Lest We Forget 100 years of Remembrance 1918-2018


2018-2019 SEASON

Lest We Forget: 100 years of Remembrance

This concert is sold out.

MOZART Requiem in Dm
TANEYEV St. John of Damascus

Featuring Guest Artists

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
Monica Huisman, soprano
Laurelle Jade Froese, mezzo-soprano
John Tessier, tenor
Victor Engbrecht, bass

November 11, 2018 marks the 100th Anniversary of the end of the Great War (“The War to end all Wars”) and the first Remembrance Day. The Phil is thrilled to join with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in honouring the fallen and all those who continue to serve and protect. The centrepiece of this performance will be Mozart’s choral masterpiece, the Requiem in D minor, as well as Taneyev’s powerful and awe-inspiring St. John of Damascus.

Monica Huisman
Monica Huisman, Soprano

Dutch-Canadian Soprano, Monica Huisman has been hailed as possessing a soprano voice that ’embodies both flawless technique and dramatic impact’ (Opera Canada). Ms. Huisman has delighted audiences from Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw to Guatemala City with the reputation of her ‘silken’ voice ‘consistently crafting each note into a work of art’ (Winnipeg Free Press).

She has soared on the stages of Vancouver Opera, Calgary Opera, Edmonton Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, The Netherlands Opera, Manitoba Opera, Opera Ontario and Saskatoon Opera in productions of Carmen, Marriage of Figaro, Cosi Fan Tutte, Falstaff, Don Giovanni, Cunning Little Vixen, La Bohème, Magic Flute, Hansel und Gretel and Lakmé. Many of these performances have been broadcasted by CBC Radio on Saturday Afternoon at the Opera.

Equally at home in concert repertoire Ms. Huisman has thrilled audiences with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Guatemala Symphony Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Regina Symphony Orchestra, Saskatoon Symphony, Concertgebouw Orkest, Radio-Symphony Orkest and Orchestra London including such works as Strauss’ Four Last Songs, Brahms’ Requiem, Haydn’s Creation, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony. Recent engagements include a return to Amsterdam in Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, Villa Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras #5 with the Rio International Cello Festival in Rio di Janeiro, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Winnipeg Symphony, broadcast by the CBC, and Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang as well as ‘Four Songs for Cello and Voice’ by Previn, with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Recently she returned to the Vancouver Symphony for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Bramwell Tovey, as well as with the Regina Symphony and Messiah with the WSO. Ms.Huisman started the 2016-2017 season with her role debut of Alice Ford in Verdi’s FALSTAFF with Manitoba Opera and Mendelssohn’s ELIJAH and the WSO. She also premiered a new song cycle by John Greer titled ‘A Prairie Boy’s Life’ with her colleagues from the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba, where she is on the vocal faculty. Upcoming, Ms. Huisman is touring the Netherlands with the
University of Manitoba Woman’s Chorus, guest teaching at Opera Nuova and Opera Kelowna, and starting the 2018-2019 season as Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with MOA, as well as soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with the Winnipeg Philharmonic choir and the WSO.

Laurelle Jade FroeseLaurelle Jade Froese, mezzo-soprano

Mezzo-Soprano Laurelle Jade Froese is establishing herself as a young professional singer in Canada. She began her professional operatic debut in the spring of 2014 in Saskatoon Opera’s Die Zauberflöte as Second Lady, and joined Vancouver Opera’s Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program for the 2014-2015 Season. Performances for the 2016/’17 season included a recital in Toronto with up and coming composer Ian Cusson and singing in Edmonton Opera’s production of Elektra and as Kate Pinkerton in Manitoba Opera’s Madama Butterfly production. Laurelle was also a 2016 recipient of Opera America’s Emerging Artists Grant Awards.

In the spring of 2014 Laurelle completed her Masters of Music at the University of Toronto, under the tutelage of esteemed soprano Wendy Nielsen. For Vancouver Opera, Laurelle sang Mercédès (Carmen) and Ida while understudying the role of Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus. Other performances included singing as alto soloist for Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Vancouver Oratorio Society and as soloist for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s Mother’s Day Concert.

A passionate artist and educator; Laurelle maintains a full voice studio, is a sessional faculty member at Providence University College and is the founder of The Wolseley Vocal Arts Project. This program seeks to make high quality vocal arts education available to all children in a dynamic after-school program for youth.

Laurelle is a 2013 & 2014 Jeune Ambassadeur Lyrique Laureate and represented Canada at the Minsk Opera House in Belarus.

You can hear Laurelle singing at various events within the Winnipeg Community and at concerts and fundraising recitals to promote the work of the Wolseley Vocal Arts Project.

Victor EngbrechtVictor Engbrecht, bass

The relationship between Mr. Engbrecht and the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir goes back to the 1980s when his father, Henry Engbrecht, led the choir. Initially, Victor joined the bass section and eventually, took the opportunity to sing solo. Since then he has joined The Phil on numerous occasions under various conductors. Victor’s singing career has been primarily local, although he has performed occasionally across Canada. Career highlights include collaborations with other high profile artists like Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Toronto’s Tafel Musik, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Victor and his wife Eileen have four adult children, three of whom are married, and six grandchildren whom they enjoy very much.

John TessierJohn Tessier, tenor

The Juno Award winning Tenor, John Tessier, has garnered international attention and praise for the beauty and honesty of his voice, for a refined style and artistic versatility, and for his handsome, youthful presence in the lyric tenor repertoire. He has worked with many of the most notable musicians of our day including Plácido Domingo, Lorin Maazel, Emmanuel Haim, Valery Gergiev, Charles Dutoit, Leonard Slatkin, Bryn Terfel, Sir Thomas Allen, Thomas Hampson, Pinchas Zukerman, Itzhak Perlman, Deborah Voigt, Samuel Ramey, Bobby McFerrin, John Nelson, Franz Welser-Möst, Donald Runnicles, Robert Spano, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Dame Gwyneth Jones, Carlos Alvarez and Bernard Labadie. Appearances of the recent past and near future include performances at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Wiener Staatsoper, Carnegie Hall, Teatro Colon, Oper Frankfurt, Grand Théâtre de Genève, English National Opera, Washington National Opera, Seattle Opera, the New York Philharmonic, Wiener Musikverein, National Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lyon, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Equally comfortable in the genres of opera, oratorio and recital, Mr. Tessier is also an award winning professor at the Univeristy of Alberta and is in high demand for coaching, master classes, and private consultations. His discography includes recordings on the Naxos, Telarc, BIS, Challenge Records and Dorian labels.

WSOWinnipeg Symphony Orchestra

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The WSO presents educational programs for more than 25,000 students annually and tours outside the city reaching out to communities across Manitoba.

Learn more at: www.wso.ca

November 11, 2018

St Boniface Cathedral
180 Avenue de la Cathedrale, Winnipeg, MB

Adults $30.00
Seniors $25.00
Under 30 $15.00


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Lest We Forget: 100 years of Remembrance 1918-2018

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