‘Mozart’s Voices’ to fill the new recital hall in Accolade East

York’s Music Department joins the worldwide celebrations of the 250th anniversary of the birth of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with performances of some of his best-loved works for voice.

Mozart’s music is like an eternal summer’s day, ever warm and vivacious. Music lovers can catch his sunny spirit on March 1, when classical voice students from the studios of York faculty Catherine Robbin, Norma Burrowes, Stephanie Bogle, Delia Wallis and Benjamin Butterfield take centre stage in “Mozart’s Voices”. The concerts will be held in the Recital Hall, Accolade East at 12:30 and 7:30 pm.

Coordinated by internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Robbin, the two performances will feature Mozart’s songs as well as selected arias and ensembles from his operas, including The Marriage of Figaro, Zaide, Don Giovanni, Cosi fan Tutte, Magic Flute and La Clemenza di Tito. The program showcases the undisputed greatness of the composer and the rich, full tones of the young artists’ voices.

Susan Black will provide the piano accompaniment at the 12:30pm concert, while Raisa Nakhmanovich will do the honours at the 7:30pm performance.

The Department of Music moved into its new home in Accolade East during Reading Week. An elated Robbin said, “I am thrilled with the new spaces for teaching and performing. The hall itself is absolutely gorgeous. I think the lively acoustic will be very favourable to voices. I haven’t heard voices in there yet, so we are all very excited to have this first opportunity this week. It’ll be the first time we’ve ever had dressing rooms too, so that’s a very special bonus.”

Like bouquets of spring flowers, Mozart’s Voices will delight and energize the senses – a classical tribute to one of the world’s most beloved classical composers.

The midday performance is free and the evening performance is $10 and $5 for students and seniors. For more information, call 416-736-5186.

This article was submitted to YFile by Mary-Lou Schagena in the Faculty of Fine Arts.