Musique Royale

Upcoming events for the 31st Anniversary Season 2016

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Taktus Canadian Marimba Duo

October 1 & 3

In 2010, Greg Harrison and Jonny Smith created the percussion duo Taktus while they were both pursuing graduate studies at the University of Toronto. With a wide range of musical influences - from minimalism, to jazz, to electro-acoustic music - Taktus seeks to create music that crosses borders between genres and is relevant to contemporary audiences. Their premiere project is set of marimba duet arrangements of Glass Houses - a seminal work of Canadian minimalism by composer Ann Southam. In April of 2011, Taktus performed these arrangements at the “Tribute to Ann Southam” concert at MacMillan Theatre in Toronto.  2015 was a break-out year for Taktus with the launch of their debut album, Glass Houses for Marimba. The album was released in July on the Canadian Music Centre’s record label, Centrediscs. It has received critical acclaim by reviewers from Wholenote Magazine, Scene Magazine, I Care If You Listen and has landed the #9 spot on CBC’s “Top 10 Classical Albums of 2015”.

October 1 at 2:00pm. Cookie Concert at the Lunenburg School of the Arts. Admission is $5 at the door and free for toddlers.

October 3 at 5:00pm. Cecilia’s Retreat, Mahone Bay. Advance reservation only through barbara.butler@ns.sympatico.ca

For more information visit Taktus’ website

For more please visit Taktus Canadian Marimba Duo's website

Symphony NS with Janina Fialkowska

October 14, 7:30 PM

At St. John’s Anglican Church, Lunenburg.

Symphony Nova Scotia returns to Lunenburg for a program you will not want to miss – one that features Bernhard Gueller conducting the orchestra in Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, a new work by Dinuk Wijeratne and pianist Janina Fialkowska performing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Please note that a performance scheduled for the Rebecca Cohn auditorium in Halifax is already sold out but here in Lunenburg tickets are available through September at our special advance price of $25. You can purchase them at Shop on the Corner and by reservation at (902) 634-9994 or by email. Tickets are also available at the door on the evening of the performance.

On the program
Dinuk Wijeratne – Polyphonic Lively
Chopin – Piano Concerto no. 1
Beethoven – Symphony no. 5

For more information please visit Symphony NS’ website

Chester Brass Band

October 16, 3:00 PM

At St. John’s Anglican Church, Lunenburg.

Founded in 1873 and incorporated in 1906, the Chester Brass Band is a British-style brass ensemble based in Chester, Nova Scotia. The band is a non-profit volunteer organization, funded wholly by its membership, concert series, and local patrons.

The Chester Brass Band’s repertoire includes classical works, marches, hymns, popular melodies and original works written or arranged specifically for brass band. The band also includes smaller subgroups: a Dixieland band, stage band and small brass ensembles.

The band has performed around Nova Scotia and across the world, often accompanying guest choirs, vocalists and instrumental soloists of distinction. On five occasions, Chester Brass was a top-three finisher at the International Brass Band Championships.

Tickets $15, students $10 available from Shop on the Corner, Lunenburg and at the door.

Peter Allen

October 22, 11:00 AM

At Cecilia’s Retreat, Mahone Bay

Piano works by Mozart, Chopin, Ravel and Brahms. The performance is followed by brunch overlooking a scenic view of Mahone Bay.

As a concert pianist, Peter Allen is often heard on CBC regional and national radio and is well known and loved by audiences in the Maritimes and throughout Canada for his captivating interpretations. He regularly performs solo recitals, concertos with orchestra, and chamber music. He has recorded two solo piano compact discs, one featuring some of his own very popular Bagatelles, and another all Haydn disc, and numerous duo CD’s with flautist Patricia Creighton.

Advance reservation only through barbara.butler@ns.sympatico.ca, and (902) 624-0506.

For more please visit Peter Allen's website

Cheng² Duo

October 30, 4:00 PM

At Cecilia’s Retreat, Mahone Bay

Committed to bringing classical music to 21st-century audiences through innovative programming and engaging presentations, Canadian classical pianist and cellist Silvie and Bryan Cheng have been making music together for the past 13 years. In 2011, when they were called upon to replace an injured musician for a scheduled recital in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, they officially became known as Cheng² Duo, pronounced Cheng Squared Duo. The duo’s New York debut was met with an enthusiastic full-house audience, as well as critical acclaim. Following that concert, the Cheng² Duo was invited back to Weill Hall for a return recital in 2013, which included the world premiere of a pair of new Canadian works written by the Juno award-winning composer Alexina Louie to another full house.

