REQUIEM FOR THE LIVING and SOLEMN VESPERS – November 5, 2016

These two beautiful works are about life and loss, faith, and eternal hope. Featuring the luxurious sound of the Regina Philharmonic Chorus we are joined by a dynamic young quartet, and members of the Regina Symphony Orchestra.

Saturday, November 5, 2016, 8 pm
Knox-Metropolitan United Church

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

Tickets are available online, from Bach & Beyond (1724 Badham Blvd), members of the chorus, or at the door.

Featuring:

Emma Johnson, soprano
Holly Gilroy, alto
Chad Stanton, tenor
Michael Hawkes, bass
Tanya Bergen, organ
Regina Symphony Orchestra

Hart Godden, conductor

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Emma Johnson, Soprano was born and raised in Regina. Emma most recently received her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Toronto, and is currently in the first year of her Masters degree in Performance at the University of Manitoba studying under Canadian soprano Monica Huisman. Emma has received numerous awards through both the Regina Music Festival and Saskatchewan Provincial Music Festival Association. She was granted the Music Alumni Award upon her admission to the University of Toronto in 2012 and received the Douglas Bodle St Andrew’s Award for Oratorio and Concert repertoire upon completion of the final year of her Bachelors degree. Emma had the privilege to attend the Vancouver International Song Institute at the University of British Columbia in 2014, as well as the Canadian Operatic Arts Academy at the University of Western Ontario in 2015. While studying at the University of Manitoba Emma is performing as a member of the Desautel Faculty of Music’s Opera Ensemble and will be involved in Winnipeg’s Manitoba Underground Opera in August of 2017. Emma is thrilled to be back home for what will be her first concert with the Regina Philharmonic Chorus in the community that nurtured and inspired her love for singing.

hollygilroyHolly Gilroy, Alto is thrilled to be one of our soloists tonight. She was born and raised in Regina and is a grade 12 student at Luther College High School. Holly started private voice lessons when she was eleven and that same year she joined the Halcyon Chamber Choir. Since then she has taken part in many concerts that feature Halcyon and the Regina Philharmonic Chorus, as well as the Regina Symphony Orchestra. Last year, Holly was the soloist in Karl Jenkins’ Gloria with the Regina Philharmonic Chorus and members of the Regina Symphony Orchestra. While in high school she has joined the Luther Girls’ Choir, Senior Choir, Advanced Vocal Ensemble, and has been a part of the cast for Luther College’s Broadway musical productions of Beauty and the Beast and Oliver.

chadstantonChad Stanton, Tenor was born and raised in Regina. Chad was a member of the Sheldon-Williams Collegiate Concert Choir and Vocal Jazz groups from 2008 to 2012, and has been a member of the Halcyon Chamber Choir for the past six years. During his time with Halcyon, he has been featured as a soloist on several occasions. While at Sheldon-Williams High School he performed the role of the Beast in Beauty and the Beast in 2010 and the role of Danny Zuko in Grease. Other concert highlights include solos with Per Sonatori Baroque Ensemble, and he will be a featured soloist in their upcoming performance of Charpentier’s Te Deum in November 2016. Chad is thrilled to be a part of the Regina Philharmonic Chorus’ performance of Mozart’s Solemn Vespers and wishes all the best to his fellow musicians.

michaelhawkesMichael Hawkes, Bass is very excited to debut as a soloist with the Regina Philharmonic Chorus this evening. Having lived most of his life in Regina, Michael’s singing began as a young child with the Conservatory Children’s choir, led by Deborah Nelson. As a graduate of Campbell Collegiate, he sang in many of the vocal groups available during his time there, and was the recipient of the Men’s Choral Award in 2001. During his time at the University of Regina, Michael studied voice with Peter Groom and sang with the Chamber Singers. Michael is an alumnus of Kokopelli Choir Association in Edmonton and a 14-year member of Regina’s Halcyon Chamber Choir. Michael would like to thank the Regina Philharmonic Chorus for the opportunity to be a part of this fantastic concert as well as his wife, Nena, and his three children for their understanding and loving support over the years.