookaan (traditional storytelling), particularly among the Ojibwe, Nanabozho is a spirit who figures prominently in many stories, including the story of the world’s creation. Mishaabooz is the great trickster spirit who shape shifts into many creatures, most often into a giant Rabbit. It’s in this form that the trickster is often sent to the earth by Gitche Manitou to teach the Ojibwe peoples.


Adanya Dunn, soprano
Samuel Chan, baritone
Louise-Andrée Baril, pianist
Corey Campbell, Aboriginal vocalist/drummer
Andrew Balfour, Singer/Percussion

The program invites audiences into a mesmerizing and utterly immersive experience featuring a cast of 10 intercultural vocal singers bringing together diverse styles and heritages.

“The Music of the End is where all is forever erased, where all becomes infinite silence.”—CLAUDE VIVIER

Chris Abraham, director
John Hess, music director

*Two European tours are currently planned for 2018/19*

OCTOBER 27 – NOVEMBER 4, 2017

Musik für das Ende
World premiere staged performance

Soundstreams @ CROW’S THEATRE
345 Carlaw Avenue, Toronto, ON

A 70-minute staged performance program of the music by Quebecois composer Claude Vivier, one of Canada’s most brilliant composers of all time.

Musik für das Ende (The Music of the End)
World premiere of the first staged production


Glaubst du an die Unsterblichkeit der Seele?
(Do You Believe in the Immortality of the Soul?)
Soprano solo, staged production

DECEMBER 2, 2017 @ 7:30pm

MYSTERY & WONDER:
MUSIC FOR THE SEASON
Guest Soloist

Cantores Celestes Women’s Choir @ Runnymede United Church
432 Runnymede Rd, Toronto, ON
Admission: $25, no reserved seating

Kelly Galbraith, conductor
Cantores Celestes Women’s Choir
The Emperor String Quartet
Matthew Coons, organ
Stephen Tam, flute
Kate Carver, piano

Soloist in Magnificat by Kim André Arnesen, for women’s choir, soprano soloist, strings, piano, and organ, and solo pieces for voice and piano.

The program lyrics centre around the light of love and the light of the eternal, beginning with Stephen Hatfield’s Sweet with Star Light. Light is also a theme in Ola Gjeilo’s atmospheric Tundra and Paul Halley’s Voices of Light. Additional music by Sarah Class and Antonio Vivaldi.

Cantores Celestes will continue its tradition of giving to charity with a $1,000 donation in support of the art and music program at Stella’s Place, a Toronto organization providing mental health services for 16 to 29 year olds to help them move forward.

DECEMBER 4, 5, 6, 2017 @ 8pm
ELECTRIC MESSIAH
Soprano Soloist with Soundstreams @ THE DRAKE UNDERGROUND (1150 Queen Street West)
Tickets at the door and online: $20

Looking for an ALTERNATIVE to your traditional Messiah? Want to introduce friends to something new and exciting with a traditional twist or looking for something different to your typical Messiah experience? How about one that’s 1hr long and that you can eat, drink, and be merry all through the night (with a 15% discount on food before the show)?

“This is the naughty boy of Messiahs and not to be missed!” — operaramblings blog
Staged in the intimate, cabaret-style underground of Toronto’s iconic Drake Hotel, the sold out sensation returns for a third year to take Handel’s masterpiece apart, strip it down to its essence and put it back together in an electro-improv version that’s full of surprises.
Four singers, accompanied by guitar, electronics, electric harpsichord, electric organ and turntables, will explore a selection of the work’s most popular movements through the lens of their own unique styles and cultural backgrounds.

