Mysterious Barricades Concert - Victoria BC

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St John the Divine ​Anglican Church

1611 Quadra Street

Victoria, British Columbia V8W


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The Reverend Alistair McCollum, St. John the Divine

Justine Thomson, Need2 Suicide Prevention, Education and Support

Jocelyn de Montmorency, Canadian Mental Health Association

Abendlied, op. 69 no. 3 (Joseph Rheinberger)

Chamber choir, Thomas Nicholson, conductor

excerpt from “Parisina” (George Gordon, Lord Byron)

John Krich, reader

Sommerabend, op. 85 no. 1; Mondenschein, op. 85 no. 2 (Johannes Brahms)

Rebecca Hass, mezzo-soprano Harald Krebs, piano

Siciliana, Antiche danze ed Arie, no. 3 (Ottorino Respighi)

Annabelle Stanley, harp

excerpt from “The Quiet Singer” (Charles Hanson Towne)

Rebecca Hass, reader

Sterne mit den goldnen Füßchen, op. 30 no. 1 (Robert Franz)

Sharon Krebs, soprano Harald Krebs, piano

Nachtlied, op. 71 no. 6 (Felix Mendelssohn)

Scott MacInnes, trombone Harald Krebs, piano

“The Nightingale” (Thomas Cox)

John Krich, reader

Abschiedslied der Zugvögel, op. 63 no. 2 (Felix Mendelssohn); Puisqu’içi-bas, op. 10 no. 1; Pleurs d’Or, op. 72 (Gabriel Fauré)

Anne Grimm, soprano Benjamin Butterfield, tenor Harald Krebs, piano

Arabeske, WoO (Josephine Lang)

Kelly Charlton, piano

“Bird Raptures” (Christina Rossetti)

Rebecca Hass, reader

In Waldeseinsamkeit, op. 85 no. 6 (Johannes Brahms)

Kathryn Whitney, mezzo-soprano Harald Krebs, piano

Das Leben, Zwei Duette mit Klavierbegleitung, no. 1 (Richard Rößler)

Alana Despins, French horn Scott MacInnes, trombone Harald Krebs, piano

Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal, op. 3 no. 2 (Roger Quilter); Voix d’yeux, Les Chansons du Cœur no. 3 (Jean Coulthard); Sure on this Shining Night, op. 13 no. 3 (Samuel Barber); Canoe,Stories from Klee Wyck no.4 (Tobin Stokes)

Eve Daniell, soprano Rykie Avenant, piano

“To the Nightingale” (William Drummond of Hawthornden)

John Krich, reader

Denn Er hat seinen Engeln, MWV B 53 (Felix Mendelssohn)

Chamber choir, Thomas Nicholson, conductor

Les barricades mystérieuses, Ordre 6ème de clavecin, no. 5 (François Couperin)

Annabelle Stanley, harp

Artists and Performers

Rykie AvenantRykie Avenant (piano)
Rykie Avenant studied music at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, and graduated with honours, obtaining a Performer's Licentiate in piano as well as a BMus Ed degree. She subsequently worked as repetiteur for the Cape Town and Pretoria opera companies, before relocating to Canada in 1991.

She came to the Cowichan Valley 15 years ago via Powell River, where she appeared regularly in concert for the Academy of Music, as well as at the International Kathaumixw Choral Festival. Since living in the Valley, she has established a solid reputation as teacher, coach and performer, and has been recognized by the BC Choral Federation for her work as choral accompanist.

The accompanist for Encore! Women's Choir since its inception, Rykie is also the pianist in Muse Duo (event music), preferred accompanist for several voice studios and in demand for recitals, auditions and examinations.

