Monday, March 24, 2014

Weekend Update

It was a blur of activity all weekend. Here's a quick weekend update!

I had the pleasure once again of remounting Hildegard von Bingen's Ordo Virtutum on Friday night.  It was difficult to squeeze in rehearsals for this performance with my Madama Butterfly staging rehearsals. I definitely had my moments of "I am standing in the wrong spot... I should move to the right spot" and then executed this thought out with purpose. However, I was glad I was able to sing with this amazing group of women once again.

All Cory Christopher event photos by Nanc Price.

The following afternoon was a performance with my friends from the Edmonton Opera Chorus for Cory Christopher's Spring: it's here! interactive floral art installation. Cory works wonders with color and texture while while creating an immersive 3D environment. I could see him doing set design for any musical performance since he took Operatic music, such as the Lakme Flower Duet, as inspiration for his vision. Walking up to Cory's studio, I just thought how we need more artistic pods like this in the city. It may feel like you're just walking through an alley and into a garage studio, but when you enter, there is another world created inside.

It was also such an honor to sing with such passionate singers and filling the space with our voices. We all took turns singing solo pieces and duets together and it was amazing what we sounded like in these different arrangement. It will not be the last time we reunite to make music. There was also a point where I could kick off my heels and have a picnic on the grass while sipping Glow Juice.

With the creator of the space, Cory Christopher

On Saturday night, Pro Coro's performance at the New Music Festival got a stellar Edmonton Journal review. I do admit that I need to work on better mental compartmentalization when I have such diverse gigs all in one weekend. To go from staged medieval chant, into a capella Opera arias, and then Canadian Choral New Music requires significant focus and stamina. 


The weekend was rounded off with Sunday rehearsals for the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra's No Tenors Allowed Concert Monday March 24, 2014. The three Baritones, Gordon Bintner, Elliot Madore, and Phillipe Sly are all regular faces on the Barihunks blog and they are all singing together with the ESO and Edmonton Opera Chorus today at the Winspear. By seeing the reactions of the Edmonton Opera Chorus in response to the arrival of some of the most talented and attractive Baritones, this is not a concert to miss. Also, using the promo code: BARITONE gets you 50% off tickets.

Take care readers, I hope you all had a great weekend as well!

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