Concert hall – Acotonline http://acotonline.org/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 23:14:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://acotonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-4-120x120.png Concert hall – Acotonline http://acotonline.org/ 32 32 COME FROM AWAY tickets on sale at Centennial Concert Hall, June 20! https://acotonline.org/come-from-away-tickets-on-sale-at-centennial-concert-hall-june-20/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 23:14:03 +0000 https://acotonline.org/come-from-away-tickets-on-sale-at-centennial-concert-hall-june-20/ Winnipeg has announced that the national tour of COME FROM AWAY, a Broadway musical about the true story of the small town that welcomed the world, will return to Winnipeg at Centennial Concert Hall for a limited engagement October 25-30. 2022. COME FROM AWAY tickets go on sale Monday, June 20 at centennialconcerthall.com, by phone […]]]>

Winnipeg has announced that the national tour of COME FROM AWAY, a Broadway musical about the true story of the small town that welcomed the world, will return to Winnipeg at Centennial Concert Hall for a limited engagement October 25-30. 2022.

COME FROM AWAY tickets go on sale Monday, June 20 at centennialconcerthall.com, by phone at 204.949.3999 or in person at the Centennial Concert Hall box office at 555 Main Street. Group orders of 10 or more can be placed by emailing Canada.Groups@BroadwayAcrossCanada.ca or calling 1.800.889.8457.

American Express cardholders can get pre-sale ticket access ahead of the line June 14-15, 2022.

The touring production of COME FROM AWAY currently stars Marika Aubrey (Lincoln Center South Pacific), Kevin Carolan (Disney’s Newsies), Harter Clingman (Peter and The Starcatcher), Nick Duckart (In the Heights), Chamblee Ferguson, Christine Toy Johnson (The Music Man), Julie Johnson (Memphis), James Earl Jones II (The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess), Julia Knitel (Beautiful), Kristen Peace, Danielle K. Thomas, Jeremy Woodard, Jenny Ashman, Jane Bunting, Amelia Cormack, Aaron Michael Ray, Kilty Reidy and Brandon Springman.

COME FROM AWAY features book, music and lyrics by Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award winner Olivier and two-time Grammy and Tony Award nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein under the direction of the winner Tony Award and Outer Critics Circle Award winner Christopher Ashley, musical direction by Olivier Award winner and two-time Tony Award nominee Kelly Devine, and musical supervision by Olivier Award winner and nominee Ian Eisendrath Grammy Awards.

COME FROM AWAY features scenic design by Tony Award winner Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Tony Award nominee Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by two-time Tony Award winner Howell Binkley, design sound by Olivier & Outer Critics Circle Award and Tony Award nominee Gareth Owen, orchestrations by Olivier Award winner and Grammy & Tony Award nominee August Eriksmoen, and musical arrangements by Olivier Award winner Ian Eisendrath Award and Grammy nominee, and Telsey + Company cast.

COME FROM AWAY tells the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small Newfoundland town that took them in. Cultures clashed and nerves mounted, but unease turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude turned into lasting friendships.

On September 11, 2001, the world stopped. On September 12, their stories moved us all.

Winner of “Best Musical” in all of North America, the hit musical won the Tony Award for “Best Direction of a Musical” (Christopher Ashley), 4 Olivier Awards (London) including ” Best New Musical”, 5 Outer Critics Circle Awards (NYC) including “Outstanding New Broadway Musical”, 3 Drama Desk Awards (NYC) including “Outstanding Musical”, 4 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards (North American Tour) including “Best Production “, 4 Helen Hayes Awards (DC) including “Outstanding Production of a Musical”, 4 Gypsy Rose Lee Awards (Seattle) including “Excellence in Production of a Musical”, 6 San Diego Critics Circle Awards including “Outstanding New Musical”, 3 Toronto Theater Critics Awards including “Best New Musical,” 3 Dora Awards (Toronto) including “Outstanding New Musical/Opera” and “Outstanding Production,” and the 2017 Jon Kaplan Public Choice Award (Toronto).

The original Grammy-nominated Broadway cast recording of COME FROM AWAY is available digitally and in stores worldwide. Grammy Award winner David Lai and Grammy nominees Ian Eisendrath, August Eriksmoen, Irene Sankoff and David Hein served as album producers.

Apple Original Films’ filmed version of the Tony & Olivier Award-winning hit musical COME FROM AWAY, produced by eOne, Hasbro’s entertainment studio, had its world premiere on Apple TV+ on Friday the 10th. september. COME FROM AWAY, which marks the first Broadway show to air on Apple TV+, is directed by Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley, who helmed the original Broadway production, and features an ensemble cast led by members of the Broadway show. The live performance of COME FROM AWAY was filmed in New York City at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater in May 2021, where the Broadway production is staged, for an audience that included 9/11 survivors and frontline workers; and employed over 200 people, including members of the Broadway crew, staff, and creative teams.

