Community invited to hear the voices of local artists on September 24
The Bradford Arts Center is hosting ‘Songs for a Fall Day’ next week with local singers for an afternoon of songs, spirituals and arias.
Hear the voices of local artists Heather Faris, Michele Pearson, William Salinas-Crosby and Antonia de Wolfe.
The event will take place at the Bradford Arts Center at 66 Barrie St. at 3 p.m.
Tickets are $20 at the door.
About the artists:
Antonia de Wolfe (Pianist)
M. Mus., B. Mus., D. Mus.
Piano studies and interpretation, music theory
Ms. Antonia de Wolfe obtained a diploma in piano performance from the George Enescu Institute of Music in Bucharest, Romania and later another diploma from the Central School of Music affiliated with the PI Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory . She is also a graduate of the Academia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, where she studied with Sergio Perticaroli, and earned a Masters of Music (Piano Performance) from the University of Toronto. In addition, Ms. de Wolfe studied with Maestro S. Petricaroli at the Mozarteum Hochschule für Musik in Salzburg (Austria). Ms. de Wolfe has given several recitals and concerts in some of the finest concert halls in Bucharest, Moscow, Rome, Paris, Salzburg and Toronto. She has also taught piano at the Columbus Center, Cosmo School of Music and Koffler Music School. As a collaborating pianist and accompanist, she has been in demand for several productions by the Centuries Opera Association, the Toronto Opera Repertoire, the Palestrina Choir, the Etobicoke Centennial Choir and others. As a soloist, she has performed many works including Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19. More recently, Schnittke’s Concerto for Piano and Strings with Kindred Spirits Orchestra conducted
by Maestro Kristian Alexander. Ms de Wolfe is a registered teacher at the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Heather Faris (Mezzo-soprano)
Heather Faris grew up making music with her family, inspired by her mother (a piano teacher) and her father, who sang constantly. She double majored in piano and voice at the universities of Western Ontario and Guelph. She performed in many oratorios, her favorite being Handel’s Messiah. A mother of five and grandmother of 14, Heather runs a thriving music studio, having taught for the past 28 years. His students have met with great success, including 1st place in the Royal Conservatory examinations and multiple scholarships and awards. Most recently, two of his students finished 1st and 2nd for Grade 10 voice at OMFA
Provincial competition. The 1st place winner then placed 2nd in the National Competition. It’s such an honor to be part of the development of young artists and to see them blossom!
William Salnias-Crosby (tenor)
Tenor William Salinas-Crosby is an active performer in Ontario currently studying with baritone Mark Daboll at the University of Toronto. Praised for his musical sensibility and shimmering vocal color, William consistently displays a vast repertoire of choral and solo vocal music, exploring many cultures and languages. He has performed as a soloist in concerts including Songs of the Season at the University of Toronto, and performed with singers such as COC Ensemble Studio Graduates baritone Samuel Chan and soprano Lauren Margison , as well as soprano Allison Arends. Mr. Salinas-Crosby is entering his third year of vocal performance at UofT where he has been accepted into the undergraduate opera program. He is a passionate
choir singer, frequently working under Dr. Jamie Hillman in MacMillan Singers, Dr. Elaine Choi in Pax Christie and Babel Chorus, and Kai Leung in Concreamus, and Mark Vuorinen with The Elora Singers.
Michele Pearson, (soprano)
Michèle graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Surveying Science and a minor in Mathematics, and was appointed Ontario Land Surveyor in 1990. Upon graduation, she fulfilled a longtime dream by taking voice lessons at the University of Toronto. Royal Conservatory of Music under Donna Sherman. After taking the time to raise a family, Michèle joined the Belcanto Opera House in York and has been studying voice with director David Varjabed since 2008. She played the role of Annina in the production of La Traviata by Opéra Belcanto, Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana and Inès in Il Trovatore. In 2014, Michèle sang the role of Mercedes in the production of Carmen by Bizet by the Opéra Belcanto and was very well received by the public in 2015 for
his interpretation of Musetta in La Bohème. Michèle played the lead role of Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly (2017) and Micaela in Carmen (2019), all performed at the Richmond Hill Center for the Performing Arts. She is happy to perform in her home town of Bradford and is looking forward to upcoming gigs later this year.