The Koerner Quartet
Four of Canada’s esteemed musicians – Nicholas Wright (violin), Jason Ho (violin), Emilie Grimes (viola) and Joseph Elworthy (cello) have established a chamber music group rapidly gaining an international reputation for delivering performances with a sophisticated, interpretive style. The Koerner Quartet is ensemble-in-residence at the Vancouver Academy of Music, where they balance a busy performance itinerary with a dedication to sharing the joy and instructional benefits of studying chamber music with aspiring musicians. In this concert they explore the sublime creative lineage of three titanic composers: Franz Joseph Haydn’s lighthearted String Quartet No. 5 “Lark,” followed by the effortless genius of Ludwig van Beethoven’s early period, String Quartet Op. 18 No. 4, concluding with Johannes Brahms’ high-spirited String Quintet No. 2 in G Major.
2:00 p.m. November 2, Mary Olson Recital Hall,
Vancouver Academy of Music 1270 Chestnut Street.
Anna Hagan, Beatrice Zeilinger and Megan Chenosky star in the Western Gold Theatre production of Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play about aging.
In this 1994 Pulitzer Prize winning play, Albee’s frank dialogue about everything from incontinence to infidelity portrays aging without sentimentality. His scenes are charged with wit, pain, and laughter, and his observations tell us about forgiveness, reconciliation, and our own fates. Featuring Anna Hagan, Beatrice Zeilinger, Meaghan Chenosky and Matt Reznek, and directed by Terence Kelly. “Edward Albee offers a new play so good it can only exist on the stage. A perfect illustration of why theater is an indispensible art.” NY Times. Presented by Western Gold Theatre, Oct 23 – Nov 9, 7:30pm, PAL Studio Theatre, 581 Cardero Street.Shows Tues-Sat 7:30pm, Sat/Sun 2pm. www.westerngoldtheatre.org/ Tickets at three.BrownPaperTickets.com. Reservations at 604.363.5734.
Scott Bellis and Holly Lewis in Western Canada Theatre’s 2013 production
Feisty working-class hairdresser Rita (Holly Lewis) is plenty street-smart but not book smart. Not yet. Determined to improve herself, she enrolls in Dr. Frank Bryant’s (Jonathan Holmes) literature course—and enters his life like a breath of fresh air. While the world-weary academic educates Rita on Shakespeare and Chekhov, she schools him on everything else. Invigorating and life-affirming, Educating Rita just might have a thing or two to teach you. “I love this Eliza Doolittle story—watching a woman grow and blossom not through elocution but through a love of and passion for literature,” said director Sarah Rodgers. “Toronto actress Holly Lewis is spot on as the fiery, outrageous Rita and the charming Jonathan Holmes, an authentic Brit, shines as the disillusioned Professor Frank.” By Willy Russell. Starring Jonathan Holmes and Holly Lewis; Director Sarah Rodgers; Set and Costume Designer Drew Facey; Lighting Designer Gerald King; Sound Designer Cayman Duncan; Stage Manager Pamela Jakobs; Assistant Stage Manager Rebecca Mulvihill.
September 25 to October 25 Arts Club Theatre, Granville Island
Monday & Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday at 8:00 p.m.;
Matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2:00 p.m.