Music suitable for reflection

Music and Meditation for Lent begins March 6 at noon at St. John's Anglican Church, 81 Cumberland St. in Lunenburg and continues each Wednesday at noon till April 10. Each half hour presentation features musical friends of St. John's music program. The music is an eclectic mix of various styles of music suitable for meditation, reflection and enjoyment.

This year's roster of artists includes: March 6 – Bonnie Romkey, violin; Ifan Williams, cello; March 13 – Janelle Lucyk, soprano; Sarah Myatt, mezzo soprano; Peter Togni, piano; March 20 – John Scott, organ; and March 27 – Judith Burdett, soprano; Barbara Butler, piano.

The series continues into April on the following dates: April 3 – Chris Norman, flute; April 10 – Walter Delahunt, piano; and April 17 – A Cappella Vocal Ensemble.

The public is cordially invited to come and enjoy any of these presentations. A free will offering, which supports this ongoing series, is gratefully accepted.

For more information contact barbara.butler@ns.sympatico.ca or the church office at 634-4994

Vancouver Chamber Choir visits Lunenburg

Musique Royale presents the Vancouver Chamber Choir at St. John's Anglican Church in Lunenburg, in their final concert of a coast-to-coast tour honouring Jon Washburn's contribution to the Canadian choral landscape.

The show takes place March 10 at 3 p.m. at St. John's Anglican Church at 81 Cumberland Street in Lunenburg.

For this special tour, the Vancouver Chamber Choir has selected their all-time top 10 list (by number of performances over the last 48 years) including Bach's Lobet den Herrn, Debussy's Trois chansons, Britten's Hymn to St Cecilia and more music by Zoltán Kodály, Imant Raminsh, R. Murray Schafer, Stephen Foster and Loreena McKennitt.

Vancouver Chamber Choir's founder and long-time conductor Jon Washburn will finish his 48th concert season having taken the ensemble on over 3,000 performances of 350 pieces by 120 Canadian composers in addition to their extensive international repertoire.

Tickets are $25 advance and available at Lunenburg's Shop on the Corner, online (musiqueroyale.com), or $30 at the door/$10 students.

Bridgewater Music Festival kicks off in April

The 47th annual Bridgewater Music Festival runs from April 4 to 11.

Elementary school choirs and choruses kicks off the festival on the 4th, along with the vocal and choral classes, and continues until April 6th. Participants in the musical theatre classes will take to the stage on April 6th, while the piano classes will be the key attraction on April 7th and 8th.

The event finishes with the festival finale concert, showcasing some of the highlights of the festival, on April 11th at Bridgewater Elementary School.

Returning to the festival are adjudicators, Monette Gould for vocal & choral classes, and Jacqueline Sorensen Young for piano classes.

Additional information is available online at bwatermusicfestival.com

Instrumental, band and string classes will be held at the Lunenburg Music Festival this year.

For more information regarding specific classes and times, 2019 programs will be available at Town's End Strings & Things in Bridgewater after mid-March, or at the door of any of the venues.

Hard-boiled comedy at the Astor Theatre

Ryan Gladstone (Hockey Night at the Puck & Pickle Pub, Til Death) brings his madcap comedy to the Astor Theatre for one night only on March 16th at 7:30 p.m.

No Tweed Too Tight is a fast-paced, raunchy, one-man physical comedy with enough twists and turns to keep you as confused as its hero, Grant Canyon.

The year is 1981. Grant Canyon is a perpetually inebriated insurance investigator. In his few coherent moments he leaves a wake of dead bodies, satisfied ladies, and empty bottles as he staggers toward a shocking and fiery conclusion.

The show is suitable for audiences 16 years and older.

Tickets are available from the Astor Theatre: astortheatre.ns.ca – 902-354-5250

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