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|03/08/20||NADINA MACKIE JACKSON||Halifax||Lilian Piercy Concert Hall|
|Time: 2:00PM. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Maritime Conservatory of the Performing Arts. Cecilia Concerts presents The Ophelia Project NADINA MACKIE JACKSON WITH REBEKAH WOLKSTEIN, DREW JURECKA, CHARLOTTE PARADIS, RACHEL DESOERS AND JOE PHILIPS SYNOPSIS Shakespeare meets Girl with Dragon Tattoo Imagine Ophelia, the youngest female character in the 16C revenge drama Hamlet, grabbing a sword, or even just a credit card, vaulting the moat and escaping the dark, twisted court of Hamlet in the nick of time, changing her story from that of a pale and despairing secondary love interest to a seasoned, vibrant role model with just enough psychological scarring to write a few hit songs. With instrumental groupings flowing from solo to 6 players, from electronic loop pedal to baroque collegium, featuring simple staging and lighting, performing folk to baroque to contemporary, played by Canada’s single most visible touring bassoon soloist Nadina Mackie Jackson and a group of virtuosic string players drawn from near and far, this is a concert that reflects life in our time and beyond.|
Upcoming Concerts… playing Israel in Egypt on March 9 in Toronto with Dan Taylor’s Theatre of Early Music and University of Toronto blossoming singers… then recording Joan Tower’s Red Maple, adapted for solo bassoon and wind ensemble with SUNY Fredonia Wind Ensemble led by Paula Holcomb in April, then Vivaldi Concerto RV 484 in E minor with Durham Chamber Orchestra in May, then heading to North Carolina to lead a few days of classes at the Glickman Popkin Bassoon Camp at the beginning of June. Plans are finally afoot for an east coast tour in 2020 with Ophelia Changed (strings and bassoon and ideas). Fun!
Life in the Country
Even though I am still driving 4000 km per month, traveling to teach and perform, it is heaven to return to the log house in the country, to go cross country skiing (well, three times at least!) and to drink water from a 300′ well… discovering new things every day while working on my many projects.
Just learned today that we are going to perform and record Joan Tower’s single movement concerto for bassoon with the State University of New York at Fredonia Wind Ensemble led by Paula Holcomb in a new adaptation for wind ensemble… this is a delicate and atmospheric work that I look forward to discovering!
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