So­prano Alexan­dra Smither and pi­anist Trevor Char­trand at Mount Al­li­son

Pre­sent­ing Eck­hardt-Gra­matté Con­cert on Oct. 28

The Amherst News - - OP-ED -

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@

Alexan­dra Smither and Trevor Char­trand will per­form at Mount Al­li­son on Oct. 28.

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