Soprano Alexandra Smither and pianist Trevor Chartrand at Mount Allison
Presenting Eckhardt-Gramatté Concert on Oct. 28
SACKVILLE, N.B. – Mount Allison will play host to one of Canada’s most promising young vocalists on Oct. 28 when soprano Alexandra Smither takes the stage in Brunton Auditorium.
Alexandra Smither was the topranked performer at the 40th annual Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition for Voice.
In her Sackville recital – part of a five-concert tour in Canada and the United States – she will be joined by pianist Trevor Chartrand.
Named for Canadian composer Sophie-Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatté, the “E-Gré” is the most prestigious contemporary music competition for emerging Canadian performing artists in piano, voice, and strings. The list of past competition prizewinners forms a “who’s who” of noteworthy Canadian musicians, including pianists Jon Kimura Parker and Angela Cheng, vocalists Ben Heppner and Hugh Russell, and violinists Jasper Wood and James Ehnes.
Recently named as one of Canada›s 2017 «Top 30 Under 30» Classical Musicians, soprano Smither is quickly making a name for herself the worlds of both “old and new” classical music.
Chartrand is an active collaborative pianist based in Toronto, where he has worked as répétiteur for number of Opera5’s productions. In the summers of 2015 and 2016, he acted as a music director for the Franco American Vocal Academy in Périgueux, France. Chartrand is also a passionate recitalist in both vocal and chamber music, with performances in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Australia.
A highlight of Smither’s Sackville recital is the 2017 “E-Gré” commissioned work Mal-function lieder, a multi-media vocal piece by Canadian composer Nicole Lizeé. The performers will also present songs by Berio and Messiaen, as well as vocal sets by contemporary composers Ana Sokolović, Charlotte Bray, and Vivian Fung.
Tickets are available at the door or through subscription to the concert series offered by the Department of Music.
For further information, call (506) 364-2374 or e-mail music@ mta.ca.
Alexandra Smither and Trevor Chartrand will perform at Mount Allison on Oct. 28.