Join us for another In Conversation with Clint Ward November 12 at 2pm.
This month, Clint will engage Claire de Sévigné and Brian Jackson in an informal chat about their fascinating lives and work on the international musical stage.
CLAIRE DE SÉVIGNÉ
Internationally renowned Soprano Claire de Sévigné is a native of Hudson. She is a graduate of the Zürich International Opera Studio, the Salzburg Young Singers Project, and the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble. She holds a Master’s degree in Opera from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Montreal’s McGill University.
Ms de Sévigné has been hailed for her “sparkling top notes and vocal brilliance, lightness, and finesse” (Neue Musikzeitung) and “remarkable intelligence of vocalization as well as of legato” (Opera Forum). She is currently enjoying an exciting international career and is the recipient of many accolades and prestigious awards for her operatic performances and albums.
Brian Jackson is a graduate of Oxford University. He immigrated to Canada in 1968 to assume the post of conductor of the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra at age 24, a post he held until 1972. A grant from the Canada Council enabled him to study conducting further in Detmold, West Germany.
He has held a number of prestigious conducting positions in Canada. He has composed four musicals and arranged and orchestrated over 60 works for pop concerts. He was the Music Director of The Royal Canadian Air Farce Symphony shows.
Brian Jackson’s introduction to Hudson was in 1974 as conductor at a number of musical events. He has graced the Hudson Village Theatre stage, accompanying Stephanie Marshall in A Little Music in the Night (2008), A Drop of the Hat (2009), and Spitfire Dance (2014).
After half a century of conducting, Maestro Brian Jackson is stepping back from his position as Principal Pops Conductor of Orchestras to concentrate on chamber music, writing/arranging, and mentoring. Family and travel feature prominently in this semi-retirement.