Carmina Burana


Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle

February 14 - 15, 2020

Time: 8:00 pm

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Alain Trudel, conductor
Michael Lang, choreographer
Toledo Ballet dancers
Holly Flack, soprano
Christopher Pfund, tenor
Andrew Garland, baritone
BGSU Choruses

Vivier – Orion
Orff – Carmina Burana

O fortuna! Both sacred and profane, romantic and carnal, witness the earth-shaking sounds of Carl Orff’s awe-inspiring Carmina Burana—complete with epic chorus, full orchestra, and Toledo Ballet dancers performing new choreography by Michael Lang.

This concert is made possible by Fifth Third Bank.

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Music Director of the Toledo Symphony (USA), conductor Alain Trudel has been praised for his “immense talent as conductor, musician and performer” (La Presse). He is also Music Director of l’Orchestre Symphonique de Laval, Principal Youth and Family Conductor of the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Principal Guest conductor of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. Trudel was also the CBC Radio Orchestra conductor, taking the orchestra to new heights of artistic quality, as well as public and critical acclaim.

Trudel has conducted every major orchestra in Canada as well as orchestras in the UK, USA, Sweden, Brazil, Italy, Russia, Japan, Hong-Kong, Malaysia and Latin America. Trudel made his Opera de Montréal debut in 2009 in Mozart’s Magic Flute and conducted the live recording of their 30th anniversary gala. He has been a regular guest since and in March 2017 he conducted to great acclaim (“The entire audience was on its feet for another standing ovation, with concertgoers shouting “wow” and “bravo.” Rolling Stone Magazine, “The Wall Triumphs in Montréal.”  Le Figaro, Paris) the world premiere operatic version of “The Wall”. Trudel will also lead the american premiere at the Cincinnati Opera in July 2018.

Always committed to upcoming generations of musicians, Trudel was Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra from 2012 to 2014 and has regularly been invited to conduct the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. From 2011 to 2015 Trudel was Professor and conductor of the orchestra and opera orchestra at the University of Western and is now guess professor for orchestra and opera at the University of Ottawa.

First known to the public as “the Jascha Heifetz of the trombone” (Le monde de la musique), Alain Trudel has been a guest soloist with orchestras worldwide including Philharmonique de Radio-France, Hong-Kong Philharmonic, Austrian Radio Orchestra, Festival Musica Strasbourg (France), Klangbogen Festival (Vienna), Akiyoshidai and Hamamatsu festival (Japan). Alain is also a respected composer with performances across America and in Asia.

Alain Trudel was the first Canadian to be a Yamaha international artist, and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Virginia Parker, Charles Cros (France), Opus prize and Heinz Unger prizes. He has been named an Ambassador of Canadian Music by the Canadian Music Centre and received a Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2012.

Michael Lang has been a resident Director / Choreographer for The Toledo Ballet since 2007. He has created eleven original full length productions for Toledo Ballet including: Ballet Tapestry (2007); Outside the Lines (2008); Press One for More Options (2010), Museum of Dreams (2011), If These Walls Could Dance (2012), From Heart to Quill (2014), Alice in Wonderland (2015) The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (2016), Tales of Grimm…(2017), Broadway at the Ballet (2018), and Alice Through the Looking Glass (2019).

Other choreographic credits include: Original Source with TSO (2019), Degas and the Dance—Awkward Girl with TMA (2015), All are One with TMA—inspired by and interactively performed with Artist Pineree Sanpitak’s Anything Can Break (2015); Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring with TSO (2015). Tied Notes (2013), The Soldier’s Tale with TSO (2012); and Révérence—A Tribute to Marie Vogt (2009).

Michael performed for over three decades in Indianapolis (where he is originally from), Chicago, Los Angeles, Hamburg Germany, Miami, Orlando, and New York City. Michael was a dancer, high aerial tumbler, and a stuntman and he performed for more than a decade in the original Los Angeles & NYC productions of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Michael is a Certified Personal Trainer, a NCPT Certified Pilates instructor, and a NY, OH, & MI Licensed Massage Therapist.  At the Toledo Ballet he teaches Contemporary Dance, Musical Theater, Acting, Conditioning, Pilates, and Ballerina Warrior (a self-defense class for girls).  Michael is also head of Performance Outreach and he is the Director of The Toledo Ballet Pilates & Wellness Studio. 

