Archive for February 24th, 2009

Hamilton Place: Hansel & Gretel, Cuban National Ballet

February 24th, 2009
Feb ’09
7:30 pm

CBYE Presents Hansel & Gretel by the Cuban National Ballet at Hamilton Place Theatre Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 07:30 PM

There will be a Special School Matinee of Hansel and Gretel will be perforballet-hansel-and-gretelmed at Hamilton Place on Thursday, February 26 at 10:30 AM. School tickets can be ordered on line calling 905-512-1453.  (ed note: I saw Giselle last year in the same theatre, same company, and it was definitely very impressive.)

For the main show, order tickets at ticketmaster.

Click here to see a short article on the ballet and the Cuban version… by Pastor Valle-Garay, Senior Scholar, York University.

Excerpt: “It will be a joy to watch particularly because well over one hundred Canadian youngsters are about to share the stage with the Cuban performers.  The local talent will assume the roles of dancing flowers, witches, cats and otherworldly visions in a production that promises to fulfill the most demanding wishes of the audience.”

How long to get there?  You can play with this Google map.  From City Hall, Toronto it’s 49 minutes to Hamilton Place.  Note the early start, 7:30 pm. so you can be in bed before midnight!


Voices of the Diaspora: Canciones de Cuba at York U.

February 8th, 2009
Feb ’09
8:00 pm

The thrilling 20-voice Nathaniel Dett Chorale, directed by Brainerd Blyden-Taylor, will present a special concert, “Voices of the Diaspora: Canciones de Cuba“, in partnership with the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University on February 26.

Launching the Chorale’s new ‘Diaspora’ series, “Canciones de Cuba” highlights the contributions of African-Cuban poet, Nicholas Guillen
(1902 – 1989).

The concert will mark the world premiere of three compositions drawn from the poetry of Guillen. The program includes Seis Canciones and Momenade a la Trova, arranged by York University music professor Michael Marcuzzi; Canciones Por Las Americas by Canadian composer Sid Robinovitch; and two pieces by Cuban composer Guillermo Fragoso.

“Voices of the Diaspora: Canciones de Cuba” takes place Wed. Feb. 26 at 8:00 pm in Burton Auditorium, York University, 4700 Keele St. Admission is $35, $25 for seniors, $15 for students, free for children under 12. Tickets are available by calling 416-872-1212 or at the door on the night of the show.

For further information, please call the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, 416-340- 7000.