MYSTIQUE – April 12, 2014

Join us as we close our season with a concert that explores mysteries of life. We bring back two of our favourite soloists to be featured with the chorus in music that will highlight their unique voices. From the thrilling Cantata 51, to the reflective Mystical Songs and serene Requiem, this is music to fill your soul.

Saturday, April 12, 2014 8 p.m.
Knox-Metropolitan United Church

REQUIEM Maurice Duruflé
FIVE MYSTICAL SONGS Ralph Vaughan Williams

Kerri Cornish-Morton, Soprano
Adrian Kramer, Baritone
Michelle Rae Martin-Atwood, Organ
Hart Godden, Conductor

mystique_kerriColoratura soprano Kerri Morton (nee Cornish) grew up in Regina and currently lives in Montana with her husband who is stationed there as an agent with the US Department of Homeland Security. Kerri currently works as an ER and floor nurse at the Phillips County Hospital. Kerri received her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2004, and her nursing degree from Montana State University in 2012. Kerri studied voice with Diana Woolrich in Regina, and has also studied voice with Andrea Hanson at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Kerri was the organist and music director of St. James parish in Milton, New York prior to moving to Montana, and has produced a CD of vocal music entitled “Music for Catholic Weddings.” Kerri is also a vocal soloist with the Regina Baroque Ensemble “Per Sonatori” and has performed with the Regina Philharmonic Chorus and RSO as the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah. Kerri and her husband adopted a baby boy this past October, and he sings along when she practices Bach’s “Jauchzet Gott in Allen Landen”.

mystique_adrian_kramerAdrian Kramer has appeared with the Canadian Opera Company, Glimmerglass Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, New York Festival of Song, Châteauville Festival, Chautauqua Institution, Saskatoon Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Cal Performances, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival, Jeunesses Musicales Canada, Opera5, The Crear Festival, Curtis Opera Theater, Juilliard Opera Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kimmel Center, the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall and The Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre.  He will be heard with Santa Fe Opera this summer and has appeared under the baton of many prominent conductors including Lorin Maazel, Alan Gilbert and Sir Andrew Davis.

mystique_michelleMichelle Rae Martin-Atwood, originally from Unity, Saskatchewan, holds a Doctor of Musical Arts (2009), a Sacred Music Diploma (2009), and a Master of Music (2001) in organ performance from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with David Higgs. She earned a Bachelor of Music (1999) from the University of Alberta, under the tutelage of Dr. Marnie Giesbrecht. She joined the faculty of the Crane School of Music, State University of New York at Potsdam, in the fall of 2010. Michelle also teaches through the Center for Lifelong Education and Research at SUNY-Potsdam.

Dr. Martin-Atwood has been invited to perform at events and conferences such as Aspects of American Organ Building in the Twentieth-Century (Rochester, NY), the American Guild of Organists Young Artists Recital (Oneonta, NY), and a memorial concert in Göteborg, Sweden, for the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. Michelle was a semifinalist in the 2002 Royal Bank Calgary International Organ Competition and a competitor in the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance in 2003-04.

Michelle particularly enjoys collaborative performances, and is currently working on an album of organ plus other instruments. She specializes in Minimalist music (especially Philip Glass), and has commissioned new works from Randall Hall (a private symbol…) and Aaron Travers (Tremors of Nostalgia); she will also premiere a new work for organ and technology by Jarod Sommerfeldt in the fall of 2014.