Colette Beans is a freshman at Southview High School and has been dancing for nine years. She is a Toledo Ballet Company member and a Second Soloist. Her favorite style of dance is ballet. She recently performed in her eighth Nutcracker and her favorite roles include Clara and Lead Snow. Colette also enjoys contemporary and has been in several of Michael Lang’s original productions such as, The Fawn in Alice Through the Looking Glass. She has participated in the Youth American Grand Prix competition with Toledo Ballet placing in the top 24 in the Junior Classical Ballet category.



Kaitlyn Boellner began training with the Toledo Ballet at the age of 4. She has been a Company member for five years with this being her second year as a Company Principal. Kaitlyn has studied ballet and contemporary dance under the instruction of Lisa Mayer-Lang, Michael Lang, Kristi DelVerne, and the majority of Toledo Ballet’s faculty; as well as jazz under Sara Wegrzyn. She has also trained with guest artists Renato Penteado, Tricia Albertson, Soili Arvola, Lauren Fadeley, and Megan Stuart. She just completed her thirteenth year in The Nutcracker. Some of her more recent roles include Dew Drop, Lead Flute, Lead Tea, Columbine, Snow, Flowers and Sweets. In September of 2018, Kaitlyn performed the role of Two Swans in Swan Lake accompanied by Toledo Symphony Orchestra. She has danced in If These Walls Could DanceFrom Heart to QuillAlice in Wonderland, Degas and the DanceThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz, as a Slaughtering Child in The Tales of Grimm..., Broadway at the Ballet, and danced the role of White Queen in Alice Through the Looking Glass. Outside of Toledo Ballet, Kaitlyn represented Springfield High School in Youth Leadership Toledo’s class of 2018. She is an active member of Youth in Philanthropy Encouraging Excellence, a philanthropy-based group of Toledo-area juniors and seniors. Kaitlyn also attended the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Conference of Western Ohio in 2018. She is a senior at Springfield High School.

Sadie Evener is a sophomore at Notre Dame Academy and has been dancing at Toledo Ballet since the age of three. She is a Toledo Ballet Company member and Second Soloist. Sadie has received training in classical ballet from Lisa Mayer-Lang, Kristi DelVerne, Ann Heckler, Cheryl Walter, and Ariel Clouse, as well as contemporary and jazz training from Michael Lang. She has also received instruction from visiting guest artists, Soili Arvola, Renato Penteado, Megan Stuart, Lauren Fadeley, and Tricia Albertson. In September 2018, she danced in Swan Lake, staged by Lisa Mayer-Lang, accompanied by the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. Sadie has performed in several of Michael Lang’s original productions, including Alice in Wonderland; The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Tales of Grimm…; Broadway at the Ballet, and Alice Through The Looking Glass as Rose and Tweedledum. This past December Sadie danced in her tenth Nutcracker under the direction of Lisa Mayer-Lang. Some of her favorite roles include Snowflake, Flowers, Sweets, Flutes, Toy Soldier Doll, Harlequin, and Ginger Snap.

Gabrielle (Gabby) Grossmann is a sophomore and Northview Highschool and is a Toledo Ballet Second Soloist where she had been dancing since the age of four. She has performed in numerous Toledo Ballet productions including Alice in Wonderland; The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Broadway at the Ballet; and Alice Through The Looking Glass. She has also been a part of Toledo Ballet’s Nutcrackers for 10 years. Some of favorite roles include Clara, Snowflake and Sweets.




Nora Light began her classical ballet training at the age of three, and in 2010 joined Toledo Ballet, where she began studying jazz, contemporary, tap and modern dance. Through Toledo Ballet, Nora has received instruction from most of the faculty including, Lisa Mayer-Lang and Michael Lang. She has also received training from guest artists Soili Arvola, Renato Penteado and Tricia Albertson. This past December was Nora’s ninth year to perform in Toledo Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. Some of her favorite roles in this production have been Clara, Lead Snow, Lead Flute, Flower, Lead Tea, Chocolate, Arabian, and Dew Drop. She has also performed in Toledo Ballet’s spring productions If These Walls Could Dance (2012), Giselle (2013), Alice in Wonderland (2015), as lead in Awkward Girl (2016), as Dorothy in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (2016), 2017 Tales of Grimm…, 2018 Broadway at the Ballet as a featured dancer, and 2019 Alice Through the Looking Glass as the Red Queen. This is her eighth year as a Toledo Ballet Company Member and her fourth year as a Principal. In March 2018, Nora placed in the top 12 in the Senior Contemporary category at Youth America Grand Prix competition held in Indianapolis. During the summer of 2018, Nora studied with Ballet West in Salt Lake City, Utah where she was also one of thirty students across the country asked to participate in their ArtÉmotion choreographic workshop and this past summer she studied with Ballet Met in Columbus, Ohio. When Nora isn’t dancing and performing she is a Toledo Ballet instructor and is Ballet Mistress for the Nutcracker.

