Music and art in the mountains

Events, Things to Do — By shelaghmcnally on August 11, 2011 at 3:18 am

Spectacular scenery awaits at Banff's Summer Festival. Photo courtesy of Banff Centre

There’s still over six weeks of events at the The Banff Summer Arts Festival. There are dozens of free or donation-at-the-door events staged at the Banff Centre or in downtown Banff. from May until the end of September. This annual arts event in the Canadian Rockies includes close to 200 events with 1,000 international artists performing concerts, performances, art walks, exhibitions, readings, lectures, and new media events.

Many are the artists are participating in the Banff Centre summer program which has become known for its creative and collaborative atmosphere. The summer school has been offering its program for more than 75 years and has become famous for the diverse group of artists.

The festival offers a wide variety of music from classical to contemporary. Every Friday evening you can hear the up and coming classical musicians performing at Music for a Summer Evening.

August 11, international guitarist-singer Mighty Popo will be performing his unique blend of blues, rock, reggae, folk, and R&B traditions steeped in the African traditions of Rwanda and Burundi, it also reflects. Popo playing tracks from his award-winning acoustic album Gakondo.

Opera sound better in the mountains. On August 18 renowned soprano Judith Forst is reprising her role from the Vancouver Opera’s Lillia Alling. This opera is from Canada’s foremost opera-creation team: composer John Estacio, librettist John Murrell, director Kelly Robinson, and conductor Leslie Dala. It tells the 1927 story of the Lillian, a Russian emigrant who walked across North America into the wilds of northwestern BC in search of her lost-love.

Opera continues with the August 19 and performances of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte directed by Joel Ivany and conducted by David Agler. It’s the first time in 20 years that the Banff Centre has staged this comic battle between the sexes, one of Mozart’s most alluring operas filled with his ravishingly beautiful music.

The cast of Cosi Fan Tuti at the Banff Summer Festival. Photo courtesy of Banff Centre

Juno award-winning, Serean Ryders and her band The Beauties will be playing on August 25 at the Shaw ampitheatre. Ranging musically between folk, roots, country and rock, Serena is known for her songwriting and originality. Blue Rodeo takes the stage on Sept 11 to perform their award-winning music. They’ve been Canada’s premier popular roots-rock band since their 1987 release of Outskirts. The festival finishes off its musical line-up with a September 17 performance by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Led by Resident Conductor Mélanie Léonard, the orchestra will perform favorite melodies by featured composers including Copland, Dvorák, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky

The festival wraps up with The World Anew a film screening event presented by Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society (Vancouver) featuring contemporary Aboriginal film. Short films by six filmmakers celebrate the First Nation identities in Canada using documentary, narrative and experimental film styles.

Reservations and tickets can be made online.

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