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Annual St. Margaret's Bay Cruise,
Musicale, Wine & Cheese Reception


Saturday September 17, 2016

In support of Opera Nova Scotia

The Waters. Mother Nature's weather plans permitting, Opera Nova Scotia is reviving
its annual relaxing Summer Saturday get-away, providing fun for you and funds for
live opera; as Capt. Kenny Merlin welcomes you on board his beautifully-appointed,
authentic Cape Island boat for a two-hour tour of picturesque St. Margaret's Bay.

The Song. After the cruise it's only a few minutes back to the welcoming home of Ifan Williams where you will be entertained by one of Halifax's most admired singers, Jon-Paul Décosse. JP, as he is affectionately called, has firmly established himself within the ONS Spring Productions roster, through his outstanding performances in Luisa Miller, Don Giovanni and La Serva Padrona. His characterization of the evil Don Pizarro in last Season's Informoperal presentation of Fidelio will be long remembered. He has been a favorite with Opera Valentine guests, and gives his time generously to ONS in fund-raising events. He will offer a half-hour program to suitably close the day's pleasures, with pianist Lynette Wahlstrom.

The Reception. Enjoy this wonderful way to relax and to hear superb musical artistry in a charming home environment where you can refresh yourselves with wine and cheese, homemade cakes, tea and coffee. Our host Ifan Williams has designed an accommodating Music Room complete with concert Steinway at his cosy house overlooking the Bay.

Departure Point: Take Hwy 103 to Exit 5, Turn left on to Hammonds Plains Rd.,
Right at lights at T-junction (Hwy. 3), left at lights to Peggy's Cove Road (Hwy 333)
ca 5 km to "Shining Waters", 148 Nautical Way on right hand side of
Peggy's Cove Rd. Allow a 45-minute drive from Halifax.

Cruise Departure Time: 2:00 p.m.

Reception Time: ca 4::00 p.m. Disembarking from the cruise turn right on Peggy's Cove Rd. for 1.3 km. Turn right onto Indian Point Road for 0.6 km .You will see Ifan's sailing catamaran in the water on your left, and a little further the asphalt driveway with red brick borders on your right. Park on inbound side of Indian Point Road. The house (No.135) is gray with white trim and cedar roof, on a rise.

- If you are driving to the Reception only, Indian Point Road is 6 km down Peggy's Cove Road.

Cost: $50.00 per person, inclusive of cruise, musicale and reception
       (with a tax receipt for $20.00).

Limit: The cruise is limited to the first 30 who reserve with payment. A few more people would be able to attend the reception only, at a cost of $30.00

Reservations: Avoid disappointment, don't delay !!!
Send your reservation request,
 with cheque (payable to Opera Nova Scotia) to:
      Sheila Andrecyk,
      28 Greenpark Close, No. 601
      Halifax, NS
      B35 0A1
 Telephone registration and enquiries 445-5768

  DEADLINE: Monday, September 12.
  NOTE: No reservation can be made through the ONS Office
For more information call Sheila at 445-5768.
If unavailable call 425-8586 or 852-5170.

Upcoming season highlights:

Summer is slipping away quickly, and plans are underway for an exciting new Opera Nova Scotia Season 2016-2017.

Spring Production May 26-27, 2017 will feature two very different interpretations of the legendary story of Savitri and Satyavan from the Mahabharata.

The first will be "Savitri", written by British composer Gustav Holst in 1916.
Paula Rockwell will play Savitri, with Jon-Paul Décosse returning to our stage as "Death". Our third singer, Pictou county tenor, Marcel d'Entremont, will be familiar to Opera Valentine regulars, and recently toured France as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni. He will make his first Opera Nova Scotia stage appearance as Satyavan, Savitri's husband.

The second will be an historical event for Nova Scotia's performing arts. Opera Nova Scotia has commissioned the first Nova Scotian multicultural opera "Satyam", from two internationally reknowned young Canadians deeply committed to the traditions of their culture: tabla player Vineet Vyas (http://www.vineetvyas.com) and his wife, dancer and singer, Bageshree Vaze (http://www.bageshree.com).

In this interpretation, we meet a young woman maturing into contemporary Indian society with elements of traditional Indian narrative dance, Indian classical raga performance using sitar, tabla and vibraphone, costumes from the authentic tradition of Indian theatre and dance with modern staging devices including videography.

Leading up to the Spring production, on Saturday, April 1st there will be a special study day at the University of King's College exploring two of the traditions of Indian classical music and dance drama, as well as the Savitri legend.

Other events begin with the Season opening
St. Margaret's Bay with Musicale, Saturday September 17th.

Dr. Kemp's lectures on upcoming Met Opera Live in HD broadcasts will start at Keshen Goodman Library on Tuesday, Oct 4th, with shorter versions of the lectures presented by volunteers at Cineplex theatres throughout Nova Scotia. Tristan and Isolde is the first broadcast on October 8th.

In addition to the Spring Production, Opera Nova Scotia will present, at the composer's invitation, a fully staged premier production, with instrumental ensemble, of Elizabeth Raum's chamber opera, "Time of Trouble", dealing with the early history of the Sisters of Charity and the founding of Mount St. Vincent University.
Sir James Dunn Theatre, December 15th (8:00pm) , 16th (2:00pm).

Our annual Gala Opera Valentine will return to the Italian Canadian Cultural Association Club on Friday, February 10th; hosted again by Paula Rockwell, with a quartet of soloists headed by virtuoso soprano, Meghan Lindsay, a favourite with Opera Nova Scotia audiences.

On April 9th watch for Opera Nova Scotia's co-presention and co-production, in collaboration with Cecilia Concerts, of a concert version of scenes from Massenet's
"Le Jongleur du Notre Dame", featuring soprano Suzie LeBlanc.

Member special events are in the planning stage and will be announced shortly.

Because we are doing more ticketed productions which incur higher costs, we rely heavily on support through memberships and sponsors. As you probably know from watching the Met Opera Broadcasts, Ticket sales account for only a small percentage of the funding required to produce professional opera. This applies as much to provincial opera companies as it does to the Met!

Opera Nova Scotia is very proud of Season 2016-2017 and
we hope we can count on your ongoing support.

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Last update: Sep 11, 2016