Archive for February, 2011
The Quincy Civic Music Association presents Angéle Dubeau and La Pietà Tuesday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. at St. John’s Church, 701 Hampshire.
A concert not to be missed, this show which has played at famous nightclubs as well as at fine concert halls, brings an ensemble of eight well-known women musicians who are string and piano players and is fronted by the dazzling violinist Dubeau. World class classical music with a contemporary twist, the program will hop with energy and sizzle with an infectious virtuosity. Dubeau is considered one of the most prominent violin virtuosos in Canada and for more than 30 years has had a soaring career in the great concert halls of the world. Her musicianship is sparkling and filled with color and magic. She has multiple awards, gold records and rave reviews to her credit along with accolades and honors too numerous to mention. While her passionate playing of her Stradivarius violin and her musicality have excited her critics, the public loves her for her gifts as a communicator and her outstanding ability to connect with people. She introduces each number in a concert and delights her audience with her tales about it. Wishing to bring classical music to a wider audience, Dubeau founded La Pietà in 1997 as an all-female ensemble featuring some of Canada’s best musicians. From early on, the group gained a solid reputation, playing Canada’s most prestigious venues and appearing on television.
The LA Times said, “Dubeau is an exciting, dynamic fiddler…Dubeau’s well-drilled band played with agility, power, a nicely weighted sound and a fierce joy in the doing.” Known for their exceptional virtuosity and impeccable precision, their rich interpretations, and above all, the contagious happiness that enlivens their stage presence, the group has crisscrossed America and Asia for the last 10 years. La Pietà has been seen on PBS in a program entitled Fiddler on the Roots, Music Wanderers. The focus is on the violin — instrument of the people. The program will feature the composers who helped save traditional music from obscurity by using popular melodies as a source of inspiration. Historically the violin was often the instrument of choice of the people suffering persecution, klezmer and gypsy music being two examples. The program will offer the audience Rumanian Folk Dances by Bartok, a song from Fiddler on the Roof, old English songs, Scottish Airs, gypsy music and Aaron Copland’s Hoe-Down, an American piece. There will be music from Iran, Russia and India as well as works by Vivaldi and Corelli. March may bring drizzly, cold days, but this music will warm your soul.
Children and students are admitted free to all QCMA concerts. Advance tickets are $15 and available at Hy-Vee on Broadway and Harrison, Brown Drug, The Mustard Seed, Quincy Steamboat and Great Debate Books plus Java Jive in Hannibal. Tickets at the door will be $17. For more information go to www.quincycivicmusic.org or call 224-5499.
Frank, Liza & Sammy is a 90-minute show that combines great singing, entertaining choreography, dancing, humor and witty dialogue and features more than 30 memorable songs. Be mesmerized by the experience of seeing talented performers paying tribute to these legends and performing “My Way,” “Cabaret” and “Mr. Bojangles” with good old fashioned warmth and sincerity.
Ticket prices range from $20-$35 and are on sale now online at www.1qct.org and in the box office located inside the Oakley-Lindsay Center. Box office hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For additional information call 222-3209.
The students of Quincy High School will tackle the intense themes of compassion versus forgiveness, intolerance and hysteria as they produce the 2010 winter play “The Crucible.” Performance dates are Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 10-12, at 7:30 p.m. in the QHS theatre, 3322 Maine Street.
This Arthur Miller classic gives a dramatization of the Salem Witch Trials. Many allegations of witchcraft are driven by the affair between farmer, husband and father John Proctor (Lee Smith) and the minister’s (Derek Bissell) niece Abigail Williams (Prudence Bickhaus).
The teenage Abby and her young friends (Jordon Lefever, Sarah Droge, Kallie Tenney and Nicole Esselman) charge several of the citizens of Salem in order to protect each other from the sins of dancing with slave Tituba (Jasmine Thompson).
The educated Reverend Hale (Patrick Regner) travels to the village in hopes to cure those infected by the Devil’s temptations, which includes the indicted Elizabeth Proctor (Sydney Stice). Court officials (Jason Epley and Keaton Kruser) begin the trial process to determine who is truthful: the girls or the citizens of Salem.
Tickets may be purchased at the door. For more information call the QHS music office at 224-3774.
Meghan Buckley/Tom Burnett