Joel Allison and Francois Lacelle

Joel Allison

Friday March 6, 2015
7:30 PM – $20

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“… a rising star on the Canadian vocal scene. His voice has been described to have “Crisp tones blessed with a silken smoothness…”

Joel Allison and Francois Lacelle come together again to perform the complete third book of lute songs by John Dowland in the intimate setting of the GigSpace in Little Italy. This book of songs encompass a wide range of emotions from playful love to hopelessness and unrequited love to the death of love itself.

Canadian Bass-Baritone Joel Allison is currently in the final year of his undergraduate degree majoring in vocal performance at the University of Ottawa under the tutelage of Ingemar Korjus. He has already attracted attention as a rising star on the Canadian vocal scene. His voice has been described to have “Crisp tones blessed with a silken smoothness…” He has performed with a number of Canadian ensembles, some of which include the Theater of Early Music, the Seventeen Voyces Choir of Ottawa, and the Talisker Players of Toronto.

This season’s highlights have included performing; Schubert’s Winterreise and Handel’s Messiah. Upcoming engagements include: performances with the Talisker Players, performing the role of Adam in Haydn’s Creation with the Peterborough Singers, premiering a new set of songs by Andrew Ager in his fourth year Recital at the University of Ottawa, performing Faure’s Requiem with the Strings of St. John’s, and playing the title role in the opera “Don Quixote” by George Telemann with the Seventeen Voyces.

Last season’s highlights included: his debut with the Talisker Players in Toronto with a program that featured music by the Canadian composer Andrew Ager, a solo recital at the NAC Fourth Stage performing the complete Songs of Travel, the role of Aeneas in the University of Ottawa’s production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and was the Bass soloist for the Strings of St. John’s Mozart Requiem.

He also studied at the Tafelmusik Summer Baroque Institute in June of 2014. Other highlights include two recitals of English lute songs on the St. Luke’s Recital Series in Ottawa; the role of Don Alfonso in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte with the Capital City Opera Company; the complete Bach Cantata BWV 82, Ich Habe Genug, with chamber orchestra; the Duruflé Requiem with the Canadian Centennial Choir; the title role in Stravinsky’s L’histoire du Soldat with the University of Ottawa Chamber Music Ensemble; and premièred the role of Beppe in the opera “Casanova” by Andrew Ager with the Seventeen Voyces.

Joel is currently the Bass soloist at St. Andrew’s Church and teaches Voice, Violin and Piano at Alcorn Music Studios. Joel was also a chorister on the JUNO Nominated recording “Consolation du cœur/The Heart’s Refuge” with the Theater of Early Music that was released in September 2014.

François Lacelle is a French Canadian classical guitarist and music teacher. He studied classical guitar under the direction of Philip Candelaria at Cambrian College where François finished at the top of his class. In May 2014, François finished his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Ottawa in performance under the tutelage of Patrick Roux.

During his post-secondary education, he performed in masterclasses for many renowned guitarists such as Jérôme Ducharme, Lorenzo Micheli, and Gabriel Bianco. François performs as a soloist and an ensemble musician, performing many recitals in the Ottawa area; one of which was a music premiere of ‘Lacus’ a piece for 10 guitars and string ensemble by Christine Donkin, with the Thirteen Strings ensemble.

For the past three years, François was (and continues to be) a part of a voice and guitar duo with bass-baritone Joel Allison. François is currently working on completing his Master’s degree at the University of Ottawa where he hopes to refine his skills as a classical guitarist.