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Summer series of choral and vocal music

Mezzo-soprano Lindsay ConnollyThe series of summer recitals at the Kirk of St. James offers a variety of choral and vocal music. The Kirk is at 35 Fitzroy Street, Charlottetown. Most recitals will be about 40 minutes long. 

Barachois perform at 7:30 pm June 30. The artists will be Audrey-Anne Asselin, soprano (Dolbeau, QC), Camille Brault, mezzo-soprano (Paris), Joé Lampron-Dondoneau, tenor (Richmond, QC), Dominic Veilleux (Quebec City), Kerry Agnew, pianist (Saskatoon) and Geoffrey Conquer, pianist (Toronto). Audrey-Anne and Kerry both study at McGill at the Masters level, Camille and Dominic are at Université de Montréal. The program will give a big place to Canadian Art Song but will include a SATB, four-hand piano accompaniment work by Schumann.

Madeline Duffy, soprano, performs on July 4, at 12:10 pm. Madeline Duffy, a soprano from Vernon Bridge, recently completed her Bachelor of Music degree at Mount Allison University. This coming September Madeline will commence her graduate studies at the University of Western Ontario. Her program consists of Debussy, Duparc, Handel, Respighi, and Hoiby.

Hannah Rollwage O’Donnell, mezzo-soprano, will perform July 18 at 12:10 pm. Hannah has recently finished a Master’s Degree in Vocal performance at Memorial University. She has had several successful performances as part of that degree, was the soloist in the PEI Symphony’s performance of Canada 150 composition by Leo Marchildon and contralto soloist in Handel’s Messiah.

Les Chanteurs de Lorraine, a choir from Quebec, will perform at the Kirk on July 22 at 7:30 pm. The program includes a Mass by Dubois and selections from opera and popular music.

Lindsay Connolly, mezzo-soprano, presents “What A Girl Wants? (Is Her Business and has No Limitations): A Recital” on July 26 at 12:10 pm “What a girl wants” will present the many facets of girlhood based on female characters in opera and song. Lyndsay recently graduated with a Masters of Music from McGill University. While at McGill, Lindsay covered Ruggiero in Alcina, sang Second Witch (Dido and Aeneas), Old Lady (Candide), and chorus (Die Fledermaus, Lucia di Lammermoor) while also assistant directing, researching, and planning recitals. Lindsay has performed Ramiro with Opera Nova Scotia’s La Finta Giardiniera, then crossing to Opera in the 21st Century program at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Nansee Hughes, lyric coloratura soprano, performs August 1 at 12:10 pm. Jillian Clow, mezzo-soprano, performs August 8 at 12:10 pm. Watch for details in the August Buzz.

Frances McBurnie, Music Director at the Kirk of St. James will assist. The Kirk is wheel-chair accessible.

Admission is by donation to support the Kirk’s Choral Scholar program, in which students at UPEI receive a scholarship to further their studies while making large contributions to the Kirk’s Senior Choir.

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