Olivia Urban is a home-schooled high school junior and a Company Member of Toledo Ballet. She began her classical ballet training at the age of eight and has been dancing with Toledo Ballet for four years.  Through the years, in addition to ballet, she has studied jazz, contemporary, tap, acting, hip hop, and has had voice training. She has received exceptional dance and stage instruction from Lisa Mayer-Lang and Michael Lang and many others from Toledo Ballet’s faculty. Olivia has also trained under Soili Arvola, Renato Penteado, Lauren Fadeley, and Megan Stuart through Toledo Ballet’s Summer Intensive Programs. She has performed in three of Michael Lang’s original productions including Tales of Grimm…, Broadway at the Ballet, and Alice Through the Looking Glass, as well as performing in four of Toledo Ballet’s Nutcrackers. A few of Olivia’s favorite Nutcracker roles include Spanish, Arabian and Snow. Through the excellent acting, singing, and musical theater instruction Olivia has received from the Toledo Ballet, Olivia was cast in The Toledo Repertoire Theatre’s, Young Rep Series production of West Side Story as “Anita” this past summer.

Lauren Woodward is a senior at Anthony Wayne High School and a Principal dancer of Toledo Ballet where she has been dancing since the age of five. She has training in classical ballet, contemporary, and jazz under the instruction of Lisa Mayer-Lang and Michael Lang. Highlights for Lauren include performing the role of Clara in the 75th and 76th anniversary of Toledo Ballet’s Nutcracker, as well as Dew Drop and Lead Flute in this year’s production. Other favorite Nutcracker roles include Dew Drop, Lead Snow, and Sweets. She has also had the privilege to perform original choreography by Michael Lang in Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring with The Toledo Symphony and Degas and the Dance at the Toledo Museum of Art. Lauren has performed in Mr. Lang’s other original productions including From Heart to QuillAlice in Wonderland, the role of Toto in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Storybook Red in an another original production, Tales of Grimm…, a featured dancer in Broadway at the Ballet, and Alice in last year’s spring production of Alice Through the Looking Glass. Additionally, Lauren has competed as a Soloist for four years in the Youth America Grand Prix Competition in both Classical and Contemporary. The summer of 2018, Lauren attended the esteemed American Ballet Theatre Intensive in Tampa, Florida. She is excited to further her study at the Toledo Ballet and continue to grow under the instruction of Lisa Mayer-Lang and Michael Lang.

Jarrett Yeary is a homeschooled high school Junior. He danced competitively from age five to age sixteen. Jarrett is now studying Ballet and Contemporary/Modern with Toledo Ballet. He has won five national titles; including Hollywood Vibe Junior Male Best Dancer for the 2014-2015 season, and most recently, he placed in the top 20 teen males at The Dance Awards in Orlando, Florida. This is Jarrett’s first year as a Company member at Toledo Ballet and he is a Second Soloist. He has appeared in three other Toledo Ballet productions, most recently, Alice Through the Looking Glass, performing as the Red Knight; in which Wayne F. Anthony, Toledo Blade writer, wrote “Jarrett and his partner Lauren Woodward’s final pas de duex was extraordinary, and had a level of beauty and sophistication in the artistic flow”. He has also performed as Nutcracker Prince, and Lead Candy Cane in Toledo Ballet’s Nutcracker. Jarrett is looking forward to the 2019-2020 season with Toledo Ballet.

Coloratura soprano Holly Flack has a unique range that extends beyond an octave above high C. Praised as an “explosive talent” with her flowing and warm middle voice, rippling coloratura and effortless trills, she “wields an impressive range, effortlessly reaching higher than high notes” with her stratospheric vocal extension.

Ms. Flack’s recent roles include Queen of the Night The Magic Flute and Morgana Alcina for Fargo-Moorehead Opera, Ophélie Hamlet for Opera Ithica, Elvira L'Italiana in Algeri for Winter Opera St Louis and the title-role Dinorah for Amore Opera. Upcoming engagements include Olympia Pinocchio and Gilda Rigoletto for St Petersburg Opera.

As a young artist, she covered Marie La Fille Du Regiment with Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Olympia Les Contes D' Hoffmann with St. Petersburg Opera, and performed Maggie Anderson Brigadoon with Ohio Light Opera.

