A Brighter Heaven

Regina Philharmonic Chorus closes their 2017-2018 season with this concert of glorious music.

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 8 pm

Knox Metropolitan United Church


Regina Philharmonic Chorus
Allison Arends, Soprano
Matthew Cassils, Baritone
Hart Godden, Conductor

With the Regina Symphony Orchestra

Music includes:
Te Deum by A. Dvorak and
Dona Nobis Pacem by R. Vaughan Williams (with text by Walt Whitman)


General admission: $30, Students: $15, Under 12: $5

Tickets are available on this website, from members of the chorus or at the door


Soprano Allison Cecilia Arends is quickly making her mark as a versatile singer whose “voice is stunningly beautiful and [is used] with intelligence and great sensitivity” (Hnatyshyn Foundation).

Allison is a graduate of Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Program, and completed a Masters of Music at the University of Toronto Opera School and a Bachelor of Music at the University of Victoria Voice Performance Program. She currently studies privately with W. Stephen Smith in Chicago.

Allison commenced her 2017-2018 season with pop-up events Revue Cinéma, Artery, and Operatta in Toronto. Concert performances include Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder with the Etobicoke Philharmonic, the debut of David Zhang’s concerto for coloratura soprano, Maple Kingfisher, with the Toronto East-West Symphony, Rheinberger’s Star of Bethlehem with the Oakham House Choir and Toronto Sinfonietta, an opera gala for the Cambridge Symphony, and both Dvorak’s Te Deum and Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem with the Regina Philharmonic Chorus. On stage, Allison will create the role of Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata with the Cambridge Symphony and Milton Philharmonic, as well as appear as the “Opera Girl” in several evenings of Hit and Run Dance Productions’ Legends of Horror at Casa Loma in Toronto. She will appear in recital at the Latvian Society, Russell Hill Centre, Regina Musical Club, Neapolitan Connection, and Toronto Heliconian Club. In addition to maintaining a busy private music studio and training to become a voice examiner with the Royal Conservatory of Music, Allison looks forward to adjudicating classical voice, music theatre, and speech arts in Scarborough, Markham, Port Coquitlam, Outlook, Regina, and Saskatoon.


Baritone Matthew Cassils is known for his vocal flair and dynamic presence on opera and concert stages alike.

A native of Montreal, Matthew completed his vocal studies at McGill University before relocating to Toronto to attend the Royal Conservatory where he received his Artist Diploma in 2009.

Since that time, Matthew has appeared as the bass soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with both the Regina Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Conservatory Orchestra and in Bach’s Mass in B Minor and Mozart’s Requiem at the Elora Festival.

As a consummate lieder and art-song singer, Matthew has given concerts of the epic song cycles from The Songs of the Earth by Mahler at the Francophonie Festival in Montreal, and Mahler’s Songs of the Wayfarer at the RCO Concerto Competition.

Matthew first appeared in one of his signature roles as Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, conducted by Mario Bernardi in 2008, and reprised the role in 2011 at the Saskatoon Opera.

Matthew has also performed as the 2nd Artisan in a production of Berg’s opera Wozzeck. Mathew is very grateful for the support he has received in the form of grants and scholarships from The Royal Conservatory, McGill University, Le Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, and The Canada Council for the Arts.

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