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Enjoy the first of the On the Journey Lent concert series for 2022: Harald and Sharon Krebs, with Deanna Sills, present 'Daheim' (At Home).

NOTE: This is an in-person concert as well as live streamed. If attending in person, please bring a mask and your BC Vaccine Passport and ID.

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Harald Krebs is a University of Victoria Distinguished Professor of Music. He has performed as a pianist throughout North America and Europe with soprano Sharon Krebs, and locally with numerous University of Victoria colleagues. He is a music theorist as well as a pianist. He was President of the Society for Music Theory in 2011-13, and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. His monograph Fantasy Pieces: Metrical Dissonance in the Music of Robert Schumann, published by Oxford University Press in 1999, won the Society for Music Theory’s Wallace Berry Award. His research on Josephine Lang (1815-80) led to the book Josephine Lang: Her Life and Songs (Oxford, 2007—co-authored with Sharon Krebs), as well as to two editions of songs by Lang. Harald’s current research focuses on expressive manipulations of poetic rhythm in the German Lied.

Soprano Sharon Krebs regularly performs with pianist Harald Krebs; she has performed in Ireland, Germany, Poland, France, England, and Wales, as well as in the US and Canada. She translates Lied texts for various CD projects and for the website <>; she has contributed over 7000 texts and translations to the latter site. She is active as a musicologist and Germanist; she has published articles on topics such as music education in the public schools of British Columbia, the poetry of Bertolt Brecht, and musical settings of Adalbert Chamisso’s poetry. With Harald Krebs, she has written a book on the life and music of Josephine Lang (1815-80), which appeared with Oxford University Press in 2007. She is currently researching the nightingale metaphor in relation to singing.

Deanna Sills has performed Handel’s Messiah with Bach on the Rock (2021) and with Victoria Baroque (Part I in 2020 and Parts II & III in 2021). As well, she is this season’s alto lead for SING THE NORTH, the Canadian virtual choir founded and directed by Kathryn Whitney. After having a family and an administrative career in social sciences, Deanna decided to come back to her love of classical singing in 2018. She has been coached by a number of illustrious artists including Nancy Argenta, Ingrid Attrot, Mel Braun, Benjamin Butterfield, Anne Grimm, Daniel Taylor, and Kathryn Whitney. She was featured in the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s annual Spark to Flame concert, and has participated in several VCM vocal programs including: the 2021 Summer Intensive Program Advanced Singers Course, the 2019 Mahler Project, the 2018 Vaughan Williams Project, and the 2018 Summer Academy Advanced Oratorio Program. Deanna has a Bachelor’s Degree in Voice Performance from the University of Victoria, where she studied with Susan Young. She is currently being coached by Nancy Argenta.

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