The Creston Concert Society and Friends of the Cinema have seasons in store that should appeal to wide audiences.
“We have an exceptional 2011-2012 schedule booked,” concert society spokesperson Margaret Lavender said on Monday. “Five concerts, ranging from a banjo and fiddle duo to a five-piece wind ensemble, and each one promises to be a treat.”
The concert series opens at Prince Charles Auditorium on Oct. 1 with Sheesham and Lotus, who play what they describe as “old time ragtime high steppin’ mountain music”. Versatile musicians Sheesham Crow (fiddle, bones, harmonica, foot stepping, gourd banjo, jaw harp and hambone) and Lotus Wight (banjo, bass harmonica, jaw harp, ukulele, gourd, banjo and hambone) both sing and the audience should be prepared for a high energy evening.
On Nov. 15, Trio Hochelaga will showcase the instrumental talents of a violinist, cellist and pianist. The trio’s repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary.
Pentaedre Wind Ensemble kicks off the 2012 portion of the season, presenting an evening of flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon and horn. People who wonder what the answer is might just find it blowing in the wind on Jan. 29.
On March 12, Creston will host 2010 Juno award winners the Good Lovelies, as well as the Human Statues. The former offer a selection of traditional roots music and the latter combine harmonies, clever songs and very funny patter.
Dennis Chan and the Manouche Quartet wrap up the concert series on April 17. Chang is a young virtuoso guitarist who plans classical and contemporary pieces. On this evening, he will be joined by a jazz quartet consisting of guitars, electric upright bass and saxophone.
Friends of the Cinema kicks off the new season of films at the Tivoli Theatre on Sept. 19 with Cave of Forgotten Dreams, director Werner Herzog’s acclaimed documentary about the renowned Chauvet Cave in France. Making the film was something of a miracle, with access to the art-filled grotto severely restricted to prevent human and atmospheric damage to the paintings.
Movies scheduled for later in the fall include Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris and The Help, based on the bestselling novel, which are planned for October and November.
Once again, the concert society and film group have teamed up to offer combo season ticket packages. For only $150, an adult season package allows entry to all five concerts and eight movies. Concert society season passes are $85. Passes and tickets for all events are also available at Black Bear Books on Canyon Street.