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05
Sep
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New Fall Series at Westben

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It's a sunny day here at Westben and I am excited that The Barn doors will be open in September for the first time in many years. The weather is always a gamble in September but actually it's a gamble any time now so when you head to The Barn, be prepared for anything and you will have a great time.

When I was a young singer graduating from U of T, there seemed to be few options for job experience as an opera singer in Canada. Everyone was auditioning for the 6 spots in COC Ensemble or Opera Atelier, Toronto Operetta Theatre and the other 6 opera companies across the country. Most singers I knew went to Europe, as I did, to get experience and then return home. Now it appears opera singers are teaming up with composers, librettists and directors here in Canada, creating small new opera companies and producing exciting new works. These singers are fit, entrepreneurial, talented and not afraid to either put a new twist on established opera such as the Against The Grain Theatre, or create new works such as Tapestry Opera. Bicycle Opera cycled to Westben this summer and filled the Clock Tower with new music, laughter and tears.
I hope you will join us September 20 at 2 pm at The Barn to experience new music with the Tapestry Opera company.

On Sunday, September 21 at 2 pm, join us as Westben and artists pay tribute to one of Canada's most established composers, R. Murray Schafer. After the concert there will be a reception with a chance to meet Murray and the artists.

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16
Jun
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Westben Fundraiser June 21 at a secret garden

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Westben Article for Community Press June 10, 2014
The Barn was electrified with Jesus Christ Superstar and the audience was on its feet dancing and clapping by the end. What a great way to start the Season! I am often asked how it all happens, how do you put on 32 concerts in one summer, how have you managed to still be here 15 years? Well, for sure, Westben has always had a strong vision, developed and supported by a wide range of community members. Community at Westben is certainly geographic with participants, volunteers and audience members from Trent Hills, and surrounding counties of Northumberland, Quinte, Hastings and Peterborough & the Kawarthas. Westben community also means the coming together of artists from across Canada, exploring new music and ensembles together. Westben has Members, Sponsors and government grants with ticket sales support the organization. However, an important piece of the organization is the Annual Fundraiser. The fundraising committee works tirelessly for a year planning and preparing for this annual event. This year the fundraiser has been moved from the end of the season to the June 21 and will be held at a secret location, a home, near Warkworth. (Of course the location is disclosed at time of ticket purchase). It will be a truly fun and unique afternoon. Enjoy a preview of the upcoming Westben season with musical entertainment in a fabulous garden setting. Stroll among the perennial borders or relax and enjoy the glorious vistas – there will be musical inspiration around every corner. Imagine listening to tenor Mark Dubois in a garden while over-looking the hills of Northumberland. Wander the gardens and experience Jazz near the pond, or a string quartet near the woods. In true Westben style there are sure to be some surprises along the way as well. Spectacular musical entertainment, delicious food, magnificent garden views and a Silent Auction – all in support of the Westben Arts Festival Theatre. Call for tickets 877 883 5777 or visit www.westben.ca. If you are looking forward to Phantom of the Opera this summer at Westben then come to the Fundraiser and here the Phantom in a unique and intimate setting. Remember he is the Angel of Music.

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06
May
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Tick Talks at The Clock Tower

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Who was the pioneer composer of string quartets?  Were Mozart and Haydn friends or foes?  Who was Andrew Lloyd Webber's true Muse? How many musicals did he write?  What song did he add to the Wizzard of Oz?  Which Westben artist was the Beast in Beauty and the Beast and won the audition of Raoul in Phantom?  All this and more was revealed at the first two Tick Talks at the Clock - String Quartessence and Aspects of Andrew.  If you missed them, watch for more information to follow in the Westben E Newsletters.  Next and final Tick Talk of this spring is Love and Laments May 23, 7 pm with Larry Beckwith, Director of the Toronto Masque Theatre.  Larry will take us on a journey of Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneas and young artists from TMT will be performing selections of Purcell's music.  Have ideas of your own for more Tick Talks this Fall?  Let us know here on the blog or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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18
Apr
2

The Westben Box Office has moved!

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Three weeks ago today the we made the final move to our new year round Box Office home for Westben, 36 Front Street South in the new Cultural Centre.  The new "Clock Tower Cultural Centre doesn't actually have it's Grand Opening until next month, and be sure you will hear all about the plans later, and the name has not yet been finalized, but Westben Box Office is open and ready to help you with your summer concert plans.  But first, join us April 25 for our new Life-long learning Series called Tick Talks Under the Clock.  Barb Hobart leads the discussion on the String Quartet with performances of the young musicians from the Accaademia Musica of Peterborough. This event called String Quartessance is on Friday, April 25, 7 pm, Tickets $15 www.westben.ca

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  • Nadine Changfoot
    Nadine Changfoot says #
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    Congratulations Westben on your new additional performance space in The Clock Tower Cultural Centre and year round box office! Ton
  • Donna Bennett
    Donna Bennett says #
    String Quartessence
    Thanks Nadine for your comments and I'm so glad you enjoyed the performance and experience at The Clock Tower.
17
Feb
1

We are upgrading our systems

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On line sales will be down Monday, February 17 and Tuesday, February 18.  Sorry for an inconvenience.  Please check out our exciting 15th Anniversary Season in Upcoming Events and please be back in touch Wednesday February 20.

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  • Monique Cohen
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    Thank you for a fabulous afternoon, I was totally mesmerized by the excellent performance of all the cast. Wish you had a 2nd and

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