The summer tradition of chamber music concerts at the Kirk of St. James in Charlottetown returns. Lunchtime performances will take place at 12:10 pm on Thursdays from July 22 to August 19. The concerts are organized by Frances McBurnie, Music Director at the Kirk, who will provide accompaniment for the first four concerts.
Baritone Nicholas Murphy will present a varied program for voice and piano on July 22. Nicholas is a recent graduate of UPEI’s Department of Music. He is representing PEI in the National Music Festival Finals and in September he will begin his studies with the McGill Opera Program. This concert will include oratorio, art song, opera arias, and music theatre.
Islander Olivia Barnes and her husband Sébastien Comtois are back on PEI after spending the year studying in the studio of Ariane Girard. They will premiere some of their new operatic repertoire on July 29. The concert will include both duets and solos from Puccini to Wagner with popular favourites in between.
On August 5, Jeffrey Bazett-Jones and Sean Kemp will collaborate with Frances McBurnie in an interpretation of the Bach Double Violin Concerto. Jeffrey and Sean are colleagues in the Atlantic String Machine. Sean will perform additional romantic repertoire for violin and piano.
Alexandra Sorensen, soprano, and Shaw Nicholson, trumpet, will perform August 12. Lyric soprano Sorensen is currently studying vocal performance at UPEI. She has performed in PEI and Ontario, singing as a soloist, in vocal ensembles, and in musical theatre productions. She was chosen to compete at the FCMF National Music Festival this year. Islander Shaw Nicholson is currently studying trumpet at the University of Ottawa. He has performed in the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra and the Confederation Brass. This recital will feature a mix of Classical, Baroque and modern repertoire for solo trumpet, solo voice, and duets for soprano and trumpet.
On August 19, James Mark, clarinetist, and Penelope Mark, pianist, will perform two compositions of the French woodwind literature: the Première Rhapsodie by Claude Debussy, and the Sonata by Francis Poulenc. Also on the programme are the Fantasy Pieces Op. 43 by Danish composer Niels Gade. For many years, James was Principal Clarinet of both the PEI Symphony and the Charlottetown Festival Orchestra.
All concerts will be about 45 minutes in length. There is no admission fee but donations to the Kirk’s Choral Scholarships are appreciated. The Kirk of St. James is located at 35 Fitzroy Street in Charlottettown.