Please VOTE – Best of Halifax and Music Nova Scotia

I am very excited to share that I have been nominated as “Best Classical Artist/Group” in The Coast’s Best of Halifax 2017 contest. Voting ends on September 15! Any anyone with an email address can vote!

Here’s how to vote:

http://thecoast.secondstreetapp.com/l/Best-of-Halifax-2017/Ballot/Music

-click the link above
-scroll down to “Best Classical Artist/Group” and click
-click on “Vote” beside my name
-enter your email address and follow the steps as you’re prompted*
-go to your email account and confirm your info (check your junk folder for an email from “Promotion Support” from the Coast)
 
*You won’t get spam–they’re just counting one vote per email

 

I am also thoroughly delighted that “Lady of the Lake” has been nominated as “Classical Recording of the Year” in the Music Nova Scotia awards. If you’re a Music Nova Scotia member, you can vote between now and September 29!

Exciting updates for Crossing Borders!

Recently, I learned that two composers I’m commissioning for upcoming Crossing Borders concerts received commissioning/creation grants! I am thrilled!! Thank you to Arts Nova Scotia and Ontario Arts Council. And many congrats to Bob Bauer and Saman Shahi for winning these grants. I can’t wait to première your works! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Launch Events!

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Party Time! You’re Invited!

Lady of the Lake has officially dropped and we want to party! We have two events – one in Bedford on July 11 and one in Halifax on July 12.

July 11, 6PM
Board Room Game Cafe
936 Bedford Highway
$5 admission to the cafe
Buy a $20 CD and admission price is waived

Come to the Board Room Game Cafe on the Bedford Highway on Tuesday, July 11 at 6PM. You’ll have a chance to greet the artists on the album, we’ll sing you a few ditties, then we can play some games! The official parts of the event will be between 6:00-7:00pm. Then games and hanging.

July 12, 3:30PM
The Press Gang
5218 Prince St.  (between Barrington & Argyle)
Free admission, but reserve your spot HERE 

Come to the Press Gang downtown Halifax on Wednesday, July 12 at 3:30PM. Mix and mingle with the artists on the album, and then we’ll sing for you before resuming more mixing and mingling.

The official parts of the event will be between 3:30-4:30PM. The Press Gang opens its regular service at 5PM, so plan to stay on and have some food and bevvies, if you’re so inclined! (The bar will be open for us for our event).

Maureen Batt, soprano
Jon-Paul Décosse, bass-baritone
Simon Docking, piano
Fiona Ryan, composer

Pre-order Lady of the Lake on iTunes/Amazon

The countdown is on! My debut album is available for pre-order on iTunes and Amazon! If you pre-order on iTunes, you 1) get two tracks right away! and 2) can preview all tracks

iTunes link HERE

Amazon.com link HERE

Amazon.ca link HERE

Read the press release on Leaf Music HERE

As always, I encourage you to stay up to speed by following me on my FB and Twitter pages on by joining my mailing list: SUBSCRIBE HERE 

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Heathers: The Musical!

 

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*****TICKETS HERE*****

Based on the classic 1989 film, Westerberg High is ruled by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing trio: Heather, Heather and Heather – the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. But misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the dark and sexy stranger J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in their place – six feet under. Sexy, sassy and laugh-out-loud funny, Heathers: The Musical will blow you away.

Please note: this show contains coarse language, sexuality, violence and mature themes. Viewer discretion IS advised!

We are thrilled to be supporting Phoenix Youth Programs with this production. We are comitted to donating a portion of every ticket to the incredible work they do with the at-risk youth of Halifax.

THE DETAILS
What: “Heathers: The Musical”
When: Preview Night – Tues Feb 21 @ 7:30 ($10 tickets for all!)
Wed Feb 22 – Sat Feb 25 @ 7:30pm
Sat Feb 25 – Sun Feb 26 @ 2:00pm
Where: The Bus Stop Theatre on Gottingen St
Cost: $20 for Students/Seniors/Artists/Underwaged & $25 for everyone else

Please note that Friday February 24 is our “Fundraiser Friday” so tickets will be $5 more, and all of that money will go directly to Phoenix Youth Programs! We’ve also included an option where you can donate to Phoenix House directly, bypassing our production budget all together.

