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Thursday, 01 September 2011 10:13

Star-studded line-up for Swift Current Allied Arts Council

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The Swift Current Allied Arts Council is pleased the 2011-2012 Stars for Saskatchewan series opener will be The Irish Rovers on Sept. 17.

For more than four decades, The Irish Rovers have charmed and entertained audiences around the world. Throughout the years, these international ambassadors of Irish music have maintained their timeless ability to deliver a rousing performance of good cheer. Their songs have become anthems of revelry among generation after generation of fans.

• The second performance of the series brings William Joseph to Swift Current on Friday, Oct. 21.

The classically-trained piano virtuoso whose original compositions are genre-defying crossover mélange that has been described as “classical pop” which capture a variety of moods, from the dramatic, to the heart-wrenching, and all performed with emotional power and polished precision.

• Saskatoon Opera, the University of Saskatchewan Amati Quartet, and the University of Saskatchewan’s Music Theatre Ensemble join forces to present this amusing and fantastical adaptation of Henry Purcell’s King Arthur using John Dryden’s original song texts and will be the third of the series on Friday, Nov. 4.

• The fourth performance of the series is Ken Lavigne on Wednesday, Nov. 30. Ken Lavigne is a singer and consummate entertainer who performs music ranging from ballads and beloved musical theatre selections to familiar classics including Christmas favourites. He has charmed his way across North America including Carnegie Hall.

• The Rankin Family will be the fifth concert of the series on Wednesday, Jan. 18. From their roots in Mabou, Cape Breton in the early 1990’s to rising to national attention and acclaim, The Rankin Family have a place in the hearts of many fans.

• Alexander Sevastian takes the audience with him for an extraordinary musical adventure. Sevastian presents classical music with impeccable arrangements, played on an accordion, performed by an artist completely dedicated to his art and delivered with a good dose of humour and will be the sixth performance of the series on Saturday, Feb. 10.

• On Monday, March 12, Britain’s The King’s Singers come to Swift Current in the seventh performance of the series. One of the world’s most celebrated vocal ensembles.  Championing the work of young and established composers, they remain consummate entertainers; a class-act with a delightfully British wit.

The Regina Symphony Orchestra is Canada’s longest-running orchestra and boasts some of the strongest musical talent in Saskatchewan.

They will be the eighth performance of the series on Friday, March 30.

Fernando Varela will close the series for 2011 – 2012 on Friday, May 4. Varela’s is the Puerto Rican Pavarotti and the Latino Bocelli. 

Due to an overwhelming response from last season’s series ticket holders, who had the opportunity to renew their seats, a limited number of series tickets are available for purchase. For more, phone the Allied Arts Council at 773-1338 or 1-877-211-2787 toll free.

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