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The Big Finale : Zombie Blizzard

August 11 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

$45 – $80

Concert arias composed by Aaron Davis and Margaret Atwood, sung by soprano Measha Brueggergosman-Lee.

As part of the Avondale program Measha and Aaron will perform “Zombie Blizzard”, a new song cycle that Aaron composed, setting Margaret Atwood’s poems to music, written for brass ensemble, rhythm section and voice. The brass quintet will include trombonist David Pell and other members of the Hannaford St. Silver Band, who commissioned the song cycle. “Zombie Blizzard” has a unique blending of the classical concert aria and jazz-influenced art song where Atwood’s lyrics tackle issues of sexism, humour, gender inequality, and grief.

World-renowned soprano and JUNO award-winner Measha Brueggergosman-Lee is the artist in residence for the Canadian opera company, Opera Atelier and holds several honorary doctorates and ambassadorial titles with international charities. Measha Brueggergosman-Lee’s engaging personality, exceptional musicianship and powerful voice have taken her to the major orchestras and concert halls of every continent. She has presented innovative programs at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Washington’s Kennedy Center, London’s Wigmore Hall, Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Musikverein, Madrid’s Teatro Real, to name a few. She is the recipient of a 2024 Governor General’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in Classical Music.

Aaron Davis is an eclectic composer, arranger and pianist who has worked with many of Canada’s finest musical talents. He was a founder of the band Manteca and is a founding member of the Holly Cole Trio with whom he’s been playing, arranging, recording, and touring the world since 1986.  He’s also composed film scores for over 120 movies and created orchestral and chamber arrangements for many artists, including Art of Time Ensemble, Alison Krauss, Natalie McMaster, the Canadian Brass and the Hannaford Street Silver Band. Aaron has co-produced four of Measha Brueggergosman-Lee’s CDs and co-directed the music of her film Songs of Freedom. Aaron is the recipient of two Juno Awards and two Gemini Awards.

Silver Sponsors:
Marcel & Edith van Hulle
Jean Anne McLeod & David Stones

Bronze Sponsors:
Peter Maranger & Associates

MacLeod’s Scottish Shop


August 11
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
$45 – $80
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