“Carmina” soloists announced; “Pauline”; City Opera’s new home, the Pantages Theatre

Sing-Along Carmina Burana, October 26

We're delighted to announce that some very talented musicians have confirmed their participation in our upcoming Carmina Burana concert:

Soprano: Phoebe MacRae
Tenor: William George
Baritone: Andrew Greenwood
Pianists: Jason Sherbundy and Kenneth Broadway
Percussionists: Sal Ferreras and friends
More information about each of these artists can be found in the “artist bios” section of the City Opera website.

There's been a surge in activity since Labour Day. We've done an e-invitation to some 200 choruses in Metro Vancouver – twice. We're following that up with personal calls to all 200, and want to make sure that we've left no one out.

If you know of any person – or any group – who should receive such an invitation, could you let us know? Please advise our marketing director, Kevin McKeown, at marketing@cityoperavancouver.com. Thanks!

Proceeds from Canada's first Singalong Carmina Burana will support the start-up phase of the company, especially in our work in the Downtown Eastside.

We also are very much in need of volunteers to assist at the event. If you or someone you know would like to attend as a volunteer, please contact us at volunteers@cityoperavancouver.com. Thanks!

Pauline

You've probably also seen the three website photos we're running under the head 'Pauline'. We won't be making an official announcement until the New Year, but in case you're curious…

The first two photos show one of Canada's greatest singers in a private performance of two extraordinary arias, both given at the Canadian Music Centre on Davie Street. The third shows the final meeting of a Jury comprising our professional advisors. Stay tuned.

Pantages Theatre

This dazzler is located at 150 East Hastings, in the heart of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside - our first entertainment district.

A tour of the Pantages in early 2006.

You may remember it as the City Lights theatre back in the 70s. It's been closed for 15 years, and off the radar for a long time.

City Opera Vancouver will be one of three companies resident at this 650-seat theatre, once fully restored. It has a superb acoustic. Our recent performing guests include soprano Diana Oros-Wilder, pianist Michael Onwood, trombonists Jeremy Berkman and Sharman King, and violinist Mark Fewer. All have helped us test the acoustics. All confirm that they just may be the finest in Vancouver. You will soon be able to judge for yourselves.

Sunday 6 January 2008 is the 100th anniversary of the opening of this original vaudeville theatre, now the oldest surviving in Western Canada. Please mark that afternoon on your calendar. You'll be getting an invitation to hear something wonderful.

Finally…

We look forward to seeing you on October 26. This Carmina Burana promises to be one of the most memorable evenings of music-making in a long time, and unlike anything any one has ever done before.

In this way, it will be much the identity of City Opera itself: worthy music, wonderful performers, unusual opportunity, and a great audience.

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