The Kay Meek Arts Centre's 2018-2019 season opens with a production of Daniel MacIvor's Marion Bridge starring Beatrice Zeilinger, Lynda Boyd, and Nicola Cavendish. Photo by David Cooper.
The Kay Meek Arts Centre's 2018-2019 season opens with a production of Daniel MacIvor's Marion Bridge starring Beatrice Zeilinger, Lynda Boyd, and Nicola Cavendish. Photo by David Cooper.

In a media release, West Vancouver’s Kay Meek Arts Centre announced over 30 concerts, plays and events in its upcoming 14th season.

“Our season is stacked with a wealth of world-class performance artistry,” says Kay Meek’s executive director Rob Gloor in the release. “And, our team is thrilled to deliver such high-caliber talent across many styles of performing arts in our two exceptional performance spaces.”

Divided into five curated series – Amplify, Cabaret, Dance, Play and Resonate – the season opens in September with a 20th anniversary production of Canadian playwright Daniel Maclvor’s Marion Bridge. The story of three estranged Cape Breton sisters who are reunited to care for their dying mother, it stars veteran Vancouver actors Nicola Cavendish, Lynda Boyd and Beatrice Zeilinger.

Dedicated to a classical repertoire, the Centre’s Resonant Series will feature six Sunday matinée concerts beginning with Italian violinist Enrico Onofri performing Vivaldi’s L’Estro Armonico. Other highlights in the series includes All Star Brass with trumpeter Jens Lindemann, a Bernstein tribute by the Bergmann Duo, the Borealis String Quartet, a solo performance by pianist Ian Parker.

The Centre’s Amplify Series consists of five concerts showcasing international artists in Americana, jazz, soul and world music genres. Famed trumpeter Herb Alpert will open this series in October with a Latin-themed smooth jazz concert featuring vocalist Lani Hall. Other concerts include Grammy Award-winning Ruthie Foster, and acoustic Celtic quintet Lúnasa.

Trumpeter Herb Alpert and vocalist Lani Hall team up for a Latin-themed smooth jazz concert in October.
Trumpeter Herb Alpert and vocalist Lani Hall team up for a Latin-themed smooth jazz concert in October.

In its Play Series, Kamloops based Western Canadian Theatre presents the World War I drama Vimy, and in Glory, the history of women’s hockey is told through though swing-era music and dance. Three Arts Club on Tour productions make up the remaining shows in this series with The Piano Teacher, an exploration of the healing power of music, the comedic social experiment Blind Date, and the Joni Mitchell-inspired musical Circle Game.

Two very different ballets make up the season’s Dance Series with Ballet Kelowna’s adaptation of Tennessee William’s A Streetcar Named Desire, and Toronto-based Ballet Jörgen’s interpretation of the comic ballet Coppélia.

The Arts Club on Tour production of The Piano Teacher is among the offerings as part of the Centre's Play Series this season.
The Arts Club on Tour production of The Piano Teacher is among the offerings as part of the Centre’s Play Series this season.

A mix of local and international soloists, duos and quartets will form the Cabaret Series, featuring programming with a relaxed jazz club vibe. This season’s line-up of local and touring artists are Marc Atkinson Trio with Cameron Wilson, Bennett & Black, Danilo Brito, Rick Scott & Nico Rhodes and Quarteto Nuevo.

Additional presentations will include a free film screening of Indian Horse, the story of a Canadian First Nations boy surviving the residential school in the 1970s. The season also includes two holiday shows, A Carpenters’ Christmas and A Jazzy Nutcracker. As well, pianist Jon Kimura Parker plays with the Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, and Joe Cocker’s classic album will get a re-imagining in Mad Dogs & Vancouverites.

Tickets for the Kay Meek Arts Centre’s 2018-2019 season are now on sale. Visit kaymeek.ca for more information.