COME FROM AWAY is produced by Junkyard Dog Productions (Randy Adams, Marleen and Kenny Alhadeff and Sue Frost), Jerry Frankel, Latitude Link, Smith & Brant Theatricals, Steve & Paula Reynolds, David Mirvish, Michael Rubinoff, Alhadeff Productions, Michael Alden & Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Sam Levy, Rodney Rigby, Spencer Ross, Richard Winkler, Yonge Street Theatricals, Sheridan College, Michael and Ellise Coit, Ronald Frankel, Sheri and Les Biller, Richard and Sherry Belkin, Marlene and Gary Cohen, Allan Detsky and Rena Mendelson, Lauren Doll, Barbara H. Freitag, Wendy Gillespie, Laura Little Theatricals, Carl and Jennifer Pasbjerg, Radio Mouse Entertainment, The Shubert Organization, Cynthia Stroum, Tulchin Bartner Productions, Gwen Arment/Molly Morris and Terry McNicholas, Maureen and Joel Benoliel /Marjorie & Ron Danz, Pamela Cooper/Corey Brunish, Demos Bizar/Square 1 Theatrics, Joshua Goodman/Lauren Stevens, Adam Blanshay Productions/Judith Ann Abrams Productions, Bill & Linda Potter/Rosemary & Ken neth Wil lman, and La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle Repertory Theatre.

COME FROM AWAY was originally co-produced in 2015 by La Jolla Playhouse and the Seattle Repertory Theatre, and presented in 2016 by Ford’s Theater in Washington, DC and Mirvish Productions at the Royal Alexandra Theater in Toronto, CA. COME FROM AWAY (NAMT Festival 2013) was originally developed at the Canadian Music Theater Project, Michael Rubinoff Producer, Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, Canada and was developed at Goodspeed Musicals’ Festival of New Artists, in East Haddam, CT. The Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and the Fifth Avenue Theater in Seattle WA also provided development support.

Please visit: www.ComeFromAway.com

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MTW Returns to Century II Concert Hall with ’42nd Street’ https://acotonline.org/mtw-returns-to-century-ii-concert-hall-with-42nd-street/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 10:01:00 +0000 https://acotonline.org/mtw-returns-to-century-ii-concert-hall-with-42nd-street/ Paula Leggett Chase, Tom Galantich and Lena Owens star in Music Theater Wichita’s season opener, ’42nd Street.’ Kacy Meinecke Courtesy picture The musical “42nd Street” is dear to the heart of Brian J. Marcum. It was the first Broadway tour he saw “as a young boy on the very back row of the balcony at […]]]>

Paula Leggett Chase, Tom Galantich and Lena Owens star in the season opener of The Music Theater Wichita,

Paula Leggett Chase, Tom Galantich and Lena Owens star in Music Theater Wichita’s season opener, ’42nd Street.’

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The musical “42nd Street” is dear to the heart of Brian J. Marcum.

It was the first Broadway tour he saw “as a young boy on the very back row of the balcony at the Orpheum in Memphis, Tennessee”.

One of Marcum’s first Broadway roles was as swing (understudy) for all 12 male leads in the set. He was picked for the first time, from a field of 70 in the final encores alone, in the 2001–2005 revival, left mid-race, and returned for the show’s close.

The show was one of the first Broadway shows to reopen, at the behest of New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, two days after the September 11 attacks.

The audience, Marcum recalls, consisted of first responders and the families of those killed in the attacks.

“That was the first moment I thought, ‘This is what we do. We take people away from their existence, whether it’s awful or good, for two hours,'” he recalled.

So when came the time to schedule the first show to return to the Century II Concert Hall – after a pandemic shutdown in 2020 and a 2021 that saw Music Theater Wichita using the Federal Capitol Amphitheater in Andover and the Century II Convention Hall for productions – there was only one choice for its artistic director.

“We haven’t been able to be home for two years, and this feels like the right show to come back to, where people can be in the seats they paid for, to see the friends they see every Thursday night during the summer,” Marcum said. “For me, it was a no-brainer that this was our first show inside the concert hall.”

Based on a Warner Bros. film. from 1933, “42nd Street” is a showbiz story set behind the scenes of the making of a musical during the Depression. The 1980 stage version won Tony Awards for Best Musical and Choreography, and the show also won a Tony for Best Revival in 2001. The music, taken from several musicals written around the same time, has was written by Johnny Mercer, Al Dubin and Harry. Warren and includes such standards as “You’re Getting to be a Habit with Me”, “I Have Only Eyes for You”, “We’re in the Money”, “Lullaby of Broadway” and the title track.

