Keri Lynn Zwicker, harp & Casey Peden, soprano
with Nathan McCavana, bodhran
Sunday, October 23, 2022 - 3:00 pm
St. Albert United Church
Keri Lynn Zwicker is a versatile musician who is sought after as a soloist, teacher and side musician in both Celtic and Classical realms. She holds an ARCT in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts from the University of Alberta.
As one of Canada’s leading lever harpists, Keri Lynn has earned a solid reputation for her musicianship and stage presence while fronting her own trio, HarpRouge as well as while performing as an integral member of David Wilkie’s Cowboy Celtic, a band that has toured extensively throughout North America, Ecuador, and Scotland.
Keri Lynn is also a singer, composer and arranger of traditional music and her work features her Gaelic-styled vocals and imaginative, energetic interpretations of traditional Celtic material. She also performs Latin American harp music and with funding from an Alberta Foundation of the Arts grant, she studied Latin American repertoire and techniques with harp master Alfredo Rolando Ortiz in California.
Keri Lynn is active in Classical music, currently playing second harp with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and is sought after to perform with choirs and ensembles on pedal harp. She was a guest artist on the ESO’s Lighter classics series, performing on both concert grand pedal and lever harps. Her full length symphony show, featuring Claude Lapalme’s orchestrations of her original music and traditional arrangements, has been performed in Alberta and B.C.
She maintains a busy teaching studio with the MacEwan Conservatory of music and has also independently released three CD’s; The Devil’s Mill, Rich & Rare and Winter Ramble.
Casey Peden holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Alberta. Her professional development continued through Tafelmusik’s Baroque Summer Institute, the Early Music Vancouver Vocal Summer School and private lessons. Ms. Pedens’ teachers include Linda Perillo, Harold Wiens, Ellen Hargis, and Lisa Hornung.
Ms. Peden has been heard as a soloist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Pro Coro Canada, Madrigal Singers, Alberta College Womens Choir, Da Camera Singers, Schola Cantorum, the Dutch Renaissance Ensemble Verboden Frucht and recently with the Saskatoon Symphony Chamber Orchestra. She has been the soprano soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Bach’s Magnificat, Christmas Oratorio, and Coffee Cantata, Vaughn William’s Serenade to Music, Rutter’s Requiem, Allegri’s Miserere, and Haydn’s Missa Sancti Nicolai. Her most recent engagement was as the soprano soloist in Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with the Laurentian University Choir, under the direction of Robert Hall. She is very excited to be part of the Canadian premiere of Marianna Martines’ Dixit Dominus with the Saskatoon Symphony this fall.
In addition to her recital singing, Casey has been giving duet recitals with contralto Lisa Hornung, staying active with her studio, adjudicating, and volunteering with the Community Youth Choir in North Battleford. She is also part of the teaching team for the Summer School for the Solo Voice, a week-long summer intensive vocal camp for singers and choristers of all levels.
Cowboy music has been a long-standing part of Casey’s life. She has performed along side of her father at Cowboy Gatherings from Elko, Nevada to Pincher Creek, Alberta; Maple Creek, Saskatchewan; Kamloops, British Columbia and Branson, Missouri as well as many other small towns in between. She treasures the countless friends, poets, and musicians she has met along the way. Casey lives with her husband and two sons on the family ranch near Glaslyn, Saskatchewan.
After 14 years as a competitive Irish dancer, Nathan McCavana let his hands do the talking and taught himself the bodhran, Ireland's goatiest instrument. He has performed with members of such groups as Barrage, Fair Haven, The Bucaneers and Pear. Nathan helped found the bands The Floating Widgets and Stephen's Green; who went on to perform at the Calgary Folkfest. He was also a founder of Staggered Pints, who ran a popular session in Calgary for nearly 20 years. His musical highlights include performances with Ron Kavana at the Calgary & Edmonton Folkfests, an encore set with The Chieftans and full length shows with Maria Dunn, Lizzy Hoyt and of course Keri Lynn Zwicker. As a member of Cowboy Celtic, Nathan has played tour dates in Scotland, Ecuador and US and most recently played with Cowboy Celtic on their Edmonton Symphony Orchestra debut in May 2022. Nathan only recently started singing but has been wowing audiences with his velvety Irish baritone.