Monday, May 28, 2012

UPDATED: Concert Listings May 28 - June 3, 2012

Tuesday May 29, 2012 7:30pm Opera Nuova Vocal Arts Festival - Song Soirees at the AGA. English Artsong. Art Gallery of Alberta, Ledcor Theatre. Tickets $14-$20.

Tuesday May 29, 2012 7:30pm Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. William Eddins, conductor and piano, Elliot Madore, baritone (winner of the 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions). Arias and songs from Don Giovanni, The Barber of Seville, Die Tote Stadt and Carousel and music by Ravel, Poulenc, and de Falla. Winspear Centre.

Thursday May 31, 2012 Noon FREE Opera Nuova Vocal Arts Festival - Music at Noon. Winspear Centre Lobby.

Friday June 1, 2012 7:30pm Opera Nuova Vocal Arts Festival - Classic Broadway Concert. Music from Brigadoon, Company, She Loves Me, and The Music Man. Convocation Hall, UofA. Tickets $16 - $22.

Saturday June 2, 2012 10am-3pm FREE Oliver Community Festival. Family entertainment including the Nova Bells Hand Choir, Choir of Robertson-Wesley United Church, Choral Morphosis, Edmonton Musical Theatre and the Edmonton Police Pipe and Drum Band. 102 Av between 121 and 123 Streets.

Saturday June 2, 2012 7:30pm Cantate! Edmonton Youth Choir Year End Concert. Jordan van Biert, conductor. St. Timothy’s Anglican Church 8420 145 St, admission at the door.

Saturday June 2, 2012 7:30pm Raga-Mala Music Society – Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty, Patiala Gharana, vocals. Royal Alberta Musem 12845 102 Av.

Sunday June 3, 2012 4pm Kokopelli Choirs – Colours of Sping Encore. Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples.

Sunday June 3, 2012 4:30pm Opera Nuova Vocal Arts Festival - An Afternoon of Sacred Song. Excerpts from oratorios by Bach, Haydn and Handel. Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 10037 84 Av. Tickets $14 - $20.

Sunday June 3, 2012 7pm The Edmonton Mozart Festival - Perspectives. James Bures, organ and conductor, Tara Plamondon, french horn, Anders Muskens, harpsichord and conductor. Epistle Sonata No 14 in C, Serenade for Winds in C minor, Nacht Musique, Horn Concerto No 3 in E flat major, Allegro Molto in C major (a newly discovered work), Harpsichord Concerto No 3 in E flat major, and Six German Dances KV 509. Muttart Hall, Alberta College Conservatory 10025 MacDonald Dr. $15 ($20 at door), $25 festival pass.

Sunday June 3, 2012 7pm Opera Nuova Vocal Arts Festival - Behind the Scenes Masterclass. Room 1-29 Fine Arts Bldg, UofA. Tickets $14-$20.

Sunday June 3, 2012 7:30pm Cosmopolitan Music Society All Bands and Chorus Season Finale. Winspear Centre.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Check out the concerts at the Vocal Arts Festival this weekend May 25-29, 2012

Winner of the Shean Piano Competition 2012

On Friday, May 18, 2012 – after two days of amazing and very high calibre competition – pianist Adam Żukiewicz (28 years old), originally from Jawor, Poland and currently studying in Toronto, was awarded the $8,000 top prize in The Shean Piano Competition. He has also won the opportunity to play with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at a future date. Mr. Żukiewicz was one of 6 finalists chosen from the 23 submitted entries to compete in the 2012 Shean Piano Competition on May 17 and 18.

The complete results of the Competition were as follows:

First Place and $8,000 – Adam Żukiewicz (Jawor, Poland)

Second Place and $5,000 – Lisa Tahara (Vancouver, BC)

Third Place and $4,000 – Steven Massicotte (Montréal, QC)

Fourth Place and $3,000 – Michelle Powell (Grande Prairie, AB)

(Tie) Fifth Place and $2,000 each – Benjamin Chapman (Sydney, NSW, Australia) and Rich Coburn (Nelson, BC)

Lisa Tahara also won $1,000 Paul J. Bourret Prize for Best Performance of the Test Piece – Valse, Op. 38 by Alexander Scriabin.

The adjudicators for this year’s Competition were David Hoyt, Chair; Jane Coop and William Wolfram.

The 2013 Shean Strings Competition takes place May 17 and 18, 2013 in Edmonton with an $8,000 Top Prize and the opportunity to perform with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. The $1,000 Paul J. Bourret Prize for Best Performance of the Test Piece will also be awarded.

Vocal Arts Festival Starts This Weekend! May 25, 2012

Auditions for Alberta Opera June 11, 2012

Alberta Opera - Musical Theatre for Young People


Artistic Directors Farren Timoteo and Jeff Unger would like to invite trained and/or experienced non-equity actors and pianists to audition for Alberta Opera’s upcoming touring production of Sleeping Beauty.


