This concert features baroque chamber orchestra music by Purcell, Vivaldi and CPE Bach in the first half, led by violinist Adrian Butterfield, and Love Duets by Handel in the second half. The Love Duets are performed by Grammy Award winner Suzie Leblanc and internationally acclaimed countertenor Daniel Taylor from their critically-acclaimed CD Handel: Love Duets.
Suzie LeBlanc began her singing career by replacing Emma Kirkby in the Consort of Musicke and from there, continued to specialize in baroque music with the ensembles Tragicomedia, Teatro Lirico, Concerto Palatino, Fretwork and The Purcell Quartet, researching and recording a substantial amount of unpublished material. Her thirst and curiosity for new vistas then led her toward the repertoire of French mélodies, lieder,contemporary music and traditional music of her native Acadia. Her recordings have received prestigious awards, most notably a Grammy award for Lully’s Thésée, two Opus awards, and ECMA’s Best Classical Album in 2014 for her album “I am in need of music” on poems by Elizabeth Bishop which was also a finalist for the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Award. Suzie teaches at McGill University and is the founder and co-artistic director of Le Nouvel Opéra. Appointed to the Order of Canada in 2015, she has earned four honorary doctorates and a career grant from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ). In addition to her busy schedule as a performer and recording artist, Suzie LeBlanc is the honorary patron of the Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia. Artist Website
Recognized as “Canada’s star countertenor” and “Canada’s most prolific recording artist,” Daniel Taylor has received invitations from the world’s preeminent early and contemporary music ensembles. He has appeared around the world in opera (Metropolitan Opera, Glyndebourne, San Francisco), oratorio (Gabrieli Consort, Monteverdi Choir/English Baroque Soloists, Les Arts Florissants), and symphonic works (St. Louis, Philadelphia, Tonhalle Zurich, Toronto, and Gothenburg). An exclusive recording artist for Sony Classical Masterworks, Taylor’s discography of more than 100 recordings includes the 2017 Juno Award nominated Four Thousand Winter with the Trinity Choir, and its companion release The Tree of Life. Mr. Taylor is Head of Early Music and Professor of Voice at the University of Toronto, and is Artistic Director and Conductor of the Choir and Orchestra of the Theatre of Early Music, which he founded in 2002. Artist Website
ADRIAN BUTTERFIELD, violin and director
Adrian Butterfield is a violinist, director, conductor and teacher who specializes in performing music from 1600-1900 on period instruments. He is active in many roles, including Musical Director of the Tilford Bach Society, Associate Director of the London Handel Festival, regularly directs the London Handel Orchestra and Players, and works as a guest soloist and director in Europe and North America with modern and period ensembles. He works annually with the Southbank Sinfonia, is Professor of Baroque Violin at the Royal College of Music, and teaches on the Aestas Musica International Summer School of Baroque Music and Dance in Croatia. Artist Website
BARRY SHIFFMAN, violin
Artistic director of the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, internationally acclaimed violinist and violist Barry Shiffman is well-respected as a musician, educator and administrator. He was co-founder of the St. Lawrence String Quartet, and currently serves as both the Associate Dean and Director of Chamber Music at the Glenn Gould School and Dean of the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Artist Website
JOHN MCKEAN, harpsichord
John McKean is a harpsichordist and musicologist who serves on the faculty of the Longy School of Music of Bard College. Frequently in demand as both a soloist and continuo player, he has performed extensively throughout Europe and North America. Artist Website
Amy Schroeder, violin | Keiko Tokunaga, violin | Nathan Schram, viola | Andrew Yee, cello
PURCELL: Abdelazer Suite
CPE BACH: Symphony in C major for strings Wq.182 No.3 H.659
VIVALDI: Concerto for 4 Violins Op.3 No.10 in B minor RV580
Rinaldo (Overture, Scherzano sul tuo volto)
Tolomeo (Se il cor ti perde, Trio Sonata Op. 5 No. 4 HWV399)
Solomon (Welcome as the dawn of day)
Theodora (Angels ever bright and fair, To thee)
Cesare (Domero la tua fierezza, Caro bella)
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