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Guitars and opera coming to Bert Church this March

By: Covy Moore

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012 03:58 pm

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The Bert Church Live Theatre has an action packed weekend March 10 and 11, with two great acts gracing the stage in Airdrie. On March 10, the Tony McManus Trio will be performing an acoustic show, featuring McManus, a Scottish-born Celtic guitar player who resides in Canada.

“He is by far recognized as one of the greatest living legends in Celtic guitar,” said Theatre Manager Dennis Tinkler. “He has been doing this for decades and has been called the best Celtic guitarist in the world by industry players.”

Celtic is a form of folk music that hails from western Europe including Scotland, England, and Ireland.

“It can be everything from slow, sad lament type of song right up to dynamic Celtic reels that you see with lots of dancing and high energy type of stuff,” said Tinkler.

The show is 100 per cent acoustic, which Tinkler says lends itself well to the venue at Bert Church Theatre.

“The acoustic shows tend to get the highest ratings. We have done so many its hard to remember them all,” said Tinkler.

“We have found what we do really well, and we try to present as much of it as possible.”

The very next day will see the Calgary Opera bring its emerging artist program to town for a 45-minute long rendition of The Magic Flute, a Mozart classic aimed at younger audiences.

The show is aimed at educating the audience about opera, and giving the Calgary Opera younger performers a chance to show their skills.

“Calgary Opera is one the most unique performances we present every year. It’s a great story, the first year we presented it, it was in danger of falling off the radar,” said Tinkler.

“We have raised awareness through some community sponsorship, and four years later, it is arguably the flagship event of our family series.”

The Tony McManus show starts at 7:30 p.m. on March 10, while the Calgary Opera presentation is a matinee starting at 2:30 p.m. on March 11.

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