A late 19th century Soiree Musicale in Picton. On the programme will be songs from the repertoire of Dame Emma Albani, the violin sonata by Picton-born composer, Gena Branscombe, and many more surprises!
Our guests from another time:
Dame Emma Albani – Canadian singer Dame Emma Albani enjoyed over 40 years of enormous success on the live stage, making history as the first Canadian opera singer to achieve international status. Among her admirers were such prominent figures as composer Charles Gounod, violinist Joseph Joachim, and even Queen Victoria.
Gena Branscombe – Composer and conductor born in 1881 in Picton of UEL heritage. Through a long and vigorous life she composed music for piano, voice, orchestra and choir. Her work was once described as “an outpouring of moods, moods of an intensity and richness which demand a high musical color scheme.”
Luke Bell, piano: A promising young artist, well known to Festival audiences.
Elizabeth McDonald, soprano: An experienced performer, an inspiring teacher of voice, and a full-time resident of PEC.
Amy Hillis, violin: One of Canada’s most versatile and vibrant young violinists.
Stephane Lemelin, piano: Esteemed Artistic director of the Festival and a master of refinement.