Powerful pipes @ Atelier S recital

Last night’s Atelier S recital, ‘Allerseelen’ was disturbing. In the best sense of the word.

The recital’s theme ‘Allerseelen’ (German) – translated into All Souls’ Day – made for a program that showcased songs of longing, desperate and despised love, and mourning, with Fate as a darkly comic force (Fate as the ultimate buzzkill). The powerhouse voices of Martha Spence (mezzo-soprano), Patrick Huang (tenor) and Stuart Graham (baritone) were supported nicely by special guests Michael Rose (piano) and Christopher Jääskeläinen (violin). A bit of a comic opening to the evening’s festivities when Stuart came out to tell the audience that they’d be starting a bit late, as Christopher had forgotten his shirt. I couldn’t see why he couldn’t have gone skins, but that was just me I guess.

Program stand-outs for me were Stuart’s performance of “Sudyba” (Rachmaninoff) – Fate comes knocking and spoils everyone’s good time; Martha’s Charlotte in the letter scene from Werther (Massenet); and Patrick’s performance of “Fuor del mar” from Idomeneo (Mozart). Powerful performances and impressive vocal prowess.

If you ever have  a chance to see an Atelier S recital or workshop, I highly recommend getting out to see them. Check them out at: http://atelier-s.org/

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Atelier S presents ‘Allerseelen’

Hey, kids – if you love to hear amazing voices singing excerpts from the classical repetoire, then this is for you. My pal, mezzo-soprano Martha Spence, will be singing in Atelier S’s upcoming recital ‘Allerseelen’ at College Street United Church tomorrow night.

Here are the details/reservation info I got from Martha:

Tuesday, November 8th at 7:30 pm, I will be taking part in Atelier S’s latest recital ‘Allerseelen’ at College Street United Church (NW corner of College and Bathurst). I will be joining tenor Patrick Huang and baritone Stuart Graham in an evening featuring the works of Richard Strauss’ Opus 10, assorted songs of Sergeï Rachmaninoff, Ravel’s “Deux Mélodies Hébraïques” along with assorted works of Fauré, Duruflé, Massenet, Gounod, Mozart and Olonso. We are honoured to have as our collaborators, pianist Michael Rose and violinist Christopher Jääskeläinen. An added component to the evening will be the works of visual artist Adib Azadeh (www.adibart.com) on display. Adib will be present to discuss his work during the intermission. This promises to be a rich evening for the senses! 

For full event details and advance online ticket purchase, please visit www.atelier-s.org or e-mail atelier.s@sympatico.ca  or call 416-927-9105. Advance tickets: $20 (adult) or $35 (two adults “bring-a-date”), $17.50 (student/senior) or $30 (two student/senior “bring-a-date”). N.B. You can save up to $15 when purchasing advance ‘Bring-a-date’ tickets.

Thanks, Martha! I’ll be there.

Coming up: more on painting Willow Quartet (hopefully with pix, courtesy of playwright Joan Burrows). We, along with actor John Healy, were at Mike’s yesterday helping Ed and Mike with the set, and I’ll be at PAL tonight with some of the production gang and cast to cut the leaves for the willow tree.