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The Department of Humanities presents ’Winter’s Journey’

Photo courtesy of David Blackwell, via Flickr

The Department of Humanities is pleased to present Winter’s Journey, the first World Rhythms Performance Lecture of the 2012 Winter Season. The performance will take place on January 16, 2012 at 7:30pm in room AA 303.

Together, Lenard Whiting (Tenor) and Dr. Brett Kingsbury (Piano) will perform Franz Schubert’s epic song cycle, Winterreise. Composed by Schubert in 1827 and published in 1828, Winterreise features 24 poems by Wilhelm Müller. Described by musicologists as "melancholic", "somber", and "gloomy", Winterreise takes the audience on a "journey of the heart" as it tells the story of a lover who longs for his beloved.

Admission to the event is free and all members of the UTSC community are welcome to attend.

About the Performers:

Lenard Whiting is an internationally recognized opera performer who has performed across Canada, the United States, and Europe. Lenard studied music at the Royal Conservatory, University of Toronto and with the Canadian Opera Company. His repertoire covers everything from Monteverdi to Mozart and Bach to Beethoven.  Recently, Lenard sang the title role in the world premiere of Andrew Ager’s Frankenstein, performed in the Canadian premiere staging of Mozart’s Zaide with Opera Nova Scotia, and sang the solos in Beethoven’s Mass in C and Gounod’s St. Cecila Mass in Staines, Great Britain. Last season, Lenard also sung the role of Golo in Schumann’s Opera Genoveva and Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. In addition to performing, Lenard is an organist and choir director at Trinity Presbyterian Church, conductor of the Ensemble TrypTych Chamber Choir, faculty member at the University of Toronto Scarborough, and conductor of the UTSC Concert Choir.

Professional pianist, former faculty member at the Koffler Centre of the Arts, and current instructor at University of Toronto Scarborough, Dr. Brett Kingsbury is a teacher, festival adjudicator, and performer.  Dr. Kingsbury previously appeared in Bach’s Concerto for Three Pianos BWV 1064 with the Koffler Centre Chamber Orchestra with fellow pianists Robert Silverman and Erika Crino.  He has been featured on CBC Radio Two’s West Coast Performance in a live performance of Stravinsky’s Concerto for Two Solo Pianos with pianist Erika Crino.  He has also been very involved in the world of opera working as a vocal coach and repetiteur with the Vancouver Opera Association, TrypTych Vocal Productions, Opera Lirica Italiana, Brampton Opera, and Opera Kitchener.

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