Illness forces Ben Heppner to Withdraw from COC 60th Anniversary Concert
Portions of the evening's program remain unchanged, and additional arias will be performed. The complete program will be announced early next week.
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PORTLAND, Maine – For the first Sunday Classical concert of the 85th anniversary season, the Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) welcomes celebrity guest narrator Judd Nelson for "Great Stories to Tell!" Led by Music Director Robert Moody, the matinee performance will also feature members of Portland Ballet Company. The concert takes place on Sunday, November 8 at 2:30 PM in Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street in Portland.
"Great Stories to Tell!" blends music, story-telling, dance and colorful costumes to appeal to all the senses. The concert begins with Respghi's Ancient Airs and Dances (Suite No. 1), composed in 1917 and based on themes of Renaissance-era lute music, followed by selections from Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 61, written to accompany the Shakespearean romantic comedy.
The centerpiece of the program is Stravinsky's L'histoire du Soldat ("A Soldier's Tale") – a 1918 theatrical work "to be read, played, and danced" ("lue, jouée et dansée"). L'histoire du Soldat is a parable based on a Russian folk tale about a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil for a book that predicts the future of the economy. The music is witty and acerbic, and includes elements of ragtime, early jazz, and tango. Dancers from Portland Ballet Company portray the Soldier, the Devil, and the Princess, while Nelson narrates, all accompanied by a virtuoso ensemble of select PSO players.
Judd Nelson, best known for his roles as John Bender in The Breakfast Club, Alec Newbary in St. Elmo's Fire and Jack Richmond in Suddenly Susan, is a native of Portland, and returns to the city to narrate this exciting performance. Nelson's father Leonard is a past Board President of the Portland Symphony Orchestra.
Sponsored by Cardiovascular Consultants of Maine, "Great Stories to Tell!" will take place at Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street, at 2:30 PM on November 8. Tickets range from $20-$70 and are available through PortTix at (207) 842-0800 or www.porttix.com. Phone and internet orders are subject to $6-per-ticket handling fees. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the box office at 20 Myrtle St., Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 PM.
A Concert Conversation with Dr. Scott Harris, Director of the USM School of Music, takes place at 1:15 PM in the Rehearsal Hall, and a Post Concert Q&A will be held onstage with the artists immediately following the performance. Cardiovascular Consultants of Maine will be providing free health screenings in the auditorium lobby. A live recorded broadcast of the concert can be heard on Maine Public Broadcasting Network on Wednesday, December 9, 2009.
The PSO's 2009-10 season is sponsored by IDEXX Laboratories. For complete season information, including artist biographies; program notes; and Online Insights, provided with support from season Enrichment Sponsor Fairpoint Communications; visit www.portlandsymphony.com.
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Directed by Carolyn Fe
Thursday, November 5 - Sunday, November 15, 2009
Max: "We'll miss the Olympics next month in Berlin."
Horst: "I knew there was a reason I didn't want to be here in Dachau."
Montreal, October 2009 - BENT is a story of acceptance, tolerance and love in the wrong place and time. Altera Vitae is honoured to present their fourth production, playing at Espace 4001 (formerly Geordie Space) from November 5 to 15. Directed by Carolyn Fe, the talented cast includes Vance De Waele, Yves Jacquier, Adam Leblanc, Christopher Moore, Serge Turcotte and Mark Waters in this poignant piece. Altera Vitae produces quality works of theatre that engage and service the community. One of the company's raisons d'êtres is helping those who need to be heard. With each new production, they partner with a valuable organization whose mandate is similar to themes in the play. For Bent, Altera Vitae supports GRIS-Montreal. Says Carolyn Fe, Altera Vitae's artistic director, "I am proud to have found GRIS-Montreal for this production. Their important work takes them into the schools and demystifies homosexuality to local youth by educating students with a non-lecturing, judgment-free approach." This year marks GRIS-Montreal's 15th year servicing the community.
Bent highlights Paragraph 175, a largely ignored German law making homosexuality a criminal offense, which Hitler reactivated and reinforced during his rise to power. Gays were arrested and interned at work camps prior to the genocide of the Jews, Gypsies and handicapped, and continued to be imprisoned even after the fall of the Third Reich and liberation of the camps. To director Carolyn Fe, herself a visible minority, it is important to show the 'minorities' that were sharing the horrors of the concentration camps. Each coloured patch- pink, red, green, black, brown, purple, blue and of course, yellow, had a meaning and a 'pride line'. The pink triangle was the lowest. Fe hopes the play reminds people how to find strength and dignity at their lowest moments, "For me, this play goes beyond the pink triangle; it goes all the way to accepting and believing in oneself regardless of how difficult the environment or the times may be." The company is so pleased at the number of school groups who will be seeing the production.