“It’s the epitome of a Broadway show – big flashy numbers, a great cast, a big male lead, a female lead and an underdog who wins in the end,” Marcum said.

“42nd Street” follows newcomer Peggy Sawyer (played by Lena Owens), whose dreams of being in a Broadway show are dashed until she meets famed and notorious director Julian Marsh (Tom Galantich). Marsh reluctantly casts former lead actress Dorothy Brock (Paula Leggett Chase) in a role that financially secures the production.

Galantich, a newcomer to MTW, has played against Julian three times in the past 13 years.

“I can play this role for the rest of my life and be happy – I really, really could. It embodies everything I think musical theater is about,” he said. “I embrace badness with purpose. For me, the best challenges I find in musical theater are characters who aren’t so nice and change their minds. Julien is a perfect example of that. He starts out as a a man desperate to get back on top, but he gets affected along the way as he didn’t expect to be affected by Peggy.

Leggett Chase’s resume includes the MTW shows “Mamma Mia,” “9 to 5,” and “Curtains.”

“It’s like coming home. It’s amazing to be here,” the Indiana native said with a laugh when she recalled her first encounter with “42nd Street.”

She was dance captain for a production of the musical at an Atlantic City casino with Peter Marshall of “Hollywood Squares” fame. She remembers the cast “dancing their hearts out” on stage in front of a crowd of sleeping, drunk, and/or unlucky players during a four-month run of the show in 1987–88.

Leggett Chase said she also liked the show.

“I love the desperation, the way it plays out in everyone’s depression and vibrancy,” said the actress, who starred in the Broadway musical “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” with Galantich. “You have to have something in there that’s kind of a killer instinct. They all want something, but they all get there in a different way.

A three-year veteran of MTW, with credits such as “Hairspray,” “Sister Act,” and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” Owens got his first taste of “42nd Street.”

“I love the style of the show, this big standard Broadway musical,” she said. “It’s exactly what you want a musical to be – the big numbers, the acting, the heart of it. I feel like we can talk about the brashness of musicals , but hams always have heart.

As he auditioned performers for other roles, Marcum said he knew Owens would be his Peggy.

“She’s the first person that came to mind. She’s so unique in her personality and as a performer and the audience here loves her, just for her work overall. is the kind of quality you need in a Peggy,” he said. “There’s a vibrancy to her.”

Marcum says he has no doubt “42nd Street” will live on for decades.

“It’s popular as long as there are Peggy Sawyers,” he said, “or anyone who dreams of doing anything and faces any type of obstacle.”

’42ND STREET’ BY MUSIC THEATER WICHITA

When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on June 18; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. June 19

Where: Century II Concert Hall, 225 W. Douglas

Tickets: $25 to $72, at mtwichita.org, 316-265-3107 or Century II box office

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Britney Coleman of AVENUE QUEER at the Ted Mann Concert Hall https://acotonline.org/britney-coleman-of-avenue-queer-at-the-ted-mann-concert-hall/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 00:40:18 +0000 https://acotonline.org/britney-coleman-of-avenue-queer-at-the-ted-mann-concert-hall/ Returning to the Ted Mann Concert Hall for the first time since 2019, acclaimed stage actress, Britney Colemancurrently performing in the Sondheim’s Company revival with Patti LuPone, is taking a break from her Broadway run to join TCGMC for our Pride Concert! This concert will feature repertoire from the vast songbooks of some of the […]]]>

Returning to the Ted Mann Concert Hall for the first time since 2019, acclaimed stage actress, Britney Colemancurrently performing in the Sondheim’s Company revival with Patti LuPone, is taking a break from her Broadway run to join TCGMC for our Pride Concert!

This concert will feature repertoire from the vast songbooks of some of the most famous musicals of all time, woven together for a presentation you won’t want to miss!

We chat with Britney about musical theater and singing with the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus!

How does it feel to find the audience and theaters live?

It was amazing! The audience seemed just as excited to be in the theater as the performers were when we picked up the pace. A huge “well done!” to venues that have been able to leverage their resources with their communities and open outdoor venues for performances over the past two years. A second “BRAVO!” to the places that worked so hard to enforce masks and proof of vaccinations to keep everyone safe when we started playing indoors. It made the process of getting back on stage safe and really exciting!

What inspired you to pursue a career in show business?

I was influenced from an early age by my family, as well as my third-grade music teacher, who thought it would be a great idea to host small versions of Broadway shows at our fall concerts. and spring. I was cast as Mary in The Secret Garden and have been hooked ever since.

What were your musical influences?

