St. Mark's Speaker Series
Monday, October 17, 2022 - 3:30 p.m. Our Secret Heart: Ben Heppner in Conversation with Karen Heppner
Now retired from singing, legendary Canadian tenor Ben Heppner has carved out a niche for himself as a radio personality and sought-after speaker. He was at St. Mark's on Monday, October 17, 2022, to talk to his wife - and us - about his career as one of the world's most renowned tenors, life in the world of opera, and his personal faith.
THE NEWARK SINGERS
The Newark Singers is based at St. Mark's Anglican Church in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
The Chamber Choir was created by Michael Tansley in 2015 and consists of 12-16 singers, though the Choir is augmented from time to time depending on the works to be performed. Our repertoire embraces Madrigals, Folk Songs, Part Songs, and the more challenging Sacred Music repertoire, often involving Double Choir.
Most of our singers are involved in other Community and Church Choirs, but enjoy the challenge of being part of a smaller group where each singer is an integral part of the Choir. We plan on two Concerts per year - Spring and Christmas. Our most recent programme was "A Covid Christmas" featuring Carols and Readings (2021) The singers were both masked and distanced !
The Newark Singers are also available for specific events, and our repertoire is always evolving.
Music Niagara 2022 Concert dates, including those that will take place at St. Mark's, are posted on their website. Please click on this link to view all Music Niagara concerts, dates, and to purchase tickets. Discover Music Niagara
In 1998, Atis Bankas came to Niagara-on-the-Lake with the dream of founding a music school and summer music festival. He had discovered the perfect location ? one of Canada's most beautiful towns on the shores of Lake Ontario at the mouth of the magnificent Niagara River, an area of great historical significance, surrounded by orchards and lush vineyards.
Over the years, Music Niagara has evolved into a world-class summer music festival that runs five weeks, featuring Canadian and international musicians performing a variety of music genres.
The festival has established itself as an annual cultural event, with a core audience and a capacity for networking with other arts, heritage and cultural organizations within the Niagara Region. Each summer, internationally acclaimed artists come to Niagara to play a variety of recitals and St. Mark's plays host to some of the most gifted performers.
The artistic director of the Festival, Atis Bankas, (first violinist, Toronto Symphony and resident of Niagara?on-the-Lake), is a frequent recitalist during the festival in July/August and a guest instrumentalist at St. Mark's throughout the year. In addition to the chamber music festival the church plays host to a number of concerts, both classical and contemporary, throughout the year. The building's superior acoustics and fine instruments makes St. Mark's a favorite setting for musical performers and audience members alike.