Performers
Adanya Dunn, Soprano
Elizabeth Shepherd, Jazz Singer-Songwriter
Jonathan MacArthur, Tenor
Justin Welsh, Baritone

John Gzowski, Electric Guitar
Jeff McLeod, Electric Organ
Christopher Bagan, Harpsichord
SlowPitchSound, Turntables

Lybido, Dancer

Creative Team
Ashlie Corcoran, Dramaturg
Rob Kempson, Associate Dramaturg
Adam Scime, Music Director
Concept, by Kyle Brenders

 


2017-2018: 
The HAPPENSTANCE Series

Happenstance is a chamber music series that looks to create a context for the music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Through thoughtful and unlikely pairings, Happenstance brings new sounds, colours, and narratives to the concert stage in Toronto and beyond.  


It rarely happens that a recital series strikes excellence in programming from the word go, but … soprano Adanya Dunn, clarinetist Brad Cherwin, [and pianist] Alice Hwang … are doing just that. Next time these people throw a recital, run don’t walk.”
—LYDIA PEROVIC, Definitely the Opera

Curated, Created and Performed by: Adanya Dunn, soprano, Alice Gi-Young Hwang, piano, and Brad Cherwin, clarinet. Guest Artists are regularly featured throughout the season.


The second season of
The HAPPENSTANCE Series will be announced January 2018!

SPRING 2018:

Synesthsia IV – Pandora

FAWN Chamber Creative presents:
A triple bill of opera-ballets
Toronto, ON

The world premiere of three 20-minute opera-ballets by three Canadian composers, David Storen, Joseph Glaser and Kit Soden.

Amanda Smith, director
David Brock, librettist
Jennifer Nichols, dancer
Adanya Dunn, soprano & dancer
Jonathan MacArthur, tenor & dancer

Official dates TBA!

 

Schedule 2017-2018

AUGUST 19 at 8pm

Mishaabooz’s Realm

World premiere semi-staged workshop performance in Haliburton, ON

Highlands Opera Studio @ Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion

Experience this important new work combining opera and First Nations singers and instrumentalists, created by Cree composer, Andrew Balfour.

Adanya Dunn, soprano
Samuel Chan, baritone
Louise-Andrée Baril, pianist
Corey Campbell, Aboriginal vocalist/drummer
Andrew Balfour, Singer/Percussion

OCTOBER 27 – NOVEMBER 4, 2017

Musik für das Ende
World premiere staged performance

Soundstreams @ CROW’S THEATRE
345 Carlaw Avenue, Toronto, ON

A 70-minute staged performance program of the music by Quebecois composer Claude Vivier, one of Canada’s most prominent composers.

Musik für das Ende (The Music of the End)
World premiere of the first staged production


Glaubst du an die Unsterblichkeit der Seele?
(Do You Believe in the Immortality of the Soul?)
Soprano solo, staged production

The program invites audiences into a mesmerizing and utterly immersive experience featuring a cast of 10 intercultural vocal singers bringing together diverse styles and heritages.

Chris Abraham, director
John Hess, music director

*Two European tours are currently planned for 2018/19*

“The Music of the End is where all is forever erased, where all becomes infinite silence.”—CLAUDE VIVIER

DECEMBER 2, 2017 @ 7:30pm

MYSTERY & WONDER:
MUSIC FOR THE SEASON
Guest Soloist

Cantores Celestes Women’s Choir @ Runnymede United Church
432 Runnymede Rd, Toronto, ON
Admission: $25, no reserved seating

Kelly Galbraith, conductor
Cantores Celestes Women’s Choir
The Emperor String Quartet
Matthew Coons, organ
Stephen Tam, flute
Kate Carver, piano

Soloist in Magnificat by Kim André Arnesen, for women’s choir, soprano soloist, strings, piano, and organ, and solo pieces for voice and piano.

The program lyrics centre around the light of love and the light of the eternal, beginning with Stephen Hatfield’s Sweet with Star Light. Light is also a theme in Ola Gjeilo’s atmospheric Tundra and Paul Halley’s Voices of Light. Additional music by Sarah Class and Antonio Vivaldi.

