Carmina Burana

ProMedica Masterworks

Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle

February 14 - 15, 2020

Concert Time: 8:00 pm

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Alain Trudel, conductor
Michael Lang, choreographer
Mark Munson, director, BGSU Choruses
Nicole Spadafore, director, Honors Children's Chorus
Holly Flack, soprano
Christopher Pfund, tenor
Andrew Garland, baritone
Toledo Ballet dancers

Vivier – Orion
Orff – Carmina Burana

O fortuna! Both sacred and profane, romantic and carnal, witness the earth-shaking sounds of Carl Orff’s evocative Carmina Burana—complete with a trio of soloists, an epic chorus from Bowling Green State University and area schools, and Toledo Ballet dancers performing original choreography by Michael Lang. Don't miss this sonic and visual spectacular!

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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. Continue Reading

Michael Lang has been a resident Director / Choreographer for The Toledo Ballet since 2007. He has created eleven original full length productions for Toledo Ballet including: Ballet Tapestry (2007); Outside the Lines (2008); Press One for More Options (2010), Museum of Dreams (2011), If These Walls Could Dance (2012), From Heart to Quill (2014), Alice in Wonderland (2015) The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (2016), Tales of Grimm…(2017), Broadway at the Ballet (2018), and Alice Through the Looking Glass (2019).

Other choreographic credits include: Original Source with TSO (2019), Degas and the Dance—Awkward Girl with TMA (2015), All are One with TMA—inspired by and interactively performed with Artist Pineree Sanpitak’s Anything Can Break (2015); Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring with TSO (2015). Tied Notes (2013), The Soldier’s Tale with TSO (2012); and Révérence—A Tribute to Marie Vogt (2009). 

Michael performed for over three decades in Indianapolis (where he is originally from), Chicago, Los Angeles, Hamburg Germany, Miami, Orlando, and New York City. Michael was a dancer, high aerial tumbler, and a stuntman and he performed for more than a decade in the original Los Angeles & NYC productions of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Michael is a Certified Personal Trainer, a NCPT Certified Pilates instructor, and a NY, OH, & MI Licensed Massage Therapist.  At the Toledo Ballet he teaches Contemporary Dance, Musical Theater, Acting, Conditioning, Pilates, and Ballerina Warrior (a self-defense class for girls).  Michael is also head of Performance Outreach and he is the Director of The Toledo Ballet Pilates & Wellness Studio. 

Coloratura soprano Holly Flack has a unique range that extends beyond an octave above high C. Praised as an “explosive talent” with her flowing and warm middle voice, rippling coloratura and effortless trills, she “wields an impressive range, effortlessly reaching higher than high notes” with her stratospheric vocal extension.

Ms. Flack’s recent roles include Queen of the Night The Magic Flute and Morgana Alcina for Fargo-Moorehead Opera, Ophélie Hamlet for Opera Ithica, Elvira L'Italiana in Algeri for Winter Opera St Louis and the title-role Dinorah for Amore Opera. Upcoming engagements include Olympia Pinocchio and Gilda Rigoletto for St Petersburg Opera.

As a young artist, she covered Marie La Fille Du Regiment with Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Olympia Les Contes D' Hoffmann with St. Petersburg Opera, and performed Maggie Anderson Brigadoon with Ohio Light Opera.

She was a featured young artist with the iSing! International Young Artists Festival, where she was specifically chosen to perform for China’s National Day Celebration on Dragon TV, one of the largest official television networks in Shanghai. She was also featured on Jiangsu Weishi TV, a national network, in celebration of the Chinese New Year. Since those appearances, she has traveled regularly to China for concerts in different cities around the country.

Ms. Flack made her international debut at the Trentino Music Festival in Mezzano, Italy singing the role of Vixen The Cunning Little Vixen. She has also performed with the Bel Canto Opera Festival, Astoria Opera Festival, and Operafestival di Roma.

Originally from Portland, Oregon, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from St. Olaf College, and a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Kentucky.

Highly lauded for his irreverent portrayals of the Roasting Swan in Carmina Burana, tenor Christopher Pfund has made the role a pillar of his career, performing it with countless orchestras across North America. In recent seasons he has performed Carmina Burana with the symphony orchestras of Alabama, Des Moines, Cleveland, Colorado, Fort Wayne, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Nashville, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Reading, and San Diego.

