Soprano Miriam Khalil and pianist Julien LeBlanc

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Soprano Miriam Khalil and pianist Julien LeBlanc present recital at West end art gallery

TORONTO – Soprano Miriam Khalil and Acadian pianist Julien LeBlanc will bring their recital Airs Chantés to Toronto for one performance on Oct. 24, 2013. Featuring music by Ravel, Debussy, Poulenc and the rarely heard Seis Canciones Castellanas by Jesus Guridi, the recital takes place at Gallery 345 in Toronto’s West end.

The program comprises French and Spanish art songs of the Impressionistic and 20th-century period.  The first half of the recital will include excerpts from Ravel’s Shéhérazade, Debussy’s Ariettes Oubliées and will conclude with Poulenc’s well-known song cycle Airs Chantés. The second half is rounded out by three French melodies by Massenet, Ravel and Delibes in a Spanish style, Jesus Guridi’s uncommonly performed Seis Canciones Castellanas and three songs from Obrador’s Canciones Classicás españolas.

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available at www.miriamkhalil.com and at the door.

About Miriam Khalil and Julien LeBlanc

Miriam Khalil and Julien LeBlanc have been collaborating since their first meeting at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Since graduating they have both enjoyed successful careers in Canada and abroad.

Khalil grew up in Ottawa and obtained her bachelor’s degree in music at the University of Ottawa. Praised by Opera Canada for her “gorgeous, romantic, arching sound that immediately commands the ear” and a “beautiful and distinctive voice”, she is a graduate of the prestigious Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio. She has sung with companies across Canada and the UK, including Opera Edmonton; Pacific Opera Victoria; Opéra de Montréal; Opera Lyra; Opera in Concert; Opera Hamilton; Aldeburgh Connection; Hamilton Philharmonic Symphony; Windsor Symphony; Nova Scotia Symphony; Victoria Symphony; Against the Grain Theatre; and the prestigious Glyndebourne Opera and Aldeburgh Festivals.

LeBlanc is a highly sought-after soloist, chamber player and accompanist. Currently living in Montreal, LeBlanc has performed for audiences from coast to coast. He is co-artistic director of l’Été Musical de l’Église de Barachois, a summer concert series. He has also recently appeared as a guest pianist and collaborative artist at several Canadian music festivals including the Indian River Festival; the Elora Festival,; Music and Beyond; the New Brunswick Summer Music Festival; Festivoix in Trois-Rivières; Toronto Summer Music Song Academy; Festival de musique de chambre de la Baie-des-Chaleurs; Festival de musique de Lachine; and Festival Acadien de Caraquet.

For more information please visit: www.miriamkhalil.com and www.julienleblanc.com.

Video of Khalil in concert can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EtGglnkaCI

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