LEITH SUMMER FESTIVAL – CONCERT ONE
Date: Saturday, June 30th, 2018
Time: 7:30 PM
Artists: Julie Nesrallah and Robert Kortgaard
“Summer smells like fresh cut grass and hot tar.
Summer tastes like wine, a barbecue, and fresh watermelon.
Summer sounds like waves crashing on the sand beach shore.
And the lazy drone of an airplane floating across a sunlit sky.”
Julie Nesrallah – Vocals
When you combine the superb musical talents of mezzo-soprano and broadcaster Julie Nesrallah with those of pianist Robert Kortgaard, then add an eclectic program of songs from opera, music theater, folk and jazz, that too
‘Sounds Like Summer’
And it’s the first concert of the 2018 Leith Summer Festival
Mezzo-soprano, Julie Nesrallah is a singer, actress and broadcaster who dazzles audiences with her engaging personality, and her rich and deeply expressive voice. Miss Nesrallah is regularly engaged by major symphony orchestras, opera companies, festivals and chamber music ensembles across North America and around the world.
In the winter of 2014, she was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her cultural contribution to Canada as a singer and as the host of CBC Radio 2’s daily national classical music program, Tempo.
Julie Nesrallah has been the recipient of several distinguished prizes and awards, including the Canada Council for the Arts Emerging Artist Award & Midcarreer Grant.
On July l, 2011 she sang “God Save the Queen” for His Royal Highness Prince William and Her Royal Highness Princess Kate during Canada Day festivities in Ottawa on Parliament Hill In a performance 1ha1 was viewed by millions of people around the world. She has also performed “An Evening for Peace” in Montreal for Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, and for Princess Haya in Amman, Jordan.
Miss Nesrallah is the Executive Producer and star of “Carmen on Tap”, a rogue opera company she created that performs Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen as dinner theatre. Carmen on Tap debuted at the Stratford Music Festival, and has also been performed at Lula lounge in Toronto, and in the Prince Edward County Music Festival.
Robert Kortgaard – Piano
Robert Kortgaard was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, and grew up In Calgary, Alberta. He completed his bachelor and masters degrees at the Juilliard School in New York City. As a recipient of arts awards from the Canada Council, he continued his musical studies in Italy and England.
Mr. Kortgaard has performed as a soloist with major Canadian orchestras and has given recitals throughout Canada and the United States, as well as In England, Finland, Portugal, Italy, Indonesia, the Czech Republic, and China. He is one of the country’s most respected concert pianists, having appeared with most of the country’s leading orchestras and recital societies. Mr. Kortgaard has become one of the most in-demand colleagues of Canada’s most esteemed vocalists and is a frequent partner of sopranos Wendy Nielsen, mezzo-soprano Jean Stilwell, cabaret diva Patricia O’Callaghan, and baritone Brett Polegato. For five years, he was resident musician at the University of New Brunswick, and he is now artistic director of the Indian River Festival in Prince Edward Island as well as the Leith Summer Festival.
Mr. Kortgaard makes his home in Toronto, from where he travels the world as an in-demand soloist and collaborative artist.
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