|Performer:||Alexandra Smither – Soprano
40th Eckhardt-Gramatté National Competition Winner
|Time & Date:||2:00 p.m. – Sunday, November 12, 2017|
|Location:||Winnipeg Art Gallery, 300 Memorial Blvd.|
|Tickets:*||$20, Student tickets $5|
2017 E-Gré Winner
Alexandra Smither, soprano
Congratulations to Alexandra Smither and Pierre-André Doucet for winning the 40th National Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition!
We look forward to having you perform on our stage November 12th 2017 – 2 pm at the WAG, as part of your cross-country tour!
Congratulations to you both and to all the performers and accompanists throughout the competition! 👏🏻
In Alexandra’s words……
“It is our duty as performers to facilitate and encourage the creation of new music, as well as to program it interesting and engaging ways! Audiences are incredibly open to experiencing new repertoire, so we must have the drive, curiosity, and commitment to create inspiring and irresistible new experiences for them! The best new music illuminates not only the struggles and wonders of our modern world, but also the timelessness of our human condition. To be alive, making this music, and watching our art form grow into the 21st century is the most exhilarating and joyful part of my work!”
Soprano Alexandra Smither is quickly making a name for herself the worlds of both old and new classical music. Ms. Smither is a graduate of the University of Toronto (B.Mus 2014), where she received one of the Music Department’s highest graduating awards, the Tecumseh Sherman Rogers Award. She continued her studies, fully funded, at Rice University’s prestigious Shepherd School of Music (M.Mus 2016), While there she co-founded and managed the University’s student-lead new music ensemble, Hear & Now. She has held fellowships at the Music Academy of the West, SongFest, as a Marc and Eva Fellow, and the Franz Schubert Institute of Lieder. In 2017 she was a fellow at Songfest’s inaugural Winter Intensive and Marilyn Horne’s “The Song Continues” at Carnegie Hall. In February of 2017, she was an Artist in Residence at the Banff Centre’s “Concert in the 21st Century” as the recipient of the John and Sheilagh Languille Artist Award. In May, she will be touring parts of Michigan and Ontario with a program of contemporary music for soprano and violin. In June, she makes her principal debut as Mrs. Waters with Toronto’s Opera 5 in their production of Ethyl Symth’s “The Boatswain’s Mate” in Toronto before travelling to begin her work as a soprano fellow for the 2017 Tanglewood Festival. www.alexandrasmither.com
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