Something Old, Something New…

This year we are trying something new here at The Burlington Performing Arts Centre. Three brand new Series in the intimacy of our Community Studio Theatre. These three series offer an ongoing experience of inspirational performances in an intimate space. The Classically Yours… Series offers three Sunday performances that include brunch and a post show conversation with the artist. Each of the three performances will be hosted by Barbara Budd. The Theatre Series showcases three unique performances including the award-winning Jake’s Gift, Miss Caledonia, and Santaland Diaries. The Studio 440 – Cabaret Series features five of the hottest acts from the Canadian music scene. This is an exclusive opportunity to listen to some of the top entertainers in the industry, while enjoying a cocktail in a relaxed, intimate setting. While you can buy single tickets to any of these events, I encourage you to purchase a series of shows; not only will you receive a discount – you will also experience these wonderful performances in entirely different light, like a sequence of acts making up the entirety of a play.

Our Classically Yours… series really breaks the mold of a traditional musical performance. The shows will be hosted by former CBC Radio co-host, Barbara Budd – one of the most recognized voices in Canada. Guests will begin their experience with a delicious buffet brunch, followed by an exceptional recital. At the end of the performance, guests are encouraged to stay for an enlightening conversation with the featured artist.

Here is some more information about the artists in the Classically Yours… series.

Sunday, October 21st, 2012. Young Québec harpist Valérie Milot (above left) is such a colourful and powerful musician that she challenges all the clichés about her instrument. Valérie has received numerous competition awards including the prestigious Prix d’Europe in 2008, the first harpist in almost 100 years to receive this honour.

Sunday, March 17th, 2013. Calgary’s prestigious Honens International Piano Competition is among the world’s most respected events of its kind and once every three years it discovers and launches a star. Pianist Georgy Tchaidze (above middle), a native of St. Petersburg, Russia, was the First Laureate in 2009. He has since performed for the Governor General of Canada and made his stunning debut recording on the Honens label while in residence at The Banff Centre.

Sunday, April 14th, 2013. Jasper Wood and Daniel Bolshoy (above right), two leading Canadian performers, formed as a result of a great demand for a refreshing and passionate chamber ensemble. With Jasper on violin and Daniel on guitar, they will be performing Duo Rendezvous, a celebration of Paris, the romantic inspiration of Europe, and a program featuring music by the composers who made Paris their home in the early 1900s.

I sincerely hope that you will be able to take part in at least one of these extraordinary occasions. The combined experience of the brunch, performance, and discussion with the artist is sure to make for an unforgettable Sunday afternoon.

See you at the theatre!

Brenda Heatherington
Executive Director


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