St. Mary's Anglican Church, Crousetown

presents

 

SUMMER 2009

 

Baroque Concert

 

     

 

 

Saturday

August 15

7pm

 

 

Free Will Offering

 

Reception following concert

at the Petite Riviere Winery

 

wheelchair accessible

 

 

MUSICIANS:

Bruce Fifer – Bass-Baritone

Phyllis Knox – Soprano

Garth MacPhee Organ

Sarah Myatt, Mezzo-Soprano

Trio 1795 (Megan Boyko, Peter Dunn, Brian Start)

 

 

 

THE MUSICIANS:

 

Bruce Fifer, Bass-Baritone

 

Bruce Fifer has sung with many leading orchestras and vocal ensembles in the USA and has performed as a soloist under some of the world’s most esteemed conductors (Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Sir Neville Mariner, Michael Tilson Thomas and Robert Shaw).  Mr. Fifer has done extensive opera work, with over 40 opera roles in his  repertoire.  He can be heard in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Mulan.  He is a co-founder of the Philadelphia Singers and Chorus  America.  For 22 years, Mr. Fifer worked in New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Currently, he is Head of the Arts Department and Choral Director at the Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut.

 

 Phyllis Knox, Soprano

 

Phyllis Knox has sung oratorio and recital repertoire across Canada. Ms. Knox is a favourite of the 'Summer Festival' circuit including performances at the Stratford Summer Festival and the International Baroque Festival in Lameque, N.B..   She has performed in Grand Manan with Duo New Brunswick for the New Brunswick Summer Festival.  Opera Nova Scotia featured Ms. Knox in a cameo version of Mozart’s great Countess Donna Almaviva, and she has sung with The Sopranos Vocal Ensemble Concerts in Rothesay, N.B. Recently she sang with Trio 1795 at St. George’s Round Church in Halifax.   Ms. Knox studied primarily with Carol Lynn Reifel of Queen’s University and Hugette Tourangeau in Montreal. Ms. Knox teaches from her studio in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

 

Garth MacPhee, Organist

A Native Nova Scotian and graduate of McGill University (M.Mus 06), Garth MacPhee has been active as a church musician since the age of twelve.  Garth was an assistant organist at Christ Church Cathedral in Montreal under the direction of Gerald Wheeler, one of Canada’s foremost church musicians.  He was Director of Music at St. George’s Round Church in Halifax, NS and Saint John the Divine, Victoria, BC.  He is currently the Director of Music at Saint John the Evangelist in Montreal.

 

 

Sarah Myatt, Mezzo-Soprano

Sarah Myatt is a native of Bedford, Nova Scotia.  After having completed her Artist Diploma at McGill University (Master of Music from McGill in 2005),she joined the young artist program of l’Atelier Lyrique de l’Opera de Montreal for their 2007-08 and 2008-09seasons.  Recent opera roles include Alisa (Lucia di Lammermoor), Stefano (Roméo et Juliette), Berta (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) and the Mother (Madama Butterfly) with l'Opéra de Montréal; Concepcion (l`Heure Espagnole) with l`Atelier Lyrique; Erika (Vanessa), La Tasse Chinoise & La Chatte (L'enfant et les sortilèges), Radamisto (Radamisto), the Composer (Ariadne aufNaxos) with Opera McGill; Dinah (Trouble in Tahiti), Mastrilla (La Périchole), and the Mother (The Tales of Hoffmann) at Opera NUOVA.  She has been a featured soloist with Arion Baroque Orchestra, les Violons du Roy, Sinfonia de Lanaudière, Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal, the St.Cecilia Concert Series, Tempest Baroque Orchestra, the Theatre of Early Music, the Lamèque International Baroque Festival, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Orchestre Symphonique de Trois Rivières, and Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. She recorded arias from Carmen for the Bravo-Canada program "Death at the Opera," which was broadcast in May. Sarah was a soloist with Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montreal for their CD recording Roma Triumphans ATMA Classique).

 

TRIO 1795

 

Trio 1795 was formed in 2006 to present music from the Rococo and Romantic styles.  Music of this period is often unrewarding for cellists because composers tended to give them uninteresting parts.  The smaller sound of the fortepiano compared to its modern successor restores the importance of the cello with its ability to sustain the bass line far more effectively than the piano alone.  Balance between the three instruments is better than with modern piano, which easily overwhelms the strings.  Trio 1795 has given several concerts in Halifax and Prucell’s Cove, which have included guest artists Phillis Knox, soprano and Leon Cole, piano.  This will be it second appearance at Crousetown.  The members of the trio are:  Megan Boyko, cello; Peter Dunn, violin and Brian Start, fortepiano.

 

Megan Boyko, cellist:

Megan studied music and history at Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) in Waterloo, ON. For the duration of Megan’s studies in performance she was a student of Paul Pulford, formerly of the Penderecki String Quartet. While at university Megan was a member of the WLU Symphony Orchestra, the WLU Baroque ensemble and numerous chamber ensembles. Megan participated in The Vancouver Early Music Festival at the University of BC where she studied baroque cello and cello continuo under Viola de Hoog ('cello) and Jacques Ogg (harpsichord). Megan is drawn greatly to the music of the Baroque period but is also actively involved in the New Music community often premiering new works for various different ensembles by student composers. Megan and her husband Jacob now live in Boutilier’s Point, NS with their young daughter and many animals. Megan is proud to be a member of the Bluenose Quartet and works as a freelance cellist and as a faculty member of the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts.

 

 

Peter Dunn, Violin

Peter Dunn graduated in Violin Performance in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1983.  From the beginning, his objective has been to teach violin for a living and to play violin for pleasure.    He has been teaching violin for 24 years.  In the early years he travelled an average of  5 towns a week, playing and teaching, and estimates he went the equivalent of 6 and 1/2 times around the world!  Happily, he now teaches from his studio next to his home in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  You can visit his website - Violin Works Music - at www.violinworks.net  

 

 

 

Brian Start, Fortepiano and Organ

Born in Japan to Anglican medical missionaries, he began piano studies there and later in Brantford, Ontario.  He studied organ with Douglas Bodle in Toronto.  Brian has held several church music positions in Kingston, Ont. and in Truro and Halifax, NS.  He is on the Board of the Nova Scotia Early Music Society.  His interests are now focused on the harpsichord and fortepiano as well as on the construction and repair of instruments.  For a number of years he has acted as a music producer for CBC Radio.