BEZHOD ABDURAIMOV, piano (CRS) – Sat (Feb 9) 2:30pm

“his secret: authenticity, control and a velvet pianissimo” 
The young Uzbek pianist Bezhod Abduraimov is taking the world’s stages by storm. Described by The Times as the “master of all he surveys” and with The Washington Post  noting to “keep your ear on this one,” Bezhod Abduraimov’s captivating performances continue to receive international praise.

Recent seasons have seen him perform with leading orchestras worldwide, such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, NHK Symphony and Leipzig Gewandhaus orchestras, and with prestigious conductors including Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Manfred Honeck, Vasily Petrenko and Jakub Hru°ša. He performed with the Munich Philharmonic in their 360 Degree Festival in 2016 and made a spectacular BBC Proms debut with them later that season.

Born in 1990, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Abduraimov is an alumnus of Park University’s International Center for Music in Missouri, where he studied with Stanislav Ioudenitch.

Tickets: Subscriptions, Single Ticket Purchases ($25) &
Single Ticket Returns  CRS Office – 604-885-0991

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Genre: Documentary 
Rated: PG with coarse language
Runtime: 96 min
Country: UK 2018
Trailer: Three Identical Strangers

Director:  Tim Wardle

Synopsis: Set in 1980s New York, this incredible true story is evidence that there might actually be a Twilight Zone. Three young strangers accidentally discover that they are identical triplets, separated at birth and raised by three curiously different families. Their story brings them together and attracts international fame. But as they delve into their pasts, an extraordinary and disturbing secret is unwillingly revealed — one that eclipses their own lives and challenges our understanding of the human condition.

UNARMED VERSES (SC Film Soc) Sat (Feb 16) 2pm

Genre: Documentary 
Runtime: 86 min
Country: Canada 2017
Trailer: Unarmed Verses

SCFS Annual General Meeting follows film

Toronto’s Villaways neighbourhood is viewed by some as a slum, but for 12-year-old Francine Valentine it is home. With the area facing a massive redevelopment that will displace most of its residents, Francine finds an outlet in her writing. She may lack self-confidence, but her style and candid commentary speak to a deep humanity that flows within the community. This cinematic rendering of our universal need for self-expression and belonging is a two-time winner of Best Canadian Documentary awards.

YEVGENY SUDBIN, piano (CRS) – Sat (Mar 23) 2:30pm

“one of the most searching and inspired of today’s pianists” 
Yevgeny Sudbin has been hailed by The Telegraph as “potentially one of the greatest pianists of the 21st century.” He has collaborated with some of the world’s most influential conductors, including Neeme Järvi, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Osmo Vänskä, Hannu Lintu, and Andrew Litton. His love of chamber music has led him to collaborate with many other instrumentalists including Ilya Gringolts, Hilary Hahn, Julia Fischer, and the Chilingirian Quartet. Appearances at festivals include Aspen, Mostly Mozart, Tivoli, Nohant, La Roque d’Anthéron, Menton and Verbier.

Sudbin’s recordings have been met with critical acclaim and are regularly featured as CD of the Month by BBC Music Magazine, as their Editor’s Choice by Gramophone. His recording of works by Scriabin was described by Gramophone as “a disc in a million’ while the International Record Review stated that his Rachmaninov recording ‘confirms him as one of the most important pianistic talents of our time.”

Tickets: Subscriptions, Single Ticket Purchases ($25) &
Single Ticket Returns CRS Office – 604-885-0991

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GIFTED (SC Film Soc) Sun (Mar 24) 2pm

Genre: Drama
Rated: PG with coarse and sexual language
Runtime: 101 min
Country: USA 2017
Trailer: Gifted

Director:  Marc Webb

Frank Adler, a Florida boat mechanic, is a single man raising his spirited young niece, Mary, a child prodigy. Respecting his deceased sister’s wishes, Frank’s plans for a normal school life for Mary are challenged when the seven-year-old’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of his formidable mother. She wants to place her granddaughter in a special school for gifted children and initiates a child custody battle, threatening to separate Frank and his niece.

Wagner’s DIE WALKURE (Met Opera) Sat Mar 30 9am

Composer: Richard Wagner
Conductor: Philippe Jordan
Production: Robert Lepage
Runtime: 4 hrs 55 min, approx.

Cast: Brünnhilde (Christine Goerke), Sieglinde (Eva-Maria Westbroek), Siegmund (Stuart Skelton), Fricka (Jamie Barton), Wotan (Greer Grimsley), Hunding (Günther Groissböck)

The second installment of Wagner’s Ring cycle, Die Walküre, stars heroic soprano Christine Goerke as the warrior goddess Brünnhilde, whose encounter with the mortal twins Siegmund and Sieglinde, sung by Stuart Skelton and Eva-Maria Westbroek, leads her on a journey from Valhalla to earthbound humanity. Philippe Jordan conducts.

Tickets: $24 (General), $20 (Senior/Youth)

Transmission of The Met: Live in HD in Canada is made possible thanks to the generosity of Jacqueline Desmarais, in memory of Paul G. Desmarais Sr

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COMIC STRIPPERS Fri (Apr 5) 7:30 pm

The award winning improv comedians are back with a new show, more moves and even quicker wits.  

WARNING! No extreme nudity, just extreme hilarity.

A fictitious male stripper troupe (played by a cast of some of Canada’s best improvisational comedians) performs a sexylarious improv comedy show. These guys try to be sexy it just comes out funny. Constantly grooving and gyrating in between scenes they banter with the crowd and perform their hilarious twist on improv sketches. They sing, they dance. These guys are oiled up and ready to make you laugh.

Semi undressed and completely unscripted, The Comic Strippers take off their shirts and take on your suggestions to create a whole new genre of comedy.

Winner of ‘BEST LIVE PRODUCTION’ at The Canadian Comedy Awards 2016
“Extremely Funny!” – UK Fringe Review
“The show is suitable for both men and women. An entertaining ride where anything goes.” – Rip It Up Magazine
“One of the most hilarious shows I’ve ever seen.” – Vancouver Sun
(Tickets are non refundable after purchase)

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ASH IS PUREST WHITE (SC Film Soc) Sat (Apr 13) 2pm

Genre: Drama
Rated: PG with violence and coarse language
Runtime: 137 min
Country: China 2018
Language: Mandarin with English subtitles
Trailer: Ash is Purest White

Director: Zhangke Jia

Synopsis: China’s preeminent filmmaker presents us with a wonderfully acted epic romance between a low-level gangster and a woman from an impoverished mining town who goes to prison for him. Upon her release she goes searching for him, embarking on a journey of discovery, disillusionment, and her own development,  all unfolding against the backdrop of a country modernizing at a dizzying pace.

Poulenc’s DIALOGUES DES CARMELITES (Met Opera) Sat (May 11) 9am

Composer: Francis Poulenc
Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Production: John Dexter

Runtime: 3 hrs 9 min, approx.

Cast: Blanche de la Force (Isabel Leonard), Mme. Lidoine (Adrianne Pieczonka), Constance (Erin Morley), Mère Marie (Karen Cargill), First Prioress (Karita Mattila), Chevalier de la Force (David Portillo), Marquis de la Force (Dwayne Croft)

Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads an accomplished ensemble in Poulenc’s devastating modern masterpiece of faith and martyrdom. Isabel Leonard is the young Blanche de La Force, opposite Met legend Karita Mattila as the First Prioress.

Tickets: $24 (General), $20 (Senior/Youth)

Transmission of The Met: Live in HD in Canada is made possible thanks to the generosity of Jacqueline Desmarais, in memory of Paul G. Desmarais Sr

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