Please VOTE – Best of Halifax and Music Nova Scotia

I am very excited to share that I have been nominated as “Best Classical Artist/Group” in The Coast’s Best of Halifax 2017 contest. Voting ends on September 15! Any anyone with an email address can vote!

Here’s how to vote:

http://thecoast.secondstreetapp.com/l/Best-of-Halifax-2017/Ballot/Music

-click the link above
-scroll down to “Best Classical Artist/Group” and click
-click on “Vote” beside my name
-enter your email address and follow the steps as you’re prompted*
-go to your email account and confirm your info (check your junk folder for an email from “Promotion Support” from the Coast)
 
*You won’t get spam–they’re just counting one vote per email

 

I am also thoroughly delighted that “Lady of the Lake” has been nominated as “Classical Recording of the Year” in the Music Nova Scotia awards. If you’re a Music Nova Scotia member, you can vote between now and September 29!

Winter Warmth Recital In Fredericton

Hello fellow Freddie Beachers!

I am very excited to present this recital with Anne Marie Murphy on piano in Fredericton on Sunday, Dec. 21. The programme will include works by Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, and Schumann, and will also feature a few holiday favourites! There will be familiar tunes to all ears–classical buffs or not. I look forward to sharing this music with you, your friends, and your family.

Come one, come all! Enjoy some winter warmth!

~Maureen

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The sky’s a triplet: Concert this Sunday in NS!

After a wonderfully full month of singing contemporary music and working with living composers, I’m gearing up for one last gig before some vacation. This recital, The Sky’s a Triplet, is part of the Classics by the Bay festival in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia. There are concerts all weekend long, but my concert is on Sunday afternoon, 2 PM, at Trinity United Church. You can find a schedule and ticket info on the website.

The inspiration for this recital came from several places. Initially, I intended to have a full recital of Spanish/Latin influenced music. As a result, there are a number of songs with Spanish themes, and songs by Spanish or Latin American poets and composers. Then, I began to think about why I connect with Spanish/Latin music, and I realized it’s the playfulness and seduction in the music and text that I love. Its warmth, lusciousness, and evocativeness.  Of course this is true of a lot of music, including our own North American music… so I expanded the recital to include some local (living!) flavour 🙂

Click on the composers’ names for websites and more info. For Canadian composers, don’t forget to search the CMC website for works that you can purchase and borrow. 

The first composer I want to mention is Stephen Bachicha (USA). I am singing two selections from his song cycle, New Mexico Fragments (poetry by Valerie Martínez, composed for Susanne Mentzer): The sky’s a triplet and Why have you come. We’ve never met in person, but I feel like we have (that counts, right?); and I’m looking forward to singing more of these works, as well as more of his other works. I foresee many future collaborations here.

Aunt Helen, by Monica Pearce (CAN), is receiving its third performance on this program. It was premiered last August in Halifax as part of the Opera from Scratch program, and I sang it earlier this month at the CMC in Toronto. This opera short projects snapshots of folklorist Dr. Helen Creighton, a pioneer in collecting our folksongs. I am delighted to be able to perform this work again, and for an audience of Maritimers, no less. Monica and I have worked together before; and, I very much cherish our collaborations.

While I was in Vancouver earlier this month, I met emerging composer, Matthew Emery (CAN). He was gracious enough to send me his work For broken and tired am I, which I had heard a colleague perform during the VISI program. I truly cannot wait to sing this piece for you.

Of the more established North American composers on the program, I am performing works by Imant Raminsh (CAN), John Greer (CAN), and Jake Heggie (USA). I have had the pleasure of working with both John Greer and (very recently) Jake Heggie. I’m thrilled to perform their works, Si os partieredes al alba (Three Spanish Lyics), Elegy for a Calf (A Sarah Binks Songbook) , and A Lucky Child (At the Statue of Venus).

After my rehearsal with my collaborative pianist today, my friend and colleague, Tara Scott, I am feeling very, very grateful for the beautiful music we have at our disposal. Many of you know that it is my personal mandate to help promote emerging composers and their works, so please feel free to share this post/information–I know that these composers would love others to perform their works, too! Contact them!

Go go gadget contemporary music–music for us, by us, and about us.

 

Songfire Series Emerging Artists: Songs of our Time and Place

Tonight marks the end of a week of Contemporary Performance Studies at the Vancouver International Song Institute.

I have had the extreme pleasure of working directly with composers Joseph GlaserJake Heggie, and Jeffrey Ryan. I have workshopped works by all three of those composers, as well as works by John Greer and Monica Pearce.

After a week of magnificent, inspiring coachings and masterclasses with Martha GuthErika Switzer, Carla HuhtanenKarl PaulnackJake HeggieCorey HammSteven Philcox, and Heather Pawsey, the singers and pianists are presenting a concert:

Songs of our Time and Place

June 10, 8 PM

Roy Barnett Recital Hall

UBC Music Faculty 6361 Memorial Rd.

Free admission

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For my Toronto friends, I would love to see you at the CMC on June 13th at 5:30 PM. Get tickets here.

Go, go gadget contemporary music–music for you, and music about you!

Practice, practice, practice

May is a prep month for a busy June (thankful to HAVE a prep month!). Today I am making my practice charts and schedule for three upcoming events: Vancouver (June 10), Toronto (June 13), and Parrsboro, NS (June 30). Schedule details and links will be updated soon.

As I was starting my research for the pieces I’m working on in Vancouver at the Contemporary Performance Studies program at VISI, I came across this video on composer Joseph Glaser’s website (I’ll be singing his work ‘Reservations in the Late Afternoon’):

During my week in Vancouver I will also be singing works by Monica Pearce, Jeffrey Ryan, Imant Raminsh, John Greer, and Jake Heggie (WHO WILL BE THERE as composer in residence!!!).

 

More updates as I delve into all this new-to-me and new-new music!