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April 10, 2017
Marc Paré - NBBP Chair
Event: Nota Bene Baroque Players "Bach Resounding - An Easter Celebration"
DATE: Saturday April 22, 2017
LOCATION: St. James Anglican Church, 137 Melville Street Dundas, ON L9H 2A6
DATE: Sunday April 23, 2017
LOCATION: First United Church, 16 William St W, Waterloo, ON N2L 1J3
Event Description: The great J.S. Bach is quite justifiably associated with the great Passions and the B Minor Mass - music often performed during the Lenten season". The result is that his music composed specifically for Easter has been sadly neglected. Our concert, following just a week after Easter, will redress this situation. Brimming with hope, joy and celebration, the three works on the program are: Cantata BWV 66 Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen, Cantata BWV 51 Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, and Easter Oratorio BWV 249 Kommt eilet und laufet.
For Bach's Lutheran parishioners, having endured another Saxon winter and accustomed as they were to a life of relative hardship and suffering, this music served as a beacon to cheer them on their way.
About Howard Dyck, conductor
Howard Dyck is the Founding Artistic Director of Consort Caritatis, Artistic Director Emeritus of the Grand Philharmonic Choir (Kitchener-Waterloo), and Conductor Emeritus of the Bach Elgar Choir (Hamilton). He is well known across Canada as the former programme host of Choral Concert and Saturday Afternoon at the Opera on CBC Radio. In 2012 he was Visiting Professor of Music at Yunnan Arts University in Kunming, China, and in 2013 he was conductor-in-residence with the Kunming Nie Er Symphony Orchestra.
Howard Dyck’s international conducting career has taken him to twenty countries on three continents where he has conducted, among others, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Arnold Schoenberg Choir of Vienna, the Mozarteum Orchestra (Austria), the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and Obretenov Choir (Bulgaria), the Bach Collegium and Gächinger Kantorei (Germany), the Taipei Symphony Orchestra & Chorus (Taiwan), the State Symphony Orchestra of St. Petersburg (Russia), and the Orquestra Do Norte (Portugal).
His discography includes: Bach – Missa Brevis in g; Handel – Messiah Highlights (SONY Classical); Verdi – Requiem; Beethoven – Missa Solemnis (EMI); Brahms – Ein deutsches Requiem.
Singers of international distinction who have performed under Howard Dyck’s baton include: Sondra Radvanovsky, Nathalie Paulin, Measha Brueggergosman, Suzie Leblanc, Karina Gauvin, Maureen Forrester, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Catherine Robbin, Susan Platts, Daniel Taylor, Ben Heppner, Richard Margison, Rufus Müller, Michael Schade, Gary Relyea, Nathaniel Watson, John Relyea, Russell Braun, James Westman, Nathan Berg, and Daniel Lichti.
Howard Dyck has received numerous honours for his contributions to musical culture, both nationally and internationally. He holds honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University, and is an Honorary Professor of Music at the Yunnan Arts University (Kunming, China). He was inducted into the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame and is a Waterloo Region Arts Awards Lifetime Achievement Award winner. Howard Dyck is a Member of the Order of Canada, and a recipient of the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals.
About Sheila Dietrich soprano
Described as “sparkling, secure, and ethereal” (KW Record) Canadian soprano Sheila Dietrich is a versatile and in-demand young performer whose style and vocal technique shine in both concert and operatic roles.
Ms. Dietrich has appeared as a concert soloist with ensembles across Canada including Les Violons du Roy, Capella Intima, The Toronto Continuo Collective, Nota Bene Baroque Players, TACTUS, The Toronto Classical Singers under Jurgen Petrenko, The Elora Festival Singers and The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir under Noel Edison, The Guelph Chamber Choir under Gerald Neufeld, and The Bach Elgar Choir under Howard Dyck.
Operatic roles include Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors | Menotti), Pitti-Sing (The Mikado | Sullivan), Belinda (Dido & Aeneas | Purcell), Venus (La Dafne | Gagliano), Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Britten), Abigail Williams (The Crucible | Ward) and La Petite Chaperon Rouge (La Foret Bleue | Aubert).
A Kitchener-Waterloo native, Ms. Dietrich received her Bachelor of Music Performance and Opera Diploma from Wilfrid Laurier University where she studied with Victor Martens. Ms. Dietrich continues to study with Laura Pudwell.
Last season, Ms. Dietrich made her Carnegie Hall debut as a featured soloist in an evening devoted to the music of Purcell under the direction of Richard Egarr. She was also a finalist in the 2015 New York Oratorio Society Solo Competition and was awarded the Johannes Somary Prize.
Sheila is also a member of Capella Intima, an Ontario based ensemble, which specializes in performing vocal chamber and operatic music of the 17th century in exciting concerts of rarely-heard gems. In August, the ensemble recorded their first CD, which will be released in 2016, featuring sacred canzonettas from a collection published in Milan by Carlo Francesco Rolla in 1657.
About Jennifer Enns-Modolo alto
Jennifer Enns Modolo has delighted audiences across the country with her clear, unaffected voice and expressive singing. She has appeared as a featured soloist with numerous groups including the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, the Toronto Classical Singers, the Grand River Baroque Festival, the Aradia Ensemble, Chorus Niagara, the Elmer Iseler Singers, the Elora Festival Singers, the Grand Philharmonic Choir, the Richard Eaton Singers and the Vancouver Bach Choir.
