By 1980, the orchestra was one of the principal large orchestras in Canada, and unrivalled for output and awards – was founded in 1934 as the Société des concerts symphoniques de Montréal (SCSM or CSM) and in 1953 adopted the bilingual name Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) /Montreal Symphony Orchestra (MSO), altering it to the French-only designation in 1979.
Performance Date: March 9, 1996
Aaronetta and Ida Gibbs have lived next door to each other most of their lives and along with Esther, all of the Gibb sisters are an open book to each. Husbands not included. Into the fray comes Myrtle Brown, perpetually engaged to Ida’s son Homer. But Homer can’t seem to pop the question. Taking matters into her own hands, Myrtle finally gets a proposal by compelling Homer to fly the nest. Sort of. This perennially charming portrait of small town America fifty plus years ago was revived on Broadway in 1980 and in 2002 to critical acclaim.
Performance Date: November 23, 1981
The Moscow Festival Ballet was founded in 1989 when legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet Sergei Radchenko sought to realize his vision of a company which would bring together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies in an independent new company within the framework of Russian classic ballet.
Performance Date: January 13, 1997
The Moscow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1951 as a part of the All-Union Radio Committee and became a part of the Moscow Philharmonic Society in 1953. Over the decades, the orchestra has given nearly 5,500 concerts in more than 50 countries worldwide, performing at the best concert halls and prestigious festivals around the world. The orchestra has performed under the greatest Russian and foreign conductors, such as Herman Abendroth, Kurt Sanderling, André Cluitens, Francis Konvichny, Lorel Maazel, Igor Markevich, Benjamin Britten, Zubin Mehta, Charles Munch, Krzysztof Penderecki, Marris Jansons, and Carlo Zecchi. In 1962, during his visit to Moscow, Igor Stravinsky conducted the orchestra. In 1960, the MPO was the first Soviet orchestra to tour the USA.
Performance Date: March 2, 1999
The Festival’s musical heart: outstanding performances led by Renée and Robert Belfer Music Director Louis Langrée and dynamic guest conductors from around the world.
Performance Date: March 2, 1992
Established in 1988, Motionhouse is one of the leading dance theatre companies in the UK. The company’s most recent theatre production Scattered has toured throughout the UK, Europe, and China. Scattered combines Motionhouse’s trademark highly physical dance theatre and mesmerizing aerial imagery with film and graphics to create a unique visual production. Performed on a giant curved floor like a snowboard half-pipe, which disappears skyward, Scattered delves into the majesty and savagery of water, a fundamental force in our lives. The mix of magical film and daring dancing creates an extraordinary world in which the seven dancers move seamlessly in, on, and through images of cascading waterfalls, rainstorms, arctic wastes, and desert landscapes. Motionhouse’s productions are designed to challenge as well as delight audiences, fusing images with action and dynamism.
Premiered in 2009, Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet is an original burlesque-inspired storybook ballet with irrepressible “Gay Paree” style, razzle-dazzle dancing, eye-popping costumes, twinkling sets and a score made up of well-known French music. Along with a rousing soundtrack featuring Offenbach, Ravel, Strauss, Debussy and a dash of Piazzolla, the ballet features high-kicking choreography and a passionate story of love, ambition and heartbreak. “The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is the first company in the world to be granted permission by the notorious Moulin Rouge cabaret to use the name. And ooh la la, its reputation is safe in the hands of this great Canadian company…. More elegant than lewd, more provocative than rude, the ballet captures the bohemian flavor and bell époque glamour of the period” (Time Columnist). Le Droit calls the show “creative, original…. A sure-fire formula for seduction.”
Performance Date: March 27, 2012
Five-time Grammy winner Billy Joel and legendary director/choreographer Twyla Tharp have joined forces to create the spectacular new musical that Time magazine declares “The #1 show of the year!” The New York Times calls Movin’ Out “a shimmering portrait of an American generation. These tornado driven dancers and rock musicians propel the audience into delirious ovations.” Movin’ Out brings two dozen classic Billy Joel songs to electrifying new life as it tells the story of five life-long friends over two turbulent decades. It all adds up to one unforgettable Broadway musical.
