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Virtuosi
MUSIC FOR HOME

virtuosi concerts -
tracy dahl & laura loewen

march 31 | 7:30 pm

 

View below for more information on the March 31 Concert - including programme, bios, Pre-Concert Chat and Young Artist info!

 

 

To view the translations and poetry for this concert, click HERE

 


 

Coloratura soprano Tracy Dahl, C.M., has appeared throughout her career with such esteemed opera companies as the Metropolitan, San Francisco, Houston Grand, Santa Fe, Opera Theatre of St Louis , as well as with Calgary Opera, the Canadian Opera Company, Pacific Opera Victoria, Teatro alla Scala (Milan) and the Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris).  Born in Winnipeg, Tracy Dahl’s professional performing career began in theatre at the RMTC. She made her operatic debut with Manitoba Opera, a company that has engaged her frequently over her career.  

Tracy Dahl’s performances during the pandemic include a filming of  The Garden of Alice  by Elizabeth Raum for Pacific Opera, reprising the title role of Alice which she sang in the world premiere, and soloist in the  Sopranos of Manitoba  concert for Manitoba Opera. Recently, she sang the role of Despina in Santa Fe’s  Cosi Fan Tutte, a role she has sung for the Canadian Opera company. 

Her operatic roles are diverse, from the tragic to the comedic; some of her favourites: Adele, Marie, Zerbinetta, Lucia, Gilda, Madame Mao and Cunegonde. Her career has included several world premieres, most notably The Ghosts of Versailles  at the Metropolitan Opera.  Her symphonic engagements have taken her to stages and festivals all over North America and the world; Zurich, Prague, Scotland and  Australia, as well as at the Vail Summer Music Festival, The Blossom Festival and the Hollywood Bowl. She has performed with Canada’s finest orchestras, including l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and the Vancouver Symphony, and has made recordings with the Calgary Philharmonic, the Winnipeg and the Toronto Symphony orchestras.

Ms Dahl teaches voice at the Desautels Faculty of Music. She is sought after to teach for young artists at such prestigious programs as the Merola Opera program (San Francisco) where she was once a participant.  In July 2017, Tracy Dahl had the high honour of being appointed to the Order of Canada for her accomplishments as an opera singer and for her commitment to mentoring the next generation of Canadian singers.

 

 

Praised for expressivity, virtuosity, and committed playing, Canadian collaborative pianist Laura Loewen has appeared in concerts throughout North America and in Europe, Asia and South America.  Dedicated to sharing her passion for ensemble playing and coaching, she is a professor of Collaborative Piano and the Vocal Coach and was recently appointed the Associate Dean (undergraduate) of the University of Manitoba’s Desautels Faculty of Music. She was a founding faculty artist of VISI (Vancouver International Song Institute), and is a long-time member of the faculty of the NUOVA opera training program in Edmonton, Alberta.

 

 An extremely versatile pianist, Dr. Loewen has performed extensively with singers, instrumentalists and chamber ensembles, and is equally comfortable in traditional and contemporary idioms.  She has appeared in concert with artists such as Charles Castleman, Colin Ainsworth, Tracy Dahl, Monica Huisman, Mel Braun, Wendy Nielsen, Kimberly Barber, Jasper Wood, Eugene Rousseau, and William Bennett.  She is proud to perform regularly with many of her fellow University of Manitoba faculty members.

 

Loewen and duo partner, saxophonist Allen Harrington, have been performing together for more than a decade and are acclaimed for their virtuosic, musical, and electrifying performances.   Loewen is also a founding member of The Galileo Trio with Kerry duWors, violin and Mark Rudoff, cello (“an enlightened idea” – Winnipeg Free Press). and Emerado  with Rosemarie van der Hooft, mezzo-soprano, and Mel Braun, baritone (“true camaraderie and rapport” – Winnipeg Free Press).

 

Dr. Loewen holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Accompanying/Coaching from the University of Minnesota, where she was a fellowship student of Margo Garrett and Karl Paulnack.  She is a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists.

 

 

Check out our Pre-Concert Chat with the performers HERE


 

Virtuosi Young Artist Program


Anna Schwartz is a 20-year-old piano student attending Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her focus is music and biochemistry with plans to study medicine in the future.  She studies piano with Shirley Elias, and her previous piano teachers have included Joe Belanger and Loren Hiebert.  Anna also enjoys studying voice with David Klassen and has participated in multiple choirs and ensembles, including the CMU Festival Chorus and the Southern Manitoba Choral Society. She has completed examinations through the Royal Conservatory of Music for ARCT Keyboard Harmony, Grade X Voice, and ARCT Piano, earning a provincial Gold Medal for her voice exam mark of 92.  This semester, at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research 2021, she is presenting her original composition for full orchestra, “Prairie Sunrise,” a piece written with the intention of creating mental and emotional space for the listener to experience.

 

Outside of academics, Anna’s interests include running, playing squash, and spending time with the animals on her family’s hobby farm back home in Northwestern Ontario.

 

 


Previous Virtuosi "In Camera Sessions" funded by the Manitoba Safe At Home Grant include: 

Music for Home  - Naomi Woo (piano) March 20, 2021

All in Good Time - Victoria Sparks, Wyatt King and Elishia Ratel (Percussion)  February 26, 2021

Side By Side - Yuri Hooker & David Liam Roberts (Cello) 
January 22, 2021