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Green River On the Bay

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Classic Albums Live Performs Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Green River

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Classic Albums Live is famous for its hyper-detailed recitals of essential rock albums. A perennial Centre must-see, Classic Albums Live presents skilled musicians recreating the greatest albums of the ’60s and ’70s live on stage – note for note, cut for cut. The concerts are delivered as a pop symphony. Don’t look for costumes and look-alike theatrics at these ‘rock recitals’, just pure musicianship and the songs that shaped a generation.

Green River is the third studio album by American rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival. The second of three albums released by the hit-makers in 1969 produced fan-favourite and chart-dominating hits such as ‘Bad Moon Rising,’ ‘Green River,’ ‘Lodi,’ and ‘Commotion.’ Producer and primary songwriter John Fogerty’s own favourite CCR album, Green River was described by Rolling Stone magazine as “the most vivid American rock since Music from Big Pink.” In 2003, the magazine listed the album at number 95 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

“It’s all about the music and duplicating it. This was serious and studious attention to detail.” -The Buzz

Learn more about Classic Albums Live at: classicalbumslive.com

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Opera Queen Style

Queen’s ‘A Night at The Opera’ will be LIVE @ the Centre 

Classic Albums Live returns to the Homburg Theatre with 1975 Queen Masterpiece

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On the heels of Bohemian Rhapsody becoming the highest-grossing music biopic of all time, Classic Albums Live returns to P.E.I. with the Queen masterwork, A Night at the Opera. Confederation Centre of the Artswelcomes the much-celebrated touring act for its second performance of the Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre 2018-19 season, taking to the Homburg stage this Saturday April 6 at 7:30 p.m. This must-see show is sponsored by Charlottetown Inn & Conference Services.

A perennial Centre must-see, Classic Albums Live presents skilled musicians recreating the greatest albums of the ’60s and ’70s live on stage—note for note, cut for cut. The concerts are delivered as a pop symphony. The first half of the show presents the album in full, then the second act stages a ‘best of’ from Queen. Don’t look for costumes and look-alike theatrics at these ‘rock recitals’, just pure musicianship and the songs that shaped a generation.

“Nothing succeeds like excess—at least that’s the case with Queen’s breakthrough classic,” says music historian, Daniel Durchholz of A Night at the Opera. The 1975 full-length is regarded as Queen’s quintessential recording and includes the timeless hit ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. Widely seen as one of the most significant rock songs of all time, the six-minute single was championed by head-bangers a generation before being revived by the Wayne’s World fans. 

The album is remembered for its precisely produced anthems, but it contains a wide variety of material, from the gorgeous piano-based ‘You’re My Best Friend’ and the Paul McCartney-esque ‘39’ to the volume-11 rockers ‘Death on Two Legs’ and ‘I’m in Love with My Car.’”

Tickets are selling very well for this show but there is still some availability. To order, connect via the Centre’s box office, in person, online at confederationcentre.com, or by phone at 902-566-1267 (toll free at 1-800-565-0278.)

Special thanks are extended to the Department of Canadian Heritage; the Province of Prince Edward Island; the City of Charlottetown; to Sobeys; and to media sponsors Ocean 100, Hot 105.5, and The Guardian.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Queen for a Day

Wednesday, April 3rd, 7:30 pm at the Harbourfront Theatre
Regular seating: $44.75 (tax & fees included)
Under 19 yrs: $22.75 (tax & fees included)

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CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE PERFORMS:
QUEEN – A NIGHT AT THE OPERA
Note for Note. Cut for Cut.

Queen’s ‘A Night at the Opera’ was a game changer for rock ’n’ roll. If you grew up in the 70s, this album was everywhere. All of a sudden, long haired rockers were singing along to operatic songs with soaring arrangements. A far cry from Foghat.

Queen became one of the world’s greatest bands by working hard. They toured endlessly and in the studio – they strived for perfection. And that’s our challenge. How do you learn perfection? Answer: By working hard.

