Christmas At The Peristyle

The Andersons Family Series

Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle

December 2, 2017

Concert Time: 3:00 pm

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Alain Trudel, conductor
Aleks Romano, mezzo-soprano

Goeller - Angels We Have Heard on High; Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Bissill - Christmas Carnival
Trad. arr. Heggie - I Wonder as I Wander
Yon - Gesù bambino
Trad. arr. Taplin - Lebanese Christmas Carol
Stephenson - Bassoon It Will Be Christmas
Ellington arr. Tyzik - Peanut Brittle Brigade
Trad. arr. Rutter - Go Tell It On The Mountain
Bloesch - I Saw Three Ships Come Fiddling
Connor - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Stephenson - Holly Jolly Sing-Along
Anderson - Christmas Festival

Back by popular demand, Christmas at the Peristyle will again present the songs and stories of the season in an event that your family will remember for years to come. This Saturday matinee will feature sing-a-longs, the talented Toledo Opera Chorus, Toledo Symphony School of Music, and a special visit from Santa. Pre-concert activities begin at 2:00 pm. This concert sold out last year, so get your tickets now!

 

Recently appointed Music Director of the Toledo Symphony (USA), conductor Alain Trudel has been praised for his “immense talent as conductor, musician and performer” (La Presse). He is also Music Director of l’Orchestre Symphonique de Laval, Principal Youth and Family Conductor of the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Principal Guest conductor of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. Trudel was also the CBC Radio Orchestra conductor, taking the orchestra to new heights of artistic quality, as well as public and critical acclaim.

Trudel has conducted every major orchestra in Canada as well as orchestras in the UK, USA, Sweden, Brazil, Italy, Russia, Japan, Hong-Kong, Malaysia and Latin America. Trudel made his Opera de Montréal debut in 2009 in Mozart’s Magic Flute and conducted the live recording of their 30th anniversary gala. He has been a regular guest since and in March 2017 he conducted to great acclaim (“The entire audience was on its feet for another standing ovation, with concertgoers shouting “wow” and “bravo.” Rolling Stone Magazine, “The Wall Triumphs in Montréal.”  Le Figaro, Paris) the world premiere operatic version of “The Wall”. Trudel will also lead the american premiere at the Cincinnati Opera in July 2018.

Always committed to upcoming generations of musicians, Trudel was Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra from 2014 to 2012 and has regularly been invited to conduct the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. From 2011 to 2015 Trudel was Professor and conductor of the orchestra and opera orchestra at the University of Western and is now guess professor for orchestra and opera at the University of Ottawa.

First known to the public as “the Jascha Heifetz of the trombone” (Le monde de la musique), Alain Trudel has been a guest soloist with orchestras worldwide including Philharmonique de Radio-France, Hong-Kong Philharmonic, Austrian Radio Orchestra, Festival Musica Strasbourg (France), Klangbogen Festival (Vienna), Akiyoshidai and Hamamatsu festival (Japan). Alain is also a respected composer with performances across America and in Asia.

Alain Trudel was the first Canadian to be a Yamaha international artist, and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Virginia Parker, Charles Cros (France), Opus prize and Heinz Unger prizes. He has been named an Ambassador of Canadian Music by the Canadian Music Centre and received a Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2012.

 

Mezzo-soprano Aleks Romano has been hailed as representing “the best of the new operatic training and integrated performance.” Consistently praised for her integrity of character and lush vocal presence, Ms. Romano was awarded First Prize in the 2016 Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition. She was a 2015 Sullivan Foundation Career Development Award winner and second place winner in the Southeast Region of the 2015-2016 Metropolitan National Council Auditions.

After making her return during the summer to the Glimmerglass Festival as Aurelio in The Siege of Calais, Ms. Romano’s 2017-2018 season began with a debut with Madison Opera essaying the title role in Carmen. She also made her debut with Austin Opera singing the Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos.

The 2016-2017 season featured company debuts with Portland Opera and Piedmont Opera as Isabella in L’italiana in Algeri, a return to Washington National Opera as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, and another company debut with both Baltimore Concert Opera and Opera Delaware in the role of Arsace in Semiramide. She joined the roster of the Lyric Opera of Chicago to cover the role of Dulcinée in Don Quichotte. On the concert stage she appeared with the Kansas City Symphony for performances of the Mozart Requiem, and the Jacksonville Symphony for Handel’s Messiah.

Ms. Romano returned to Washington National Opera as Mercedes in Carmen, Hansel in Hansel und Gretel, and covered the role of Wellgunde in Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung, during the 2015-2016 season. Additionally, she premiered the first act of Sheila Silver’s A Thousand Splendid Suns, as part of Opera America’s New Works Showcase and in workshop performances in Key West, FL.

A Mid-Atlantic Regional Finalist and Encouragement Award Winner in the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Ms. Romano was also awarded the prestigious Phyllis Curtin Career Entry Prize from Yale School of Music. In summer 2014, Aleks covered Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly and Sondra Finchley in An American Tragedy at The Glimmerglass Festival. Ms. Romano is also an alumna of the Wolf Trap Studio (2011, 2012).

A huge proponent of art song and concert repertoire, Ms. Romano has been seen in solo recital at Yale University and Bard College, and presented a joint recital at the National Opera Center with other Domingo-Cafritz young artists in the spring of 2015. Previous concert appearances include the Yale Philharmonia (Woolsey Concerto Competition Winner, 2014), Voices of Cooperstown, the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, and the American Symphony Orchestra. She has received additional prizes from Opera Theater CT (First Place, Amici Vocal Competition, 2014), Yale University (Lotte Lenya Scholarship, 2013), the Bard College Concerto Competition (2009, 2010), the Classical Singer University Competition (national semifinalist, 2010), and the Presser Foundation (2009).

 

Celebrate this holiday season with 20% savings when you purchase 10 or more tickets to The Nutcracker and Christmas at The Peristyle. Enjoy these Christmas classics with your co-workers, friends, and family! To learn more, contact Mary Isabell at 419-418-0032 or misabell@toledosymphony.com.

 

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