Kings art scene: Aug. 22

Wendy Elliott
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Musique Royale in Wolfville 

Responsio, a work for solo bass clarinet and a vocal quartet, by Peter-Anthony Togni, will be presented at the Manning Memorial Chapel in Wolfville on Friday, Aug. 23. The work is a contemporary response to Guillaume de Machaut's medieval masterpiece from 1364, Messe de Nostre Dame. 

The musicians include clarinetist Jeff Reilly, soprano Suzie LeBlanc, mezzo-soprano Andrea Ludwig, and tenors Charles Daniels and John Potter.

Integrating newly composed music into existing liturgical music was a medieval practice called troping. Machaud's work was created by adding his own material to chant melodies reaching back to the ninth century and thus Togni continues the practice:  reflecting, commenting and embellishing Machaud's work, bringing a 14th century creation forward into the heart of the 21st century.

The concert is at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are available at the door: $20, students $10. Info:  582-3933.

Hear some singing

Support Nova Scotia's singers, young and old, who will be performing this month at the Berwick United Church Campground.

Aug. 22, 7:30 pm at

Berwick United Church, Commercial Street.

Aug. 24, 2 pm

Berwick United Church Campground - pavilion


At Union Street

Aug. 23 -  Gillian Boucher and Mary Beth Carty

Gillian spent most of her youth accompanying some of the finest bands and singer-songwriters from folk circuits in both Canada and New Zealand but began her solo career with the debut of her highly acclaimed album, Elemental, in 2008.

Aug. 30 -  Calgary native Noel Johnson performs. The singer-songwriter’s folk rock is loose, rhythmic, rustic and catchy.

Aug. 31 – Charlie A’Court

Sept. 5 - Ron Sexsmith

Dance to the band

Aug. 24, five self-described nice guys with wicked chops are playing tunes for a dance at the Old Orchard Inn barn in Greenwich. Caleb Miles and Noah Scanlan will play guitars, Mark Bezanson bass, Mike Carroll drums, and Jeff Hennessy on keyboards.

The Caleb Miles Band promises they’ll “combine blues, rock, funk, and jazz into something that we have no description for other than it feels good and it's fun.” Music starts at 9 p.m.

Upcoming shows

The Evergreen Theatre has a Fundy Folk Night on Aug. 24 – admission is $10 at the door or email - and features lots of local talent.

Regan in recital

Heather Pineo Regan will be giving a piano recital Sunday, Aug. 25 at 2 p.m. at the Irving Centre Garden Room, Acadia University in Wolfville. 

The program features works by Fauré, Poulenc, Schoenberg and Ravel.

Regan began her formal musical training at the age of nine in Halifax. While studying piano at the Maritime Conservatory of Music, she appeared as a soloist with the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra directed by Raffi Armenian. She won the Bachelor of Music gold medal from Brandon University and received her Master of Music degree from Western.

Her first CD of Debussy selections was released in 2000 and was followed by a second with works by Schuman in 2002. Her newest CD, Frédéric Chopin, was released in 2010.

She is based in Port Williams and has taught private piano lessons for more than 25 years in London and Ottawa, Ont., Kentville and Halifax.

Admission to the recital is by freewill offering at the door.

Robin Hood in the Park

Broken Leg Theatre in Wolfville is presenting Robin Hood in Willow Park Aug. 31, Sept. 1, Sept. 7 and 8 with shows at 3 and 6 p.m. all four days.

Donna Holmes promises a comic version of the Sherwood Forest tale. The script was written by Homes and Louise Williams.

Show times for the hour-long production are 3 and 6 p.m. Freewill donation.


Open auditions in Greenwood

The Greenwood Players welcomes all would be thespians to audition for its fall play Fruitcakes. The play requires a large and varied cast so come out and show us what you’ve got. Fruitcakes requires four men and four women, six boys and seven girls (all of varying ages), so there just might be a role for you!

Auditions will be held on stage at the A.V.M. Morfee Centre Aug. 22, 29 and Sept. 5 starting at 7 p.m. as well as Aug. 25 and Sept. 1 and 8 starting at 1 p.m. The show will run the week of Nov. 18. Info: Gerald Cormier, 765-0327, or Chantal Murphy, 847-3197.

New metal fest

Sept. 14 marks the inaugural Maritime Metal and Hard Rock Festival at Fox Mountain Camping Park.

This event is the first of it's kind for the region and it's ready to take that region by thunderous storm, promises organizer Jay Chetwynd. Featuring a stellar lineup of Maritime metal and hard rock bands, he says, the event is a "celebration of East Coast loud" in more ways than one.

Among the bands performing are: Broken Ohms, Black Moor, Iron Giant, Fed Pennies, Death Valley Driver, Black City Avenger and Chaos Theory.

There will be acoustic jams after the show, so bring guitars. Fox Mountain Camping Park will have an early-bird camping special. Advance tickets and gate tickets are only $38.50, taxes included. Evening passes are available for $26 after 9 p.m. Camping is also available.

For details and booking: 847-3747.

At CentreStage

Shirley Valentine in on stage in Kentville at CentreStage. Valentine is a middle-aged Liverpool housewife, who finds herself talking to the wall while she prepares her husband's eggs ‘n chips, wondering what happened to her life. When her best friend wins an all-expenses-paid vacation to Greece for two, she begins to see the world, and herself, in a different light.

Shirley Valentine was written by Willy Russell and directed by Cherie Zinck. Candy O’Brien has taken on the challenging lead role in this one-woman show. Please be aware that there is mature subject matter and language in this play.

Shirley Valentine plays Friday and Saturdays until Aug. 31 at 8 p.m. There is a 2 p.m. matinee Aug. 25.
 Tickets: $15, $12 for students and seniors. Reservations: 678-8040

In the galleries

- Copper Fox Gallery in Hall’s Harbour features an eclectic group of Canadian artists with a focus this month on Halifax artist Eva Toth. Her new exhibit opens Aug. 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. Her current show is called Wheels and Water .

- Until Sept. 29, works by Robert Pope will be on display at the Acadia University Art Gallery in Wolfville. A curatorial talk is set for Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. with curator Tom Smart.


Organizations: Berwick United Church Campground, Old Orchard Inn, Evergreen Theatre Irving Centre Garden Room Acadia University Maritime Conservatory Atlantic Symphony Orchestra Brandon University Broken Leg Theatre Greenwood Players Fed Acadia University Art Gallery

Geographic location: Wolfville, Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada New Zealand Calgary Kentville Greenwich Port Williams London Ottawa, Ont Willow Park Sherwood Forest Fox Mountain Camping Park East Coast Death Valley Liverpool Greece

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