The concert takes place at Knox 5600 Balaclava Street, Vancouver
The Pre-Concert Chat with the artist starts at 1:45 pm
The Concert begins at 2 pm with no intermission
Followed by a complimentary Social Bar at 3 pm
Entrance is by donation and includes the social bar that follows the performance
Charcuterie Boards and a special wine beverage with French, German, Polish and American themes in honour of the nationalities of the composers featured in the program is planned for the January Social Bar
Coloratura soprano Magdalena How has just received her B.Mus in Opera Performance and continues to study with Nancy Hermiston at the University of British Columbia as she pursues her Master’s Degree. Having loved music all her life, Magdalena sang in choirs and participated in musical theatre both in school productions and in extra-curricular programs as a teenager before beginning her studies in opera.
* A Community Connection: Some of you may know that Magdalena is the oldest granddaughter of Knox’s former minister, Rev. Dr. Gordon How.
Her recent credits include: Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (UBC Opera/European Music Academy), Olympia in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Anna Sørensen in Puts’ Silent Night (UBC Opera), Elvira in Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri (UBC Opera/European Music Academy), and Clorinda in Rossini’s La Cenerentola (UBC Opera).
Magdalena also enjoys singing at other events in and around Vancouver, her hometown. She is also looking forward to appearing as the soprano soloist in the Fauré Requiem with the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra in April 2020.
Derek Stanyer grew up in Langley, BC. He received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Victoria in 2010, and his Masters of Music from the University of Ottawa in 2012 on a full scholarship. He has won numerous awards and prizes, including finalist in the national Knigge Piano Competition, University of Victoria Concerto Competition, University of Ottawa Concerto Competition, and the Sooke Philharmonic Concerto Competition. He won the top prize in the Johann Strauss Competition, allowing him to study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria in 2012. He has also attended the Vancouver International Song Institute, and Strings and Keys chamber music program in Alberta.
Derek completed a diploma at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris from 2012 to 2014, and is currently in the Doctorate of Musical Arts program at the University of British Columbia on a full Doctoral Fellowship.
He has performed extensively both as a soloist and as a collaborative pianist throughout Canada, France, Belgium, Austria, Netherlands, USA, and Mexico. He has worked as a vocal coach for the UBC Summer Opera program since 2014, and is currently working as an opera coach for UBC Opera.
Recent performances include the NATSAA vocal competition, the Vancouver Fringe Festival, the Silk Purse Gallery concert series, and the Music Friends concert series.
Derek's doctoral research relates to the art songs of Nikolai Medtner, which are a substantial yet largely ignored part of the art song repertoire.