Christopher Moore plays Max, a character both filled with hope and in denial. For Moore, the play is summed up beautifully and painfully in the last lines when Max says to Horst, "I love you. What's wrong with that?" He says the role has brought to his attention what it takes to survive certain atrocities that many people outside (and some inside) North America face every day, "I hope the audience is able to appreciate the idea of this union of love in a time when it was illegal and especially in the camp, unthought-of and not dared." He would like people to go home answering, "There is nothing wrong with that". For Vance De Waele, in the role of Horst, additionally, "The themes in the play go beyond sexual orientation or identity." Bent also contains an unforgettable love scene.
The integral designs are by creative team Scott Drysdale, lights and Dan Legault, sound. The stage manager is Anne-Marie Pierre. The play's theme song is David Bowie's Heroes: "Though nothing will drive them away; We can beat them, just for one day; We can be Heroes, just for one day."
Taken from the Latin expression, Spes Altera Vitae, meaning 'another hope of life', Altera Vitae Productions proposes a peek at another life through theatrical presentations. This, if only for a brief moment in time, whether it be as a member of the audience, on stage or behind the scenes. In keeping with Altera Vitae providing a peak at 'another life', Bent is an excellent example. In its short time on the local theatre landscape, Altera Vitae has managed to capture the attention of the public and the media, garnering an Honorable Mention for the Revelation Award at the 2008 Montreal English Critics' Circle Award (MECCA) ceremony.
"I worked a deal. I'm good at that."- Max
Altera Vitae Productions
Playing at Espace 4001
4001 Berri (near Duluth)
Tuesday to Sunday, 8:00 pm
Matinees: Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 pm
20$ regular, 18$ students/seniors Two-for-one: Sat. Nov. 7 and Sun. Nov. 8 at 2pm, to help spread word of mouth
Hamilton, Ontario (Thursday, October 15, 2009) - The venue for Hammertheatre's upcoming production of WHY WE TORTURED HIM: A MEDITATION ON THE NATURE OF VIOLENCE by Sky Gilbert has changed. The eagerly awaited play will
now be presented at The James Street North Theatre.
SHOW DATES AND TIMES: All performances of WHY WE TORTURED HIM: A MEDITATION ON THE NATURE OF VIOLENCE will take place at the intimate James Street North Theatre located just above "The Factory" at 126 James Street North, Hamilton, Ontario.
Tickets are $15 each with Pay-What-You-Can Sunday Matinees. Tickets can only be purchased in person at the theatre 30 minutes before the show starts. Cash only.
Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 8:30pm
Friday, October 30, 2009 at 8:30pm
Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 8:30pm
Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 2:30pm
Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 8:30pm
Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 8:30pm
Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 8:30pm
Friday, November 6, 2009 at 8:30pm
Saturday, November 7, 2009 at 8:30pm
Sunday, November 8, 2009 at 2:30pm
CREATIVE TEAM: Bill Chabassol (LIGHTING DESIGNER), Mark Crawford as DOUG, Alex Fiddes as GARY, Sky Gilbert (WRITER/DIRECTOR), Ian Jarvis (PROMO MATERIALS DESIGNER), Denise Lisson (DESIGN CO-ORDINATOR), Haley McGee as BRANDY,
Kerry Mounfield (SET DESIGNER), Stephen Newman (STAGE MANAGER), and Diana Stephens (COSTUME DESIGNER)
THEATRE COMPANY: Sky Gilbert founded Hammertheatre in January 2007. Hammertheatre is devoted to theatre research in Hamilton, particularly in plays by Artistic Director Sky Gilbert that deal with issues of gender and sexuality in experimental ways.
PERFORMANCE SPACE: The James Street North Theatre was once known as The Forester's Hall. Built in 1884 by the Ancient Order of Foresters, the architect was W.A. Edwards. The hall housed meetings and functions for many years and was used as a performance space. It was rumoured to have hosted artists such as Caruso and Billie Holiday during its heyday. Currently, the space is Hamilton artist Colina Maxwell's studio and gallery.
SPONSORS: Ontario Arts Council