Fes­ti­val at half­way mark

Con­certs at In­dian River Fes­ti­val this week­end fea­tur­ing songs, opera, choral mu­sic

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

The In­dian River Fes­ti­val’s 20th an­niver­sary sea­son cel­e­brates its half­way point this sea­son with a spe­cial week­end of beloved songs, opera and choral mu­sic be­gin­ning to­day and run­ning un­til Aug. 2.

This week­end marks the half­way point of the In­dian River Fes­ti­val's 20th an­niver­sary sea­son, and a spe­cial week­end of beloved songs, opera and choral mu­sic is planned be­gin­ning to­day and run­ning to Aug. 2.

Re­becca Caine, star of the ac­claimed Lon­don and Toronto pro­duc­tions of "Les Mis­er­ables" and "Phan­tom of the Opera", takes the stage to­day at 7:30 p.m., along­side pi­anist Robert Kort­gaard. Caine em­bod­ies the glam­our, wit and al­lure of the lead­ing ladies of Hol­ly­wood film and Broad­way stage in this evening of song, sto­ries and siz­zle.

Joined by other stel­lar mu­si­cians fea­tured in Satur­day and Sun­day's pro­duc­tion of "The Magic Flute", Caine and com­pany will touch the hearts and imag­i­na­tion of all lovers of fan­tasy on the big screen and stage.

The In­dian River Fes­ti­val is look­ing for­ward to pro­vid­ing au­di­ences with the rare op­por­tu­nity to watch a semi-staged opera in Prince Ed­ward Is­land on Aug. 1-2. This new ver­sion of "The Magic Flute" was con­ceived by di­rec­tor Brent Krysa with mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Peter Tiefen­bach, as a stream­lined adap­ta­tion of the beloved Mozart orig­i­nal, re­tain­ing all the best mu­sic and de­signed in the style of the Bel­gian sur­re­al­ist pain­ter René Magritte.

A tale of love, magic, dragons, evil queens and heroic deeds, a new English ver­sion of the li­bretto will bring the story to life in an amus­ing and con­tem­po­rary way.

Cast mem­bers in­clude so­pra­nos Jen­nifer Krabbe and Whit­ney Mather, mezzo so­prano Shauna Yar­nell, tenor Asitha Ten­nekoon and bari­tone Janaka Weli­hinda.

The first half of this con­cert will in­clude a per­for­mance by the In­dian River Fes­ti­val Cho­rus singing works by Mozart, fol­lowed by "The Magic Flute" in the sec­ond half. Per­for­mances take place on Aug. 1, 7:30 p.m., and a fam­ily mati­nee on Aug. 2, 3 p.m. The fam­ily mati­nee in­cludes spe­cial pric­ing.

Prior to con­certs on Aug. 1-2, there will be a pre-con­cert talk one half hour be­fore per­for­mances. Join Tiefen­bach in con­ver­sa­tion with Krysa as they dis­cuss the process of reimag­in­ing one of Mozart's beloved op­eras.

The fes­ti­val's new out­door pav­il­ion is now open one hour prior to show time. Au­di­ence mem­bers are in­vited to en­joy the space and grab some re­fresh­ments be­fore the show.

Per­for­mances take place St. Mary's Church, In­dian River. Tick­ets and con­cert in­for­ma­tion can be found by vis­it­ing www.in­di­an­river­fes­ti­val.com or by phon­ing 1-866-856-3733.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTOS

Re­becca Caine and Robert Kort­gaard will be among the per­form­ers at this week­end's In­dian River Fes­ti­val at St. Mary's Church.

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