Concert Date: November 25, 2018Concert Time: 3:00pm
Reviewing Leslie Fagan's New York appearances, Opera News names her performance of the Poulenc Gloria as “one of the most memorable performances of the season”, and the New York Times noted the soprano's “transcendent moments” in Handel's Messiah at Carnegie Hall. In demand for concert appearances from North America to Europe and Asia, Ms. Fagan's engagements include Mahler's Symphony No. 2 under the direction of Hans Graf; a Stravinsky and Debussy concert with The Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine in France; Bach's Das Weinachtsoratorium BWV 248 in Stuttgart, Germany; Handel's Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall in England and with Tafelmusik Orchestra and Choir in Canada; and an engagement as guest soloist at the International Choral Festival in The Netherlands. She has performed with conductors Sir David Willcocks, Boris Brott, Jukke-Pekke Saraste, Elmer Iseler, Kent Tritle and Daniel Lipton with orchestras such as the National Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic and the Toronto Symphony, as well as the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Her recent engagements include concerts in Spain, and in the United Arab Emirates.
Leslie is co-founder of the Canadian Art Song Project, whose mandate is to champion the legacy of Canadian song. The first two CD’s in the series, "Thread of Winter" and "Halibut Cheeks and other Love Songs" have been received with rave reviews. www.canadianartsong.ca.
When not on the world stages, Leslie is an Assistant Professor who teaches aspiring singers at Wilfrid Laurier University. Earlier this year, Leslie received the honour of being appointed to The Order of Ontario. www.lesliefagan.com
Kathleen Gahagan maintains a steady schedule performing at concerts and special events throughout southwestern Ontario. Kathleen grew up in Edmonton, where she began harp studies with Nora Bumanis. She also has studied with harpists Judy Loman and Lori Gemmell, and completed her Bachelor of Music degree under Jennifer Swartz at McGill University in 2001. Since moving to Ontario in 2001, Kathleen has performed with orchestras, concert bands, chamber music groups, musical theatre productions, and as vocal and choral accompanist. With a view to expanding harp repertoire, she composes and arranges for harp, and consults with composers interested in writing for harp. In her role as music educator, Kathleen teaches her growing studio of students, leads the harp ensemble program at Forest City Talent Education, and has adjudicated at the Kiwanis Music Festival. She also has a special interest in treatment and prevention of music related health conditions. She has presented regarding musicians' health concerns at the University of Toronto, the Glenn Gould School of Music, and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.
Our 19th Choral Masterworks Concert featuring the music of world renowned British composer John Rutter: Requiem, in commemoration of the end of World War One 1918-2018: Magnificat, glorious music to usher in the holiday season with festive favourites including Rutter's transcendent arrangement of Silent Night to mark the 200th anniversary of this beloved carol 1818-2018!
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