10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. June 11th, 2012


Citadel Theatre, 2nd floor, Classroom B 9828 – 101A Avenue


The auditions will be organized into fifteen-minute slots. Actors are asked to prepare two contrasting musical theatre songs as well as a short comedic monologue. We ask that your songs be cut versions but be prepared to perform them in their entirety if requested. An accompanist will be provided. Please provide a headshot and resume.


Interviews will be scheduled throughout the day. Please bring a short musical theatre piece to perform. You may also be asked to sight-read.


To book an audition/interview, please email Farren Timoteo at

Please include your contact info (Phone number, email…)

If an audition/interview cannot be scheduled for you, yet you are still interested, please send a cover letter, photo and resume to:

#6-30, Stanley Milner Library Bldg, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2V5

We will try our best to accommodate you in call-back time slots.

Alberta Opera is celebrating its 29th season with an exciting new musical adaptation of Sleeping Beauty (Music by Jeff Unger, Book by Farren Timoteo).

Jeff Unger has composed more than a dozen new musicals for Alberta Opera and this project marks his fifth collaboration with Farren Timoteo. Their previous works have toured the province extensively and garnered numerous acknowledgements from the Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards. Sleeping Beauty will make its world debut on October 26th, 2012 at the Westbury Theatre and will then embark on a vast tour of Alberta, which will conclude in June.

Call for Nominations for the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards 2013

How did Christopher Plummer, Clémence DesRochers, William Shatner, Margie Gillis and Michel Pagliaro become laureates of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards?

They were nominated by people like you—members of the public.

Your nomination could determine the next recipient of Canada’s most prestigious award in the performing arts!

Nominations for the 2013 awards are being accepted until September 21, 2012.

The nomination process is simple and straightforward!

Click here for more information:

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

UPDATED: Concert Listings May 23 - 28, 2012

Wednesday May 23, 2012 7:30pm Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Lucas Waldin, conductor, Marc Destrubé, violin. Haydn, The Creation, Representation of Chaos, LeClair, Violin Concerto, Bach, Violin Concerto, Beethoven, Sixth Symphony, Pastorale.

Friday May 25, 7:30pm, Saturday May 26 7:30pm and Sunday May 27 at 2pm 2012 Chat Blanc – Shadows and Light on Erik Satie – an exploration of Satie’s music during La Belle Epoque. Shadow play, original art and historic images. Animateur-Musical Director, Roxanne Classen, Image-Shadow Play Director, Eva Colmers, Performers – Timothy Anderson, Mireille Rijavec and Laura Jones, Illustrations, Caitlin Richards, Ambient Music, Bill Richards. Campus Saint-Jean Auditorium, McMahon Pavillion 8406 91 St. $20, $15, Tix on the Square or Le Carrefour Bookstore, or at the door.

Friday May 25, 2012 7:30pm Opera Nuova Vocal Arts Festival - Vocal Gems Concert. Kimberly Barber, J. Patrick Raffery, Irena Welhasch Berg and Theodore Berg. Convocation Hall, UofA. Tickets $16-$22.

Saturday May 26, 2012 10:55am La Traviata - Metropolitan Opera Live in HD at Cineplex Theatres.

Saturday May 26, 2012 7pm Kokopelli Choirs – Life’s a Happy Song – Ten Years of Oran. St. Andrew’s United Church.

Saturday May 26, 2012 7:30pm Concordia University College Spring Concert with the Festival CityWinds Music Society (four concert bands). Works by Tielman Susato, Jay Chattaway, Fergal Carroll, Stuart Johnson, Jacob de Haan and Christiaan Venter. Robert Tegler Student Centre 7128 Ada Blvd. $8, Tix on the Square.

Sunday May 27, 2012 2pm Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Lucas Waldin, conductor, David Requiro, cello, Stefan Jungkind, viola. Beethoven, Sixth Symphony, Pastorale, Schumann, Cello Concerto, Georges Enesco, Concertpiece for Viola. Winspear Centre.

Sunday May 27, 2012 2:30pm Opera Nuova Vocal Arts Festival - Best of the Fest. The most promising vocal artists from the Kiwanis Music Festival. Convocation Hall, UofA. Tickets $14-$20.

Sunday May 27, 2012 7pm Opera Nuova Vocal Arts Festival - Behind the Scenes Masterclass. Room 1-29 Fine Arts Bldg, UofA. Tickets $14-$20.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Concert Listings May 15 - 20

Monday May 14, 2012 6:30pm Manon - Metropolitan Opera Live in HD at Cineplex Theatres.

