MUSIQUE ROYALE

August 20 - 24, 2019

And So It Goes

Leading up to his debut at the Metropolitan Opera, dynamo baritone Brett Polegato joins major collaborative pianist Robert Kortgaard to present a heartfelt peppering of songs from Cole Porter, Rogers & Hammerstein and Billy Joel with selections from hit musicals like Sweeney Todd, Les Mis, and Carousel.

About the artists

Brett Polegato

Brett Polegato’s artistic sensibility has earned him the highest praise from audiences and critics: “his is a serious and seductive voice” says The Globe and Mail, and The New York Times has praised him for his “burnished, well-focused voice” which he uses with “considerable intelligence and nuance.” He appears regularly on the world’s most distinguished stages including those of Lincoln Center, La Scala, the Concertgebouw, the Opéra National de Paris, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, the Teatro Real, Roy Thomson Hall, the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, and has collaborated with conductors such as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Daniele Gatti, Andris Nelsons, Bernard Haitink, Seiji Ozawa, Jeffrey Tate, Marc Minkowski, and Martyn Brabbins. He can be heard as soloist in the Grammy Awards’ Best Classical Recording of 2003 - Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony (Telarc) with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Robert Spano.

Robert Kortgaard

Pianist Robert Kortgaard has performed as a soloist with major Canadian orchestras and has given recitals throughout Canada and the United States, as well as in England, Finland, Portugal, Italy, Indonesia, the Czech Republic, China and Japan. He is a favorite collaborator of many of Canada’s finest instrumental soloists, vocalists and chamber groups (including sopranos Isabel Bayrakdarian, Sumi Jo, Jane Archibald, Adrianne Pieczonka, Suzie LeBlanc and Erin Wall, cabaret artist Patricia O’Callaghan, mezzo soprano’s Julie Nesrallah and Susan Platts, violinist Joshua Bell, and with prima ballerina Veronica Tennant on a production entitled “Invitation to the Dance). His performances are frequently heard on CBC Radio, and he has recorded for the Centrediscs, Marquis Classics/EMI, CBC Records, Teldec and ATMA Classique labels. Pianist Robert Kortgaard was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and grew up in Calgary, Alberta. He completed his Bachelor and Master’s degrees at the Juilliard School in New York City. As a recipient of arts awards from the Canada Council, he furthered his musical studies in Italy and England.

Featuring

Brett Polegato (baritone), Robert Kortgaard (piano)

Performances

St. George Anglican Church
Tuesday 20 August – 7:00 PM

$20 advance/$25 at the door/students $10 at the door. Available by reservation at musiqueroyale1985@gmail.com, online and at the door.

Parrsboro

St. David's Presbyterian Church
Wednesday 21 August – 7:30 PM

$20 advance/$25 at the door/students $10 at the door. Available by reservation at musiqueroyale1985@gmail.com, online and at the door.

Salle Pere Maurice
Thursday 22 August – 7:00 PM

$20 advance/$25 at the door/students $10 at the door. Available by phone 902 742 8765, online, and at the door.

Dawn Oman Art Gallery
Friday 23 August – 7:00 PM

$20 advance/$25 at the door/students $10 at the door. Available at Dawn Oman Art Gallery, online, and at the door.

Cecilia's Retreat
Saturday 24 August – 11:00 AM

$35. Admission by advance reservation, please email barbara.butler@ns.sympatico.ca