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Rebecca Caine And Robert Kortgaard

February 24, 6:00 PM

West End Ladies

Award-winning international soprano, Rebecca Caine was born in Toronto and studied at the Guildhall School of Music, London. Rebecca recreates British leading ladies of London’s West End musical theatre from the early Twentieth Century to the present day including Les Misérables and Phantom of the Opera. Uniquely, her career has been divided between Opera and Musical Theatre, including her highly praised North American debut with the Canadian Opera Company in the title role of Lulu and her US cabaret debut at the Center on Halsted in Chicago. Rebecca gave the first performance at the new Telus recital hall at the Royal College of Music in Toronto and regularly tours Canada in recital with Robert Kortgaard. www.rebeccacaine.com

Pianist Robert Kortgaard completed his Bachelor and Master’s degrees at the Juilliard School in New York City. As a recipient of arts awards from the Canada Council, he furthered his musical studies in Italy and England. Mr. Kortgaard has performed as a soloist with major Canadian orchestras and has given recitals throughout Canada and the United States, as well as in England, Finland, Portugal, Italy, Indonesia, the Czech Republic, China and Japan. His performances are frequently heard on CBC Radio, and he has recorded for the Centrediscs, Marquis Classics/EMI, CBC Records, Teldec and ATMA Classique labels. He is Artistic Director of the Indian River Festival on Prince Edward Island and the Leith Summer Music Festival in Ontario. www.coloursofmusic.ca

Tickets: Space is limited and reservations are available at 902 624-0506 or by email at barbara.butler@ns.sympatico.ca. The performance is followed by a tasty meal overlooking a scenic view of Mahone Bay.

Location: Cecilia's Retreat. 1199 Oakland Rd. RR2, Mahone Bay.

Cookie Concert with Mary Knickle and Cynthia Myers

March 4, 2:00 PM

Cynthia Myers (Vocalist/Actor/Writer) has performed as a musical theatre actress on stages and in clubs with various jazz combos in both Canada and the U.S. Cynthia's favorite theatrical roles include: Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Dot in Sunday in the Park with George, Reno Sweeny in Anything Goes; throw in Rizzo, Lola, Sally Bowls and Audrey. Cynthia is a five time veteran of the fringe festival having worked both in the Victoria and the Seattle festivals. When not on stage with Swingology or Jazzette; Cynthia is writing musicals for children, and developing curriculum for the Chester Playhouse After School Program. www.cynthiamyers.ca

Mary Knickle is a multi talented artist. She has released three albums of original music: On the Wind and the Sea, Who Will Take the Throne? and Weave, winner of the Best Provincial Folk CD at the Toronto Exclusive Music Awards. She lives in Lunenburg teaching singing in classical, musical theatre, folk and other styles. She discovered her talent and love for composing later in life and has since composed several well reviewed larger works. They include her first opera on Morgan La Fay, the opera/musical drama Miryam and The Seafarers' Requiem. Her art songs and trios as well choral works are being performed across Canada. www.maryknickle.com

Enjoy a freshly baked cookie and added activities that often accompany our cookie events!

Tickets: $5. Admission at the door. Inquiries, please contact musiqueroyale1985@gmail.com or 902 634-9994

Location: Lunenburg School of the Arts. 6 Prince St, Lunenburg.

Kathryn Wagner

March 11, 11:00 AM

Programme:

Toccata in D Major, BWV 912 – J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Sonata in D Major, KV 311 – W. A. Mozart (1756-1791)
i. Allegro con spirito
ii. Andante con espressione
iii. Rondeau (allegro)
Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38 – F. Chopin (1810-1849)
Intermission
I leap through the sky with stars – A. Louie (1949-)
Sonata No. 1, Op. 22 – A. Ginastera (1916-1983)
i. Allegro marcato
ii. Presto misterioso
iii. Adagio molto appassionato
iv. Ruvido ed ostinato

Kathryn grew up in the small fishing community of Stonehurst, outside of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. She is currently attending Dalhousie University in their Bachelor of Music Program and is a student of Professor Lynn Stodola. In the summer of 2013, Kathryn had the opportunity to perform at Government House in Halifax with her former teacher and mentor, Sharon Gow-Knickle, for the inaugural concert of the new piano. She was the winner of the 2016 Nova Scotia Registered Music Teachers' Association Scholarship Competition and will represent Nova Scotia at the national competition (Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Associations National Piano Competition) in March 2017. This year, the CFMTA conference (March 17-22) where the competition is held, will be amalgamated with the Music Teachers National Conference (MTNA). The competition will be in Baltimore, March 20-21.

Tickets: $25. Space is limited and reservations are available at 902 624-0506 or by email at barbara.butler@ns.sympatico.ca. The performance is followed by a tasty meal overlooking a scenic view of Mahone Bay.