Who ARE NOT my musical influences? A college music teacher introduced me to the music of Audra McDonald and it opened up a world of possibilities for me. She was the first woman I’ve seen who looked like me and sang like me on Broadway, and I knew I’d be able to get on stage and sing the way I wanted to sing, not the way people always assumed I was. was singing.

What’s your favorite role or production you’ve been in?

I’ve been lucky enough to play Guinevere in a particular adaptation of Camelot several times over the past few years. This score is so dreamy!

What is your favorite musical?

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

What is your favorite musical song?

Hadestown Flowers

What’s your favorite musical song to sing?

Anything Sondheim!

What other role do you hope to play?

One that has yet to be written.

What’s it like to sing with the Twin City Gay Men’s Chorus for their Pride concert?

What a thrill! So excited to meet everyone and make glorious music.

What do you hope the audience will take away from the Pride concert?

I’d like our audience to laugh a little, cry a little, and enjoy the rare collective experience of being human without judgment. I’d like them to see and remember that it doesn’t take much to help someone – you might even make a friend in the process!

Do you have a favorite place in Minneapolis or a place you hope to visit during your stay?

I was here on tour with Beautiful in 2015 so can’t wait to see The Orpheum again.

Thanks for your time Britney!

For more information on tickets and the show, click on the ticket link!

Photo by Chad Wagner MUA Jane

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Broadway Belter Chelle Denton performs at Segerstrom Concert Hall https://acotonline.org/broadway-belter-chelle-denton-performs-at-segerstrom-concert-hall/ Mon, 06 Jun 2022 16:00:29 +0000 https://acotonline.org/broadway-belter-chelle-denton-performs-at-segerstrom-concert-hall/ Photograph by Emily J. Davis Denton is among six featured singers performing hit tunes from Broadway shows such as “Hamilton,” “Wicked” and “The Lion King” June 3 and 4 at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. She describes herself as a “soprano belt”, she appeared in “The Sound of Music” at the La Mirada […]]]>
Photograph by Emily J. Davis

Denton is among six featured singers performing hit tunes from Broadway shows such as “Hamilton,” “Wicked” and “The Lion King” June 3 and 4 at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. She describes herself as a “soprano belt”, she appeared in “The Sound of Music” at the La Mirada theater, “Something Rotten” with Musical Theater West in Long Beach and “Parade” with 3-D Theatricals based in Anaheim.

How did you start as a performer?

I’ve been singing since I was little. My father is a singer. He sang in a hair salon in college. And her father was a choir teacher. So I come from a musical background and have had incredible support from my family. I’ve been doing musicals and shows since I was probably 9 or 10 years old. In high school, I decided that was what I wanted to study in college, so I started auditioning for college musical theater programs.

Why did you turn to musical theatre?

I’ve always enjoyed singing for people, but the added passion and joy came from being on stage and being able to embody a character. I’m so passionate about storytelling. What I love is the story behind the song and the show. Whatever song I do, I like to find the story and have the audience join you in that story, whether it’s a musical or a concert format. I know pop artists try to do the same thing. Also, my tone of voice tends to move in a more theatrical direction, so I stayed in that zone while becoming a performer.

Is the highlight getting on stage and performing?

I think so. Sometimes it’s also being in a cast of really good performers who are on the same wavelength as you and who are just as passionate about storytelling. I think that tends to be a highlight. And work with great directors and musical directors. You meet a lot of great people. Many of my close friends come from productions I’ve done in the past. It’s exciting to know that you’re in a job where you constantly meet new people.

At Cal State Fullerton, were there any specific productions that were extremely fulfilling for you?

I was able to do “Legally Blonde” when I was a junior. I played Paulette, and it was a dream role for me. It’s a comic role with a big belt voice. It was so much fun. The agents who represent me now contacted me after this role. I finished my time at Cal State Fullerton doing “Kiss Me Kate,” and I loved it because I got to play alongside my best friend in college, and I played the role of Kate. It was extremely difficult because there was a Shakespearian language involved, which was challenging but pushed me and my performance abilities.

Where would you like to go with your career?

Like many in the musical theater world, I would love to be on Broadway. I’ve had the opportunity to audition for a few Broadway shows, and that in itself has always been a dream. Now that’s the point of getting into one of these shows. Specifically, I would like to create a role. I would like my career to take me into the world of television and cinema, which happened little by little. My most recent work has been national commercials with Pepsi and Ross. Other than that, I’ve done some short films with up-and-coming directors, which has been really cool.

