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PRELUDE TO HOPE

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Danielle MacMillan, mezzo-soprano
Maghan McPhee, soprano
Odin Quartet

As a collective of artists working within a creative circle associated with the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, we have asked ourselves how artists can and should respond to the times we live in. Our answer has been the one word “Hope”. Drawing on various texts from the classical to the new, and set within our own musical styles, we have  jointly conspired to infect our audiences virally with Hope.

Featuring: Danielle MacMillan, Mezzo Soprano;  Maghan McPhee, Soprano; Odin Quartet (Alex Toskov, Tanya Charles Iveniuk, Matt Antal, Samuel Bisson); Kaye Royer, Clarinet; Gilles Thibodeau, Horn; Lisa Tahara, Piano, Vanessa Yu, piano, Ronald Royer, Conductor, Ted Runcie, Conductor

Daniel Mehdizadeh, composer Jess Azevedo, librettist, New Castles, for Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, piano and cello (SPO Commission and Premiere)

 Elienna Wang: Rosé Leaves, for Mezzo Soprano, Viola and Piano

Ryan Fwu, composer, (Maya Toussi, words) , The Midnight Garden, for Soprano and Piano

Anika-France Forget: composer, (Aude A. Saint-Laurent, words),  I Will Whisper Your Name, a Sweet Boy’s Lullaby, for Mezzo Soprano, Cello and Piano

Yuhan ZhouTonight, for Soprano and Piano

Rachel McFarlane, music and words, Eternal Embrace, for Mezzo Soprano and Chamber Ensemble (New Generation Composer, SPO Commission and Premiere)

Alexander Glazunov: Serenade for Horn and String Quartet

Shreya Jha, music and words, Walk with Me, for Mezzo Soprano and Piano (New Generation Composer, SPO Commission and Premiere)

Ted Runcie, composer: (words by Rabindranath Tagore)Where Shadow Chases Light for Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, and Chamber Ensemble (SPO Commission and Premiere)

~intermission~

Bruno Degazio:  Seven Parables of The Rising Dawn, words by St. Thomas Aquinas for Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, and Chamber Ensemble (SPO Commission and Premiere)

Hsiu-Ping Patrick Wu:  That Last Moonlight, for Soprano, Cello and Piano

Ronald Royer: English translation adapted from Dante Sapia of Siena and Beatrice from Women of Dante’s Divine Comedy, for Mezzo Soprano and Chamber Ensemble (SPO Commission and Premiere)

 Mitsuko Fernandes: A Song for the SPO, for Soprano and Piano

Leela Gilday, music and words, (arranged by Martin Loomer)  All Alone, for Mezzo Soprano and String Quartet