Western Gold Theatre: “Three Tall Women” delivers an insightful, thought-provoking show

There is still time for you to go and see the marvellous Western Gold Theatre production of Edward Albee’s “Three Tall Women” at the PAL Theatre. Superbly nuanced direction by Terrence Kelly, and a wonderful cast of women, enlightening us on that terrific process known as “aging.” Albee’s insight is marvellous, and Anna Hagan, Beatrice Zeilinger and Meaghan Chenosky are just right for each part. Kudos to a superb cast. While I don’t often comment on stage design and lighting, this show has a marvellous set and lighting.
It’s on until November 9th. Go! It’s Albee at his finest.

Playing to 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.


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Music on Main: Modulus Festival 2014

Modulus Festival has returned for a 5th grand year of exciting, mind-stretching, soul-searching music. Tonight I heard pianist Corey Hamm and Erhu player Nicole Li present a most fascinating concert. I like to call these evenings stretching “my musical muscle,” and sometimes that can be a slightly painful experience. But not this evening Hamm and Li presented a provocative, inspiring and fully explained evening of music for Piano and Erhu — which the Modulus Festival calls PEP — Piano Erhu Project. I heard new music by Edward Topp, composer in residence for the VSO last year; Jocelyn Morlock who holds the same post as Topp for this year with the VSO; Jared Miller, Keith Hamel and Dorothy Chang. All five composers were in the audience and recognized at the end of their respective compositions. It was like old home week, I am sure, for a lot of the audience. I had a great time and look forward to tomorrow evening (Tuesday, October 28th) for the Modulus Festival presentation of Arnold Schoenberg’s “Transfigured Night” featuring the Cecilia String Quartet. It’s at the Heritage Hall, Main at 15th Avenue at 9:00 p.m. Earlier in the evening there’s a show called “Machines Think Love” with compositions by Rodney Sharman and Michael Oesterle. That starts at 7:00 p.m. More “Modulus” Magic, to be sure.

Until October 29, 2014, the Modulus Festival lets you connect with leading musicians and composers in fun, intimate settings filled with great music.  This year’s festival is their biggest yet, at Heritage Hall, The Roundhouse and the Ukrainian Centre.

Featured artists include the Cecilia String Quartet, soprano Carla Huhtanen, flutist Mark Takeshi McGregor, Nu:BC Collective, PEP (Piano and Erhu Project) with pianist Corey Hamm and erhu player Nicole Li, pianists Vicky Chow and Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa, violist Tawnya Popoff, cellist Rebecca Wenham, composers Dorothy Chang, George Crumb, Gabriel Dharmoo, Scott Godin, Keith Hamel, Toshio Hosokawa, Felix Mendelssohn, Jared Miller, Jocelyn Morlock, Michael Oesterle, John Oswald, Tristan Perich, Franz Schubert, Rodney Sharman, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Edward Top,  and Arnold Schoenberg, as well as a new collaboration with Dances for a Small Stage.

Grab a beer, sit back, and take a musical adventure that the Georgia Straight calls “a fantastic gift to the city.

October 23-29, 2014

Heritage Hall
3102 Main Street at East 15th (in East Van) | google map
The Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews (Davie & Pacific), Vancouver| google map
Ukrainian Centre
154 East 10th Avenue at Main Street (in East Van) | google map


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Chor Leoni: A Great Service

Chor Leoni A Great Services 2014Amidst the chaos of war, soldiers consoled each other, tended the wounded and cared for each other. Robert Service witnessed these unsung acts of compassion as a WWI volunteer ambulance driver. A Great Service incorporates his observations and stories, placing them alongside musical selections by Gustav Holst, Vaughan Williams, Paul Mealor and Rupert Lang in this beloved Chor Leoni Remembrance Day tradition. Their 23rd annual Remembrance Day concerts feature  Christopher Gaze, O.B.C., reader; Ellen Ay-Laung Wang, guest organist; and Ken Cormier, pianist

Saturday November 8, 2014 | 7:30pm
Queens Avenue United Church
529 Queens Ave (at 6th St), New Westminster

Tuesday November 11, 2014 | 1pm
West Vancouver United Church
2062 Esquimalt Ave, West Vancouver

Tuesday November 11, 2014 | 7:30pm
St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church
1022 Nelson St at Burrard, Vancouver
Tickets: 604.684.2787 ext. 2


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