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Feb
24
Sat
NORMA: Metropolitan Opera
Feb 24 @ 2:00 pm

Vincenzo Bellini’s

Norma

This opera is an extraordinary fusion of sublime melody, vocal challenge, and dramatic power. It examines an ageless and archetypal situation: a powerful woman compromises her ideals for love, only to find herself betrayed by her lover. But equally gripping is her relationship with the younger woman who is the new object of her former lover’s attention and in whom Norma sees both a rival and a second self. The title role demands dramatic vocal power combined with the agility and technique of a coloratura singer. It is a daunting challenge that few can rise to: those who have are part of operatic lore.Soprano Angela Meade and mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton star in the Met’s new production of Norma, reprising their acclaimed 2013 portrayal of the title role and Adalgisa, respectively. Tenor Joseph Calleja is Pollione, Norma’s unfaithful lover, and Joseph Colaneri conducts. Sir David McVicar’s evocative production sets the action deep in a Druid forest where nature and ancient ritual rule.

 

The opera is set in Gaul (France) at the beginning of its occupation by the Roman Empire. Almost all of the characters are druids, members of the Gallic priesthood, the only exceptions being the tenors, both of whom are Romans. It is interesting that the Roman Empire, long depicted in European culture as a civilizing force, is here seen as corrupt and exploitative.

 

Norma is perhaps the archetypal bel canto opera, a style of singing that flourished in Italy in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Its principal features are beauty of tone, legato phrasing, and the delivery of florid ornamentation. The score of Norma is characterized by extraordinary melody punctuated by sharp moments of raw drama. The primary functions of the clear orchestral writing are to move the drama along with vigorous rhythm and to inform certain moments with feeling and emotion.

  • Estimated Run Time  3 hrs 4 mins

 

 

Cast

  • Conductor Carlo Rizzi
  • Conductor Joseph Colaneri
  • Norma Sondra Radvanovsky
  • Norma Marina Rebeka
  • Norma Angela Meade
  • Adalgisa Joyce DiDonato
  • Adalgisa Jamie Barton
  • Pollione Joseph Calleja
  • Oroveso Matthew Rose
  • Oroveso Vazgen Gazaryan

 

Creators

Vincenzo Bellini (1801–1835) was a Sicilian composer whose greatest gift was his extraordinary understanding of the human voice. His meteoric career was cut short by his death at the age of 33, shortly after his opera I Puritani triumphed in its Parisian premiere. Felice Romani (1788–1865) was the official librettist of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala. A frequent collaborator of Bellini, he worked with the composer on six operas, and also wrote the libretti for Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore and Anna Bolena, among many other works.

  • Production Sir David McVicar
  • Set Designer Robert Jones
  • Costume Designer Moritz Junge
  • Lighting Designer Paule Constable
  • Composer Vincenzo Bellini

 

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Mar
4
Sun
BLACK UMFOLOSI
Mar 4 @ 2:00 pm
Famous acappella and dance group from Zimbabwe

Five part harmonies, a capella, and non-stop dancing, this is one of the world’s most successful world music groups.

Black Umfolosi were formed in 1982 by school friends in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, who named themselves after the Umfolozi Omnyama River in South Africa- to where their ancestors can be traced. In 2009 The Black Umfolosi 5 continue to present their spectacular songs and dances thrilling audiences worldwide with a NEW LINE-UP.

Their performances are energy driven and completely engaging, mixing a great gentleness of spirit and song with an exuberance in dance. Their trademark harmonies mixed with intricate rhythms, clicking and clapping are highlighted during their brilliantly choreographed shows with a full range of movements from subtle to vibrant stomping and leaping! Their famous Gumboot Dances showcase the traditional styles and rituals of the South African mining regions and are a particular crowd pleaser.

The Black Umfolosi 5 also provide workshops and residences in dance, voice, theatre, costume design, poetry, mime and also address various issues affecting society today.

