By Marion Boyd
Last year’s season ended with a packed house and a jubilant crowd as the reception saw concert-goers in deep conversation with the eight cellists who performed after coming from major European orchestras. It felt like a major cultural event fulfilling the dreams of those who have worked so hard to make Venables Theatre a huge success.
This year, buoyed by the beauty and unique, exceptional sound of the cello, the concert society decided the first concert of the new season on Oct. 4 would be cellist, Ofra Harnoy. Harnoy has established herself on the world concert stage, won five Juno awards and is a member of the Order of Canada. She is not to be missed.
Then on Nov. 15, the dynamic Bergmann Piano Duo perform. With a repertoire that encompasses everything from baroque to contemporary music, they have inspired audiences throughout the world for more than two decades.
Jan. 31, 2020, songwriter Lizzy Hoyt will let us hear why she is now known as one of Canada’s most powerful Celtic-folk artists. She plays fiddle, guitar, harp and mandolin, tours with her trio throughout the year and is known for the way she brings history to life with music.
Finally, March 20, the Montreal Guitar Trio is back by popular demand. Guitarists Sebastien Dufour, Glenn Levesque and Marc Morin win over audiences with their virtuosity, rigour, creativity and engaging stage presence. You can hear them in prestigious venues across the world or you can hear them in Oliver. You choose.
Tickets for the series are available now online www.venablestheatre.ca or at the theatre box office Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Generous sponsors make ticket prices affordable. Any two or more tickets in advance are $21 a ticket. Single ticket in advance is $23 and at the door $25. Children and youth are only $2.50. Bring kids and grandkids and introduce them to top quality live music.
Talk to friends and join together to get tickets and make winter months a time for musical experiences.