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The Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg is proud to be the oldest continuously operating musical organization in Winnipeg, as we bring you another exciting five concert season!  We are celebrating 125 years!

Ticket Price: General Admission – $30, Under 30 – $15

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Andrew Haji, Canadian tenor, is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after voices on both the operatic and concert stages. A graduate of the Canadian Opera Company (COC) Ensemble Studio, Andrew’s recent operatic roles include Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore (COC, 2017), Gabriel Dumont in Louis Riel by Harry Somers (COC and Festival d’opéra de Québec, 2017), Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute (COC, 2017), Hélios in Félicien David’s Herculanum (Wexford Festival Opera, 2016), Rodolfo in Puccini’s La bohème (Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, 2016), Alfredo in Verdi’s La traviata (COC, 2015), Count Almaviva in the Ensemble Studio performance of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville(COC, 2015), Rodriguez in Massenet’s Don Quichotte (COC, 2014), and Ferrando in the Ensemble Studio performance of Mozart’s Così fan tutte (COC, 2014).

Andrew performed the role of Count Almaviva with the Salzburg Festival Young Singers Project in July and August, 2015. In the summer of 2014, Andrew performed the role of Rodolfo in Puccini’s La bohèmeat the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy. He had previously attended COSI, performing the roles of Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanniin 2011 and Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore in 2010. He has also recently performed the role of Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte both at the Music Academy of the West in 2013 and at the Accademia Europea dell’Opera in 2012.

In September 2014, Andrew was the recipient of the Grand Prix, the Press Prize, and the Junior Jury Prize at the 50th International Vocal Competition in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands. In July 2013, Andrew received an Encouragement Award in the Marilyn Horne Song Competition held at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. In November 2012, he was selected as the second prize winner of the Canadian Opera Company’s second annual Ensemble Studio Competition.

Andrew graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Music in 2013 with a Master of Music in Opera degree, and in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music in Performance degree. His University of Toronto opera credits include Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Rob Ford in Rob Ford, the Opera, Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Lacouf/Reporter from Paris in Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias, Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Vanderdendur/Ragotski in Bernstein’s Candide, and Cecco in Haydn’s Il mondo della luna.

Andrew’s recent and upcoming oratorio engagements include performances of Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s The Creation, Verdi’s Requiem, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle, Bach’s St Matthew Passion, and Mozart’s RequiemGreat Mass in C minor, and Coronation Mass.

Acclaimed Canadian pianist Jon Kimura Parker describes Madeline Hildebrand as “an extraordinary young artist whose communicative skills convey the essence of all that she plays. Her pianism is of the highest level, and she has an instinctive understanding of beautiful sound.” 

Madeline began her serious piano studies with Judith Kehler Siebert at the University of Manitoba, and graduated with a Masters of Piano Performance from the University of British Columbia following her studies with distinguished pianist, Jane Coop. Her piano career has taken her coast to coast in Canada and the U.S.A, to Italy, and to Romania upon invitation of the European Cultural Arts Festival. Recent concert highlights include a solo performance of Philip Glass’s music along with Glass himself, featured composer with the WSO’s celebrated New Music Festival 2018, a concerto performance with the Thunder Bay Orchestra, a cross-Canada tour with soprano Sarah Kirsch, and a premier of Pat Carrabre’s piano quintet 100,000 Lakes for the Agassiz Chamber Music Festival. She has appeared numerous times in the WSO Soundbytes series.

Madeline plays regularly with Manitoba’s foremost classical players in established series such as the Virtuosi Concerts, the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg, Agassiz Chamber Music Festival, the Millennium Centre’s summer chamber concerts, and with the Brandon Chamber Players, to name a few. She was awarded first prize for her solo performance with the WSO in the Women’s Musical Club’s McLellan Competition (2012), and a silver standing in Canada’s prestigious Eckhardt Gramatté National Competition 2013. She is the pianist in Manitoba’s newly formed trio, Ensemble Exchange.

In demand as a teacher and clinician, Maddy maintains a large studio of vibrant, enthusiastic piano students, and is a regular faculty member at the Rosamunde Summer Festival in Winnipeg. She serves on the board of Virtuosi Concerts where she spearheads their Young Artists Program, and as an adjudicator she has appeared at numerous festivals throughout Manitoba. Upcoming engagements can be found on her website calendar.

Tickets can be purchased online through Eventbrite or at McNally Robinson Booksellers – Grant Park. Tickets will also be available at the door. For a season brochure or to order a subscription by phone – call 204-944-9431.

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