Review: "The standout event of Vancouver’s spring music season."
"The second half was given over entirely to Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang’s song cycle “Death Speaks,” as rendered – with eerily consolatory sang froid – by Arkora’s other co-director, Kathleen Allan."
"Soloist Allan, in her statuesque composure and commanding soprano, impeccably embodied the icy compassion and sleek sensuality of the song cycle's eminently human Death persona."
Lincoln Kaye, The Vancouver Observer
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BC Chorfest 2017 was a resounding success with hundreds of singers from across the province. In addition to conducting the BC Youth Choir, I had the privilege of conducting the Victoria Symphony and the combined choirs at the final concert.
Review: Arkora's debut album
"a surreal experience"
Arkora, a self-described new music collective dedicated to contemporary vocal chamber music in its many forms and led by soprano Kathleen Allan, clearly possesses the fluidity to skillfully evoke the surreal experience of “loss of self” and the struggle between inner and outer realities. Allan’s purity of vocal tone is perfection in its adaptations through the ever-changing mix of genres and mysterious landscape of instrumental timbre.
- The WholeNote
© Kathleen Allan 2017