Musique Royale

Upcoming events for the 30th anniversary season 2016

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David Greenberg and Doug MacPhee

May 28, 11:00 AM

Musique Royale presents David Greenberg and Doug MacPhee in a program called Cape Breton Fiddle & Piano Music, Old and New. The performance is followed by brunch…lots of tasty and varied items on the menu.

Join us for a feast of tasty traditional tunes both old and new, performed by Cape Breton music specialists Doug MacPhee and David Greenberg. Both musicians are known for bringing to life the sound and spirit of Cape Breton musical greats of old, and for digging deep into the treasure-laden books from Scotland to find great melodies that haven’t been heard for hundreds of years. David and Doug also enrich their program with their own joyous compositions. And finally, if the mood is right, David may be moved to play some solo Bach or other baroque violin music for your enjoyment.

Doug and David are close friends and have been playing music together for almost 30 years. In the late 1980s Doug began mentoring David in Cape Breton music, especially the elusive style of legendary fiddler Mary MacDonald. Their musical partnership and friendship grew as they continued to perform regularly through the years at music festivals, concert series, dances, and music schools across North America. In 2000 they released a recording Tunes Until Dawn.

Doug MacPhee has toured often and is widely known as one of the true virtuosos of Cape Breton piano playing, a style that he very much helped create. He released six solo recordings in addition to recording accompaniment on over 60 albums with for such Cape Breton fiddle luminaries as Buddy MacMaster, Donald MacLellan, Johnny Wilmot, Carl MacKenzie, John Campbell, and Joe Cormier. Doug was a recipient of the Order of Canada in 2008, honouring his musical accomplishment and archival work.

David Greenberg is a fiddler from Maryland who is fluent in Baroque, Cape Breton, and 18th-century Scottish styles. He has recorded more than 75 CDs and has a great deal of experience teaching these genres. David’s incredible musicianship is well known to south shore audiences. We look forward to hearing him on many occasions whether solo, at Boxwood, with Symphony Nova Scotia or in ensemble with many choral events with Paul Halley and King’s College Chapel Choir.

Cecilia’s Retreat, 1199 Oakland Rd., RR#2 in Mahone Bay
Tickets $25. Please reserve by emailing Barbara Butler

Cookie Concert with Ragged Robin

June 4, 2:00 PM

Musique Royale is pleased to present Ragged Robin at our next cookie concert at the Lunenburg School of the Arts on Saturday, June 4 at 2 pm. Ragged Robin’s love of the irresistible groove of traditional Irish music brought Erin Dempsey and Ellen Gibling together in 2015 to form this vibrant musical duo. With harp, flute, and vocals, they collaborate on swinging sets of tunes from the old country and an eclectic assortment of their favourite folk songs. Erin’s flute playing ranges from bright and airy to deep and husky and is driven by a playful rhythm. Her deep, soulful vocals conjure honest renderings of folk songs. Ellen’s pristine harp playing adds a crisp, sparkling texture and a rich, resonant foundation to both the flute and voice. Together, they present fresh, evocative, and light-hearted interpretations of ancient and contemporary folk music. Ragged Robin is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where Erin and Ellen currently live and perform.

Ellen Gibling is a classically-trained harpist with a bachelor’s degree in Harp Performance from McGill University. She is the harp instructor at Acadia University and has performed with Symphony Nova Scotia and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. She is also a member of the pop band The Heavy Blinkers, and has performed and recorded with Jenn Grant. Irish music has been very important to Ellen since her first lessons on the harp, and she has continued to seek it out alongside her work in the classical and pop worlds. Ellen’s interest in Irish music has led her to sessions and festivals in Quebec, Newfoundland, Scotland, and Ireland, as well as at home in Nova Scotia.

Erin Dempsey has been immersed in Irish Traditional music since childhood when she learned Tin Whistle from her father. She was also trained in Irish Traditional dancing, traveling across Canada competing in dance, whistle and Irish song. She began playing wooden flute after her first trip to Ireland in 2003, and now plays flutes constructed by her father, Sean Dempsey. In 2009 she moved to Ireland to refine her flute playing skills. She attended and hosted musical sessions across Ireland, studying with celebrated local performers in Cork, where she lived for four years. Her “piping style” flute playing is reminiscent of the traditional flute and fiddle players of Counties Clare, Galway, and Roscommon.

