News Release: Winter Delights
December 3, 2020 for immediate release
Symphony New Brunswick is preparing to perform concerts December 16, 18 and 19 if at all possible. If necessary, concerts will be pushed into January, with any tickets already purchased valid for any new date.
Winter Delights promises to be a real delight for anyone that loves music, with special members of the NB orchestral community featured in this eclectic offering.
The program will open with the beautiful Christmas tribute by Corelli “made for the night of Christmas’ by request of Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni and published posthumously in 1714.
The Concerto for Clarinet features well known clarinetist, Andrew George, who is making a name for himself as a soloist, teacher and orchestral musician in his adopted home of NB. The concerto, In the Sea There is a Tower, is composed by another adopted NB artist, STU professor Martin Kutnowski. Martin is a well-established composer, featured in recent years on recordings by Ventus Machina as well as the Saint John String Quartet. As well as being a composer, and a revered teacher at STU, Martin toured south America in 2018 as solo pianist with the SJSQ
Rob Dutton is a longtime favourite throughout NB in just about every genre of music. He is probably best known for his brilliant trumpet playing in Handel’s Messiah (The trumpet shall sound) but is equally popular in shows and jazz ensembles. For this concert Rob has chosen a serenade that he will perform on flugelhorn, one of the trumpet’s gentler cousins.
We welcome back Mélanie Léonard as guest conductor for this show and as a candidate for the music director position. We are so grateful that Ms Leonard is able to come to our province at this difficult time and that she retains an interest in SNB.
Join Symphony New Brunswick and some of the very best of New Brunswick talent (at a show that is respecting all covid related restrictions) in a theatre near you. Let us delight you!
Guest Conductor Mélanie Léonard
Mélanie Léonard is currently the Music Director of the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra. A Montréal native, Ms. Léonard, guest conducted with a number of Canadian orchestras and performed at the Montreal International Jazz Festival on several occasions. She worked with acclaimed artists, including Herbie Hancock, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Shauna Rolston, Charles Richard-Hamelin and actors John Rhys Davies (Lord of the Rings) and Garrett Wang (Star Trek).
She conducted the orchestra and choir for the music recording featured in Aura, a show produced by Moment Factory and currently presented at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montréal. Mrs Léonard was also invited to give a conference about artistic leadership as part of the 2017 Festival Orford Musique. During the 2018-2019 season, she is making her debut with Symphony New Brunswick, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Niagara Symphony Orchestra and is reinvited to guest conduct the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Regina Symphony Orchestra and the Stratford Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Léonard holds a Doctorate in orchestral conducting from the University of Montréal, where she studied with Maestri Paolo Bellomia and Jean-François Rivest. In 2012 she was honoured with the Jean-Marie Beaudet Award in Orchestra Conducting by the Canada Council for the Arts.
December Camerata Concert/ Concert Camerata de décembre*
Winter Delights/Délices d’hiver
With/ avec Guest Conductor/ chef invitée Mélanie Léonard; Soloists/soloistes Rob Dutton, Flugelhorn; Andrew George, Clarinet/clarinette
Arcangelo Corelli : Concerto grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 8 “Christmas Concerto”
Martin Kutnowski: “En la mar hay una torre” (“In the Sea There Is a Tower”)/ (“Dans l’océan se trouve une tour”) Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra/ Concerto pour clarinette et orchestre à corde
David Sampson: Serenade for Flugelhorn and String Orchestra/ Sérénade pour flugelhorn et orchestre à corde
Josef Haydn: Symphony #44 in E minor/ Symphonie no. 44 en mi mineur “Trauer” Hob 1:44
Billets en vente maintenant: 42$ adulte / 10$ étudiant
Wednesday/mercredi Saint John
506 674 4100
Friday/ vendredi Moncton
12/18/2020 19 :30 Moncton Peace Centre/ Centre Communautaire de la paix, Moncton
Entrance on Queen Street/ entrée sur la rue Queen
Tickets at the Capitol Boxoffice: 506 856 4379 (or door)
Saturday/ samedi Fredericton
12/19/2020 19 :30
506 458 8344
*All covid -19 regulations will be respected.
*Toutes les mesures de protection Covid-19 seront respectées.