Briefly: RSO offering new online concert as part of school program


Odds and ends from the local arts and entertainment scene.

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The Regina Symphony Orchestra is presenting a new online educational show — Li’l Shadd: A Story of Ujima — through the RSO in Schools program.

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Originally a picture book, Li’l Shadd has been reimagined with music by composers of African descent and will be performed by RSO musicians, featuring narrator Sharon-Ann Brown and singer/drummer Jeff Cappo. Brown is the chairperson of the Saskatchewan African Canadian Heritage Museum.

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The story chronicles one of Saskatchewan’s first settlers of African descent, Dr. Alfred Schmitz Shadd.

RSO’s presentation is available for online screening and also includes a teacher’s guide with detailed information on the contributions of Black composers to classical music.

“We strive to showcase the history of people of African descent and Dr. Shadd is one of the first (people) of African descent in Saskatchewan to contribute in the area of agriculture, medicine, communication and politics,” Brown said in a media release.

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The 30-minute show and teacher’s guide can be viewed at reginasymphony.com/education/rso-in-schools/lil-shadd-performance.

Meanwhile, RSO launches its Classics Series on Saturday night at the Conexus Arts Centre featuring Beethoven No. 5 (with guest pianist Katherine Dowling) and a tribute to Black composers.

Tickets and info at reginasymphony.com.

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Holiday Dream Cirque is coming to the Conexus Arts Centre on Dec. 8.

According to a media release, it’s a show for all ages featuring holograms, acrobats, daredevils, lasers, comedy and more.

“The story follows a mischievous Elf who thinks he is mailing himself to a tropical island, but instead finds himself delivered to the wrong address: Your theatre!” said the release. “Trying to get to his destination, he recruits the help of a stage hand, the audience, and a cast of amazing performers.”

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Meanwhile, the Arts Centre is also hosting Boney M featuring Liz Mitchell on Dec. 4. Mitchell is the original lead singer of Boney M, “one of the UK’s most loved disco and reggae bands.”

The group, formed in 1976, sold more than 100 million records worldwide and is known for international hits like Daddy Cool, Sunny, Rasputin, and Rivers of Babylon.

Tickets to both shows are on sale now. Details at conexusartscentre.ca.

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Regina Little Theatre is opening a new season with Bathsheba Doran’s adaptation of Great Expectations.

The Charles Dickens classic runs Sept. 28 to Oct. 1 at the Regina Performing Arts Centre.

Regina Little Theatre is planning four other full-length plays this season: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Nov. 30-Dec. 3), Time After Time (Feb. 15-18), Making God Laugh (April 12-15), and Steel Magnolias (June 7-10).

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More information can be found at reginalittletheatre.com. Tickets are available through the Performing Arts Centre.

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The MacKenzie Art Gallery’s annual gala — Welcome to the Hothouse — is back after a two-year COVID hiatus.

The event, which includes a live and silent art auction, runs Oct. 14 in the atrium of the gallery’s T.C. Douglas Building.

Proceeds go to support the MacKenzie’s exhibitions and public programs.

Early bird pricing ends Sept. 26. Tickets are available online at mackenzie.art.

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Soul Deep is performing back-to-back shows this weekend (Friday and Saturday night) at the Revival Music Room.

The 10-piece Regina band comprises three female lead vocalists, three horn players and a four-piece core-rhythm section. They play classic hits featuring contemporary soul, Motown, R&B, disco and rock.

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Tickets ($15) are available at the Revival or by calling Lorne at 306-536-0685.

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Zachary Lucky’s Canadian tour is stopping at the Artesian in Regina on Saturday.

The folk-roots singer from Saskatoon is touring in support of his latest album: Songs For Hard Times. He’s to be joined by special guest Soil ‘N Grass

Tickets at artesianon13th.ca.

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Volksliederchor Harmonie (German Harmony Chorus) is looking for singers.

The four-part mixed choir is open to all ages and performs in German and English. There are two concerts per year — one in the spring and one at Christmas — in addition to other special events.

Costumes are provided. Rehearsals are at the German Club (1727 St. John St.) every Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m.

For more information, contact Alvin Knoll at (306) 352-5114.

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