QUOTES

“Their music is fresh and surprising, with typical intricate rhythms, unusual harmonies and interspersed clicking, clapping and shouting, which combine to produce a natural funky and rugged aura” THE ROUGH GUIDE

“It was the best of all the festival, They have an incredible way to sing, to dance, a beautiful presence on the stage. Their simplicity, naturalness and cheerfulness was for us, at the end of the festival a beautiful present. MILAN FESTIVAL JULY 2007

“Their singing is a marvellous blend of rhythm, melody and harmony welded together with enormous complexity, but ending up with a sound that is acting simplicity” F ROOTS

“Marvellous harmonies, spine-tingling gospel singing and bare-torsoed, hard-hatted gumboot dancing” GLASGOW HERALD

 

 

 

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Mar
10
Sat
WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?: National Theatre
Mar 10 @ 2:00 pm
WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?: National Theatre

Edward Albee’s

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Sonia Friedman Productions present Imelda Staunton (Gypsy, Vera Drake, the Harry Potter films); Conleth Hill (Game Of Thrones, The Producers); Luke Treadaway (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Fortitude, The Hollow Crown) and Imogen Poots (A Long Way Down, Jane Eyre) in James Macdonald’s new production of Edward Albee’s landmark play, broadcast live to cinemas from the Harold Pinter Theatre, London.

In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor and his wife to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.

  • Imelda Staunton
  • Conleth Hill
  • Imogene Poots
  • Luke Treadaway

 

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Mar
22
Thu
H’SAO
Mar 22 @ 7:30 pm

Montréal-based band from Chad H’SAO has been capturing the hearts of small audiences and large crowds alike since 2001. The band has always been passionate about sharing its unique blend of modern sound and traditional African musical influences. H’SAO has traveled the world, delivering electrifying performances, launching three innovative albums and, most of all, developing a musical signature that spans several genres and thus transcends the “world music” category.

At first, voices–but what voices!–were their only instrument. Then, brothers Caleb (guitar), Mossbass (bass) and Izra L (keyboard) along with their childhood friend Dono (drums) added musical instruments to their rich and inspired compositions. Today, the self-taught musicians continue to weave the impressive a cappella harmonies that made their fame into their powerful live performances. These seasoned musician-singers have stayed true to their roots, drawing from gospel, soul, R&B, reggae and Chadian music. The result is as skilful and heartfelt as it is unique.

Whether its style is labeled Afro-fusion or Afro-jazz, H’SAO is defined by the strength of its voices and vocal harmonies, its rhythms and its authenticity. Onstage, the band sets itself apart through energetic performances, punctuated by catchy choreography and warm interactions with the audience. This distinctive presence was sought by prominent festivals here and abroad, such as WOMAD (New Zealand), Brisbane Festival (Australia), Queensland (Australia), Vancouver Folk Music Festival,Francofolies, Luminato (Toronto), Montreal International Jazz Festival, Nuits d’Afrique, Festival d’été de Québec, Coup de cœur francophone, Awesome Africa (Afrique du Sud), FrancoFête (Moncton). Besides touring Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas, the band made appearances at several noteworthy events. H’SAO notably played before the Queen of England on Canada Day, at the Francophonie games, with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, at Québec City’s 400th anniversary and at the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala.

Ten years after the release of its self-titled album and four years after Vol 235, the band launched Oria in 2013. The level of social commitment expressed on this third album is a tribute the impressive journey that lead up to its creation. Nominated for World Music Album of the Yearat the Gala de l’ADISQ, Oria is an invitation to rediscover the boundless vocal talent of H’SAO and to experience a more subdued, masterful and varied instrumental universe. Its biting and poignant songs address peace, social justice, religion, love and other universal themes. The band will tour Canada and the United States throughout 2014 while simultaneously preparing its upcoming acoustic record.

 

 

 

This tour is part of the Atlantic Presenters Association (APA) and RADARTS’ Canada 150 Performance Series. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada. In celebration of the 150+ Anniversary of Confederation, this performance is part of Atlantic Presenters Association’s ‘Canada 150 Performance Series’ in partnership with RADARTS (Réseau atlantique de diffusion des arts de la scène). We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada.

 

 

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Mar
31
Sat
TOSCA: Metropolitan Opera
Mar 31 @ 2:00 pm

Giacomo Puccini’s

Tosca

Sir David McVicar’s “smashing new production” is “a grand triumph” (Huffington Post), featuring an exciting cast led by soprano Sonya Yoncheva in the title role of the fiery diva and Vittorio Grigolo as her passionate lover, Cavaradossi. The pair are “youthful, ardent, and innocent … their duets electric, their kisses hot and numerous” (Wall Street Journal). Yoncheva’s sound is “richly textured and shimmering,” and “Grigolo’s Mario is a true hothead … complete with thrilling top notes” (New York Times). Željko Lučić is “an imposing figure with a voice to match” (Wall Street Journal) as the villainous police chief, Scarpia, and Emmanuel Villaume conducts.

