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Music is the River of Spring

Sunday April 21st 2pm

Mary Street Centre 

24 Mary Street, Parry Sound, ON


Patricia Morehead Antiphonal (based on O Rubor Sanguinis by Hildegard von Bingen)

Johann Sebastian Bach Selections from Magnificat

I. Magnificat anima mea Dominum
VIII. Deposuit potentes de sede et exaltavit humiles 

Leonard Cohen Anthem  (arr. strings and choir)

Edward Elgar Serenade for Strings

I. Allegro piacevole
II. Larghetto
III. Allegretto

Katherine Wheatley Water Moves Me (arr. strings and soprano)

Joni Mitchell Both Sides Now  (arr. strings and choir)

Antonio Vivaldi Gloria (RV 589)

I. Gloria
II. Et in terra pax
III. Laudamus te
IV. Gratias agimus tibi
V. Propter magnam gloriam
VI. Domine Deus
VII. Domine, Fili unigenite
VIII. Domine Deus, Agnus Dei
IX. Qui tollis peccata mundi
X. Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris
XI. Quoniam tu solus sanctus
XII. Cum Sancto Spiritu

Our Soloists

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Kira Braun, Soprano

Kira is a versatile artist whose singing interests range from art song to opera, and jazz. She first fell in love with singing at age 8, when she joined the Canadian Childrens’ Opera Chorus. Working extensively with pianist Peter Krochak she has recorded eight albums. Most recently, they released a collection of standards by Gershwin, Porter and Berlin, entitled “Get Out of Town”. In a release from Centaur Records, Ms. Braun presented ‘MOSAIC’, a recording of André Previn’s ‘Four Songs’ and ‘Vocalise’, with pianist Linda Ippolito and cellist Kirk Starkey. She also appears on an album of folk songs with guitarist William Beauvais, entitled “A Swan In The Evening”. Soon to come, a new album with Peter Krochak, featuring Schumann’s beloved song cycle “Frauenliebe und Leben”, along with some yet to be recorded German Art Song. Kira is soon to release a new album entitled “From Anne With Love”, a compilation of Canadian composers’ works, featuring Oskar Morawetz’s “From the Diary of Anne Frank”, with full orchestra, along with Charles Heller’s “Letters from Božena”, and Srul Irving Glick’s “Seven Tableaux from the Song of Songs”. In January of 2023, “Letters from Božena” and selections from the “Seven Tableaux from the Song of Songs” were performed at the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto, with pianist Brahm Goldhamer and Violist Elspeth Thomson. Kira continues to perform live, enjoying recital appearances, and those with community choirs, orchestras, and concert bands. She is delighted to return to Parry Sound once again to sing with Whispering River Orchestra and her friends in the choir!


Celine Cascanette, Mezzo

Hailing from Parry Sound Ontario, Celine Cascanette began studying music at the age of five and it has since been her passion. Celine is a singer and voice teacher in Hamilton, Ontario. Described as a “warm and lovely mezzo”, Celine has been teaching students in Popular and Western Classical styles for over seven years while also having experience in Country music, Pop/Rock music, and Musical Theatre. Celine loves to perform in a variety of genres and is as comfortable singing with her guitar as she is in a gown. Most recently Celine has performed with the Masterworks Choir & Orchestra in Oakville, Chorus Hamiltons, Bach Elgar Choir in Hamilton, Hamilton Children’s Choir, and Whispering River Music in her hometown of Parry Sound. Celine completed her undergraduate studies at McGill University in Montréal in vocal performance where she studied with Dr. Tracy Smith-Bessette. Recently, Celine completed her master’s degree in vocal pedagogy at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Professor Lorna MacDonald.

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Fabián Arciniegas, Tenor

Originally from Colombia (South America) Tenor Fabián Arciniegas is a Graduate of the MMus in Opera Performance program at the University of Toronto. He has established himself as a versatile and committed performer in Canada. He works regularly with Voicebox: Opera in Concert, Toronto Operetta Theatre and Essential Opera among other companies. Highlights of past seasons include Wagner’s Götterdämmerung with the Canadian Opera Company Chorus, Charles Darnay in the world premiere of Canadian composer Victor Davies and librettist Eugene Benson: A Tale of Two Cities, Monostatos in Mozart’s Magic Flute, Flavio in Bellini’s Norma with Opera by Request; Siebel in Loose Tea Theatre’s version of Gounod’s Faust; Lippo Fiorentino in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene; Roberto in Vives` Bohemios with Essential Opera.

Young Artists

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Margaret Kamerman, Soprano

Margaret Kamerman was born and raised in Parry Sound and began singing at a young age. She has her Advanced Diploma in Music- Performance from Cambrian College (2020) and moved back to Sudbury after graduating from the Faculty of Music program at Wilfred Laurier in October 2023. During her studies, she had the opportunity to perform with the Kitchener- Waterloo Symphony Orchestra in a concert production of Verdi’s La Traviata. She played Beth March in Opera Laurier’s production of Mark Adamo’s Little Women. She’s also traveled home for concerts with the Parry Sound Choral Collective and
the Whispering River Orchestra. Since returning to Sudbury, Margaret has been in Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer where she was the voice captain, and played Jody in Andy Lowe’s premier production No Fences.
Margaret was a summer student with the Whispering River Orchestra for three years and had a lot of  fun. She learned so much about being a performer, and teacher, and what goes into an organization like this. She is now sharing her knowledge as a vocal instructor in Sudbury at the Long and McQuade lesson center.


Veda Hingert-McDonald, Concertmaster

Drawn to story just as much as sound, Canadian violinist Veda Hingert-McDonald (she/her) aims to balance personal connection with tradition in her performance of both new and standard repertoire. She recently completed her masters of music at University of Colorado (CU) Boulder where she studied with Takács Quartet violinists Harumi Rhodes and Ed Dusinberre. There she was generously supported by the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation, and received honorable mentions in the Bruce Ekstrand Graduate Student Performance Competition and the Honors Concerto Competition. She also holds a bachelor of music degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, where she made her soloist debut with Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 as a winner of the Laurier concerto competition. A passionate improviser, Veda is a founding member of Plein Air Sound Collective: an experimental contemporary ensemble dedicated to exploring relationships between sound and physical environment, and they are anticipating the release of their first album in 2024. Outside of her musical life Veda is passionate about environmental and food justice, and she sees both chamber music and permaculture as opportunities to build and model the kind of interconnectedness and empathy she wishes to see in the world. She loves cooking, gardening, reading, and riding her bike.

And your teachers who will be leading the choir and orchestra as principle players!


Sonia Klimasko, Violin


Alex Andrews, Viola


Brenda Margaret Muller, Cello

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