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Nov
24
Fri
DIOMIRA – Dinuk Wijeratne, Nick Halley & Joseph Petric
Nov 24 @ 7:30 pm

Dinuk Wijeratne, piano/composer

The Sri Lankan-born, Canada-based composer-performer Dinuk Wijeratne has been described by the Toronto Star as ‘an artist who reflects a positive vision of our cultural future’, and by the New York Times as ‘exuberantly creative’. His boundary-crossing work sees him equally at home in collaborations with symphony orchestras and string quartets, tabla players and DJs, and takes him to international venues as poles apart as the Berlin Philharmonie and the North Sea Jazz Festival.

Dinuk’s 2016 highlights include JUNO and ECMA wins for his string quartet pieces Two Pop Songs on Antique Poems, and his appointment as Composer-in-Residence of Symphony Nova Scotia.

Nick Halley, percussion

Nick Halley is a drummer/percussionist, keyboardist, composer, and conductor. As a drummer and world percussionist, Nick has performed and recorded internationally with a wide range of musicians including James Taylor, Oscar Castro-Neves, Maucha Adnet, David McGuinness & Revenge of the Folk Singers, Concerto Caledonia, Jefferson Hamer & Eamon O’Leary, Old Man Luedecke & Tim O’Brien, the Chris Norman Ensemble, various Paul Halley ensembles, Suzie LeBlanc, Theresa Thomason, Diomira with Dinuk Wijeratne & Joseph Petric, and occasionally the Nick Halley Band.  The recording Barnum Hill (2008) features Nick and his ensemble performing some of Nick’s original compositions.

 

Joseph Petric, accordion

Accordionist, teacher, writer, published author, producer, artistic director, Joseph Petric made his American debut at Washington’s Kennedy Centre in 1986 and his European debut at London’s St. John’s Smith Square. His performances have drawn reviews from the likes of the London Independent, the Washington Post, Toronto Globe and Mail, Chicago Tribune, Berliner Tage, the Boston Globe, Gramophone and the New York Times.

 

 

 

Performing works composed by their JUNO-award winning founder Dinuk Wijeratne, Diomira‘s music explores Dinuk’s hugely diverse cultural influences: from the Persian poetry of Omar Khayyam and the fantastical prose of Jorge Luis Borges, to the sensuality of Flamenco and the intricate rhythms of the Indian Classical tradition.

Formed in April 2011, the trio’s critically acclaimed literary and globally-inspired program was immediately recorded by the CBC and has since enjoyed repeated nationwide broadcast, garnering audience support for a style that balances sublime music-making with virtuosity.

The ‘soul’ of Diomira’s unique sound is the accordion of Joseph Petric. An internationally renowned recording-artist hailed as “an extraordinary performer” by the Boston Globe, Petric toured with Debut Atlantic for the first time in 1990. He returns this year with Diomira as Debut Atlantic’s Encore tour. World percussionist Nick Halley is a fiery talent who moves effortlessly amongst the major drumming traditions. Sri Lankan-born Dinuk Wijeratne, with an established reputation as a prolific creator of genre-spanning projects, leads the group with his striking compositions and remarkable invention at the piano.

Nick Halley is a drummer/percussionist, keyboardist, composer, and conductor. As a drummer and world percussionist, Nick has performed and recorded internationally with a wide range of musicians including James Taylor, Oscar Castro-Neves, Maucha Adnet, David McGuinness & Revenge of the Folk Singers, Concerto Caledonia, Jefferson Hamer & Eamon O’Leary, Old Man Luedecke & Tim O’Brien, the Chris Norman Ensemble, various Paul Halley ensembles, Suzie LeBlanc, Theresa Thomason, Diomira with Dinuk Wijeratne & Joseph Petric, and occasionally the Nick Halley Band.  The recording Barnum Hill (2008) features Nick and his ensemble performing some of Nick’s original compositions.

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Dec
1
Fri
DEAR SANTA – Annapolis District Drama Group
Dec 1 @ 7:30 pm

The Annapolis District Drama Group, under the direction of Wayne Currie, presents Norm Foster’s DEAR SANTA just in time for Christmas. For audiences of all ages.

Santa Claus tries to fulfill a child’s special Christmas wish while his staff attempts to overcome a supply shortage at the North Pole. This is a laugh-filled holiday play innocent enough for the youngest boy or girl, and entertaining enough for adults.

