The Seven Deadly Sins

yesNew kids on the block , The Friends of Gravity, presented their first show last night at St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church on Dundas East.  It was a silent film themed take on Weill’s Die Sieben Todsünden.  Stephanie Conn sang both Anna I and Anna II in front of a film screen showing black and white film clips shot by Scott Gabriel for the show, replacing the ballet of the original.  The Family, who pop up mostly to criticize the Annas were sung by Charles Fowler, Christopher Wattam, Bryan Martin and William Lewans.  Scott Gabriel conducted his own arrangement of the score for a six piece band including accordion and ukulele.

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Coming up

Three things on the calendar this coming week.  Tuesday 22nd sees the first free noon concert of the season in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre.  As custom seems to dictate it’s the Ensemble Studio performing.  The full programme is here.  It’s also the first gig with Claire Morley in charge.

screenshot-2015-06-19-21-42-15Friday 25th  and Saturday 26th, Friends of Gravity (who curiously do not include our cats) are presenting an intriguing looking version of Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins.  The show is at 8pm at St. Bartholomew’s Church on Dundas Street East.  Tickets and details.

Also on Saturday, Metro Youth Opera have a season launch party/fundraiser at Opera Bob’s (a watering hole owned and operated by bass Robert Pomakov)  It’s at 5pm.  Details and tickets.

It’s starting to get busy again.

September approaches

Rachel-66-pinwheel2It’s almost September which means there may even be stuff to write about soon.  Here’s what’s in my calendar so far.

August 31st at 12.15 pm there’s a concert in the Music on Mondays series featuring soprano Rachel Krehm and an orchestra conducted by Evan Mitchell performing Dove sono by Mozart, selections from Strauss Op 27 and Dvorak’s 8th Symphony.  It’s at Holy Trinity Church near the Eaton Centre. PWYC suggested $5.

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Saints and sinners

There are a couple of rather unusual shows coming up on the weekend of May 22nd to 24th.

anna-gates-distilleryA new group, The Friends of Gravity, are putting on Weill’s Die Sieben Todsünde ~ The Seven Deadly Sins.  Projected photography and film stand in for the original production’s ballet. Silent film-style title cards will translate the German text and illuminate the dramatic back-story. Stephanie Conn sings the role of Anna I on stage and acts as Anna II in the pre-taped footage.  The other singers include Christopher Wattam, Charles Fowler, David Roth and James Levesque.  A seven piece band will play Scott Gabriel’s arrangement of the score.  It’s on on May 22nd and 23rd at 8pm at St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church, 509 Dundas Street East.  Tickets are $25 ($15 for students) and are available at or

At more or less the same time The Toronto Consort are putting on a fully staged version in English translation of the 13th century Latin work The Play of Daniel.  David Fallis directs the Consort medieval players with a cast that includes Kevin Skelton in the title role, Olivier Laquerre as King Belshazzar, Derek Kwan as King Darius, Michele DeBoer as the Queen, and John Pepper as Habakkuk.  This one runs at Trinity St. Paul’s on the 22nd and 23rd at 8pm and the 24th at 3.30pm.  Tickets and info at