Advance reservation only through barbara.butler@ns.sympatico.ca.

For more please visit Cheng² Duo's website

Cookie Concert with Norman Adams and Alice Burdick

November 4, 2:00 PM

At the Lunenburg School of the Arts

An engaging approach to literature and poetry for families

Alice Burdick lives and writes poetry in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia and is co-owner of Lexicon Books in Lunenburg. She is joined by Norman Adams, Principal Cellist of Symphony Nova Scotia and Artistic Director of SuddenlyLISTEN Music - celebrating improvisation, and opening minds and ears through unique listening adventures and hands-on experiences.

Reservations: musiqueroyale1985@gmail.com, $5 at the door

Emma Rush - Classical Guitar

November 6, 4:00 PM

At Cecilia’s Retreat, Mahone Bay

Virtuosic, intimate & warm presence The performance is followed by an evening meal overlooking a scenic view of Mahone Bay.

Over the past decade, Emma Rush has established herself as one of Canada’s preeminent classical guitarists. Known for her innovative programming and powerful stage presence, an event with Rush is one to remember. Her career has commanded world recognition with recent highlights including a tour of China starting with the Altamira Shanghai International Guitar Festival, appearances at Festival de Guitarras Lagos de Moreno (Mexico), Lonestar Guitar Festival (Texas), and a concert at the famed Internationales Gitarren Symposion, Iserlohn (Germany). She performs throughout North America with upcoming appearances in Philadelphia (PA), Louisville (KY), Buffalo (NY), and many Canadian dates as a soloist, chamber musician and with orchestra. She has been selected as a 2016 Artist-in-Residence at the Fountain School of Performing Arts at Dalhousie University.

Reservations only at 902-624-0506 or by email at barbara.butler@ns.sympatico.ca.

For more information please visit Emma Rush’s website

Duo Concertante

November 13, 4:00 PM

At Cecilia’s Retreat, Mahone Bay

The performance is followed by an evening meal overlooking a scenic view of Mahone Bay.

Partners in life and music for over 15 years, Nancy Dahn and Timothy Steeves are Canada’s premiere violin and piano duo. Their name, Duo Concertante, was taken from the inscription over Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” sonata which reads, “in stilo molto concertante,” implying that the two performers must be equal and dynamic voices. This notion defines Duo Concertante’s artistic relationship. The “Kreutzer” sonata was the first piece the duo played when, in 1997, they burst into the performance world like “two packages of musical dynamite” (Halifax Chronicle-Herald). For over fifteen years, critics have praised their “artistry, poetry, and impeccable technique” (La Scena Musicale) and “deeply integrated performances that flow naturally as if the music were being created on the spot” (Gramophone).

Reservations only at 902-624-0506 or by email at barbara.butler@ns.sympatico.ca.

For more information please visit Duo Concertante’s website

Joe Trio

November 19, 11:00 AM

At Cecilia’s Retreat, Mahone Bay

The performance is followed by brunch overlooking a scenic view of Mahone Bay.

Joe Trio is not your average piano trio. They don’t want to be neatly categorized, but instead strive for diversity, versatility, and more than a little humour and unpredictability. Their repertoire consists of the classics – from Papa Haydn to Uncle Shostakovich, new works by contemporary composers, and their own arrangements of popular, jazz and rock tunes.

Reservations only at 902-624-0506 or by email at barbara.butler@ns.sympatico.ca.

For more information please visit Joe Trio’s website

Allison Bent Angelo (Soprano) and Simon Docking (Piano)

November 26, 11:00 AM

At Cecilia’s Retreat, Mahone Bay

The performance is followed by brunch overlooking a scenic view of Mahone Bay.

