2019 fall series
Elements of Nature:
Tuesday afternoons 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
October 15 - November 19, 2019
QUALITY INN (in the Guthrie Room)
1144 Ontario St., Stratford, Ontario
A series of films, live performances, and lectures
DIDO & AENEAS
Air can refer to everything from breath to the tune of a Renaissance song, a gas, or an unconfined space – or creating weather and even hanging out the wash. We begin the series with air as weather, blowing Aeneas to Dido. Later a magical storm takes Aeneas away.
Dido and Aeneas by the great Baroque English composer Henry Purcell is sung in English (on Blu-ray).
A surprise guest artist, Stratford resident Terry McKenna, illustrated early music styles and approaches on Renaissance guitar, Baroque guitar, and theorbo.
program sponsored by David Beattie and Maxine Houghton
MARK FEWER: Live In Concert
The Art of the Violin
Sure to be a thrilling performance by one of Canada’s most experienced violinists and our new Stratford Summer Music Artistic Director. Mark Fewer will be joined by Emily Hamper (piano), Nathan Hiltz (guitar), and Joseph Phillips (bass) *
to perform music by J.S. Bach, Korngold, and Duke Ellington. This is our annual fundraising concert to provide scholarships for young singers and opportunities for more mature singers to attend the Stratford Summer Music Vocal Academy, as well as supporting the Met Opera Series at Stratford’s City Hall.
* and by a surprise guest artist, lutenist Lucas Harris.
program sponsored by Mollie Petryna and David Humphreys
Conductor and Diva – a documentary
We look at Canadian conductor and opera superstar Barbara Hannigan through the lens of her documentary I’m a Creative Animal. The Druids used a baton made from a short straight branch to represent a tree; the movements of that baton used air as wind to create spirit and energy. Barbara Steed Young, as a singer, will show how breath is used in singing extremely difficult music.
program sponsored by Joanne McArthur
20th CENTURY JAZZ
from Louis Armstrong to Oscar Peterson
Here we explore 20th Century Jazz and the use of air as unconfined space. Through the narration of Leonard Bernstein, we define what makes up jazz, and through the performances of Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, and Oscar Peterson we see the spontaneous combustion of air and creativity.
program sponsored by Nadia Leininger
November 12 & 19
Ludwig van Beethoven
We finish the series presenting air as an attitude – spirit and passion – and also as a confined “airless” space. In Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, we see characteristics of enlightenment at work. Leanora, our heroine, must work hard to appear to be a man, and to pull off the seemingly impossible task of springing her man from a top-security prison. The story is glorious and Beethoven’s music is very moving.
programs sponsored by Sandra Graff
and by David Beattie and Maxine Houghton
in memory of Dr Sing Chung
The Law Office of Mary Anne Shaw
Wills & Estate Law
Series: $50 *
Single sessions: $10 each
(except $20 for October 22)
All tickets include light refreshments