Nick Walsh rallied to sing this album. Originally a rock singer, Nick found his theatre vibe singing the David Bowie, Ziggy Stardust album. Now he’s immersed in the brilliance and effortlessness of Freddie Mercury’s voice. Alongside the vocals comes the challenge of Brian May’s overdubbed guitar sound. We’ve got a small army of guitarists to cover the flash and fun.

Classic Albums Live loves a good challenge. Queen provides just that. We’re all familiar with “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “You’re My Best Friend” but it’s the deep tracks like “Prophet Song” and “Love of My Life” that reveal a profound depth of songwriting. We’re ready.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

A Stacked Sobeys Season

Confederation Centre has pulled back the curtain on a dazzling lineup for the upcoming season of Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre. Centre officials are proud to present their most dynamic season of LIVE to date, including contemporary dance, chamber music, Indigenous performance, choral concerts, rock’n’roll, family fun, and live theatre.

The advance ticket sale for Members of the Centre’s Founders’ Circle is available as of noon on Monday August 14. E-news subscribers will be able to purchase tickets as of Tuesday August 15 at 9 a.m., while tickets for the general public will be available as of 9 a.m. on Wednesday August 16.

 

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The ’17-18 season kicks off on October 16 with major pop-rock icons, The Barenaked Ladies and their Canada 1-FIVE-0 TOUR, presented by the National Arts Centre. October 24 marks the return of Canadian troubadour Joel Plaskett, joining his father Bill Plaskett for a collaborative show in the Homburg Theatre to celebrate their duo album, Solidarity.

November is jam-packed month with 11 shows on deck. These include Liam Corcoran’s album release for Nevahland; the Island premiere of A Passage to Bollywood, a rollicking family musical experience; the return of Classic Albums LIVE with the prog-rock classic 2112 by Rush; and a one night only musical comedy performance of the international hit, Menopause the Musical.

The holiday season is equally busy in December with Tomato/Tomato’s A Maritime Christmas channeling old school holiday concerts with special guests Heather Rankin and Dave Gunning. From December 14-16, Adam Brazier’s Holiday Spectacular variety show brings big laughs, guest stars, stunning dance and musical numbers, and sketches to the mainstage.

Sprinkled throughout December, the Choral Music Programme – under the direction of Donald Fraser – presents three beloved annual concerts, with Handel’s Messiah, Sing Noël, and Sing Along Messiah.

The 2018 portion of the LIVE calendar is equally exciting, and more stacked than ever with the theatre renovations now complete and no more closures planned. January offers critically acclaimed Indigenous artist Susan Aglukark as well as the return of Toronto Dance Theatre (TDT). TDT has produced an exceptional body of original Canadian choreography and had a major impact on the development of national dance audiences.

Other highlights in 2017 include Island artists The East Pointers, Dennis Ellsworth and Kinley Dowling, and The Atlantic String Machine. The Songwriters Series also returns with three heavy hitting raconteurs from Canada’s East Coast: Old Man Luedecke, Hillsburn, and Fortunate Ones, each performing for one night only in the intimate listening space of The Mack. Fellow Maritimer, Classified makes a rare Charlottetown appearance on April 14, with a special acoustic performance with guest artists entitled Classified and Friends.

The Centre’s own dance umbrella program culminates their 2017-18 instructional season with four public performances — musical theatre romps The Nifty Fifties and All the World’s A Stage in March and April at The Mack, and the matinee and evening Annual Showcases, May 5 on the mainstage.

For ticket information and the entire Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre season calendar please visit confederationcentre.com/live or contact the Confederation Centre box office at (902) 566.1267 or toll free, at 1-800-565-0278. Special thanks are extended to the Government of Canada for their support of Confederation Centre; as well to Sobeys, the returning title sponsor for LIVE @ The Centre. Media sponsors are The Guardian, Hot 105.5, and Ocean 100.

Live Classic Albums Live

The Eagles have been hailed by many as the greatest American band, and their songs endure and will continue to endure for generations to follow.

