A Lute for Christmas
Early Music Studio presents A Lute for Christmas
Sunday, December 8, at 2:30 pm
Audiences will be treated to a mystical adventure as Early Music Studio presents A Lute for Christmas at Bottega.
Vancouver theatre luminaries Anna Hagan and Terry Kelly join with Susan Adams, harpsichord and Clive Titmuss, lute in the performance.
Terry Kelly reads the classic A Child's Christmas in Wales. Anna Hagan presents A Lute for Christmas, written by Susan Adams, which recounts the extraordinary story of a Pacific yew tree's transformation into a lute.
"Audiences will be delighted by the afternoon performance," beams lutenist and instrument maker Clive Titmuss. "We are really pleased to have Anna and Terry as guest artists for this concert, as we celebrate the art of story telling with music in a festive atmosphere."
As well as the stories, Adams and Titmuss play music written for the harpsichord and lute by German and English and Italian composers over three hundred years ago.
A Lute for Christmas, was inspired by the story of endangered yew trees, hundreds of years old, which were cut down in the forests of BC and Washington for taxamine, a precious pharmaceutical enzyme. Like African elephants poached for their ivory, the bark was stripped, but the rest of the tree was discarded. The wood was stock-piled in a lumberyard, destined to serve as fence posts.
An alert Bellingham instrument-maker realized the importance of the wood and its historical application to lute-making. Luthier Clive Titmuss was one of the fortunate artisans whom he contacted. He seized the opportunity to use the unexpected resource wisely, and with it he created a series of instruments. A Lute for Christmas tells this remarkable story. It is this very lute, whose body is made from the irreplaceable yew, that Titmuss plays at the climactic point in the story.
In keeping with the theme of skilful craft, the afternoon includes a fund-raising sale of handmade Christmas ornaments and seasonal goodies. Tea and coffee will be available for guests to enjoy. Early Music Studio's concerts at Bottega are social and musical events which have proven to be very popular. Seating in Bottega is limited and it is likely that this holiday concert will sell-outso get your tickets early.
Tickets for the concert are $25, or $22 for students and seniors. They are available from Annegret's Chocalates in the Towne Centre Mall or online at www.brownpapertickets.com.
Terry Kelly and Anna Hagan were recently honoured with a Jesse Award by the Vancouver theatrical community for Lifetime Career Achievement in acting and directing for their work with The Vancouver Playhouse, Tahmahnous Theatre, White Rock Summer Theatre and in screen and in TV roles.
During her decades-long career, Anna has worked in theatres across Canada, as well as in Los Angeles and New York. In Vancouver she just finished a month long run of Relatively Speaking for Western Gold Theatre and recently appeared in the film The Possession, with Kyra Sedgwick.
Terry is a graduate of the National Theatre School and has appeared onstage for the Playhouse, and is the founding artistic director of White Rock's Summer Theatre. He recently appeared in the film My Big Year, with Steve Martin.
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