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Mysterious Barricades Concert - Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario

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Maureen Forrester Recital Hall

Wilfrid Laurier University

75 University Ave W

Waterloo, Kitchener/Waterloo N2L 3C5

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The Recital Hall seats 323 guests

Thank you to Wilfrid Laurier University for their continued support and encouragement. We are especially indebted to the Faculty of Music and the Office of the Dean of Students for their sponsorship of this concert.

Laurier University


Kimberly BarberThis season saw Canadian mezzo-soprano Kimberly Barber return to Toronto’s Tapestry Opera, creating the role of the fortuneteller Asa in the world premiere of Aaron Gervais and Colleen Murphy’s OKSANA G to critical acclaim. Kimberly also appeared with Ojibwe narrator Rene Meshake, TorQ Percussion Quartet and harpist Angela Schwarzkopf in a newly commissioned work, THIS LAND, by composer Abigail Richardson-Schulte, to commemorate the Canadian sesquicentennial for NUMUS in Waterloo, Ontario in May 2017.

Kimberly has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Naxos, CBC Records, Teldec and Dutton Classics. Grounded in the traditional, but a champion of new music, she has performed numerous world and Canadian premieres, collaborating with musicians of all stripes.

A powerful advocate of mental health and suicide prevention and awareness, Kimberly was project lead for Laurier's inaugural Mysterious Barricades concert, also taking the helm for this year's event. She brings an adventurous spirit to the voice and opera programs at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she has been on faculty since 2002 and recently assumed the role of Associate Dean: External. More
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Artists and Performers


Anna RonaiAnna Ronai (piano)
Anna Ronai has collaborated with such distinguished singers as Michelle Breedt, Bernarda Fink, Robert Holl, and instrumentalists Ulrike Anton and Brooks de Wetter-Smith. Anna has preformed at major venues in Europe, North America and China, including the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall in New York, Gläserner Saal, Musikverein, and Schubert Saal, Konzerthaus in Vienna.
Anna maintained vocal and instrumental coaching positions at the Vienna and Innsbruck Conservatories, and the Institute for European Studies, in Vienna. She has played for master-classes with esteemed artists including Brigitte Fassbaender, Christa Ludwig, Thomas Hampson and Linda Watson. Anna has appeared and placed in several major Lied Duo competitions such as the Robert Schumann Duo Competition, Zwickau, Germany, the East & West Artists International Auditions, New York, U.S.A and Schubert und die Moderne in Graz, Austria.
Anna is a graduate of the Music University of the Arts Vienna, and holds two Masters degrees, one in Piano Performance and the other in Collaborative Piano.
In 2009 Anna moved to Canada, and took the position of vocal coach and accompanist at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo. She is an active performer at concerts and recitals across Ontario.
Recent performances include “Music Toronto”, (world-premiere of ”Manidoog”, by native composer Barbara Croall), the Caledon Music Festival and the McMaster University celebrity series.

Ashley Hynd (Spoken Word)

Glenn MaraisGlenn Marais is an incredible singer, Juno Nominated songwriter and an amazing guitar player who has been compared to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix. He performs solo and with his band The Mojo Train and performs every show like it his last pouring his heart and soul into his performances.


















Heather TavesHeather Taves (couperin)
Pianist Heather Taves (www.heathertaves.com) performs in classical, contemporary, and popular idioms. Emerging first as a classical concert pianist, she was acclaimed in the classical music industry by age sixteen when she entered McGill University, and her graduation recital at age nineteen was broadcast nationwide in Canada by the CBC. In the same year, she performed the Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 3 with the McGill Symphony Orchestra under Uri Mayer, won the Grand Prize for all categories of the Quebec Music Festival, and first prizes in the CMC and the National Festival of Music with her trio, the Trio de Quebec. She also won scholarships to the Banff and Orford Arts Centres, and a Canada Council Grant to obtain her Master of Music at Indiana University. In the creative environment of Indiana University she joined the legendary piano class of Gyorgy Sebok, but simultaneously discovered her interests in jazz, world music, early music and improvisation. On graduating from Indiana, she became a concert artist based in Montreal, performing over 80 concerts a year while teaching part-time at the McGill Conservatory. At age 30, she won a major Quebec fellowship to obtain her doctorate at Stony Brook in New York. Completing her doctorate in two years, she was immediately offered a tenure-track professorship at Brock University, and four years later her current position at Wilfrid Laurier University. Since then, she has integrated her love of undergraduate teaching in her home country of Canada with an international performing career in diverse genres. Her own compositions have been recorded on two CDs.More



Kathryn LadanorKathryn Ladano is one of Canada’s premiere bass clarinetists. She is a specialist of contemporary music and free improvisation and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician across Canada and abroad. Several works have been composed for her and her ensembles from some of Canada’s most distinguished composers. Kathryn holds a masters degree in bass clarinet performance from the University of Calgary and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in music from the University of Waterloo. Her performance instructors have included Stan Climie, Tilly Kooyman and world-renowned bass clarinetist and improviser, Lori Freedman. Kathryn has participated in workshops and masterclasses from world-renowned musicians such as bass clarinetist Harry Sparnaay and legendary improviser and percussionist, Eddie Prévost. Kathryn has studied Electroacoustic Composition with Richard Windeyer and Jazz improvisation with Sundar Viswanathan and has also performed with internationally known musicians and improvisers such as Douglas Ewart, Richard Robeson, Ed Sarath, Billy Satterwhite, Michael Jefry Stevens, Stephen Nachmanovitch, and Dong-Won Kim. More

Kimberly BarberThis season saw Canadian mezzo-soprano Kimberly Barber return to Toronto’s Tapestry Opera, creating the role of the fortuneteller Asa in the world premiere of Aaron Gervais and Colleen Murphy’s OKSANA G to critical acclaim. Kimberly also appeared with Ojibwe narrator Rene Meshake, TorQ Percussion Quartet and harpist Angela Schwarzkopf in a newly commissioned work, THIS LAND, by composer Abigail Richardson-Schulte, to commemorate the Canadian sesquicentennial for NUMUS in Waterloo, Ontario in May 2017.

