The Antarctica Symphony
Mosaic Masterworks
March 09, 2013 8:00pm
Conexus Arts Centre

The evening's piece featuring soprano Sophie Bouffard, Vaughan-Williams' "Antarctica", is fitting for a dramatic film ventuing deep into this frigid and alien continent. RSO Principal Cello, Simon Fryer, will also provide a captivating solo performance. This show is sure to induce goosebumps!

Guest Artist: Simon Fryer, cello

Guest Artist: Sophie Bouffard, soprano

Pre-concert chat sponsored by:

Arnold, Malcolm English Dances Suite 2
Elgar Concerto for Cello
Vaughan-Williams Symphony No. 7 "Antarctica"

Simon Fryer

Simon Fryer is an artist of the utmost versatility, at home with the demands of the music of our time and those of historical performance, with the cooperation of ensemble music-making and in the solo recital spotlight.

In demand not only as a performer but also for his teaching, coaching and masterclass skills, Simon maintains a busy schedule at home and abroad.

Formerly a member of the Penderecki String Quartet - one of the Canada's most successful ensembles - he performed regularly across Canada and around the world releasing several discs including the complete cycle of Bartok's String Quartets and Launch Pad - nominated for a West Coast Music Award. Despite the quartet's intense schedule Simon performed as soloist with the Da Capo and Elora Festival Singers and collaborated with the St. Lawrence and Silver Birch Quartets as well as the Aradia Ensemble. He premiered Casanova Suite for cello and winds by Johan De Meij in Canada under the baton of the composer and presented an array of sonata programs with piano. He will shortly release a CD of Victorian English Sonatas with pianist Leslie De'ath.

Simon's solo CD: Music of a life so far... was acclaimed as "a fascinating collection" by the Toronto Star and he appears on the Juno winning Azulao with soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian.
A former member of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Simon has been on faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Toronto, the Glenn Gould School and the Casalmaggiore International Festival. Continuously active as a chamber musician, orchestral player and soloist in more than thirty countries on six continents he performs on an instrument completed in 1998 by Masa Inokuchi.

His enjoyment of bringing musicians and audiences together through great music is fuelled by his Artistic Directorship of one of Canada's longest established concert series: the Women's Musical Club of Toronto's Music in the Afternoon, now in its 112th season.

Sophie Bouffard

Whether in recital or opera, soprano Sophie Bouffard is recognized for her great expressivity, her rich and vibrant voice, as well as her ability to captivate audiences. Dr. Bouffard received her vocal training at Laval University in the studios of Michel Ducharme and Marie-Danielle Parent, and also in Belgium in the class of the world-renowned singer-pedagogue Loh Siew-Tuan.

A versatile singer, her repertoire ranges from baroque to new music, from opera to recital. She has performed with the Belgium National Opera House La Monnaie, Opera Saskatchewan, the Saskatoon Opera, the Regina Symphony Orchestra, the Arditti String Quartet, and the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières, to name a few. Dr. Bouffard is in great demand as a performer of new music; many works have been composed specially for her.

Grant holder from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Saskatchewan Arts Board and Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, she also won numerous awards such as the First Prize of the Concours de l’Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières and the Concours «Les Jeunes Artistes» of the Société Radio-Canada (CBC). She has also performed extensively throughout Canada as well as in France, Belgium, Portugal, Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine, and Great Britain.

Dr. Bouffard is the Head of the Conservatory of Performing Arts at the University of Regina. Aside from her work as an administrator and as a professional soprano, she maintains an active career as a musicologist. Dr. Bouffard’s current research focuses on Canadian music, issues of identity, especially relating to western and northern Canada, as well as the role of arts and culture in community development, namely in minority settings.