On Sunday, December 3, 2017, at Robertson-Wesley United Church (10209-123 Street, Edmonton) The Alberta Baroque Ensemble presents Music for a Festive Season. The concert features guests Oliver Munar – tenor, Michael Kurschat – bass and the Da Camera Singers. Music includes Handel Concerto Grosso in F Major, Locatelli Christmas Concerto Grosso, Vivaldi Credo and Bach’s advent Cantata Nun komm der Heiden Heiland.
Praised for an “instantly likeable and exciting voice” with “gorgeous spinning tone”, tenor Oliver Munar is in increasing demand for his versatility, clarity, and musicality, both as a soloist and as a professional chorister. Recent solo engagements include the title role of Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring, and as Pontius Pilate in Arvo Part’s Passio. No stranger to Alberta Baroque Ensemble audiences, Oliver was a featured soloist for Vivaldi’s Gloria (RV 588), G.B. Martini’s Magnificat in C minor, and the J.S. Bach cantata Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (BWV 140).
Michael Kurschat – bass received his Bachelor of Music degree from The King’s University College in 2000, a Master of Music degree in choral conducting in 2003, and an Education after-degree in 2011 from the University of Alberta.
As a bass, Michael has studied with Elizabeth Raycroft, Paul Grindlay, Leonard Ratzlaff and Laurie Fagnan and has been heard as a concert soloist in many of Bach’s cantatas, St. John Passion, B Minor Mass, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, and Vaughn Williams’ Five Mystical Songs with groups including Da Camera Singers, i Coristi Chamber Choir, Pro Coro Canada, Richard Eaton Singers, Alberta Baroque Ensemble, Kantorei Choir in Calgary and the Okanagan Festival Singers.
He has been a core member and regular soloist with Pro Coro Canada since 2000 and has established himself as an anchor member. His smooth, powerful voice leads him to be in demand as a chorister and soloist throughout the city and beyond.
Since its inception in 1961, Da Camera Singers, now under the direction of John Brough, has established a strong presence in the Alberta choral community and holds the distinction of being Edmonton’s longest-standing chamber choir. The choir performs a diverse repertoire that encompasses classical music from the Renaissance to the 20th century, oratorios, and folk song arrangements and other lighter works.
As well as being active with their own annual three-concert season, Da Camera Singers has performed on many occasions with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Alberta Baroque Ensemble under the direction of such esteemed conductors as Paul Schieman, Bernard Labadie, Ivars Taurins and William Eddins.
Tickets are $30 Adult, $25 Student/Senior (65+), $15 Youth (17 and under).
Tickets are available and Tix on the Square, the Gramophone, at the door or by calling 780-467-6531.
For more information about this concert visit www.albertabaroque.com or call 780-467-6531.