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Pianist Ang Li will be playing Jan. 28 in the Garden Room at the Irving Centre in Wolfville.

By Wendy Elliott

Try auditioning

The Nova Scotia Choral Federation is now accepting applications to audition for the 22nd season of the Nova Scotia Youth Choir. Auditions will be held in Wolfville Feb. 4. Visit the Nova Scotia Choral Federation website, for detailed information and to register for an audition.  You can also call the federation’s office at 423-4688 (toll free in Nova Scotia 1-888-672-3969) or email

Film society

Fundy Film screens My Perestroika: Four Russians share their stories as the last generation of Soviet children behind the Iron Curtain. They take the audience on a journey through their Soviet childhoods, their youth during the country’s huge changes of Perestroika and let viewers into their present-day lives. Wednesday, Jan 18, 7 p.m., Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville.

Tickets ($8) 30 minutes before screening.

Weblink: or 542-5157

Acting workshop

CentreStage Theatre will bring Andrew Kasprzak back Jan. 21 to teach an all day acting and improv workshop at CentreStage Theatre. It will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Some of the elements covered include: improvisation, character development

and finding energy in the role.

The cost will be $20 per person. There are 15 spaces available, and you must reserve your space in advance. Please contact Mindy Vinqvist-Tymchuk to reserve a spot.

At the Whittle

Fundy Film screens My Week with Marilyn, a fascinating dramatized glimpse into Marilyn Monroe's time in England shooting one of Hollywood's most challenging productions. Based on a memoir, the film recounts a young man’s experiences as assistant to director Laurence Olivier and the personal relationship he shared with the fragile screen icon. 

Sunday, Jan. 22, 4 and 7 p.m., Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville.

Tickets ($8) 30 minutes before screening.

Weblink or 542-5157

Rising star here

Internationally acclaimed piano virtuoso Ang Li, whose performance credits and talents reach well beyond her years, will visit Wolfville on Sunday, Jan. 22, to give a recital in the Acadia Alumni series of classical chamber music concerts, Sunday Music in the Garden Room. The concert, which is free, occurs at 2 p.m. in the Irving Environmental Science Centre.

Li was born in Beijing, but moved to Canada at the age of 12 and remains a Canadian citizen, though now a resident of the USA. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and master’s degree from The Juilliard School. Her extensive repertoire ranges from early Baroque to contemporary piano music.

Ranked among the top 30 pianists in the world by the 2009 Cliburn Competition, she has appeared at the John F. Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., The Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts in New York, Carnegie Hall, National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and the National Centre for the Performing Arts in China.

Li is currently on a 2012 tour that takes her from Europe to New York, to Charlottetown and Wolfville, back to New York for two concerts; then to British Columbia and Washington, then to Australia for three concerts, back to the USA, then to Hong Kong for three concerts and finally home to the USA and Canada for another six concerts – all within four months.

In her Wolfville concert, Li will perform Mozart’s Fantasie in C sharp minor, 7 Fanatasies by Brahms, three Schubert songs arranged for piano by Liszt, a Chopin Nocturne and a Liszt Ballade.

One-night fest

The second annual Banff Mountain Film Festival will take place Tuesday, Jan. 24 starting at 7 p.m. in the Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville. The festival is an international film competition and an annual presentation of short films and documentaries about mountain culture, sports and environment. Tickets are $15.

Crescendo concert

Crescendo Gala with James Hill is set for Friday, Jan. 27. This gala promises to be a stellar concert of world-class talent, which also acts as one of the major fundraisers for the Wolfville School Band.

This year world famous ukulele virtuoso James Hill stars with his musical partner Anne Davison on cello. The concert is rounded out by various Acadia University School of music students and faculty and one of the Wolfville School musical groups.

The Acadia Percussion Ensemble, directed by Mark Adam, features a huge array of music written for percussion and was a hit at last year’s Crescendo event. Present and past students in this ensemble have performed in the National Youth Orchestra and Canada’s Band of the Ceremonial Guard as well as gone on to residencies at the Banff Center for the Arts and master’s degrees at various distinguished schools.

