Once again the concert season spins into high gear as Pro Coro Canada celebrates its 30th season with Gala Opening Concert: Spectacular A Cappella this Sunday, Oct. 3 at MacDougall United Church.
The featured works are Johannes Brahms' Zigeunerlieder, Frank Martin's Mass for Double Choir and Joseph Gabriel Rheinberger's Cantus Missae.
Singing these technically challenging compositions are St. Albert ambassador sopranos Catherine Kubash and Carol Kube along with associate conductor Trent Worthington.
After a decade of service, Richard Sparks recently announced this is his final season as artistic director and principal conductor. "He's taken a position with the University of Texas music faculty as chair of the division of conducting and ensembles,” said Laura Walker, Pro Coro accounts administrator.
The concert starts at 2:30 p.m. McDougall Church is at 10025 MacDonald Dr. Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for students/seniors. Call 780-428-1414 or go online to: www.winspearcentre.com.
Obsidian Theatre, a Toronto-based company is pulling into the Citadel Theatre with Pulitzer Prize winning Lynn Nottage's Intimate Apparel.
Obsidian produces plays from the canon of Black history. Directed by Obsidian's artistic director Philip Akin, Intimate Apparel is the touching story of Esther, a seamstress living in Ragtime Manhattan who makes elaborate custom lingerie for well-heeled clients.
Although the women are from different races and classes, the fittings become a place where society's polite boundaries are crossed and they share intimate details.
But the hardworking Esther desperately yearns for love and that hunger leaves her vulnerable to the wrong man.
Preview nights run Oct. 2 to 6. Tickets are $52. From opening night on Thursday, Oct. 7 to closing on Sunday, Oct. 24, tickets range from $52 to $62. Call 780-425-1820 or go online to: www.citadeltheatre.com.
This coming Tuesday, Mark Ammar's Open Stage features a mix of local titanic talent with Robbie Sutter, Yuji I Hara and Don Marcotte.
A protégé of Ammar, Hara was born and raised in Osaka, Japan and moved to Edmonton to play with the big blues acts. "He's shared the stage with great artists, Grammy award winner Donald Ray Johnson, Juno Award winner Kenny "Blues Boss” Wayne and Big Dave MacLean,” says Ammar.
Sutter instead grew up in Edmonton and has played with Union, Roxanne Hall, Jared Sowan. Motive Unknown and Diamond Jack as lead guitar and vocalist. "These days he's taken up lap steel guitar as well as electronic music. I met Robbie when I hosted Blues on Whyte Saturday jams. He always had a great laid-back aggressive blue style that caught fans by surprise.”
Since arriving in Edmonton in 1997, Marcotte has been an active bassist on the music scene playing blues, R&B and any combination that needed a solid line. "Don has co-hosted the jam at JR's for four years and is seen at many clubs these days as one-third of the Lionel Rault Trio.”
The jam starts at 9 p.m. at LB's Pub, 23 Akins Drive. No cover.