Details: Come in from the November cold to a warm all-French program with the Hart House Chorus.
Join us in the Great Hall for an afternoon of sublime music from 19th and 20th century French composers Maurice Duruflé, Gabriel Fauré, Charles Gounod, and Francis Poulenc. Performed works include Gloria, Cantique de Jean Racine, and more. The concert will be directed by David Bowser and features pianist Jacqueline Mokrzewski and soprano Erica Warder.
When: Sun., Nov. 24 at 2 pm
Where: Great Hall, Hart House
About the Chorus: The Hart House Chorus is a 50-member SATB choir composed of students, faculty, alumni and members of the community at the University of Toronto. The Chorus has two concerts each season held in the Great Hall at Hart House. In the past, the choir has participated in other events including the Intervarsity Choral Festival and the Remembrance Day ceremony on November 11 at Soldiers’ Tower at Hart House. The choir often performs at private and public events in and around the city.
About the Conductor: David Bowser is a conductor with a wide background in choral music, ballet, film, opera and television. In addition to his work with the Chorus, he is currently the music director of the NYCO Symphony Orchestra and the Oakville Choral Society. He has experience on national and international concert stages as a guest conductor. A doctoral student at the University of Toronto, David is an instructor, vocal coach and visual artist.
About the Accompanist: Jacqueline Mokrzewski is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, holding a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance. She has received a prestigious SOCAN prize at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra Competition, and has won concerto competitions with the University of Toronto and the Toronto Sinfonietta. She is a piano teacher and has accompanied the Bel Canto Singers.
About the Soloist: Erica Warder, a native of Petrolia, Ontario, is a talented young soprano who made her professional debut in 2008 with the Kingston Symphony Orchestra after completing a Bachelor of Music at Queen’s University. Since then she has travelled to Europe several times and performed in Canada in a number of operas. In 2011, Erica received first place in the NYCO Mozart Vocal Competition.
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