The Sugar Plum Fairy has the illustrious distinction of being of such a light and bright personality that the MASTER orchestrator, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky couldn't decide how best to portray her musically. He was perplexed by "the absolute impossibility of portraying the sugarplum fairy in music", but a heaven-sent solution was brewing in France.
"There’s music we’ve heard once and forgotten, our interest rekindled by a fleeting reference on a radio broadcast for example, and then there’s the music we haven’t heard yet. I admit to some hefty gaps in my musical and listening knowledge, but for me those gaps offer something rather special and exciting.
"The great thing is that I know there is plenty more out there, just waiting to be heard and explored.
Relaxed performances are designed to welcome audience members who would benefit from a more relaxed environment, including those with sensory concerns, autism spectrum disorders, learning disorders, developmental disabilities; parents with small babies; or anyone for whom the regular theatre experience can be challenging.
Here is a great example of thinking outside the box. Congratulations to the Kingston Chamber Choir and to Dr. John Burge for his mentorship.
Ever been to an event where you feel like you don't belong? Maybe you feel like you don't know enough, or you aren't dressed well-enough, or that you're being judged for things you didn't even know you were doing "wrong"? Which fork do I use. Which wine glass is for the Zinfandel? Which bread plate is mine?
We've all been there...and we never want to go back to an event where we get funny looks for using the wrong fork. We just want to enjoy the food. Well, this kind of experience is all-too-common in classical music circles, and I think its awful. An environment which shames folks who are trying it on for the first time is not an environment I would want to be in, either.