Hailed as “a fabulous discovery” by the Toronto Star, Canadian soprano Allison Angelo recently starred as Mabel Hubbard Bell in the Canadian production of The Bells Of Baddeck in Cape Breton. Ms. Angelo has recently appeared with the Toronto, Edmonton, Niagara, Winnipeg and Vancouver Symphonies, Symphony Nova Scotia, as well as the Boston POPS, the Tangelwood Festival Orchestra, the Elora Festival and Toronto’s Luminato Festival. A grant recipient of the Canada Council of the Arts, she has been heard on CBC Radio and Bravo!Canada. Last fall she released her first professional CD, titled Moon Loves Its Light.

Australian-born pianist Simon Docking has performed both as a soloist and chamber musician throughout North America, as well as in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, and Europe.

Reservations only at 902-624-0506 or by email at barbara.butler@ns.sympatico.ca.

For more information please visit Allison’s website and Simon’s website

Peter Togni - Jazz Piano

December 3, 11:00 AM

At Cecilia’s Retreat, Mahone Bay

The performance is followed by brunch overlooking a scenic view of Mahone Bay.

Peter-Anthony’s music is spiritually rooted and contemplative, ranging from the ethereally quiet to the explosive outer limits of contemplation. One of Canada’s busiest contemporary composers, Juno nominated Togni has toured internationally and his music is regularly broadcast worldwide. He is also a well-known Canadian broadcaster. Originally from Pembroke, Ontario, he currently resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he composes and teaches at Acadia and Dalhousie Universities.

Reservations only at (902) 624-0506 or by email at barbara.butler@ns.sympatico.ca.

For more please visit Peter Togni's website

Cookie Concert with Blackwood Duo

December 3, 2:00 PM

At the Lunenburg School of the Arts

Blackwood is a duo that draws upon the wide ranging performance experience of composer/organist/pianist Peter-Anthony Togni and bass clarinetist/composer Jeff Reilly. In Blackwood, the two of them explore the full range of their musical experience, from modality to modernism, in a sound that has the precision of gesture and clarity of focus that blurs any simple distinctions between improvisation and composition, and does so with a musicality and sensitivity that reminds us that such distinctions are moot. The glue that holds these two together is a common love of improvisation, a passion for taking musical risks, and a deep desire to connect with their audience.

Reservations: musiqueroyale1985@gmail.com, $5 at the door

For more please visit Blackwood Duo's website

A King’s Christmas with King’s Chapel Choir Conducted by Paul Halley

December 17, 4:00 PM

At St. John’s Anglican Church, Lunenburg

Presented in Lunenburg by Musique Royale ‘A King’s Christmas’ features the University of King’s College Chapel Choir directed by five-time Grammy award-winning musician Paul Halley with guest narrator, Roberta Barker, Associate Director of Theatre Arts at Dalhousie University.   A King’s Christmas is a feast of seasonal song and story performed by the 24 choristers of the King’s Chapel Choir in a tour of Nova Scotian communities each year, and this performance has become an annual tradition for many in Lunenburg. The music features carols from the mediaeval to the modern, and readings are selected to pair with the music, including poetry, excerpts from novels, short stories, and other literary works. Often, the music or readings include original material written for the occasion by Halley or the narrator.   Tickets are $25 and are available at Shop on the Corner and by reservation at musiqueroyale1985@gmail.com Tickets are also available at the door on the evening of the performance. A special price for students at $10 is available at the door.

For more please visit King's Chapel Choir's website

Capella Regalis – To Bethlehem with King’s

December 22, 7:00 PM

At St. John’s Anglican Church, Lunenburg   Musique Royale presents Capella Regalis Men and Boys Choir in a year end concert at St. John’s Church in Lunenburg to benefit Lunenburg Interchurch Food Bank. The program is called ‘To Bethlehem with Kings’, a traditional and heart-warming evening of beautiful carols for Christmas, ancient and modern, performed by a choir of 12 boys (ages 7-14) and 12 men.  The concert will also include hymns and carols for audience participation with organist Paul Halley and trumpeter Curtis Dietz.    There is no admission fee for the Lunenburg performance. The public is cordially invited to attend and enjoy this special Christmas event in the beautiful ambiance of St. John’s Church. Any donation of food or cash will be gratefully received for the food bank. Musique Royale will provide a tax receipt for donations over $10.

For more please visit Capella Regalis' website