Guest Performers

Appuntamento Verdiani, June 9th, 2013

Anna ScarpelliAnna Scarpelli is 18 years old and has just completed first year university. She has pursued studies not only in voice but also dance, art and writing. She enjoys the classical repertoire as well as pop and jazz music. Scarpelli has performed at Italian community functions as well as at the SERVUS Heritage Festival, Capital-Ex, Futures Fest and Edmonton Undiscovered. She won the World Wonder competition singing the Italian pop song "Insieme."

Annette SaboAnnette Sabo was born into a very musical family. Both parents and seven siblings sang and played instruments. Sabo loves all kinds of music including classical pieces, spiritual, and sacred music. She has been involved in community choirs for a number of years as a choir member and soloist, and also directs the youth choir in her church. Since January, 2013, she has taken voice lessons from Denice Bennett at Alberta College Conservatory of Music MacEwan University.

Guest Composer Luca Colardo

Luca ColardoLuca Colardo was born in Milan in 1990 and studied cello with Andrea Cavuoto and Marco Scano at the Conservatory Giuseppe Verdi in Milan. He obtained a diploma in 2009 and, in 2012, a postgraduate degree with honours. Colardo has undertaken a range of special studies, for example at the Conservatoire Superieur in Paris with Roland Pidoux and Xavier Phillips, and also cello masterclasses with Karine Georgian, Suzanne Ramon, David Geringas, Asier Polo, Gustav Rivinius and Enrico Dindo with whom he now studies at the Pavia Cello Academy.

In 2004, at the national competition in Vittorio Veneto, Colardo won the first prize for junior students and the special prize for best execution of a Bach suite. He has performed in Italy and Europe including in Milan (Società dei concerti, Festival Mito and Milano Musica), Como, Varese, Bellagio, Cremona, Trieste, Florence, Rome (Ara Pacis, Accademia Filarmonica), Naples, Ravello (Ravello Festival), Paris (Cité de la Musique). Many of these concerts were broadcast by TV2000, Rai Radio–Tre, Radio Classica and Radio Vaticana.

The transcription for piano quintet of “Prelude and Isolde’s Transfiguration” from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde was born from two different needs: to rediscover masterpieces that are seldom played in concert halls, if we exclude the rare opera presentations, and to increase the repertoire for piano quintet. Colardo also wanted to give the players the possibility of playing work by a composer such as Wagner, who did not write anything similar. The piano quintet vehicle was a powerful way of representing the musical complexity of Wagner’s work. The writing for string quartet allows Collardo to have a very homogeneus timbre contrasting with the percussive nature of the piano giving piano quintet a rich range. The work exploits these features giving importance, like the strings section in the original version, to the mellow voice of the string quartet, especially in the Prelude where the piano is used to create contrast or to increase the sound mass.

The transcription was played by pianist Emilio De Mercato and the Vaughan Quartet for the Second Appuntamento Musicale Verdiano on June 9th, 2013 at the Ital-Canadian Seniors Centre in Edmonton as part of the Edmonton Verdi Festival.

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