Feature Story                                                                                          Thursday, February 12, 2014


Breathing New Life into Classics

An evening with the early stars of Opera

Released by Ann Hanson, Christ Lutheran Church, Chilliwack


Chilliwack singer Shane Hanson is flanked by sopranos Nicole Brooks (L) and Katie Miller.


ounter-tenor Shane Hanson with fellow UBC students; Sopranos Nicole Brooks, Katie Miller and pianist Ryan Goetz present An Evening with the Early Stars of Opera at Christ Lutheran Church Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 7:30pm.


These talented young performers share a love of music, with a unique passion for 17th and 18th century opera. Their original take on the early works of Handel and Mozart will impress even the non-opera enthusiast.


Shane Hanson has been performing in the Chilliwack community since the age of nine. Locals may recognize Hanson from appearances with the Young Street Vocal Band and his various theatrical roles with groups such the Chilliwack Academy of Music (The King & I), Chilliwack Players Guild (A Christmas Story) or the Chilliwack Opera Troupe (Pirates of Penzance). It was Hanson's role as Fredric in Pirates of Penzance that solidified his desire to study opera.


Hanson is now in his first year of studying Opera Performance at UBC and recently performed "He was despised" in UBC's production of Handel's Messiah in November 2013. He is winner of the Kiwanis Fraser Valley Music Festival in Senior Classical Voice, and was recognized as runner-up in Senior Classical Voice at the 2013 Provincial Music Festival.

Nicole Brooks is in her final year of Opera Performance at UBC. Brooks appeared at Bard on the Beach, in 2012 and 2013, as Micaela. This summer, Brooks will be performing the role of Maenka in The Bartered Bride with the European Music Academy in the Czech Republic.

Katie Miller began taking piano lessons at the age of four and joined the Langley Ukulele Ensemble at age eleven, performing with the group for nine years. Before transferring to UBC to study opera, Miller began her musical studies as a piano major at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Miller most recently won first place in the vocal category at the Canadian National Music Festival in Waterloo, Ontario. 

Ryan Goetz, is originally from Saskatchewan, Canada. A prizewinner at the local and provincial levels, Goetz has also performed in numerous national competitions including the Canadian Music Competition and the SMFA National Competition. He made his New York, but as a performer in the Behre Piano Associates, Inc. annual Carnegie Hall concert at the Weill Recital Hall.

An Evening with the Early Stars of Opera featuring emerging opera talents, Shane Hanson, Nicole Brooks, Katie Miller & pianist Ryan Goetz starts at 7:30pm on Sunday, March 2 at Christ Lutheran Church, 9460 Charles St, Chilliwack, BC.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for student/seniors and children 12 & under are FREE. Tickets can be purchased by calling 604.795.3864 or in person at the church office, Tuesday to Friday from 9am - 2pm (cash only).

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