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BOHEMIANS IN BROOKLYN

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Bohemians in Vancouver!

Yes, Bohemians are coming to Vancouver, but they are, in fact, coming from Brooklyn. You are invited to join us for an intimate evening to experience first-hand what happens when a poet, an author, a composer, his lover, and a book-loving stripper all move into the same house in quiet, wartime Brooklyn... arguments, indulgence, infestation, questionable relationships of every description, a murder mystery, plenty of reasons for the neighbours to bang on the walls and, just possibly, some truly wonderful art.

Join singers Patricia O’Callaghan and Bryce Kulak, harpist Lori Gemmell and storyteller Tom Allen (beloved host of CBC Radio 2's Shift) for an evening in the imagined house that once held WH Auden, Benjamin Britten, Carson McCullers and Gypsy Rose Lee – a potent mix of cabaret, social history, very juicy gossip, glorious music and all parts fun.

Originally commissioned for the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival and Music Niagara, this show is something between cabaret, storytelling, chamber music and musical theatre.

Once you purchase your tickets here, we will send you the home address in Shaughnessy - sitting in for a 1940's Brooklyn brownstone - for this very special and intimate evening of words, music, drama... and did we mention wine?

“Beautifully punctuated… brought the songs to vivid life.” – Now Magazine

Still Curious? Take a look at the programme:

Paul Bowles: Night Waltz (1949)


Parade from Les Illuminations
Music: Benjamin Britten, Words: Arthur Rimbaud
Written in Amityville, Long Island, New York, 1939, first sung by Peter Pears


Just Grand
Words and Music: Bryce Kulak
Based on Carson McCullers’ 1940 novel The Heart is a Lonely Hunter


September 1, 1939
Music: Bryce Kulak, Words: WH Auden
Written in Dizzy’s, 52nd Street, NYC, September 1, 1939


I’m a Stranger Here, Myself
Music: Kurt Weill, Words: Ogden Nash
From One Touch of Venus (1943)


I Could Write a Book
Music: Richard Rodgers, Words: Lorenz Hart
From Pal Joey, the hit 1940 show starring June Havoc, Gypsy Rose Lee’s little sister


Ox-Tails
Music: Leonard Bernstein, Words: Emile Dutoit
Bernstein’s musical setting of one of four recipes
from Emile Dumont’s 1889 culinary classic La Bonne Cuisine Française.


Antique (excerpt) from Les Illuminations
Music: Benjamin Britten, Words: Arthur Rimbaud


Pat My Foot
Words and Music: Tom Allen


The Wolf Around the Corner
Music: Bryce Kulak, Words: Tom Allen


Leonard Bernstein: For Susannah Kyle (1949)


Benjamin Britten: Interlude from A Ceremony of Carols (1942)


Ruined
Music: Bryce Kulak, Words: Tom Allen


Funeral Blues
Music: Bryce Kulak, Words: WH Auden
First written for The Ascent of F6, 1936, revised 1937


Colin McPhee: Pemoengkah from Balinese Ceremonial Music
Written 1940, at 7 Middagh Street, Brooklyn.
First performed at 7 Middagh Street by Colin McPhee and Benjamin Britten


Le Depart from Les Illuminations
Music: Benjamin Britten, Words: Arthur Rimbaud


Mack the Knife from The Threepenny Opera
by Kurt Weill and Berthold Brecht (1928)


Old Buildings
Words and Music: Bryce Kulak


Mark the date - Monday April 23rd, 2018 at 7:30 pm

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