Sunday Music in the Garden Room
MAY 6, 2018 2 PM
Marcel d’Entremont, tenor and Heather Price, piano
On the program: Schumann, Duparc, Schubert, Quilter, Bridges
"The young Canadian tenor Marcel d’Entremont, only 25 years old, was expressive with his round, free, voice, with an aria full of great finesse, reminiscent of Anton Dermota or Nicolai Gedda! "
(A. Junement, Publics de l’opéra de Rouen, 2016)
Originally from Merigomish, Nova Scotia, Marcel d'Entremont has a BMus from Acadia University, an MMus from the University of Toronto, and is a graduate of the Artist Diploma program from McGill University, where he was a Schulich Scholar, studying on full scholarship. This past year he has continued studies at the Schulich School of Music at McGill under Joanne Kolomyjec. A recipient of the Portia White award from the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, Marcel won the Halifax Kiwanis Music Festival rose bowl not only once, but four times, as well as the New Glasgow Music Festival rose bowl. He received an honourable mention from the Ottawa Choral Society’s New Discoveries Competition, captured second place in the Hal Leonard International Vocal Competition, and first place in the Atlantic Young Artist Competition. In the summer of 2014, he represented Nova Scotia at the National Music Festival of Canada, placing first in the vocal division, and winning the grand award for overall best performer.
Marcel performs frequently as soloist and has performed with the Seton Cantata Choir, Nova Voce Provincial Men’s Choir, South Shore Chorale, Nova Sinfonia, Maritime Concert Opera, Confederation Singers and P.E.I. Symphony, Cantabile Chamber Singers, Annex Singers and Talisker Players, as well as the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and Grand Philharmonic Choir. For the past five years Marcel has been a featured soloist with the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, performing alongside musicians from around the world for audiences in the tens of thousands.
In recent seasons, Marcel performed in Verdi’s Rigoletto with the Vancouver Opera as a member of the Yulanda M. Farris young artist program, performed the role of Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Opera McGill, appeared on tour with Jeunesses Musicales du Canada in the title role of Gounod’s Romeo and Juliette, as well as Alfredo in La Traviata and performed with the University of Toronto Opera in their production of Postcard from Morocco. In 2016 Marcel made his international opera debut as Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Opéra de Rouen in Rouen, France, and at the famous Palace of Versailles, as a laureate of the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques. He was also a resident artist at the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance, a vocal resident with the National Arts Centre’s Young Artist Program, and an academy fellow with the Art of Song Institute as part of Toronto Summer Music. Marcel recently performed with the PEI Symphony Orchestra in Britten’s Serenade for tenor, horn, and strings. Upcoming performances include the role of Il Podesta in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera with Opera Nova Scotia May 25, 26, 2018, and Rudolfo in La Boheme with the Saskatoon Opera on June 16. Immediately following his performances in Saskatoon, Marcel will return to Nova Scotia for another performance with the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo.
Known in Wolfville chiefly as a certified music therapist, instructor of Music Therapy at Acadia, and as the organist/pianist and choir director of the Wolfville Baptist Church, as well as of a Community Choir, Heather Price was first and foremost a pianist. She holds a BMus Ed, and MMus from the University of Toronto, a DMA in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa, and spent a couple of years of piano study at the Hochschule fuer Musik in Vienna, Austria. Prior to teaching at Acadia, she taught at the University of Eastern Oregon, and Atlantic College in North Carolina. At Acadia, her duties include instruction in studio piano, keyboard harmony and improvisation, music therapy skills and resources, ear training and theory, liturgical music, African drumming, and elements of music for non-music majors.
Heather has a CD recording of 20th century art songs with mezzo-soprano Paula Rockwell, and a CBC recording with soprano Janice Jackson. In recent years, she has participated in several Shattering the Silence New Music Festivals at Acadia, playing works by Canadian composers Ana Sokolovic and Alexina Louie, and a song cycle with mezzo-soprano Rosemary MacPhee by US composer William Bolcom.
As the Acadia School of Music account of Heather states: Her quest as a classically-trained musician and therapist, both for self and students, is to cultivate artistry through the experience of music as a creative process. Fostering a more intuitive, right brain approach to classical music and musicianship in no way diminishes the importance of having a strong analytical course of study rooted in the rigours of the discipline. It simply serves to caution classically trained musicians that one’s participation in the music can become distressingly unmusical when the elements of music are divorced from the elements of self awareness and expression.