Tapestry have announced casting for Naomi’s Road. The cast includes two members of the original cast; Sam Chung as Stephen, Naomi’s musical younger brother and baritone Sung Taek Chung as Daddy. They will be joined by soprano Hiather Darnel-Kadonaga as 9-year-old Naomi and mezzo-soprano Erica Iris Huang as Mother/Obasan. Tickets are now on sale here.
November 14th will see the fourth annual Elizabeth Krehm Memorial Concert. The concert raises money for the St Michael’s Hospital ICU, where Liz spent the last 30 days of her life. This year the program will start with the Bach Double Violin Concerto; a piece played by Liz. It will be performed by Yosuke Kawasaki and Jessica Linnebach, who are the concert master and associate concert master of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. Rachel Krehm will be singing 2 arias and a song by Mozart, Dvorak and Strauss. Finally we will get Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony. Evan Mitchell will conduct a volunteer orchestra. As well as being in aid of a good cause these memorial concerts have featured exceptionally good performances and are definitely worth going to. It’s at Metropolitan United Church (56 Queen St E) on Monday November 14th at 7:30pm. Admission is by donation to St. Mike’s with a suggested minimum of $20.
On Sunday November 6th Mooredale Concerts present A Talent to Amuse: The Words and Music of Noël Coward. We are promised a special cabaret-style concert with a distinctly strong line up of singers; soprano Monica Whicher, mezzo Norine Burgess, tenor Benjamin Butterfield, and baritone Alexander Dobson. Joining the singers are the arranger and pianist, John Greer, along with violinist Barry Shiffman and cellist Adrian Fung – as “The Palm Court Trio”. It’s at 3:15 p.m. at Walter Hall. Tickets are $40; $20 for under-30s, available on line from www.mooredaleconcerts.com
Finally, a bit of an oddball but intriguing. The China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra will present Enchanting China: Masterpieces of Chinese Music, December 2nd and 3rd at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. We are promised a mix of Peking Opera, classical hits and traditional folk music on the authentic instruments of the traditional Chinese orchestra. There will also be dance performances and vocal solos from international and local guest artists. The China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra will be joined by singer Gong Linna, the Ottawa Bach Choir and Canadian guest singers. Ticket information can be found here.