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Toronto: A star-studded line-up is announced for the Neil Crory Tribute Concert on October 11
Thursday, September 12, 2019
The program has been unveiled for the Neil Crory Tribute Concert on Friday, October 11, 7 PM, at Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre. An unprecedented lineup of stellar Canadian singers whose careers Crory nurtured will take part in this extraordinary celebration of music and the human voice in honour of the legendary CBC Music producer, mentor, impresario, colleague, and friend who died on January 10 at the age of 68. Tickets and information are available at tafelmusik.org/crory.
Headlining the evening are renowned singers performing selections from the music most cherished by Crory. They are joined by members of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, and current and former members of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, among others.
All proceeds from the concert will be directed to The Neil F. Crory Endowment Fund, administered by the Ontario Arts Foundation to carry on his legacy by supporting young singers enrolled in the Stratford Summer Music Vocal Academy.
The concert program reflects Crory’s all-encompassing appreciation of many genres of music. Concert repertoire ranges from Monteverdi to R. Murray Schafer and includes lieder and art songs by Chausson, Howells, Schubert, and Strauss; vocal and instrumental excerpts from operatic works by Bizet, Handel, Massenet, Rameau, and Thomas; a traditional Armenian lullaby; and a grand finale by Vaughan Williams. The Neil Crory Tribute Concert will be recorded by CBC Music for future broadcast.
Integral to this celebration is the participation of CBC Music and ICI Musique personalities Françoise Davoine, Eric Friesen, and Ben Heppner, along with spoken tributes, live and recorded, from Crory’s friends and colleagues including Russell Braun and Carolyn Maule, Gerald Finley, Judith Forst, Joanne Kolomyjec, Jeanne Lamon, Rosemarie Landry, Marshall Pynkoski, Sondra Radvanovsky, and Edith Wiens.
The concert opens fittingly with Schubert’s An die Musik performed by the directors of the Stratford Summer Music Vocal Academy — baritone Phillip Addis and Emily Hamper, piano.
Members of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra perform the Adagio from Alessandro Marcello’s Concerto in D minor for oboe featuring John Abberger, and Les Sauvages from Les Indes galantes by Rameau. They join Ellen McAteer, soprano, and Daniel Taylor, countertenor, for Scherzano sul tuo volto from Handel’s Rinaldo. Tenor Isaiah Bell is accompanied by harpsichordist Charlotte Nediger in Nigra Sum from Vespro della Beata Virgine by Monteverdi.
Other duets include Chausson’s La Nuit with sopranos Monica Whicher and Nathalie Paulin with pianist Peter Tiefenbach, and Au fond du temple saint from Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de perles performed by tenor Ben Butterfield and baritone Brett Polegato with pianist Stephen Ralls.
Soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian sings Gomitas’s Oror, an Armenian lullaby arranged by A. Avenosov for soprano and string quartet, while mezzo-soprano Jean Stilwell is joined by Robert Kortgaard, piano, Marie Bérard, violin, Joseph Macerollo, accordion, and James Spragg, trumpet, for Holländer’s Falling in Love Again in an arrangement by Peter Tiefenbach.
Baritone Brett Polegato performs Herbert Howells’ haunting King David with pianist Stephen Ralls, and soprano Erin Wall sings the moving Beim Schlafengehen from Strauss’s Four Last Songs in an arrangement for piano and string quartet by John Greer.
Other program highlights include Krisztina Szabó, mezzo-soprano, and Ryan Scott, percussion, in the powerful Amente Nufe from R. Murray Schafer’s Ra, and Je suis Titania from Ambroise Thomas’s Mignon with soprano Tracy Dahl and pianist Peter Tiefenbach. Violinist Marie Bérard performs Massenet’s Méditation from Thaïs with Robert Kortgaard, piano.
The Neil Crory Tribute Concert program culminates with Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music, conducted by Howard Dyck and featuring the Tribute Company, joined by alumni of the Stratford Summer Music Vocal Academy – Anna Boyes, Hélène Brunet, Kristine Dandavino, Sonya Harper Nyby, Michael Robert-Broder, Melody Thomas – and by Alex Halliday, Daniel Lichti, Julie Nesrallah, and Lawrence Wiliford, with pianist Robert Kortgaard, and violinist Marie Bérard.
One hour prior to the concert, writer and broadcaster Robert Harris hosts a panel discussion titled Working with An Original. Four of Crory's CBC colleagues share their workplace memories with a CBC producer who helped define the craft. Featuring Françoise Davoine, Howard Dyck, Eric Friesen, and Karin Wells.
An die Musik with Phillip Addis, baritone, Emily Hamper, piano
Scherzano sul tuo volto from Rinaldo with Ellen McAteer, soprano, Daniel Taylor, countertenor,
Julia Wedman & Christopher Verrette, violins, Charlotte Nediger, harpsichord
Nigra Sum from Vespro della Beata Virgine with Isaiah Bell, tenor,
Charlotte Nediger, harpsichord
Adagio from Concerto in D minor for oboe
Les Sauvages from Les Indes galantes with John Abberger, oboe, Julia Wedman & Christopher Verrette, violins, Patrick Jordan, viola, Charlotte Nediger, harpsichord
King David with Brett Polegato, baritone, Stephen Ralls, piano
Oror, an Armenian lullaby with Isabel Bayrakdarian, soprano, Marie Bérard & Paul Zevenhuizen, violins, Steven Dann, viola, David Hetherington, cello
R. Murray Schafer
Amente Nufe from Ra with Krisztina Szabó, mezzo-soprano, Ryan Scott, percussion
Je suis Titania from Mignon with Tracy Dahl, soprano, Peter Tiefenbach, piano
La Nuit with Monica Whicher and Nathalie Paulin, sopranos, and Peter Tiefenbach, piano
Falling in Love Again with Jean Stilwell, mezzo-soprano, Robert Kortgaard, piano,
Marie Bérard, violin, Joseph Macerollo, accordion, and James Spragg, trumpet
Au fond du temple saint from Les Pêcheurs de perles with Ben Butterfield, tenor, Brett Polegato, baritone, Stephen Ralls, piano
Méditation from Thaïs with Marie Bérard, violin, Robert Kortgaard, piano
Beim Schlafengehen from Four Last Songs with Erin Wall, soprano, Peter Tiefenbach, piano, Marie Bérard & Paul Zevenhuizen, violins, Steven Dann, viola; David Hetherington, cello
Serenade to Music with choir, Robert Kortgaard, piano, Marie Bérard, violin
Neil Crory Tribute Concert presented by his musical colleagues and friends.
Friday, October 11, 2019 at 7 PM
Pre-concert panel discussion hosted by Robert Harris at 6 PM: Working with An Original
Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre
427 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Photo: Neil Crory.