Transit of Venus Events

SNEAK PREVIEW #4 & "DESTINY, DESIRE & DIVINITY" PANEL DISCUSSION

Sunday, November 4, 2:30 pm (Doors open at 2 pm)

Canadian Mennonite University, 500 Shaftesbury Blvd.

Enjoy excerpts from the opera with piano accompaniment, followed by a panel discussion featuring Tony Harwood-Jones, a retired Anglican priest; Karen Toole, counsellor and Winnipeg Free Press faith page columnist; and Chazzan Anibal Mass, Cantor, Shaarey Zedek Synagogue. Moderated by Larry Desrochers.

Free Admission, Rush Seating
(An RSVP is preferred, but not mandatory.)

TO RSVP OR FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Sally Sweatman, (204) 942-7470, ssweatman@manitobaopera.mb.ca

PLANETARIUM PRESENTATION:

"THE RACE TO MEASURE THE TRANSIT OF VENUS"

Thursday, October 18, 7 – 8 pm

Manitoba Museum Planetarium, 190 Rupert Ave.

Astronomers have chased Venus for nearly four centuries to record a transit. Learn more about these first large-scale scientific expeditions, "the noblest problem in astronomy" on which nations spent millions of dollars. (Narrated by Planetarium Astronomer Scott Young) Q & A with Scott Young and librettist, Maureen Hunter to follow.

Free Admission, but you MUST RSVP.

TO RSVP OR FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Sally Sweatman, (204) 942-7470, ssweatman@manitobaopera.mb.ca

THIN AIR Winnipeg International Writers Festival:
Transit of Venus Panel Discussion

Play to Opera - How was it Transformed?

Saturday, September 29, 2007
1:30 - 3:00pm

CanWest Global Performing Arts Centre Mainstage - The Forks
2 Forks Market Road

How does an award-winning play become an arresting new opera? Join Rory Runnells as he explores the collaborative process with playwright/librettist Maureen Hunter, composer Victor Davies, and director Larry Desrochers. A discussion by the creative team on adapting an internationally acclaimed play to an opera.

  • Accompanied by a live demonstration of the two treatments.

Tickets: Call THIN AIR at 927-7323
($12 Regular Admission, $10 Students/Seniors)

An Exclusive TRANSIT OF VENUS Invitation for Educators:

EDUCATOR PREVIEW & WINE RECEPTION

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
5:00 – 6:30 PM

PIANO NOBILE, CENTENNIAL CONCERT HALL,
555 MAIN ST., WINNIPEG

Manitoba Opera’s upcoming world premiere of Transit of Venus this November will provide educators with a unique opportunity to have students experience a once-in-a lifetime event and to be part of history in the making in our community. Please plan to join us for this special educator preview and reception so that we can introduce this brand new opera to you in advance and provide you with the necessary background and tools to enhance your in-class presentation and your students’ experience at the Student Dress Rehearsal, Thursday, November 22.

  • Enjoy Complimentary Wine & Light Refreshments.
  • Hear Excerpts performed by soloists with piano accompaniment.
  • Meet the Creative team: Composer Victor Davies, Librettist Maureen Hunter & Director Larry Desrochers.
  • Learn about the opera story, composition, direction, and collaborative process involved in transforming an internationally acclaimed play into another art form.
  • See costume sketches and photos of the set and costume builds.
  • Participate in a Q & A with the creative team.
  • Receive a Transit of Venus Study Guide.
  • Enter to win a door prize.

Special Guest Host: Reid Harrison

RSVP by Monday, September 24 to Sally Sweatman
942-7470 or ssweatman@manitobaopera.mb.ca

Manitoba Opera presents...

Transit of Venus Sneak Preview

September 20, 2007
7:30 pm (Doors open at 7 pm)
Berney Theatre, Asper Jewish Community Campus

123 Doncaster St., Tuxedo

  • Soloists with piano accompaniment
  • Rush Seating Free Admission
  • Q & A with Librettist, Maureen Hunter and Director, Larry Desrochers
  • Coffee Reception

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(Lower Level, Centennial Concert Hall)
phone: 204.942.7479 | fax: 204.949.0377
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