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April 2011 - Nr. 4
Happy Easter - Frohe Ostern
Irena Syrokomla

The Registry Theatre
 in Kitchener

There was another snowfall and another jazz concert in March: Barbara Fulton Quartet. The singer is known from her Stratford Festival performances, both in musicals and her own concerts. This time she was singing Duke Ellington songs, sensuous, caressing, making you feel like the band and the singer were performing just for you in a classy restaurant and all that was missing was a glass of wine. Hopefully she will return next winter.

And, by the way, Barbara Fulton accompanied by Paul Shilton will present an evening concert in Stratford on June 27th, when it will be summer and worth driving to enjoy the flowers and swans on the river as well.

Nota Bene Orchestra held Bach’s Leipzig concert with Boris Medicky at the harpsichord and Julie Baumgartel on violin, performing Baroque music as heard in churches, opera houses and on the town square and played to the faithful crowd devoted to chamber music and period instruments. There will be two more concerts in this series on Sunday afternoons, Classic Piano Trio devoted to Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven on April the 10th and Harmony in Chaos also by Nota Bene Orchestra on May the 8th. Quality performers, excellent selection just meant for Sunday afternoons!

Besides such classics The Registry Theatre also offers lighter venue: Get Back to the Beatles, the songs of John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison had two performances, sold out to the last seat with the crowd definitely over 55 clearly remembering the 60's. Kevin Ramessar and Mike Janzen sang Yesterday, Imagine, I want to hold your hand, Let it be, and Hard Day’s Night. The crowd was swinging and clapping along and for the encore singing along Hey Jude. Memories from the Ed Sullivan Show came back to about a dozen individuals who had actually seen The Beatles on stage. It was a lovely evening, concluding with some singing and dancing in the parking lot.

The Registry Theatre is opening its doors about twice a week for various shows and is becoming the focus for K-W area of more casual music suitable for smaller audiences. The list of future shows is available on the web; tickets can be purchased at The Centre in the Square or by calling 519-745-6565.


Cineplex Operas

The Metropolitan Opera broadcasting for its 5th season to movie theatres in 48 countries around the world has scheduled 12 operas for 2010-2011. Each and every one of them has been spectacular and many people have remarked that seeing it on the screen with close-ups and intermission comments is so much better than watching it live from the back of the balcony. Eight operas have already been broadcast, with four to come. I am looking forward to Il Trovatore with Sondra Radvanovsky and Dmitri Hvorostovsky singing and James Levine conducting. We are so fortunate that technology enables the projections of operas of such quality to Cineplex Cinemas and makes them accessible to anyone interested!

The season for 2011-12 has been unveiled and features 11 transmissions, among them Don Giovanni, Faust and La Traviata. The detailed information is available at

Cineplex is also showing live broadcasts of British theatre (The Cherry Orchard in June) as well as a Classic Film Series, with movies such as One Few Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Sound of Music or Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The details are available at

Incidentally The Barber of Seville will be performed live by Opera Kitchener at the River Run Centre on April 7th at 7:30 and again on April 9th at 7:30 at First United Church in Waterloo. It will be sung in Italian with English subtitles in a full staged production with costumes, sets and orchestra. So plan for it and enjoy! Barber of Seville is so much fun!

Irena Syrokomla reviews arts, entertainment, the performing arts such as theatre, musicals, stage performances.


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Irena Syrokomla, The Registry Theatre, Nota Bene Orchestra, reviews arts, entertainment, the performing arts such as theatre, musicals, stage performances.

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