With a voice the Ottawa Citizen has called “golden,” the Cape Breton Tenor Peter Gillis celebrates summer in Cape Breton on July 26 with an evening of music at the historic St. Andrew’s United Church on Bentinck Street in Sydney. Admission is $25 with the show starting at 7:30pm. For a list of ticket outlets, visit petergillis.com
Hailed as “a Cape Breton treasure” by the Cape Breton Post, the classical crossover tenor has distinguished himself in venues throughout the U.S, Canada, and abroad, drawing particularly enthusiastic audiences when he appears in his native Sydney.
Navigating a broad range of Celtic, folk-ballad, and classical styles with an unaffected personal warmth – and a technical assurance that evidences his Juilliard training and opera-theatre career – Gillis holds a prominent place in the Cape Breton music scene as the people’s tenor. He continues to collaborate with formidable Island musicians such as Stephen Muise, Shawn MacDonald, Peter MacDonald, Theresa MacQueen, Delores Henick and Henrietta MacNeil, who will provide ample ensemble forces for the Sydney show.
“I am excited to be singing in one of the finest performance spaces in the area,” Gillis says of the landmark St. Andrew’s Church. The acoustics are heavenly (pun intended), and the space is ideally proportioned – we’re fortunate to have it available to the community.”
Currently at work on his fourth Cape Breton Tenor CD Hallelujah, scheduled for release in the fall of 2012, Peter has sung to sold-out Celtic Colours audiences, toured Canada with Rita MacNeil, and the Barra MacNeils, and appeared with Symphony Nova Scotia, and Opera Nova Scotia. He has soloed in some of North America’s most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Ottawa’s National Arts Centre.
The Coast Radio and the Cape Breton Post are proud sponsors of Peter Gillis in concert.