Upcoming events for the 2017 Season

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Cookie Concert with Scott Macmillan and Jennyfer Brickenden

April 1, 2:00 PM

An interactive introduction to the Celtic Mass for the Sea with Composer, Scott Macmillan and Librettist, Jennyfer Brickenden. From ancient Celtic myths, incantation and prayers to environmental concerns for the world’s oceans, Scott and Jennyfer will lead you through time and music.

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

A special fundraising ‘Passion’ Dinner at Cecilia’s Retreat. Here you have an opportunity to meet the director and some of Canada’s foremost soloists and hear them perform in an intimate setting accompanied by a delicious meal.

Tickets: $100 – includes a ticket to the Lunenburg performance on April 8 and a tax receipt for $35. 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

Directed by Paul Halley, featuring the University of King’s College Chapel Choir, hand-picked orchestra Ensemble Regale, and soloists.

Director Paul Halley and the University of King’s College Chapel Choir are returning to J.S. Bach in their annual cycle of Baroque masterworks with two performances of Bach’s St John Passion this April on the weekend before Easter. Bach’s masterful representation of the Passion of Christ according to St John (premiered 1724) is musically extravagant, full of foreboding and intensity yet startling in its beauty.

Featuring: Matthew Anderson (Evangelist), Matthew Cassils (bass arias soloist & Pilate, Alexander Dobson (Jesus), Philippe Gagné (tenor arias soloist), David Greenberg (concertmaster), Paul Halley (director & harpsichordist), Grégoire Jeay (Baroque flute), Margaret Little (viola da gamba), Janelle Lucyk (soprano arias soloist), Daniel Taylor (alto arias soloist), and the University of King’s College Chapel Choir.

Please see the full press release to learn more about the musicians Halley is bringing together for these performances.

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 – A Festival of Music in Historic Nova Scotia

April 29, 7:30 PM

A collaboration between Musique Royale and Nova Scotia Choral Federation with guest conductor Scott Leithead and special guest Nelson Nagenda. For more information please see nscf.ca

Tickets: Advanced ticket price of $15 before April 15, $20 after. Available from Shop on the Corner in Lunenburg, and at the door. Student tickets are $10, available at the door only. 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..