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Source: McMaster University

Romanza romances McMaster

October 27, 2006

Audiences are in for a treat with Romanza's beautiful classical singing. Consisting of three tenors and an accompanying instrumental trio, this ensemble specializes in well-beloved works from the operatic, choral, popular, and folk repertoire.

Vocalists Frederik Robert, Ken Lavigne, and Phillip Grant have voices that blend well yet maintain distinctive, individual qualities: Robert's voice soars to the top tones; Lavigne's voice resonates the most dramatically; and Grant's voice has a penetrating sound.

The accompanying trio, featuring piano, concert bass, and violin, provides a warm and intimate backdrop to the tenors' clear voices.

In addition to appearing across the country, Romanza has performed on CBC Radio2, A Channel, and CFAX.

Each of the tenors has an extensive background singing in opera or with symphonies.

Their dazzling technique, however, doesn't prevent them from having a little fun on stage. The ensemble strives to make classical music more accessible to everyone, and has gained a lively reputation through the vocalists' fun-loving, playful performances.

Wrapped in ivy, spacious, and acoustically warm, McMaster University's Convocation Hall is once again the setting for the star-studded Celebrity Concert Series, a Hamilton tradition since 1972. This year's series of eight concerts of unforgettable music offers delights for every taste.

All performances in the Celebrity Concert Series are at 8 p.m. on Friday evenings in Convocation Hall (University Hall 213).

Tickets are $17 general admission, $12 for seniors and $5 for students. Subscribers enjoy substantial savings.

The Celebrity Concert Series is presented by the McMaster University School of the Arts, which also presents a nine-concert Free Lunchtime Concert Series on Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m., and some 10 ensemble concerts annually by the McMaster Chamber Orchestra, McMaster Concert Band, McMaster University Choir and McMaster University Jazz Band.

For more information, please visit the SOTA website or call (905) 525-9140, ext. 24246.



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