Cantores Celestes will continue its tradition of giving to charity with a $1,000 donation in support of the art and music program at Stella’s Place, a Toronto organization providing mental health services for 16 to 29 year olds to help them move forward.

DECEMBER 4, 5, 6, 2017 @ 8pm
ELECTRIC MESSIAH
Soprano Soloist with Soundstreams @ THE DRAKE UNDERGROUND (1150 Queen Street West)
Tickets at the door and online: $20

Looking for an ALTERNATIVE to your traditional Messiah? Want to introduce friends to something new and exciting with a traditional twist or looking for something different to your typical Messiah experience? How about one that’s 1hr long and that you can eat, drink, and be merry all through the night (with a 15% discount on food before the show)?

“This is the naughty boy of Messiahs and not to be missed!” — operaramblings blog
Staged in the intimate, cabaret-style underground of Toronto’s iconic Drake Hotel, the sold out sensation returns for a third year to take Handel’s masterpiece apart, strip it down to its essence and put it back together in an electro-improv version that’s full of surprises.
Four singers, accompanied by guitar, electronics, electric harpsichord, electric organ and turntables, will explore a selection of the work’s most popular movements through the lens of their own unique styles and cultural backgrounds.

Performers
Adanya Dunn, Soprano
Elizabeth Shepherd, Jazz Singer-Songwriter 
Jonathan MacArthur, Tenor
Justin Welsh, Baritone

John Gzowski, Electric Guitar
Jeff McLeod, Electric Organ
Christopher Bagan, Harpsichord
SlowPitchSound, Turntables

Lybido, Dancer

Creative Team
Ashlie Corcoran, Dramaturg
Rob Kempson, Associate Dramaturg
Adam Scime, Music Director
Concept, by Kyle Brenders

 

2017-2018: The HAPPENSTANCE Series

Happenstance is a chamber music series that looks to create a context for the music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Through thoughtful and unlikely pairings, Happenstance brings new sounds, colours, and narratives to the concert stage in Toronto and beyond.  

It rarely happens that a recital series strikes excellence in programming from the word go, but … soprano Adanya Dunn, clarinetist Brad Cherwin, [and pianist] Alice Hwang … are doing just that. Next time these people throw a recital, run don’t walk.”
—LYDIA PEROVIC, Definitely the Opera

The second season of The HAPPENSTANCE Series will be announced January 2018!

SPRING 2018:

Synesthsia IV – Pandora

FAWN Chamber Creative presents:
A triple bill of opera-ballets

Toronto, ON

The world premiere of three 20-minute opera-ballets by three Canadian composers, David Storen, Joseph Glaser and Kit Soden. 

Amanda Smith, director
David Brock, librettist
Jennifer Nichols, dancer
Adanya Dunn, soprano & dancer
Jonathan MacArthur, tenor & dancer

Official dates TBA!

Schedule 2017-2018

AUGUST 19 at 8pm

Mishaabooz’s Realm

World premiere semi-staged workshop performance in Haliburton, ON

Highlands Opera Studio @ Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion

Experience this important new work combining opera and First Nations singers and instrumentalists, created by Cree composer, Andrew Balfour.

Adanya Dunn, soprano
Samuel Chan, baritone
Louise-Andrée Baril, pianist
Corey Campbell, Aboriginal vocalist/drummer
Andrew Balfour, Singer/Percussion

OCTOBER 27 – NOVEMBER 4, 2017

Musik für das Ende
World premiere staged performance

Soundstreams @ CROW’S THEATRE
345 Carlaw Avenue, Toronto, ON

A 70-minute staged performance program of the music by Quebecois composer Claude Vivier, one of Canada’s most brilliant composers of all time.

Musik für das Ende
(The Music of the End)
World premiere of the first staged production


Glaubst du an die Unsterblichkeit der Seele?
(Do You Believe in the Immortality of the Soul?)
Soprano solo, staged production

The program invites audiences into a mesmerizing and utterly immersive experience featuring a cast of 10 intercultural vocal singers bringing together diverse styles and heritages.

