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The Burlington Welsh Mens' Choir entertained a full audience during a concert at the Wolfville Baptist Church on Oct. 9. They shared the stage with the 60-voice Burlington Community Choir. Lois Hare of Harbourville and her Ontario brother Cyril Hare sang in the two choirs.
New concert season
Sunday Music in the Garden Room launches its 10th season on Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. with a concert by the Cecilia String Quartet (CSQ). The Wolfville concert is the first stop on CSQ’s debut Atlantic tour.
Taking their name from St. Cecilia, patron saint of music, the Cecilia String Quartet continues to receive praise following their first prize standing at the 2010 Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC).
Formed while its members were students at the University of Toronto, the CSQ has won competitions in Bordeau (2010) and Osaka (2008). They have toured North America, many countries in Europe and have performed in famous halls such as the Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal (Amsterdam), Beethoven-Haus (Bonn).
Their concert program will feature quartets by Haydn and Mendelssohn, as well as Webern’s Langsamer Satz. The program also features a commissioned work by Canadian composer Abigail Richardson-Schulte. Titled Kitchen Ceilidh, the piece features the melodic style of eastern Canada mixed in with jazz and contemporary harmonies.
The CSQ is highly committed to education and community engagement. They have presented educational programs across Canada, the USA, Italy, and France and have held teaching positions with a number of well-known institutions. They are currently ensemble in residence at the University of Toronto’s faculty of music.
Sunday Music in the Garden Room will offer two more concerts this fall: Everett Hopfner, winner of the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition, on Nov. 3; and on Nov. 17, Patricia Creighton, flute, and Peter Allen, piano. The latter concert will feature the premiere of a new composition for flute and piano by Allen.
All concerts in this series, sponsored by the Associated Alumni of Acadia University, are free and are held in the Garden Room of the Irving Centre on University Avenue. There will be five more free concerts in the new year.
Another ORO! Dance Party is lined up for Oct. 18 in Wolfville. The event is the first full evening party of the 2013-2014 season. Join the circle, dance freestyle or tap your toe while sipping a drink.
Learn some moves at the Wolfville Curling Club at 7:30 p.m., followed at 8:30 p.m. (with ive music for dancing. Admission is $10 at the door ($5 for students).
On Oct. 24, starting at 7 p.m., the Vaughan Library Quiet Reading Room will host Halifax prize-winning poet Sue Goyette.
Goyette will read from her new poetry collection Ocean as part of the lead up to the Gaspereau Press Wayzgoose Oct. 25-26.
Goyette’s offbeat cast of archetypes (fog merchants, lifeguards, poets, carpenters, mothers, daughters) pronounce absurd explanations to both common and uncommon occurrences in a tone that is part cautionary tale, part creation myth and part urban legend.
Guests at the Gaspereau Press Wayzgoose on Oct. 26 will include: printers Jason Dewinetz of
Greenboathouse Press (Vernon, BC); George Walker, from Biting Dog Press (Toronto); and Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr., of Kennedy Prints (Alabama).
There will be a writers’ salon in the morning, printing demos in the shop all day and readings and a lecture in the evening. The Douglas Lochhead Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Jason Dewinetz.
The press is hoping to officially launch Rod McDonald’s new typeface, ‘Goluska’, at the Wayzgoose. Goluska is named in tribute to the late Canadian typographer Glenn Goluska, whose letterpress collection was acquired by Gaspereau Press in 2012.
On Oct. 19, Irish Mythen will perform at 8 p.m. at the Union Street Café in Berwick. Then, on Oct. 26, Mark Bezanson will release his new CD. Dayliner is on the schedule on Nov. 1.
TripALady takes to the stage for their sixth Hallowe’en dance on Oct. 19 at the Old Orchard Inn Barn. If last year’s sold-out event furnishes any paranormal glimpse into the future, fabulously-costumed revelers will pack the floorboards for the fiddle-fueled finery of 80s radio airplay infused with centuries-old Irish dance tunes.
TripALady is made up of Denise Aspinall, Ariana Nasr, Alex Porter and Aran Silmeryn. Tickets are available in advance for $12 from Aspinall Pottery at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market, Box of Delights Bookstore or by calling the band at 697-2271. They should also be available at the door for $15.
Jordan in concert
Nicole Jordan and the Alchemy Ensemble presents In Vocation just prior to Halloween when she arrives in Wolfville.
Soprano Nicole Jordan from Halifax and her ensemble, Alchemy, will be coming to Nova Scotia from the Netherlands for concerts at the end of October. The program is called In Vocation and tells the story of a modern-day witch, using music from the 17th century.
In Vocation begins with Jordan as an herbal woman who, through music, helpfully answers questions about health and love. She gradually slips to the ‘dark side’ after suffering a broken heart. With this descent, the music becomes more bad-tempered and witchy.