She was a featured young artist with the iSing! International Young Artists Festival, where she was specifically chosen to perform for China’s National Day Celebration on Dragon TV, one of the largest official television networks in Shanghai. She was also featured on Jiangsu Weishi TV, a national network, in celebration of the Chinese New Year. Since those appearances, she has traveled regularly to China for concerts in different cities around the country.

Ms. Flack made her international debut at the Trentino Music Festival in Mezzano, Italy singing the role of Vixen The Cunning Little Vixen. She has also performed with the Bel Canto Opera Festival, Astoria Opera Festival, and Operafestival di Roma.

Originally from Portland, Oregon, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from St. Olaf College, and a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Kentucky.

Highly lauded for his irreverent portrayals of the Roasting Swan in Carmina Burana, tenor Christopher Pfund has made the role a pillar of his career, performing it with countless orchestras across North America. In recent seasons he has performed Carmina Burana with the symphony orchestras of Alabama, Des Moines, Cleveland, Colorado, Fort Wayne, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Nashville, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Reading, and San Diego.

In 2019-2020, Christopher Pfund continues in that role in performances of Carmina Burana with the Pacific Symphony and the Des Moines Symphony. In October, Mr. Pfund performed Bach BWV 189 at the Idaho Bach Festival, of which he is co-director. Other recent engagements include performances with the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, the Tucson Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Spokane Symphony and Duluth Superior Symphony.

In addition to his signature concert role, Mr. Pfund has appeared in concert performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Charlotte and Stamford symphonies; Handel’s Messiah with the Buffalo Philharmonic, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Syracuse Symphony, and Virginia Symphony; and Haydn’s Creation with the Louisiana Philharmonic. He also appeared at Carnegie Hall with the Rochester Philharmonic as a part of the Spring for Music Festival as Sir Gower Lackland in a concert performance of Howard Hanson’s Merry Mount. He created the role of Rev. Eugene Hendrix in a world-premiere concert performance of Gregory Vajda’s opera Georgia Bottoms with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra.

Christopher Pfund’s opera engagements include Sempronio in Haydn’s Lo Speziale with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s; Pong in Turandot with El Paso Opera, New Jersey State Opera, and the Florentine Opera; Tonik in Smetana’s The Two Widows with the Chautauqua Opera; the New York City premiere of Ernst Krenek’s Vertrauenssache with the organization Elysium between Two Continents; and performances with Glimmerglass Opera, New York City Opera, and Florentine Opera.

Mr. Pfund’s recordings include the title role in Britten’s Albert Herring on the Vox label and Distant Playing Fields: Vocal Music of Amy Beach and William Maye on Newport Classics.

A Colorado native, Christopher Pfund holds degrees from both the University of Northern Colorado and Manhattan School of Music. He was an opera apprentice with the Santa Fe, Glimmerglass and Chautauqua operas, and was a 20th Century Song Recitalist at the Banff Centre.

Baritone, Andrew Garland, is hailed as a performer whose artistry is a perfect combination between "baritone of strength and vocal opulence" (Opera News) and "cosmic energy and suavity" (Opera News).  He is widely recognized as a leader in recital work with dozens of performances around the country including Carnegie Hall with pianist Warren Jones and programs of modern American songs all over the Unites States and in Canada. Jones, Marilyn Horne, Steven Blier, a number of American composers, and several major music publications all endorse him as a highly communicative singer leading the way for the song recital into the 21st Century. This season Garland can be heard as the baritone soloist in The Messiah with the Colorado Symphony and the Colorado Bach Ensemble, the Nashville Symphony’s production of Frank’s  Conquest Requiem, the Santa Fe Pro Musica’s production of The Creation, and in recital with Warren Jones for Coastal Concerts.

He brings his highly communicative style to the concert stage with orchestras including the Atlanta Symphony, Boston Baroque, The Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Youth Symphony, National Philharmonic, Albany Symphony, Washington Master Chorale at the Kennedy Center and National Chorale at Lincoln Center.

Garland is a regular with the New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) and has given multiple recitals at Carnegie Hall, the Ravinia festival as well as Vocal Arts DC, Marilyn Horne Foundation, The Bard Festival, Camerata Pacifica, Andre-Turp Society in Montreal, Voce at Pace, Huntsville Chamber Music Guild, Fort Worth Opera, Seattle Opera, Fanfare in Hammond, LA, Cincinnati Matinee Musicale, Cincinnati Song Initiative, Tuesday Morning Music Club and dozens of college music series around the country. In 2014, he was the featured recitalist for the NATS National convention where that organization’s president declared him “the next Thomas Hampson.”