THE TEAM
Producer: Laura Thornton
Director: Emily Jewer
Musical Director: Sarah Richardson
Choreographer: Ian Gilmore
Stage Manager: Olivia McGinn
Assistant Stage Manager: Levente Lakner
Wardrobe: Naomi Froese
Projection Design/Media: Sean Skerry
The Cast: Melissa MacGougan, Sean O’Brien, Tamara Fifield, Shanoa Phillips, Julia Topple, Tyler Craig, Nick Cox, Jessica Oliver, Maureen Batt, Garrett Barker, Brian Hart, Morgan Melnyk, Rachel Mundy, Madeleine Tench, Emily McInnis, Jordan Burke

WE COULDN’T DO IT WITHOUT THESE FOLKS
Halifax Circus, North Street Sobeys, Queen Street Sobeys, Aperature Studios, Solowyay Wright Lawyers, Collin’s Tattoo and Piercing, Neptune Theatre, Delta Barrington, Halifax Mooseheads, David’s Tea, Garrett Barker, Francesca Barnett-Cowan, Mary Anne & Paul Richardson, Fiona Ryan, Heather Topple, Erin Burbidge, Sheila Davis, Nicole & Brandon Nunn, Valerie Verge, Taylor Andrews, Allie DeBendetto, The GoFundMe Team, Luke Morrison, Brenda Phillips, Michael Coderre, Kathleen Dobson, Judi Cumming, Shelagh McGinn

Time of Trouble

TIME OF TROUBLE

Time of Trouble, A new opera by Canadian composer Elizabeth Raum and librettist Rex Deverell will be given its first fully staged production with orchestral ensemble Thursday, December 15, 8:00 p.m., and Friday, December 16, at 2:00 p.m , in the Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Centre.

This opera is one of the very few Canadian musical works dealing with an important part of Nova Scotia’s history. It traces the founding and development of the Sisters of Charity-Halifax, from the arrival of the four original sisters from New York at Halifax Pier in 1849, until the granting of Papal jurisdiction by Pope Leo XIII, 1880. Dramatic focus is set upon the contrasting attitudes to the sisters by the successive Archbishops of Halifax, Connolly and Hannan, singling out the self-sacrificing vison and fortitude of Mother Mary Francis which would subsequently create Mount Saint Vincent University.

The Opera Nova Scotia presentation features a strong cast featuring some of the best of Nova Scotia’s vocal talent: soprano Maureen Batt, alto Nina Scott-Stoddart, counter-tenor Andrew Pickett, and baritone Rob O’Quinn. Walter H. Kemp leads a chorus of nine women’s voices and a professional orchestral quintet with pianist Tara Scott.

Director is Laura Vingoe-Cram, who has returned to Halifax having obtained her Masters degree in directing from the Royal Conservatory of Performing Arts, Glasgow, Scotland. The production team o headed up by scenographer Katrin Whitehead, costumes director Marilyn McLaren and lighting designer Matthew Downey.

Composer Elizabeth Raum has close ties with Halifax, having been Principal Oboe with the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, and a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Mount Saint Vincent University. Rex Deverell, together with his wife Ray, are closely associated with Mount Saint Vincent’s academic life.

Opera Nova Scotia Artistic Director Dr. Walter H. Kemp comments: “We are happy to be associated with Time of Trouble, not only for its intrinsic worth as a new Canadian opera but also for its relevance to an extremely important factor in the development of Nova Scotia’s religious life, educational distinction, and social services. Don’t miss this latest gem celebrating Nova Scotia’s cultural identity.”

Tickets are on sale at the Dalhousie Arts Centre Box Office

494-3820, toll free 1-800-874-1669

General $35.00, Seniors $30.00, Students $10.00.

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For more information call 425-8586, or 852-5170.

Protest – Open Waters

Tickets and passes to Open Waters Festival ’17 are now available! #OWF2017

Tickets–> http://bit.ly/1fy7TCa
Passes–> http://www.upstreammusic.org/

PROTEST

OPEN WATER’S 2017
January 8th, 2017 at 7:30pm
Sir James Dunn Theatre, Halifax

Janice Isabel Jackson, soprano
with the Voice Dancer’s Vocal Improvisation Ensemble
– Maureen Batt, Rebecca Crewe, Jackie Dunsworth, Elizabeth Eve, Sheila Hunt, Barbara Lounder, Shelley Meisner, Karen Robinson, and Fiona Ryan

New and Improvised vocal music bringing awareness and bearing witness to social and political issues through the lens of contemporary music.

From Yoko Ono’s reaction to the recent presidential election to the conditions of the workers in factories in 1950’s Italy to Suffragettes in Victorian England.

PROTEST features works for soprano, recorded sound score, electronics, and choral improvisation including 3 world premieres. The performers will be soprano Janice Isabel Jackson and the new female improvisation choir, Voice Dancers, conceived and directed by Jackson. The concert will be presented in Association with Upstream Music Association and Dalhousie University on Sunday, January 8th, 2017, during the annual Open Waters Festival of new music.

The works in PROTEST will span several generations of composers, from the first composition written for soprano and electronics, Luigi Nono’s La Fabbrica Illuminata, to a new work by Halifax composer Sandy Moore, specifically written for improvisation choir.

A Vocalypse Production in association with Upstream Music Association and OPEN WATER’S 2017