She is also building a stellar reputation on the opera stage. In 2007, with only ten days notice, she stepped in and gave a critically acclaimed performance of Giovanna Seymour in Donizetti's Anna Bolena with Opera in Concert. She has also sung the title role in Rossini's La Cenerentola, Sara in Donizetti's Roberto Devereux (a return engagement in 2008 with Opera in Concert), Juno in Eccles' The Judgement of Paris, Florence Pike in Britten's Albert Herring, the Third Lady in Mozart's The Magic Flute, and Jennie Hildebrand in Weill's Street Scene.
She is equally at home on the concert stage. Highlights from recent seasons include Handel's Messiah with the Elmer Iseler Singers under the baton of Sir David Willcocks, Bach's Mass in B minor with the Toronto Mendelssohn Singers, Beethoven's Mass in C with Consort Caritatis on tour in Spain and France, and Bach's cantata 182 "Himmelskönig, sei wilkommen" under the baton of Andreas Scholl as part of the Snape Proms and the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme. She has also sung with the Toronto Classical Singers, the Toronto Chamber Choir, the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, and the Peterborough Singers. Other performances include with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, the Grand River Chorus, the London Fanshawe Chorus, Spiritus Ensemble and has also appeared in solo recitals with lutenist Magdalena Tomsinska and pianist Lorin Shalanko.
Her discography includes the role of Eustazio in Handel's Rinaldo, as well as Handel's Israel in Egypt, both recorded on the NAXOS label under the baton of Kevin Mallon.
About Bud Roach tenor
Described by the Toronto Star as a “must-hear lyric tenor”, Canadian tenor Bud Roach has consistently produced highly regarded programmes with his ensemble Capella Intima, often performing on both the baroque guitar and theorbo. Recent concert highlights include a programme entitled Canzonettas from the House of Vincenti at the Venice Opera Project, Cavalli opera performances in Venice, as well as appearances with the Toronto Consort, Bach’s St. John Passion with the Grand River Chorus, Monteverdi Vespers with Soundstreams, the role of the Sailor in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with Les Violons du Roy (Richard Egarr, conductor) in Montreal, Quebec City, and Carnegie Hall; programmes of Noel Coward, Cole Porter, and Irving Berlin with the Talisker Players, and Capella Intima collaborations with the Toronto Continuo Collective and the Gallery Players of Niagara. Bud’s recordings for the Musica Omnia label (Grandi arias, 2013; Sances arias, 2014) have been recognized internationally as groundbreaking achievements in historically-informed performance practice. “Roach is marvellous throughout….Five stars” (Early Music Today, UK). Recital performances last season included Toronto (Early Music Centre), Hammer Baroque (Hamilton), the Midtown Concert Series (New York), and the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Series (“revelatory concerts”- Early Music America, 2013). Highlights for the 2015-16 season include concert appearances with the Toronto Consort (Monteverdi Vespers), Hamilton Philharmonic (Finzi’s Farewell To Arms) National Academy Orchestra (Carmina Burana), Messiah (Elmer Iseler Singers and Amadeus Choir; Guelph Chamber Choir; Choralis Camerata); Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and cantatas with the Spiritus Ensemble; Talisker Players (Pergolesi’s Orfeo); the Menno Singers (Zelenka); and Toronto’s Trinity St. Paul’s (St. John Passion- Evangelist). With Capella Intima, Bud leads programmes of Banchieri in Hamilton, Toronto, and New York (Midtown Concert Series), and English madrigals for the Toronto Early Music Fair at Fort York. The ensemble will release its debut CD recording on the Musica Omnia label in early 2016. Last season, Bud founded the Hammer Baroque concert series at the Rock on Locke, presenting some of Canada’s finest early music performers. www.budroach.com
About David Roth bass
Toronto based baritone David Roth has recently finished his performance degree at the University of Toronto, where he studied under the direction of Patricia Kern. Mr. Roth is the recipient of several academic awards offered by the Faculty of Music and the Faculty of Arts and Science. A veteran performer, David has sung in Canada, the U.S., and great Britain as both soloist and chamber musician with such organizations as the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, and the Toronto Masque Theatre. David has appeared as a featured soloist with Tafelmusik in the programme Bach in Leipzig, the Durham County Chamber Choir in performance of Faure’s Requiem and the Kitchener Symphony Orchestra in Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins. Some of David’s operatic roles include Polyphemus in Handel’s Acis and Galatea, the debut performance of Gesualdo in Peter Fischer’s O D’Amarti O Morire, Olin Blitch in Floyd’s Susannah, and Lindorff and Dr. Miracle in Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann. David is also co-founder and artistic director of Cantores Fabularum, a volunteer choir that raises money for First Stop Woodlawn, a shelter for women administered by the YWCA.
Since 2001, Nota Bene Baroque Players (NBBP) has engaged its audiences with historically informed concerts in the Region of Waterloo and Region of Hamilton. Performing on period instruments, the NBBP recreates sounds and melodies as were intended by composers of the early Baroque to the early Classical period. With its complement of renowned players, Nota Bene Baroque Players performs events from as small as solo engagements to full orchestral productions. 2013 saw the unveiling of the Nota Bene Baroque Singers as well as outreach programs of the NBBP Mentorship Program as well as "The Lumina Project" performing for in-care facilities. This concert season, the Nota Bene Baroque Players reaches an important milestone as it celebrates its 15th anniversary season.
More information and concert season details may be found on the NBBP website: www.NotaBeneBaroque.ca
Bach Resounding Poster [HERE]
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