  • Estimated Run Time 2 hrs 53 mins

Conductor Emmanuel Villaume

Conductor Gareth Morrell

Conductor Bertrand de Billy

Tosca Sonya Yoncheva

Tosca Jennifer Rowley

Tosca Anna Netrebko

Cavaradossi Vittorio Grigolo

Cavaradossi Marcelo Álvarez

Scarpia Željko Lučić

Scarpia Michael Volle

Sacristan Patrick Carfizzi

Premiere: Teatro Costanzi, Rome, 1900. Puccini’s melodrama about a volatile diva, a sadistic police chief, and an idealistic artist has offended and thrilled audiences for more than a century. Critics, for their part, have often had problems with Tosca’s rather grungy subject matter, the directness and intensity of its score, and the crowd-pleasing dramatic opportunities it provides for its lead roles. But these same aspects have made Tosca one of a handful of iconic works that seem to represent opera in the public imagination. Tosca’s popularity is further secured by a superb and exhilarating dramatic sweep, a driving score of abundant melody and theatrical shrewdness, and a career-defining title role.

 

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Apr
7
Sat
ROSIE & THE RIVETERS
Apr 7 @ 7:30 pm

Rosie & the Riveters are fiercely talented and sassy dames from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, who perform uplifting folk music with a vintage 1940s flair! Ask these spirited femmes to spin a slinky melody, roll out glinting harmonies, or hammer down a swinging beat, and you can bet what the answer is going to be: “We can do it!”. Their original songs feature sophisticated harmonies, body percussion, scintillating dance moves, humour, and just enough ooh-la-la to keep your toes tapping long after the show is over.

The band’s reinvention of vintage folk garnered much national attention for their debut album, Good Clean Fun!, released in 2015. It peaked at #9 on Earshot Magazine’s national folk/roots chart, and their single, Ain’t Gonna Bother, reached the #5 spot on the CBC Radio 2’s national Top 20 countdown. In 2016 they won a Saskatchewan Arts Award (Emerging Artist Category) and they also picked up nominations for a Canadian Folk Music Award (Vocal Group of the Year) and a Western Canadian Music Award (Roots Duo/Group of the Year).

Inspired by Rosie the Riveter, the feminist icon who symbolised the women’s movement into the workforce during WWII, the Riveters seek to empower women to be ambassadors for change within their own communities. In support of this vision, they invest 20% of their merchandise profits in women’s projects around the world though KIVA.org.

Since the band’s formation in 2011, the Riveters have quickly taken the folk scene by storm sharing the stage with the likes of Arlo Guthrie, Serena Ryder and Fred Penner. They have become media darlings along the way and have been featured in numerous media outlets including CTV’s ETalk Daily’s and were most recently called “one of the best live [acts] you’ll ever see” by CBC Radio 2 host, Rich Terfry. It’s easy to see why these hilarious and charming women are a force to be reckoned with!

 Rosie & the Riveters is Allyson Reigh, Alexis Normand and Farideh Olsen.

 

 

 

 

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Apr
20
Fri
CARRY THE LOST
Apr 20 @ 7:30 pm

Carry The Lost is the epitome of the do-it-yourself work ethic. By fusing technical
know-how with artistic skill and several years of unassisted endeavours, the Halifax,
Nova Scotia based hard rock five-some—vocalist/guitarist Colin Tye, bassist Aidan
Zann-Roland, drummer Ken Ross, guitarist/vocalist Ave Trefry and acoustic
guitarist/vocalist Dana Perry—has built an established name, refined its sound and
accrued a loyal fan-base with nothing more than some time, touring miles and a few
excellent releases.

Yet, after a number of years as a self-backed entity, Carry The Lost is finally getting
its long awaited due. Carry The Lost is recording its full-length debut, “Alive Again”
with ECMA nominated Producer of the Year, Erien Eady-Ward at Codapop Studios.
Comprised of material written over the course of 2016-17, and influenced by the
likes of Black Stone Cherry, Seether, Stone Sour, Marshall Tucker Band, Brantley
Gilbert… Carry The Lost has been writing melodic hard rock that appeals to a broad
range of audiences.

 

Carry The Lost is continuing to take their music directly to the people with
consistent high-energy live shows. “We’ve been running parallel to everyone else,”
says Tye. “We’ve been doing our own thing, but it’s cool, because the fan-base that
we connect with is really our own fan-base. The people that are coming to our
shows are really coming to see us.”