In 2019-2020, Christopher Pfund continues in that role in performances of Carmina Burana with the Pacific Symphony and the Des Moines Symphony. In October, Mr. Pfund performed Bach BWV 189 at the Idaho Bach Festival, of which he is co-director. Other recent engagements include performances with the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, the Tucson Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Spokane Symphony and Duluth Superior Symphony.

In addition to his signature concert role, Mr. Pfund has appeared in concert performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Charlotte and Stamford symphonies; Handel’s Messiah with the Buffalo Philharmonic, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Syracuse Symphony, and Virginia Symphony; and Haydn’s Creation with the Louisiana Philharmonic. He also appeared at Carnegie Hall with the Rochester Philharmonic as a part of the Spring for Music Festival as Sir Gower Lackland in a concert performance of Howard Hanson’s Merry Mount. He created the role of Rev. Eugene Hendrix in a world-premiere concert performance of Gregory Vajda’s opera Georgia Bottoms with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra.

Christopher Pfund’s opera engagements include Sempronio in Haydn’s Lo Speziale with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s; Pong in Turandot with El Paso Opera, New Jersey State Opera, and the Florentine Opera; Tonik in Smetana’s The Two Widows with the Chautauqua Opera; the New York City premiere of Ernst Krenek’s Vertrauenssache with the organization Elysium between Two Continents; and performances with Glimmerglass Opera, New York City Opera, and Florentine Opera.

Mr. Pfund’s recordings include the title role in Britten’s Albert Herring on the Vox label and Distant Playing Fields: Vocal Music of Amy Beach and William Maye on Newport Classics.

A Colorado native, Christopher Pfund holds degrees from both the University of Northern Colorado and Manhattan School of Music. He was an opera apprentice with the Santa Fe, Glimmerglass and Chautauqua operas, and was a 20th Century Song Recitalist at the Banff Centre.

Baritone, Andrew Garland, is hailed as a performer whose artistry is a perfect combination between "baritone of strength and vocal opulence" (Opera News) and "cosmic energy and suavity" (Opera News).  He is widely recognized as a leader in recital work with dozens of performances around the country including Carnegie Hall with pianist Warren Jones and programs of modern American songs all over the Unites States and in Canada. Jones, Marilyn Horne, Steven Blier, a number of American composers, and several major music publications all endorse him as a highly communicative singer leading the way for the song recital into the 21st Century. This season Garland can be heard as the baritone soloist in The Messiah with the Colorado Symphony and the Colorado Bach Ensemble, the Nashville Symphony’s production of Frank’s  Conquest Requiem, the Santa Fe Pro Musica’s production of The Creation, and in recital with Warren Jones for Coastal Concerts.

He brings his highly communicative style to the concert stage with orchestras including the Atlanta Symphony, Boston Baroque, The Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Youth Symphony, National Philharmonic, Albany Symphony, Washington Master Chorale at the Kennedy Center and National Chorale at Lincoln Center.

Garland is a regular with the New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) and has given multiple recitals at Carnegie Hall, the Ravinia festival as well as Vocal Arts DC, Marilyn Horne Foundation, The Bard Festival, Camerata Pacifica, Andre-Turp Society in Montreal, Voce at Pace, Huntsville Chamber Music Guild, Fort Worth Opera, Seattle Opera, Fanfare in Hammond, LA, Cincinnati Matinee Musicale, Cincinnati Song Initiative, Tuesday Morning Music Club and dozens of college music series around the country. In 2014, he was the featured recitalist for the NATS National convention where that organization’s president declared him “the next Thomas Hampson.”

His latest solo CD American Portraits (with Donna Loewy, piano) went to Number 1 on Amazon classical. Garland has five other recordings on the Telarc, Naxos, Roven Records and Azica Labels.