Location: Cecilia's Retreat. 1199 Oakland Rd. RR2, Mahone Bay.

Annamaria Popescu And Julien Leblanc

March 19, 4:00 PM

Mélodies de Venise

Ever since her sensational 1994 debut on short notice in Berlioz's Les Troyens with Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra, Canadian-born mezzo-soprano Annamaria Popescu has established herself as a force on opera stages around the world. Comfortable in both the mezzo and contralto idiom, she has been praised for her "dark and velvety voice" (Montréal Gazette), "a svelte, penetrating contralto, by turns bubbly-urbane and stricken," according to The Financial Times. Following her success in London, she was soon invited to La Scala which now has become the anchorpoint of her career, appearing in 14 productions ever since with such conductors as Riccardo Muti, Vladimir Jurowski, Myung-Whun Chung and Carlo Rizzi.

Annamaria Popescu is Assistant Professor of Voice at McGill University. annamariepopescu.com

Acadian pianist Julien LeBlanc is a well sought-after soloist, chamber player and accompanist. In 2002, Julien was awarded the Prize for Emerging Artist of the Year by the New Brunswick Foundation for the Arts. Since his debut solo recital at the National Art Centre in 2003, he has toured for Debut Atlantic and Jeunesses Musicales du Canada with violinist Marc Djokic.

Julien LeBlanc holds a post-graduate Diploma in Accompaniment from the Royal Academy of Music (London, UK) where he studied with pianist Malcolm Martineau, a Doctorate in piano performance from Université de Montréal under Paul Stewart and Marc Durand as well as an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School (Toronto, ON). www.julienleblanc.com

Tickets: Space is limited and reservations are available at 902 624-0506 or by email at barbara.butler@ns.sympatico.ca. The performance is followed by a tasty meal overlooking a scenic view of Mahone Bay.

Location: Cecilia's Retreat. 1199 Oakland Rd. RR2, Mahone Bay.

Hatfield College Chamber Choir

March 25, 7:00 PM

England's Hatfield College Chapel Choir is made up of approximately 24 singers who audition at the beginning of the academic year. Hatfield is known in particular for its social life as well as its high quality music-making. Whilst most of the singers are Hatfielders, many come from other colleges too. The choir currently rehearses on Sunday evenings and sings Choral Evensong every Monday in term-time, although numerous extra services are held throughout the year. In recent years the choir has sung at Hereford, Ripon and Chester cathedrals, as well as at Sherborne Abbey and York Minster, and sings in Durham Cathedral at least once a term. The choir tours every year; in 2016 the choir toured to Dusseldorf, and in 2017 the choir is heading to eastern Canada and the USA. Eight choral scholarships are available, as well as two organ scholarships. The choir is student-led, normally by a student from the college.

Jonathan Allsopp, Organ Scholar at Durham Cathedral, is the Director of Music at Hatfield College. www.musicdurham.org

Tickets: $25. Available at Shop on the Corner. Reservations are available at 902 634-9994 or musiqueroyale1985@gmail.com

Location: St. John's Anglican Church. 81 Cumberland Street, Lunenburg. (902) 634-4994..

Cookie Concert TBA

April 1, 2:00 PM

Enjoy a freshly baked cookie and added activities that often accompany our cookie events!

Tickets: $5. Admission at the door. Inquiries, please contact musiqueroyale1985@gmail.com or 902 634-9994

Location: Lunenburg School of the Arts. 6 Prince St, Lunenburg.

Passion Dinner With The Soloists

April 7, 6:00 PM

Tickets: Space is limited and reservations are available at 902 624-0506 or by email at barbara.butler@ns.sympatico.ca. The performance is followed by a tasty meal overlooking a scenic view of Mahone Bay.

Location: Cecilia's Retreat. 1199 Oakland Rd. RR2, Mahone Bay.

St. John's Passion

April 8, 4:00 PM

Grammy award-winning musician Paul Halley directs the King's College Chapel Choir in J.S. Bach's great masterwork, the St John Passion. Halley describes it as Bach's "most intense and dramatic work." First performed in Leipzig in 1724, the St John Passion is a dramatic representation of the Passion, as told in the Gospel of John. The performance will feature the chamber orchestra Ensemble Regale led by Baroque specialist David Greenberg as well as a stellar cast of vocal soloists.

About the Chapel Choir: The University of King's College Chapel Choir, directed by Paul Halley, is known for its annual King's at the Cathedral concert series and its performances have been broadcast nationally on CBC Radio 2. The choir's 2013 release, Let Us Keep the Feast won the Outstanding Choral Recording Award from Choral Canada. The choir comprises 24 choristers from the King's College and Dalhousie University communities in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is modeled on the chapel choirs of Cambridge and Oxford.

