Briefly: Intercultural String Exchange coming to Regina


Odds and ends from the local arts and entertainment scene.

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The University of Regina’s Conservatory of Performing Arts is presenting the Intercultural String Exchange from June 6 to 12.

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A string quartet of classical musicians from the Regina Symphony Orchestra — Karley Parovsky, Heng-Han Hou, Joel MacDonald, and Yeganeh Sotudehnia — are performing five free shows in public libraries and schools before staging a final concert at Darke Hall.

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The project is led by Parovsky, an accomplished violinist who recruited three guest artists from across Canada to share their expertise in different cultural styles of string playing.

“The Intercultural String Exchange is a project that’s meant to make accessible styles and genres of music outside of the Western classical canon,” Parovsky said via email. “As a music educator and performer, I have had countless training and performance opportunities to play Western classical music. I have been very aware that there is much more music out there to be learned and taught and made accessible — music that can reach and speak to a wider, more diverse audience.”

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The special guests are: Tristen Durocher, a renowned Metis fiddler, multi-disciplinary artist and activist from Buffalo Narrows; Wanes Moubayed, a conductor and artistic manager with the Toronto-based Canadian Arabic Orchestra; and, Elizabeth J. Rodríguez, a Juno-winning violinist and vocalist originally from Cuba.

Since January, the guests have been providing lessons via Zoom to Parovsky & Co.

“It’s been a very exciting and nerve-racking experience,” she added. “We hope that the music will speak to the diverse populations in Regina and excite all those who attend the performances.”

The school shows run June 6-8, followed by two performances open to the public: June 10 at Sunrise Library and June 11 at Central Library (2-3 p.m.).

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Durocher is slated to join the quartet for a grand finale on June 12 (7 p.m., Darke Hall). The show includes multi-media contributions by the guest artists, who also curated the musical selections.

Tickets are $20 (darkehall.ca) and $25 (at the door).

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The Conexus Arts Centre is celebrating Halloween on Oct. 20 with The Vampire Circus.

Founded by award-winning Cirque du Soleil performer/producer Francisco Santos, Vampire Circus is described as an immersive ride through the underworld, inspired by legendary traveling carnivals.

The 90-minute show is set in Bohemia during the 19th century, when Count Dracula is contemplating a plan for world domination. He opens a traveling circus with his gypsy bodyguards — a perfect cover-up to begin his reign of terror and turn all humans into an army of vampires.

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The Los Angeles-based production features comical audience interactions, contortionists, jugglers, acrobats, and clowns.

“Heralded as a mix of circus, cabaret and theatre, The Vampire Circus is a mysterious, tantalizing, fun, dark, cutting-edge production guaranteed to amaze the senses,” says a media release.Enjoy a phenomenal night of live entertainment, based on the multi-disciplinary skills of international performers showcasing theatre, dance, and gymnastics. This amazing show pushes the physical boundaries of human performance and leaves audiences amazed, astounded, and astonished.”

The show is recommended for ages 13 and up.

Tickets are available at conexusartscentre.ca/vampire-circus.

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Connor & the Musicians, a Regina-based alternative folk band, is holding a concert in conjunction with its debut EP release on June 9 at the Artesian.

Frontman Connor Hewson (vocals/acoustic guitar) is accompanied by Michael Fry (violin) and Catherine Folstad (cello) from the Regina Symphony Orchestra, as well as Brad Vance (bass/electric guitar), Jayson Brinkworth (drums), and guest vocalist Meg Hewson.

More information at connorandmusicians.com.

Tickets ($15) are to be available at the door and online (artesianon13th.ca).

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Collectimania is coming to the Conexus Arts Centre on June 11.

The collectibles market runs from noon to 6 p.m., featuring vendors from across the province selling new and used toys, video games, cards, comics, artwork and much more.

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Admission is $5 at the door (kids 12 and under are free with an adult). Half of the cover charge goes to the Regina Cat Rescue.

More info at collectimania.ca.

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EXTRAS: The Casino Regina Show Lounge has announced the following tribute shows for this fall: Ricky Nelson Remembered (Sept. 7), The Patsy Cline Project, featuring Lisa Brokop (Sept. 28), Presley, Perkins, Lewis and Cash (Oct. 6), and the Ultimate Robin Williams Experience (Oct. 21). Tickets go on sale Friday (10 a.m.) at casinoregina.com. Tickets are still available for the following Casino Regina shows this month: Jake Vaadeland and the Sturgeon River Boys (June 3), The Hip Experience (June 8), and Creedence Clearwater Remembered (June 23).

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