COLUMN: Linda Jensen — March 7, 2014

Linda Jensen
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E.A. Rawlinson Centre

The first 65 days of the year here at the E.A. Rawlinson Centre are noteworthy.  We have had four concerts drawing capacity or near capacity crowds (Blue Rodeo, Diamond Rio, Bryan Adams and AbSalute Gold).

Blue Rodeo performed a stunning and generous concert with spectacular sound that allowed every word and every note to be clearly heard. Valentine’s Day was celebrated with a sumptuous Sweetheart Dinner presented by Randy Witter from My Place Restaurant and Lounge and a concert featuring Diamond Rio who was received with great enthusiasm by the audience.  Platinum Blonde had the audience on their feet as they rocked through their 30th anniversary concert.

The Bryan Adams concert, presented by LiveNation was the consummate entertainment experience.  Bryan Adams with just his guitar and an incredible pianist mesmerized the audience.  His stories told in a droll and comfortable style and the intimacy of the venue made the concert feel like an elaborate house party. 

AbSalute Gold had happy Abba fans of all ages on their feet, singing, clapping and dancing to the familiar music of that great band from Sweden.

The launch of the Spotlight on Local Talent Series was an equally thrilling and important event for the E. A. Rawlinson Centre. Constant Reminder, four brothers with an amazing amount of talent presented a concert which was well received by an enthusiastic audience.

The performance of jazz greats Joe Sealy, Paul Novotny and Jackie Richardson was met with enormous praise.  Those in attendance were moved by the narrative and the music centered on the story of Africville.  The concert clearly demonstrated the superior acoustics of the room and the beautiful sound of our grand piano.

The University of Saskatchewan’s Greystone Singers and Jazz Ensemble offered another musical treat, highlighting a large choir and a large jazz orchestra.

A lot of great entertainment was packed into two short months. There’s much more to come starting tomorrow, March 7 with one of Newfoundland’s favourite bands, THE ONCE.

 On March 13, one of the brightest lights in the jazz scene today, Diana Panton will perform with three of Canada’s top musicians, Don Thompson (piano), Reg Schwager (guitar) and Phil Dwyer (saxophone). Diana Panton has a sweet voice and a gentle presentation which has attracted critical acclaim in both Canada and Japan. 

I look forward to seeing you in the theatre as we carry on with more great and varied live entertainment.

Organizations: E.A. Rawlinson Centre, Local Talent Series, E. A. Rawlinson Centre University of Saskatchewan

Geographic location: Sweden, Canada, Newfoundland Japan

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