Vancouver Chamber Choir & Surrey Schools: The Ways of Water

The Vancouver Chamber Choir sings songs about “the ways of water” and then shares the stage with four excellent choirs from three Surrey Secondary Schools – an exciting one-night choral festival. Participating schools are North Surrey Secondary, Pacific Academy and Panorama Ridge Secondary. Jon Washburn conducts.
7:00 pm Wed, May 20      Bell Performing Arts Centre     6250 – 144th St, Surrey, BC
Tickets: $20 for adults. Students: free, but require a printed ticket to be seated.
Tickets available at the Bell Performing Arts Centre. 

Buy online or phone 604-507-6355.
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Vancouver Opera: Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd”

Vancouver Opera’s presentation of Stephen Sondheim’s deliciously dark show about the demon barber of Fleet Street will feature  a massive 12,000-pound moving steel platform. It – and the Vancouver Opera Orchestra – will dominate the Queen Elizabeth theatre stage in this innovative new production. The raised platform, or “bridge”, (conceived as part of the show’s design by director Kim Collier and scenic designer Robert Gardiner), was formed using two 44-foot steel I-beams, structural steel and decking. It sits on 32 wheels and will be powered by two hydraulic motors. There will be two stage-hands on board to drive the monstrous set piece, which will serve as many locations in the Sweeney Todd story, including Sweeney’s barbershop, with its pivoting chair that ejects his victims down a chute. The bridge will rotate and move up and down the stage deck. The sensational bass-baritone Greer Grimsley, renowned for his operatic roles in works by Verdi and Wagner, returns to VO for the first time since 2009, to make his role debut as the demon barber. He is joined by his real-life wife, acclaimed mezzo-soprano Luretta Bybee, as Mrs. Lovett. Award-winning theatre director Kim Collier, who recently helmed the Arts Club Theatre’s St. Joan, has conceived the new production and directs the action. Maestro Jonathan Darlington and the 26-piece VO Orchestra will be in full view on stage, and some of the action – including the baking of pies – will spill over to floor level at the front of the theatre, where the orchestra pit usually sits. Three rows of seats will be removed from the front of the auditorium to accommodate this innovative staging. Sweeney Todd will be sung in English with lyrics projected above the stage. Six performances only!

7:30 p.m. April 25, April 30,  May 1, May 2  Queen Elizabeth Theatre
2:00 p.m. April 26, May 3 

Tickets  exclusively through the Vancouver Opera Ticket Centre: 604-683-0222 or www.vancouveropera.caVisa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted. Special pricing for groups of 10 or more is available by phone.

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Discover Dance! Aché Brasil

The spectacular dances and music of Brazil explode onto the stage at The Dance Centre’s popular Discover Dance! noon hour series, with a performance by Vancouver’s dynamic Aché Brasil. The company is known for high energy shows which explore the culture, traditions and rhythms of Brazil through music, dance and martial arts, including the exciting acrobatics of capoeira. There will also be a question-and-answer session for artists and audience. Aché Brasil is regarded as BC’s foremost Brazilian music and dance troupe and has performed at many major events including the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the Fusion Festival and Calgary’s Expo Latino. Aché Brasil has also been nominated for ‘Live Performers of the Year’ at the West Coast Music Awards. ‘Aché’ derives from the Yoruba for ‘all things positive’ and the company seeks to reflect this spirit and energy in all its work.
12:00 noon, Thursday May 14,   Scotiabank Dance Centre
677 Davie St (at Granville), Vancouver        Info: 604.606.6400


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