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  • Gerald Neufeld conductor

    Alison MacNeill accompanist

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    Vices & Virtues

    Wednesday May 7, 2014 Harcourt Memorial United Church 8 pm

    FEATURED SOLOISTS Rebecca Whelan soprano Sheila Dietrich soprano Janice Coles alto Carolynne Davy Godin alto Andrew Pickett countertenor Chris Fischer tenor Lanny Fleming tenor Neil McLaren bass

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    Program Vices & Virtues

    Music for a While shall all your cares beguile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .David Barber

    LOVE & LUST

    Catulli Carmina (excerpts) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carl Orff Praelusio

    Actus I Odi et amo Ille mi par esse deo videtur

    Actus II Jucundum, mea vita Desine de quoquam quicquam bene!

    Exodium Soloists

    Chris Fischer, Rebecca Whelan, Janice Coles

    PURITY & JUSTICE

    Magnificat a 6 voci . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Claudio Monteverdi Magnificat Anima mea Et exultavit Quia respexit Quia fecit Et misericordia Fecit potentiam Deposuit potentes Esurientes implevit bonis Suscepit Israel Sicut locutus est Gloria patri

    Rebecca Whelan, Sheila Dietrich Chris Fischer, Lanny Fleming, Neil McLaren

    —Intermission —

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    Program cont’d My Spirit Sang All Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Gerald Finzi

    LOVE & BETRAYAL

    Lamento d’Arianna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Claudio Monteverdi Rebecca Whelan

    PLEASURES

    Come, sirrah Jack, ho! Fill some tobacco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thomas Weelkes Janice Coles, Lanny Fleming, Neil McLaren

    Five Reasons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Henry Purcell

    Air from Comus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thomas Arne Carolynne Davy Godin

    COURAGE

    Kind Heaven! If Virtue be Thy Care (from Theodora) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G . F . Handel Andrew Pickett

    VIRTUES?

    Seven Deadly Virtues (from Camelot) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frederick Loewe Neil McLaren

    Someone is Sending me Flowers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .David Baker Janice Coles

    Make Our Garden Grow (from Candide) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leonard Bernstein Sheila Dietrich

    Make Your Garden Grow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leonard Bernstein Sheila Dietrich, Carolynne Davy Godin

    Chris Fischer, Neil McLaren

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    Guest Soloists “Clearly a singer to watch” as described by Geoff Chapman of the Toronto Star, REBECCA WHELAN’s enchanting, crystalline voice has thrilled audiences in concert halls across North America .

    Rebecca started her career singing with The Elmer Iseler Singers, The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and The Amadeus Choir where her solo voice was featured on numerous CD recordings and CBC broadcasts throughout North America . Some of her solo credits include perform- ing with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Thunder Bay Symphony, Victoria Symphony, Esprit Orchestra, the Gryphon Trio, the Canadian Brass, Nexus, Opera Barrie, Soundstreams, Tapestry New Opera Works, and most recently The Canadian National Ballet Orchestra in the production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland .

    Her opera credits include the role of Serpina in Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona, Laetitia in Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief, the Angel of Death in Facing South, one of the Land of the Dead in Pimooteewin, the fi rst ever Cree language Opera, which was toured throughout Northern Ontario, and Dark Star Requiem, an Opera about the plight of HIV and AIDS in Africa .

    ANDREW PICKETT received his Master of Music in Vocal Literature and Performance from the University of West- ern Ontario, and then proceeded to the Royal College of Music, London, England where he obtained his graduate diploma . He has coached with such notable experts in the vocal Baroque as Dame Emma Kirkby, James Bowman, Michael Chance and Daniel Taylor . Andrew has performed major roles in operas by Monteverdi, Alessandro Scarlatti, Hasse, Handel, Purcell and Jonathan Dove, and has been a soloist in works by Purcell, Charpentier, Handel, Orff , Britten, and Bach (Mass in B Minor and St John Passion) in the UK, Europe, and Canada .

    Andrew now makes his home in Nova Scotia, where he has given recitals, masterclasses and work- shops on intonation and Baroque style . He is a vocal coach for the Chapel Choir of the University of King’s College, Halifax, served as the resident vocal consul- tant this summer at the New Brunswick Early Music Festival in St . Andrews, and has recently become the youngest board member of the Early Music Society of Nova Scotia .

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    Our People Gerald Neufeld Conductor

    Alison MacNeill Accompanist The Guelph Chamber Choir was founded in 1980 to

    foster the development and appreciation of choral music in Guelph and the surrounding area . Consisting of highly talented but mostly amateur singers from a wide range of occupations, the choir is proudly presenting its 34th

    season this year with five concerts. Its repertoire ranges from Renaissance masters to newly commissioned works, from classical styles to Broadway and vocal jazz, and from masterworks for choir and orchestra to choral gems for unaccompanied voices .

    In addition to its regular series of concerts, the GCC has performed in numerous festivals, including the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in Wales (3rd place winner in the Mixed Choir Category), Toronto International Choral Festival, Guelph Spring Festi- val, Elora Festival, and festivals in Salzburg, Austria, and the Czech Republic . Exciting collaborations include working with Dancetheatre David Earle, professional choirs, regional choirs, community choirs, and orchestras such as the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and Orchestra London . Some of our most engaging concerts have been accompanied by period instrument specialists from Toronto and southern Ontario .

    The GCC has performed in England, Wales, Ireland, Austria, the Czech Republic, Holland, Germany, Sweden and Denmark, has been broadcast on CBC Radio, and has won prizes in the CBC National Competition for Amateur Choirs . Recordings include Noel, On Christmas Night; Songs of the New World; Good Cheare: Christmas Celebra- tions Old and New (with the Oliver Whitehead Jazz Ensemble), Christmas in the Royal City, and Remember .

    Gerald Neufeld has been conductor of the Guelph Chamber Choir since its founding . He holds the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Iowa and is presently a professor in the Don Wright Faculty of Music, Western University, where he conducts choirs and teaches choral conducting . Previously, he taught in the music department of the University of Guelph and conducted the University of Guelph choir with which he toured in Britain and Europe on two occasions . Under his direction, the Guelph Chamber Choir, the University of Guelph choir, the Faculty of Music Singers, and the Thames Scholars from Western University all won prizes in the CBC National Competition for Amateur Choirs .

    Gerald Neufeld is a previous winner of the Leslie Bell competition for choral con- ductors . He has served on juries for the Canadian recording industry’s Juno Awards, the Leslie Bell Competition and the Guelph Spring Festival national vocal competition . He is active as a choral clinician, festival adjudicator, and lecturer on topics of special interest in the choral field.

    Alison MacNeill has been accompanist for the Guelph Chamber Choir for twenty- five seasons. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Guelph and is the Director of Music Ministry at Harcourt Memorial United Church as well as an independent music teacher and adjudicator, accompanist and chamber musician .

    Board of directors President Ken Carey Secretary Dorothy Fisher Treasurer Brad Halls Members at Large Lew Abbott, Barbara Friend, Bob Housser, Ann Murray Administration Patricia Eton-Neufeld Marketing Ken McRory Concert Promotions Brenda Lewis

    Guelph chamBer choir 2013–2014

    Sopranos Laura Harp Jane Hould