ARE THE Christmas carols and Santa suits getting to be a bit much at this time of year? Here are some shows to celebrate the season without the holiday motifs.
PIANO QUARTET FAVOURITES (November 29 and 30 at West Point Grey United Church and December 2 at Pyatt Hall) In this serene Vetta Chamber Music concert, Jane Hayes takes the keys for the likes of Gustav Mahler and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Violinist Joan Blackman, violist Yariv Aloni, and cellist Brian Yoon join her.
THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE (From November 30 to December 29 at Pacific Theatre) Enter the wintry wonderland through a closet in the Pevensie household in this spare but sparkling adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s tale, by Ron Reed. Sarah Rodgers directs.
VIVALDI’S FOUR SEASONS (At the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on December 21 and 22) Fastrising young American violinist Benjamin Beilman (shown here) displays his sizzling stuff, joining the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for the beloved Baroque concertos.