Acadia Performing Arts Series
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January 20th concert with Quebec's star Pierre Lapointe added to the 2018-19 Season !
In Wolfville, on January 20, 2019, Quebec’s star Pierre Lapointe and celebrated classical musicians Philip Chiu and Cameron Crozman come together to present an exciting French-themed concert. In a “Musique de Chambre” treatment well-suited to our Performing Arts Series, they will perform songs from Lapointe’s recent recording, “La Science Du Coeur”, re-imagined here for piano, cello and voice, alongside works by iconic French composers such as Debussy and Poulenc (with a touch of Chopin).
Collaborating with established classical artists is not uncommon for Pierre Lapointe. He actually made History in Quebec when his chart-topping second recording “Dans La Forêt Des Mal-Aimés” (“In the Forest of the Un-Loved”) became a triumphant concert with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Orchestre Métropolitain, in front of a Montreal audience of over 100,000.
Pierre Lapointe is not only a star in Quebec where his work has won him 18 “Prix Félix” (Québec’s Juno Awards) but also a critically acclaimed Artist in France where twice he received the “Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros”, the most prestigious music prize in the francophone world. Clearly, there is a lineage from Brel to Gainsbourg to Lapointe.
Recognized as one of Canada’s leading pianists, laureate of the inaugural Prix Goyer ($125,000), Philip Chiu is one of our country’s most sought-after chamber musicians. He is a favorite collaborator for other musical luminaries, including violinist James Ehnes, TSO and OSM concertmasters, Jonathan Crow and Andrew Wan, as well as Janelle Fung with whom he forms one of Canada’s most exciting piano duo.
“… a pianist-painter who turns every musical idea into a beautiful array of colors.”
A musician of “stunning panache” (resmusica.fr), Cameron Crozman is being hailed as one of Canada’s foremost young cellists. Currently based in Montreal, Cameron maintains a busy performance schedule in North America and Europe. Deeply committed to innovation in contemporary music while being an avid chamber musician, Crozman’s international list of collaborators runs the gamut from contemporary composers such as Kaija Saariaho, Bruno Mantovani, and Peteris Vasks to leading instrumentalists such as James Ehnes, André Laplante and James Campbell.
To thank our subscribers for their support, this concert is offered for free with the purchase of a 2018-19 Series subscription. For the same price, the season now includes nine concerts instead of eight and subscribers now save 35% on the cost of individual tickets. That's three free concerts out of nine!
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Individual tickets for all concerts will go on sale on August 1, 2018
Our 2018-19 season is bursting with talent!
The season opens with The Rose Ensemble and their performance of the Land of Three Faiths. In October, two groups from Quebec, collectif9 and Architek Percussion, present My Backyard, Somewhere, a quintessentially Canadian production. The CBC’s Julie Nesrallah displays her vocal dexterity accompanied by Robert Kortgaard at the piano. Our Christmas special this year features, direct from Ireland, The Celtic Tenors.
The Tom Regan Memorial Concert kicks off the New Year in January followed in February by the young and dynamic Rolston String Quartet from Debut Atlantic. In March the Vancouver Chamber Choir displays why they are often called a national treasure and the series wraps in April with our own Symphony Nova Scotia with piano soloist Sara Davis Buechner.
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The Rose Ensemble
Land of Three Faiths
Sunday, September 23, 7:30 pm
Voices of Ancient Mediterranean Jews, Christians, and Muslims is at once sacred, secular, folk, and classical — a fascinating exploration of language, spirituality, and cultural exchange. Featuring instruments and musical ideas that blur the lines between Arabic and European, this entertaining and enlightening program achieves a perfect balance of edgy improvisation, exotic vocal styles, and ancient traditions.
“This program ... breathes life into stark, ancient manuscripts . . . restores them as new creations.” — Ames Life & Times
Season Opener Presented by
collectif9 + Architek Percussion
My Backyard, Somewhere
Saturday, October 13, 7:30 pm
A special collaboration and multimedia experience of music for amplified strings and percussion, video, and words, bringing the themes of the sea, movement, language, belonging to a place, a culture—this is a poetic “migration”. The music is a journey through the styles of five multidisciplinary and multi-genre composers from across Canada. Words by Kaie Kellough. Music by Derek Charke, Luna Pearl Woolf, Bret Higgins, Eliot Britton, and Nicole Lizée. Lighting and scenography by Martin Sirois. With video by Nicole Lizée.
Julie Nesrallah, mezzo-soprano with Robert Kortgaard, piano
My Favourite Things
Saturday, November 3, 7:30 pm
Julie is a sensational singer, actress and broadcaster captivating audiences with her rich, expressive voice. She is regularly engaged by leading opera companies, symphonies, festivals and chamber music ensembles around the world. Robert has performed as a soloist with major Canadian orchestras and has given recitals internationally. A favorite collaborator of many of Canada’s finest soloists and chamber groups, he is Artistic Director of PEI’s Indian River Festival (East Coast Music Awards “Event of the Year”), and the Leith Summer Music Festival in Ontario.
