March 27, 2002: Mezzo soprano Judith Forst featured at Koerner lecture

      Contact: Shelley Kean

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.) The Koerner Lecture Series at Capilano College presents Judith Forst: My Life in Music on Sunday April 21 at 2 p.m. in the Capilano College Performing Arts Theatre, 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver. The British Columbia-born mezzo-soprano will present a lecture about her musical career.

      Judith Forst has performed to great acclaim in the world's leading opera houses. She is a recipient of the Order of Canada and of two honorary degrees (the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria). Her recording of From the Diary of Anne Frank with the CBC Vancouver Orchestra was a 2000 Juno award winner. Recent performances include Kostelnicka in Janacek's Jenufa with the Montreal Opera Company and the Prague National Opera; Stravinski's Oedipus Rex with the Canadian Opera Company; Marie in Wozzeck; Heodias in Salome and Gertrude in Hamlet with the San Francisco Opera; Dialogues of the Carmelites with New York's Metropolitan Opera and the Vancouver Opera Association; and world premieres of both Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Streetcar Named Desire with the San Francisco Opera, and Valentino with the Washington (DC) Opera Company.

      Judith Forst has been a staunch supporter of new composers, fellow performers, directors and conductors. Each year, she performs benefit concerts and gives her time and energy to fundraising projects throughout British Columbia.

      Donations will be accepted at the door with proceeds going to The Capilano Review Endowment Fund. Support for the series has been graciously provided by the Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation, The Capilano Review, the Capilano College English department and Humanities division, and the Capilano College Foundation.

      The Capilano Review has been publishing innovative poetry, fiction, drama, and visual work for more than 25 years. It has received several national magazine awards, Western magazine awards, and its published stories have been included in The Journey Prize Anthology.

      For more information, call 604. 984.1712