His latest solo CD American Portraits (with Donna Loewy, piano) went to Number 1 on Amazon classical. Garland has five other recordings on the Telarc, Naxos, Roven Records and Azica Labels.

In the 2018-2019 season, Garland graced the stage with the Dover String Quartet as the baritone soloist in Barber's Dover Beach. Other concerts this season include solo appearances with Moab Music Festival, Rhode Island Philharmonic in Vaugh Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem, Colorado Symphony's in Finzi's In Terra Pax, various concerts with the Takács Quartet.  In a collaboration with Warren Jones and the Calder String Quartet, Garland brings the music of Beethoven's The Kiss, Dear Maid, Thy Lip Has Left, WoO153, No. 9, The Return to Ulster, WoO152m No. 1, The Pulse of an Irishman, WoO154, No. 4, String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130, and Brahms' Four Serious Songs, Op. 121 to California.

Garland began an exciting 2017-2018 season as the baritone soloist in Mozart's Requiem with the Colorado Symphony. His next engagements were Schaunard in La Boheme with Opera Colorado before joining the Geneva International Music Competition as a past winner.  Also scheduled for this season are Songs by Loeffler and Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer with Camerata Pacifica, the role of Jesus in Telemann’s St. Luke’s Passion 1744 for Boston Baroque, and the world premiere of Abe Soep in Gerald Cohen’s Steal A Pencil For Me.

During the 2016-2017 season, Garland performed in the world premiere of William Bolcom’s Dinner at Eight with Minnesota Opera, joins the Houston Symphony for the world premiere of The Conquest Requiem by Gabriela Lena Frank, debuts as Prior Walter in Angels in America with New York City Opera, reprises Guglielmo in Cosí fan tutte with Ash Lawn Opera and Dancaïre in Carmen with Boston Lyric Opera. On the concert stage he joins the New York Festival of Song at the Moab Music Festival and National Sawdust, sings Messiah with Boston Baroque and Colorado Bach Ensemble, sings in orchestral performances of Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs, Dona Nobis Pacem and Hodie, solos in the Bach B Minor Mass with the Amherst Bach Festival and sings recitals in Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Boston, Fort Worth, Springfield, Boulder and other cities.

The 2015-2016 season was highlighted by his return to Seattle Opera as Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos. During previous seasons he joined Boston Baroque as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte where the Boston Globe said “He had the audience in the palm of his hand.” He also returned to Boston Lyric Opera in La Bohème, Bob Jones University at Dandini in La Cenerentola, and made his debut with the Colorado Symphony for performances of Messiah. Other highlights include Dandini with Opera Philadelphia and Fort Worth Opera, Mercurio (La Calisto) and the title role in Galileo Galilei, by Philip Glass at Cincinnati Opera, and Riolobo (Florencia en el Amazonas) and Schaunard (La Bohème) at Seattle Opera.

In past seasons Garland has portrayed Rossini’s Figaro with Dayton Opera, Knoxville Opera and Cincinnati Opera (cover), Schaunard at Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Saratoga, Atlanta Opera, Fort Worth Opera and Dayton Opera; Ping (Turandot) at Arizona Opera, Silvio (I Pagliacci) with Hawaii Opera Theatre, Don Giovanni at Opera New Jersey, Mozart’s Count at Dayton Opera, Guglielmo at Opera Saratoga, Mercutio at Lyric Opera of San Antonio and Annapolis Opera, Giuseppe (The Gondoliers) with Utah Opera and Danilo with Sarasota Opera Artist Concert Series, and Cincinnati Opera's first Baroque production, La Calisto.

Other concert performances include Handel’s Messiah with Boston Baroque, UMS (Ann Arbor, MI), Dartmouth Handel Society (Helmuth Rilling, conductor) the Colorado Bach Ensemble, Arizona Symphony, Virginia Symphony and others; Carmina Burana, Ein Deutches Requiem, Five Mystical Songs, Dona Nobis Pacem, Hodie, Faure's Requiem and Durufle's Requiem, various concerts with Boston Baroque, The Handel and Haydyn Society, and Emmanuel Music.

Garland is the winner of the Lavinia Jensen, NATSAA, Washington International, American Traditions, NATS and Opera Columbus Competition and was a prize winner in the Montreal International, Jose Iturbi, Gerda Lissner, McCammon and Palm Beach International Competitions. He was an apprentice at the San Francisco Opera Center and the Seattle Opera and Cincinnati Opera Young Artists programs.

In addition to sustaining a busy performance schedule, Garland has recently joined the voice faculty at The University of Colorado-Boulder.

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