The Burnaby Lyric Opera wants to introduce you to Guiseppe Verdi (or, Joe Green, if you're a Victor Borge fan).
Continuing the Sunday afternoon concert series at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, the organization will present highlights from Verdi's opera Rigoletto at 3 p.m. this Sunday, Nov. 25.
The show will feature five young opera singers from around Metro Vancouver; Gina McLellan Morel, Andrew Greenwood, Matthew Chittick, Lisa-Dawn Kilthau and Jordan Collalto, with musical direction/conducting by Richard Coombes.
As this production is the organization's Christmas fundraiser this year, there will also be a bake sale and raffle, as well as a Christmas carol sing-a-long with the audience. The Shadbolt is located at 6450 Deer Lake Ave. Tickets are $15, available by phone: 604-205-3000.
AUTHOR READING AT PUBLIC LIBRARY
Some books are great for transporting you to far-flung places you'd like to visit . though maybe only in your imagination.
One of these is Ginty's Ghost, an account by B.C. author Chris Czajkowski of her time spent living at Ginty Creek, a remote community accessible only by float plane or a several day's hike through the wilderness of central British Columbia.
Ginty Creek was named for Ginty Paul, the eccentric recluse who had previously owned the property.
Some locals remember Ginty affectionately, while others feared her volatile temper.
Intrigued by the stories, Czajkowski tracked down a pile of Ginty's letters and documents and, combined with anecdotes and interviews with other locals, created an account of the place.
Hear Czajkowski read from her new book at the McGill branch of the public library from 7 to 8: 30 p.m. on Nov. 28. The event is free, but space is limited.
Register online at www. bpl.bc.ca/events/mcgill, by calling 604-299-8955, or in person at the library, 4595 Albert St.
DECONSTRUCTING THROUGH DANCE
Ever wondered what a psychology concept looks like as interpretive dance? No?
Well, the Plastic Orchid Factory dance company did, and figured it out with their latest show called "Chunking," set to premiere at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Nov. 28 to Dec. 1 at 8 p.m.
In psychology terms, "chunking" refers to the selective grouping of memories by individuals when performing memory-related tasks.
Inspired by this concept, choreographer James Gnam has created an evening-length contemporary dance work that explores how we relate to what we see.
The work asks questions such as, how do we instantly deconstruct and prioritize an experience? And how do fragments of these experiences etch themselves into our individual and collective psyches?
Lighting by James Proudfoot, media art by Josh Hite, sound design by Kevin Legere and performances by Natalie LeFebvre Gnam, Vanessa Goodman, Jane Osborne, Connor Gnam, James Gnam, and Bevin Poole.
Tickets are $32/$27 /$25, available through the box office, by phone at 604205-3000, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or online at www.tickets.shadbolt centre.com.
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