 

Director:  Wayne Currie
Stage Manager:  Jane DeWolfe

Main Characters
Santa:  Miles Leahy
Kit:  Nina Habinski
Algernon:  Brian Rice
Octavia:  Eloise Mailman
Lou:  Simon Bonnington
Bozidar: Sam Cooper

Elves
Karen Tomasino
Colleen Rowland
Rachael Cheechoo
Donnie Carter
Alex Hancock
Linda Hulme Leahy
Haley Dawn

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Dec
2
Sat
DEAR SANTA – Annapolis District Drama Group
Dec 2 @ 7:30 pm

The Annapolis District Drama Group, under the direction of Wayne Currie, presents Norm Foster’s DEAR SANTA just in time for Christmas. For audiences of all ages.

Santa Claus tries to fulfill a child’s special Christmas wish while his staff attempts to overcome a supply shortage at the North Pole. This is a laugh-filled holiday play innocent enough for the youngest boy or girl, and entertaining enough for adults.

 

Director:  Wayne Currie
Stage Manager:  Jane DeWolfe

Main Characters
Santa:  Miles Leahy
Kit:  Nina Habinski
Algernon:  Brian Rice
Octavia:  Eloise Mailman
Lou:  Simon Bonnington
Bozidar: Sam Cooper

Elves
Karen Tomasino
Colleen Rowland
Rachael Cheechoo
Donnie Carter
Alex Hancock
Linda Hulme Leahy
Haley Dawn

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Dec
3
Sun
DEAR SANTA – Annapolis District Drama Group
Dec 3 @ 2:00 pm

The Annapolis District Drama Group, under the direction of Wayne Currie, presents Norm Foster’s DEAR SANTA just in time for Christmas. For audiences of all ages.

 

 

Santa Claus tries to fulfill a child’s special Christmas wish while his staff attempts to overcome a supply shortage at the North Pole. This is a laugh-filled holiday play innocent enough for the youngest boy or girl, and entertaining enough for adults.

 

Director:  Wayne Currie
Stage Manager:  Jane DeWolfe

Main Characters
Santa:  Miles Leahy
Kit:  Nina Habinski
Algernon:  Brian Rice
Octavia:  Eloise Mailman
Lou:  Simon Bonnington
Bozidar: Sam Cooper

Elves
Karen Tomasino
Colleen Rowland
Rachael Cheechoo
Donnie Carter
Alex Hancock
Linda Hulme Leahy
Haley Dawn

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Dec
7
Thu
ANNAPOLIS BASIN COMMUNITY BAND
Dec 7 @ 7:30 pm
Dec
10
Sun
HEATHER RANKIN
Dec 10 @ 7:30 pm

After over twenty-five years of performing with her siblings Heather Rankin comes into her own with A Fine Line, her debut solo record. This is Heather Rankin like you have never heard her before, breaking away from The Rankin Family’s signature sound, and forging her own musical legacy with her poetic, intimate original songs, and an eclectic mix of others. A Fine Line is an exploration of the balance between grief and joy, love and loss, and life and death. While the sound is distinctively Heather’s own, songs like “We Walk As One” conjure evocative imagery from the past she shared with her siblings, and with fans all over the world. Other songs showcase a more upbeat and contemporary side of Rankin, like her rendition of Tears for Fears’ 1985 hit “Everybody Wants To Rule The World,” which features Hip Hop Artist Quake Matthews. It is a social commentary with a Dance Club vibe. A song like David Tyson’s “Valentine” is a heart-felt love song, poignant in its simplicity, where Rankin’s soaring, angelic voice is all that is needed to hit straight to the heart.

It is clear that A Fine Line is a personal record for Rankin, who co-wrote seven of the eleven tracks with David Tyson. “We Walk As One,” the song that her siblings, Cookie and Jimmy, sing backup vocals for, is the album’s most obviously autobiographical track. It speaks to the idea that, although physically separate, those who love and care about one another, continue to move forward together in spirit. Similarly, “I’ve Got Your Back” expresses a sense of unconditional love and support amid a cold and tumultuous world. “Titantically” is the record’s most poetic and ephemeral, the personification of a violin that is rescued from the wreckage of the Titanic, and ripped from the grasp of the person who loved it most in the world. There is a deeply emotional acknowledgement of an inherent sadness to life in A Fine Line, but what is most prominent is Rankin’s resolve to continue to move forward in spite of it. It’s an impressive feat that one album can include a myriad of songs that are individually so different from one another and yet, they come together to create deeply affecting variations on a common theme. When played separately, each track stands assuredly on its own, revealing different aspects of Rankin’s immense talent and her vibrant, complex perspective on life and music. Taken together, one begins to see rich thematic and lyrical intersections, often between the most disparate songs. She begins with laying out the struggle of the human condition, our quest toward finding, and then living as our authentic selves, and then as the album progresses we are plunged into the depths of that struggle. She leaves us, undeniably, with a pure testament of hope and gratitude.