Benjamin ButterfieldBenjamin Butterfield (tenor)
Regarded by the New York Times as, “clarion-voiced and vibrant”, Benjamin Butterfield is known for his performances throughout North America, Europe as well as in the Middle East and Asia. Associate Professor, head of voice and co-head of performance for the School of Music at the University of Victoria, Benjamin is the 2015 recipient of the UVic. Craigdarroch Award for Excellence in Artistic Expression. He has also served as guest faculty for Opera Nuova, the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy, The Victoria Conservatory Summer Vocal Academy, Vancouver International Song Institute, Yellow Barn and Opera on the Avalon. More

Kelly CharltonKelly Charlton (piano)

Kelly Charlton is much in demand as an accompanist and chamber musician and has performed with a wide variety of singers and instrumentalists in a career spanning more than 30 years. He has performed in Canada, England, France and Germany and is known for his sensitive and supportive playing, especially in German lieder. Mr. Charlton is currently a senior member of the Piano Faculty at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and is also active as a clinician, adjudicator and examiner. Mr. Charlton is also the Director of Music at First Metropolitan United Church.

Eve DaniellEve Daniell (soprano)

Described as “a real find” (Opera Magazine) with a voice “silkily rich, and as agile at the top as it is secure and full at the bottom.” (Opera Today) soprano Eve Daniell recently graduated from the Royal Academy Opera (London, UK) which she attended on a Sainsbury Award and the Catherine Osborne Scholarship, and won the prestigious Pavarotti Prize (2015).

Operatic roles include Konstanze (Pop Up Opera), Donna Elvira (Opera Holland Park, cover) Fiordiligi (Pop Up Opera, Cooper Hall Emerging Artists Programme), Countess (Royal Academy Opera), Tatyana (Dartington International Summer School) and Nerone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea (Royal Academy Opera). She has appeared on BBC 4’s The Archers, on the Prairie Home Companion (APHC Baltic Cruise 2014) with Garrison Keillor, on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune, with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra (Symphony Splash 2012), the Royal Academy of Music Song Circle, the Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series, and the Victoria Bach Ensemble.

In the 2016/2017 season Eve was a soloist in the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms singing Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music at the Royal Albert Hall. She opened the London celebration of Canada Day in Trafalgar Square and returned more recently to Canada House to sing for Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, and Governor General David Johnston. She also received grants from the International Opera Foundation and the British Columbia Arts Council enabling her to undertake mentoring from Dame Felicity Lott and Dr Jane Glover.

Eve is grateful for the support of the Josephine Baker Trust, the Derek Hill and the Harold Hyam Wingate Foundations, the Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund, and the Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation. For more information please visit

Alana DespinsAlana Despins (horn)
Alana Despins joined the Victoria Symphony as Principal Horn in 2009. She has since been featured as a soloist in Mozart’s Concerto No. 2 for Horn (2013), and in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 (2012). Alana is also in demand throughout Victoria as a chamber musician. Recent highlights include a sold out performance of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, arranged for chamber ensemble, on the University of Victoria Faculty Chamber Music Series in 2014, and appearances on the Eine Kleine Summer Music Series, and the Christ Church Summer Recital Series. She is especially fond of performing with The Victoria Brass Quintet, of which she is a founding member.

Before joining the Victoria Symphony, she held the position of Third Horn with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony for two years. Additionally, she has participated in numerous summer festivals across North America, Europe, and Asia, including the National Repertory Orchestra, the Music Academy of the West, the International Bach Academy Festival Ensemble in Germany, and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, among others.

Alana received her Master of Music from Northwestern University in Chicago, having studied with Gail Williams. She completed her Bachelor of Music, with distinction, at the University of Victoria where she studied with Kurt Kellan.