Hotel California is one of the greatest albums ever made. There’s a reason why ‘New Kid in Town’ won a Grammy. The deep cuts – the ones that don’t get radio play – those are the ones that are like finding gold on a beach. ‘Wasted Time’ is the ultimate heartache song. ‘Pretty Maids All in A Row’ is Joe Walsh’s tour de force and ‘The Last Resort’ should be taught in schools.

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We all have our personal image of what the Hotel California looks like. We can see ourselves in the lobby, we know what the staff looks like. We feel the vibe. That’s the secret ingredient in making a Classic Album – being able to insert yourself into the album.

Classic Albums Live is simple in its quest: note for note – cut for cut. When you have amazing songs, a perfect album and a deep love of music – there’s nothing else needed. ‘Hotel California’ features CAL at its best. We plan to continue to pay this great work of art the ultimate respect.

Classic Albums Live is at The Harbourfront on Wednesday, April 5th, at 7:30 PM.

Star-Studded Line-Up Lined Up

Confederation Centre has unveiled a stacked Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre lineup for 2016-17. From Thanksgiving through to the spring thaw, the Centre presents a captivating range of rock, comedy, dance, bilingual programming, choral music, and family fun across five unique stages.

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The ‘16-17 season launches October 14 with a farewell tour stop from international smash hit, The Nylons. Known for their dazzling a cappella sound and hypnotic harmonies, the jazz quartet’s wide appeal has taken them across North America, Europe, China, and beyond. The Juno nominees’ farewell tour includes their classic arrangements of ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight,’ ‘Happy Together,’ and ‘Na Na, Hey Hey.’

October also includes the first Island performance from the inimitable Canadian icon, Tanya Tagaq. The pride of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Tagaq fuses traditional Inuit throat singing with electronica and experimental influences. She has collaborated with artists as varied as the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Björk, and Owen Pallett, and collected the Polaris Music Prize and a Juno Award in recent years.

On October 18 Confederation Centre welcomes back globally-acclaimed duo Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy. This fierce fiddling combo commands stages worldwide, infusing traditional roots music from Cape Breton and rural Ontario with an explosive celebration of raw energy.

Other fall highlights include a classical music performance from Grammy-winning violin virtuoso James Ehnes; children’s entertainment from TV’s Toopy and Binoo; a double-dose of folk-pop prestige from siblings Jill and Matthew Barber; and a classic thumper of a rock night on the mainstage, with B.C. road warriors, Theory of a Deadman.

“On behalf of Board Chairman Wayne Hambly and our staff, I would like to invite all Islanders and visitors to experience a performance this fall and winter LIVE @ the Centre,” says Chief Executive Officer, Jessie Inman. “Once again, Darcy Campbell and his team have assembled a thrilling program for patrons celebrating the best in Canadian live music, dance, comedy, and family entertainment—join us for something wonderful.”

Perennial favourites Classic Albums Live return for two more epic rock recitals, presenting Abbey Road from front to back November 5 and Hotel California on April 6. Christmastime offers a brand new holiday family musical from Adam Brazier – to be announced in August 2016 – as well as the return of Mittentime Christmas, a popular solstice revue featuring an all-star cast: Rose Cousins, Tanya Davis, Kinley Dowling, Jenn Grant, Daniel and Patrick Ledwell, Catherine MacLellan, and more.

Other hallmarks include seasonal choral music from the Youth Chorus and Confederation Singers, under the direction of Donald Fraser; showcases and musicals from the blossoming talent of dance umbrella; and the return of the popular Songwriters Series at The Mack, with separate soirees from Mo Kenney; James Hill; and The Lion, The Bear, The Fox.

For ticket information and the entire Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre calendar see addendum, visit confederationcentre.com/live, or contact the box office at (902) 566.1267. Tickets for all shows go on sale to the public Friday, July 29, 2016.

Appreciation is extended to Sobeys, the returning title sponsor for LIVE @ The Centre. Confederation Centre wishes to recognize the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Government of P.E.I., and the City of Charlottetown for their continued support. Media sponsors are The Guardian, Hot 105.5, and Ocean 100.