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Volume 27 Issue 7 | May 20 - July 12, 2022

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Schafer at Soundstreams; "Dixon Road" at High Park, Skydancers at Harbourfront; Music and art at the Wychwood Barns; PODIUM in town; festival season at hand; Listening Room at your fingertips; and listings galore.

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Fans take note! Like many other dance fans, I am eager to see former prima ballerina and National Ballet of Canada artistic director emerita, Karen Kain’s new take on that most classic of classical ballets, Swan Lake. Postponed in 2020 like so many other productions, Kain’s new “old version” will be revealed in a long run from June 10-26 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Look out for more on this to come. And for those whose hearts lie with traditional Broadway-style musical theatre, I would recommend catching Cynthia Dale’s Take the Moment concert, which will interweave personal stories with Sondheim songs, at The Winter Garden Theatre, June 23-25; and Damn Yankees (perhaps best known from the movie version starring Tab Hunter and Gwen Verdon) directed by Brian Hill with choreography by Allison Plamondon (who created such great dances for Holiday Inn), running all season at the Shaw Festival . Jennifer Parr is a Toronto-based director, dramaturge, fight director and acting coach, brought up from a young age on a rich mix of musicals, Shakespeare and new Canadian plays. QUICK PICKS 2 Pianos 4 Hands at the Royal Alexandra Theatre June 4-July 17. Twenty-five years ago two young up and coming theatre talents, Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt sat down and created a show based on their own memories of learning to play the piano and dreaming of concertpianist stardom. It became a monster hit playing across the country and internationally with various teams after the originators stepped back – even an all-female version. Vol 17 No 3, November 2011 Now 2P4H is back to celebrate its anniversary with its original creators and stars in place. Backing them up and taking the stage on Tuesday nights are two young performers who I’m sure are hoping for the same success: Richard Todd Adams and Max Roll. R.U.R. A Torrent of Light May 24-June 5 Tapestry New Opera is known for its risk taking, and with this new opera by Nicole Lizėe and Nicholas Billon they are really pushing the boundaries into science fiction, even including wearable body technology as well as multimedia designs in cooperation with OCAD University. For new opera fans (and fans of new opera!) this is a must see. performances/r-u-r-a-torrent-of-light/ Ruth, a previous production at Brantford’s Sanderson Centre. Ruth, May 28 New to me, but an event that has apparently been going on for 16 years, is the dramatic musical production Ruth by Ronald Beckett, which will be presented by Arcady Ensemble outdoors at the award-winning garden centre, Whistling Gardens in Wilsonville, for one performance on May 28. Inspired by the biblical story, Ruth will be performed by a combination of young professional singers (including Cristina Pisano as Ruth), emerging artists, and the Arcady Youth Chorus. For more information visit ANCA GASTON 20 | May 20 - July 12, 2022

An agency of the Government of Ontario Un organisme du gouvernement de l’Ontario 22 / 23 Season Reunited & You’re Invited Live music is back! Subscribe today to secure your preferred Tafelmusik experience. Explore the season including Bach St. John Passion, Handel Messiah and more. Photo: Brendan George Ko Purcell DIDO AND AENEAS October 20 to 23, 2022 Elgin Theatre Handel THE RESURRECTION April 6 to 9, 2023 Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning SUBSCRIBE TODAY! For more information about our season, visit SEASON PRESENTING SPONSOR SEASON UNDERWRITER Soprano Meghan Lindsay and Tenor Colin Ainsworth as Dido and Aeneas Photo by Bruce Zinger May 20 - July 12, 2022 | 21

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