Sneak peek upcoming PAS season

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Pianist Michael Kaeshammer will open the 2013-2014 Performing Arts Series at Acadia University in September. He is a gifted singer and songwriter, a highly-trained technician and interpreter and an incendiary piano player.

He will be followed in October by perennial favourites, Symphony Nova Scotia performing three Mozart symphonies. On the podium will be Bernhard Gueller, Symphony Nova Scotia’s music director.

The Amstel Saxophone Quartet has performed in beautiful halls, such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Philharmonie in Luxemburg, Carnegie Hall in New York and extensive tours through Europe, Russia, the Middle East, China, Japan and the United States. They will add Wolfville to this list in November.

Jeunesses Musicales du Canada will be in town in

late November. The young cast of Bohemians will take the audience on a coming-of-age journey, capturing the romance and artistic brilliance of France’s Belle Époque.

During the Tom Regan Concert in January, Acadia School of Music students, faculty, alumni and friends will take part.

Diomira, presented by Debut Atlantic in February, features Joseph Petric on accordion, Dinuk Wijeratne on piano/composer and Nick Halley on percussion.

Diomira‘s music explores his hugely diverse cultural influences, from the Persian poetry of Omar Khayyam and the fantastical prose of Jorge Luis Borges to the sensuality of Flamenco and the intricate rhythms of the Indian Classical tradition. Formed in April 2011, the trio’s critically-acclaimed literary and globally-inspired program was recorded by the CBC and has since enjoyed repeated nationwide broadcast, garnering audience support for a style that balances sublime music-making with virtuosity.

Lucas Porter, piano (Jeunesses Musicales du Canada) will entertain on March 1, 2014. The Port Williams native is the youngest recipient of the Glenn Gould School Concerto Competition.

Mozart and Friends: Atlantic Sinfonia will be the Atlantique  season finale in March 2014.

Richard Hornsby will be the artistic director.

This performance is based on the music of Catherine the Great, who began her reign in Russia 250 years ago last year. While fostering the arts and education in Russia, she drew upon the ideas of writers, musicians and artists of the enlightenment in the “the west,” including many of the major composers of the day. The program includes works of the enlightenment that may have been heard in Catherine’s court, perfomed by a wind ensemble from the Maritime provinces.

In addition to the regular series, the Performing Arts Series is pleased to offer a special holiday treat, which may be added to a subscription: The Barra MacNeils Christmas Concert on Dec. 15.

Hailing from Sydney Mines, the family group is deeply rooted in Celtic music, culture, dance, language and history. Their numerous critically-acclaimed recordings include their own original songs, as well as tried-and-true standards, both instrumental and vocal.

For subscription information, contact the Acadia University box office at the arena.

Organizations: Performing Arts Series, Acadia University, Carnegie Hall Acadia School of Music CBC

Geographic location: Russia, Canada, Luxemburg New York Europe Middle East China Japan United States Wolfville France Port Williams Sydney Mines

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