Mountain View Festival presents:
Susan Varcoe, piano
Hannah Pagenkopf, soprano
Streaming live from the Polaris Centre
June 26th at 7:00pm
Creek Bistro Specials
Non T'amo Piu
Van Gli Effluvi de le Rose
O Wär Dein Haus
Gretchen am Spinnrade
We are extremely grateful for the continued financial support from all of our donors that has allowed us to continue to host Isolation Point Virtual Concerts while we all struggle through the third lockdown. Musicians have been particularly hard hit and I would like to thank Calgary Arts Development for their recent Short Term Relief Grant that has allowed us to continue presenting projects and supporting musicians during COVID-19. I would also like to thank all the fabulous musicians who have dedicated their time and talents to this project.
As Aldous Huxley said, "After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music." I believe that the International Festival of Song and Chamber Music Society (Mountain View) can provide a beacon of hope for our local artists. I started an online performance project called Isolation Point Virtual Concert Series for local Calgary area musicians where they can still perform and be paid for their online performances by our organization. In this time of intense challenge and difficulty, I see this as an opportunity to provide a helpful way forward. These performances continue to be intimate and a stark reminders of this intense and surreal time. We are still under a physical distancing order and cannot play together. We are again alone in our performances unless we are fortunate to live with a musical partner.
You can access these special performances through our website, our newsletter, our new YouTube Channel on our website, on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and live through the Polaris Centre link. These concerts are free for our listeners – please enjoy! But we also hope you may be able to donate. Donations for Isolation Point Virtual Concerts are being used at this moment to help as many local musicians as we can – your support is most appreciated for this local cause. We will have several performances over the next while featuring Alberta artists. The adventure will continue with a variety of musicians coming your way for as long as we can continue! Meanwhile, we continue to work on our Winterreise project, and thank you to all the donors who have contributed to this film! It is well on its way and we hope to have some clips ready soon!
Kathleen van Mourik
Praised for the “special, silvery beauty and expressiveness” of her singing (Calgary Herald), soprano Hannah Pagenkopf has performed extensively in her hometown Calgary and abroad.
She has been featured as a soloist and performer by Mountain View Festival, Luminous Voices, Cowtown Opera, Early Music Voices, the Calgary Bach Society, and the Pro Arts Society, among others. She has also appeared as a soloist with several orchestras including the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, and baroque chamber orchestra Rosa Barocca. Most recently Hannah reached the finals of the NATS Artist Awards competition in New York City, placing 2ndand winning an additional prize for “Most Promising Singer”.
In addition to her solo performances, Hannah sings with the Christ Church Anglican choir and is the soprano section principal of the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus. She is also passionate about working with senior citizens, performing regularly at residences and programs for the Alzheimer Society of Calgary.
Susan Varcoe is a versatile and sought-after collaborative pianist, with a variety of specializations such as musical theatre, art song and jazz. Based in Calgary, Susan performs locally as well as internationally. She has worked with Calgary Opera, Cowtown Opera, Stage West dinner theatre, and the Banff Centre summer opera program, among others. The U of C vocal program, Mount Royal voice program and Ambrose University have all been a part of her work with singers.
Susan has recently returned to Canada from Mexico, where she was performing in various projects including acting as music director for several musicals, performing in jazz festivals, and accompanying silent movies.