Cookie concerts - combining originality, fun and engaging musical and artistic presentations - are designed for the whole family to enjoy. Admission to the performance is $5 at the door (free for toddlers). Admission also includes a time to socialize with artists and friends as you enjoy the unique atmosphere in one of Lunenburg’s newest artistic spaces…. and a freshly baked cookie!

For more infformation please contact Artistic & Managing Director, Barbara Butler, 902 624-0506

Halifax Camerata Singers and Maritime Brass Provincial Tour

June 10-19

Musique Royale presents Halifax’s award-winning choir, Halifax Camerata Singers with special guests, Maritime Brass Quintet on a five-concert tour of the province. The tour includes stops in Wolfville, Lunenburg, Tatamagouche, Annapolis Royal and Saulnierville from June 10-19. Tickets are $20 regular and $10 for students.

Venues and dates are:

Friday, June 10 at 7:30 pm – Manning Memorial Chapel, Wolfville
Tickets are available by reservation at 902 582-3933, and at the door

Saturday, June 11 at 7:30 pm – St. John’s Anglican Church, Lunenburg
Tickets are available at Shop on the Corner and at the door

Sunday, June 12 at 3:00 p.m. – Sharon United Church, Tatamagouche
Tickets are available at Fulton’s Pharmacy, Main Street, Tatamagouche and at the door. For more information: 902 257-2519

Saturday, June 18 at 7:00 p.m. – United Church of St. Andrew and St. George, Annapolis Royal
Tickets are available at Bainton’s Tannery Outlet Mad Hatter Bookstore, 213 St. George Street and at the door

Sunday, June 19 at 3:00 p.m. - Sacré Coeur (Sacred Heart) Church, Saulnierville Tickets and information are available at 902 769-2303 and 902 742-8765 and at the door

Included in the tour will be a new work written for the choir and the brass quintet by Nova Scotia composer, Peter-Anthony Togni, on the theme of the Acadian hymn, Ave Maris Stella. This commissioned work has been supported by Arts Nova Scotia. The choir will also perform a new commissioned piece from emerging Quebec composer Marie-Claire Saindon, who is expected to attend the Wolfville performance. Much of the repertoire is French inspired, and includes choral works by Palestrina, Mendelssohn, Canadians Diane Loomer and Larry Nickel, and Pastiche Quebecois for choir and brass by the late Howard Cable, with the Brass Quintet performing works by Giovanni Gabrielli and Victor Ewald.

The Halifax Camerata Singers includes performers from many parts of Nova Scotia and one from PEI, and is Atlantic Canada’s leading chamber choir. Supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Lloyd Carr-Harris Foundation, the Province of Nova Scotia/Arts Nova Scotia, artsVest, Halifax Regional Municipality and individual donors and corporate supporters, the choir was founded in 1986 and has distinguished itself by performing exciting choral repertoire from many periods and styles, with special attention to Canadian music. Winners of the Healy Willan Grand Prize in the 2010 National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs, the choir often collaborates with chamber ensembles, Symphony Nova Scotia and other musicians.

The Maritime Brass Quintet, recently chosen as Debut Atlantic’s 2015-16 Artists in Residence, brings the highest caliber chamber music to concert halls, churches, festivals and schools across the Maritimes. Since forming in the spring of 2011 the Quintet has performed on major concert series including Scotia Festival of Music and Acadia University, as well as collaborations with Capella Regalis and Paul Halley and the King’s College Choir. Quintet members have performed or held positions with many of the world’s leading ensembles, including the Chicago Symphony, Toronto Symphony, National Arts Arts Centre, Symphony Nova Scotia and l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. The members are Curtis Dietz (trumpet), Richard Simoneau (trumpet), Gina Patterson (horn), Eric Mathis (trombone) and Bob Nicholson (tuba and bass trombone).