A concert with European flavours will be presented in Chilliwack next week.
Fantasies and Farewells, featuring Andrea Mellis (mezzosoprano), flautist Bernard Blary, and pianist Eric Hominick, is at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on Sept. 22.
The program includes Süsse Stille (Neun deutschen Arien) by G. F. Händel, Arianna a Naxos (Solo Cantata, Hob.XXVlb:2) by Josef Haydn, Fantaisie Op. 79 for flute and piano by Gabriel Fauré, and Der Abschied (The Farewell) from “Das Lied von der Erde” by Gustav Mahler, arranged for voice, flute and piano by Bernard Blary.
Fantasies and Farewells is at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Friday, Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets at the door: $20/adult, $15/student.
Andrea Mellis studied singing, acting and harpsichord first at the University of Victoria/Victoria Conservatory and later at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. In 1977 she went to Germany and spent two years in the Opera School of the Nordwestdeutsche Musikakademie in Detmold.
She subsequently became the director of the Musical Theatre Programme at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. She has directed over 40 works for the stage, and has also written 4 works for the stage all of which have been premiered in German theaters.
Mellis currently resides in Eisenstadt, Austria with her husband, Canadian composer Ron Hannah.
Bernard Blary has been involved in music from the age of four, where he studied the piano with his mother. At the age of eleven, he began his study of the flute with Marian Zekulin and Maureen Bennie until finally studying under Philippa Fitzgerald-Finch (formerly Fullerton) at the University of Calgary. Having won numerous competitions, Bernard Blary has been a featured soloist with a variety of orchestras and has performed hundreds of concerts in the United States, Canada, Europe and South America. Blary currently resides in Maple Ridge, where he works as a freelance flautist, teacher, and arranger.
Eric Hominick, a native of Sydney Nova Scotia, studied piano at Dalhousie University and the Toronto Conservatory, and joined the music staff at Vancouver Community College in 1983, where he currently accompanies the classical voice and choral programs. In addition, he is pianist for the British Columbia Girls Choir, and being much in demand has played for many of Vancouver’s finest singers and choral groups. Hominick is also an experienced recital/audition/competition accompanist, bass soloist, vocal coach, voice and piano teacher, cruise ship entertainer and arranger.