This is an exciting record and an exciting musical departure for Heather Rankin, who sold more than a million records as part of The Rankin Family, sang backup vocals on Carly Simon’s album The Bedroom Tapes and has been featured on the recordings of such artists as The Chieftains, Johnny Reid and Will Ackerman. Perhaps the most dramatic sense of balance in A Fine Line is Rankin’s own graceful sense of balance between her own musical past, present and future. She harkens back to her childhood in Mabou, Nova Scotia and honours her roots in that community, and in her family, but she does so in her own authentic voice. This voice has been shaped by the Gaelic traditions of her home, and by the years she spent singing the songs of her brothers and sisters, but her voice is set free here, and often euphorically so, in a way previously unheard. Proving eloquent songwriting runs in the family, Rankin takes us to more private places in her lyrics, and this mixture of vulnerability and exhilaration makes for a powerfully compelling record. After more than twenty-five years in the business, A Fine Line suggests that we are only just now getting to know Heather Rankin. She has always been known as the youngest of The Rankin Family, but now, as a solo artist, in some ways, she sounds younger, and more timely, than ever.

 

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Dec
17
Sun
MEASHA BRUEGGERGOSMAN
Dec 17 @ 7:30 pm

We are excited to welcome international artist Measha Brueggergosman back to the King’s Theatre stage!

The show will include holiday tunes, jazz favourites, music from her recent album “Freedom Songs”, and who knows? maybe even some opera! Whatever the mix, we know Measha will lift the lid off the house.

Motivated and hungry for new experiences, Ms. Brueggergosman’s career effortlessly embraces the broadest array of performance platforms and musical styles and genres.

On the opera stage, her recent highlights include Giulietta and Antonia Les contes d’Hoffmann, Elettra Idomeneo, Madame Lidoine Dialogues des Carmélites, Jenny in Weill’s Mahagonny, Emilia Marty Věc Makropulos, Hannah in Miroslav Srnka’s Make No Noise, and Sister Rose in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking while on the concert platform she has worked with the San Francisco Symphony and New World Symphony Orchestras and conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Michael Tilson Thomas, Franz Welser-Möst, Sir Andrew Davis, Gustavo Dudamel and Daniel Harding.

Measha began her career predominantly committed to the art of the song recital and has presented innovative programs at Carnegie Hall, Washington’s Kennedy Center, London’s Wigmore Hall, both the Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna, Madrid’s Teatro Real, as well as at the Schwarzenberg, Edinburgh, Verbier and Bergen Festivals with celebrated collaborative pianists Justus Zeyen, Roger Vignoles, Julius Drake, and Simon Lepper.

Her forthcoming highlights include her Australian debut at the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and in recital at the Sydney Opera House, a return to the Teatro Real, Madrid and to the Barbican, London with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, as well as performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and Vasily Petrenko.

Her first recording for Deutsche Grammophon, Surprise, includes works by Schoenberg, Satie and Bolcom and is one of the most highly regarded debut albums of recent years. Her subsequent disc Night and Dreams, which features songs by Mozart, Brahms, Strauss, Schubert, Debussy, Duparc and Fauré won several awards and her recording of the Wesendonck Lieder with Franz Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra earned her a Grammy nomination.

Off the stage, Measha is just as active: autumn 2017 sees the release of her memoir (published by HarperCollins); she appears regularly on primetime TV (most recently advocating on behalf of contemporary Canadian literature); and leading Canadian children across the country in song, in celebration of the nationwide campaign for music education.

Measha Brueggergosman champions the education and involvement of new audiences and holds several honorary doctorates and ambassadorial titles with international charities.

 

 

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Dec
23
Sat
THE O’BRIEN FAMILY – Food Bank Benefit Concert
Dec 23 @ 7:30 pm

The O’Brien Family Benefit Concert in support of the Annapolis Area Food Bank

Sponsored by The Annapolis Royal Independent

The O’Brien Family has lived in Canada since 2004, when the family left England for a new life on Vancouver Island. Over the years the family has made three albums, played hundreds of shows, and even toured Europe.Their sound is a blend of luscious harmonies and great songs, played in a folksy bluegrass style. The Family love to perform and get everyone singing at their shows. They are delighted to be performing a concert in support of the ANNAPOLIS AREA FOOD BANK. This will be the very first time the family has performed on the East coast, and it is because Paul and Louise [Mom and Dad] and Millie [eldest child] have moved out East to Bridgetown, NS and Rothesay, NB respectively. The family also sing many songs written by both Paul and youngest member of the family Fintan. Fintan has his own career as a singer songwriter and is about to release a new album of his own songs. Both Fintan and Paul will be touring Europe together for the very first time during September and October. Come out and see the O’Brien Family and at the same time make a big difference to many families over Christmas.

ADMISSION BY DONATION (cash or non-perishable goods)