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“Orlando” receives Juno nomination

orlandoAlexander Weimann, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, and Early Music Vancouver have been nominated for a Juno award for “Handel: Orlando”!

The performance at the 2012 Vancouver Early Music Festival was followed by a studio recording on the ATMA Classique label, which featured the Pacific Baroque Orchestra under Alexander Weimann, together with soloists Karina Gauvin, Amanda Forsythe, Allyson McHardy, Nathan Berg and Owen Willetts. The album was also a Gramophone Magazine Editor’s Choice for February 2014.

“Prima Donna” wins Félix prize

Prima Donna CDAlexander Weimann, Arion Baroque Orchestra, and soprano Karina Gauvin won the 2013 Félix prize in the category of Album of the Year – Classical / Vocal for Prima Donna! The album pays tribute to baroque diva Anna Maria Strada del Pò, and features Ms. Gauvin in rarities by Vinci, Vivaldi and some of the greatest Handel arie di bravura. The CD also won the 2013 JUNO Award in its category and is nominated for the 2013 Opus Prize for “Album of the Year”. Prima Donna has received critical accolades around the world, including a 10/10 from Classics Today.

Handel’s “Israel in Egypt” at the 2013 Vancouver Early Music Festival

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 7:30 pm
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC

Information: 604 732-1610 or
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Water turns to blood, flies buzz, and hailstones rain down as Handel leads us through the ten plagues, the crossing of the Red Sea, and the drowning of Pharoah’s armies.

The great biblical drama of liberation comes alive, as Alexander Weimann directs an all-star cast in this choral & orchestral tour de force by one of music history’s most imaginative storytellers.

Alexander Weimann, music director
Suzie LeBlanc & Shannon Mercer, sopranos
Reginald L. Mobley & Laura Pudwell, altos
Colin Balzer & Charles Daniels, tenors
Tyler Duncan & Sumner Thompson, baritones
Robert Macdonald, bass

Pacific Baroque Orchestra
– strings, flutes, oboes, bassoons, trombones, trumpets, timpani, harpsichords, organ

Early Music Vancouver Vocal Ensemble
– a double choir of 12 singers each, including the vocal soloists, augmented by West Coast choral singers

This performance is made possible through the generous assistance of the Drance Family Fund, the Mary and Gordon Christopher Foundation, the John Hardie Mitchell Family Foundation, the Nemetz Foundation, and a number of major anonymous donors.

Alex, Ensemble Arion and Karina Gauvin win a Juno Award!

Prima Donna CDAlexander Weimann and the Arion Orchestra, along with soprano Karina Gauvin have won a Juno Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral Performance for their CD PRIMA DONNA!

“Canada’s superstar soprano Karina Gauvin has impressed audiences and critics the world over with her luscious timbre, profound musicality and wide vocal range. The Globe and Mail calls her “one of the dream sopranos of our time.” The Sunday Times in London also wrote, “her glinting soprano, bright-edged yet deliciously rounded and sensual, is used with rare understanding for character.” On the operatic and concert stage, she has performed with conductors as diverse as Charles Dutoit, Kent Nagano, Semyon Bichkov, Roger Norrington, Alan Curtis, Christopher Hogwood, Helmuth Rilling, Andrea Marcon, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Bernard Labadie, and Christophe Rousset. Also active as a recitalist, she has collaborated with several chamber music ensembles and with pianists Marc-André Hamelin, Michael McMahon and Roger Vignoles. In addition to Karina Gauvin’s solo discs produced by the ATMA label, many of her recordings have been nominated for a Grammy and have won prizes at the JUNO Awards and OPUS Awards. More recently, her characterization of Manlio in Vivaldi’s opera Tito Manlio on the Naïve label with the Accademia Byzantina was called “riveting” by Opera News. With Il Complesso Barocco under Alan Curtis, she has sung in concert and recorded Handel’s Ezio, Tolomeo and Alcina for the Deutsche Grammophon.”