The Acadia String Quartet is directed by Christoph Both and features string students from the Acadia School of Music and dedicate themselves to exploring a range classical string repertoire.

Having Acadia students involved in this type of concert is important, Adam said, because while Hill, brings his incredible skill to Wolfville, the Acadia students represent a very clear path for the Wolfville Band students, who may want to continue with music.

“Many Annapolis Valley young people have come through the School of Music and many have gone on to very successful careers in music.”

There will be auctions and giveaways. Concert starts at 7:30 p.m., auction items can be viewed at 7 p.m. Cost is $20, $15 for students/seniors.

Celebrate Burns

Burns Night Ceilidh Dance, Wolfville Curling Club, Jan. 28, 7 p.m.

A night of Scottish and Irish music and dance with performances of Burns songs; piping; and demonstrations from Irish and Highland dance schools.

Tickets are $10 in advance at Box of Delights. $12 at the door. Age five and under free. Contact for family and group rates.

INFO: 582.1786 or

There Goes the Bride

CentreStage Theatre in Kentville is staging the comedy There Goes the Bride. The show is geared towards teens and adults.

There Goes the Bride is directed by Wayne and Linda Marriot and stars Mike L’Oiseau, Mindy Vinqvist-Tymchuk, Heidi Price, Carole Ball, Geoff Ball, Brian Cottam, Sharon Burnett and Robert Racine.

The play runs each Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m. until Feb. 11. There will be a 2 p.m. matinee on Jan. 22 and Feb. 5. There is no longer a Thursday preview night. To make reservations, phone 678-8040.

See Jump

Inspired by John Hughes’ Brat Pack movies from the ‘80s, this original musical is set during one zany semester of high school when the girls from Fairview Academy are forced to attend the boy’s school-George Downing. Among the teenagers are a group of rebels, a band of jocks, a ‘nice guy/girl’, some preppy glee club students, cheerleaders and a few awkward geeks. Ruling over the school is the ultra uptight vice-principal and the laid-back hippy principal of George Downing. The show was written and directed by Kerri Leier, with choreography by Tracy Fritz Nasson, and musical arrangement by Melissa Viditio. Jump! features the iconic music of Heart, Bonnie Tyler, Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper and other ‘80s hits. Mounted five years ago to sold out crowds, the show has gotten a face lift.

Jump! runs Feb. 8 to 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 11 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville. Tickets are $10 for children 16 and under, $12 for adults or $15 at the door or $45 for groups of four.

You can purchase tickets by calling 697-2515 or emailing

At the galleries

- Linda Barkhouse Cafe Central:  Winter & Water, Kentville.

- Acadia Art Gallery’s non-juried art exhibition features the diverse work of gallery members and celebrates the visual creativity in the community.

The exhibition runs until Feb. 16.

- Jack’s Gallery in Wolfville is showing paintings

by Keshena Williams until mid-February.

- Monika Wright’s work entitled Anticipating Spring will be on display until Jan. 31 at the Designer Cafe in Kentville.

-Jane Rovers’ work ‘Layered landscapes’ is on display at CentreStage Theatre in Kentville until Feb. 11.

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Organizations: Al Whittle Theatre, Nova Scotia Choral Federation, CentreStage Theatre Nova Scotia Youth Choir Performing Arts National Arts Centre Irving Environmental Science Centre.Li Wolfville School Curtis Institute of Music The Juilliard School Carnegie Hall Acadia University School National Youth Orchestra Banff Center for the Arts Acadia School of Music BrideCentreStage Theatre Fairview Academy

Geographic location: Wolfville, Canada, USA New York Washington, D.C. England Hollywood Acadia Beijing Kentville Ottawa Europe Charlottetown British Columbia Australia Hong Kong Banff Mountain Annapolis Valley

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