RDC presents Christmas performances

  • Nov. 30, 2011 4:38 p.m.

Music and ballet students at RDC will celebrate the Christmas season with a number of upcoming events at the Arts Centre.

Jazz in the Studio will take place in Studio A Dec. 6 at 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy an intimate evening of jazz that features beautiful and melodic favourites. The RDC Big Band will perform Bein’ Green by Joe Raposo. First made popular by Kermit the Frog in 1970, the Big Band’s rendition features Laurie Shapka-Thiel on trombone.

The Big Band will also perform The Candy Man from the hit movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and a fine list of other songs including Ja Da by Bob Carleton and Tenor Madness by Sonny Rollins.

The Faculty Jazz Combo will perform a host of songs including When You Wish Upon a Star from Walt Disney’s Pinocchio and Billie Holiday’s God Bless the Child. The combo consists of Curtis Phagoo on bass, Jeremy Doody on guitar, Malcolm Bell on drums and Steve Sherman on the trumpet.

In addition, Sounds of the Season, featuring RDC Chamber Choir and Symphonic Winds will run on the RDC mainstage on Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Get into the Christmas spirit with the RDC Music program as they present their annual Christmas concert featuring the RDC Chamber Choir and the Symphonic Winds.

With carols from around the world the song list includes We Three Kings and Good King Wenceslas. The choir will round out their program with Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah.

The Symphonic Winds will perform, by request, from the following list of Christmas songs: A Christmas Festival, A Christmas Portrait, Babes in Toyland, Cantique De Noel (O Holy Night), Carol of the Drums, Greensleeves, The Nutcracker Suite, Sleigh Ride, and Winter Wonderland.

The audience is invited to vote on the music to be performed. Once the scores are tallied, the real fun begins! Rounding out the program are two seasonal works by the RDC Percussion Ensemble as well as the annual carol sing-along.

Also coming up, RDC Conservatory of Ballet presents The Nutcracker on the mainstage Dec. 17 at 7 p.m., Dec. 18 at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Ballet students will perform a magical production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, based on the adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffmanns’s story of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.

Christmas is fast approaching Madame Drosselmier’s Home for Girls and excitement abounds as they prepare for a Christmas party. One little girl experiences more than she can imagine when she receives a beautiful nutcracker doll as a gift.

Tickets for all performances are available through the Black Knight Ticket Centre by calling 403-777-6626 or at www.bkticketcentre.ca.

– Fawcett

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