Opera/ballet cinema series announced for Midland

Midland Mirror

MIDLAND – Brookside Music Association will show Midland audiences films of operas and ballets from the Royal Opera House cinema series starting next month.

John French, Brookside’s founder and artistic director, called the new series “a wonderful way to make these incredible art forms accessible to the people of our region.”

He added he is considering pre-show talks about the operas as a means of enhancing the understanding and appreciation of the performances.

The series will kick off Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. with the seasonal favourite ballet “The Nutcracker” by Tchaikovsky.

The season will continue in the new year with showings of the Puccini opera “Tosca” on Jan. 20, Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” on Feb. 17, Mozart’s opera “Don Giovanni” on March 24, Tchaikovsky’s ballet “Swan Lake” on May 19 and Verdi’s opera “La Traviata” on June 16.

The series will be held in Rotary Hall at the Midland Cultural Centre. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students. Children 13 and under will be admitted free.

Vienna Boys Choir to perform in Midland

Midland Mirror

MIDLAND – The world-famous Vienna Boys Choir will perform this spring in Midland, Brookside Music announced last week.

John French, Brookside’s artistic director, said the concert will be “an exceptional event.”

“There is nothing like the sound produced by a boys choir,” he stated in a press release, “and the level of talent required for acceptance into the Vienna Boys Choir makes it truly one of the most outstanding choral groups in the world.”

The centuries-old choir, which provides the music for the Sunday mass in Vienna’s Imperial Chapel, also sings contemporary and experimental music.

The choir will perform March 24 at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Church. Tickets will be available through Brookside’s website at www.brooksidemusic.com.