Jan 15, 2021 1:00pm
Feb 12, 2021 1:00pm
Bringing Music to Life
Witness the transformation from singer to creator as Pacific Opera’s resident citizen artists are mentored by industry professionals from across Canada.
You are invited to follow along here, where we’ll share photos and artist vlogs (video blogs) showcasing the artists’ process, their a-ha moments, and each of the personal journeys as they discovering their own creative potential. The year culminates in a series of eight Music Alive video recitals.
Soprano Charlotte Siegel, mezzo-soprano Simran Claire, tenor Kaden Forsberg, and baritone Micah Schroeder and were scheduled to participate in 40 Days of Opera this past summer, an event that was unfortunately postponed due to COVID-19. Instead, they will spend the 2020/21 year as Music Alive’s Civic Engagement Quartet, being mentored by artists accomplished in a variety of performing arts disciplines through a process of creation, story telling with voice, and authentic personal connection to song. They then in turn will mentor four local voice students, the Apprentice Civic Engagement Quartet, in diverse, authentic ways to engage in community, creating a peer-to-peer learning program that supports artists at all different stages in their journey.
Through artist-led learning, fostering creativity, and cultivating community, Music Alive brings music to life.
Charlotte Siegel | This I Wish
Listen intently as Charlotte Siegel shares her feelings on the current state of the world, and her hopes for a better future in her Music Alive recital, This I Wish.
“’Be safe’ is what my mother always says to me when I’m leaving somewhere. It doesn’t matter where I am or where I’m going, those are the last words I hear. I used to take offense to it…as if she didn’t trust who she raised me to be. As I got older though, I realized it had nothing to do with me and everything about outside.” – Charlotte Siegel
Kaden Forsberg | Something’s Coming
Join Kaden Forsberg as he takes us through his moving transformation from a jaded artist into someone willing to be vulnerable in order to make art that is real and that is “worth hearing”.
Kaden creates the feeling of old friends chatting with an openness that aligns perfectly with his end message of creating art that is true, and that can cut through all of the noise and hit people in a way that matters.
This video was made in partnership with Music at Christ Church Cathedral.
Micah Schroeder | Denkmal
Micah Schroeder’s Denkmal, the first Music Alive recital, is dedicated to his grandmother Ursula Schroeder.
Denkmal is a German word used to describe a monument, but more directly translates to “think once, or think for a moment”, and this recital perfectly embodies that sentiment. As Micah reflects on the life his grandmother led as a German immigrant, it causes all to pause and think for a moment on their own circumstances.
“As we transition to becoming singing professionals, we need to explore what makes us special as artists and what we have to say as people. We need to find ways to reach our communities and make a positive impact on our art and our surroundings. One of the most impactful ways to do this is to embrace and share who we are and where we come from. To explore how that directly colours the way we make music and relates to text and experience. I would like to explore these different possibilities in our work together and encourage these wonderful singers to step outside what is accepted as traditional classical repertoire and expectations and to explore what might be already in their back pocket but not yet viewed as valid or enough.” – Miriam Khalil, Music Alive Mentor
Civic Engagement Quartet
Apprentice Civic Engagement Quartet
- Aria Umezawa
- Giuseppe (Joey) Pietraroia
- Jessica Van der Veen
- Kimberley-Ann Bartczak
- Lyndsay Promane
- Miriam Khalil
- Nicholas Borg
- Rebecca Hass
- Shawn Macdonald
- Teiya Kasahara
What is a “citizen artist”?
Yo-Yo Ma defines citizen artists as those who “transcend technique in order to seek out the truth in our world in a way that gives meaning and sustenance to individuals and communities.”
It is a bridging of “high art” and “community art” that both serves artistic excellence and discourse, and uses artistic innovation to create social or civic impact.
While participating in Music Alive, the citizen artists in the Civic Engagement Quartet will work in collaboration with Pacific Opera’s civic partners, including the Inter Cultural Association of Greater Victoria, the Victoria Public Library, the Victoria Native Friendship Centre, and local educators to bring music to life for our community in new, meaningful ways.
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Music Alive Recitals
The next Music Alive Recital, by Simran Claire, is coming Friday, February 12th!
02/12/2021 01:00 PM
02/12/2021 01:30 PM
Music Alive Recital - Simran Claire
The premiere of Simran Claire's Music Alive Recital. Watch at https://pacificopera.ca/event/music-alive/
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Behind the Scenes
Music Alive Artists and Mentors in a Zoom Webinar!
Listen here as Simran Claire join's CBC Victoria's Kathryn Marlow on All Points West today to talk about Music Alive and her upcoming recital!