How it came to be...
Both Leslie and Lorin are passionate about sharing their love of Canadian Art Song. On April 5, 2016 they released the first CD in the Canadian Art Song Series
“On a teaching assignment at Juilliard, I attended a concert celebrating The American Songbook. How wonderful that the honouring of American Song remains a tradition of that esteemed school. I remember thinking how Canada has its own treasure trove of home-grown art song and became determined to bring this outlook home.
And where better to applaud the Canadian Art Song than at Wilfrid Laurier University, where Canadian repertoire is a yearly requirement for voice majors. There are so many Canadian gems waiting to be discovered and brought to life.
What a gift it has been to record with Lorin. He and I share a deep musical sensitivity, lots of laughter and a kindred spirit in the making of this Canadian dream.” - Leslie Fagan
“Canadian music has been neglected! Many times over the course of a school year, my students, eager to learn pieces of Canadian repertoire, have come to me unable to find recordings to listen to. This in part is why I'm so pleased to collaborate on such an important project.
This music is beautiful. It is accessible and appropriate for students. It shines at the touch of a trained professional. It is easy for the casual listener and for the trained ear. It is sensuously tranquil. I am proud of this Canadian project which brings this evocative music out in the open, accessible for all.
It has been a privilege to work with Leslie, a great artist and hilarious soul." - Lorin Shalanko
Reviewing Leslie Fagan's recent New York appearances, "Opera News" names her performance of the Poulenc Gloria as “one of the most memorable performances of the season,” and "The New York Times" noted the soprano's “transcendent moments” in Handel's Messiah at Carnegie Hall.
In demand for concert appearances from North America to Europe and Asia, Ms. Fagan's engagements include Mahler's Symphony No. 2 under the direction of Hans Graf; a Stravinsky and Debussy concert with The Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine in France; Bach's Das Weinachtsoratorium BWV 248 in Stuttgart, Germany; Handel's Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall in England and with Tafelmusik Orchestra and Choir in Canada; and an engagement as guest soloist at the International Choral Festival in The Netherlands. She has performed with conductors Sir David Willcocks, Boris Brott, Jukke-Pekke Saraste, Elmer Iseler, Kent Tritle and Daniel Lipton with orchestras such as the National Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic and the Toronto Symphony, as well as the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.
Her recent engagementsinclude Bach's St. Matthew Passion with the Oratorio Society of New York; concerts in Ribideo, Spain; and in the United Arab Emirates.
When not on the world stages, Leslie teaches aspiring singers at Wilfrid Laurier University.
For a full list of her repetoire, visit her website.
Lorin Shalanko, Pianist
Lorin Shalanko is a much sought out pianist in the community, praised for his sensitive and evocative playing. Dancers, instrumentalist and singers alike collaborate with Lorin because of his musical sensibilities and his naturally ability to breath life and movement into music.
A member of the Faculty of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University since 2000, he provides instruction, accompaniment and coaching to many musicians on the way to making their mark in the next stage of their careers.
Internationally, Lorin's career has taken him to France, where he lived and worked for several years. While overseas, he taught privately and accompanied for various soloists and choirs. Lorin has been invited to perform as a solo artist in France, Italy, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
Lorin holds an honours degree in Piano Performance from Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo Canada. After graduation he studied with Martin Katz at the University of Michigan.
In a position he finds as equally rewarding, Lorin is a committed teacher to his students at the Beckett School of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada.