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SCHUBERT & SHOSTAKOVICH Virtual Concert

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Sinfonia Toronto plays great masterpieces by Schubert and Shostakovich - with dazzling Mezzosoprano Beste Kalender - Nurhan Arman conducs.

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SINFONIA TORONTO

NURHAN ARMAN Conductor

BESTE KALENDER Mezzosoprano

Program

STANLEY GRILL “1918” for voice and orchestra world premiere

SHOSTAKOVICH Chamber Symphony Opus 49a

De FALLA Seven Popular Spanish Songs

SAMAN SHAHI Suspended Doorways

SCHUBERT Symphony No. 5


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Beste Kalender, Mezzo-soprano - Described as having “a voice that is both fluid and expressive” (Opera News) and “a voice to watch” (Opera Canada), Turkish-Canadian mezzo soprano Beste Kalender’s first appearance at Carnegie Hall was in 2017 as part of the Spotlight Recital Series, after which she was featured as the Artist of Month by Musical America Worldwide. She returned to Carnegie Hall in 2018 for the Marilyn Horne Song Celebration, along with internationally celebrated artists such as Isabel Leonard, Nicole Cabell, Warren Jones and Lester Lynch.

A frequent performer on concert and opera stages internationally, Beste has recently performed at Helikon Opera (Russia), Bolshoi Theatre (Belarus), Teatro Comunale di Bologna (Italy), Sori Festival (Jeonju, Korea) and Les Chorégies D’Orange (France), as well as in various productions in Canada with companies such as Edmonton Opera, Calgary Opera, Opera On The Avalon, Against The Grain Theatre, Toronto Operetta Theatre, Voicebox: Opera in Concert, Brott Music Festival, Banff Centre etc. She made her professional debut in the title role of Bizet’s Carmen with Calgary Opera, where she was a member of the Emerging Artist Program. Her dramatic participation on the opening night was widely acclaimed in the media: “..On one hours’ notice, mezzo-soprano Beste Kalender, originally scheduled to sing the role of Mercedes, learned that she would have to sing the title role. This she did, and with remarkable success…” (Calgary Herald). Her American role debut was with the title role in La Cenerentola by Rossini at Music Academy of The West.

Among her accolades, Beste is a recipient of the 2015 & 2017 Canada Council for The Arts Grant for Professional Musicians, she has been named Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques in Canada (2013-2019) and won the 2016 Sylva-Gelber Foundation Award, the 2018 Inaugural Stuart Hamilton Memorial Award and most recently, the 2019 Prix Jeune Espoir Lyrique du Canada from Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20 Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques. Beste holds an Artist Diploma in Voice from The RCM’s Glenn Gould School as well as a Master’s Degree in Developmental Psychology from University of Toronto where she studied music cognition and development.

Beste’s repertoire includes roles such as Helene (La Belle Helene, Toronto Operetta Theatre), Carmen (Carmen, Calgary Opera), The Old Lady (Candide, Edmonton Opera), Leokadja Begbick (Rise and Fall of the city Mahagonny, Voicebox: Opera in Concert), Jade Boucher & Mrs. Patrick DeRocher (Dead Man Walking, Opera On The Avalon), Flora (La Traviata, Edmonton Opera), Zerlina (Don Giovanni, Amici Chamber Ensemble), Bianca (The Rape of Lucretia, Banff Centre & Against The Grain Theatre & Canadian Opera Company), Giovanna (Rigoletto, Teatro Comunale di Bologna), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel, CoOPERAtive Program at Westminster), Cenerentola (La Cenerentola, Music Academy of The West), Mercedes (Carmen, Music Academy of The West), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Stephano (Romeo et Juliette), Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte) among others.

Sinfonia Toronto now in its 23rd season, has toured twice in Europe, in the US, South America and China, receiving glowing reviews. It has released four CD’s, including a JUNO Award winner, and performs in many Ontario cities. Its extensive repertoire includes all the major string orchestra works of the 18th through 21st centuries, and it has premiered many new works. Under the baton of Nurhan Arman the orchestra’s performances present outstanding international guest artists and prominent Canadian musicians.

Maestro Nurhan Arman has conducted throughout Europe, Asia, South America, Canada and the US, returning regularly to many orchestras in Europe. Among the orchestras Maestro Arman has conducted are the Moscow Philharmonic, Deutsches Kammerorchester Frankfurt, Filarmonica Italiana, St. Petersburg State Hermitage Orchestra, Orchestre Regional d’Ile de France, Hungarian Symphony, Arpeggione Kammerorchester, Milano Classica and Belgrade Philharmonic.


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