The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts in Oakville has an exciting array of events designed to appeal to tastes of every description throughout January and February; an opportunity to enjoy the world of music, dance and storytelling. Excerpts from the Oakville Centre web-site give an overview of the variety of first-class entertainment opportunities available to residents and visitors of Oakville. Here’s some highlights of upcoming big ticket events and community presentations. Be sure to visit http://www.oakvillecentre.ca/ for a complete calendar listing.
The Number 14, part of the Paradiso Dance and Drama Series, is featured on Friday January 25th at 8pm at the Oakville Centre. Sitting in a bus, the audience will be taken for a “dazzling, slap-happy” ride as six characters grow to sixty, all with masks, creating entertaining, recognizable, larger than life characters.
Peter and the Wolf will be presented January 27th at 2pm at the Figura Theatre. An award winning performance, the play is designed to appeal to youngsters, ages 6 – 10 years of age. Wood-carved puppets will tell Sergio Prokofiev’s story and its music, originally created in 1936. “…a stunningly picturesque and musical theatre play that brings young audiences into deep connection with the wonders of music.” KEVIN BRUCE, kbamonline.com
The Oakville Symphony Orchestra will enchant the audience on February 2nd and 3rd at the Oakville Centre with the time-tested music of Mozart’s Piano Concerto #21, to be performed by Canadian pianist, Angel Park. The American Suite Op.98 by Dvorak will also be premiered during this performance. The Oakville Symphony Orchestra features seventy five members under the direction of Roberto De Clara and significantly adds to the cultural growth of the Oakville community. The OSO also provides scholarships for young musicians through the Young Artists Program.
The Odd Couple by Neil Simon, part of the Oakville Drama Series, will be featured February 7-10 and 13-16. Held at the Oakville Centre, curtain times are 8pm for evening performances and 2pm for matinees. This comedy unfolds as Oscar, divorced and messy, and the clean-freak, Felix, decide to room together. Three local theatre groups work together, producing the entertaining productions for this annual series.
The Oakville Infiniti Classical and World Artists present Peggy Baker Saturday February 9th at 7:30 pm, in the Studio Theatre. “Like fine wine, she gets better with age; more complex yet also more distinctive. Baker can still move with the dynamic incisiveness that made her so exciting a quarter century ago, but today her dancing embraces the power of stillness and the resonance of silence. Call it the wise body. The movements we actually see are like pieces of an abstract jigsaw puzzle that float amorphously in the imagination.” MICHAEL CRABB, National Post
The Dan Cooper Royal Lepage Concert Series presents Carlos Del Junco and The Blues Mongrels Saturday February 16th at 8:30 pm. “Get ready to trash all you thought you knew about the harmonica. Carlos and his Blues Mongrels deliver a no-holds-barred display of fun and melodic virtuosity”
The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts operates up to 260 performances every year with the mission of providing Oakville residents with a place to learn about themselves and the world around them through dance, music, storytelling and theatre. Escape from the everyday and take in a show, there’s so much to be gained from adding a bit of arts & culture into your life.
“I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.” Oscar Wilde