In the 2018-2019 season, Garland graced the stage with the Dover String Quartet as the baritone soloist in Barber's Dover Beach. Other concerts this season include solo appearances with Moab Music Festival, Rhode Island Philharmonic in Vaugh Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem, Colorado Symphony's in Finzi's In Terra Pax, various concerts with the Takács Quartet.  In a collaboration with Warren Jones and the Calder String Quartet, Garland brings the music of Beethoven's The Kiss, Dear Maid, Thy Lip Has Left, WoO153, No. 9, The Return to Ulster, WoO152m No. 1, The Pulse of an Irishman, WoO154, No. 4, String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130, and Brahms' Four Serious Songs, Op. 121 to California.

Garland began an exciting 2017-2018 season as the baritone soloist in Mozart's Requiem with the Colorado Symphony. His next engagements were Schaunard in La Boheme with Opera Colorado before joining the Geneva International Music Competition as a past winner.  Also scheduled for this season are Songs by Loeffler and Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer with Camerata Pacifica, the role of Jesus in Telemann’s St. Luke’s Passion 1744 for Boston Baroque, and the world premiere of Abe Soep in Gerald Cohen’s Steal A Pencil For Me.

During the 2016-2017 season, Garland performed in the world premiere of William Bolcom’s Dinner at Eight with Minnesota Opera, joins the Houston Symphony for the world premiere of The Conquest Requiem by Gabriela Lena Frank, debuts as Prior Walter in Angels in America with New York City Opera, reprises Guglielmo in Cosí fan tutte with Ash Lawn Opera and Dancaïre in Carmen with Boston Lyric Opera. On the concert stage he joins the New York Festival of Song at the Moab Music Festival and National Sawdust, sings Messiah with Boston Baroque and Colorado Bach Ensemble, sings in orchestral performances of Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs, Dona Nobis Pacem and Hodie, solos in the Bach B Minor Mass with the Amherst Bach Festival and sings recitals in Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Boston, Fort Worth, Springfield, Boulder and other cities.

The 2015-2016 season was highlighted by his return to Seattle Opera as Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos. During previous seasons he joined Boston Baroque as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte where the Boston Globe said “He had the audience in the palm of his hand.” He also returned to Boston Lyric Opera in La Bohème, Bob Jones University at Dandini in La Cenerentola, and made his debut with the Colorado Symphony for performances of Messiah. Other highlights include Dandini with Opera Philadelphia and Fort Worth Opera, Mercurio (La Calisto) and the title role in Galileo Galilei, by Philip Glass at Cincinnati Opera, and Riolobo (Florencia en el Amazonas) and Schaunard (La Bohème) at Seattle Opera.

In past seasons Garland has portrayed Rossini’s Figaro with Dayton Opera, Knoxville Opera and Cincinnati Opera (cover), Schaunard at Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Saratoga, Atlanta Opera, Fort Worth Opera and Dayton Opera; Ping (Turandot) at Arizona Opera, Silvio (I Pagliacci) with Hawaii Opera Theatre, Don Giovanni at Opera New Jersey, Mozart’s Count at Dayton Opera, Guglielmo at Opera Saratoga, Mercutio at Lyric Opera of San Antonio and Annapolis Opera, Giuseppe (The Gondoliers) with Utah Opera and Danilo with Sarasota Opera Artist Concert Series, and Cincinnati Opera's first Baroque production, La Calisto.

Other concert performances include Handel’s Messiah with Boston Baroque, UMS (Ann Arbor, MI), Dartmouth Handel Society (Helmuth Rilling, conductor) the Colorado Bach Ensemble, Arizona Symphony, Virginia Symphony and others; Carmina Burana, Ein Deutches Requiem, Five Mystical Songs, Dona Nobis Pacem, Hodie, Faure's Requiem and Durufle's Requiem, various concerts with Boston Baroque, The Handel and Haydyn Society, and Emmanuel Music.

Garland is the winner of the Lavinia Jensen, NATSAA, Washington International, American Traditions, NATS and Opera Columbus Competition and was a prize winner in the Montreal International, Jose Iturbi, Gerda Lissner, McCammon and Palm Beach International Competitions. He was an apprentice at the San Francisco Opera Center and the Seattle Opera and Cincinnati Opera Young Artists programs.

In addition to sustaining a busy performance schedule, Garland has recently joined the voice faculty at The University of Colorado-Boulder.

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