Sarah Kirsch (Soprano) + Madeline Hidlebrand (piano)
Details: The 37th Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition (Voice) crowns Soprano Sarah Kirsch as this year’s winner. The E-Gré Competition is an annual event focusing on the exceptional performance of contemporary music by Canada’s top emerging artists. Created as a tribute to composer and pianist/violinist Sonia Eckhardt-Gramatté, the competition highlights Canadian music. Ms. Kirsch and pianist Madeline Hildebrand are set to perform their winning material as part of our Sunday Concert series and our ongoing partnership with the annual awards competition.
When: Sun., Nov. 9, 2014 at 3 pm
Where: Great Hall, Hart House
Sarah Kirsch is a soprano/vocalist currently based in Winnipeg. She continues to make waves as a soloist with local ensembles – large and small – and maintains a continuing presence at the WSO New Music Festival, Cluster New Music + Integrated Arts Festival, and Groundswell, Winnipeg’s new music concert series. Outside of Manitoba this season, Sarah will be joined by pianist Chris Kayler in recital at the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival before embarking on a cross-Canada recital tour with pianist Maddy Hildebrand this fall, and premiering Michael Matthews’ new song cycle Soló queda el desierto with L’Orchestre de Chambre de Montréal followed by Mozart’s Große Messe in c-moll at the American University of Beirut in spring.
Madeline Hildebrand’s love for piano music has directed her path from the age of six, culminating in a Master of Piano Performance from the University of British Columbia under the tutelage of distinguished Canadian artist, Jane Coop. Maddy’s performances have taken her to Vancouver and Howe Sound, to premiers for Manitoba’s Cluster festival, collaborations with veteran composers Michael Matthews and Randolph Peters, numerous house concerts and most recently, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Madeline is presently on the piano faculty at Canadian Mennonite University. Upcoming engagements include a faculty position with the Rosamunde Chamber Music Festival, Randolph Peters’ The Adventures of Piano Woman with the Thunder Bay Symphony and a return to the WSO Soundbytes Series next season.
Sunday Concerts is Hart House’s venerable concert series, making music and history in the majesty of the Great Hall since 1922. Through Canadian music icons such as Glenn Gould and Anton Kuerti to new musical voices and world music traditions, the Sunday Concert series offers patrons a chance to experience a delightful and adventurous musical journey in an environment where in the spirit of the Hart House vision ‘all rhythms, voices and traditions converge.’