About the University of King's College: Established in 1789, King's College is Canada's oldest chartered university. A small and extraordinarily lively academic community located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, King's is known nationally and internationally for its highly acclaimed interdisciplinary programs in the humanities and journalism. www.ukings.ca

Tickets: Advance ticket price of $25 available at Shop on the Corner until March 31. (Regular ticket price $30 – begins on April 1). Tickets are available at Shop on the Corner. Tickets are also available at the door on the afternoon of the performance. Reservations are available at 902 634-9994 or musiqueroyale1985@gmail.com

Location: St. John's Anglican Church. 81 Cumberland Street, Lunenburg. (902) 634-4994..

Juvenata

April 29

A collaboration between Musique Royale and Nova Scotia Choral Federation. Details to follow, for more information please see nscf.ca

Tickets: Reservations are available at 902 634-9994 or musiqueroyale1985@gmail.com

Location: St. John's Anglican Church. 81 Cumberland Street, Lunenburg. (902) 634-4994..

Conundrum Duo And Susanne Chui Cookie Concert

May 6, 2:00 PM

Conundrum Duo (Jack Chen, flute, and Ellen Gibling, harp) and Susanne Chui (dance)

Deep Sea Conundrum brings together dance and chamber music in a family-friendly performance exploring the mysterious and fascinating habitats of the ocean. A first-time collaboration between Susanne Chui and Conundrum duo, the show features a wide range of repertoire for flute and harp, along with lively choreography, and fun facts about the beautiful, bizarre, awe-inspiring, and fragile creatures of the deep. Suitable for ages 6 and up, Deep Sea Conundrum is engaging and informative for kids and adults alike!

Conundrum Duo is one of Nova Scotia's most versatile ensembles, performing classical, folk, and popular genres, but with a passion for Canadian new music! Building on the existing vast repertoire for the combination of flute and harp, the duo has expanded its horizons by collaborating with many artists. The duo has been featured in concert series in the Maritimes including Inner Space Concerts, The Music Room Chamber Players, Musikon Concert Society, Musical Meet and Greet, and Acadia Noon-Hour Concerts. www.ellengibling.ca

Susanne Chui is a Halifax-based dance artist and Co-Artistic Director of Mocean Dance. Susanne trained professionally at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and was based in Toronto from 1999-2007 where she danced for independent choreographers and companies. Since returning to Halifax, Susanne has become immersed in the Halifax arts community, dancing for local choreographers, improvising with musicians and other artists, and creating her own work. www.moceandance.com

Enjoy a freshly baked cookie and added activities that often accompany our cookie events!

Tickets: $5. Admission at the door. Inquiries, please contact musiqueroyale1985@gmail.com or 902 634-9994

Location: Lunenburg School of the Arts. 6 Prince St, Lunenburg.

Cookie Concert

June 3, 2:00 PM

Enjoy a freshly baked cookie and added activities that often accompany our cookie events!

Tickets: $5. Admission at the door. Inquiries, please contact musiqueroyale1985@gmail.com or 902 634-9994

Location: Lunenburg School of the Arts. 6 Prince St, Lunenburg.

Celtic Mass For The Sea

July 2, 4:00 PM

Summer Festival Season – Opening Concert

Commissioned by the CBC in 1988, the 'Celtic Mass for the Sea' has become a contemporary choral classic. It has been performed numerous times since then in Canada, the US and Europe, capturing a cheering standing ovation at Carnegie Hall in New York in 2002 and enthusiastically received by audiences in the UK and Germany. This mass is a unique celebration of the sea's majesty, ferocity and vitality, with words and music based on Celtic themes. Composed by Scott Macmillan, with libretto by Jennyfer Brickenden, it is a powerfully imagined work for chorus, strings, and Celtic instrumental quintet. www.scott-macmillan.ca/music/composer/celtic-mass-for-the-sea

"In the rolling melodic lines, thundering rhythms and crashing climaxes, the sound and mingled motions of the sea are musically embodied from first note to last…" – Halifax Chronicle Herald

"The Celtic Mass for the Sea is a work of grace and magnitude: it is a large, serious, forward-looking work… it is a living statement of an exciting new dimension of our contemporary Atlantic Canadian culture." – The Coast

Details on the performance of the Celtic Mass for the Sea in Lunenburg will follow, as well as details on the summer festival season throughout the province

Tickets: Reservations are available at 902 634-9994 or musiqueroyale1985@gmail.com

Location: St. John's Anglican Church Lunenburg. 81 Cumberland Street, Lunenburg. (902) 634-4994..