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Welcome to the
2016-2017 KSS Season

Sublime Genius

Saturday, November 19, 2016, 8 pm


Haydn's "Lord Nelson" Mass and Mozart's Regina Coeli, plus contemporary works by Morten Lauridsen, Ola Gjeilo, Arvo Pärt, and Eric Whitacre. With soloists and orchestra

The “Lord Nelson” Mass, often called Haydn's greatest work, coupled with Mozart’s sunny Regina Coeli and the sublime contemporary harmonies of Lauridsen, Gjeilo, Pärt and Whitacre. Featuring Chad Louwerse, bass-baritone and three other outstanding soloists and orchestra. An evening of rich music that will inspire and touch your soul.

Sponsor: Siskinds Law Firm

Today's Featured Soloist

Colin Bell

Colin Bell

Colin Bell is a tenor from Chatham-Kent in his third year of Honours Voice Performance at Western. He is an experienced musical theatre and stage performer. He has been in many shows, such as The Phantom of the Opera, Little Shop of Horrors, and The Wizard of Oz. Colin has also had the honour of performing in La Bohème in first year as Parpignol. Colin sings with the Western University Singers, the church choir at New St. James Presbyterian, and is a part of Torin Chiles’ studio. He has received many awards for his singing, including the Elsie E. Holmes scholarship for music, the Golden K Kiwanis Bowl, and in first year was named the most promising Junior University/College male singer from the Ontario chapter of NATS. This past summer, he was invited to Chicago for the NATS National Competition, and was a semi-finalist.

This year, Colin is excited to play his first ever lead role in an opera, starring as Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, from January 27-29, and February 3-5. Colin will be performing his first solo recital in the spring on March 18th at 8pm in the music building at Western.

Read the Profiles for all the soloists here.

Karen Schuessler
Karen Schuessler

Join us as we begin our 24th season of bringing exciting and innovative choral concerts to choral fans and new audiences alike. London’s Karen Schuessler Singers continues to push the artistic envelope as one of Ontario’s premiere concert choirs...

This season, we will bring you three extraordinary concerts to uplift and entertain you. On November 19, we present SUBLIME GENIUS, Haydn's towering achievement, his "Lord Nelson" Mass alongside his student Mozart's bright Regina Coeli, K.276. We counterbalance this with the beautiful and moving harmonies of Morten Lauridsen’s “O Magnum Mysterium”, Arvo Pärt’s “Bogoroditse Dyevo”, Eric Whitacre’s “Seal Lullaby” and Ola Gjeilo’s exquisite “Sacred Heart” with strings. With outstanding soloists and orchestra.

On April 1, we are proud to celebrate our wonderful country with LOVE IN A CANOE: Canada at 150. We will paddle across our land in song and poetry to discover its beauty and strength, its diversity and heart. You can be sure the evening will be unique and unexpected! With wonderful Canadian songs rising from our First Nations through our rich folk songs and on to the more recent songs of love of land by our own talented and passionate composers. All hearts will beat as one. With vocal and instrumental soloists and multimedia.

Then on June 3 (and matinée on June 4th), we pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album with TANGERINE TREES AND MARMALADE SKIES. Described as "the most important and influential rock and roll album ever recorded", music from the album as well as your favourite Beatle songs. We will be joined by the incomparable vocalist, Jean Meilleur, and band.

These three exceptional concerts are guaranteed to delight you and anyone you may wish to bring. A tremendous value, choose one or enjoy all three and save 10%. I look forward to seeing you often during our 2016-2017 season as we...

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All concerts at Wesley-Knox United Church, 91 Askin Street, London.