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2016-2017 Stars for Sask. Series offers music, dance and theatre

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Season subscriptions are now available for the 2016-2017 Stars for Saskatchewan series presented by the Swift Current Arts Council, and the series promises something to appeal to many tastes.


Arts Council President Melanie Friesen says the season beginning  in September will include a show approximately each month.
“We are excited to have drama, dance and several styles of music represented in the series this year — very diverse slate of shows,” says Friesen.
The series begins Sept. 22 with “Hotel California,”the original Eagles tribute band, sharing the music of this famous group. The audience can expect incredible lead vocal similarity, intensely accurate instrumental work, soaring harmonies, and a top-flight live performance.
On Oct. 19, some well-known Canadian talent arrives in the form of a unique musical collaboration between siblings Jill Barber and Matthew Barber.
Although each is a well-established musician in his or her genre, their joint release, The Family Album, shows how well their talents meld together.
This year’s seasonal concert will take place Nov. 24 featuring Christmas music from the East Coast’s Barra MacNeils. The family group is deeply rooted in Celtic music, culture, dance, language and history and their seasonal show features an entertaining brand of traditional seasonal fare mixed with  stories, lush harmonies and new musical twists.
The 2017 year starts with an homage to a great musician as the Ray Charles Tribute Orchestra performs Jan. 14. This nine-piece ensemble, including a killer horn section, performs hits penned by the legend himself, including Georgia On My Mind, Hit the Road Jack and Let the Good Times Roll.  
February sees two shows: award-winning Flamenco Guitarist Eric Harper on Feb. 2 and Duo Milot and Bareil presented by Prairie Debut Feb. 15.
Harper defies easy classification: an exotic fusion of rock and flamenco — think Dave Matthews meets the Gypsy Kings. Not only can his hands move like lightning, but his voice is smooth, velvety, and invokes a strength that moves even the biggest music skeptic.
Duo Milot and Bareil is comprised of harpist Valérie Milot and violinist Antoine Bareil performing Duos and Duels — a unique program highlighting the dynamics between the violin and harp. A couple on stage and in life, they offer performances marked by exceptional artistry and intimate connection.
Ballet Jorgen returns March 7 with a new and very different dance piece — Buffonia —  a contemporary ballet by acclaimed Canadian choreographer Robert Desrosiers. Known as one of the country’s most imaginative choreographers, this new work bears his unmistakable hallmark. The surreal spectacle is an exciting example of the special genre of dance-theatre Desrosiers established during his career. Buffonia features fantastical sets, props and costumes and includes many acrobatic dance elements.
The audience will count themselves fortunate when April 12 brings the Fortunate Ones to our city. 
Newfoundland’s Andrew James O’Brien found the perfect accelerant to add to his musical fire in vocalist/instrumentalist, Catherine Allan. Together their earnest blend of acoustic folk/pop and roots has been gaining them significant critical and popular praise. Bare-bones arrangements and delicate, quietly assured harmony make their live shows endearing and memorable.
The 2016-2017 series concludes May 5 with drama and music evoking the war years. Jake’s Gift is a surprisingly funny drama that tells the story of a Canadian Second World War veteran’s reluctant return to Normandy, France, for the 60th Anniversary of D-Day.
While roaming the shores of Juno Beach, Jake encounters Isabelle, a precocious 10-year-old from the local village whose inquisitive nature and charm challenge the old soldier to confront some long ignored ghosts — most notably, the wartime death of his eldest brother, Chester.
Also on the evening’s bill is a showcase of local talent when the Swift Current Jazz Orchestra performs under the direction of Greg McLean.
The orchestra showcases five saxophones, four trombones, four trumpets and a four-piece rhythm section which create a traditional Big Band Sound. 
New season subscriptions are available starting Aug. 15 by contacting Ticketpro at 1-888-655-9090  or going online at www.ticketpro.ca. Adult subscriptions start at $240, offering a 40 per cent saving over the single ticket price of $45 for each show and senior and student rates are also available.
Individual tickets for all series performances will go on sale Sept. 1 on Ticketpro.
For more information about the season or the operation of the volunteer-run, non-profit Swift Current Allied Arts Council, visit: www.scartscouncil.ca.

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