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Community Arts Council and Trinity United Church announce new performing arts series 

Shelby Richardson, the CAC’s new Performing Arts Manager and Reverend Bob Fillier of Trinity United Church.

Trinity United Church and the Community Arts Council of Prince George & District have announced the inaugural 2023 – 2024 Performing Arts Series featuring an array of performing artists from across Canada. The series features top-tier talent focusing on a wide variety of disciplines that will expand audiences across the North.

The series will provide new and exciting programs for two Prince George venues, the Knox Performance Centre, and the Prince George Playhouse. 

The series will open with a program of culturally infused world music and dance including the high-energy percussionist group Kutapira (Vancouver), celebrated Flamenco artist Jhoely Triana and her band, Jhoely Triana Flamenco(Vancouver), and local Persian and Latin-infused musical group Navaz.

Canadian Theatre Co. will perform the tear-jerker Pier 21, a pop-up musical theatre production featuring three actor/ musicians who play a wide variety of characters and instruments. Comedy duo Geri Hall (This Hours has 22 Minutes) and Gary Pearson (Mad TV, Corner Gas) will present their hilarious comedy hour – Middle Raged for a night of fun and laughs.

The season also includes Juno nominated contemporary classical group Land’s End Ensemblefrom Calgary, featuring Maria van der Sloot on violin, Beth Root Sandvoss on Cello, and Susanne Ruberg-Gordon on Piano. 

They open 2024 with prolific choreographer and internationally-acclaimed dance performer Josh Beamish, whose Proximity program is danced by Beamish and Kidd Pivot’s Renee Sigouin; and includes works by Kirsten Wicklund and Annaelle Lopez Ochoa.

They will then welcome back acclaimed Toronto Symphony Orchestra concert master Jonathan Crow to perform a solo violin recital alongside pianist Phil Chiu. In April, Ballet Kelowna will present a mixed-bill program of their newest works including taqəš (tawKESH) and The Cowboy Act (choreographed by artist in residence Cameron Fraser-Monroe), Bolero (created by Guillaume Côté from the National Ballet).

To close off the season, there will be a very special two-day musical presentation curated by local musician Danny Bell. Masterclasses and workshops will also be an integral part of the series and present an opportunity for our local artists and students to work alongside celebrated industry artists. 

“We are thrilled to be presenting our first Performing Arts Series in partnership with the Community Arts Council,” said Reverend Bob Fillier of Trinity United Church. “The series is an expression of our core values, a cornerstone in the development of vibrant downtown Prince George, and a new chapter for the performing arts in our region.”

“Prince George is a major stop on Western Canada’s touring circuit, providing an important opportunity for our community to access the nation’s most sought-after performers,” said Shelby Richardson, the CAC’s new Performing Arts Manager. “The series provides Northern audiences with a diverse program of live events while simultaneously activating existing venues within our community with inspiring and innovative new works.”

Season Line-Up:
Kutapira, Sunday October 1st, 7:00 pm, Knox Performance Centre
Jhoely Triana Flamenco and Navaz, Friday October 6th, 7:00 pm, Knox Performance Centre
Pier 21 by the Canadiana Musical Theatre Co., Friday October 13th, 7:30 pm, Knox Performance Centre
Middle Raged, Friday October 20th, 7:30 pm, Knox Performance Centre
Land’s End Ensemble, Friday December 1st, 7:30 pm, Knox Performance Centre
Proximity by Josh Beamish, Saturday January 13th, 7:00 pm, Prince George Playhouse
Jonathan Crow, Tuesday February 13th, 7:00 pm, Knox Performance Centre
taqəš and other works by Ballet Kelowna, Friday April 5th, 7:00 pm, Prince George Playhouse
Local Music Series curated by Danny Bell, TBD, Knox Performance Centre

Tickets are available at www.ticketsnorth.ca or by visiting the CN Centre box office at 2187 Ospika Blvd. S in Prince George. 

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