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Mysterious Barricades Concert - Calgary, Alberta

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The Rozsa Centre houses one of the premiere music recital facilities in Western Canada in the Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall – a 384 seat acoustic marvel. The music hall is the main venue for performances by the Division of Music.

We would like to respectfully acknowledge the traditional territories of the Blackfoot and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikuni, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina, and the Stoney Nakoda First Nations, including Chiniki, Bearpaw, and Wesley First Nations. I would also like to note that the University of Calgary is situated on land adjacent to where the Bow River meets the Elbow River, and that the traditional Blackfoot name of this place is “Mohkinstsis” which we now call the City of Calgary. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Concert Lead : Laura Hynes

Laura Hynes

A Fulbright scholar in Paris, coloratura soprano Laura Hynes spent six years abroad in France and Germany, performing repertoire ranging from baroque opera with Les Arts Florissants to “classical cabaret” on French television and radio. Laura Hynes has performed opera roles, solo recitals, and concerts throughout Europe and the U.S. She was the Carolyn Bailey & Dominick Argento Fellow at the University of Minnesota, where she completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2013. She has also been awarded degrees from the Paris Conservatory (Cycle de Perfectionnement), Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (M.M.), and Miami University (B.M.).

Dr. Hynes is currently an Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada.


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Cheryl Emery-Karapita (piano)
Canadian Pianist Cheryl Emery-Karapita is based in Lethbridge and specializes in the field of song in recital with Canada’s emerging vocal talent. After completing an M.Mus in Vocal Operatic Coaching at McGill with Michael McMahon, Cheryl moved to Europe to pursue a Post-Graduate degree in Concert Accompanying with Julius Drake at the Kunst Universität in Graz, Austria. In addition to studies in Graz, Cheryl spent two summers in Baden bei Wien working with Helmut Deutsch, Roger Vignoles, Rudolph Jansen and Wolfram Rieger at the Franz Schubert-Institut.
Cheryl’s B.Mus in solo performance was completed at the University of Calgary with Marilyn Engle.
In addition to current recital and recording projects, Cheryl is busy with Spiritus Chamber Choir and Luminous Voices based in Calgary. She also is looking forward to beginning work with students at the University of Lethbridge and CASA Art Centre in Lethbridge.



Neil Cockburn (organ)
International prize-winning organist Neil Cockburn is Director of Music at the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (Anglican) in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Celebrated for his diverse repertoire interests and expertise, he performs an all-encompassing spectrum of solo organ recitals on a wide range of instrument types, from all-Bach recitals on historically inspired organs, to symphonic programmes on romantic instruments, and concerts of entirely new works. His most recent solo recording is of the Mass on the Sixth Tone with three Magnificat Suites by the seventeenth-century French composer, André Raison.
Born in Scotland, Neil Cockburn’s musical education was at Oxford University (BA Hons, Music), the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK (MusM, Organ Performance, and the Professional Performance Diploma, PPRNCM), the Conservatoire National de Région Rueil-Malmaison, France (Premier prix de perfectionnement), and the University of Calgary (PhD, Musicology). His formative teachers and mentors include David Sanger, Margaret Phillips, and Dame Gillian Weir. He won First Prize at the 1996 Dublin International Organ Competition, and has received numerous other prestigious awards, including the W. T. Best Memorial Organ Scholarship (UK), a scholarship from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust (UK), and the Lili Boulanger Memorial Fund Prize — awarded by an international panel of judges.
From 2000-2015 he was Head of Organ Studies at Mount Royal Conservatory, where he worked alongside Simon Preston on the International Summer School (2000-2009), and was Artistic Director of the Calgary Organ Festival (2010-2015). He was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award (Credit Free) by Mount Royal University in June 2014.
As a harpsichord and continuo player he performs regularly with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. With the orbists Victor Coelho and David Dolata and the group “Il Furioso,” he performed harpsichord continuo on two recordings of early seventeenth-century Italian repertoire for the Toccata Classics label: recordings of the music of G.G. Kapsberger and B. Castaldi.




