Classical music is back at The ACT this year.
A series of four coffee concerts have been booked for this year, and to give audience members a taste of what’s in store, the first one is free.
“I’m really curious to see how the classical concerts go,” said Lindy Sisson, executive director at The ACT.
The classical coffee concerts are just one of many acts at Maple Ridge’s arts and cultural centre in Memorial Peace Park.
The ACT brochure was officially launched this week and tickets are now on sale for the tens of plays, concerts, performances – local, provincial, national, and international – that will be staged this season.
“There really is something for everybody,” said Karen Pighin, communications manager at The ACT.
The classical concerts are hosted by Sarah Hagen, who performs on the piano in the first concert on Oct. 16. The second coffee concert on Nov. 27 features Rebecca Wenham on cello, the third on Feb. 5 features violinist Peter Krysa, and on March 5, the guest will be Robyn Driedger-Klassen.
Sisson hopes the 10:30 a.m. time of the concerts will attract seniors who might not feel comfortable going to evening concerts.
This is the fourth year Sisson is programming the lineup and the 11th ACT season.
The Maple Ridge Art Gallery, which is located in The ACT along with their gift shop, will launch its season next Saturday, Sept. 7, with Celebrate Craft! with art from 12 artists including two from Maple Ridge.
But the performance portion of The ACT lineup kicks off with the free Canada Culture Day on Sept. 28 and the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra Small Ensemble. Canada Culture Day starts at 1 p.m.
Talent from the Lower Mainland includes another Arts Club on Tour series, Linda Cullen and Bob Robertson who bring their Double Exposure act to Maple Ridge – with a promise to localize the event. Included in the lineup is Ballet Kelowna, and Sisson is happy to have them on stage at The ACT.
“Part of our job as presenters is to foster talent in B.C.,” Sisson said.
Musical performances include Le Vent du Nord, a Quebecois ensemble, perennial favourite Winter Harp, The Nylons and the BC Girls Choir, children’s performer Charlotte Diamond, and the Grapes of Wrath.
The ACT will also present sevearl comedy performances including One Man Lord of the Ring – performed by Charles Ross who performed One Man Star Wars Trilogy last year.
Dal Richards is back for his annual Remembrance Day performance.
The Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats give an international flavour to The ACT’s offerings this year.
The Golden Ears Movie Series also has six movies lined up for Monday nights.
Lobby Nights continue this year with the addition of the Whonnock Weavers – perennials are SongStage, Holy Wow Poets, Philosopher’s Cafe, Golden Ears Writers, and Celtic Jam.
This season, Sisson decided that some shows would be rated so that parents would understand that some content might not be appropriate for younger audiences.
But to encourage younger audiences to come to The ACT, all performances presented by the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Arts Council have a ticket price of $15 for students.
With the brochure printed and tickets on sale for the 2013/2014 season, Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows can start planning their cultural experience for the year.
But for Sisson, she is already planning ahead to what will be offered in 2014/2015 at The ACT.
For more information about The ACT, go to www.theactmapleridge.org.
@ Copyright 2013