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Mysterious Barricades Concert - Vancouver BC

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Roy Barnett Recital Hall

University of British Columbia

6361 Memorial Rd

Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z2

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Providing students with a state-of-the-art rehearsal space as well as a 255-seat concert hall, the Roy Barnett Recital Hall is a place of inspiration.

Thank you to University of British Columbia for their continued support and encouragement.

We would like to respectfully acknowledge that the land on which we gather for this concert is the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (TsleilWaututh) Nations.

Lead organizer: Prof. Patrick Raftery

Patrick RafteryJ. Patrick Raftery’s debut was for The San Diego Opera’s production of La bohème singing Schaunard and sharing the stage with Luciano Pavarotti. This debut and The Richard Tucker Music Foundation Award Winner’s concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall helped catapult Mr. Raftery to performances with most of the major opera houses and orchestras of the world. After a career spanning more than three decades, seventy operatic roles, numerous recitals and concerts worldwide Professor Raftery joined the faculty at UBC, School of Music in summer 2014.

Some notable debuts:
The Royal Opera House at Covent Garden (Conte-Nozze di Figaro)
Das Deutsche Oper Berlin (Marcello)
The Glyndebourne Festival (Guglielmo)
The Metropolitan Opera of New York (Lescaut- Manon Lescaut)
L’Opéra de Paris (Figaro-Barbiere)
The Canadian Opera Company (Marcello)
Vancouver Opera (Figaro-Barbiere)
Bayerische Staatsoper (Sharpless-Madama Butterfly)
Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro (Poeta-Turco in Italia)
The San Fransisco Opera (Marcello)
The Washington Opera (Figaro-Barbiere)
Teatro alla Scala (Cinna-La Vestale)
Théâtre du Châtelet-Paris (Zurga -Les pêcheurs de perles)
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jpatrick.raftery@ubc.ca

Artists and Performers

Spencer BrittonAt the young age of 6, Britten's passion for the stage began with dance. He began training at Caulfield School of Dance in Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada. There he worked with notable teachers Cori Caulfield, Sommer Thome, Isabelle Yuan and Van "The Man" Porter. Britten trained in multiple facets of dance, including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Partnering, and lifts.
Soon after he found his passion for dance, he found his passion for singing. Mr. Britten started culminating his skills as a singer with the Coastal Sound Music Academy. Under the direction of Donna Otto and Carrie Tennant he surrounded himself with music which allowed him to develop a natural ear for classical music.
Britten's love for opera began while training with soprano Gina Oh. It was her love for teaching and music which recognized his potential for classical music. During his senior years of high school, she focused Britten's skills on preparing for post-secondary music programs, most importantly UBC.
Mr. Britten now enjoys performing regularly throughout Vancouver. In 2017, Britten had his debut with the Vancouver Opera as Older Brother in Dead Man Walking. With UBC this year he performed Triquet in Eugene Onegin, Tanzmeister and Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos under the baton of Maestro Jonathan Darlington. Britten also explored Count Almaviva in Gioachino Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia leading him to perform it on stages across the Czech Republic and at Vancouver's own Opera and Aria's concerts at Bard on the Beach.
For more information visit www.spencerbritten.com




Ingrid Chiang
Ingrid Chiang, a Taiwanese-born Canadian, moved to Vancouver at age 15. She started her piano study at age 5 and bassoon at age 12. Ingrid studied at University of British Columbia School of Music with Jesse Read, and later at the Vancouver Academy of Music with Christopher Millard. Ms. Chiang is currently in her fourteenth season with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra as principal bassoon, and her eighth season with the Turning Point ensemble; she frequently appears with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Most recently joined the UBC School of Music as a sessional lecturer for woodwind class. In 2001, she won the debut CBC Radio competition, and performed in the Young Concert Artists Series. As a faculty member of the VAM and private teacher at the St. George’s School, Ingrid is one of the most sought after bassoonists and teachers. She has had numerous recordings for radio and CDs; her music making has also taken her across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Conductor Leslie Dala enjoys a multifaceted career spanning the genres of opera, symphonic music, choral and contemporary works. On the podium, he is known for his passionate, dynamic, and charismatic approach to music making. Named one of the top ten artistic leaders by the Vancouver Sun, Dala's national profile has grown steadily with guest conducting appearances with Pacific Opera Victoria, Edmonton Opera, Saskatoon Opera, Thirteen Strings of Ottawa, the COSI Festival in Sulmona, Italy, the Goh Ballet, and University of Toronto Opera Department. Upcoming engagements in the 2015-2016 season include Soundstreams, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra.More

Leslie Dala
Conductor Leslie Dala enjoys a multifaceted career spanning the genres of opera, symphonic music, choral and contemporary works. On the podium, he is known for his passionate, dynamic, and charismatic approach to music making. Named one of the top ten artistic leaders by the Vancouver Sun, Dala's national profile has grown steadily with guest conducting appearances with Pacific Opera Victoria, Edmonton Opera, Saskatoon Opera, Thirteen Strings of Ottawa, the COSI Festival in Sulmona, Italy, the Goh Ballet, and University of Toronto Opera Department. Upcoming engagements in the 2015-2016 season include Soundstreams, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra.More








