The sweet and dark side of love

Love and Murder on Sunday is the inaugural concert of Sudbury’s Northern Debut Nord

Baritone Peter McGillivray

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Love and Murder, the inaugural Northern Debut Nord concert is coming to Sudbury on Sunday.

The event begins at 3 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Place downtown. Featuring a powerhouse quartet of Canada’s finest vocal talent, plus, not one but two piano virtuosi, Valentine’s Day weekend will be celebrated in style.

“They’re going to hear some spectacular Canadian young voices that they don’t get to usually hear up in our region,” said Peter McGillivray, artistic director of Northern Debut Nord.

What better way to celebrate the Season of Love than with Johannes Brahms’ passionate and much loved Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op. 52, in an intimate quartet performance?

But there is a darker side to love — lust, obsession, mistrust and murder. The Northern Debut Nord concert will delve into the operatic repertoire, from Verdi’s Rigoletto to Mozart’s Don Giovanni to Bizet’s Carmen to explore the dangerous power of love and attraction.

“People are going to hear a first half of German songs, in quartets, duets, solos, there will be translation so people can follow the lyrics, but there is a universal language to music that even if your German isn’t up to snuff, you’ll be able to feel the music,” McGillivray said.

“It’s going to take hold of you in a real passionate, but yet intimate way.

“And then the second half of our program is a little more operatic, darker. We’re taking love too far. And when that happens it’ll be more dramatic, crimes of passion.”

There will even be a murder mystery component.

“It’ll be stuff people know, and I think it will be a lot of fun,” McGillivray said.

In addition to MacGillivray, Sudbury’s award-winning baritone and star of opera and concert stages across Canada, the event will feature:

Danika Loren: Saskatchewan-raised soprano & recent graduate of the Canadian Opera Company’s training program

Ariana Chris: Greek-Canadian mezzo-soprano, the luminary of such stages as Royal Opera Covent Garden, Lyric Opera Chicago, NYC Opera and Opera Hong Kong.

Asitha Tennekoon: Sri Lankan-born tenor and Dora Award-winning lyric sensation.

Christopher Mokrzewski: virtuosic pianist and conductor, founding music director of Toronto’s indie sensation, Against the Grain Theatre.

Charlene Biggs: collaborative pianist and a fixture on Sudbury’s concert stages.

“There’s a lot of diversity in classical music,” McGillivray added. “People think it’s just symphonies or something. There’s a lot of diversity. Doing smaller offerings, like quartets and trios, duets, can really show you the incredible diversity in what we’ve come to call classical music.

Tickets are available through Eventbrite (www.eventbrite.ca) or at the door. General Admission tickets are $30 or $25 for students and seniors.

For more details, visit NorthernDebutNord.com, email info@NorthernDebutNord.com, or call 705-346-2134.

 

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