Tuesday May 15, 2012 7pm Nova Musica Community Orchestra. Bill Dimmer, conductor. Music Der Freischutz Overture, Carl Maria von Weber, Academic Festival Overture, Brahms, Peer Gynt Suite 1, Grieg, My Fair Lady, F. Loewe, and Music for a Young Prince, Canadian Composer Geoffrey Ridout. New members welcome. Stanley A. Milner Library Auditorium. Donations to the Food Bank will be accepted.

Thursday May 17, 2012 1-4pm 6:30-9:30pm FREE The Shean Piano Competition - solo piano programs Artists - Benjamin Chapman (Sydney, Australia), Rich Coburn, (Nelson, BC), Steven Massicotte (Montreal, PQ), Michelle Powell (Grande Prairie, AB), Lisa Tahara (Vancouver, BC), and Adam Zukiewicz (Jawor, Poland). Muttart Hall, Alberta College Conservatory 10050 MacDonald Dr.

Thursday May 17,2012 6:30pm Siegfried - Metropolitan Opera Live in HD at Cineplex theatres.

Friday May 18, 2012 2-4pm 6:30-8:45pm FREE The Shean Piano Competition - piano concertos. Artists - Benjamin Chapman (Sydney, Australia), Rich Coburn, (Nelson, BC), Steven Massicotte (Montreal, PQ), Michelle Powell (Grande Prairie, AB), Lisa Tahara (Vancouver, BC), and Adam Zukiewicz (Jawor, Poland). Muttart Hall, Alberta College Conservatory 10050 MacDonald Dr.

Saturday May 19, 2012 10am Götterdämmerung - Metropolitan Opera Live in HD at Cineplex theatres.

Saturday May 19, 2012 8pm Boreal Electoacoustic Music Society – The Saturn Sessions (artists will perform to a bedtrack consisting of radio signals from Saturn, recorded in 1981 by the Voyager 2 probe). Artists - Moonfrye, Will Truchon, Bill Damur, Don Ross, and Stanis Coleslaw R.E.M. Ortona Armoury 9722 103 St.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Auditions for Da Camera Singers June 4-5, 2012

Auditions for the Da Camera Singers will be held on Monday June 4 and Tuesday June 5, 2012 between 5:45pm and 9:30pm at Holy Trinity Anglican Church (10037 84 Av).

The audition will be approximately ten minutes in length. New auditions will be required to sing one song of their choice (accompanist provided - please bring a copy of the music), perform a range test and musicianship (sightreading) tests. You will also be required to sing your voice part of "Locus Iste" by Bruckner.

Please contact RJ Chambers at to set up an audition time and to receive a PDF copy of the required work.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Concert Listings May 8 - 13, 2012

Monday May 7, 2012 6:30pm Wagner's Dream - Metropolitan Opera Live in HD at Cineplex Theatres.

Wednesday May 9, 2012 6:30pm Das Rheingold - Metropolitan Opera Live in HD at Cineplex Theatres.

Wednesday May 9, 2012 7:30pm The Marek Jablonski Endowment Fund presents Stéphane Lemelin, piano. Music includes Schubert's G major Sonata and Debussy's Preludes, Book 1. Convocation Hall, UofA. Tickets at the door, $20, $10. All proceeds support the scholarships offered by the Marek Jablonski Endowment Fund.

Thursday May 10, 2012 7pm FREE Raga-Mala Music Society workshop with Kumaresh (violin) and Jayanthi (Veena). Presented in collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology, UofA. Humanities Centre Lecture Theatre 1 University of Alberta Campus 11487 89 Av.

Friday May 11, 2012 7:30pm Raga-Mala Music Society. R. Kumaresh, violin, Jayanthi Kumaresh, veena, with Neyveli Narayanan, mridangam and Trichy Krishnaswami, ghatam. Muttart Hall, Alberta College, 10050 MacDonald Way. $20 and $15 at the door.

Friday May 11 and Saturday May 12, 2012 cocktails 6pm, show 6:30pm, dinner 8pm. Columbian Choirs present Night on Broadway Dinner and Cabaret. Royal Glenora Club 11160 River Valley Road. For tickets and additional information contact Beth at 780-430-6806.

Saturday May 12, 2012 10am Die Walkure - Metropolitan Opera Live in HD at Cineplex theatres.

Saturday May 12, 2012 7pm Mill Creek Colliery Band - Salute to the Proms. David Hoyt, conductor, Cam Martin, soprano cornet, Paul Buckingham, E flat bass, Chris Diaper, euphonium. Music includes Where Eagles Sing, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Royal Parks, and other favourites from the British music tradition. World premiere of a new commissioned arrangement by Geoff Colmer on the Entrance of the Knights of St. John (Strauss). Robertson-Wesley United Church, 10209 123 St. $18, $14, Tix on the Square (children under 12 are free).

