Italian for “Morning Music”, Mattina Musica is a 5 concert series of classical music, each taking place on a Monday morning At the Sid Williams Theatre in Courtenay, BC. Patrons are warmly invited to meet in the Sid lobby at 9:45 am for tea, coffee, and conversation before the 10:30 am concert. Concert date Monday March 11.
Musical Mornings is a new series of five salon-type concerts hosted by Sarah Hagen at the Evergreen Cultural centre in Coquitlam. Each morning begins with coffee, tea and treats followed by a 75 minute classical concert let by Hagen and featuring world class musical artists. It’s intimate. It’s casual. It will become one of your favourite morning rituals. Concert date Wednesday March 6th.
I’m excited to collaborate with the amazingly talented Sarah Hagen for these concerts. We’re gettin’ down… with some serious classical music. Its been a while since I’ve sunk my teeth into new repertoire and this is made all the more exciting for me, because, well lets just say it is a real challenge to be in top vocal form before noon these days. Walking the tight rope of singing high notes at that hour feels more like walking the plank. So if classical music isn’t your thing, you could always come and place bets on how many high notes I crack ; ) See you there.
I am so pleased to finally announce my Victoria Christmas concert has a title, Under the Mistletoe (Yay!). December 3rd, at 7:30 pm at the Royal Theatre. We’re looking for a sell out crowd this year to help put some awesome toys under the trees of family’s in need throughout Victoria. Once again I’m partnered with C-FAX & Santa’s Anonymous and we’ll be putting on a spectacular show to assist their fundraising efforts. For tickets visit the Royal Theatre website or call: 250-386-6121
I am so pleased to be a part of this latest opera by Tobin Stokes entitled Rattenbury – It is always a thrill to be performing such tremendous music but to share the stage with Victoria tenor/ legend Mr. Richard Margison will be truly spellbinding.
Below is an excerpt from the Other Guys theatre company website detailing the new Opera
Other Guys Theatre is proud to present a concert performance of Tobin Stokes’ new chamber opera, Rattenbury, based on the true story of the architect of the same name. Well known in Victoria for his grand Parliament Buildings and Empress Hotel, Rattenbury’s tumultuous life story is truly operatic in proportion. His incredible ambition, his huge misfortunes through WW1, failed land speculations, the sinking of the Titanic and his role in the Klondike gold rush culminated in a dramatic and sordid fall from grace. His eventual murder in England by his young wife’s even younger lover resulted in one of the most famous court cases ever to take place at the Old Bailey and led one to a death sentence and the other to suicide. Rattenbury will be presented September 29 and 30, 2012, in the Crystal Ballroom of the Fairmont Empress Hotel. The concerts will be conducted by Arthur Arnold, Principal Guest Conductor of the Moscow Symphony. For tickets Click on the link Rattenbury
You may have noticed that the upcoming events part of the website is somewhat sparse this summer. If you look closely you’ll notice that I’ve been starring in Chemainus theatre festival’s presentation of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat for the past 2 months and we’ve enjoyed so much success that theatre has decided to extend the run for another week. If you act now you can catch some tickets for the final week. I don’t know exactly what tickets are available – all I know is that I’ve been performing to sell out crowds all summer long!
I’ve also one big bit of news. I have just released a new album entitled Showtime – Ballads of Broadway with Ken Lavigne. we are working hard to update the shopping cart system of the site to start filling orders as soon as possible. More to come on this very soon so keep following the website.
It has been a very busy couple of months with concerts for me this year which is actually quite unusual after the bustle of the holiday season. So here we are at the end of February (Happy Sadie Hawkins Day…Ladies) and I have yet to send out an update. We’ll here’s an update for you. I’ll soon be bundling up in a parka and making my way to the land of smiles otherwise known as Yorkton Saskatchewan for what is going to be a sold out event for sure! Concert time is 2:00 pm on Sunday March 9th 2012 at the Anne Portnuff Theatre. Just so you know this photo was taken from the Burn’s night Gala held last month at the Silver Bridge Inn. It was a great evening with Kilts-a-plenty with lot’s of Scotch, bagpipes and haggis!