Performance Date: December 11, 2008
The Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra is considered one of Austria’s finest orchestras, surpassed in reputation perhaps only by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. The Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra consists of 91 members and performs a variety of repertory, from Baroque to contemporary. While it tends to favor works by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, and Schubert, it has increasingly expanded its repertory, performing music by Gounod, Stravinsky, Berio, and by contemporary composers like Kurt Schwertsik, Helmut Eder, and Georg Friedrich Haas.
Performance Date: April 8, 2002
Direct from New York and London’s West End comes the smash hit Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Painter and decorator by day, Mr. Popper spends his time dreaming of Antarctic adventures. He is astounded when one day a packing crate arrives on his doorstep and a penguin waddles out! With original songs and spectacular performing penguin puppets, this delightful, action-packed musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater’s popular book (also made into a Hollywood film starring Jim Carrey) is the perfect family treat!
Based on the book by Richard & Florence Atwater
Adapted for the stage by Pins & Needles Productions
Music by Luke Bateman
Lyrics by Richy Hughes
Produced by Casa Mañana
by arrangement with Kenny Wax Family Entertainment and TC Beech
Performance Date: March 5, 2018
Before there was Blue Man Group, there was Mummenschanz! The witty ideas of the group, founded in Paris in 1972 by Andres Bossard, Floriana Frassetto and Bernie Schürch, have been carrying away audiences all over the world. So much so that Mummenschanz have come to mean far more than a name. The work of the group has become a form of art which has put its mark on the Mime-Masque Theater. Now celebrating its 40th Anniversary, Mummenschanz has been enchanting audiences of all ages with its clever, comic and bizarre world filled with strange creatures, amusing situations, astounding colors and imaginative shapes in a showcase of incredible humor, versatility and pure imagination! In the surreal, hilarious, wordless universe of Mummenschanz, the ordinary becomes extraordinary when common materials and everyday objects—such as wires, tubes, boxes, and even toilet paper—all spring to life as fantastical characters. The result is a wonder-filled, visually stunning spectacle of family-friendly entertainment that sparks the imagination and transcends cultural barriers. These invisible masters of movement have revolutionized theatre using mime, acting, dance and magic, and according to the Boston Herald, they create their “own comic universe – a place of constant wonder and ingenuity.” It’s perfect for the whole family and will surely delight both adults and children alike!
Performance Date: March 5, 2013
In the more than 40 years he has been performing on the concert stage, American pianist Murray Perahia has become one of the most sought-after and cherished pianists of our time, performing in all of the major international music centers and with every leading orchestra. He is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, with whom he has toured as conductor and pianist throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and South East Asia.
Performance Date: April 27, 2004
Named after a 16th century professional ensemble, the Musicians of Swanne Alley formed in 1976 to perform Renaissance music. Members include performers based in London and the United States and faculty members at Oakland University in Michigan and the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.
Performance Date: January 30, 1980
One of the most performed musicals in America; a classic musical adaption of “Pygmalion” by George Bernard Shaw. Henry Higgins made a bet that if he could get Eliza Doolittle, a poor girl who sells flowers, to speak the English language properly, she would fit into the higher class. She fails on her trip to the Ascot races (although she does catch the attention of Freddy), but when she goes to the Embassy Ball, does so well that a speech professor proclaims her to be a Hungarian princess.
Performance Date: November 5, 2001
MY ONE AND ONLY, the Tony Award winning musical which opened on Broadway on May Day, 1983, concerns an aviator, a Channel swimmer and the America of 1927 which knew exactly what it wanted -I Can’t Be Bothered Now. It features a sensational George and Ira Gershwin score.
Performance Date: March 16, 1989