Vernon music lovers are in for a real treat next weekend, with a program of early 20th century cabaret music, while at the same time helping Daniel Jordan and Heather Harker to fund their post-graduate music education.
The program will include music by Satie, Poulenc, Weill, and Stravinsky and has been planned as a summer project and fundraiser for the two young musicians, who are both graduates of the music program at the University of Victoria.
Next year, Jordan moves to London, England to pursue a masters of music at the Royal College of Music, while Harker will study with renowned Baroque specialist Nancy Argenta at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.
Harker is a recent graduate of the masters of music program at UVic. A native of Vernon, she grew up singing in the Elizabeth Scott Singers. She is a former recipient of the Elizabeth Scott Vocal Bursary and a vocal scholarship from UVic. She has had many experiences with contemporary and classical music, performing with the New Music Ensemble and singing Bach solos with Victoria’s Civic Orchestra. She has also been featured as a soloist with the UVic Orchestra, and recently had the privilege of singing the Canadian premiere of a piece by German Composer Detlef Heufsinger.
Jordan recently graduated with distinction from the bachelor of music program at UVic. He frequently performs as a guest artist with the Die Mahler Quartet. He has also recorded the album Musica Latina with Pablo Diemecke and bassist Alex Olson.
After winning the Johann Strauss Scholarship in 2012, Jordan was able to attend the summer academy at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria where he studied piano with Andrzej Jasinski and fortepiano with Robert Levin. A winner of the 2012 Concerto Competition, he performed Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto no. 1 with conductor Ajtony Csaba and the UVic Orchestra. He was also the recipient of the 2012 Musical Fine Arts Scholarship, given to the most promising performance major in his or her third year of studies at UVic. He has also toured twice with Ballet Victoria as pianist and musical director.
Harker and Jordan perform at All Saints Anglican Church Saturday, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. Admission is by donation and all are welcome.