April 26, 2014

A fine young baritone...

For the past few months I have had the pleasure of working with a fine young New Zealand-born baritone, Brad Christensen, who is studying voice at the University of Toronto. We are looking forward to performing together in his first Master's of Music recital. The program features music of Bach, Mozart, Finzi, Poulenc, and Beckwith.


November 10, 2013

Holiday shopping?

I continue to get requests for full sets of my 3 Grieg CDs. As Volume 1 has been sold out for some time, full sets have been hard to come by. Now a handful of Volume 1 discs have been located and are available for purchase as part of the set. Three CDs for $50.00 CDN. Plus shipping.

At some point the 3 CDs may be released as a box set, but until then, this is pretty much a "last chance' offer and is only available directly from me. You can order via email mogenpianist at gmail dot com.


October 11, 2013

Fun venue


Last weekend I performed a recital at the Wellington County Museum near Elora, Ontario. It's a nice intimate venue with the piano  situated right in the middle of the current exhibit.  

I performed there a year ago as well.

The backdrop of the specific installation in both cases created quite a particular atmosphere in the room.

Last year the prominent view (photo on the left) was of a hearse and accompanying mourning mannequins, meant to recreate the cort├Ęge in a child's funeral. The irony of this (those who know my personal story will understand) appealed to my black humour and I found it very difficult to contain my laughter throughout the recital.

As I was preparing for last week's recital, I was curious to see what the backdrop would be this year. As you can see from the photo on the right, well...



July 28, 2013

Survey of Classical Singers

If you are a trained/training classical singer I would like to ask for your help by filling out this short online survey by August 15.

The survey is completely anonymous, unless you choose to leave your name & email address for the draw...one respondent will win a free one-hour coaching with me.  (Winner need not necessarily live in Toronto as I do quite a bit of traveling.)

Many thanks for your help in responding and in sharing this link with other singers who may be interested in this.

The link to the survey is: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JZ7J6FD

July 22, 2013

A tiny taste from the pop-up program

On Saturday, 3 days after deciding to put on a "pop-up" recital, Drew Santini (baritone) and I enjoyed performing for a wonderful audience in Stratford. Thanks to Andrew Hancock we have 15 seconds of video to share from that event; just a phrase or two...(click on the link)
http://instagram.com/p/cAG-CdEDq9/  ...from "The Salley Gardens, arranged by Benjamin Britten.