Saturday May 12, 2012 7pm Cosmopolitan Music Society, Monday Band and St. Albert Community Band. Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre 8426 Gateway Blvd. Tickets available from the Cosmopolitan Music Society 780 432 9333 or

Saturday May 12, 2012 7pm Kokopelli Choirs – Colours of Spring. Convocation Hall, UofA.

Saturday May 12, 2012 7:30pm St. Albert Chamber Music Recital Series. David Grainger Brown, guitar, Hiromi Takahashi, oboe, Joel Kristiansen, guitar. Don’s Piano Showroom, 8 Riel Dr, St. Albert. Fine wine and tasty treats! $25, $20. Advance tickets available at Art Gallery of St. Albert. (this venue is not wheelchair accessible)

Saturday May 12, 2012 7:30pm I Coristi Chamber Choir – SpiritsDr. Debra Cairns, conductor, Josephine van Lier, baroque cello, Dr. Marnie Giesbrecht, organ. Bach, Der Geist hilft unsrer Schwachheit auf, Fauré, Les Djinns, Martin, Songs of Ariel from Shakespeare’s The Tempest and music by Beethoven, Canadian composers Eleanor Daley, Imant Raminsh, and Mark Sirett. Holy Trinity Anglican Church 10037 84 Av. Tix on the Square, $21.75, $16.75. Donations will be accepted for the Edmonton Food Bank.

Sunday May 13, 2012 2pm (1hr duration) Alberta College Conservatory of Music Connections Concert Series. Brittney Jette, mezzo, Eric Meier, guitar, Jocelyn Anselmo, soprano, Katia Paskevich, soprano, Michelle Powell, piano, Rachel Johns, mezzo, Bianca Baciu, piano, Don Ross, clarinet, Frank Ho, violin, Simon-Marc de Freitas, piano. Works by Liszt (Spanish Rhapsody), Offenbach (Barcarolle from Tales of Hoffman), Joaquin Turina (Sonata in D Major), Delibes (Flower Duet from Lakme), Astor Piazzolla (Tango Etudes), Grieg (Solveig's Lied from Peer Gynt) and George Enescu (Sonata No. 1 for violin and piano). Muttart Hall 10050 MacDonald Dr. $20, $10 Tix on the Square and Acquired Taste Tea (children under 12 are free). Series aired on CKUA and proceeds from ticket sales go directly to support student scholarships.

Sunday May 13, 2012 2pm Esquire Men’s Chorus – A Concert for Mother’s DayMichael Zaugg, conductor, Joachim Segger, accompanist. Winspear Centre.

Sunday May 13, 2012 2pm Edmonton Philharmonic Orchestra Annual Concert. Spring Symphonie - Music for Mothers and Others. Murray Vassjo, conductor, Anni Yu, violin. Music by Lalo, Mozart, R.V. Williams, Gainger and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre 8426 103 St. $10, children 10 and under are free.

Sunday May 13, 2012 2:30pm Edmonton Youth and Children’s Choir Spring Concert. Primary Choir, Boys’ Choir, Girls’ Choir and Youth Choir. Music includes Aaron Copland’s I Bought Me a Cat and Ching-a-ring Chaw, Rossini’s Duetto buffo di due gatti, Martin Shaw’s the Song of the Music Makers and Neil Ginsberg’s Two Poems of Emily Dickenson. McDougall United Church 10025 101 St. Suggested donation $10.

Sunday May 13, 2012 7:30pm Vocal Alchemy – This Shining Night – 10th Anniversary Concert. Jordan Van Biert, conductor, Satomi Tozawa, piano, David Wilson, guest conductor, Adam Pappas, violin, Brett Ludwig, piano, Keith Rempel, bass, Thom Bennett, drums, Dan Davis, saxophone, Janet Smith, soprano, Adrienne Sitko, alto, Caleb Nelson, tenor, Kyle Carter, bass and special guest singers. Music of Lauridsen, Vaughan Williams, Faure, Chatman, Stanford and Whitacre (Five Hebrew Love Songs), plus jazz standards and folk favourites. St. Andrew’s United Church 9915 148 St. $17, $15 or $15, $12 in advance. Available from choir members, or Tix on the Square.

Sunday May 13, 2012 5:30pm Opera Nuova, Enchanted Evenings – A Mother’s Day Special Event. Theodore Baerg, baritone, Irena Welhasch Baerg. Highlights from their 2007 CD “Enchanted Evenings”. The Edmonton Petroleum Club 11110 108 St. For tickets contact

Choralies Edmonton July 2012 International French Choral Festival

Tickets are now available for all seven concerts!

Alberta College Conservatory Connections Concert Series Sunday May 13, 2012