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New season announced at Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theater https://acotonline.org/new-season-announced-at-perth-concert-hall-and-perth-theater/ Tue, 31 May 2022 11:12:00 +0000 https://acotonline.org/new-season-announced-at-perth-concert-hall-and-perth-theater/ Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theater have created four different covers for their July to December brochure to highlight the wide range of entertainment they are offering in the upcoming season. Alan Cumming, Nicola Benedetti, Niteworks and Paulus – representing theatre, classical music, contemporary music and comedy respectively – take turns to cover the new […]]]>

Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theater have created four different covers for their July to December brochure to highlight the wide range of entertainment they are offering in the upcoming season.

Alan Cumming, Nicola Benedetti, Niteworks and Paulus – representing theatre, classical music, contemporary music and comedy respectively – take turns to cover the new season brochure which also contains sections on events, films , shows for children and families, and workshops and courses.

In another departure for the new brochure, the welcome from Horsecross Arts Managing Director Nick Williams has been translated into Gaelic in honor of the Royal National Mòd Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail which takes place in theaters in Perth in October – the first time the city has hosted the event in 18 years.

Commenting on the new approach to the new six-month programme, Nick Williams said:

“We have such a variety of shows coming up that it just didn’t seem right to give just one act the cover spot. Global acting sensation Alan Cumming, who stars in the National Theater Scotland’s production of Burn, is the perfect choice to represent our exciting and varied theater season; our classical audiences will love knowing that Nicola Benedetti is back at the Perth Concert Hall with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra as part of our busy classical programme; electronica band Niteworks reflects our interesting and eclectic musical offering and our high-profile television personality.-set comedian Paulus, who performs Looking For Me Friend, The Music of Victoria Wood is the face of another great comedy line-up.”

Theater

Once again the theater program features stars from the Scottish stage and beyond in a combination of visiting shows and house productions. World-renowned Scottish actor and author Alan Cumming challenges the ‘cookie tin’ image of Rabbie Burns in his brand new play Burn; The Citizen’s Theater Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors is full of slapstick humor and feel-good fun, and the non-PC, crude, rhyming cut of Liz Lochhead’s Molière’s Tartuffe moves the French classic to a Scottish drawing room from the 1960s. 1940. Don and his nephew Sandy embarked on an unlikely road trip to conquer Clackmannanshire at the Perth Theater and Dundee Rep’s wild new comedy DON QUIXOTE – The Man From Clackmannanshire; there’s a rare opportunity to see legendary West End musical Blood Brothers in Perth and the town’s beloved panto Jack And The Beanstalk is this year’s family festive treat.

Classic

From lavish operas to rousing orchestral concerts, intimate piano recitals and emerging artists, the Classical season offers an engaging mix of new gems and familiar favourites. Highlights include the operas Le Mariage de Figaro by Opera Bohemia and Thérèse by Massenet by Scottish Opera. A fascinating series of concerts from Perth includes a world premiere of a new work by Sir James MacMillan performed by Nicola Benedetti and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra as well as concerts by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra . A series of famous international pianists make up a sparkling Perth Piano Sundays program and the Lunchtime Concerts series offers the usual tasty selection of small performances.

Music

On a musical note, fans of American roots music can look forward to unique concerts by Southern Fried, Scotland Sings Nanci Griffith performed by a group of top Scottish musicians, and Late & Southern Fried featuring Errol Linton and Katie Whittaker. There are highly anticipated performances from Leo Sayer, Ricky Ross, The Drifters, Jane McDonald and The Proclaimers. Local, Scottish and emerging artists include The African Music Experience with Ccippo, The Shona Choir, Heal & Harrow with Rachel Newton and Lauren McColl, Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton, Ewan MacFarlane, James Grant and Niteworks. An impressive lineup of tribute shows includes Fastlove – A Tribute to George Michael, The Simon and Garfunkel Story, Re-Take That, Manchester sing-off The Complete Stone Roses v. Definitely Oasis and the celebration of Meat Loaf Anything for Love.

The comedy

Well-known faces on the comedy circuit include Sarah Millican, Jim Smith, Craig Hill, Daniel Sloss, Jason Manford and Jerry Sadowitz. Serious comedy fans won’t want to miss MZA’s Comedy Sneak Peeks! ; hilarious previews of the all-star Edinburgh Fringe from a mix of up-and-coming comedians. Longtime Victoria Wood fan Paulus pays a funny and touching tribute to the national treasure in Looking For Me Friend, The Music of Victoria Wood.

young people

Young people from P1 to S6 can explore theater and music with professional artists and musicians at two specially created summer schools and take part in regular weekly workshops in Perth Youth Theater and Glee Singing. Building on the success of Perth Youth Theater’s Chaos production in 2022, S1-6 will once again have the opportunity to perform on the Perth Theater stage.

Much younger audiences can join lovable characters in The Polar Bears Go Go Go!, befriend The Smartest Giant in Town, fly high with Cloudman, and follow a young bird as he learns about the world in the show of magic musical theater BambinO.