Christmas with The Celtic Tenors
Thursday, December 6, 7:30 pm
The Celtic Tenors have established themselves as the most successful Classical Crossover artists to have ever come out of Ireland, and they continue to re-invent the whole “Tenor” idiom. They stretch musical boundaries while paying homage to their traditional Irish roots. This holiday program features classics and seasonal favorites. With total album sales of over one million worldwide, and a full international touring schedule, The Celtic Tenors have topped the charts in the USA, Canada, Germany, the UK and Ireland.
"They combine the high standards of operatic singing with a delightfully informal sense of fun.” –The Irish Examiner
Tom Regan Memorial Concert
Acadia School of Music students, faculty, alumni and friends
Saturday, January 26 10, 7:30pm
Our annual showcase of the diversity and depth of the musical talent at Acadia. Always a special evening!
Rolston String Quartet
A Debut Atlantic Concert
Saturday, February 23 7:30 pm
Luri Lee, violin
Emily Kruspe, violin
Hezekiah Leung, viola
Jonathan Lo, cello
Canada’s Rolston String Quartet has earned the attention and gained recognition from international audiences and critics alike. With a First Prize win at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition, the quartet’s winning ways included Astral’s National Auditions, and Grand Prize of the 31st Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition. It’s no wonder they were named among CBC’s “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30” in 2016!
“They performed with a maturity and cohesion rivaling the best string quartets in the world.” – Musical Toronto
Vancouver Chamber Choir
Farewell to conductor Jon Washburn cross-Canada concert tour
Friday, March 8, 7:30 pm
The Vancouver Chamber Choir is one of Canada’s national treasures, an outstanding professional vocal ensemble noted for its diverse repertoire and performing excellence. The Choir has been performing across Canada since it was formed in 1971 by conductor Jon Washburn who travels widely as guest conductor, lecturer, clinician and master teacher.
“It’s impossible to think about the Canadian musical landscape without the Vancouver Chamber Choir, one of this country’s most beloved musical ambassadors.” –David Gordon Duke, Vancouver Sun
Symphony Nova Scotia
Friday, April 5, 7:30 pm
Sara Davis Buechner, piano
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings
Dvorák: Piano Concerto
Litolff: Scherzo, from Concerto symphonique
Buechner is a multi-award-winning, internationally beloved pianist of “intelligence, integrity, and all-encompassing technical prowess” (New York Times). Experience her jaw-dropping skill in Symphony Nova Scotia’s first-ever performance of Dvorák’s rarely heard Piano Concerto, alongside a special bonus performance of Litolff’s galloping, near-impossible Scherzo. Plus, one of Tchaikovsky’s most inspired masterpieces—the exhilarating Serenade for Strings.
With the new addition of the "bonus" Pierre Lapointe concert at no extra cost, subscribers now save 35% off the individual ticket prices, the equivalent of three performances free! Plus, subscribers have first choice of seats, and they’re yours for the season.
In addition, subscribers will be entitled to the following:
- discount tickets to Two Planks and a Passion’s 2018 summer outdoor season featuring North Mountain Vanya, a new adaptation of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya by Ken Schwartz. Plus Animal Farm by the fire, plus the world premiere of shalan joudry’s Elapultiek by the fire, all at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts (season opens July 7)
- a $10 discount on a Deep Roots Music Festival pass: September 28-30.
- discounts on other events throughout the year.
Subscribe and Win!
- Renew your existing subscription (or order a new one) by April 15, 2018 and you’ll be eligible to win a pair of tickets to Mamma Mia! for
selected performances in May at Neptune Theatre in Halifax.
- Renew your existing subscription (or order a new one) by June 1, 2018 and you’ll be eligible to win a pair of tickets to Two Planks and a Passion’s North Mountain Vanya by Ken Schwartz, at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts.
- Renew your existing subscription (or order a new one) by July 1, 2018 and you’ll be eligible to win lunch for four (or dinner for two) at the Old Orchard Inn.
- Renew your existing subscription (or order a new one) by August 1, 2018 and you’ll be eligible to win a pair of tickets to a Halifax concert by Symphony Nova Scotia (selected performances) plus a night’s accommodation at the Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites.
Subscriptions only until July 31; individual performances go on sale August 1.
- Adult : $193
- Student : $119
On sale August 1, 2018
Julie Nesrallah + Robert Kortgaard,
Rose Ensemble, My Backyard, Vancouver Chamber Choir, Symphony NS
The Celtic Tenors, Pierre Lapointe's New France
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