"I am 3/4ths Canadian, and one 4th New Englander - I had ancestors on both sides in the Revolutionary war." - Elizabeth Bishop

Sunday, September 8, 2013

An Afternoon with Suzie LeBlanc

Join us for a inspiring afternoon about art and life with renowned soprano Suzie LeBlanc. Hear about her many exciting projects, including the Elizabeth Bishop Legacy Recording, about to be launched! This event is a fund-raiser for the Elizabeth Bishop House.

Where: Elizabeth Bishop House, Great Village, N.S.
(8740 Highway # 2, right across from Wilson’s)
When: Sunday, 22 September 2013, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Space is limited to 15 people so don’t wait!
Suggested gift $25.00
Reservations will be taken on a first come basis, and they will go fast!!
Light refreshments
(tea, coffee, savouries and sweets)
RSVP ASAP to reserve a place

Suzie LeBlanc first made her mark with music of the 16th and 17th centuries, performing on international stages and researching and recording many unedited works. She appears on over 50 recordings with the world’s leading early music ensembles.

In 2004, she began adding Acadian folk music, art song and lieder to her repertoire, and recorded Mozart lieder with Yannick Nezet-Seguin. She followed this recording with "Chants de terre et de ciel" by Messiaen and "Tempi con variazioni" with the ensemble Melosphere. The last two were awarded an Opus Prize in the Contemporary and World Music categories.

During the Elizabeth Bishop Centenary Festival (2011), she commissioned and premiered several Canadian works on Bishop' poems - works by Alasdair MacLean, Christos Hatzis, Emily Doolittle and John Plant. This repertoire, paired with Linda Rae Dornan's documentary "Walking with EB" is being released this fall.

Suzie has appeared in several documentaries and played the lead role in the feature film “Lost Song,” which won the City TV's Best Canadian Film award at TIFF in 2008. Her many contributions to culture have earned her four honorary doctorates, and in 2011, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) awarded her a bursary for her career achievements.

After a recital tour with pianist Julius Drake this summer, she performed Israel in Egypt for Festival Vancouver and premiered a work by Peter Togni with Sanctuary in Nova Scotia. This coming fall, she performs arias from famous soundtracks with the East Texas Symphony, Carrissimi's Jephte with Tafelmusik, "Summertime" (from Purcell to Gershwin) with Les Voix Humaines, Handel duets and arias with Daniel Taylor for the Montreal Bach Festival and a Christmas concert with Vancouver's Pacific Baroque Orchestra, directed by Alexander Weimann. She will perform the newly released Elizabeth Bishop songs with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra in February 2014, directed by Anne Manson.

Suzie LeBlanc is the founder and artistic director of Le Nouvel Opéra, whose recording of Caldara's "La conversione di Clodoveo", directed by Alexander Weimann, was nominated for a Juno Award.

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