Mara Grunau
Mara Grunau, Executive Director of the Centre for Suicide Prevention (speaker)
Mara Grunau, B.Ed., MPA
Mara Grunau is the Executive Director of the Centre for Suicide Prevention, a branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association in Alberta. Established in 1981, Centre for Suicide Prevention equips Canadians to respond to people at risk of suicide. She holds a Bachelor of Education and a Master’s of Public Administration.
Upwards of 4000 Canadians die by suicide annually. Each year around the world, more people die by suicide than by homicide and war combined. Yet there are few best practices. People are complex, therefore suicide is complex. No two people’s journeys to suicide crisis are the same; each person needs to be considered as the individual s/he is. Because of this complexity, there are few best practices that exist can be grouped in to 4 broad categories: easy, open access to mental health care, responsible media reporting, restriction of lethal means and education (including surveillance and further research). Centre for Suicide Prevention provides the education through secondary research. By collecting all available literature on suicide prevention, CSP boasts the largest English-language library on suicide in the world. We work to continually translate this research into a variety of usable, readily accessible media including webinars, workshops, articles, toolkits and Twitter. Suicide prevention is everyone’s responsibility and once we are equipped with knowledge and skills, we are better prepared to support someone in crisis.







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Laura Hynes (soprano)
A Fulbright scholar in Paris, American coloratura soprano Laura Hynes spent six years in France and Germany, performing repertoire ranging from baroque opera with Les Arts Florissants to "classical cabaret" on French television and radio. She has performed opera roles, solo recitals, and concerts throughout Europe and North America, in venues including New York's Alice Tully Hall, the Barbican in London, the Châtelet and the Cité de la Musique in Paris, as well as major venues in Seville, Brussels, Madrid, Lisbon, Frankfurt, Marseille, and Montpellier.
In 2015, Hynes joined the performing arts faculty at the University of Calgary. Her research there focuses on innovation in art song recital and opera through social justice issues (Raise Your Voice), transgender voice transition, and interdisciplinary collaborative performance creation. She holds degrees from the University of Minnesota (DMA) where she was the Carolyn Bailey & Dominick Argento Fellow, the Paris Conservatory (Cycle de perfectionnement), the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (M.M.), and Miami University (B.M.).
www.laurahynes.com


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Land’s End Ensemble
Juno-nominated Land’s End Ensemble of Calgary (John Lowry, violin; Beth Root Sandvoss, cello; Susanne Ruberg-Gordon, piano; Vincent Ho, Artistic Director) is dedicated to introducing audiences to new music by Canadian and International composers, and to performing landmark chamber works of the 20th and 21st centuries.
“If you want to see a contemporary music ensemble perform provocative, brilliant and relevant work, with an eye for the narrative, then look no further than this bold ensemble that does it all” – Calgary Herald
LE Ensemble is continually creating legacy projects with living composers. The most recent LE Centrediscs release, Gravity and Grace, won a Juno Award and a Western Canadian Music Award in the category of Classical Composition of the year (2014) for the work Field Notes by Allan Gordon Bell. This work was composed for LE Ensemble and James Campbell.
LE’s discography includes two winners of the Western Canadian Music Award for Outstanding Classical Recording, as well as a Juno nomination for My Life in Widening Circles, music by R. Murray Schafer. LE is proud to champion the music of Canada, and have in fact performed works by more than a hundred Canadian and Alberta composers. Committed to nurturing young emerging composers, LE sponsors a nation-wide Composers Competition annually in partnership with the University of Calgary.More




Ralph Maier (guitar)

Ralph Maier has been engaging Canadian audiences for over thirty years with his sensitive interpretations and natural technical facility. His concert programs cover a broad range of periods from Renaissance to Contemporary, and he is active as a soloist, chamber musician, and member of the Oberon Guitar Trio . He is currently on faculty at the Mount Royal University Conservatory of Music where he conducts private lessons and ensemble classes, and at the University of Calgary where he heads the classical guitar studio and teaches classes in music history and popular music studies.
Ralph Maier concertizes frequently, and is in demand as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician on classical guitar and period instruments. He has appeared in Canada and abroad, and his performances have been broadcast on television and radio. Ralph completed his PhD at the University of Calgary, specializing in sixteenth-century Spanish music for vihuela. His first solo CD, The Art of Vihuela, was released in the winter of 2008. Recent projects include the recording, engineering and production of his most recent CD Variations, with performances on vihuela, baroque guitar, romantic guitar, classical guitar, and electric guitars.





