Paying tribute to musical theatre

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A rare evening of music made famous by the leading ladies of the music theatre stage, featuring the acclaimed pianist Robert Kortgaard with star of Phantom of the Opera, Rebecca Caine!  Rebecca will pay a musical tribute to the well-known and not so well known music of many of the world’s leading ladies of musical theatre.  Tuesday, Nov. 6 will be a wonderful night of music at the Astor by two of the world’s leading musical performers.

 

Pianist Robert Kortgaard and Rebecca Caine are coming to the Astor Theatre on Nov. 6, for a show that pays tribute to leading ladies of musical theatre. 

The show begins at 8 p.m., and tickets are $25.

Robert Kortgaard, originally from Regina and Calgary, completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the Juliard School in New York City, and furthered his musical studies in Italy and England. He has performed as a soloist with major Canadian orchestras and has given recitals across North America as well as in England, Finland, Portugal, Italy, Indonesia, the Czech Republic, China and Japan. He is one of the country's most respected concert pianists, having appeared with most of the country¹s leading orchestras and recital societies and a favourite collaborator of many of Canada's finest instrumental soloists and chamber groups.  

Kortgaard has become one of the most in-demand colleagues of Canada's vocalists, and is a frequent partner of sopranos Measha Brueggergosman and Wendy Nielsen, mezzo-soprano Jean Stilwell and cabaret diva Patricia O'Callaghan. For five years, he was resident musician at the University of New Brunswick, and he is now artistic director of the Indian River Festival in Prince Edward Island.

Rebecca Caine was born in Toronto and studied at the Guildhall School of Music, London. Uniquely, her career has been divided between opera and musical theatre, making her West End debut at 19 in the role of Laurey in Oklahoma. She then sang the role of Eliza in My Fair Lady on the National tour. While making her debut at Glyndebourne as Amor in L'incoronazione di Poppea, she was asked to join the Royal Shakespeare Company where she created the role of Cosette in Les Miserables.

After a successful West End run she joined the original cast of Phantom of the Opera to play Christine opposite Michael Crawford. She then returned to Toronto to repeat the role in the Canadian premiere of Phantom of the Opera. During her run in Toronto she joined the Canadian Opera Company to make her highly praised North American debut in the title role of Lulu. She recently made her US cabaret debut at the Halsted Centre in Chicago. Ms. Caine has performed extensively with the Canadian Opera Company in Holland, New Zealand, Prague, Scotland and at many more international venues.

Don’t miss this chance to see these acclaimed performers up close and on stage.  You will not regret it.

Organizations: Juliard School, Canadian Opera Company, University of New Brunswick Guildhall School of Music Royal Shakespeare Company North American Halsted Centre

Geographic location: Italy, England, Toronto Canada Regina Calgary New York City North America Finland Portugal Indonesia Czech Republic China Japan West End Indian River Prince Edward Island London Oklahoma Les Miserables US Chicago Holland New Zealand Prague Scotland

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