Regina Philharmonic Chorus launches the 2017-2018 season with this concert of glorious music.
Friday, November 3, 2017, 8 pm
Knox Metropolitan United Church
Regina Philharmonic Chorus
Members of the Regina Symphony Orchestra
Kerri Cornish Morton, Soprano
Lawrence Shirkie, Baritone
Hart Godden, Conductor
The King Shall Rejoice by G. F. Handel
Zadok the Priest by G. F. Handel
Requiem for an Angel by Paul Carr
General admission: $30, Students: $15, Under 12: $5
Tickets are available on this website, or at Bach & Beyond at 1724 Badham Boulevard or from members of the chorus or at the door.
Kerri Cornish Morton, coloratura soprano, was born and raised in Regina, where she studied voice with Diana Woolrich. Kerri also studied with vocal coaches at Carnegie Mellon and McGill Universities. In addition, she has recently had the privilege to study in Seattle with Nancy Zylstra, a renowned Baroque music specialist. Kerri has been performing regularly as a soloist with Per Sonatori Baroque ensemble since 2011, and has also been featured as a soloist with the Regina Symphony Orchestra and the Regina Philharmonic Chorus. Kerri, her husband and their four-year-old son Alex live in northwest Washington, where she works part-time as an ER nurse. Kerri is very honoured by the opportunity to make music again with Hart Godden and the Regina Philharmonic Chorus.
Lawrence Shirkie is a rising baritone talent on Toronto’s concert and operatic stage. Lawrence graduated from McGill University in 2014, where he was acclaimed in Opera McGill’s mainstage productions as Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Benoît in La bohème, and Peter in Hansel und Gretel. Other operatic credits include Frederic Eggerman in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music (Halifax Summer Opera Workshop), Don Alfonso from Cosi fan tutte, and Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro (Opera by Request).
Lawrence has also performed in Mozart’s Requiem with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra, as Marco in Gianni Schicchi with Cathedral Bluffs Orchestra, in an educational outreach tour of Hansel and Gretel with Saskatoon Opera, as Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors, and in H.M.S. Parliament – a Canadianized version of Pinafore for Canada 150 with TrypTych Opera. On May 18, 2016, Lawrence appeared in Hamilton at the world premiere of the opera Miracle Flight 571 by Vancouver composer Lloyd Burritt as part of WHAT NEXT Festival of New Music.
Equally at home on the concert stage, Lawrence has performed with the Regina Symphony Orchestra, VOCA Chorus of Toronto and Etobicoke Centennial Choir. His concert repertoire includes the Faure Requiem, Haydn’s Missa Sancti Nicolai, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Handel’s Messiah, and Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Requiem.
Tickets are now on sale for this wonderful concert