Sting To Bring Symphonicities To Carnegie Hall Benefit Concert

first_imgCarnegie Hall has announced that Sting will bring his highly acclaimed Symphonicities to Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage for a one-night-only gala benefit concert on Monday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m. with Orchestra of St. Luke’s conducted by Rob Mathes.Symphonicities features Sting’s greatest hits reimagined for symphonic arrangement with orchestrations by Jorge Calandrelli, David Hartley, Michel Legrand, Rob Mathes, Vince Mendoza, Steven Mercurio, Bill Ross, Robert Sadin, and Nicola Tescari. Selections include fan-favorites such as “Roxanne,” “Next To You,” “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” and “Every Breath You Take,” plus songs from his enduring solo career—”Englishman in New York,” “Fragile,” “Russians,” “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You,” “Fields of Gold,” and “Desert Rose.”The concert on December 14, 2015 marks Sting’s first timeheadlining a full performance at Carnegie Hall. He will also be joined by a quintet comprised of Dominic Miller (Sting’s longtime guitarist), Jo Lawry (vocalist), Ira Coleman (bassist), Joe Bonadio (percussionist), and Mike Ricchiuti (keyboards). All proceeds from the performance will benefit Carnegie Hall’s artistic and music education programs.“It was an absolute joy to discover a whole new palate of musical colors and reinvent the songs that have been the staples of my live performances for over thirty years, commented Sting. “I’m thrilled to now bring Symphonicities to Carnegie Hall and to help support their dynamic arts education programs.”Sting first performed at Carnegie Hall in March 1991 at the first of many concerts benefiting the The Rainforest Foundation, the non-profit organization he co-founded with wife, Trudie Styler, in 1989. He has since appeared 18 other times in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at performances supporting important causes, including 16 additional Rainforest Fund benefit concerts; a 1997 concert benefiting the Elton John AIDS Foundation; and Carnegie Hall’s 120th Anniversary Gala in April 2011, created and hosted by singer-songwriter James Taylor.Gala benefit tickets for An Evening with Sting: Symphonicities include the best possible concert seating as well as admission to either a pre-concert cocktail reception at Carnegie Hall’s Rohatyn Room for $1,000 or the post-concert dinner at The Plaza starting at $2,500. Tables of 8 or 10 for the gala dinner begin at $25,000. All gala tickets are available for purchase starting on Thursday, July 23 at 11:00 a.m. by calling the Special Events office at 212-903-9679 or visiting online at carnegiehall.org/specialevents.A limited number of concert-only tickets, priced $125–$350, will be available for sale to Carnegie Hall subscribers and donors on Monday, August 17 and to the general public on Monday, August 24 at 8:00 a.m. at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or visiting online at carnegiehall.org.last_img read more

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Iranian stars of TIFF film denied entry into Canada

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Sajadi appears in the film alongside Jabbari, the latter of whom plays the drama’s title character, an upper-class teen in Tehran whose relationship with her parents takes a severe turn after questions arise about her relationship with a local boy. The film, a co-production between Iran, Canada and Qatar, made its world premiere at TIFF on Friday night, and will continue to screen this Sunday and next Sunday for the public.“I was surprised to have this news and of course, so sad,” Foroughi told The Globe and Mail over email. “But now I am so much looking forward to our premiere here in the country where I live and love. What is important for me is all the supports and kindness Ava and I have received so far from the festival, especially from [TIFF programmers] Magali Simard and Steve Gravestock.”“The girls are so happy that we all care about them here,” she added. “Altogether, we are looking forward to our audience’s feedback.”Last week, Foroughi was announced as one of the 15 nominees for the 2017 Directors Guild of Canada Discovery Award. This year’s award winner will be announced at the annual DGC gala on Oct. 28.In 2014, Foroughi was at the centre of a dispute with Canadian customs officers, who seized an art installation that was shipped from Iran to Montreal. She eventually received a permit from Foreign Affairs to release her work, which was part of a federally subsidized art project. Advertisement Facebook As the new Iranian film Ava enjoys its debut at the TIFF this weekend, it will have to do so without the presence of its two stars.According to reports, the Canadian government denied travel visas to Iranian performers Shayesteh Sajadi, 18, and Mahour Jabbari, 17. Ava‘s director Sadaf Foroughi, an Iranian-born Canadian citizen, said her two young actors were denied entry after applying for a travel visa through Canada’s embassy in Turkey.According to a letter received by Sajadi and excerpted in The Hollywood Reporter, the government was not satisfied “that you would leave Canada at the end of your stay as a temporary resident.” A Globe and Mail request for comment from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has not been returned. Twittercenter_img Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Director Sadaf Foroughi attends the Toronto International Film Festival announcement of their Canadian features for this year’s program in Toronto, Wednesday August 9 , 2017. – CHRIS YOUNG/THE CANADIAN PRESSlast_img read more

