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READY TO DAZZLE – Lauren O'Kell will perform in Citie Ballet's Mosaic III: Cave Beat.
READY TO DAZZLE – Lauren O'Kell will perform in Citie Ballet's Mosaic III: Cave Beat.
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20th anniversary continues for i Coristi

For its first concert of the year, i Coristi Chamber Choir features music inspired by specific cultures of folk traditions.

Music director Rob Curtis, with accompaniment from pianist Megan Crane, lead the performance at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, later today at 7:30 p.m.

The evening includes compositions by two Canadian composers. They are Harry Sommers’ Five Songs From Newfoundland Outports and Juno Award-winning Malcolm Forsyth’s Auyittuq (a musical description of the Arctic).

Europe is reflected through Johannes Brahms’ Zigeurnerlieder (Hungarian Roma), Swedish composer Jaakko Mäntyjärvi’s El Hambo (a parody of Scandinavian folk music) and Estonian composer Veljo Tormis’ Ingrian Evenings (village life of Ingrian people).

As part of the celebrations, St. Albert soprano Sharon Tarnawsky and tenor Robert King will provide their rich voices to the choir. King will also have the opportunity to solo in Brahms’ Gypsy Songs.

Tickets are available at 780-420-1757 or online at tixonthesquare.ca or at the door. Patrons are encouraged to bring a donation for the Edmonton Food Bank.

St. Albert dancer collides in Citie Ballet

Local resident Lauren O’Kell, a former dancer at the now defunct Art of Dance, performs in Citie Ballet’s latest dazzling work.

Mosaic III: Cave Beat is based on a libretto by Alberta playwright Katherine Koller. The joint choreography between artistic director Francoise Chevennment and guest choreographer tony Olivares explores our ancestors’ evolution from the early bipedal days of hunting and gathering to discovering fire.

Two performances will be held Saturday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 23 at 2:30 p.m. at the Timms Centre for the Arts, 112 Street and 87 Avenue. Tickets are $15 to $35 and are available at 780-420-1757 or at tixonthesquare.ca.

EYO in concert

Once again, the Edmonton Youth Orchestra, under the baton of Michael Massey, introduces three powerhouse works tomorrow afternoon at the Winspear Centre.

They are Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1, a work that shows the master’s indebtedness to his predecessors particularly his teacher Joseph Haydn. It is a robust work that puts into prominence the orchestra’s wind instruments.

The second work is another Mahler work, Symphony No. 1, a work he composed during his post as second conductor at the Leipzig Opera. Sandwiched in between the two major symphonies is Blumine, a short movement that was part of the Symphony No. 1. But Blumine received such sharp criticism it was removed after the third performance.

The concert starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 to $15. Call the EYO at 780-436-7932 or at 780-420-1757 or go online to: tixonthesquare.ca.

CCMA winner at Mark Ammar’s Barsnbands Open Stage

Canadian Country Music award winner Chad Melchert picks up his drum sticks for a jam at Mark Ammar’s Barsnbands Open Stage on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

Darren Gusnowsky on guitar and vocals as well as Curtis Ebner on bass join the Morinville drummer for the evening.

“It doesn’t get much better than that,” says Ammar.

The open jam is from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at Richard’s Pub, 12150 – 161 Ave. No cover.


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