Leaves of burnt orange, morning frost, cozy sweaters – fall is upon us! It is indeed the perfect time of year to wrap ourselves in the sweet welcoming warmth of music … now where has that Ms. Sarah Slean been?
FALL SHOWS WITH STRINGS!
October 16th brought Sarah and crew to Quebec City’s Palais Montcalm, a stunning venue of 1,000 plus seats. After a tense five hours where Sarah and new drummer Joshua van Tassel were stranded in Toronto due to fog, their plane finally took off landed just (literally) in time for a quick sound check and rehearsal. Luckily, Sarah brought her stellar cast of musicians from Montreal – for whom rehearsal is just a formality You may recognize them from the Live in Montreal DVD (more on that very soon!)
It was a spectacular show thanks to Palais’ incredible team and a quintessentially warm Quebecois crowd, who enthusiastically demanded two encores. To top it off there was a clean sweep of all merchandise, leaving nothing for the next crowd in Thunder Bay! And unfortunately couriers would not deliver to Thunder Bay on Saturdays – who knew? Our sincere apologize to fans. If you were looking to purchase the show’s music, it can be found in our store, iTunes and Amazon to name a few.
October 17th brought Sarah to Thunder Bay just in time for an evening rehearsal with the orchestra.
Sarah, Josh and the TBSO performed all the orchestral songs of “Sea”, Sarah’s full orchestral versions of Duncan and Sound of Water, and then for the second half, Sarah and the orchestra performed “Lamento” by composer and U of T professor Christos Hatzis. For this piece, Sarah stands to sing, allowing her to “perform” in the true sense of the word, taking on the disturbed and tormented main character of the piece… Read more about Lamento here watch each of the three movements from the world premiere with Symphony Nova Scotia in 2012 below.
Christos has become a dear friend and mentor to Sarah, and recently invited her to speak to his graduate class, which was “lovely and a bit weird” to use her words
He will also be presenting a full harmonic analysis of the Cosmic Ballet to his class next week – amazing!
The evolution of Slean Acres / The Baronial Estate
The kitchen is finished! The wall has been taken down, cabinets and flooring installed, new drywall and insulation… what an improvement over the barely-functional, annoying layout of the old kitchen! Dining room, bathroom and upstairs are also complete. Many thanks to Pa Slean for his handyman efforts!
Sarah hosted a dinner party for 10 in late September to test drive the facilities and everything went swimmingly… So she then hosted Thanksgiving with four, yes FOUR, generations of the Slean clan. Here is a photo of the resultant budding rock band:
Fall at the Farm
The farmstead is looking glorious this time of year.
Baroness welcomed as FACTOR Board’s “Artist Representative” !
Sarah has recently been elected the newest voting member of the FACTOR Board of Directors! (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Record)
As such, she will represent artists concerns in the board’s ongoing efforts to support the incredible talent in Canada.
“I’m excited to add my voice to this fantastic organization!” – Sarah Slean
Sarah also serves on the Musicians’ Rights Organization of Canada.
On November 7th, 8th and 9th Sarah will be singing some of her favourite Broadway selections from her favourite composer with the incredible Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, with whom she collaborated in 2009 on Glenn Buhr’s “Red Sea”.
Sarah’s childhood was full of musical theatre, and she has chosen her favourites from the most interesting and beautiful composers in the art form.
Any guesses as to which favourites Sarah has picked? Special Slean prize pack goes to the first person to guess two correct songs using the hashtag #TheBaroness on twitter or facebook @sarahslean wins!!
For tickets to upcoming concerts please click on the links below.
We look forward to seeing you soon. – TeamSlean
November 8, 2014 • Winnipeg, MB WSO tickets
November 9, 2014 • Winnipeg, MB WSO tickets
January 9~11, 2015 • New York, NY APAP conference
February 7, 2015 • Burlington, ON Burlington Performance Arts Centre
February 13, 2015 • Gueph, ON River Run Centre
February 14, 2015 • Maple Ridge, BC The ACT
February 27~28, 2015 • Toronto, ON Art of Tme Ensemble tribute to Lou Reed @ Harbourfront Centre
May 17, 2015 • St. Catherines, ON Lamento with the Niagara Symphony Orchestra