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DC Resident Geraldine McCrae Turns 100

first_imgD.C. resident Geraldine McCrae turned 100 on Jan. 15. (Photo by Valerie Russell)Family and friends gathered at Martin’s Camelot in Upper Marlboro, Maryland Jan. 16 to celebrate the life and accomplishments of longtime D.C. resident, Geraldine McCrae who turned 100-years-old.  McCrae was born in Guyana, South America on Jan, 15, 1916. By the age of 21, she married Frederick C. McCrae, and they had seven girls and six boys.In order to offer their children a better life and opportunity, McCrae and her husband decided to migrate from Guyana to the United States in 1967, when the couple purchased a three bedroom home in Southeast D.C.McCrae has 41 grandchildren, 61 great-grandchildren, and 19 great-great-grandchildren.She is lauded by her family as loving, caring, and compassionate. “She is a God fearing and just one of the most caring people that I have ever known,” Orin McCrae, her son, told the AFRO.Orin is the 11th of 13 siblings. He said he credits his mother’s dedication and nurturing spirit which she affectionately displayed to him and his siblings as the recipe their success.As a master seamstress, sewing wedding dresses, christening gowns and bedspreads, McCrae made sure she passed along the skills she learned to her children and grandchildren, which inspired her granddaughter Candace to turn her love for baking into a career. “She was different from your typical grandmother,” Candace said. “She spent a lot of time with us and gave us a lot of love. She had a passion for sewing and baking and crocheting and she always tried to teach her grandchildren. She was always sharing words of wisdom with you that I would cherish forever.”Candace explained that every birthday, McCrae would bake a princess style cake and present it to her saying, “I don’t have any money but this is all I can give you.” Candace said she decided to ask her grandmother if she could bake the same traditional pound cakes. With a push from her grandmother, Candace started her very own business called, Sweet Kiss Cupcakes. “One day she just said to me to turn my passion into a profit, and that is what I did.”When asked about her greatest accomplishment thus far, McCrae said, “I am very proud of my children.” madebola@afro.comlast_img read more

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Exhibhiting a new beginning

first_imgThe summer is beating down long and hard on the capital of India. Majority of people run off to the mountains to escape summers by taking holidays or gather in evenings and arrange fun things to do.Artz Fine Arts gallery will soon be giving the art lovers in Delhi something to look forward to in this sweltering weather. The gallery brings their unique concepts together in an exhibition titled  Tabula Rasa. The term Tabula Rasa is a term from Latin vocabulary. The term meaning ‘clean slate’ or effectively a ‘new beginning’.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This exhibition is one of the first of its kinds to happen and  will kick off in September with a preview taking place this month. The exhibition has been well  planned to promote the upcoming talents in visual arts.Tabula Rasa will showcase ten shows in ten weeks’ time; every week will have seven different artistes from all over the nation and from across the globe. Regarding the show, the gallery director Manoj Sejwal said, ‘This gallery is entirely a new venture for me, being a Delhi guy and based in Lado Sarai I have always observed different galleries promoting artists and their talents, but somewhere I felt a bleak about those who never got a chance to be a part of it.’  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘My idea of this gallery and this show is to promote and do art for arts’ sake’.‘All ten shows will have curated approaches regarding their display and montage,’ says curator Debabrota Das. Moreover the market is not about branded works, it’s all about good works just like this show.’ he added.The first show of Tabula Rasa is planned in July and the participating artistes in this show are Gazal Alagh, Meena Laisaram, Ritu Singh, Ritu Gupta, Shiv Kiran, Kamal Nath, Shagun Mohindra,Tanushree Singh and Sheetal Gulati. The show will exhibit a variety of art forms such as mediums like paintings, sculptures and photography.To give it a formal start, the gallery has arranged for a wine and cheese evening on 19 July.  The evening will witness  eminent TV actor Ashok Pandey, artists Asit Kumar Patnaik and Jagganath Panda who will open the show. So mark your calenders and head over!last_img read more

