Nuba in Gastown & SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
Join EMV’s Artistic/Executive Director Suzie LeBlanc, C.M. for a sumptuous dinner at Nuba Lebanese Restaurant hosted by EMV’s Board Member, Serena Ko, that includes an auction of exclusive artwork and a musical performance followed by VIP seats to the world premiere of The Queen of Carthage across the street at the SFU Goldcorp Centre. We will be joined this evening by special guests: Dr Debi Wong, Artistic Director re:Naissance Opera; and musical guest, Gordon Grdina. Online ticket sales are now closed but you can purchase last-minute tickets by calling our Box Office at 604-732-1610.
Welcome Presentation by Suzie LeBlanc, C.M.
Dinner and solo oud performance
Auctioneer: Bruce Munro Wright, O.B.C.
Walk to SFUW Gold Corp Performing Arts Centre
Mingle with artists and the creative team
Gordon Grdina is a Vancouver-based Oud/Guitarist whose sound is a combination of his interests in mainstream jazz, free-form improvisation and Arabic classical music. A protégé of jazz great Gary Peacock, he is a well-respected contributor to the jazz and world music scenes constantly being sought out for projects that need a fresh sound.
Online ticket sales are now closed. If you wish to purchase a ticket, you can do so by calling our office at 604-732-1610.
About the Opera
A seamless blend of Baroque and contemporary song and dance, this interdisciplinary performance is a powerful reclamation of the story of Dido, The Queen of Carthage, and her legacy as a political leader, an empire builder and a woman of colour. This performance opera features commissioned works by contemporary composers Jessica McMann, Robyn Jacobs and Afarin Mansouri, along with those of Baroque composers Henry Purcell and John Dowland. This project places Dido through a prism in which her story as a multifaceted leader, lover and outcast are shown in their fullness.
Artists: Cecilia Duarte, mezzo-soprano, Dido; Marisa Gold, dancer/choreographer; Juolin Lee, dancer; Dr Debi Wong and Stephanie Wong, stage directors; Catalina Vicens, music director/2023 Artist-in-Residence; and EMV Festival Players
Thanks to Bruce Munro Wright, O.B.C., this newly commissioned painting of
Christine De Pizan by Marco Tulio is now part of EMV’s collection.