Sunday, 30 December 2012

Glenn Gould School, Graduating Recital

On January 13th, 2013, I will be presenting my Glenn Gould School graduating recital. Due to unforeseen circumstances, I had to defer it for a while.

Over the past year and a half I have revised the program at least 5 times, finally arriving at a arrangement of Bach, Britten, Ravel, Rossini, and Falla.

I knew from the start I wanted to perform Maurice Ravel's Chansons madécasses with piano, cello, and flute, and from there I chose the four other works, that by happenstance, created a tapestry of folksongs and regional ideas and sounds from around the world.

J.S.Bach's "Vergnügte Ruh", the first aria from cantata 170 opens the program as an invocation. "Dear harp of my country" and two other folksongs from Ireland, arranged by Benjamin Britten follow, with the beautiful melodies and heart aching poetry the Irish are known for.

Chansons madécasses, translated as Madagascar Songs, paint three sensuous scenes of both delight and horror.

Gioacchino Rossini's La regata Veneziana are in typical Rossini heroine style of a playful and headstrong girl watching her lover row in the Venetian gondola races.

Seven popular Spanish songs end the program with Manuel de Falla's Siete Canciones Populares Españolas. These include traditional melodies of the regions of Spain, such as the sounds of flamenco, seguidilla, and jota.

Concert starts at 5:00 pm, at Mazzoleni Hall, 273 Bloor St. West, in the Royal Conservatory building. Admission is free!


Monday, 15 October 2012

Up coming concert - "In Memory of Gustav"

Sunday November 4th at 2:30 I will be performing Motet: Al Mishkavi (Song of Songs) for mezzo voice, clarinet, viola and cello by American composer Martin Boykan. Admission is free and will take place in Walter Hall at the University of Toronto's Edward Johnson Building.The composer will be in attendance!
U of T Event Page
Listening sample: (this is not me)
"Prima Pars" from Boykan's Motet: Al Mishkavi.
Performers: Pamela Dellal, mezzo-soprano; Mark Margolies, clarinet; Mary Ruth Ray, viola;
Rafael Popper-Keizer, ‘cell,
from the record Second Chances (Albany Records, TROY 1196).
 "Prima Pars", Al Mishkavi - Martin Boykan

These songs are sung in Hebrew and the text are verses from the Song of Songs of Solomon from the Old Testament. The poetry is particularly sensual as it describes the movement from courtship to consummation of a woman named "Shulamite" and a man. For instance, the man proclaims: "As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters." The woman answers: "As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste."
Song of Songs: Chapter 2, Hebrew to English translation


Sunday, 14 October 2012


I created this blog to serve as a multi-media forum to showcase myself as a singer. I plan to post about up coming events that I will be performing at, and maybe some miscellaneous interest...
Check out the links to my photo galleries and various audio tracks on Youtube.