Experience the holiday tradition with the power of Canzona baroque choir and soloists, in beautiful surroundings.Program Info
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- Selections from Handel’s Messiah , HWV 56
Rooted in a love of Baroque music, Canzona's mission is to transform audiences through exceptional choral performance. Founded in 1989, Canzona has become one of Manitoba’s premiere professional choral ensembles. Under Artistic Director, Kathleen Allan, the choir continues to delve into the Baroque masterworks while staying committed to introducing Manitoba audiences to lesser-known composers and providing context for the works of the past in the contemporary world. Canzona’s mandate is to bring exceptional choral music to Manitoba audiences and to provide high-level professional opportunities for Manitoba singers.
Canzona’s CD recordings have reached audiences around the world, and the major success of the three-volume German Hymns project brought Canzona’s music to the homes of thousands of North American families. The choir has collaborated with leading organizations such as the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Groundswell, Camerata Nova, and MusickBarock. Their 30th anniversary season included a four-concert Southern Manitoba tour of J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, a world premiere alongside Bach motets at their 30th Anniversary Gala, and a collaboration with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra in Handel’s Israel in Egypt.
Kathleen Allan is the Artistic Director of Canzona, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto, and Visiting Professor of Choral Music at Western University. Originally from St. John’s, NL, Ms. Allan is in high demand as a conductor, composer and clinician and is equally comfortable working in early, contemporary, and symphonic repertoire. Until 2019, Ms. Allan served as the Director of Choral Studies and Associate Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra at the Vancouver Academy of Music and was the Associate Conductor of the Vancouver Bach Choir. She was the 2016 recipient of the Sir Ernest MacMillan Prize in Choral Conducting. In 2015, Ms. Allan made her Asian debut conducting Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Japan. She is also a founding co-Artistic Director of Arkora, an electric vocal chamber consort dedicated to blurring lines between the music of our time and masterworks from the ancient repertoire.
Her compositions have been commissioned, performed and recorded by ensembles throughout the Americas and Europe and have been featured at two World Symposiums on Choral Music. Her collaboration with Labrador youth choir Ullugiagâtsuk was featured at the National Arts Centre celebrations for Canada 150 on July 1, 2017. She is published by Boosey and Hawkes, Cypress Choral Music, and is a MusicSpoke composer. Also an accomplished soprano, she has appeared as a soloist with the National Broadcast Orchestra, Berkshire Choral Festival, and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. In addition to freelancing regularly in Canada and the US, she has performed with the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Early Music Vancouver, the Arnold Schoenberg Chor (Vienna), Skylark Vocal Ensemble (Atlanta), and the Yale Schola Cantorum. She holds a degree in composition from the University of British Columbia and a master’s degree in conducting from Yale University.