"FRIDAYS with FRIENDS"

Hélène Brunet
Canadian soprano Hélène Brunet will be one of the specially featured artists during next weekend's Live Stream Sparkle Event on Saturday September 12th at 5:00 p.m.

Hailed by the critics as "a singer of tremendous quality" with "a voice of perfect beauty" and "sincere expression," Hélène Brunet is recognized for her interpretations of the works of Bach, Handel, and Mozart, and her repertoire extends from Baroque to the music of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Hélène's first performances with ABS were in 2010 when she was a member of the inaugural ABS Academy. That year, she sang the role of Maria Maddalena in Handel's La Resurrezione. Since then, she has returned to perform Handel's Messiah, Bach's Saint Matthew and Saint John Passions, Bach's Christmas Oratorio and "Hunting" Cantata, an "ABS Exclusive" this past January, and she was the featured artist at last year's annual ABS Gala.

We asked her about her experiences with ABS, and she spoke about those in the following three videos. The fourth video is an exquisite performance of one of the songs that she sang at the "ABS Exclusive" concert. It's a beautiful French song composed by Émile Paladilhe in 1911 titled Psyché.

Enjoy!

Q: You've performed Handel's Messiah with ABS in Grace Cathedral three times in 2015, 2016, and 2019. What brings you back each time?
Q: We've all been so moved by your performances in both of Bach's Passion settings. Would you share with us your experiences in those concerts?
Here is Hélène Brunet's ravishing performance of
Psyché (1911)
by Émile Paladilhe (1844–1926)
Text by Pierre Corneille (1606–1684)
Esther Gonthier, accompanist
Thank you, Hélène.

We can't wait to have you back with us in person and to hear your special Gala Performance next weekend on our Live Stream celebration!

Don't miss Hélène Brunet's Special Gala Performance
of Mozart next Saturday September 12 at 5pm!

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Saturday September 12 at 5 pm

ABS's first Live Stream Event
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hosted by

Don Scott Carpenter
Jeffrey Thomas

featuring musical performances by

Hadleigh Adams, baritone
Cynthia Black, viola
Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin
Mischa Bouvier, baritone
Hélène Brunet, soprano
Tatiana Chulochnikova, violin
Tekla Cunningham, violin
Tomà Iliev, violin
Corey Jamason, harpsichord
Steven Lehning, viola da gamba
Ramón Negrón Pérez, viola
William Skeen, violoncello
Mary Wilson, soprano
Jude Ziliak, violin
and guest appearances by

Jesse Blumberg

Elizabeth Blumenstock
Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen
Sarah Coit
Stephen Hammer
Gail Hernández Rosa
Katherine Kyme
Sandra Miller
Debra Nagy

Nola Richardson

William Sharp

Aaron Sheehan
Yvonne Smith

Shawnette Sulker
John Thiessen
Clio Tilton
Daniel Turkos

Bethanne Walker
David Wilson
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