March and April bring with them the last shows of The Burlington Performing Arts Centre’s 2012-2013 Season. So not only are we busy with our day-to-day tasks of preparing for the remaining shows, but we are also very excited to be preparing for our next season, which I’m sure will sneak up on us quite quickly!
We were recently thrilled by the eco-friendly and energetic performance of Scrap Arts Music (see image), which took place in our Main Theatre on March 8th. This unique quintet is led by composer-percussionist Gregory Kozak – an inspired instrumental inventor. The beats-driven music used more than 100 mobile sculptural instruments – and not only were these instrument fantastic to look at, they also each made magnificent sounds. Adding to the overall magic of this performance was the fact that all of these musical inventions were hand-built from recycled materials. This performance truly was one for all ages, as people as young as 7 years old raved about the show as they left the theatre. But March isn’t over yet! This month we still have three performances to share with you, including Jamie Adkins’ family-friendly performance of Circus Incognitus, a brunch and recital with 2009 Honens Prize Laureate Georgy Tchaidze (part of our Classically Yours… A Sunday Brunch Series), and the exciting musical stage production of Bowfire.
In April, our very last month of our second season, we have a wide variety of performances, covering a range of genres, for people of all ages. First is The Gruffalo – a magical, musical adaptation of the award-winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Sheffler. The Piano Men, a musical celebration of the 70s! Starring the very talented Jim Witter on the grand piano, this performance features the music of Elton John & Billy Joel, and includes projections and visualizations to remind us of everything we so fondly remember of the 1970s. April also presents the last performances of two of our series. The last performance in Our Classically Yours… A Sunday Brunch Series is Jasper Wood and Daniel Bolshoy – Duo Rendezvous, and the last performance in our Studio 440 – Cabaret Series, The Good Lovelies, promises to be a funny and upbeat evening. Our very last performance of our entire 2012-2013 Season, is a true Canadian superstar; Natalie MacMaster will take the stage on April 25 for an evening of irresistible toe-tapping tunes from her latest album, Cape Breton Girl.
I am so thankful to each and every one of you who have shared in an experience with us during this season. Whether you attended one of our shows, took part in a performance or summer camp, or used the facility for your own special event, I sincerely hope you had a memorable experience at our wonderful theatre, and hope that you will return for many more inspirational events to come.
The lineup for our third season will be announced in May. I’d love to tell you all about the talented performers who will be joining us next season right now, but you will just have to wait a little bit longer – May will be here sooner than you know it!
Looking forward to sharing our third season with you,