Chris Abraham, director
John Hess, music director

*Two European tours are planned for 2018/19*

DECEMBER 2, 2017 @ 7:30pm

MYSTERY & WONDER:
MUSIC FOR THE SEASON
Guest Soloist

Cantores Celestes Women’s Choir @ Runnymede United Church
432 Runnymede Rd, Toronto, ON
Admission: $25, no reserved seating

Kelly Galbraith, conductor
Cantores Celestes Women’s Choir
The Emperor String Quartet
Matthew Coons, organ
Stephen Tam, flute
Kate Carver, piano

Soloist in Magnificat by Kim André Arnesen, for women’s choir, soprano soloist, strings, piano, and organ, and solo pieces for voice and piano.

The program lyrics centre around the light of love and the light of the eternal, beginning with Stephen Hatfield’s Sweet with Star Light. Light is also a theme in Ola Gjeilo’s atmospheric Tundra and Paul Halley’s Voices of Light. Additional music by Sarah Class and Antonio Vivaldi.

Cantores Celestes will continue its tradition of giving to charity with a $1,000 donation in support of the art and music program at Stella’s Place, a Toronto organization providing mental health services for 16 to 29 year olds to help them move forward.

DECEMBER 4, 5, 6, 2017 @ 8pm
ELECTRIC MESSIAH
Soprano Soloist with Soundstreams @ THE DRAKE UNDERGROUND (1150 Queen Street West)
Tickets at the door and online: $20

Looking for an ALTERNATIVE to your traditional Messiah? Want to introduce friends to something new and exciting with a traditional twist or looking for something different to your typical Messiah experience? How about one that’s 1hr long and that you can eat, drink, and be merry all through the night (with a 15% discount on food before the show)?

“This is the naughty boy of Messiahs and not to be missed!” — operaramblings blog
Staged in the intimate, cabaret-style underground of Toronto’s iconic Drake Hotel, the sold out sensation returns for a third year to take Handel’s masterpiece apart, strip it down to its essence and put it back together in an electro-improv version that’s full of surprises.
Four singers, accompanied by guitar, electronics, electric harpsichord, electric organ and turntables, will explore a selection of the work’s most popular movements through the lens of their own unique styles and cultural backgrounds.

Performers

Adanya Dunn, Soprano
Elizabeth Shepherd, Jazz Singer-Songwriter
Jonathan MacArthur, Tenor
Justin Welsh, Baritone

John Gzowski, Electric Guitar
Jeff McLeod, Electric Organ
Christopher Bagan, Harpsichord
SlowPitchSound, Turntables

Lybido, Dancer

Creative Team
Ashlie Corcoran, Dramaturg
Rob Kempson, Associate Dramaturg
Adam Scime, Music Director
Concept, by Kyle Brenders

 

2017-2018:
HAPPENSTANCE Series

Happenstance is a chamber music series that looks to create a context for the music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Through thoughtful and unlikely pairings, Happenstance brings new sounds, colours, and narratives to the concert stage in Toronto and beyond.  

It rarely happens that a recital series strikes excellence in programming from the word go, but … soprano Adanya Dunn, clarinetist Brad Cherwin, [and pianist] Alice Hwang … are doing just that. Next time these people throw a recital, run don’t walk.”
—LYDIA PEROVIC,
Definitely the Opera

The second season of The HAPPENSTANCE Series will be announced January 2018!

SPRING 2018:

Synesthsia IV – Pandora

FAWN Chamber Creative presents a triple bill of opera-ballets
Toronto, ON

The world premiere of three 20-minute opera-ballets by three Canadian composers, David Storen, Joseph Glaser and Kit Soden. 

Amanda Smith, director
David Brock, librettist
Jennifer Nichols, dancer
Adanya Dunn, soprano & dancer
Jonathan MacArthur, tenor & dancer

Official dates TBA!