Pre­view arts sea­sons at News Café brunches

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ARTS & LIFE -

IN ad­di­tion to fall­ing leaves, drop­ping tem­per­a­tures and the start of an­other school year, fall is also that time of year when Win­nipeg’s arts community comes alive with the launch of new sea­sons of art, mu­sic, the­atre and dance.

Join writ­ers and crit­ics from the Win­nipeg Free Press as they pre­view the 2012-13 sea­sons for the city’s most no­table arts or­ga­ni­za­tions in a se­ries of brunch events at the Free Press News Café in the heart of the Ex­change Dis­trict.

The Brunch with the Arts se­ries will give pa­trons a chance to meet a cav­al­cade of di­rec­tors, dancers, mu­si­cians, singers and mu­si­cians from Prairie The­atre Ex­change, the Win­nipeg Sym­phony Or­ches­tra, Royal Man­i­toba The­atre Cen­tre, the Royal Win­nipeg Bal­let and the Man­i­toba Opera Com­pany.

Free Press Ed­i­tor Paul Samyn said the brunch se­ries will be an unique op­por­tu­nity to get up close and per­sonal with the peo­ple who make the art that is so much part of the fab­ric of Win­nipeg. “At the Free Press, we of­ten take for granted that we have ac­cess to all these cre­ative peo­ple when we are work­ing on our sto­ries,” Samyn said. “These events will give fans the chance to meet these giants of the artis­tic community, ask ques­tions and gain an in­sight in what makes them tick.”

The se­ries starts on Sun­day, Sept. 23, with PTE. The se­ries con­tin­ues with the fol­low­ing week­end with an unique dou­ble-header: the WSO (Satur­day, Sept. 29) and the RMTC (Sun­day Oct. 30). Other dates in­clude the RWB (Sun­day, Oct. 14) and the Man­i­toba Opera (Sun­day, Oct. 28).

A full brunch will be served at 11 a.m. Sun­day, Sept. 23 - Prairie The­atre Ex­change Come cel­e­brate the 40th an­niver­sary of Win­nipeg’s PTE with some of the key artis­tic forces be­hind the the­atre com­pany. Fea­tured at this brunch will be artis­tic di­rec­tor Robert Met­calfe, gen­eral man­ager Cherry Karpyshin and play­wright Ellen Peter­son. Satur­day, Sept. 29 – Win­nipeg Sym­phony Or­ches­tra One of the busiest WSO sea­sons ever kicks off with this sea­son pre­view. Join WSO mu­sic di­rec­tor Alexan­der Mick­elth­wate and res­i­dent con­duc­tor Richard Lee for a wide-rang­ing dis­cus­sion about the var­i­ous WSO se­ries — from the ever pop­u­lar Pops to the en­dur­ing Clas­sics. Sun­day, Sept. 30 – Royal Man­i­toba The­atre Cen­tre RMTC artis­tic di­rec­tor Steven Schip­per, re­cently awarded the Or­der of Canada, will lead a re­view of the 2012-13 sea­sons at the main­stage and Ware­house. Schip­per will be joined by other artis­tic per­son­al­i­ties from the com­pany. Sun­day, Oct. 14 – Canada’s Royal Win­nipeg Bal­let In cel­e­bra­tion of the RWB’s “fairy tale sea­son,” please join artis­tic di­rec­tor An­dre Lewis, prin­ci­pal dancer Vanessa Law­son, and Twyla Tharp and Broad­way dancer John Seyla as they pre­view and ex­plore one of the com­pany’s most am­bi­tious sea­sons ever. Sun­day, Oct. 28 – Man­i­toba Opera Win­nipeg’s own so­prano Tracy Dahl will be joined by di­rec­tor Rob Her­riot to dis­cuss the MOC’s pro­duc­tion of Verdi’s Rigo­letto, which opens Nov. 24. Tick­ets for all events are $25 plus taxes. For more in­for­ma­tion, or to make a reser­va­tion, please call 204-697-7069 or email wf­p­news­cafe@gmail.com.

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