The Royal National Mod

Scotland’s first Gaelic festival The Royal National Mòd Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail returns to Perth for the first time in 18 years with a series of music and dance competitions and a series of other performances at the Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theater . The full program will be announced in July.

The new season brochure is available now at the Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre.

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A world-renowned concert hall in a small town in Texas – Texas Monthly https://acotonline.org/a-world-renowned-concert-hall-in-a-small-town-in-texas-texas-monthly/ Wed, 25 May 2022 14:00:00 +0000 https://acotonline.org/a-world-renowned-concert-hall-in-a-small-town-in-texas-texas-monthly/ Every week, we share dispatches from Texas reporter, the long-running TV show that invites you to ride and travel to explore the back roads of Texas. More than half a century ago, James Dick returned from studying classical piano in Europe. He undertook to create his own music conservatory, offering a unique experience to classical […]]]>
Every week, we share dispatches from Texas reporter, the long-running TV show that invites you to ride and travel to explore the back roads of Texas.

More than half a century ago, James Dick returned from studying classical piano in Europe. He undertook to create his own music conservatory, offering a unique experience to classical musicians accustomed to large metropolises where orchestras thrive.

Amid cow pastures and rolling hills between Austin and Houston, he founded the Round Top Festival Institute. And more than fifty years later, it’s become an international haven for artists who want to study and perform in what he calls “a human scale environment.”

The campus includes a chapel, dormitories, a practice space and the crowning glory: an ornate thousand-seat concert hall inspired by major European stages. Each summer, the annual music festival brings together an orchestra of musicians from around the world for a series of public concerts.

Enter this one-of-a-kind place in this video from Texas country reporter.

To note: Texas reporterThe concert tour of, “A Texas Tribute,” will visit Festival Hill on Sunday, July 3. The orchestra will also play patriotic Fourth of July tunes.

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Durango Theatreworks kicks off inaugural season at Community Concert Hall in Durango https://acotonline.org/durango-theatreworks-kicks-off-inaugural-season-at-community-concert-hall-in-durango/ Wed, 25 May 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://acotonline.org/durango-theatreworks-kicks-off-inaugural-season-at-community-concert-hall-in-durango/ PHOTO: A recent UK production of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’. Durango Theatreworks at the Fort will present its inaugural season with Joseph and the Incredible Technicolor Dream Coat Saturday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 5 at 2 p.m. on stage at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. Dr. […]]]>

PHOTO: A recent UK production of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’.

Durango Theatreworks at the Fort will present its inaugural season with Joseph and the Incredible Technicolor Dream Coat Saturday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 5 at 2 p.m. on stage at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. Dr. Michael McKelvey conducts this semi-staged, choreographed “live” performance accompanied by a live orchestra.

Joseph and the Incredible Technicolor Dream Coat is a musical with words by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on the character of Joseph from the Bible’s Book of Genesis. It was Lloyd Webber and Rice’s first musical to be performed publicly, and it’s a Joseph family tale, with familiar themes and upbeat music…and has been performed in many stage productions.

A collective of more than 30 artists and musicians, including members of the local community, FLC and area high school students, will perform as part of the new Durango Theatreworks sponsored by Fort Lewis College. The cast for joseph includes Jason Lythgoe (Joseph), Ben Mattson (Pharaoh) and a Durango and Farmington crowd favorite, Geoff Johnson (Jacob, Potiphar, The Butler). All will perform with an orchestra of eight musicians under the direction of Helen Gregory; Rebecca Thurston, Tayler Smith and Melissa Mossinghoff are the evening’s narrators. Cast “brothers” include Travis Carlson, Gregory Palese, Conor Sheehan, Wyatt Krob, Oliver Kennedy, Mondo Yazzie, Ava Allen, Sadie Hanson, Liam Hahn, Luca Sandoval McCallum and Richard Tsethlikai.

Durango Theatreworks is under the direction of faculty member Dr. Michael E. McKelvey, who is responsible for Fort Lewis College’s new musical theater program. McKelvey states that “the establishment of a professional theater company in conjunction with the new program will strengthen the performing arts at Fort Lewis College, while providing more theatrical opportunities for artists and theatergoers in Durango.”

The company will follow up with two more productions for its inaugural summer season and will host pop-up entertainment throughout Durango. For more information, visit durangotheatreworks.org.

Tickets for all performances are available online at www.durangoconcerts.com or by phone Monday through Friday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 970-247-7657. Lobby doors open one hour before showtime and the concert hall opens half an hour before showtime.