Jordan brings with her from Holland lute-player Israel Golani and percussionist Udo Demandt. Local organist, Garth MacPhee, music director of St. George’s Round Church, will join Alchemy in Halifax and Wolfville.
The music for In Vocation includes French love songs and English songs by composers such as Henry Purcell and John Dowland. Much of the music has been edited and transcribed from original sources by Acadia University’s Gordon J Callon, Professor Emeritus of Music.
They will perform Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m Manning Memorial Chapel, Wolfville. Tickets, at the door, are $15 or $10 for students.
Jordan graduated from Acadia University and has made her career in the Netherlands as an early music, chamber music and opera singer. Besides Alchemy, she has sung with celebrated ensembles such as The Harp Consort and Concerto Copenhagen.
In 2012-2013, she was a Visiting Artist in Voice at the University of Trinidad and Tobago. In 2014, she will join the Royal Danish Opera for their production of Porgy and Bess. Jordan loves interdisciplinary arts and often incorporates dance and storytelling into her music performances. Her ensemble comes in a variety of shapes and forms, depending on the program.
The new Front Row Centre dance on film series at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville will feature Don Quixote by the Royal Ballet on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m.
The adventures of Cervantes’ bumbling knight have been the inspiration for many ballets. The best known one is Don Quixote of Marius Petipa, with music by Ludwig Minkus. All the elements of the great classical ballets are here: emotion, drama and vivid characters.
The music is full of Spanish flair and atmosphere, with a characteristic clarity of melody and rhythm that makes it so instantly appealing – here arranged by Martin Yates, who also conducts.
Tickets are available at the Box of Delights.
Co-Op Market and Film Night
The Annapolis Valley Co-operative Network is hosting a Co-op Market and Film Night on Oct. 16 to shine the light on benefits co-operatives bring to the area.
Displays will be set up at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market and co-op presenters will hold draws for prizes from 4-7 p.m.
Free films will be shown from 5-9 p.m. at the Al Whittle Theatre, including NFB animated shorts from 5-7 p.m. and Shift Change from 7-8:30 p.m.
Shift Change is a documentary that tells little-known stories about employee-owned businesses that compete successfully in today’s economy.
Pre-registration is not required.
Art on screen
The National Gallery in England is offering a fresh look at artist Johannes Vermeer. The unique film viewing, entitled Vermeer and Music, will take place Oct. 25, starting at 8 p.m., at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville.
Drawing and painting
Aylesford artist Twila Robar-DeCoste will be offering two day-long, multi-media workshops at her Windsong Studio and Gallery in Aylesford. A day of trees and skies will be held Oct. 19. The rural landscape/all about barns and fences session will be held Nov. 9.
Call 847-9847 or visit www.windsong-nature-gallery.com for more.
Fundy Film will screen Hannah Arendt, a biopic about the influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist, whose controversial reporting on the 1961 trial of ex-Nazi Adolf Eichmann in The New Yorker introduced her now-famous concept of the ‘banality of evil.’
With footage from the trial woven into a narrative spanning three countries, director Margarethe von Trotta turns the often-invisible passion for thought into immersive, dramatic cinema.
It will be screened Oct. 20 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville. Tickets are $8 and are available 30 minutes before screening
Children’s musical on stage
How the Pea Came to Be plays in the Upstairs Performance Centre at CentreStage on Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27 and Nov. 2 and 3, beginning at 2 p.m.
All tickets are $5. Call 678-8040 for reservations.
CentreStage Theatre in Kentville has Lord Arthur Savile's Crime on stage, which is based on a story by Oscar Wilde.
This play is based on an 1890s story about Lord Arthur Savile, who is engaged to Sybil Merton. Her cheiromantist, Podgers, has read Lord Arthur's palm and foretold he would commit a murder. Lord Arthur desires a blissful married life and feels duty-bound to get the murder over with first.
It will be on stage Oct 18-19. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 or $12 for students, call 678-8040.
Jimmy the Janitor
He’s been called the Dean of Dust, the Squire of the Squeegee and the CEO of CLR, but mostly he’s been called upon to entertain audiences across Canada and the United States for the past 25 years.
Jimmy the Janitor brings his hilarious show to Kings County Tuesday evening, Nov. 15 at the Port Williams Community Centre. The show is good clean comedy, rated PG and starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25.
In the galleries
- Copper Fox Gallery in Hall’s Harbour features an eclectic group of Canadian artists with a focus this month on Halifax artist Eva Toth. Her current show is called Wheels and Water.
- Harvest Gallery, Wolfville Linda Shalgan until Oct. 19, then until Nov. 17 Brad Hall will have untitled work.