Katalin Kiss is one of the most experienced and diverse vocalists
currently working in Ontario. Katalin is originally from Toronto
and now resides in Elora where she is an "in demand"
session vocalist, performer and vocal teacher. She has appeared
as back-up vocalist in concert with Ben E. King, Del Shannon
and Gary U.S. Bonds and was a featured vocalist and dancer
in a national bi-centennial tour show under the direction
of Howard Cable. Katalin has recorded with Ray Lyle and The
Storm, Laura Mattsson and Garnet Rogers as back-up vocalist
and has also been in a variety of jingles and radio and television
spots including the Variety Club and Easter Seals Telethon
A strong dynamic vocalist in her own right, Katalin currently
can be seen in a number of Jazz, Acoustic and Rock projects
in Toronto. When not in concert, Katalin continues to pursue
a solo career as a writer and performer. She is a fabulous
addition to the Jeans and Classics family.
Music Director of Tafelmusik since 1981, Jeanne Lamon has
been praised by critics in Europe and North America for her
virtuosity as a violinist and her strong musical leadership.
Her solo recordings of Vivaldi’s Four
Seasons and Bach Violin Concertos
with Tafelmusik have been widely praised. Ms. Lamon has received
numerous awards: recent honours include the Prix
Alliance from the Alliance Française, and the
1997 M. Joan Chalmers Award for
Artistic Direction. In 1994 Ms. Lamon received an honorary
Doctor of Letters degree from York University, and in 1999
she received the Canada Council for the Arts' prestigious
Molson Prize. In 2000 Jeanne was appointed a member of the
Order of Canada in recognition of her exceptional achievements
as Music Director of Tafelmusik. Jeanne guest directs symphony
orchestras regularly across Canada. Recent engagements include
the Vancouver Symphony, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Calgary
Philharmonic and Symphony Nova Scotia. Ms. Lamon teaches at
the University of Toronto and the Royal Conservatory of Music.
This season marks Joseph Lanza’s 17th as Concertmaster
of Orchestra London. Joseph has an abiding love of chamber
music, performing in countless smaller ensembles on Orchestra
London programmes, concerts at Aeolian Hall and the University
of Western Ontario as well as other concert series such as
the New Hampshire Music Festival and the Glenn Gould Studio.
Joseph’s interest in music of the 17th and 18th century
has led to a journey into new musical territory; performance
on period instruments. This has resulted in regular engagements
with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Opera Atelier, several
recordings and tours to Europe and the Far East.
Kurt has had
engagements in Pittsburgh, Calgary, Dallas and Vancouver.
The tall, bilingual Winnipeg native has been hailed for "beautiful
and lyrical singing...impassioned in keeping with the text,
soaring to seemingly effortless high 'b' flats" in repertoire
ranging from Pinkerton in Madam Butterfly to Camille in Die
Recent highlights include Barinkay in Pacific Opera Victoria's
Der Zigeunerbaron, Carlson in Of Mice and Men for Vancouver
Opera and Chevalier de la Force in Dialogues Des Carmelites
for Calgary Opera. The busy tenor took his first bow with
Timothy Vernon's Pacific Opera Victoria as Pinkerton and he
repeated the role for Opera Saskatchewan and Mississauga Opera.
He has appeared with the Vancouver Symphony for a 'Tea and
Trumpets' concert of Opera arias. Kurt has also appeared with
Orchestra London in Verdi's Requiem and Handel's Messiah in
the 2005/06 season.
London Pro Musica performs an extensive
range of classical music--from the medieval to the contemporary--both
for accompanied and unaccompanied voices, especially works
by Canadian composers. The choir also has a repertoire of
popular music, including jazz and folk renditions, and selections
from musical theatre. LPM remains the oldest unaffiliated
concert choir in the region with a current membership of approximately
LPM offers an annual subscription series of three concerts,
and it typically accepts 3-4 contracted engagements per year.
In addition, the choir performs regularly with Orchestra London
Canada, a collaborative relationship that dates back more
than twenty-five years. LPM also appears as guest artist with
other ensembles throughout southwest and central Ontario.
LPM has participated in several world premiere performances.
Most recently, LPM presented the inaugural performance of
Andrew Petrasiunas' Shingebiss, a work for choir and brass
commissioned by LPM.
Since the 2000-2001 season, one of LPM's priorities has been
to showcase the exciting range of artistic possibilities available
locally through collaboration with other music organizations.
In the 2003-2004 season alone, LPM performed with Orchestra
London, Antler River Project, The Aeolian Winds, the Amabile
Boys Choir, the Amabile Chamber Choir, and the UWO Singers.
Denys Mailhiot is an actor, singer, dancer, director and
designer. He has won awards for his acting and is very popular
with orchestra's all over Canada. In music theatre, he has
sung leading roles in Camelot, Mikado, The Merry Widow and
Die Fledermaus. His vocal virtuosity comes from a phenomenal
two and a half octave range.
Denys and Brian Jackson also have collaborated on a CD entitled
"We'll Gather Lilacs".
Jean Meilleur was born in Madison, Wisconsin
and moved to Detroit, Michigan at a young age. This helped
shape his passion for the Green Bay Packers and the Motown,
Soul and R 'n B sounds of the early seventies.
He has been performing professionally for
over twenty years and is thrilled to be involved with Jean
'n Classics, a London, Ontario based Orchestral Rock Show,
that tours North American concert halls. Now in his eleventh
year as a Jeans 'n Classics headliner, Jean has performed
with major North American Orchestras. His sold-out shows include
the music of Elton John, The Moody Blues, The Beatles, Bruce
Springsteen, Motown and the list goes on.
Jean's first solo C.D entitled "The
Widow Compleat" is scheduled for release in Spring 2006.
"It's been a long time coming, but many of my experiences
have taken until now to crystilize. It's really about defining
moments that change us forever".
In addition to an active career as a solo
performer and songwriter he can also be heard on many national
radio and TV ads. Go Pack Go!
Catharina has been a faculty member at the Oberlin Conservatory
since 1975. She received her B.M. and Performers Certificate
1996, at Eastman School of Music. Her cello study was completed
with Ronald Leonard and Viola da gamba study with August Wenzinger,
Basel, Switzerland, 1968-71.
Her performances include playing the viola de gamba and baroque
cello throughout the U.S. as a member of the Oberlin Baroque
Ensemble, Cleveland Baroque Soloists, and Oberlin Consort
of Viols since 1971. She has had recitals at Carnegie Recital
Hall and Smithsonian Institution, and solo appearances with
Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Apollo's Fire and Lyra.
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