Kings County arts scene: April 15

Wendy Elliott
Published on April 15, 2014

Jeff Hennessy and Ian Janes had a sold out concert in Wolfville's Al Whittle Theatre recently. Among the performers were: drummer Mark Adam, left, Hennessy, Nick D'Amato and Jeff Torbert

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Youth Orchestra

The Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra will perform in Wolfville on April 26 at 7 p.m.

Under the baton of music director Dinuk Wjeratne, the orchestra will present works by Bartok, Schubert and Dvorak's New World Symphony.

A sinfonia concertante by this year composer competition winner Roydon Tse will also be performed.

The concert takes place at Wolfville Baptist Church. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students and they will be available at the door.

Film society offerings

Fundy Film will screen All is Lost starring Robert Redford on April 16 at 7 p.m.

This open-water thriller is the story of a lone sailor forced to rely on his survival skills and ingenuity when his sailboat is damaged at sea.

Fundy Film has lined up The Book Thief for April 20 and April 21, with both shows at 7 p.m. Based on the best-selling novel, this Second World War drama tells the inspirational story of a spirited and courageous young German girl who transforms the lives of everyone around her when she is sent to live with a new family. 

Then, on April 23 at 7 p.m., Al Midan (The Square) will be screened. The Egyptian Revolution has been a roller coaster over the past two and a half years. Through the news, we only get a glimpse of the bloodiest battle, an election or a march of millions. At the beginning of July 2013, we witnessed the second president deposed within the space of three years. Director Jehane Noujaim’s (Control Room) documentary is an immersive experience, transporting the viewer deeply into the intense emotional drama and personal stories behind the news.

All screenings take place at the Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville. Tickets are $8 and are available 30 minutes before screenings.

Opera time

The film version of the Royal Opera Company’s Don Giovanni is being screened at the Al Whittle Theatre on April 18.

Don Giovanni involves lust, murder and vengeance.

A staple of the standard operatic repertoire, Don Giovanni is currently 10th on the Operabase list of the most-performed operas worldwide. It has also proved a fruitful subject for writers and philosophers.

Tickets, $20, are available at the Box of Delights.

Music festival soon

The Annapolis Valley Music Festival will run from April 22 to May 2. The Stars of the Festival concerts are both set for May 4, with the first at Festival Theatre at 1:30 p.m. and the second in Denton Hall at 7 p.m.

Various bands will compete at Festival Theatre on the evening of April 21 and from April 22-25. Piano classes take place in Denton Hall, while the strings classes take place at Wolfville Baptist Church.

Musical theatre classes are scheduled for Denton Hall on April 28, while the choirs and vocal classes will take place the following three days.

Adjudicators this year include Ken Foote for bands and instruments, Allie Bennett for fiddle, Acadia music graduate Shawn Pickup for guitar, Nancy Beck for musical theatre, Barb Long and Richard Boulanger for piano, Peter Dunn for string and Ross Thompson for vocal and choral classes.

Next at CentreStage

Three to get Married by Kay Hill is a historic comedy set near Aylesford in the 1830s. It describes how a resourceful clergyman sets out to marry off his three daughters.

With the running of the first stagecoach in Nova Scotia, the government is offering a subsidy of 25 pounds to any householder on the route who will open his home as an inn for passengers. Horatio accepts the subsidy and lays in wait for eligible male passengers. Will it happen? Not if Aunt Lizzie has anything to say about it!

Three to Get Married is directed by Beth Irvine and will appeal to audiences from teens to older historic people. The cast includes Darrell Doucette, Chantal Murphy, Hannah Gerrits, Emily Lutz, Nancy O’Halloran, Collyn Boon, Ryan Trimper, Kevin Irvine, Michael Bishop and Ryan MacNab.

Three to Get Married is playing in the Upper Performance Centre at CentreStage on April 25-26, May 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 30 and 31.There are no wheelchair accessible washrooms on that level. The chairlift will be operational.

Tickets are $15 for adults or $12 for students and seniors. Call 678-8040 for reservations.

Hupmans on stage

The Hupman Brothers will be holding a CD release concert on April 26 at the Union Street Café in Berwick.

It starts at 8 p.m. and celebrates the release of The Hupman's newest CD, Black River Blues.

Neil Diamond tribute

His voice may not be what it used to be, but Neil Diamond can still sell out concerts and provoke girlish screams from the audience.

Joey Purpura has lived and breathed Neil Diamond since 2004, travelled across the country and parts of the Caribbean with his tribute show, Diamond in the Rough.

The tribute show, with some proceeds going to the Legion, will be held April 26, 8 p.m., at the Windsor Legion.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, (902) 798-2031.  

Grad benefit slated

Matt Balsor and friends will entertain in a concert to benefit the Horton High School Safe Grad Program.

Hosted by Balsor and featuring guest vocalists Graham Moorehead, Ruth Manning, Frank  

Dobbin, Jo-Ann Newman, Alan Butler and Connie Munroe, it will take place April 27.

The 7 p.m. concert will take place at Horton High School in Greenwich. Tickets are $12 and are available at Valley Credit Union’s New Minas and Hantsport branches.


In the galleries

-The Designer Café in Kentville has a new artist on display until May 4. Brian Fraser, a resident of the Annapolis Valley uses bright colours and a unique style.

- Strandlines, a new fabric work by Sanna Rahola, is at Harvest Gallery in Wolfville. Strandlines focuses on the lines that are created by receding tidal waters and the earth's gravitational forces. The show runs until April 27.