Hey Winnipeg, the events are coming fast and furious as we head into the weekend. The Classic 107 Arts & Entertainment Calendar is your guide to it all!
Wednesday night (Mar 04) marked the return of what is one of the best ballet examples of the age old struggle between good and evil. I'm talking about Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. Since its premiere over a century ago in Russia, Swan Lake has become one of the most popular classical ballets of all time. This heart-wrenching story of true love has enchanted audiences young and old and remains . . .well . . .timeless . And you know that with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, you know you'll get breathtaking choreography and visually magnificent sets. Swan Lake is on right now and runs through to Sunday (March 08) afternoon. For tickets go HERE or call their box office at 204.956.2792.
Classic 107's Luke Thiessen had chance to talk with RWB Artistic Director André Lewis and get a sneak peak of the production.
If you are a classical guitar fan, then you need to head out to the Planetarium Auditorium Thursday night (Mar 05). The Winnipeg Classical Guitar Society together with L'Alliance Francaise du Manitoba present award-winning French guitarist Thibault Cauvin. Thibault Cauvin is one of the most talented, charismatic and sought-after guitarists in the world today. Having embarked on a endless tour ten years ago, taking him to more than one hundred twenty countries, he continues to perform as soloist on the most prestigious stages: New York Carnegie Hall, Shanghai Opera, Moscow Tchaikowski Hall, London Wigmore Hall, Hong Kong Opera, Paris Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Munich Geistag, among others.
Earlier this year he released his 7th album "Le voyage d'Albéniz". This recording follows his critically acclaimed "Danse avec Scarlatti", album which is now available in many countries as well as in several compilations "best of 2013".
Coming from a family of musicians, Thibault began to learn the guitar with his father, at the age of six. After a brilliant education at the conservatories of Bordeaux and Paris, Thibault entered the international competitions circuit. At the age of twenty, he was the first and only guitarist worldwide to win thirteen international first prizes. This unique accomplishment, at such a young age, has contributed to his "endless tour", which sits at over 1000 concerts.
Thibault was our guest earlier this week on Morning Light with Michael Wolch. You can listen to the whole interview below. Including his live performance!
Showtime is 7:30 Thursday night (March 05) at the Planetarium Audiorium on Main Street and tickets are $25 with special pricing for seniors and students. You can get those at the door or by calling 204.667.5250
Watch Thibault Cauvin perform live in this video from a Gala concert he did at the magical Château Lafite-Rothschild on January 15th to celebrate the release of his new album "Le voyage d'Albéniz" (Sony Music). Here is an extract from this memorable night.
Friday night (March 06), Winnipeg flutist Haley Marie presents a night of French Love Songs with pianists Laura Loewen and Madeline Hildebrand. This is part of Haley's on going classical salon music series. Audiences will be treated to music by Ibert, Debussy and more! The concert will take
place at the beautiful Ralph Connor House at 54 West Gate. This is a house that was built in 1914. Showtime is 8:30 PM and you can get tickets by calling 204.943.6090
The University of Manitoba Opera Theatre Ensemble presents its annual evening of selected opera excerpts. This year's show is called "Lovers of Virtue". It features music by Britten, Janacek, Monteverdi, Mozart and more. There are two performances - Friday (March 07) and Saturday night (March 08) at 8:00 PM at the Gas Station arts Centre on River Ave. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for students—which you can get from the Desautels Faculty of Music or at the door.
Saturday night (Mar 07), the Izzy Asper Jazz Series presents Jazz guitar greats Russell Malone with special guest Cyrus Chestnut. If you don't know Russell Malone, you should. The Jazz guitar icon has collaborated with many great artists like, Diana Krall, Harry Connick Jr., Ron Carter, Diane Reeves and Jimmy Smith. On the program? Music from the repertoire of jazz guitar legends like Charlie Christian, Charlie Byrd, Kenny Burrell and Wes Montgomery. There are three shows. Saturday night (Mar 07) at 8:00 PM and Sunday (Mar 08) at 2:00 PM and then again at 7:30 PM at the Berney Theatre on the Asper Jewish Community Campus on Doncaster. Tickets are $38.00 with special pricing for students. You can purchase them online HERE or by calling 204.477.7534.
Learn more about Russell Malone in this interview below.
Also on this weekend for our younger audience, Freeze Frame's annual International Film Festival for Kids of All Ages wraps up this weekend with fantastic films Saturday and Sunday at the Franco-Manitoba Cultural Centre on Provencher. Saturday there are four films starting in the morning. At 12:30 PM it is an animated French language film geared for kids 5 and up called Le coq de saint victor. Then at 2:00PM it's Felix, a film from South Africa that tells the story of 14 year-old Felix Xaba who dreams of becoming a saxophonist like his late father. But his mother thinks jazz is the devil's music. But when Felix leaves his township friends for a scholarship at an elitist private school, he defies his mother and looks for help from two aging members of his father's former band in order to help him prepare for the school jazz concert.
Felix is rated 6-years-old and up.
Tune in to the Classic 107 Arts & Entertainment Calendar with Claudia Garcia de la Huerta every Thursday and Friday at 7:45 AM and 4:45 PM and Saturday mornings at 11:15 AM.