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Nesrallah, Kortgaard to perform at UPEI Nov. 1

Robert Kortgaard, piano, will take the stage with Julie Nesrallah, mezzo-soprano, in a recital Nov. 1 at UPEI.
Robert Kortgaard, piano, will take the stage with Julie Nesrallah, mezzo-soprano, in a recital Nov. 1 at UPEI. - Contributed

The UPEI Department of Music Recital Series will present “My Favourite Things” on Thursday, Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m., featuring Julie Nesrallah, mezzo-soprano, and Robert Kortgaard, piano.

Nesrallah, a singer, actress and broadcaster, captivates audiences with her engaging personality and her expressive voice. She is regularly engaged by leading opera companies, symphonies, festivals and chamber music ensembles across North America and around the world. She is a proud recipient of 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”.

Nesrallah is the executive producer and star of “Carmen on Tap”, a company she created that performs Georges Bizet’s opera “Carmen” as dinner theatre. “Carmen on Tap” has thrilled audiences at the Stratford Music Festival, the Prince Edward County Music Festival, the Hamilton Arts Crawl, the Ottawa International Music Festival, Lula Lounge in Toronto and the Velvet Room in Ottawa. She has also made several recordings, including “Elements Eternal” with Canada’s illustrious Gryphon Trio, “Noël Nouvelet” and “Sospiro” with Caroline Léonardelli.

Kortgaard was born in Regina, Sask. and grew up in Calgary, Alta. He earned two degrees at the Juilliard School in New York City, and as a recipient of arts awards from the Canada Council, he furthered his musical studies in Italy and England. Kortgaard has performed as a soloist with major Canadian orchestras, has given recitals around the world and tours with many other performers.

He is a favourite collaborator of many of Canada’s finest instrumental soloists, vocalists and chamber groups. 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. He is also artistic director of the Indian River Festival on Prince Edward Island and the Leith Summer Music Festival in Ontario. His CD with mezzo-soprano Wendy Nielsen was nominated for both Juno and East Coast Music awards.


If you go:

What: “My Favourite Things”

Who: Featuring Julie Nesrallah, mezzo-soprano, and Robert Kortgaard, piano.

When and where: In the Dr. Steel Recital Hall, Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m.

Admission: Adults, $30, students, $20.

Tickets: Online at , call 902-566-0507 or email music@upei.ca.

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