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FPC Live Announces New Milwaukee Location for Multi-Room Concert Venue https://acotonline.org/fpc-live-announces-new-milwaukee-location-for-multi-room-concert-venue/ Mon, 23 May 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://acotonline.org/fpc-live-announces-new-milwaukee-location-for-multi-room-concert-venue/ After a plan to build a two-room concert hall in a Summerfest parking lot was officially scrapped last week, Madison-based FPC Live announced a new site for the $50 million project: the northeast corner of the former Bradley Center site. The venue’s new location is in the Deer District, where The Trade Hotel is currently […]]]>

After a plan to build a two-room concert hall in a Summerfest parking lot was officially scrapped last week, Madison-based FPC Live announced a new site for the $50 million project: the northeast corner of the former Bradley Center site.

The venue’s new location is in the Deer District, where The Trade Hotel is currently thriving and where, in the coming years, a new public museum of Milwaukee will be built.

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The site was announced at a press conference in Deer District Square on Monday morning.

The new concert hall – like the previous iteration – was designed by Eppstein Uhen Architects of Milwaukee. The structure has been adjusted for the new location and is similar but not identical to the one shown in the Third Ward site renders.

The original plan called for a 108,000 square foot building – due to open after Summerfest 2023 – with two venues open year-round, with capacities of up to 800 and 4,000 people.

FPC Live expects the new Deer District concert hall to host around 135 event nights a year and create “several dozen full-time jobs and 600 part-time jobs”, in addition to 500 construction jobs during the construction.

According to Bucks president Peter Feigin, the new project will use about a third of the Bradley Center site — purchased from the city of Milwaukee for $1 — with space remaining for future on-field projects.


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Construction of the new Deer District Concert Hall is set to begin later this year, with an expected opening in late 2023.

FPC Live — which will open a permanent office in Milwaukee in the coming weeks and eventually have offices in the concert hall building — said it won’t be seeking city funding for the project.

Mayor Cavalier Johnson said some approvals will be required from the common council, but did not specify the elements.

FPC Live (Frank Productions, a joint venture partner of Live Nation) originally announced the Third Ward location at a 1.25 acre Summerfest parking lot in December. However, some neighbors objected to the plan due to traffic, parking, and noise concerns, and on May 13, Summerfest and FPC Live jointly released statements closing the Third Ward plan.

In its earlier statement, FPC Live — which operates High Noon Saloon, The Sylvee, The Orpheum and The Majestic Theater venues in Madison — said it still hoped to develop an indoor multi-performance venue somewhere in Milwaukee.

“We remain committed to Milwaukee’s live music landscape, are excited about our continued partnership with MWF, and look forward to promoting concerts by the lake and throughout Milwaukee for years to come,” said Charlie Goldstone, President of FPC Live.

Feigin said Monday the deal was reached about three weeks after it became clear the Third Ward plan would not move forward.


The Bradley Center, which opened in 1988, was demolished in 2019, shortly after the Fiserv Forum opened.

Between the new hotel and venue and the site of the Deer District Public Museum, the Wisconsin Center expansion, the Milwaukee Tool project in the former Time Insurance/Fortis building, a riverside dog park, and the sports complex A recently announced mixed-use residential, entertainment and residential city center football stadium project, Westown will look and feel very different over the next few years.

“We are thrilled to add exponential value to the thriving Deer District neighborhood,” Goldstone said, “by further strengthening the vibrancy of downtown Milwaukee. FPC Live is committed to working with the community to find the ideal location for these modern entertainment venues, and we found it.”

Asked about competing with a number of other nearby venues of similar capacity, Feigin and FPC Live officials said the focus on general admission sets the new venue apart and makes it unique in the market.

Some area music venues, including Turner Hall across from the Deer District and The Rave on the 24th and Wisconsin, are primarily general admission venues.

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University of Manitoba builds new $24 million concert hall https://acotonline.org/university-of-manitoba-builds-new-24-million-concert-hall/ Wed, 18 May 2022 13:26:52 +0000 https://acotonline.org/university-of-manitoba-builds-new-24-million-concert-hall/ The University of Manitoba (UM) is building the state-of-the-art, $24 million Desautels Concert Hall which, when put up for competition in the fall of 2023, will not only provide ample performance space for students in the Faculty of Music from the university, but also an intimate performance hall for lectures, conferences and other events. The […]]]>

The University of Manitoba (UM) is building the state-of-the-art, $24 million Desautels Concert Hall which, when put up for competition in the fall of 2023, will not only provide ample performance space for students in the Faculty of Music from the university, but also an intimate performance hall for lectures, conferences and other events.

The concert hall, named for philanthropist and principal donor Dr. Marcel Desautels, who contributed $10 million to the project as well as another $10 million to the faculty of music, is built in the heart of the Fort Garry campus.

According to a spokesperson for prime contractor Parkwest Projects, the site for the new concert hall, flanked by existing buildings on four sides, posed a serious challenge that only allowed limited construction machinery specific to certain aspects of the facility. operation.

