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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.|
I had a wonderful time at the Glickman-Popkin Bassoon Camp in at the Wild Acres Retreat in Little Switzerland, North Carolina. As one of the featured artists, I had the joy of giving 4 masterclasses (including one on my freehand reed-making) and a small recital… but mostly it was the joy of working with such intensely curious and musical people of all ages. And I got to meet Lenny Hindell! Anyway, I drove there from my home, and was amazed at the beauty of the landscape. Later that month, I was asked to play in Montreal for a concert of Israel In Egypt on historical instruments… I have actually sold my baroque bassoon, but the new owner graciously let me take it out for one last romp! I’m headed to Ottawa next week for a Mozart Requiem, then have the rest of the summer to finish my new book[Solitary Refinement – scales,chords and concepts for the committed bassoonist], write my new show, renovate my house, get into photo-shoot-ready shape and, oh I dunno, continue to enjoy my life!
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