Anne GrimmAnne Grimm (soprano)
Soprano Anne Grimm is an internationally recognized performer known for her work in a varied and diverse repertoire. She has appeared extensively in Europe and North America with companies such as the Amsterdam Baroque Soloists, the Orchestra of the 18th Century, The Netherlands Bachvereniging and the Nationale Reisopera as well as at the Festivals of Ambronay, Salzburg and the Handel Festspiele Halle; in the US at the Tanglewood Festival, with Apollo’s Fire Cleveland, the Bach Choir of Bethlehem and the Ojai Festival; in Canada with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Tafelmusik, the Victoria Symphony, Continuum and Toronto Masque Theater. Recent engagements have included performances with Aventa in Adelaide Australia, New York and Montreal and song recitals in the Netherlands.
Ms. Grimm has been heard in Music from Montreal on the CBC Radio, VARA from the Concertgebouw in the Netherlands and has recorded extensively for Erato, Harmonia Mundi, NM Classics, Vanguard Classics, Troubadisc and Sony. Ms. Grimm is on the voice faculty at the University of Victoria.

Rebecca HassRebecca Hass (mezzo-soprano and reader)
Mezzo Soprano Rebecca Hass has enjoyed a long performance career in the classical field. She has also been seen in the Toronto Cast of Phantom of the Opera and in new musicals, some of which she created, at the Belfry Theatre and Theatre SKAM Victoria. Rebecca is also a producer of radio documentaries, columns and essays for CBC Radio One’s The Sunday Edition, North by North West, Tapestry and serves regularly as the guest host for Radio Two’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera and In Concert. Currently she is working on a documentary about her Metis heritage for CBC Radio and is on staff for the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble as their resident Creative Living Coach, as well as working as a Performance coach for The Canadian College of Performing Arts and at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.

Harald KrebsHarald Krebs (piano)
Harald Krebs obtained his PhD in music theory from Yale University in 1980. He held a Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of British Columbia, and taught at UBC and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a sessional instructor. He joined the music faculty at the University of Victoria in 1986. He is head of the theory section, and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in theory. He has published widely on the tonal and rhythmic structure of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century music in Canadian, American and European journals, and in numerous collections of essays. More

Sharon KrebsSharon Krebs (soprano)
Sharon Krebs holds degrees in Human Physiology and Germanic Studies. She calls herself a “singing Germanist.” She has published articles on topics ranging from Bertolt Brecht to the 19th-century song composer Josephine Lang. A book entitled Josephine Lang: Her Life and Songs (co-authored with Harald Krebs) appeared with Oxford University press in 2007. Her most recent publication is entitled “Chamissos Thränen. Die musikalische Rezeption des Gedichtzyklus.” She is currently researching the nightingale metaphor in German literature in relation to singing. As a singer, she has performed in Germany, Poland, France, England, Wales, as well as in the US and Canada.

John KrichJohn Krich (reader)

John Krich is an actor, director, and theatre instructor. He holds a B.A. in Speech and Theatre from Baldwin-Wallace College and a Master of Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Victoria, Department of Theatre, where he taught for 33 years. While at UVic, he founded and was Artistic Director of the Phoenix Summer Theatre and served as Director of Theatre for many years. He has worked professionally in theatres in both Canada and the U.S. and has been involved with many arts organizations as adjudicator, workshop director, lecturer, and has served on the Board of Directors of several groups. He continues to contribute to the theatre community.

Scott MacInnesScott MacInnes (trombone)
Scott MacInnes (MMus) has become a leader in the musical community as a performer, conductor, composer, arranger and clinician. In the fall of 2005 Scott moved to British Columbia to play bass trombone for a season with the Victoria Symphony. The following year he joined both the University of Victoria and Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra (VISO). As a member of the VISO for over 10 years he has held the position of Principal Bass Trombone and in 2016 was a featured soloist. At UVic he teaches private trombone lessons as well as conducts the brass choir, trombone choir and Vikes Band. Beyond the University, Scott can be seen performing with a variety of groups ranging from jazz and rock band to chamber groups such as iTromboni (North America’s only professional trombone quintet) and the Pinnacle Brass Quintet of which he a founding member. Scott is constantly striving to bring the highest quality music to the greatest number of people.

