Carissa Klopoushak, violin
Kateryna Khartova, soprano
Joel Allsion, bass-baritone
Canadian Larysa Kuzmenko set out to write a new oratorio to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Ukrainian immigration to Canada. The SSO is proud to be one of five orchestras performing this incredible new work that has a deep meaning to the cultural landscape of the prairies. The performance features Saskatoon’s own Kateryna Khartova in her orchestral debut.
Violinist Carissa Klopoushak grew up playing in the SSO, and we couldn’t be more proud to welcome her for her SSO solo debut. A violinist known for her fearless playing of expressive new music, Carissa will perform a Canadian concerto work for violin and orchestra.
Ukrainian folk music played a central role in many of Tchaikovsky’s great works, none more poignantly than his second symphony. The work shows his clear love for the people and his Ukrainian family roots.
Golden Harvest- Larysa Kuzmenko
Unreasonable World – Michael Oesterle
Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17 – Piotr Ilych Tchaikovsky
Soprano Kateryna Khartova moved to Canada from Ukraine at the age of 18. During her first year in Saskatoon she started taking voice lessons and immediately fell in love with opera. For the past several years Katya has been studying voice under the tutelage of Dr. Garry Gable and Kathleen Lohrenz Gable at the University of Saskatchewan with a dream of building a career in opera. Kateryna has been a chorus member in numerous operas with the Saskatoon Opera Company and has twice been selected to attend the Opera NUOVA singing summer program in Edmonton. In the past two years Kateryna has won the Wallis Memorial Silver and Bronze Grand Awards at the Saskatchewan Music Festival Finals. This performance marks Kateryna’s orchestral debut.
Canadian Bass-Baritone Joel Allison is an up and coming singer whose voice has been described to have “Crisp tones blessed with a silken smoothness.” (Brian Hay) He has performed with many Canadian ensembles including: the Peterborough Singers, the Seventeen Voyces Chamber Choir, the Strings of St. John’s Ottawa, and the Talisker Players in Toronto.
Joel performs regularly in both opera and concert. His performed operatic roles are varied, including the title role in the opera Don Quixote by George Telemann, Lepporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Don Alfonso and Guglielmo in Mozart’s Cosi FanTutte, Aeneas in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and premiering the of role Beppe in Andrew Ager’s opera Casanova. In concert Joel has performed Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s Cantata 82 Ich Habe Genug, Handel’s Messiah, and the role of Adam in Haydn’s Creation. In chamber music, Joel has performed many contemporary works with the Talisker Players including works by Canadian composers Andrew Ager and Juliet Hess. With collaborators in Ottawa Joel has performed Stravinsky’s L’histoire du Soldat, a set of songs by Andrew Ager Idle Thoughts and other contemporary works.
Upcoming performances include the role of Mr. Gobineau in The Medium by Gian Carlo Menotti, and the role of John Shears in Paul Bunyan by Benjamin Britten at the University of Toronto.
An ardent choral singer, Joel has sung in many choirs including: St. Andrew’s Church in Ottawa, The Theater of Early Music, Tafelmusik Baroque Chamber Choir, and is the Bass soloist at Trinity St. Paul’s United in Toronto. Joel is also an alumnus of the Ontario Youth Choir and the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute. Joel has a BMus in vocal performance from the University of Ottawa. He is now pursuing a Diploma in Opera Performance at the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Daniel Taylor and is a core member of the Tafelmusik Baroque Chamber Choir.
Carissa Klopoushak has made a name for herself as a curious, creative, and versatile violinist. A charismatic and engaging performer, Carissa’s playing has been described as the complete package of sensitive musicianship and effortless technique. Carissa proudly joined Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra in September 2014, after having performed with the group for a number of years, including many of their national tours and their 2013 tour of China.
Carissa considers all of Canada to be her home. She has toured the country extensively, performing recitals forDebut Atlantic and as the winner of the 2009 Eckhardt-Grammatté National Music Competition with Canadian pianist Philip Chiu. Carissa has been featured at both the Ottawa Chamberfest, Montreal Chamber Music Festivals, and Toronto Summer Music. Carissa performs with many chamber groups in Ottawa and Montreal, including the newly-formed Ironwood Quartet, Ensemble Mooncrest, Warhol Dervish, and Portmantô. She spent much of 2014 performing with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, whom she joined for a series of tours and recordings, including a residency at The Banff Centre.
Carissa grew up in the small prairie city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Still active in the prairie music scene today, Carissa is an Artistic Director of the Ritornello Chamber Music Festival, an annual event that aims to provide Saskatchewan audiences the opportunity to hear innovative, fresh concerts performed by young, engaging Canadian musicians who are currently pursuing professional careers across the country and around the globe.
Carissa is the lead singer and violinist in the Ukrainian band Тут і Там (pronounced Toot ee Tahm). Established in 2003, the band has recorded three albums, performed at the Toronto, Montreal, Dauphin, and Vegreville Ukrainian festivals as well as in Sydney, Australia. The band recently released their fourth full-length album, Obriad, in the summer of 2015.
Carissa has taught violin and chamber music at McGill University where she also recently completed a doctorate in violin performance, focusing on the little-known violin repertoire by Ukrainian composers. She now coaches chamber music at Ottawa University. Her recent recordings include chamber works of the Second Viennese school with Gruppo Montebello and Pierrot Lunaire with Ensemble Mooncrest. She will be releasing a recording of duos with Philip Chiu in 2016. A laureate of the 2012 Canada Council of the Arts Musical Instrument Bank Competition, Carissa performed on the 1869 Jean Baptiste Vuillaume violin (with Vuillaume model bow). She now plays on a 2009 violin by Mark Schnurr of Flesherton, Ontario. She also occasionally performs on the viola. When not performing, rehearsing, or traveling, Carissa can be found expanding her love of coffee in some little café, somewhere…
Golden Harvest – Kuzmenko
Canadian composer Larysa Kuzmenko has been likened to film composers John Williams and Danny Elfman for her vivid imagination. We present her newest work Golden Harvest, an oratorio celebrating the 125th anniversary of Ukrainian settlement in Canada
Unreasonable World – Oesterle
Symphony No. 2 – Tchaikovsky
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