IN CONCERT

IN CONCERT 2019-01-25T12:06:27+00:00

Friday January 25, 2019 7:30pm

The online box office for Advance Tickets is now CLOSED. You may purchase tickets at the venue. The venue box office at Jeanne Lamon Hall will open at 6:30pm, 1 hour before the show starts. Cash, Debit TAP and Credit Cards are accepted.

Artist Bios:

STUART GRAHAM

Saskatchewan born baritone Stuart Graham, received his formal education at the Faculty of Music of McGill University in Montréal, Canada, with the renowned Canadian baritone Mr. Bernard Turgeon. In 1998, he continued his studies with Diane Forlano at the Koninklijk Conservatorium, Den Haag, Nederlands, and since January of 2000, Mr. Graham has enjoyed the mentorship of Diana Soviero (Metropolitan Opera, New York) as well as coaching with the incomparable Maestra Teresa Berganza (Madrid, España). Since 1992 Stuart Graham has been heard in recital, oratorio and in opera in Canada, the United States and in Europe, enjoying successes accompanied by orchestras and ensembles, such as: l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal, I Musici de Montréal, the Saskatoon Symphony, Silesian State Opera, Slovak State Philharmonic (Košice) and the Oakville Symphony Orchestra. His performance in the world premier of Edifice by Arlan Schultz was broadcast by CBC, the BBC, Radio-France and the Bavarian Radio. In 1993, Mr. Graham made his New York debut as invited artist in recital as part of the Riverside Chamber Music Series (Riverside Church, New York, NY.). 2018 has been a very full year with performances as Plagio in VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert’s Canadian Premier production of Mercadante’s I DUE FIGARO, as Fr. Andrew in Opera in Concert’s World Premier production of Victor Davies’ adaptation of George Ryga’s THE ECSTACY OF RITA JOE (also presented at the Ryga Festival, Summerland, BC), as Agamemnon  in Toronto Operetta Theatre’s LA BELLE HÉLÈNE of Jacques Offenbach. 2018 also saw Mr. Graham’s Italian debut in Milan performing the roles of Tonio/Taddeo in Leoncavallo’s I PAGLIACCI with La Compagnia di Canto Vittorio Tosto. He will return to Milan in February 2019 to sing further presentations of I PAGLIACCI. Other recent performance credits include: Peter Tongi’s ISIS AND OSIRIS: THE GODS OF EGYPT as the Grand Vizier Khamet (world premier) with Toronto’s Opera in Concert, as Marquis Evrémonde in Victor Davies/Eugene Benson’s TALE OF TWO CITIES (world premier), as well as performances of Jacques Offenbach’s LA VIE PARISIENNE (Baron Gondremark) with the Toronto Operetta Theatre, Angeles Lopez-Artiga’s YO VIVO (for baritone & orchestra) at the Palau des Arts (Valencia, Spain) and in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony as guest artist with the Opera Nacional Bellas Artes (Mexico City) and the Orquesta Sinfónica Silvestre Revueltas in Celaya, México (national telecast on Canal 40).

NARMINA AFANDIYEVA

born in Baku (Azerbaijan). A fourth-generation musician, Narmina never had to think about her occupational choice. After an early start, she gave her premiere solo concert at the age of 6. During her studies at the Bülbül Specialized musical school under the guidance of Adelya Vekilova, Narmina frequently gave solo concerts and performed with the orchestra.

Prize-winner of many piano contests in Azerbaijan, Narmina graduated from the U. Hadjibeyov Azerbaijan State Conservatory with master’s degree in 2000.

In October 2012, she was awarded the Gwendolyn Koldofsky Prize in Accompanying, (University of Toronto, Faculty of Music). In demand as a collaborative pianist and coach, Narmina has been working as a music director for VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert, Summer Opera Lyric Theatre and other companies.

Being involved in many great projects, Narmina has the honour to work with Canadian composers, such as Victor Davies and Peter Togni, and enjoys working under the batons of Robert Cooper, Derek Bate and Larry Beckwith.

Recent performances include chamber music and piano works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Grieg, Chopin and such operas as I Due Figaro by Mercadante, THE ECSTACY OF RITA JOE by Victor Davis and WERTHER by Massenet ( Opera in Concert).

I am thrilled to announce my next musical outing and honoured to share the stage with my dear colleague and extraordinary pianist Narmina Afandiyeva in the glorious acoustic of Jeanne Lamon Hall at the Trinity-St. Paul Centre. This program has been brewing for quite some time and the planets have aligned for us to present this very dynamic and effervescent program.

In particular, we are excited to present the very rarely performed set of Mahler’s DES KNABEN WUNDERHORN: Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit – Vol. II & III. These songs are his early set composed specifically for piano and voice, unlike his later set, more commonly known and composed for orchestra and voice. The original collection of love, soldier’s, wandering and children’s songs (as collected and edited by Achim von Arnim and Clemens Bretano, published in Heidelberg, 1805 and in 1808) was an important source of idealized folklore in the Romantic nationalism of the 19th century. Des Knaben Wunderhorn became widely popular across the German-speaking world; Goethe, one of the most influential writers of the time, declared that Des Knaben Wunderhorn “has its place in every household”.

Juxtaposing Mahler is the very imaginative and animated cycle LES TROIS FABLE: poésie Jean de La Fontaine (Opus 9) created by Canadian composer Rachel Laurin. Laurin has created a delicious musical romp, all with a moral at the end, as we spin the tales of “The Fox and the Turkeys”, “The Frog who wants to be as big as a Cow” and “The Old Cat and the Young Mouse”.

Rounding out the program is an assorted collection of Romances by Sergeï Rachmaninoff sung in Russian. Long celebrated for his emotional and luscious melodies, we are sharing with you a few of his most popular and beautiful songs.

It will be our absolute pleasure to welcome you to our audience!


JEANNE LAMON HALL, Trinity-St. Paul Centre, Toronto, Canada

TICKETS:

–GENERAL SEATING ONLY–

ADVANCE ONLINE PURCHASE:

  • Single: $26.50  |  “Bring-A-Date” (2 tickets): $41.50

AT THE VENUE (Cash, Debit (tap only) & Credit cards accepted):

  • Single: $30  |  “Bring-A-Date” (2 tickets): $50

SAVE up to $20 when buying your Advance “Bring-a-Date” option!

– The venue doors and box office will be open 1 hour before showtime.


For inquiries about the program or box office, please contact us at:

Tel: +1 416.927.9105

Email: info@stuartgraham.ca


ONLINE BOX OFFICE:

IS NOW CLOSED. Tickets are available for purchase at the venue. Venue box office will open at 6:30pm, 1 hour before the concert start time.

BOX OFFICE POLICIES:

  • All tickets are GENERAL SEATING.
  • Online purchase price includes the $1.50 convenience fee.
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