By Wendy Elliott
A concert of beautiful Indonesian gamelan music, featuring the Acadia Gamelan Ensemble, is set for Dec. 1.
The group will be performing "pop Sunda" favourites, some elegant pieces from the "degung klasik" repertoire, two exciting pieces from the music of "wayang kulit" (shadow puppet play) and a dynamic original work by Ade Suparman, a gamelan master from Bandung, West Java.
Also on the program is Acadia's Intro to Gamelan Class. Special guests will be the 30-member 2012 Acadia World Rhythm and Drumming Class, who will open the show in style. The 3 p.m. concert will be in Denton Hall at Acadia University in Wolfville.
Admission is $5 at the door. The show is free for Acadia students and children 12 and under.
Harvest Galley has its popular annual show of small works on display now at 462 Main St., Wolfville
Mozart at Acadia
Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte is going on stage Nov. 28 during the Acadia Performing Arts Series. The opera will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the Jeunesses Musicales du Canada.
Joy and delight await the Festival Theatre audience in this fanciful and far-fetched story of two uncommon couples. Literally translated as “Thus do they all,” this joyful late 18th century opera tells a tale of jealousy, trickery, and mischief. A light and cheeky Mozartian delight, performed by the country’s finest emerging artists! Sung in Italian with subtitles in English and French.
Tickets are available at the Acadia box office or phone 542-5500.
One night only
The Acadia University Chorus will be presenting its annual Christmas at Acadia Concert on Dec. 1.
Join university organist John Scott and Dr. Maurice Tugwell for an evening of carols, choral works and reflection to usher in the holiday spirit for the whole family, beginning at 8 p.m. Convocation Hall, $10 at the door - free for students and children.
Sunday Music in the Garden Room will present one more concert this fall. American pianist Spencer Myer will perform a solo recital on Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.
Organizer Chris Olsen says the serieswill welcome back American pianist, Spencer Myer, to perform the final concert of the first half of its 2012-13 season.
Gold medalist of the 2008 New Orleans International Piano Competition, Myer is garnering both audience and critical acclaim from around the globe, rapidly establishing himself as one of the most outstanding pianists of his generation.
His program will include a Haydn Sonata; Preludes, Book I, by Debussy; Iberia Book IV by Albeniz; The Banjo by Gottschalk and Caprice Espagnole by Moszkowski.
The concert, sponsored by the Associated Alumni of Acadia University, is free. It will take place in the Garden Room of the Irving Environmental Sciences Centre on University Avenue in Wolfville.
The Joel Plaskett Emergency, with special guest Mo Kenney, will perform in Windsor on Monday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. in the Mermaid Imperial Theatre Performing Arts Centre.
Plaskett and his band The Emergency have been a force on the Canadian music scene since 2001. Plaskett and fellow Emergency band members Dave Marsh and Chris Pennell worked around the clock to write, record, mix and release a brand new song every single week for 10 weeks. The result is the 2012 Polaris Prize long-listed Scrappy Happiness, a strong album that still features the kind of melodic and lyrically playful rock Plaskett does so well.
Mo Kenney is 22-years-old and is from Waverly. Her debut album, released in September and produced by Plaskett, garnered instant critical praise. She has performed at ECMA, Stan Rogers Festival, Evolve and recently returned from the Iceland Airwaves Festival. Mo’s song “Eden” won the 10x10 video contest during the Atlantic Film Festival.
Tickets are $32 for adults, $30 for seniors and students. Tickets are available online at Ticketpro.ca, by phone at 1-888-311-9090, or in person at Windsor Home Hardware and all other Ticketpro outlets.
Music teacher Susan Dworkin’s annual student recital/Foodbank Fundraiser will be held on Dec. 5, 6:30 p.m., at the Wolfville Baptist Church on Highland Aveune. Enjoy a wide variety of music performed by the Wolfville Community Chorus and piano and voice students from the studio of Susan Dworkin.
Show your support for the performers and this fundraiser for the Wolfville and Area Food Bank. A $10 donation is suggested and a non-perishable food bank item.
Then Fundy Film will screen First Position. Six talented ballet dancers (ages nine to 19) struggle to maintain form in the face of injury and personal sacrifice on their way to one of the world's most prestigious youth ballet competitions.
Dec. 5, 7 p.m., at theAl Whittle Theatre, Wolfville. Tickets are $8, 30 minutes before screening. For more, visit fundyfilm.ca or call 542-5157
Fezziwig frolics in December
The ever-popular family entertainment created by the Fezziwig Society will take place a little later this year, going on stage in December.
Cast and crew are working hard on an original pantomime by Halifax’s Jeremy Webb, entitled Get Hooked. The production is a spoof on the classic tale Peter Pan.
Four shows will take place Dec. 6-8 in Festival Theatre, Wolfville. Tickets are already on sale at the Box of Delights in Wolfville.
St. Joseph’s community theatre group, the Stage Prophets will present Michael MacLean’s beloved Christmas story of The Forgotten Carols on Thursday Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. at Acadia’s University Hall. Start this season off with a beautiful story of the true meaning of Christmas. Come join us for a night of wonderful music and the spirit of the holidays. This Christmas story will be a full stage production with a cast and beautiful choir.
The Forgotten Carols tells the story of Constance, a rigid yet competent nurse, too practical to be bothered by Christmas, as her patient guides the young nurse to the Christmas carol waiting to be sung inside her own heart.
