Bicycle Opera Project rides into Kingston!

Cantabile Choirs of Kingston present
The Heart Sings
with special guests The Bicycle Opera Project
Saturday May 26, 7:30 PM The Spire, Sydenham St United Church
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This May the Bicycle Opera Project rides into Kingston to join Cantabile’s teen and adult choirs in a wonderful program of music from the world of musical theatre and opera.

The program is a feast of musical gems, including upbeat songs like Captain of the Pinafore by Gilbert & Sullivan, Under the Sea by Ashman & Menken, Bernstein’s I Feel Pretty and Be Our Guest from Beauty and The Beast. In contrast are soulful and poignant selections such as Children Will Listen from Into The Woods by Sondheim, Ave Maria From Dialogues des Carmélites by Poulenc, and Contessa, perdono from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. There will also be rousing full chorus selections such as Do You Hear, the finale from Les Misérables, What A Feast from Canadian Cecelia Livingston’s Masque of the Red Death and Make Our Garden Grow from Leonard’s Candide to bring the concert to a soaring conclusion.

As the name suggests, the Bicycle Opera Project (BOP) tours by bicycle, bringing contemporary opera to smaller communities where there is little opportunity to hear it. Acclaimed as one of the country’s most innovative opera companies, one of their goals is to close the gap between opera audiences and singers by performing in intimate spaces, performing primarily new and issue-oriented Canadian works in English.

The hall at The Spire will provide audiences with the opportunity to enjoy the artistry of these wonderful musicians in an ‘up close and personal’ setting. Of special note: Cantabile’s Assistant Artistic Director Geoffrey Sirett, currently receiving rave reviews for his starring turn in The Overcoat in Toronto and Vancouver, is a member of the Bike Opera Project. Those who didn’t get the chance to see his remarkable performance can see him perform at this concert.

The Heart Sings
my heart moves from cold to fire…Pablo Neruda
Saturday May 26, 7:30 pm, The Spire, Sydenham St United Church

Tickets: $22 / $20 / $12
613 549 0099 info@cantabilechoirs.net and in person at Novel Idea, The Church Bookroom, and Long & McQuade.

Guest Artists

Tenor, Chris Enns, is a graduate of UofT in Opera and a former member of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble.  In addition to the Bicycle Opera, he has frequently sung leading roles with Opera Atelier; recent appearances include the lead in Dido and Aeneas, Charpentier’s Medée, a production seen in Toronto and at Versailles, Mozart’sLe nozze di Figaro and Telemachus in Ulysses. 

Stephanie Tritchew is one of Canada’s most sought-after young Mezzo-Sopranos.  A graduate in opera from UofT she has sung with the Calgary, Edmonton and St. Louis Opera and is currently member of the Young Artists Programme with Vancouver Opera.

Soprano Larissa Koniuk is the co-founder of the Bicycle Opera Project.  She has performed at Toronto Symphony’s New Creations, Royal Conservatory’s 21C Festival, Stratford Summer Music, Westben, and with Tapestry Opera. She recently performed the world premiere of Dean Bury’s The Bells of Baddeck and New York City premiere of Juliet Palmer’s opera, Sweat.

Baritone Geoffrey Sirett (pictured, photo by Dahlia Katz), a Cantabile alumnus, continues to impress musicians and audiences in performances of opera, concert and recital repertoire. His charisma as an actor and a singer made him the ideal choice for the leading role in the world premiere of The Overcoat, a musical version of the stage hit presented by Vancouver Opera, Canstage and Tapestry. Geoffrey also made his debut on the Four Seasons Centre stage in the Canadian Opera Company production of Arabella and the role of Captain Corcoran in Edmonton Opera’s H.M.S Pinafore. Other highlights include his debut with the Toronto Symphony in a production of Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins, Oreste in Elektra and Ping in Turandot for Edmonton Opera, Messiah for the Newfoundland Symphony, and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis for the Grand Philharmonic Choir.

Thank you to our sponsor and funders at the City of Kingston and Ontario Arts Council

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Sing Along for The Spire!

A Sing Along for The Spire!
Sunday February 4, 2:00 pm

The Spire, Sydenham St United Church

Join Mark Sirett, AD of the Cantabile Choirs of Kingston, David Melhorn-Boe, choir director at Chalmers and Sydenham St United Churches, soprano Kathryn McConnell and other special guests in a lighthearted afternoon of singing. At what has now become a popular annual event, Kingston music-lovers of all ages are invited to sing their hearts out for a good cause. Coming together with friends and family to sing and have fun at informal and unstructured gatherings used to be a common occurrence. “Sing Alongs” may not be as common now, but if you miss the experience of community singing, here’s your chance!  Sing along with folk songs, popular tunes, broadway show stoppers…and you don’t even know the words, as everything will be projected in big bold print to make it easy to join in.