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Sunwing confirms departures from Buffalo flights from Waterloo to DR

first_imgSunwing confirms departures from Buffalo; flights from Waterloo to DR Posted by Travelweek Group Tags: Punta Cana Friday, July 29, 2016 center_img TORONTO — Sunwing Vacations will offer all-inclusive packages with departures from Buffalo International Airport for a third season, as well as direct weekly flights between Waterloo and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.Sunwing Vacations will offer, for a third year in a row, all-inclusive packages departing from Buffalo to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and Cancun, Mexico over the coming winter season.Departing on Sundays between February and April, 2017 to Cancun and Saturdays between February and April, 2017 to Punta Cana, vacationers can take advantage of weekend flying schedule to each destination.Easily accessible from many of Southern Ontario’s cities such as St Catherine’s, Niagara, London, and Hamilton, Buffalo Niagara International Airport has gained popularity in recent years with vacationers on both sides of the border looking for a sunshine getaway.A short drive from the Canadian border, travellers from the airport can take advantage of low-priced on airport parking and a swift onward journey through the compact airport terminal to their final destination.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWT“We are delighted to return to Buffalo for a third consecutive season. Buffalo Niagara International Airport is a convenient hub for our customers living in Southern Ontario and we are pleased that our vacation packages have been so well received over the past two winters.” said Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations for Sunwing Vacations. “The return of these popular flight services will allow travellers to escape the cold winter months and enjoy the sunny beaches of Cancun and Punta Cana.”New for the coming winter season, Sunwing Vacations will provide direct weekly flights between Waterloo, Ontario and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.Beginning Thursday December 22, 2016 and continuing through March 23, 2017, the new service will connect residents of the Waterloo region with the popular Caribbean vacation destination in just over four hours.“We are delighted to be able to offer direct flights from Waterloo Region to Punta Cana this coming winter,” said Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations for Sunwing Vacations. “Our sunshine flights have been well received by travellers from the Waterloo Region for the past seven seasons and we are sure Punta Cana will prove a popular choice this year.”More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”For more information, visit sunwing.ca Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Up to 1000 per couple in savings with Sunwings Wintervention sale

first_img Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Posted by Tags: Promotions, Sunwing TORONTO — Sunwing wants to give travellers a break from the dreary weather with its ‘Wintervention’ Sale, on now through Feb. 23.The sale offers some of the lowest prices of the season and savings worth up to $1,000 per couple on packages to resorts in the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America.Grand Sunset Princess All Suites and Spa Resort in Riviera Maya, one of the resorts taking part in the sale, is family-friendly with spacious rooms that can accommodate up to five people. The beachfront resort was designed with families in mind, says Sunwing, with 12 pools, a spa and a kids club.Also included in the promotion is the popular beachfront resort Riu Bambu in Punta Cana. Guests get unlimited access to the Splash Water World water park, plus there are daily supervised activities at the RIULand kids club. Teens can unwind at their own hangout area, RIU4YOU.Clients looking to elevate their vacation experience can take advantage of generous savings at the luxurious Royalton Negril Resort and Spa in Jamaica. This beachfront resort welcomes guests with five-star accommodations and amenities, plus daily supervised activities at the kids and teens club. Up to $1,000 per couple in savings with Sunwing’s Wintervention salecenter_img Share Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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