COLUMN: Linda Jensen — March 13, 2014

Linda Jensen
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E.A. Rawlinson Centre

Tonight (March 13) at 7:30 p.m., Diana Panton, who is thought to be among the top five jazz vocalists in Canada,  performs with jazz greats Don Thompson on piano, Reg Schwager on guitar and Phil Dwyer on saxophone.

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On March 25, Shantero productions present one of Canada’s most well-loved tenors, John McDermott. This concert, which is part of his twentieth anniversary tour, will highlight a variety of music from his early recordings through to his latest releases.

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On March 27 the beautiful music of Ireland’s Caladh Nua will fill the Olive and John Diefenbaker Theatre. This group, from the south eastern part of Ireland, is made up of five talented and versatile musicians and singers.

They play a wide selection of instruments from banjo to fiddle, guitar to bodhran and tin whistle to button accordion. Their music balances the essential qualities of traditional Irish music with an innovative contemporary styling. They have performed at festivals across the world in such cities as Paris, Vienna, Copenhagen, Berlin, Mumbai and Vancouver. 

They have a long list of television and radio credits and have released two highly acclaimed albums.

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The Audition for Search for the Stars is rapidly approaching (Sunday, March 23).  For those young performers who have never experienced an audition, I would like to give you an idea of what to expect and how to prepare for the audition.

The audition will be held on the stage of the Olive and John Diefenbaker Theatre.  You will perform for a panel of three judges who will give you immediate feedback and encouragement.  For vocalists you can use a live accompanist or backing tracks (no vocals allowed on the track).

Come prepared for the audition just as you would come to a performance.  For example, vocalists know the lyrics to your song so that you can give an engaging performance. Remember that the judges will be making their decisions based on the performance given at the audition.

You should dress in a manner that is appropriate to your act just as you would for a performance. Arrive sufficiently early for your audition so that you can be relaxed, warmed up and ready to perform without feeling rushed and stressed out. Be open to learn from the experience and most importantly have fun!! 

To register for the audition call the Box Office at 306 765 1270.

See you in the theatre.

Organizations: Olive and John Diefenbaker Theatre, Box Office

Geographic location: Canada, Ireland, Paris Vienna Copenhagen Berlin Mumbai Vancouver

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