9th Annual Sing-along Messiah
Sunday December 9, 2018
2 pm St Andrews United Church
311 Fitzwilliam St., Nanaimo
Sing-along Messiahs are a tradition in many communities and Nanaimo is no exception. Our ninth annual performance is your opportunity to be a chorister with the Malaspina Choir as we sing Handel’s transcendent Messiah under the direction of Lionel Tanod. The Cowichan Consort Orchestra provides the accompaniment along with Sharon Wishart on continuo and David Flello on trumpet. Our soloists are Skye Donald, soprano; Julia Morgan, alto; Adam Dyjach, tenor; and Michael MacKinnon, bass. Exalt the glory of the Lord, tell good tidings to Zion, behold the Lamb of God, sing Hallelujah. And if you’re not a singer? You will enjoy being surrounded by this incomparable music and hearing the trumpet sound! We continue our tradition of sharing proceeds from the concert with a local Nanaimo charity, which this year is Nanaimo Community Hospice.
Scores for Messiah will be available for purchase at the door for $20.
Click this link to view the list of works that will be performed.
Vancouver Island born and raised, Errington coloratura soprano Skye Donald is a well-known local singer. She has appeared locally in recital series with Vancouver Island Opera and Nanaimo Opera, as a soloist for the Parksville & District Community Chorus, Malaspina Choir and Island Consort, and regularly at St. Stephen’s United Church where she serves as the choir director. In June 2015, she presented a solo recital of Arie Antiche in Qualicum Beach. In 2013, she appeared in the role of Buttercup for ECHO's 2013 production of HMS Pinafore. A former student of Sharon Wishart and Erica Northcott (Douglas College, New Westminster), Skye has a mature dramatic coloratura voice and natural acting ability. Skye has soloedfor the Island Consort, Malaspina Choir, and the Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra. She starred in Nanaimo Opera’s first-ever production as the Mother in “Amahl and the Night Visitors”.
Julia Morgan (Mezzo-soprano), has a burgeoning career in opera and recital. While her petite frame can deceive the eye, she has a large caramel-like voice which exudes the many colours and emotions necessary for operatic roles, oratorio, and art song. A few of her favorite core operatic roles are Dido, Carmen, Hansel, and Cherubino. Some of her local Premiere’s were Florrie in Tobin Stokes’ opera Rattenbury, Lilah in Leslie Uyeda’s opera When the Sun Comes Out, and short operatic works with Essential Opera. Ms.Morgan’s true passion lies in performing recital repertoire. She has studied with some of the world’s most respected song interpreters from Vancouver, England, Austria, and Italy. Much of her recital work has centered on German Lieder. Ms.Morgan signed with MSR Classics in 2012 and released a CD of German Lieder with them that year. Ms.Morgan revels at the opportunity to sing with an orchestra and looks forward to joining the Malaspina Choir for this year's Sing-Along Messiah.
Adam Dyjach (Tenor). A native of Waterloo Ontario, Adam commenced his musical education at Wilfrid Laurier University in Voice Performance under the direction of Kimberly Barber. He now resides in Victoria, BC where he completed his Masters in Voice Performance with Benjamin Butterfield at the University of Victoria and continues to study privately with Carolyn Sinclair.
Past performance highlights include: Tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (Vancouver Island Symphony), the Evangelist in Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium and Tenor Soloist in his Magnificat (Sooke Philharmonic Choir, Malaspina Choir), Bach’s Cantata 196, Missa in G, and Handel’s Messiah (Handel Society of Music), Haydn’s Spatzenmesse and Missa Sancti Nicolai, Bach Cantata No. 40 as well as Mozart’s Litaniae de venerabili altaris sacramento in Bb major, KV 125 (Bach on the Rock) and Requiem in D minor (Parksville Community Choir), Verdi's Messa da Requiem and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass (North Island Choral Society), Orff’s Carmina Burana (Vancouver Island Symphony, Ballet Victoria), Bach’s Coffee Cantata, Christoph Graupner’s Herr nun lässest du deinen Diener and Johann Kuhnau’s Mein Alter kömmt, ich kann nicht sterben (Pacific Baroque Festival), Haydn’s Creation (Via Choralis) , Bach's Cantatas BWV 99, 125 and 155, (Victoria Baroque Players) and the Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 (Victoria Philharmonic Choir) and Frederic in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance (Victoria G & S Society)
He has performed the Operatic roles of Sumers in Cimarosa’s L’italiana in Londra, Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Ernesto in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Oronte in Handel’s Alcina, Romeo in Neil Weisensal’s City Workers in Love, The Doctor in David Foley’s May 23rd and Monostatos in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.
Adam is a choral scholar at St. Barnabas Church under the direction of Michael Jarvis. He also sings with the Schooner Cove Singers, a brand new professional choir based in Parksville, BC. In the past Adam has been a member of the St. Christopher Singers, Victoria Philharmonic Choir, Victoria Choral Society and Pacific Opera Victoria Chorus. He also teaches private singing lessons and is a music instructor at the Taber Music School.
Michael MacKinnon (Bass).
Michael spent his youth in Scotland, drumming in many different bands, before realizing that singers got way more attention. Since 2008, he’s enjoyed singing opera professionally, both in Canada and Europe. Based in Vancouver since 2015, he is delighted to be returning to Nanaimo to sing with the Malaspina Choir. For more information visit: www.michael-mackinnon.com