Admission is free. Donations in support of The Spire and its ongoing renovations will be gratefully accepted. Hope to see – and hear – you at The Spire, Sydenham St Church, Sunday Feb 4.

What is The Spire? For more than 160 years the historic church at 82 Sydenham St. has been a notable Kingston landmark. Now known as The Spire, it is now becoming a community hub, supporting a wide constituency of groups. Learn more at thekingstonspire.org

January Open Rehearsals

ATTENTION:

Due to inclement weather, the Open Rehearsal for the Junior Choir has been  postponed until Friday January 19, from 4:15 to 5:15.

There are openings in the Junior, Children’s and Teen Choirs for the second semester this season. Interested parents , children and teens are invited to a rehearsal to join in the singing or watch and see what they are like. There is no need to sign up for the open rehearsals, but any questions can be directed to Hollie at info@cantabilechoirs.net

Children (10 – 13 years):  Wednesday Jan 10 from 4:15 to 5:15
Beginning in  January the Children’s Choir will be preparing for the April 14 performance of Willie Wonka, a concert version of the charming musical, directed by Brett Christopher, Artistic Producer at the Thousand Island Playhouse.
Teens:  Thursday Jan 11  Young Women – 3:30 Young Men – 4:30
Our teens will be preparing for the residency of guest conductor, the wonderful Jonathan Willcocks from the UK, as well as for their time with the Bicycle Opera Project in May.
Juniors (8 & 9 years): Friday Jan. 12 from 4:15 to 5:15 The Junior Choir will be getting ready for their second appearance this season, at the April 14th concert entitled Sing Me A Rainbow.

There is no appointment needed, just arrive before the rehearsal begins. We’ll be there to say hello, and answer any questions. For more information, email info@cantabilechoirs.net

The Poet Sings – beautiful music expressing the words of great poets

 

 

‘And everyone burst into singing, And I was filled with such delight…’ Siegfried Sassoon
Saturday Nov 4, 7:30 pm, The Spire

The Cantabile Choirs, under the direction of Dr Mark Sirett, launch its 22nd season of choral events with a memorable concert, The Poet Sings.  The concert features wonderful music inspired by words of great poets such as William Blake, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Lord Byron, Robert Louis Stevenson, Goethe, Emily Dickinson and many more.

Speaking about the concert, Artistic Director Mark Sirett comments about the upcoming concert:
‘Composers through the ages agree that inspiration for song-writing begins with the quality and beauty of the text being expressed by the music.  I’m excited by this concert, as it will display a tremendous range of musical expression: exquisite expressions of love and romance, to bold and dramatic narratives, and others that express sheer joy. The glorious grande finale combining 250 voices and the instrumental ensemble together is most appropriately titled There is Sweet Music Here, on the poem by Lord Tennyson.’

Joining the choirs will be the string trio, Triola, with members Gisèle Szczesniak, violin, Melinda Raymond, violin and Eileen Beaudette, viola.  Another first desk members of the Kingston Symphony, cellist, Wolf Tormann, will join the ensemble supported by Clare Gordon, piano and Paul Clifford, double bass.

Award-winning American composer, David Brunner has set William Blake’s classic poem, Piping Down the Valleys Wild for Children’s Voices.  The setting is entitled A Song for Every Child.  The Children’s Choir will enchant their audience with their rendition of the famous Schubert song, An den Mond, on words by Goethe.

Jussi Chydenius is a founding member of the famous a cappella ensemble, Rajaton.  The Young Women’s Choir will sing his sassy and funky rendition of The Look, by Sara Teasdale.  Cantabile’s energetic Young Men’s Chorus will boldly proclaim the words by Tennyson, Rest Not. One of the most exciting works on the programme will be Tiger, a setting William Blake’s poem that captures the primal ferocity of his words.

Wonderful works by Morten Lauridsen, Norwegian composer Kim André Arneson, Basque composer Josu Elberdin and German Romantic master, Robert Schumann, will be performed by the Men and Women choristers.

The Poet Sings – an evening filled with beautiful and provocative words by some of our greatest poets, and set to music by some of our greatest composers of choral music. Buy Tickets Here