 

 

 

 

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Apr
27
Fri
DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER – Annapolis District Drama Group
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm

When Jacqueline announces she is off for to visit her mother, an ideal opportunity presents itself for her husband Bernard to inveigle his chic, Parisian mistress Suzanne into their country cottage for the weekend. Why not invite along his best friend Robert too, as an alibi? And to make the arrangements easier, he’s hired a Cordon Bleu cook to rustle up the necessary gourmet delights.

The cook? Ah, that’ll be street-wise Suzette. And her jealous husband, George? Well, he’s a BIG fella! And did we mention that elegant Jacqueline is having a torrid secret affair with the rakish Robert?

Throw in a dash of Chanel and a glug or two of Cointreau – the stage is set for a hilarious, fast moving farcical romp of mistaken identities, illicit trysts, quick-thinking improvisations, bribery and seduction, as the plans for passion turn into a nuptial nightmare!

 

Written by Marc Camoletti, and adapted by Robin Hawdon, “Don’t Dress for Dinner” is brought to King’s Theatre by the Annapolis District Drama Group this spring.

  • Director – Simon Bonnington
  • Bernard – Tim Danttouze
  • Jacqueline – Colleen Rowland
  • Robert – Simon Bonnington
  • Suzette – Alexi Payzant
  • Suzanne – Miriam Orlando
  • George – Scott McQuillin

Performances:

  • Friday April 27th at 7:30pm
  • Saturday April 28th at 7:30pm
  • Sunday April 29th at 2:00pm

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Apr
28
Sat
DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER – Annapolis District Drama Group
Apr 28 @ 7:30 pm

When Jacqueline announces she is off for to visit her mother, an ideal opportunity presents itself for her husband Bernard to inveigle his chic, Parisian mistress Suzanne into their country cottage for the weekend. Why not invite along his best friend Robert too, as an alibi? And to make the arrangements easier, he’s hired a Cordon Bleu cook to rustle up the necessary gourmet delights.

The cook? Ah, that’ll be street-wise Suzette. And her jealous husband, George? Well, he’s a BIG fella! And did we mention that elegant Jacqueline is having a torrid secret affair with the rakish Robert?

Throw in a dash of Chanel and a glug or two of Cointreau – the stage is set for a hilarious, fast moving farcical romp of mistaken identities, illicit trysts, quick-thinking improvisations, bribery and seduction, as the plans for passion turn into a nuptial nightmare!

 

Written by Marc Camoletti, and adapted by Robin Hawdon, “Don’t Dress for Dinner” is brought to King’s Theatre by the Annapolis District Drama Group this spring.

  • Director – Simon Bonnington
  • Bernard – Tim Danttouze
  • Jacqueline – Colleen Rowland
  • Robert – Simon Bonnington
  • Suzette – Alexi Payzant
  • Suzanne – Miriam Orlando
  • George – Scott McQuillin

Performances:

  • Friday April 27th at 7:30pm
  • Saturday April 28th at 7:30pm
  • Sunday April 29th at 2:00pm

Tickets: Door $16, Advance $14, Youth/Student $10

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Apr
29
Sun
DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER – Annapolis District Drama Group
Apr 29 @ 2:00 pm

When Jacqueline announces she is off for to visit her mother, an ideal opportunity presents itself for her husband Bernard to inveigle his chic, Parisian mistress Suzanne into their country cottage for the weekend. Why not invite along his best friend Robert too, as an alibi? And to make the arrangements easier, he’s hired a Cordon Bleu cook to rustle up the necessary gourmet delights.

The cook? Ah, that’ll be street-wise Suzette. And her jealous husband, George? Well, he’s a BIG fella! And did we mention that elegant Jacqueline is having a torrid secret affair with the rakish Robert?

Throw in a dash of Chanel and a glug or two of Cointreau – the stage is set for a hilarious, fast moving farcical romp of mistaken identities, illicit trysts, quick-thinking improvisations, bribery and seduction, as the plans for passion turn into a nuptial nightmare!

 

Written by Marc Camoletti, and adapted by Robin Hawdon, “Don’t Dress for Dinner” is brought to King’s Theatre by the Annapolis District Drama Group this spring.

  • Director – Simon Bonnington
  • Bernard – Tim Danttouze
  • Jacqueline – Colleen Rowland
  • Robert – Simon Bonnington
  • Suzette – Alexi Payzant
  • Suzanne – Miriam Orlando
  • George – Scott McQuillin

Performances:

  • Friday April 27th at 7:30pm
  • Saturday April 28th at 7:30pm
  • Sunday April 29th at 2:00pm

Tickets: Door $16, Advance $14, Youth/Student $10

 

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