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The Acadia Performing Arts Series Announces Full 2019-20 Season

The Acadia Performing Arts Series Announces Full 2019-20 Season By François Côté The Acadia Performing Arts Series proudly releases its 2019-20 Season on April 5, as the 2018-19 Series will come to a close with the presentation of Symphony Nova Scotia in concert with star pianist Sara Davis Buechner. The 2019-20 Series will begin in September with the Duo Turgeon and the Bergmann Duo joining forces to become the Canadian Piano Quartet, 40 fingers tickling the ivory with virtuosity. It ends in April 2020 with Grim & Fischer, a multi-award winning piece of physical theatre genius, by Wonderheads Theatre. In…
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Sunday Music Returns

Sunday Music Returns By Janet Kirkconnell After four months’ silence, Sunday Music in the Garden Room returns on March 17 to finish off its 2018-2019 season. Where the fall 2018 segment of the series had brought two cello recitals (with piano), one violin (also with piano), and just one solo piano, for this second half, three solo piano recitals are scheduled: David Potvin on March 17, Maxim Bernard on April 14, and Edward Enman on May 5. A fourth concert, on March 31, brings soprano, and Dartmouth native, Suzanne Rigden, noted by a reviewer in the San Francisco Chronicle for…
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The Muddle: Still Waiting on a Fix

The Muddle: Still Waiting on a Fix By Kim Barlow Something is happening in the woods of Gaspereau. Follow a bumpy dirt lane and you’ll find a straw-bale barn tucked in the trees where a series of albums with startlingly high production values have begun emerging. The Muddle’s new release, Still Waiting on a Fix, is the latest. Jeff Hennessy is a music professor and the dean of arts at Acadia University, the kind of career a musician leaps at for obvious reasons: security, stability, and it pays actual money! But the performer is still the heart of the beast….
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Lost and Found: “The Great Green Bag”

Lost and Found: “The Great Green Bag” By Susan Wehrell Welcome to a new little column we are calling Lost and Found. Tell us your tales of items lost, items found, and the stories in between. We called it the “great green bag”, but it was actually black. Slightly larger than other reusable grocery bags, it was made out of black nylon mesh – the sort of material used in some hockey jerseys. The rim and the handles were sturdy green cloth, as was the pocket. At the grocery store, I could fill it full of the heavy groceries, and…
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Fundraiser Duo Recital to Showcase Mother-Daughter Virtuosity

Fundraiser Duo Recital to Showcase Mother-Daughter Virtuosity Submitted Clarinetist Jossée MacInnis and her mother, soprano Susan Dworkin, will perform together on December 18 in a duo recital that is sure to impress. The selections chosen for the concert will include classical Christmas music and baroque, romantic, and post-romantic composers including Schubert and Spohr. Jossée MacInnis was born in Montreal but was raised in Wolfville. She was awarded scholarships to study music at Mount Alison University in New Brunswick, and then at Western University, in Ontario. Now at l’Université de Montréal, she is about to begin her doctorate in clarinet performance….
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The Box of Delights Presents: Ami McKay

The Box of Delights Presents: Ami McKay By Desdemona Shaw In the Victorian tradition of Yuletide ghost stories, critically-acclaimed local author Ami McKay invites us to step back into the magical world of The Witches of New York in her newest book, Half Spent Was the Night. This enchanting tale is the perfect companion to the chill days and long nights of winter, reminding us of the hidden magic of the season. Set just after the events of the previous novel, mystery swirls around the three witches of New York as they contend with storms, demons, and the intrigue of…
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Winter Songs at the Old Hall

Winter Songs at the Old Hall By Kim Barlow Every few weeks the kids and I go for a drive across the province to see my parents, and along the way we pass several cute little wood-sided community halls. Some are decrepit and for sale, others are still in use, their signs announcing jam sessions and fundraisers. These little halls are cheap to rent, and cozy, and many have fully-equipped kitchens. After twenty years out west and up north, I notice the slower economy here has spared this province from a certain amount of the worst kind of development, like…
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Stolen Art Songs

Stolen Art Songs By Janet Kirkconnell Great violin-makers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the Stradivari and the Guarneri, designed their instruments (cellos included) to mimic the human voice. Students of stringed instruments are often urged by their teachers to make their instrument sing. Yet the cello is considered to be the most voice-like of all instruments, acoustically and expressively, with its range from basso profundo to one that competes with coloratura. Even the timbre of the cello is quite close to the timbre of the singing voice. The ultimate step? A concert of songs ‘sung’ by a cello. The…
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Acadia Performing Arts Series Presents Mezzo-Soprano Julie Nesrallah with Pianist Robert Kortgaard

Acadia Performing Arts Series Presents Mezzo-soprano Julie Nesrallah with Pianist Robert Kortgaard By François Côté Julie Nesrallah is a sensational singer, actor, and broadcaster who has been captivating audiences with her engaging personality and her rich, expressive voice. She has appeared with leading opera companies, symphonies, and chamber music ensembles across North America and around the world. In Wolfville, her “Favourite Things” will form a very entertaining program including Italian and French art songs as well as excerpts from her signature lead role in Bizet’s opera, Carmen. Ms. Nesrallah is a proud recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for…
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Dean Brody and Jessica Mitchell: East Coast Tour Lands in Wolfville!

Dean Brody and Jessica Mitchell: East Coast Tour Lands in Wolfville! By Mike Butler Imagine the East Coast without music, or the vast variety of shows, music festivals, and intimate concert venues. We are so fortunate to have amazing music at our disposal through the internet, but the feeling of a live show can’t be beat. Just off the heels of the Alan Doyle concert and the Deep Roots Music Festival, the Valley is being treated to another song-filled concert extravaganza on October 26 when Dean Brody and Jessica Mitchell hit the Convocation Hall stage in Wolfville! Dean Brody is…
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