An example of such specialist machinery is the Putzmeister Telebelt TB 130 for placing backfill sand (backfill) around the foundation. The design of the stabilizers allows quick installation in congested areas and uneven terrain.

Additionally, Teeple Architects of Toronto, which partnered with Cibinel Architecture of Winnipeg to design the facility, pointed out to Canadian Architect Magazine that “the orientation of the room was governed by the need to construct a orchestra below ground level while avoiding a major underground utility tunnel”. crossing the site diagonally.

According to the University of Manitoba, the hall will include a large stage for orchestral groups; a small stage for jazz ensembles, chamber ensembles and vocal recitals; and a proscenium stage for theater and dance performances. This layout can also accommodate opera and musical theater productions with an orchestra pit for 48 musicians.

The flexibility of the hall is possible thanks to an adjustable concert shell system made up of movable towers, pivoting panels and ceiling reflectors, the university explains. This system is then integrated into the house.

The hall also features catwalks above the stage to allow for rigging sets or adding lighting and draperies and a technical cabin at the rear.

A green room, multiple changing rooms, storage space, as well as a reception area, food and beverage concession, and ticket office are also included.

The concert hall is currently on track to achieve LEED Silver designation for green building standards.

For stacking operations, Parkwest Projects used the Hilti robotic total station.

“This technology provides accurate readings over large distances four times faster than two people using traditional layout methods,” the Parkwest spokesperson noted.

In a report published in the University’s news publication UM Today, the room is described as “unique among Winnipeg venues” in that it “can be configured in three ways to create an optimal acoustic and visual experience. “.

“I am excited about this new space, which will be unlike any other in Winnipeg,” said Michael Benarroch, president and vice-chancellor of UM, quoted in the academic publication. “It will allow new performances to move and inspire us, fostering connections between communities in a way that only performance pieces can.”

Benarroch added that the new facility would not be possible “without the generosity and vision of Marcel Desautels, Gail Asper and Michael Nesbitt (Nesbitt and Asper each contributing $2.5 million). Their support made this possible, and on behalf of Manitobans, I thank them.

Funding for the project comes entirely from private donors.

A “Your Seat Awaits” donation campaign is underway. Donors who donate $1,000 or more have the option of nominating a seat in the room.

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Orchestra buys the Fruitville Road land for the future concert hall https://acotonline.org/orchestra-buys-the-fruitville-road-land-for-the-future-concert-hall/ Fri, 13 May 2022 03:01:54 +0000 https://acotonline.org/orchestra-buys-the-fruitville-road-land-for-the-future-concert-hall/ STEVE REIDEditor and publishersreid@lbknews.com In bittersweet news for the city of Sarasota, the Sarasota Orchestra has announced that it is moving outside the city limits, east on Fruitville Road, closer to the I-75 corridor. Sarasota Orchestra President and CEO Joseph McKenna said the proximity to I-75 will expand its regional capacity and allow for the […]]]>

STEVE REID
Editor and publisher
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In bittersweet news for the city of Sarasota, the Sarasota Orchestra has announced that it is moving outside the city limits, east on Fruitville Road, closer to the I-75 corridor.

Sarasota Orchestra President and CEO Joseph McKenna said the proximity to I-75 will expand its regional capacity and allow for the kind of exceptional acoustics a new concert hall can provide.

The orchestra has contracted with the Wal Mart Corporation, which owns the 32-acre parcel at 5701 Fruitville Road. The plan is to build an 1,800-seat concert hall as well as a 700-seat recital hall for chamber music and other flexible uses.

The property is valued by Sarasota County at $7,335,600. The sale price is not disclosed, but the orchestra said the money has already been raised.

The Sarasota City Commission for the past four years struggled with the orchestra to find a location that met the demands and needs of the organization. Former Mayor Hagen Brody implored then-City Manager Tom Barwin to work proactively with the orchestra as well as other organizations that may consider heading east for audiences in fast growing that settled along the highway in planned communities.

The Players Theater announced its move to Lakewood Ranch about five years ago, and Mote Marine has sought to build its future aquarium in the town where The Bay project is underway on 53 acres surrounding the Van Wezel. Mote Marine was turned down by the city and instead negotiated with the county for a site at University Parkway and I-75.

For McKenna, the purchase marks a significant milestone for an organization that has had to perform in various venues with poor acoustics. The orchestra hopes that the additional 15-minute drive beyond its current location will be a small price for its customers on the islands to enjoy a state-of-the-art musical experience. Perhaps more importantly, is the fact that the entire corridor from Naples to Tampa is suddenly more accessible to a facility that will be located three minutes off the freeway.

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