FUELLING THE PASSION FOR MUSICFeaturing some of Victoria’s brightest and best, the Victoria Conservatory of Music is proud to present the Spark to Flame concert on February 24, 2018! Join us for a magical evening of exciting solo and orchestral works featuring the VCM Senior String Orchestra and local professional musicians, conducted by Maestro Brian Wismath.
PROGRAMME ORDER & SELECTIONS
Olivia Minhee Kang, soprano, and Louis Dillon, bass
“Mein Freund ist Mein” – duet
from Cantata BWV 140, no. 6, by Johann Sebastian Bach
Olivia Minhee Kang, soprano and Adam Schmidt, tenor
“As Steals the Morn Upon the Night” – duet
from L’Allegro, il Pensieroso ed il Moderato HWV 55, Parte Terza, no.45, by George Frederic Handel
Thomas Bauer, flute
Flute concerto in G major K.313, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
I. Allegro maestoso
Olivia Minhee Kang, soprano, Adam Schmidt, tenor, and Louis Dillon, bass
Selections from the opera Cosi fan tutte , KV 588, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
“Una donna a quindici anni” – Despina’s aria, performed by Olivia Minhee Kang
“Un’ aura amorosa” – Ferrando’s aria, performed by Adam Schmidt
“Donne mie, la fate a tanti” – Guglielmo’s aria, performed by Louis Dillon
Lexie Krakowski, cello
Élégie Op. 24, for cello and orchestra, by Gabriel Fauré
Carey Wang, piano
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major Op. 15, by Ludwig van Beethoven
I. Allegro con brio
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
OLIVIA MINHEE KANG
Olivia Kang completed her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Seoul in 2010, studying with Professor In-Hak Lee. She has performed as Adele in Die Fledermaus and Nella in Gianni Schichi at U.O.S opera. After her graduation in Korea, she taught lessons for young children and adults. Since her move to Victoria, Olivia has been studying with Nancy Argenta and Ingrid Attrot at the Victoria Conservatory of Music since 2016. Olivia has performed as the soprano soloist for Handel’s Messiah with the Emmanuel Baptist Church. In March 2018, she will be performing as Despina from the opera Cosi fan tutte for VCM’s Opera Studio. She has performed with the Pacific Opera Chorus since 2017.
Thomas Bauer, born in Bonn, Germany, began to play the flute at the age of 12. Thomas recently completed his Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from the University of Victoria (UVic). At UVIC, he studied flute with Suzanne Snizek for four years and he is currently a student of Mary Byrne. Thomas has also studied privately with Sheila French, and has performed in master classes for Jeanne Baxtresser, Renée Siebert, Susan Hoeppner, Christie Reside, Richard Volet, Cynthia Ellis, Tadeu Coelho and Joanna G‘froerer. He has also participated in the Domaine Forget International Music and Dance Academy, Julius Baker Masterclass, Victoria Flute Workshop and played in the Canadian Wind Orchestra from 2010-2011. Thomas has been a recipient of numerous scholarships during his time at UVic including the Phillip T. Young Memorial Scholarship in Music, the Naden Band of Maritime Forces Pacific Scholarship in Music Performance and the UVIC Performance Scholarship in Music. In 2015, he played the Canadian premiere of the Elliot Carter Flute Concerto with the Sonic lab ensemble. Thomas represented British Columbia in the National Performing Music Festival last year.
Carey Wang started piano lessons at the age of three and has developed a great passion for music. He also plays the clarinet and participates in his school band. Carey is currently studying with May Ling Kwok at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. He has received numerous awards at the Richmond Music Festival, Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festival, Pacific International Youth Music Society Festival, and Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival. He was selected as the 2017 representative for the GVPAF at the Provincial Performing Arts Festival in Kamloops.
Adam Schmidt (Tenor) is an award winning performer of both Lieder and English art-song. Upcoming performances include a debut as Ferrando in the VCM’s production of Cosi fan Tutte. He placed second at the provincial level behind Louis Dillon, and was the recipient of both the Francis J. Adaskin Memorial Prize for Outstanding Performance of Canadian Music and the Norma Douglas Award for Outstanding Ability in Vocal Technique and Presentation. He has performed as a soloist for the likes of Pacific Opera Victoria and the Victoria Baroque Players and sang Basilio in the VCM’s production of the Marriage of Figaro (2017). He sings in the POV chorus and is a choral scholar at Christ Church Cathedral.
Music has always been a focal point of Louis Dillon’s life. Born and raised in Halfmoon Bay, BC, he first began singing at the insistence of his mother, a voice teacher, at age 18. Urged on by his family and the supportive arts community on the Sunshine Coast, he quickly gained success in various performing arts competitions. He is currently studying with Ingrid Attrot, and hopes to complete his Diploma in Musical Performance at the VCM next spring.
Louis is an active member of the Victoria opera scene, singing roles such as Demetrius in The Fairy Queen, Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Guglielmo in Cosí Fan Tutte with VCM’s Opera Studio, as well as the customs sergeant in Pacific Opera Victoria’s La Boheme. He also performs with POV’s coloratura residency program, the Victoria Baroque Players, and is a choral scholar at the First Metropolitan United Church. When he is (rarely) not involved in any of the above, Louis enjoys cycling, baking, gardening and exploring the island.
Lexie Krakowski studies the cello with Paula Kiffner at the Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM), where she is also a member of the Collegium, Young Artists Program. Lexie is a Grade 9, French Immersion student at Oak Bay High School who participates in numerous band ensembles. She has received various awards from the VCM and the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival. In 2016 she placed first at the BC Provincial Performing Arts Festival, Junior A Strings in both solo and chamber music categories. Lexie is very grateful for this opportunity to perform as a soloist with Maestro Brian Wismath and the VCM Senior Strings Orchestra.
Brian Wismath is music director of Civic Orchestra of Victoria, Linden Singers of Victoria, Victoria Choral Society, Victoria Conservatory of Music Chorale, and Vox Humana Chamber Choir. With a rich musical background, Mr. Wismath is in demand as a clinician and has served as director of Vancouver Peace Choir, University of Victoria Chamber Singers and Tucson Masterworks Chorale, associate conductor of Orpheus Choir of Toronto and Chorus Niagara, and assistant conductor of St. Jacob’s Youth Choir (Stockholm, Sweden), Ontario Youth Choir and Opera in Concert Chorus (Toronto).
A passionate advocate for the performance of new music, Mr. Wismath has commissioned and premiered numerous works by composers from around the world. He has prepared choruses for Robert Cooper, Laurence Cummings, Steven Devine, Robert Franz, Jeanne Lamon, Tania Miller, Michelle Mourre, Giuseppe Pietraroia, Ivars Taurins, and Timothy Vernon.
Mr. Wismath began his education in choral music as a chorister in the Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir. After completing a Bachelor of Music at Queen’s University, he received a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Arizona. In 2017 he was awarded the Herbert Drost Award by the British Columbia Choral Federation.
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