DTES Recital Series returns for four performances in May.

NEW DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE RECITAL SERIES: ‘MUSIC TO LIVE BY’ IN MAY 2008

City Opera Vancouver today announced a new recital series for residents of the Downtown Eastside, Strathcona and Chinatown.

“In May, we will be giving four more free recitals in our neighbourhood,” said City Opera President Dr Nora Kelly.

“We will be bringing great and beloved music to the people we have a special mandate to serve.

“City Opera has been offering wonderful music to the neighbourhood since 2005. In our new series, ‘Music To Live By’, we are offering soprano Michelle Koebke and pianist Miri Lee, two of our most accomplished young artists,” added Kelly.

Koebke and Lee will perform a one-hour program at four centres:

FRIDAY, 16 May
3pm, Carnegie Centre, Hastings x Main

NB: This recital will be televised on Shaw Cable, courtesy of Fearless TV, a project of the Community Arts Network. Sid Tan, producer.

WEDNESDAY, 21 May
2pm, Jacob’s Well, 239 Main Street

FRIDAY, 23 May
1:30pm, Evelyne Saller Centre, 320 Alexander Street

SATURDAY, 24 May
2pm, Dr Sun-Yat Sen Centre, with S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

‘Music To Live By’ will include Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, Wolf, Schubert, Moore, Fauré, and Bernstein, Gershwin and Sondheim.

City Opera Vancouver is a professional chamber opera company to be resident at the Pantages Theatre. It recently announced its first chamber opera commission: ‘Pauline’, to star the great Judith Forst, with music by Christos Hatzis and libretto by Margaret Atwood.

Further Information:

Kevin Dale McKeown
Director of Marketing, City Opera Vancouver
kevin@publicityplus.ca
778.228.2548

City Opera Vancouver operates in partnership with the Community Arts Council of Vancouver.

ARTIST BIOS

Michelle Koebke, soprano

Michelle was one of eight singers chosen nation-wide for Calgary Opera’s 2006/7 ‘Emerging Artist Program’ where she premiered the role of ‘Kate’ in Esactio/Murell’s Frobisher, broadcast on CBC Radio Two. Michelle has won many awards and competitions, including the "BC Festival of the Arts", in which she represented Vancouver. Recently, Michelle has been seen as guest soloist with Sinfonia: Orchestra of the North Shore; in a solo recital for Burnaby Lyric Opera; and, with the UBC Early Music Ensemble. She also performed the role of 'Adele' in Die Fledermaus for Burnaby Lyric Opera this spring. This young singer, recognized by the 'BC Entertainment Hall of Fame’ in 2001, has performed leading operatic roles in Vancouver, Toronto, and the Czech Republic. Upcoming, Michelle will travel to the Czech Republic, Italy and China to sing 'Donna Anna' in Mozart's Don Giovanni.

Miri Lee, pianist

An award-winning soloist, piano teacher, and sought-after accompanist, Miri Lee (www.pianistmiri.com) received undergraduate and Masters degrees in music performance from the University of British Columbia, and holds an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto music performer’s diploma. She is an in-demand wedding accompanist, the director of music at St. Alban’s Anglican Church in Richmond, and the winner of numerous trophies and scholarships from piano competitions. In 2005, Miri was selected by CBC Radio to perform in a national broadcast. Beside her life at the keyboard, Miri loves reading, playing with her dogs, and ballroom and salsa dancing.

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