2019 Spring Concert

"FEEL THE SPIRIT"

Sunday, April 28, 2019
St. Basil's Church, Ottawa
3:00 PM

Featured
Joseph Haydn's  Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo in B
W.A. Mozart's  Veni Sancte Spiritus  K47 - 1768
John Rutter's  Feel the Spirit - A Cycle of Spirituals

with Ottawa Soloist
Morgan Strickland

 Featured soprano Morgan Strickland, a native of Ottawa,  is recognized for her "jewel-like tone" (Boston Globe) and "consistency of vocal beauty throughout her different emotional states". Ms. Strickland holds a BMusic in Vocal Performance from UOttawa and a double Masters in Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy from the New England Conservatory (Boston) under the tutelage of Juilliard's Lorraine Nubar. 
She has performed the roles of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Contessa Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Gertrude in Humperdink's Hänsel und Gretel and Nedda in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci.
Upon her return to Ottawa , she co-founded SOPAC Ottawa (South Ottawa Performing Arts Collaborative) where she resides as co-artistic director, and established a full-time teaching studio. She has recently been appointed as adjunct teaching staff for Carleton University's music department. Ms Strickland maintains an active performance schedule while teaching in Ottawa and abroad.

  Morgan Strickland

Outreach Concert
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre

Peace on Earth

A holiday concert to celebrate peace and renewal and to commemorate 
the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War

Sunday, December 9th, 2018
3:00 pm
St. Basil's Church, 940 Rex Ave. Ottawa
(off Maitland, north of Queensway)

The program began with songs of WW I. The first medley reflects the enthusiasm that some felt at the beginning of the war. Thiswas immediately followed by the bitter sweet carol from the American Civil War "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" which expresses the sadness of the lack of peace in wartime. Gounod's "Da Pacem Domine" is a call for peace and "Silent Night" recalls the Christmas Truce. The first half ended with John Rutter's reflective Psalm 23 and Christine Donkin's "In Flanders Fields".
The second half of the program began with another call for peace with Mendelssohn's "Grant Us Thy Peace" sung in German followed by two homecoming pieces "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and the "Irish Blessing". The program ended  with three selections referring to water - both the literal and spiritual cleanser. 

PROGRAM

  Songs from the 1st World War, Medley 
                                                 
Arr. A. Humphreys

  I heard the bells on Christmas Day     Traditional

  Da Pacem Domine                    C. Gounod

  Silent Night                              Traditional

  Psalm 23 Rutter Requiem         John Rutter   

 In Flanders Fields                      C. Donkin (Canadian)

 Verleih uns Frieden (Grant us thy peace)                
                                                   F. Mendelssohn

 It came upon the midnight clear    Traditional

 I'll be home for Christmas             Arr. P. Langford  

 Irish Blessing                                P. Willsher (Canadian)

 The river (medley of three spirituals)    Arr. S. Albrecht 

 Kawouno Wan Gi Pi                  Arr. Brian Tate (Canadian)

 I Dreamed of Rain          J. Garrett | Arr. L. Nickel (Canadian) 

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