An evening of beautiful music full of glory and majesty!
THE GRAND MASS in C MINOR by Mozart
GREAT ARIAS and CHORUSES by Handel
Saturday, March 28, 2015, 8:00 pm
Knox-Metropolitan United Church
General admission: $30
Allison Arends, soprano
Andrea Ludwig, mezzo-soprano
Floyd Gadd, tenor
Dominic Gregorio, baritone
The Regina Philharmonic Chorus
with the Regina Symphony Orchestra
Alison Purdy, organ
Hart Godden, conductor
Soprano ALLISON CECILIA ARENDS is noted as a singer whose “voice is stunningly beautiful and [is used] with intelligence and great sensitivity”. She is a graduate of Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Program, and received her Masters of Music at the University of Toronto Opera School and her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance at the University of Victoria. She continues private studies in Chicago with renowned pedagogue, W. Stephen Smith. She began her musical studies at an early age in the voice studio of Diana Woolrich and the choirs of Hart Godden in Regina.
Allison’s busy 2014-2015 season opened at Casa Loma’s Symphony in the Gardens with the Toronto Concert Orchestra. Allison will travel to Berlin and tour China in a New Year’s programme with Hannover’s Brahms Symphonie Orchester, and to Jamaica to present a recital of opera scenes with tenor Paul Williamson, where they will also make television appearances and instruct a public masterclass. She will create the title role in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor with Opera York and Opera By Request, as well as join the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra for a Christmas Chestnuts concert, the Regina Philharmonic Chorus for a programme consisting of Mozart’s Mass in C Minor and famous Handel arias and choruses, the Regina Symphony Orchestra for Orff’s Carmina Burana, the Masterworks of Oakville for Bach’s Weihnachts-Oratorium, and present a self-produced programme of Bach cantatas at the Heliconian Hall. Recital appearances will include the Neapolitan Connection’s Musical Matinee series, the Heliconian Club’s Concert Series, and the Arts and Letters Club’s Musical Salons. Additionally, she is thrilled to join the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association as voice adjudicator in Moosomin and Bengough. As a new member of Toronto’s historic Heliconian Club, she looks forward to being part of a thriving community of talented female artists from many different disciplines.
Born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, mezzo soprano ANDREA LUDWIG is a graduate of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble and has appeared with the Canadian Opera Company in numerous roles including Nireno in Handel’s Julius Ceasar, the Second Niece in Britten’s Peter Grimes, Flora in The Turn of the Screw, Moira in Paul Ruder’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Liesgen in Bach’s Coffee Cantata, Jano in Janacek’s Jenufa and the Page in Verdi’s Rigoletto.
Very much in demand for contemporary opera, Andrea has been involved in many of Tapestry New Opera’s projects including their LibLab and Opera Briefs as well as the world premiere of Juliet Palmer’s Shelter at Edmonton Opera in 2012 and again in Toronto this past June. Also, as part of the multi Dora-nominated Queen of Puddings production of Ana Sokolovic’s Svadba-The Wedding that had it’s world premiere in Toronto in June 2011, she reprised that role in France, Serbia and Ireland in October 2012 and then again at Edmonton Opera in January 2013 and at Philadelphia Opera in the Fall of 2013.
Ms. Ludwig’s commitment to concert performance remains a strong focus. In May 2012 she performed in Toronto’s Green Door Cabaret series with a concert titled “Bright Lights, City Nights: From Schoenberg to Satie to Sharman” alongside pianist John Hess. She had made her debut with
Symphony Nova Scotia in January 2011 under the direction of maestro Bernhard Gueller in R. Murray Schafer’s “Adieu, Robert Schumann” and made a return to the Symphony in February 2013 in a tribute concert to Peter Lieberson in which she sang his “Neruda Songs”. Many other performances include Gustav Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde” with Kindred Spirits Orchestra, Handel’s Messiah with Symphony New Brunswick and at The Festival of the Sound, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with The Amadeus Choir of Toronto, Mozart’s Requiem with the Thunder Bay Orchestra and her debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra performing Beethoven’s 9th. Upcoming performances include a recital with The Tallsiker Players of Toronto and Schubert Orchestrations with Symphony Nova Scotia.
Manitoba-born tenor FLOYD GADD has been active in vocal performance since the early 1980’s when he began his studies in voice here in Regina. He holds degrees in music from Canadian Bible College and Wilfrid Laurier University, and was a vocal instructor at the Brandon University School of Music from 2008 to 2011. His first solo engagements with the Regina Philharmonic Chorus were in 1985, and included a performance of Handel’s Messiah.
Floyd has appeared as soloist with Winnipeg’s Canzona, the Winnipeg Singers, the Amadeus Choir of Toronto, the Elmer Eisler Singers, the Renaissance Singers (Kitchener) and the Brandon Choral Society. In 2012 he and his family returned to take up residence here in the Queen City, where Floyd accepted the position of Piano Technician in the University of Regina Department of Music.
DOMINIC GREGORIO is Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Choral Music at the University of Regina where he conducts the University Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, teaches voice, vocal pedagogy, conducting and is an occasional conductor of the University Orchestra. Dr. Gregorio graduated with the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Conducting, Music Education and Voice from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in 2012. At graduation, Dr. Gregorio was awarded the USC Order of Areté Medal, the highest honour accorded graduate students upon graduation. Dr. Gregorio also holds a triple major Masters of Music degree from Temple University with majors in Choral Conducting, Voice Performance and Music History, and an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Guelph.
Dr. Gregorio has won numerous awards including the Presser Music Award which enabled him to live and study for a semester in Vienna, Austria, the G. Nixon Leadership Award, the Carrow Teaching Award, the Edward Johnson Foundation Award, and is listed in the “Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.” As a baritone soloist, Dr. Gregorio has performed in China, Taiwan, the Philippines, the United States, and recently as a soloist with the Per Sonatori Baroque Orchestra, the Regina Philharmonic Choir, the Regina Symphony Orchestra and Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra.