On Saturday, April 28 the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra and Showplace Performance Centre present An Evening with Measha Brueggergosman. The Juno-winning and Grammy-nominated singer known for her powerful voice and big personality will bring to life her emotional Songs of Freedom album at a concert and special reception to benefit the PSO and Showplace.
An Evening with Measha Brueggergosman is a two-part event at Showplace, with two ticket options. At 7pm in Showplace’s Erica Cherney Theatre, audience members will experience a full concert from the Songs of Freedom tour by Measha and her ensemble. Immediately following the concert, a limited number of audience members who have purchased the full Concert & Champagne Reception package will go behind the velvet rope to an exclusive soiree with Measha, hosted by PSO Music Director & Conductor, Michael Newnham. As reception guests arrive downstairs to Showplace’s Nexicom Studio, they will enjoy a short performance from several PSO musicians, followed by complimentary hors d’oeuvres and sparkling wine as Measha and Michael discuss her rise to fame, passion for music and current projects.
Measha Brueggergosman is a classically trained opera and concert singer whose career “effortlessly embraces the broadest array of performance platforms, musical styles and genres.” In the past, she has presented innovative programs at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Washington’s Kennedy Center, London’s Wigmore Hall, Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Musikverein, and Madrid’s Teatro Real. In 2010, she sang at the opening of the XXI Olympic Winter Games, seen by three billion television viewers. Recent and forthcoming highlights include her Australian debut with the Melbourne Symphony Opera at the Sydney Opera House, a return to Teatro Real, Madrid, and London with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Offstage, Measha is also extremely active. Autumn 2017 saw the release of her memoir, Something Is Always On Fire (HarperCollins), and she regularly appears on primetime television including Canada’s Got Talent, Murdoch Mysteries, and most recently advocating on behalf of Canadian literature. She participates in the nationwide campaign for music education, and she holds several honorary doctorates and ambassadorial titles with international charities.
The Songs of Freedom album is an exploration of African-American spirituals. It is a way for Measha to challenge her classically trained mind, but the music is also close to her faith and her family’s history, which she was inspired to trace in 2007. She says, “It is the music of my people. My ancestors were stolen from Africa and sold into slavery in the United States before finding freedom in Nova Scotia. The spirituals were born out of a time when my people were oppressed and needed to find a way not only to communicate with each other, but also to express themselves. They created a powerful snapshot that still resonates with people today.” Songs of Freedom is Measha connecting with her faith, her past and honouring her family. The album and tour celebrate freedom, but also shine a light on our nation’s past. The film Songs of Freedom, which documents Measha’s journey of discovery and music, was nominated for four Canadian Screen Awards.
An Evening with Measha Brueggergosman Concert Only tickets and a limited number of Concert & Champagne Reception tickets are available from the Showplace box office on a first come, first served basis. Tickets are priced at $115 for Concert & Champagne Reception, and $60 for Concert Only. Visit the box office in-person (290 George St. N, Peterborough), online at www.showplace.org or call 705-742-SHOW(7469) to buy tickets.