Rebecca HassRebecca Hass is a woman of many creative passions. A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours Bachelor in Music performance and the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble, she has devoted much of her professional life to singing. From her early career, appearing with major opera companies and symphonies across Canada she also appeared with The Phantom of the Opera in Toronto as a swing. Recenly, she has moved into acting, writing and producing a broad range of creative projects (The Belfry, Theatre Skam, Victoria Fringe Festival) and several intimate cabarets (Wanna Sing a Showtune). Rebecca is on staff with The Canadian College of Performing Arts teaching Music Theatre styles and has acted as a vocal clinician for The Victoria Conservatory of Music, University of Victoria, University of British Columbia and Opera Nuova. A Certified Life coach and meditation instructor, she is on staff with the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble and has given artist-centered workshops for Opera Nuova, Calgary Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria and St. Andrews Arts Council Opera Workshop. A writer and broadcaster, you can hear her regularly as guest host and documentary maker on CBC Radio One and Two. Rebecca’s latest project is writing a guide for artist’s on meeting the challenge of creative living. A practicing Buddhist, Rebecca lives in Victoria BC. In the 2017/18 season Rebecca is appearing with The Vancouver and Calgary Symphonies as a soloist in Afghanistan: Requiem for a Generation and Pacific Opera Victoria’s Jenufa, directed by Atom Egoyan. More


Nancy HerminstonNancy Herminston (vocal)
Nancy Hermiston’s operatic career has taken her throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. Her New York debut took place in Carnegie Hall with Marilyn Horne and Mario Bernardi. Her European début led to a permanent engagement with the prestigious Nürnberg Opera. She has held numerous appointments as voice teacher, and as stage director at the Meistersinger Konservatorium, Nürnberg, and the University of Toronto Opera and Performance Divisions. She was appointed to the UBC faculty in 1995 as Coordinator of the Voice and Opera Division.More
nancy.hermiston@ubc.ca








Julia NolanJulia Nolan (saxophone)
Dr. Julia Nolan maintains an active performing schedule committed to promoting new works for saxophone. She has commissioned works by many Canadian composers including Stephen Chatman, Keith Hamel, Colin MacDonald, Robert Pritchard, Nicolas Scherzinger, Jacquie Leggatt, Hope Lee, Fred Stride, Neal Currie, Alain Mayrand, Alan Matheson, and Jeffrey Ryan.
In July 2013, Julia Nolan taught at the Taiwan International Saxophone Camp and gave master classes in Taipei.
Julia Nolan was the Head Judge at the First International Saxophone Symposium and Competition (ISSAC) in Columbus, Georgia in October 2012.More
julia.nolan@ubc.ca









James Patrick RafteryJames Patrick Raftery (vocal)
J. Patrick Raftery’s debut was for The San Diego Opera’s production of La bohème singing Schaunard and sharing the stage with Luciano Pavarotti. This debut and The Richard Tucker Music Foundation Award Winner’s concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall helped catapult Mr. Raftery to performances with most of the major opera houses and orchestras of the world. After a career spanning more than three decades, seventy operatic roles, numerous recitals and concerts worldwide Professor Raftery joined the faculty at UBC, School of Music in summer 2014.

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jpatrick.raftery@ubc.ca








Terence Dawson - His musicality described as “lucid” (Globe and Mail), his performances as “stunning” (Vancouver Sun), and possessing “trademark elegance and technical flair” (Georgia Straight), pianist Terence Dawson has earned a reputation as one of Vancouver’s most respected musicians. Repeat invitations to give both concerts and master classes from coast to coast across Canada, as well as in the USA, England and Asia affirm his versatility as a performer, dedicated teacher and engaging lecturer.
His career spans that of solo pianist and chamber musician in both small and large ensembles. He has appeared as concerto soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, The National Arts Centre Orchestra, Curio Ensemble, and he is the collaborator of choice for numerous artists and ensembles.




Beth Orson

Beth Orson (english horn/oboe)
Beth Orson has played Assistant Principal Oboe and English Horn with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra since 1990. Sessional faculty at the UBC School of Music since 1993, she has also taught a number of students at the Vancouver Academy of Music and was appointed Oboe Coach at the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in 2008. As a chamber musician, Ms. Orson has appeared most recently with the Turning Point Ensemble and VSO Chamber Players, and in recital at the University of British Columbia and at NYOC. Principal Oboe of the NY Symphonic Ensemble from 1988-2005, she completed 19 tours to Japan with the NYSE, performing in every major concert hall in Japan, often as oboe soloist. As an English horn player Ms. Orson’s solo performances include the world & Canadian premiere of VSO Music Director Bramwell Tovey’s “The Progress of Vanity” for English horn and small orchestra at the 2012 International Double Reed Society Conference held at Miami University (Ohio) and with the VSO in 2014; Rodney Sharman’s “Songs Without Words” with the VSO, the North American premiere of James MacMillan's "The World's Ransoming" with the VSO, the solo English horn part to Dan Seguin’s Leo Award-winning score for the CBC feature film "Murder Unveiled,” Brian Cherney’s “In the Stillness of September 1942” with the VSO, the Kraus/Ferlandis Concerto for English horn and Orchestra with the Sinfonia-Orchestra of the North Shore and numerous performances of Sibelius’s “The Swan of Tuonela” with the VSO, which she is scheduled to play again in 2015.
Ms. Orson has recorded for CBC Records, Deutsche Grammophon, Essay, New World, Parnassus and Technics Records. A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and winner of the Oberlin Concerto Competition, Ms. Orson's principal teachers were Laurence Thorstenberg, James Caldwell, and Elaine Douvas. Before moving to Vancouver, Ms. Orson worked as a freelance musician in New York City where she often performed with the orchestras of the Metropolitan & New York City Operas, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Philharmonia Virtuosi, and on Broadway.




Amira McCavitt (soprano)

Scott Rumble (tenor)

Gwendolyn Yearwood (soprano)

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