Die Schöpfung (The Creation)
Details: Come and celebrate the long-awaited beginning of spring with the Hart House Chorus as they explore the joy and pure power of Franz Joseph Haydn’s Die Schöpfung (The Creation). In collaboration with the NYCO Symphony Orchestra, the concert will feature over 90 choristers and musicians and will explore Haydn’s masterpiece oratorio that celebrates the beginning of life. The concert will be directed by David Bowser and will feature solo performances by soprano Ania Hejnar, tenor Charles Sy and bass-baritone Michael Nyby.
When: Sun., March 30, 2 pm
Where: Great Hall
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About the Hart House 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 the Soldiers’ Tower at Hart House. The choir often performs at private and public events in and around the city, including weddings, caroling events and special ceremonies.
About the Conductor
David Bowser is a conductor with a background in choral music, ballet, film, opera and television. He is currently musical director of the Hart House Chorus, the NYCO Symphony Orchestra, and the Oakville Choral Society. He has experience on national and international concert stages as a guest conductor and is presently completing his doctoral studies at the University of Toronto. David is also an instructor, vocal coach and visual artist.
About the NYCO Orchestra
The NYCO Symphony Orchestra is a Toronto-based group consisting of more than 50 professional and amateur musicians. The orchestra performs a wide variety of classical music concerts throughout the year and participates in a broad range of community outreach programs. The NYCO Symphony Orchestra aims to provide a means for musicians of all ages to come together and celebrate their love and passion for classical music.
About the Soloists
Ania Hejnar – Soprano
Recently awarded first prize at the Canadian Music Competition, Ania Hejnar is a rising star on the Canadian and international music scene. Winner of both the 2009 and 2011 Barry Alexander International Vocal Competitions, Ania has performed at Carnegie Hall on numerous occasions and was the winner of the 2012 NYCO Mozart Vocal Competition. She has performed in numerous opera productions, including Puccini’s Turandot, Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and Bizet’s Carmen, to name but a few. She holds a Masters Degree from the School of Music at the University of Ottawa.
Charles Sy – Tenor
Currently completing a Masters in Opera at the University of Toronto, Charles Sy has performed in a wide range of operatic roles including Britten’s Owen Wingrave, Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Le Nozze di Figaro, and Puccini’s La Boheme, to name but a few. Charles is the recipient of the 2013 Hnatyshyn Foundation Developing Artist Grant, and has won first prize in numerous competitions including the Kiwanis Music Festival, the Peel Music Festival, and the Arcadia MusicFest.
Michael Nyby – Baritone
A native of Hamilton, Ontario, Michael Nyby has performed with numerous opera companies and at numerous festivals including the Vancouver Opera, the Santa Fe Opera, the Minnesota Opera, the Caramoor Festival, the Burnaby Lyric Opera, and Opera Atelier, to name but a few. He has performed a number of opera premieres including Scott Wheeler’s 200 Dreams from Captivity in 2014 and Kevin Putz’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night. Michael was a winner of the 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition’s Western Canada District, and won third place in the 2013 Opera Columbus Irma M. Cooper International Vocal Competition.
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.
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