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The Ulysses String Quartet in the Garden Room on March 1

The Ulysses String Quartet in the Garden Room on March 1By Janet Kirkconnell Performances by the Ulysses String Quartet, founded in the summer of 2015, and at present the graduate quartet-in-residence at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City, have been greeted by critics with unbridled enthusiasm. “Emotively and dynamically, the quartet is particularly astounding” wrote one critic in The Guardian. They were praised by The Strad magazine for their “textural versatility,” “grave beauty,” and “the kind of chemistry many quartets long for, but rarely achieve.” San Diego Story noted their “avid enthusiasm… [with] chops to back up…
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Love and Song: The Musical Marriage of Don and Anna Osburn

Love and Song: The Musical Marriage of Don and Anna OsburnBy Kim Barlow Music brought them together, and the life they’ve made has had music at the centre of it ever since. In the summer of 1972, two eighteen-year-old fellas from the States went on a road-trip to Canada. At a campground in Nova Scotia, they heard the siren call of Anna and her sister Kate, sitting by a fire singing, Kate strumming a guitar. Don and his buddy grabbed their guitars and headed over, drawn “like bees to honey,” as the girls’ mother would say it later. Don was…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Earth, Sky, and Plants

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Earth, Sky, and PlantsBy Adrien Rawley, Horticulture Assistant and Educator The changing of the seasons is a powerful experience, especially when we choose to pay attention. We forget, amidst the busyness of our lives, that what is happening in the natural world around us is mirrored within us as well. Spring is an explosive celebration of new life, sometimes overwhelming in its displays and intensity. Summer is a time of growth, moving us upward and forward with great energy. Autumn finds us harvesting the literal and metaphorical fruits of our labours, knowing…
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Sunday Music, Part Two

Sunday Music, Part Two By Janet Kirkconnell Sunday Music in the Garden Room, a series now in its thirteenth year, is kept afloat by donations and volunteers. The second half of the 2019-2020 season of Sunday Music, presented in the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre on the Acadia campus begins on January 5 with a piano recital by Baxter’s Harbour native Tabitha Payzant. A graduate of Mount Allison University and the Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s, she will present an excellent program of a Bach prelude and fugue, one of Beethoven’s late sonatas (op. 110), a Chopin étude,…
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The Spirit of Giving One’s Time

The Spirit of Giving One’s TimeBy Bria Stokesbury Ask any non-profit organization what their volunteers mean to them and you will likely hear similar answers. Without an unpaid workforce it might be hard to operate, if not darn near impossible. It isn’t just non-profits that rely on volunteers. Almost all aspects of Canadian society are impacted by the work of thousands and thousands of hardworking selfless individuals who show up day and night, fair or foul weather, to make sure the work gets done. Volunteers are the lifeblood of our cultural and heritage organizations. I should know, I’ve worked with…
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The Conundrum Concerts

The Conundrum ConcertsBy Kim Barlow This winter, Music In Communities Co-op is hosting a series of informal shows at Conundrum Press, exploring improvisation in different genres. Conundrum is the graphic novel publishing house run by Andy Brown on Front Street in Wolfville. On Sunday December 8, Conundrum Press will launch its latest graphic novel. Mohammad Sahraei and I (Kim Barlow) will play songs and improvise on banjo, guitar, and traditional Persian instruments including setar, dotar, kamanche, and tombek. This is a new collaboration. We’re excited to share the ways that folk and improvised music bridges cultures, history, and geography as…
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Holiday Concert and Event Listings

Holiday Concert and Event Listings There’s no better way to celebrate the season than by experiencing the incredible events the Valley has to offer. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, creatures were stirring, including a mouse! Kick off your family’s yuletide season with Ken Ludwig’s comic take on the classic poem. Saturdays November 23 and 30 and December 7, at 11am and 2pmDoors Open at 10:30amUpper Performance CentreTickets are $5/under 12: $7/ adult, cash or cheque. Call 902-678-8040 for reservations. CentreStage Theatre61 River StreetKentville, Nova Scotiacentrestage@centrestagetheatre.ca(902) 678-8040 Old Holy Trinity Church…
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Coco Love Alcorn’s Release Tour for Rebirth Comes to Wolfville

Coco Love Alcorn’s Release Tour for Rebirth Comes to Wolfville Coco Love Alcorn’s career has spanned over 25 years, 10 albums, cross-Canada tours, collaborations, festival appearances and award nominations including Contemporary Singer of the Year at the 2017 Canadian Folk Music Awards. Join the legendary soul-folk singer-songwriteras she celebrates the release of her latest album, Rebirth with two events at Wolfville’s Al Whittle Theatre. Alcorn’s new album features a collection of songs that will captivate audiences and showcase her dynamic vocals. With soulful melodies, heartbeat grooves, and lyrics that come from a personal place, yet speak to the listener on…
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Who’s Who: Guy Paul Thibault

Who’s Who: Guy Paul ThibaultBy Mike Butler For my Who’s Who column, I am never without a wide range of talented people to interview, from the Valley and beyond. The arts community is huge here with artists, writers, and musicians all leaving their mark on our local arts scene. I’ve been very fortunate to learn about so many gifted singers and songwriters this year and here’s another: Guy Paul Thibault. Guy Paul was referred to me recently by a “friend and fan,” and I couldn’t be happier to be able to share his accomplishments with you. Guy Paul is from…
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Sunday Music in the Garden Room: Daniel Wnukowski

Sunday Music in the Garden Room: Daniel WnukowskiSubmitted Hot off of his sold-out Carnegie Hall debut, Polish-Canadian pianist Daniel Wnukowski is being hailed as “rapturous and glowing” (International Record Review) and “a pianist to watch” (New York Classical Review). He has performed with many orchestras, including the Polish Radio Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestra Filarmonica, Marchigiana, Poznan Philharmonic, Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic, and in numerous international festivals, including Chopin and His Europe in Warsaw, Poland; Festival Dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy; Chopiniana in Buenos Aires, Argentina; and the Pre-LSO Concert Series in London, UK. With his extensive touring experience throughout Europe,…
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