Lit­tle Spar­row to fly into Cal­gary

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You couldn’t write a bet­ter script: a street singer is dis­cov­ered by a night­club owner and goes on to become France’s na­tional chanteuse. Edith Gio­vanna Gas­sion was known by her nick­name La Môme Piaf (The Lit­tle Spar­row), so named for her slight stature and ex­treme ner­vous­ness on stage. Piaf, who died in 1963, is gen­er­ally re­garded as one of the great­est singers of the 20th cen­tury, and her rags-to-riches story is be­ing cel­e­brated in a new the­atri­cal, mul­ti­me­dia con­cert com­ing to Cal­gary on Oct. 4. PIAF! The Show is part of the BD & P World Mu­sic 2017-18 sea­son and pre­mieres in Cal­gary in the Jack Singer Con­cert Hall at Arts Com­mons. The show stars Anne Car­rere and it chron­i­cles the le­gendary singer’s life with never-be­fore-seen images. It has won rave reviews and has shown in 30 coun­tries. “I’ve seen the show at least 200 times and it is al­ways like see­ing it for the first time,” said pro­ducer and di­rec­tor Gil Marsalla. “In my 25 years in show busi­ness, I am not afraid to say Anne Car­rere is one of the 10 best fe­male voices in the en­tire world.” A lobby preshow at 6:30 fea­tures Aus­tralian vi­o­lin­ist and singer Sophia Ser­afino who is now based in Canada. Tick­ets are $35-$80; go to artscom­mons.ca

Edith Piaf

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