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The Thelma Johannes O’Neill Memorial Concert
Featuring Winners of the 42nd Annual Northern Alberta Concerto Competition (Strings)

Sunday, March 3, 2024 at 2 pm
Francis Winspear Centre for Music
 
Conductor:
Michael Massey
Conducting Intern: Rianna Burgess

PROGRAMME

Intermediate Orchestra

Where Corals Lie from Sea Pictures  /  Elgar  

Soloist:  Lesley Dolman, mezzo-soprano

Tame Bear from Wands of Youth, Suite 2   / Elgar

Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85  / Elgar

  1. Adagio, Moderato

  2. Lento, Allegro molto  

Soloist:  Anthony Yue

Wild Bears from Wands of Youth, Suite 2  /  Elgar

Sabbath Morning at Sea from Sea Pictures  /  Elgar

        Soloist:  Lesley Dolman, mezzo-soprano

Toccato  / Frescobaldi

Senior Orchestra

La Mer  / Debussy

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35   / Tchaikovsky

     Soloist:  Jessica Zhuang

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Soloists

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Lesley Dolman is a Mezzo-Soprano currently based in the Edmonton area. She currently sings with the Richard Eaton Singers and the Edmonton Opera Chorus, as well as performing as a soloist with various ensembles around the Edmonton area such as the University of Alberta Concert Choir, The Augustana Choir, the Madrigal Singers from the University of Alberta, the University Symphony Orchestra, and the Edmonton Youth Orchestra.She returned to Edmonton in 2020 after 5 years of living in Wales, where she completed her MA in Opera Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, in the studio of Lorna Anderson and performed in Weill's Street Scene (Emma Jones), Handel's Semele (Juno), Verdi's Falstaff (Meg Page) and Mozart's Le Nozze diFigaro (Cherubino).

Her other credits during her time in Wales include Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti (Dinah), with REPco Opera Productions, performing as the second soprano soloist with the Amici Choir and Orchestra in their performance of Mozart's Mass in C Minor under guest conductor Gareth Dayus-Jones, as well as the Alto solos in both Mendelssohn's Elijah with the Bryn Ogwr Choir and Orchestra, and Mozart’s Requiem with the Ensemble Vocale of the Conservatoire de Rouen.  She was also a featured performer of a solo recital as a part of the St. Albert Chamber Music Society’s 9th season.

 

Lesley also previously completed a Masters’ in Voice Performance at the Manhattan School of Music in New York under the Tutelage of Joan Patenaude-Yarnell, and a Bachelor’s in Opera Performance at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver under the tutelage of Heather Thompson-Price.

Anthony Yue started his musical journey with the piano at the age of four, and cello at the age of six. He is currently studying piano with David Tutt and cello with Rafael Hoekman.  Anthony placed first in the Canada West Performance Arts Festival 2023 and was awarded a gold medal for his RCM level 9 cello exam.  He enjoys playing with others and is currently part of a piano trio as well as the Edmonton Youth Orchestra.  Anthony is currently volunteering at the Sturgeon Hospital, playing music with his sister, to hopefully make someone’s day better. Some of his favorite things to do are folding origami, playing badminton, listening to music, playing with family, and meeting new people.

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Sixteen-year-old violinist Jessica Zhuang has been studying violin for over a decade with James Keene. She’s a regular participant at the Edmonton Music and Speech Arts Festival and has represented Edmonton at the Alberta Music Festival multiple times, winning first place in 2019.  In 2022, she won first place at the Canada West Performing Arts Festival, representing Alberta in the 17 and Under category. Jessica has also been the recipient of various scholarships; most notably the Ranald Shean Violin Scholarship and the Edmonton Philharmonic Scholarship.  In 2022 she earned her RCM Associate Diploma (ARCT) in violin studies (First Class Honours with Distinction). Jessica also studies the piano with David Tutt, and in 2020, she earned her RCM Associate Diploma (ARCT) in piano studies.

 

Jessica is an avid enjoyer of chamber music. She also enjoys performing for the community, especially for the senior residents at Canterbury Court and for benefit concerts.  She is a student at Old Scona Academic, where she is an executive for Music Club. In her free time, she enjoys listening to various interpretations of classical pieces, accompanying her brother on the piano, and promenading around the neighborhood.

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Ticket Information 

Adults:  $20 |  Seniors/Students:  $15

Group rate: 

     Over 20 students/seniors -  $15 Adult

                                                    $10  students/seniors

Available through: 

  • At the door

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