Oliver Munar
Oliver Munar (tenor)
Praised for "an instantly likeable and exciting voice" with "gorgeous spinning tone", tenor Oliver Munar is in increasing demand as a soloist for his musicality, interpretation and versatility. Recent engagements include the title role of Benjamin Britten's opera "Albert Herring" for the University of Alberta (directed by Elizabeth Turnbull), a recital at the International Kodàly Festival and Symposium (Camrose, Canada), and a series of appearances in Austria for the prestigious Franz-Schubert-Institut, singing works by Schubert, Schumann, Hugo Wolf, Richard Strauss and Beethoven. Oliver also sings with two Alberta-based professional choirs, and recently completed graduate studies with acclaimed international operatic tenor John Tessier. He continues to train with Tessier and coach Shannon Hiebert, and is both pleased and honored to lend his voice to this year's cross-Canada performance in support of Mysterious Barricades.




Penny Sanborn
PENNY SANBORN TRIO features Penny on accordion, Darcy Stamp on violin and Simon Fisk on bassetto. This exceptional trio performs live music for special events including receptions, corporate events, weddings and concerts. Their Chic European sound includes an attractive collection of french musette pieces, Italian folk songs, tango suites and improvised jazz tunes. Listeners will identify with the folk melodies at heart, the technique of classical music along with the improvisation of jazz. It is a fresh and invigorating way of treating this traditional music. Penny’s performance credits including the world-renowned Luciano Pavarotti, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and appearances across Canada, Dubai, France, Italy and Switzerland.
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Beth Root Sandvoss (cello)
Cellist Beth Root Sandvoss has a notably varied career as a recitalist, chamber musician and pedagogue. Beth lives in Bragg Creek,
Alberta, and enjoys an active performance career in Canada and abroad. She has recorded for WERN Madison public radio, RTHK Radio Hong Kong, and CBC Radio. Beth has recorded six commercial CDs and has premiered more than 50 new works for solo cello, cello/piano and chamber ensemble. Beth has an intense interest in new music and is a founding member of the acclaimed Juno nominated Land’s End Ensemble. Beth is also a member of the UCalgary String Quartet in residence at the University of Calgary. Nominated as Instrumental Group of the Year, the UCalgary String Quartet has completed live recordings of all the Beethoven String Quartets as well as the CD Far Behind I left My Country which features Klezmer and East European Folk Music. Beth has the great pleasure and privilege to perform on an award - winning cello made by her husband, Luthier, Christopher Sandvoss.
“The performance brought out its depth of passion.... Beth Root Sandvoss has a beautiful sound, coupled with an excellent sense of harmony—“ Gordon Rumson, Music and Vision





Susanne Ruberg-Gordon (piano)
Quoted by the Chronicle Herald as “A superb musician”, Swedish-born pianist Susanne Ruberg-Gordon’s is a highly regarded chamber-musician and collaborative artist. She has performed with artists such as Andres Cardenes, Andras Diaz, Ron Leonard, James Campbell, Desmond Hoebig, Ian Swensen, Alain Trudel, Jens Lindemann, Ning Feng, Catherine Monoukian, Ni Tao, Arnold Choi and Nikki Chooi.
Susanne is the pianist and core member of the Land’s End Ensemble in Calgary, an ensemble that is dedicated to introducing audiences to new music by local, Canadian and International composers, and to performing landmark chamber works of the 20th and 21st centuries. In addition, Susanne is the pianist for the Galena Trio (Johanne Perron, cello and Nicola Everton, clarinet)
After graduating from the Edsberg Institute of Music in Stockholm with a Diploma in Chamber Music, her studies brought her to the Banff Centre Music and Sound Program. Her primary teachers were Greta Eriksson and Jose Ribera but she also appreciates learning from Gilbert Kalish, Marc Durand and David Moroz. Susanne has also performed in various master-classes with Geoffrey Parsons, Richard Goode, Frans Helmerson, Lynn Harrell, Hans Jensen, Lawrence Lesser, Janos Starker, Henk Guittart and Siegfried Palm.
Susanne has been on faculty at the Mount Royal University Conservatory since 1991 where she is the coordinator of Collaborative Pianists, works extensively with senior string students and teaches chamber music. She has also been a Collaborative Artist for the acclaimed Morningside Music Bridge program in Canada, China and Poland since 2001.

“the perfect collaborative pianist, elegant and refined and her shaping everything the connoisseur of the composer could wish”

The Calgary Herald




Russell Thomsen, Health Promotion Coordinator of the SU Wellness Centre, University of Calgary (speaker)





VoiceScapes - Julie Harris, soprano; Christina Jahn, soprano; Jerald Fast, tenor; Paul Grindlay, baritone; Neil Cockburn, organ



Pending:
Cum Vino Cantus, conducted by Jean-Louis Bleau
Adriana Lebedovich, violin

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