Kimberly has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Naxos, CBC Records, Teldec and Dutton Classics. Grounded in the traditional, but a champion of new music, she has performed numerous world and Canadian premieres, collaborating with musicians of all stripes.

A powerful advocate of mental health and suicide prevention and awareness, Kimberly was project lead for Laurier's inaugural Mysterious Barricades concert, also taking the helm for this year's event. She brings an adventurous spirit to the voice and opera programs at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she has been on faculty since 2002 and recently assumed the role of Associate Dean: External.

The Good Hearted Women SingersMino Ode Kwewak N'gamowak (Good Hearted Women Singers)
We are Indigenous and non-Indigenous women following the drum circle teachings of Community Elder Jean Becker, who began this group in 2003.
We have been taught to follow the teachings of the Seven Grandfathers. These teachings guide us in our relationships with ourselves and each other and they help guide us towards living our lives in a balanced way.
Our drum group reflects a sweetgrass teaching. One blade of sweetgrass by itself is not very strong. It can break easily. When several blades of sweetgrass are braided together, the sweetgrass is strong and cannot easily be broken. The singing and drumming helps us to find the strength to keep going. A woman may feel reluctant and not have the confidence to lead a song, but she gives it a try because she knows that the others will be there to pick up the song if she falters. That song will be carried on, just as we all must carry on with our lives, no matter what. Just as the braided sweetgrass is strong, our "knowing" that we have the strength and support of one another helps us to carry on.
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Rene Andre MeshakeRene Andre Meshake is an Ojibwe elder, visual and performing artist, award-winning author, storyteller, flute player, new media artist and a Recipient of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. He works to fuse Ojibwe and English words into his stories, poetry and spoken word performances, Rene communicates his Ojibwe spiritual heritage to the contemporary world. He was born in the railway town of Nakina in Northwestern Ontario and was raised by his Okomissan grandmother. His education includes: Anishinaabe oral tradition, language, arts and culture. Rene has a diploma in Graphic Design from Sheridan College and a certificate in Creative Writing from the Humber School for Writers. Rene’s body of artwork, stories and his flute improvisations create a strong, expressive, and entertaining presentation for an ever-increasing audience. He also has an active on-line and performing presence as a Funky-Elder.














Samantha PickettSoprano Samantha Pickett is from Kitchener, Ontario and is a current member of the Canadian Opera Company's illustrious Ensemble Studio. She has recently been featured as a soloist in recitals in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre Free Concert Series, Against the Grain Theatre's Opera Pub, and in the 2016 Toronto Summer Music Festival. In 2015, she completed herbMasters of Opera and Voice at McGill University (Montreal, QC) under Professor Sanford Sylvan. Miss Pickett is an alumna of Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, ON), where she earned a Bachelor's of Voice Performance (2012) and Opera Diploma (2013), studying with Kimberly Barber. Engagements with Opera McGill in 2015 included Contessa Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi, as well as understudy for the title role in Suor Angelica. In Opera McGill’s Lisl Wirth Black Box Festival, Miss Pickett appeared in excerpts as Magda Sorel in The Consul (2015), Alice Ford in Falstaff and Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello (2014). Miss Pickett’s other recent roles include Micaëla in Carmen and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (Opera NUOVA), and Elle in La Voix humaine (Opera McGill). Credits with Opera Laurier include Countess Almaviva and Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro, Mrs. Demers in Neil Weisensel’s City Workers in Love, and Die Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte. In the summer of 2015, Miss Pickett was delighted to debut at the Banff Centre in the world premiere of Crush. Miss Pickett is a recipient of a Joseph Armand Bombardier Master’s CGS Grant, courtesy of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Through this grant, Miss Pickett launched The Emerging Project, a text and video web-series, chronicling the triumphs and struggles of the international operatic community. She now lives in Toronto, ON, where she studies with Wendy Nielsen..





Tanis MacdonaldTanis MacDonald is a poet and creative non-fiction writer. She won the national Bliss Carman Poetry Prize in 2003 and was a finalist for the Gabrielle Roy Prize in 2013 for her book The Daughter’s Way. Her next poetry book, Mobile, is coming out with BookThug in Fall 2019, and her book of essays, The Art You Make, with Wolsak and Wynn in Spring 2018. New poems have appeared or are appearing in The New Quarterly, Canthius, The Rusty Toque, Gamut, The Fourth River, Poetry is Dead, Contemporary Verse 2, FreeFall, and The Mondegreen. She lives in Waterloo, Ontario, where she teaches Canadian literature and creative writing at Wilfrid Laurier University.






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