HEAVENLY VOICES – Apr. 2, 2016

Experience the beauty and power of great music performed live just for you. The Regina Philharmonic Chorus will present Mendelssohn’s Hymn Of Praise and Bach’s Cantata 29, two majestic works of praise and thanksgiving. The RPC will be joined by guest soloists and the Regina Symphony Orchestra.

Saturday, April 2, 2016, 8 p.m.
Knox-Metropolitan United Church

General admission: $30
Students: $15
Children: $5

Tickets are available from Cobb Swanson Music, Bach & Beyond, members of the chorus, or at the door.

Featuring:

Katheryn Garden, soprano
Leora Joy Perrie, alto
Isaiah Bell, tenor
Tanya Bergen, organ
Regina Symphony Orchestra

Hart Godden, conductor

katheryn_gardenKATHERYN GARDEN was born in Regina and discovered her love of music at an early age. After graduating from High School, she moved to Vancouver where she went on to receive her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, and Artist Diploma in Opera Performance from the Vancouver Academy of Music. In 2010, Katy was offered a place to study at the Royal College of Music, London, UK, where she graduated with her Masters of Music in Vocal Performance in 2012.

Katheryn has sung under the baton of renowned conductors such as Vladmir Jurowski, Edward Gardiner and Laurence Cummings. She has performed with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, the RCM Orchestra, Regina Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Recital Society. She has also sung in professional choirs such as KorVest (Bergen, Norway), the Eric Whitacre Singers, and the BBC Singers.

Katheryn has performed as a soloist at many concerts and recitals recently. Some highlights include Bruckner’s Mass in F Minor with the Long Ashton Orchestra, Biber’s Missa Salisburgensis and Vivaldi’s Gloria with the New Elizabethan Singers. Her next performance will be as soloist in a concert with the Burnham and Highbridge Choral Society, UK, featuring The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins as well as operatic arias by Mozart and Puccini.

Katheryn lives in the south west of England where she runs her own business, Bristol Music Tuition, offering singing and piano lessons in homes, schools and offices.

leora_joy_perrieLEORA JOY PERRIE is excited to be singing once again with the RPC, having previously performed as alto soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, The Armed Man (Karl Jenkins), Mass in B Minor (J.S. Bach), and Handel’s Messiah. She has performed all across Canada, in both concert and theatre, and was last seen in Regina onstage at the Globe Theatre in the Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story.

Concert highlights include: Jingle All The Way, I’ll Be Seeing You, Big Bands To Broadway, Mozart in the Meadow (Regina Symphony Orchestra), Karl Jenkins’ Requiem (Halcyon Chamber Choir), Bach Magnificat (Regina Baroque Ensemble). Theatre favourites include: Anne of Green Gables (Theatre Calgary), Evita, Little Women, The Full Monty, Little Shop of Horrors, and Strike! The Musical (Persephone Theatre), Anne of Green Gables, Beauty and The Beast, Honk!, and the World Premiere of Shout Sister (Globe).

Leora is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, NYC, holds her Associate in Vocal Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, and is a published choral composer. Leora and her husband Scott Perrie make music as the folk/pop duo Winsome Kind, and released their debut album in October 2014 to critical acclaim. However, their greatest achievement to date is becoming parents to their beautiful new son Avery Jude.

isaiah_bellThe New York Times described Canadian-American tenor ISAIAH BELL’s portrayal of the Madwoman in Britten’s Curlew River as “a performance of haunting beauty, ideally depicting emotional distraction with ultimate economy and glowing vocal skill,” while in a recent performance of Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang with the Vancouver Symphony he was “stunning in his vocal subtlety and strength. Bell’s voice is so pure and full, with such a lovely ring…” (Vancouver Classical Music)

Highlights of Isaiah’s current season include the role of Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville at Opera Lyra Ottawa, Lysander (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) in Metz, France, Strauss’s Elektra at l’Opéra de Montréal under Yannick Nézét-Séguin, and Handel’s Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day and Messiah with Nicholas McGegan and Philharmonia Baroque in San Francisco. Additionally, he returns to Bethlehem for the Christmas Oratorio and John Passion with the Bach Choir.

In 2014/15, Isaiah sang Lechmere in Britten’s Owen Wingrave under Mark Wigglesworth at the Aldeburgh and Edinburgh Festivals, George Benjamin’s Written on Skin with the Toronto Symphony conducted by the composer, Damon in Handel’s Acis and Galatea at Lincoln Center with the Mark Morris Dance Group, and Mozart’s Requiem with the Colorado Symphony under Pinchas Zukerman. He also appeared twice with Kent Nagano and l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, first in Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette, and then for performances and a Decca recording of the Honegger/Ibert opera L’Aiglon.

More recent work includes Bach’s Matthew Passion with Yannick Nézét-Séguin and l’Orchestre Métropolitain, a recital of German and English song for CBC Radio’s “In Concert,” a staged Messiah with Against the Grain Theatre, two discs of German Baroque cantatas with the Theatre of Early Music, and William Walton’s Façade with members of l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.

He is also active as a composer and librettist.

tanya_bergenTANYA BERGEN is an active freelance pianist, organist, singer and music teacher in Regina. Tanya teaches piano, theory and harmony and accompanies the Halcyon Chamber Choir as well as flute and voice students. Tanya performs as a utility keyboardist with the Regina Symphony Orchestra, organist and singer with Per Sonatori Baroque Ensemble and as a vocal soloist and guest organist at Knox-Metropolitan United Church. Tanya has completed ARCT diplomas in both piano pedagogy and voice with the Royal Conservatory of Music and is currently working toward an ARCCO from the Royal Canadian College of Organists.