Thomas NicholsonThomas Nicholson (conductor)

Thomas Nicholson (*1995) is a Canadian-born composer, pianist, and conductor. His music is interested in the isolation and examination of singular elements of music, and the exploration of their capacities as stimuli within the process of composition. His more recent works have investigated the musical prospects and implications of extended just intonation by searching for a listening experience that is differentiated though informed by its relation to the preconceived philosophies of consonance and dissonance. Furthermore, he investigates the role of auditory memory in the evermore expressive potential of a linear experience of just intonation, as found, for instance, in the Indian classical music traditions. He obtained his Bachelor of Music at the University of Victoria (Canada), where he studied under composer Christopher Butterfield.

As a pianist, Thomas Nicholson has performed with some of Canada’s leading chamber ensembles (Aventa, New Brunswick Summer Music Festival) and has given solo recitals of such works as John Cage’s “Sonatas and Interludes” and Messiaen’s solo organ music. He is currently pursuing a Master of Music under composer Marc Sabat at the Univeristät der Künste Berlin.

Annabelle StanleyAnnabelle Stanley (harp)
Annabelle Stanley is the principal harpist of the Victoria Symphony, a position she has held since 1982. During this time she has frequently been featured as a soloist with the Orchestra. She is also an active chamber musician, soloist and performer of new music. Annabelle is the harp instructor at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and the University of Victoria. She has adjudicated harp students throughout Western Canada. Last year she made a CD with the great American Bassist Gary Karr of familiar classics arranged for Bass and Harp.

Tobin Stokes
Tobin Stokes (composer)
Former rock drummer, jazz pianist, and street musician, Tobin Stokes studied percussion at the University of Victoria before settling into composing. He’s written music for the XV Commonwealth Games, the 2010 Olympics, and has been composer-in-residence with the Victoria Symphony (Canada), International Choral Kathaumixw Festival (Canada), Urban Youth Choir Festival (Sweden), and the Pacific Region International Music Academy (Canada). His choir music has been performed around the world, and he has scored several documentary films for the BBC, CBC, and ABC. The score for his newest series, “The Wild Canadian Year”, was recorded with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in July, and will be broadcasting this fall on CBC’s “The Nature of Things”.
His opera, Pauline, a collaboration with author Margaret Atwood, premiered in Vancouver in 2014. His opera Fallujah, with libretto by American/Iraqi Heather Raffo, premiered in 2016 with Long Beach Opera and New York City Opera. His latest opera, Rattenbury, premieres this fall in Victoria with Pacific Opera Victoria.
Tobin lives with his family in Victoria, British Columbia, and is involved in a number of new opera and theatre projects as composer or composer/librettist. He loves cycling, gardening, and paddle boarding.

Kathryn WhitneyKathryn Whitney (mezzo-soprano)
Kathryn Whitney was raised on Vancouver Island and now divides her time between Britain and Canada. She is a freelance musician whose work combines concert and recital performance with a wide range of collaborative research, educational, and experimental creative projects. Kathryn is the founder and Co-Director of the SongArt Performance Research Group in London, England, and in Canada, acts as Artistic Director of the SongArt Community Projects (Winterreise, 2015; Dichterliebe, 2016; Die schoene Muellerin, 2017), Co-Artistic Director of the Summer Academy Choral Program, and Director of the Solfa Chamber Choir Workshops, all at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, where she also teaches singing. A champion of new music, Kathryn has sung the world premiere of over 50 songs, the majority written for her voice. She was an Associate Fellow at the Institute of Musical Research in the School of Advanced Study of the University of London (2010-15), Wolfson Creative Arts Fellow at the University of Oxford (2002-2005) and Walton Fellow at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff (2009-2010). In 2012 she was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Music Performance as Creative Practice, based at King’s College, London. Kathryn regularly gives masterclasses and workshops in both solo and choral singing, including with the British Columbia Choral Federation. Prior to becoming a performer, Kathryn taught music history and aesthetics as a college lecturer at the University of Oxford for twelve years with concurrent appointments at Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music.

Kathryn is very pleased to be participating in the Mysterious Barricades concerts with so many other performers and listeners across Canada, and sends out with her singing her sympathy, hope, and love.

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