It’s still a few months until the opening performance of the season, but the Estevan Arts Council has already announced the schedule for the 2019-20 Estevan Concert Series.
The season will open on Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. with a performance by the New Jersey Jukebox: A tribute to the Jersey Boys. The New Jersey Jukebox features the music of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons.
“The New Jersey Jukebox showcases all your favorite songs from Frankie Valli including the one of a kind classics that have been thrilling audiences for decades including everyone's most popular singles from the musical The Jersey Boys.”
This ultimate tribute show features hits like Sherry, Big Girls Don't Cry, Walk like a Man, Candy Girl and several others.
The next concert will feature some of Saskatchewan’s top musicians with Jeffery Straker and Friends, featuring Jack Semple and Annette Campagne on Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Estevan Comprehensive School.
“Through a combination of experienced voices and diverse musical styles backed by stellar musicians, this is a not-to-be-missed performance of song and story,” states promotional material for the concert.
Straker performs more than 100 shows a year and has impressed spectators with his diverse talents. Semple has reached an international audience with his songwriting, recordings and performances as a vocalist and guitarist, and Campagne has been performing for over 25 years, both as a founding member of the acclaimed group Hart Rouge and now in her solo career.
The duet Earle and Coffin will perform on Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion’s Estevan branch. An acoustic blues/roots duo from Newfoundland and Labrador, they have accomplished in the early stages of their careers.
From recording their first album, Live at the Citadel House, to working in studio, creating Wood Wire Blood & Bone, their first original work, these blues performers have been touring festivals and showcases throughout Canada. And their talent has been getting recognized, as they were awarded the 2016 Canadian Folk Music Award for Young Performers of the Year, a 2017 Music NL Award for Blues/Jazz Artist of the Year, alongside numerous regional and national nominations.
The final concert of 2019 will be Prairie Debut presents Meagan & Amy on Nov. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Church.
Selected the winner for a Pan-Canadian tour in 2019-20, pianist Meagan Milatz and violinist Amy Hillis, who formed this musical union in 2011, will share with audiences a unique program that reflects their Saskatchewan origins, their Montreal studies, their international musical experiences, and connect them with music that has inspired them along the way.
The series will resume in 2020 with a joint show with the Estevan Koncert for Kids Series when Chris Funk the Wonderist will perform on Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Estevan Comprehensive School.
Funk brings a magic show that has entertained and amazed audiences across the globe. The live-feed camera and interactive videos bring audiences up onstage and into the action, delivering a show that everyone can call their own.
Funk has designed a show that truly encourages audience members to discover wonder, while laughing, smiling and gasping with amazement.
Prairie Debut will present the VC2 Cello Duo on March 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church.
VC2's Bryan Holt and Amahl Arulanandam introduce their own arrangements of works by Beethoven. These works are intertwined with five commissioned pieces by Canadian composers, again inspired by Beethoven's cello sonatas.
The series will wrap up April 30 with Terry Barber’s Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber at St. Paul’s United Church at 7:30 p.m.
Past member of the Grammy-winning group Chanticleer, Barber uses extraordinary vocal range, versatility, and a masters’ degree in historically informed performance, to entertain. A truly international artist, Barber has been a soloist for the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, London's Queen Elizabeth Hall and Moscow's Svetlanov Hall.
Early bird season ticket rates are in effect until June 30. Regular ticket prices come into effect afterwards.