St Bride's: Music - Women on the Verge

St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Women on the Verge

Tuesday, 19 February at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Women on the Verge

Emily Martin – soprano
Elizabeth McDonald – soprano
Kathryn Tremills – piano

Hugo Wolf

Mignon Songs (Johann Goethe)

Heiss mich nicht reden

Kennst du das Land

Cecilia Livingston (b. 1984)*

Penelope (Cecilia Livingston after Homer's Odyssey)

Robert Spillman (b. 1936)+

Otherwise (Jane Kenyon)

Let Evening Come (Jane Kenyon)

Why I have a crush on you, UPS Man (Alice N. Persons)

Richard Pearson Thomas (b. 1957)+

I Never Saw a Moor (Emily Dickinson)

Logan Skelton (b. 1961)+

That I did always love (Emily Dickinson)

Robert Aldridge (b. 1954)+

A Birthday (Christina Rossetti)


*Canadian Composer
+American Composer

'Expectations and Desires'

Women on the Verge was formed with the desire to tell the stories of women's lives - stories that explore the depths of what it means to be a woman both in the past and in the present day - stories of celebration and condemnation, expectations and desires, motherhood and loss, marriage and betrayal and redemption. These are the stories of extraordinary women living everyday lives.

 

Women on the Verge was formed in 2016 by American soprano Emily Martin, Canadian soprano Elizabeth McDonald and Canadian pianist Kathryn Tremills. The trio is connected by the performers' mutual desire to explore the common thread of women's lives through the millennia, including their strengths, struggles, and collective experiences. Their concerts are a forum to share information and experiences, to explore their knowledge and understanding of the music and text, and provide the audience an opportunity to learn about and reflect on situations and issues that have confronted women for a lifetime. During the 2018-19 season the trio will be singing these stories in London, UK, Reykjavik, Iceland, throughout Alberta including Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, and Lethbridge, Toronto, and Seattle.

American soprano Emily Martin has regularly received acclaim for her 'enchanting iridescence', and has been called 'dramatically energetic and skillful' for her operatic performing in opera houses across the US including the Santa Fe Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Opera Nevada, and the Chautauqua Opera. Emily has graced the stage of Carnegie Hall in Handel's Messiah and has presented solo recitals across the US and Canada. Assistant Professor at Bucknell University and Director of the Bucknell Opera Theatre, Emily regularly teaches and directs around the United States. As a certified yoga teacher (RYT) she has taught multiple singer and musician wellness classes and has presented on her wellness research at the Performing Arts Medical Association National Conference and the NATS National Conference. www.emilycmartin.com

Canadian soprano Elizabeth McDonald has a diverse career as a performer and teacher. She performed as a young artist with the Santa Fe Opera as well as the Canadian Opera Company, where she made her mainstage debut as Elettra in Mozart's Idomeneo. A member of the voice faculty at the University of Toronto, Elizabeth is a regular guest clinician at programs across Canada including the Toronto Children's Chorus, the Ontario Youth Choir, Cowtown Summer Opera Academy (COSA) and Canadian Opera Arts Academy (COAA) and has served as an adjudicator for the 2018 Canadian National Music Festival. Her students have won major awards including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition, the Canadian Opera Company Centre Stage Competition, the Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition and have been featured on the 2016 and 2017 CBC's annual list 'Hot 30 Under 30 Classical Musicians'. www.fromthevoiceof.ca

Canadian pianist Dr. Kathryn Tremills' extensive performing career has taken her to the stages of Roy Thomson Hall, Koerner Hall, the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Off Centre Music Salon, the Canadian Art Song Project, Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre Thursday Noon Concerts, and Pro Musica Detroit. A three-time Canada Council Grant recipient, she has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras in North America, and has served as musical staff at the Canadian Opera Company, and the Toronto Children's Chorus. Kathryn is a Sessional Lecturer at the University of Toronto and serves on the faculty at the Centre for Opera in Sulmona, Italy (COSI) and Canadian Operatic Arts Academy (COAA). www.kathryntremills.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/womenonverge/
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Women on the Verge was formed in 2016 by American soprano Emily Martin, Canadian soprano Elizabeth McDonald and Canadian pianist Kathryn Tremills. The trio is connected by the performers' mutual desire to explore the common thread of women's lives through the millennia, including their strengths, struggles, and collective experiences. These concerts are a forum to share information and experiences, to explore our knowledge and understanding of the music and text, and provide the audience an opportunity to learn about and reflect on situations and issues that have confronted women for a lifetime. Their 2018-19 program 'Expectations and Desires', supported by a Touring and Circulation Grant from the Canada Council, will be performed in London, UK, Reykjavik, Iceland, throughout Alberta and Washington State, on King FM Radio in Seattle, WA, and in their hometowns of Toronto, ON and Lewisburg, PA. For more information on the trio, please visit:
www.womenontheverge.ca