Christmas Classical Variety Show with Cowtown Opera
Get into the holiday spirit with Eileen Kosasih’s Classical Variety Show at the Eddy! This month, Matthew Bruce Tenor and Meghan Goguen of the Cowtown Opera Company will spread the holiday cheer with operatic versions of holidays classics.
Expect oratorio selections including Mozart, Dvorak, and Handel, and stunning vocal renditions of your favourite timely tunes. The night will also feature a new string quartet North 440, cellist Jenny Crane, and host Eileen Kosasih’s students at the piano.
Eileen Kosasih is a pianist, violinist, and artist based in Calgary. She has a B.A. Music in Violin (Ambrose University), M.A. Music in Orchestral Conducting (Azusa Pacific University), and a piano diploma (American College of Musicians). Eileen is the founder and former director of Calgary Arts Orchestra, a former ensemble dedicated to new Canadian music and a high level of artistry. Eileen hosts Eileen Kosasih’s Classical Variety Show at the King Eddy and is principle 2nd of Symphony of the Kootenays and plays with Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra. She is also an expressionist painter and illustrator.
About Cowtown Opera Company:
The folks at Cowtown Opera Company are taking on the challenge of increasing the number of opera enthusiasts in this city! Cowtown Opera shows are interactive, educational and very Calgarian with their hint of “western flavour”. They are even at times satirical as they poke fun of the “over-the-top”, dramatic, unrealistic story lines – all this while featuring local talent and creating performance opportunities for both established and up-and-coming artists. Come check out what Cowtown Opera has to offer. A word of warning though, you may leave a converted opera lover!
About Matthew Bruce Tenor:
Born in North Vancouver, BC, Bruce’s love for music was inspired from an early age. It inspired him to relocate to Victoria, BC in 2008 to study the theatrical arts: music, theatre, and dance at the Canadian College of Performing Arts. Upon graduation two years later, he continued to advance his vocal training at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, studying with internationally-renowned soprano and oratorio specialist, Nancy Argenta.
Mr. Bruce is a graduate of the Calgary Opera Emerging Artist Development Program (2013-15), and has performed in it’s main stage productions of ‘Candide’ (as Candide, Opera in the Village Festival, August 2014), ‘Silent Night’ (as Jonathan Dale, Nov 2014),and ‘Carmen’ (as Le Dancaïre , April 2015). In spring 2018, Spring 2018 Mr Bruce performed at Theater Calgary as Major Shelley in Lucy Simon’s The Secret Garden directed by Stafford Arima, Choreographed by Marc Kimelman, and under the musical direction of Maestro Don Horsburgh.