Mezzo Soprano Bethany Yon and cellist Tyler Stewart present a concert of voice and cello based Romantic and Contemporary selections in partnership with pianist/violinist Eileen Kosasih and a guest string quartet.
Join us for a program of passionate melodies and moving poetic verse marrying the beautifully complimentary instruments of voice and cello in an afternoon of song.
Featuring Mosaic Quartet: Janet Leahy and Sara Far violinists; Cameron Leahy violist; Tyler Stewart cellist.
“The cello is the most human of instruments. Even physically, one’s relationship to it is somehow similar to a singer’s with his or her voice; the cello seems to become part of one’s body, as one hugs it close and coaxes mellow sounds from it.” -Steven Isserlis
Mezzo-Soprano Bethany Yon holds a Masters of Music from Western University in London, Ontario and a Bachelor of Music from Ambrose University here in Calgary. Bethany has embraced advanced study opportunities with Accademia Europea Dell’Opera (AEDO), The Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (COSI), as well as Edmonton, Alberta’s Opera NUOVA. Active in the musical community in her home city, Bethany has performed locally with the Calgary Concert Opera Company, Cowtown Opera, Calgary Opera Chorus, Classical Revolution, Calgary Pro Arts Society as well as throughout Canada and internationally. A passionate teacher of singing, Bethany teaches a full schedule of voice students through two local studio as well as privately from home. Bethany has been recognized throughout her career as a recipient of the 2016 Calgary Arts Development Individual Artist Grant, the 2014 London Opera Guild Scholarship as well as the 2011 John Swindells Memorial Music Scholarship. Recent performances include: Dorabella in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, La Zia Principessa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Tisbe in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Conception in Ravel’s L’Heure Espagnole, Bianca in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, as well as third spirit in Mozart’s The Magic Flute.
Violinist Eileen Kosasih is inspired by aesthetics and stories. Her journey includes music study in Calgary, Boston, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, New York City, and L.A. She has a B.A. Music (violin), M.Music (orchestral conducting), and piano diploma. Eileen is also an artist, busker, vlogger, and curator. She is founder of Calgary Arts Orchestra, an ensemble dedicated to performing new local classical music. Eileen’s current music positions include Principal 2nd Violin of the Symphony of the Kootenays and a resident accompanist for Calgary Girl’s Choir and Suzuki Talent Education Society.
Cellist Tyler Stewart is currently completing a Bachelor of Music with Beth Root Sandvoss at the University of Calgary. An avid chamber musician, he is the cellist of the Mosaic String Quartet, and has appeared as a substitute for the Lily String Quartet. He has attended the international festival academies of Domaine Forget in Quebec, and the Accademia Europea dell’Opera, in Lucca, Italy, where he performed as Principal Cello of the orchestra for the 2016 season. Tyler is also pursuing studies of the intersection and applications of social justice and music under the supervision of Dr. Hynes, a field he is particularly passionate about.