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    Setting the stage for a second season

    Pianist Angela Hewitt is among those performing as part of the Isabel's second season.

    Grammy-winning American pianist Emanuel Ax, dynamic jazz artist Jane Bunnett and the internationally beloved classical music ensemble the Gryphon Trio will be among those gracing the stage at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts as part of the 2015-2016 musical season.

    The season includes a piano series and an ensemble series, as well as a new global salon series and one devoted to jazz artists. 2015-2016 will mark the Isabel’s second performance season. 

    “Some of the most inspiring creativity of our time happens when disciplines intersect,” says Tricia Baldwin, Director at the Isabel, “and the Isabel reflects this by presenting arts that push beyond our Western traditions, offering a broader international experience for the students and audiences at large.”

    The Isabel, which was designed to nurture creative work across artistic disciplines, showcases this emphasis with programming that straddles genres and art forms. The 2015-2016 season includes Tafelmusik’s aural and visual extravaganza House of Dreams, created with the Banff Centre and five European partners including Handel House in London, UK, and the Toronto Consort’s time-travelling Silk Road adventure, The Marco Polo Project, with members of Sampradaya Dance and Autorickshaw.

    The Dover Quartet is included in the Isabel's Ensemble Series.

    World-renowned pianist Angela Hewitt, virtuoso-organist Cameron Carpenter, and the 15-piece Lemon Bucket Orkestra, the “jazz-balkan-klezmer-gypsy-party-super-band,” will all perform as part of the season, along with the Dover Quartet, winners of the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition.

    The season’s theatrical offerings include the smash hit musical 2 Pianos, 4 Hands, Soulpepper Theatre’s Frankly, Sinatra, and the world premiere of Judith Thompson’s play The Convict Lover, produced by Theatre Kingston. The season also features several co-productions, including a lecture/performance by renowned Aboriginal writer, playwright and musician Tomson Highway with the Kingston WritersFest, and two yet-to-be-announced pop concerts, for which the Isabel will partner with the AMS.

    Additional offerings for the 2015-2016 season will include three programmes as part of the Queen’s School of Music Faculty Artists Series, as well as concerts by School of Music student ensembles.

    Subscription packages for the 2015-2016 are now on sale at the Isabel’s Box Office, or by calling 613-533-2424 (M-F, 12:30-4:30pm). Subscriptions will be available for purchase online beginning May 18, 2015. Single tickets will be available for purchase on September 1, 2015. 

    For more information visit the Isabel’s website.