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Kappella Kyrie Begins Rehearsals in Anticipation of 2021 Concert

It’s great to be back rehearsing together both in person and online! Under the direction and innovation of Dr. Melanie Turgeon, we have already started preparing for the first concert in our 2020/21 season:

“Seen the True Light”, An Evening with Ukrainian baritone, Yurii Hryhorash – featuring Dr. Leanne Regehr on piano, and Dr. Marnie Giesbrecht on organ.

Saturday, February 6 2021 – 7:30pm, West End Christian Reformed Church, 10015 – 149 Street Edmonton, Alberta

Kappella Kyrie Performs “I Entreated Thy Favour…”

On June 7, 2019, Kappella Kyrie Chamber Choir held their final concert of the 2018-2019 season at the West End Christian Reformed Church to great acclaim. Check out media coverage of the concert, as well as photos and videos of the performances below.

Article: New Pathway Ukrainian News – “Kappella Kyrie stages North American premiere of Vedel’s Sacred Concerto with Orchestra”

Dmytro Bortniansky (1751-1825) Як славен (How Glorious)

Maksym Berezovsky (1745-1777) Радуйтеся, праведнії (Rejoice, O You Just)

Myron Fedoriv Богородице Діво (Hail Mary)

Artem Vedel’ (1767-1808) Choral Concerto ,,Помолихся лицу Твоему всем сердцем моим’’

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) Gloria (RV 589)

Dr. Melanie Turgeon’s CKUA Saturday Breakfast Interview

This past Saturday, June 1, Dr. Melanie Turgeon was interviewed by Orest Soltykevych on CKUA’s “Saturday Breakfast” program about Kappella Kyrie’s upcoming concert, “I Entreated Thy Favour…” which takes place on June 7, 2019.

The program will include the Canadian premier of a sacred concerto by Artem Vedel and Vivaldi’s famous Gloria accompanied by a guest orchestra playing on period instruments, with guest soloists. More information on the concert can be found here.

Check out the interview below:

Mark Bailey visits Kappella Kyrie

In May 2019, conductor and baroque violinist, Mark Bailey, visited Edmonton from Yale University. Kappella Kyrie was honoured to have the chance to learn from his expertise and sing under his conductorship.

Check out a few photos from his visit below.

Public Lecture with Dr. Melanie Turgeon and Mr. Mark Bailey … we had a full house !

Kappella Kyrie has workshop with Mark Bailey and Orchestra … instruction on Baroque concerto performance style.

Public Lecture – Ukrainian Composer Artem Vedel

with Mark Bailey and Dr. Melanie Turgeon. 

Mark Bailey is founding artistic director of the American Baroque Orchestra (ABO), reflecting his extensive work in the field of musical performance practice. While his focus for many years has been on the repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries (and remains so), he now has expanded into the realm of Romantic-era style and performance as well, especially through the use of historical sound recordings. Mr. Bailey also runs the choral conducting program and leads the Mahanaim Choir at the Gracias music program, a collegiate-level music school in Huntington, New York, and is the director of the Yale Collection of Historical Sound Recordings.

Mr. Bailey earned his undergraduate music degree from the Eastman School of Music, where he was also an assistant conductor for the school’s student orchestras and opera department, and, by extension, the Heidelberg Castle Opera Festival, Heidelberg, Germany. He then earned is masters degree in conducting from The Yale School of Music (through the Yale Institute of Sacred Music). He has studied orchestral conducting principally with Harold Farberman, David Effron, and Daniel Lewis, and choral conducting with Marguerite Brooks. 

Baroque Workshop with Mark Bailey

Mark Bailey (Yale University) will conduct a three day workshop with Kappella Kyrie (May 9, 2019 to May 11, 2019). Of his many accomplishments, Mr. Bailey  has discovered numerous new perspectives on performance practices regarding beloved masterworks of the baroque and classical eras and is also project director of Ukrainian Voices: Music of a Nation, for which he concertizes and promotes the music of Ukrainian-born composers from the baroque, classical, and early romantic periods. 

Kappella Kyrie selected as choir for Podium 2016 Church service

Take advantage of this unique opportunity and experience a worship service in Edmonton’s Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, consisting exclusively of a longstanding tradition of a cappella singing. Kappella Kyrie Slavic Chamber Choir will sing The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom and share music spanning from the 17th to the 21st century, including works by Diletsky, Bortniansky, Gretchaninoff, Tavener, Hurko, and numerous other composers. St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral (10825 97 St NW, Edmonton, AB) is an ideal setting for this Podium event, given that it is a provincial historical site and a monument of church architecture in North America. This special event is associated with the Podium 2016 Choral Congress and Festival.

This Divine Liturgy will occur Sunday, May 22 2016 at 9 am.

Kappella Kyrie Podium 2016 Poster 1

Kappella Kyrie Podium 2016 Program