Tickets are $15 and are available at the, Box of Delights in Wolfville, Designer Cafe in Kentville and St. Joseph’s Church office.
With a Joyful Noise
About 100 young singers from the Annapolis Valley Honour Choir, director Heather Fraser and accompanist Hannah Parks, and the Kings Chorale Children's Chorus, with director Shannon Young and Elizabeth Harwood on piano, will be in concert Dec. 9, 3 p.m., at Wolfville Baptist Church. They’ve called their joint concert With a Joyful Noise.
Christmas with friends
Dan Hill and the Spinney Brothers join host and performer Rachel MacLean for Christmas with Friends Dec. 9, 7 p.m., at University Hall in Wolfville.
Hill, a Grammy winner best known for his classic hits, Sometimes When We Touch, Can’t We Try and Never Thought (That I could Love), has enjoyed a long career as a songwriter, penning songs for artists such as Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Tina Turner and Reba McEntire.
Fresh off signing an American record deal and releasing a new CD in March, Spinney Brothers Rick and Allan bring a bluegrass sound home to Christmas With Friends.
Tickets are $25, on sale now at the Acadia Box Office, 542-5500 or 1-800-542-8425, Atlantic Save Easy and Pharmasave stores from Windsor to Digby.
The Glorylanders will be in concert at the Centreville Baptist Church on Dec. 9. This southern gospel trio consists of Matt Balsor, Graham Moorehead, and Heather Wood. The trio is currently touring after releasing a new album entitled "A Tribute to The Happy Goodman Family."
The concert will start at 7 p.m., with refreshments and fellowship to follow. Admission is by freewill offering.
An Amish Family Christmas, a heartwarming live stage production that has been performed in Pennsylvania for many years, is coming to Wolfville on Dec. 10.
It offers a glimpse into the world of the Amish – a world uncluttered by modern trappings, held together by the love of family.
This celebration of Christmas unfolds with Rachel and Jacob expecting their first child and explores the many changes that will occur. There are surprises in store, laughter to share and secrets to be revealed.
The show features the original cast – a show that has received rave reviews wherever it has been performed.
Dec. 10, Festival Theatre, Acadia University, Wolfville at 7 p.m. Tickets: 542-5500
A little Nunsense
CentreStage Theatre Presents Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical by Dan Goggin.
The musical plays Fridays and Saturdays until Dec. 8 at 8 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinee on Dec. 2. Theatre reservations: 678-8040.
Ross Creek workshops
Nova Scotia’s award-winning theatre company, Two Planks and a Passion Theatre, will be running a special Audition Boot Camp Weekend Dec. 7-9 at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts.
A number of two-hour art workshops for adults are happening as well over the next few months. Admission is $15.
On Dec. 9, Rachel Shrum will give a session from 1-3 p.m. on portrait photography. Space is limited, pre-registration required.
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Art workshops pending
Three more workshops on Mondays are being presented by the Alliance of Kings Artists (AKA), with support from the Acadia University Art Gallery.
The fee, which includes materials, is $15 for non-AKA members and $10 for members. It will be held from 7-9 p.m. at Acadia University Art Gallery, Beveridge Arts Centre room 131. Nov. 26: Mono-Printing with Rachel Reeve; Dec. 3: Creating Mood in Landscape with Twila Robar-DeCoste; and Dec. 10: Clay Throwing and Building with Denise Aspinall
Coming Dec. 15
A King’s Christmas, with the King’s College Chapel Choir, will be held at Wolfville Baptist Church Dec. 15, beginning at 4 p.m. The choir is under the direction of Paul Halley, with special guests including narrator Alexander MacLeod.
The Amadeus Guitar Duo, featuring Canadian Dale Kavanagh and Germany’s Thomas Kirchhoff, will be making a stop at the Manning Memorial Chapel on Dec. 28.
The 3 p.m. performance in Wolfville will feature music from Europa and South America in “Contrasts – The Classical World and Images from the South.”
Kavanagh and Kirchhoff have been playing together since 1991. Many composers have dedicated works to the Amadeus Duo since then.
The duo often perform with orchestras playing concertos by Joaquin Rodrigo, Roland Dyens, Genzmer, Carlo Domeniconi, Jaime Zenamon, Gerald Garcia, Christian Jost and Martin Herchenröder. They have given more than 950 concerts in 40 European Countries, Asia and North and South America in the last 20 years and have published 16 CDs.
The duo will travel around the world as part of their touring season this year, including the stop at the Manning Memorial Chapel Dec. 28. Tickets are $20 at the door. Doors will open at 2:15 p.m. for the 3 p.m. performance. Call 542-9686 to reserve tickets.
In the galleries
- Wolfville painter and instructor Judith Leidl has her paintings in Jack’s Gallery in Wolfville’s just Us Cafe until Dec. 2. Acrylic works on canvas are her medium.
- Bright fall colours thread their way through a watercolour show by Linda Barkhouse at Designer Café until Dec. 4 in Kentville,
- Featured artist at Centre Stage Theatre, Kentville is Betsey Harwood.
- Acadia University Art Gallery’s show, Portable Mosques: The Sacred Space of the Prayer Rug, features prayer rugs created during the early-19th and 20th centuries.
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