On Saturday, February, 27 Alliance française de Toronto is proud to present you a powerful duo with the harpist Caroline Léonardelli and the mezzo-soprano Julie Nesrallah.
All instruments have a beginning, and the modern concert harp had its beginnings in France in the late 19th and early 20th century. During this period there was an outpouring of compositions for this new instrument from the Conservatoire de Paris, along with the emerging of first generation of master performers. "Impressions de France" emulates a recital performance in France during this first wave with all of its experimentation and grandeur.
The performance is by Juno Award nominee harpist Caroline Léonardelli and renowned mezzo-soprano Julie Nesrallah. The program includes harp compositions by major French composers including Camille Saint-Saens and Henri Busser, as well as French master harpists Marcel Grandjany, Felix Godefroid and Henriette Renie. The songs will include ones penned by Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel and Reynaldo Hahn.
Caroline Léonardelli, concert harpist and recording artist is a renowned soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. Caroline’s solo recording El Dorado received a JUNO Award nomination in the category of Classical Album of the Year solo or small ensemble. Her latest solo recording Impressions de France has been selected by Apple Music editors as one of ten harp recordings worldwide for their feature on the instrument.
Caroline has been described as a “World Class Harpist” in Harp Column Magazine, and her live performances have been reviewed as “Brilliant” and “Outstanding”. Reviews of Caroline’s Impressions de France recording: “What she brings or adds to the music at hand, to any piece she plays, is close to magical” “She sees beyond the notes and recreates what the composer had in mind” Classical Music Sentinel. "It is her artistic sense of pacing and of shaping melodies within cascades of notes that help make these performances commanding." WholeNote Magazine. "This is a French album for me like no other", "warm touch, coupled with an articulate technique" "thoughtfully chosen and laid-out repertoire, filled with surprises and all masterfully presented" Harp Column Magazine. Caroline has released six recordings on her own label and has a worldwide digital distribution agreement with NAXOS.
Mezzo-soprano, Julie Nesrallah is a singer, actress and broadcaster who dazzles audiences with her engaging personality, and her rich and deeply expressive voice. Miss Nesrallah is regularly engaged by leading opera companies, symphonies, festivals and chamber music ensembles across North America and around the world.
In the winter of 2014, Miss Nesrallah was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her cultural contribution to Canada as a singer and as the host of CBC Radio 2’s national classical music program, Tempo. Miss Nesrallah has been the recipient of several distinguished prizes and awards, including the Canada Council for the Arts Emerging Artist Award & Mid-Career Grant.
On July 1, 2011 Miss Nesrallah sang God Save the Queen for His Royal Highness Prince William and Her Royal Highness Princess Kate during Canada Day festivities in Ottawa on Parliament Hill in a performance that was viewed by millions of people around the world. She has also performed An Evening for Peace in Montreal for Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan and for Princess Haya in Amman, Jordan.
Caroline Léonardelli ~ Harpe Classique
Julie Nesrallah ~ Mezzo-soprano
Henri Büsser (1872-1973) ~ Pièce de Concert Op. 32
Reynaldo Hahn(1874-1947) ~ Trois Chansons
Marcel Grandjany (1891-1975) ~ Rhapsodie Op. 10
Marcel Tournier (1879-1951) ~ Berceuse
Claude Debussy (1862-1918) ~ Deux Chansons
Fleur des Blés
PAUSE ~ INTERMISSION
Marcel Tournier(1879-1951) ~ Féerie
Marcel Tournier (1879-1951) ~ La lettre du Jardinier
Félix Godefroid (1818-1897) ~ Étude de Concert en Mi Bémol mineur Op. 193
Maurice Ravel(1875-1937) ~ Cinq Mélodies Grecques
Chanson de la Mariée
Là-bas, vers l'église
Quel galant m'est comparable
Chanson de la cueilleuse de lentisques