Measha Brueggergosman and J. J. Penna
2 pm Sunday, November 21, 2004

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Critically acclaimed by the international press for her innate musicianship, radiant voice, and a sovereign stage presence far beyond her years, Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman is in great demand as a concert artist and opera singer. She was awarded the Grand Prize at the 2002 Jeunesses Musicales Montreal International Competition and has been a prizewinner in other renowned competitions including the Wigmore Hall in London, George London Foundation in New York, The Queen Sonja International Music Competition in Oslo, and the ARD Music Competition in Munich. She also is a recipient of the prestigious Canada Council and Chalmers Performing Arts Grants. She studied at the University of Toronto with Mary Morrison and pursued postgraduate studies in Germany with Edith Wiens. She also has studied with such distinguished musicians as Christoph Eschenbach, Brigitte Fassbaender, Margo Garrett, Håkan Hagegård, Rudolf Piernay, and Thomas Quasthoff.

Highlights of Ms. Brueggergosman’s current season include two programs with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra: Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder and selections from Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn, the Dvorak Requiem with the Kitchener Waterloo Philharmonic, a Christmas Gala with the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, which will be broadcast live on the CBC across Canada and to Europe, the Verdi Requiem in London’s Royal Albert Hall, Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder with the Munich Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Vancouver Symphony, Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’été with the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, and performances with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra of Copland’s Emily Dickinson Songs and Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 (the latter two appearances to be recorded by CBC Records for commercial release). She offers solo recital programs in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, and in numerous cities of Iceland and Finland.

During 2002-03, Ms. Brueggergosman performed Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 and Janácek’s Glagolitic Mass with the Stuttgart Philharmonic, appeared with Sir Andrew Davis and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in the Verdi Requiem, joined the Ottawa Symphony for Britten’s War Requiem, participated in the gala re-opening of Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall, offered Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder with the Philharmonisches Orchester Bad Reichenhall in Germany, and gave a Royal Command Performance for Queen Elizabeth II. She also bowed as Liù in Turandot in a return engagement with Cincinnati Opera.

Ms. Brueggergosman’s appearances of past seasons have included roles in Elektra and Dead Man Walking with Cincinnati Opera, a recital debut at Roy Thomson Hall, the Verdi Requiem with Helmuth Rilling at the International Beethoven Festival Bonn, Krzysztof Penderecki’s Credo with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra conducted by the composer, Franz Schmidt’s The Book with Seven Seals together with Ben Heppner in Toronto, and a concert in Ottawa with the National Arts Centre Orchestra under the baton of Pinchas Zukerman. Ms. Brueggergosman also has been honoured to sing for the Prince of Wales and for Nelson Mandela.






J. J. Penna

Maurice Ravel
Cinq mélodies populaires grecques

Chanson de la mariée
Là-bas, vers l'église
Quel Galant m'est comparable
Chanson des cueilleuses de lentisques
Tout gai!

Joseph Marx

Selige Nacht
Und gestern hat er mir Rosen gebracht
Hat dich die Liebe berührt

Xavier Montsalvatge
Cinco Canciones Negras

Cuba dentro de un piano
Punto de Habanera
Canción de cuna para dormir a un negrito
Canto negro

Benjamin Britten
On this island, Op. 11

Let the florid music praise!
Now the leaves are falling fast
As it is plenty

Aaron Copland
from Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson

Nature, the gentlest mother
Heart, we will forget him
Sleep is supposed to be
Dear March, come in!

William Bolcom
selected Cabaret Songs

Over the piano
Toothbrush Time
Song of Black Max





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