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Falling into Fall

FALLING INTO FALL  . . .

 

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.

Musical magicians

Musical magicians John Corban, Genevieve Liboiron, Jean-Christophe Lizotte, Jennifer Thiessen, Joshua Van Tassel and Joel Kerr.

October 17th brought Sarah to Thunder Bay just in time for an evening rehearsal with the orchestra.

WOW! What a venue! WHAT A STEINWAY!!!! (Droooool)

WOW! What a venue! WHAT A STEINWAY!!!! (Droooool)

Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay

Thunderbay

Credit to Iconic Images

Thunderbay

Credit to Iconic Images

 

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.



Sarah Slean with Arthur Post and Christo Hatzis

Sarah with conductor Arthur Post and “Lamento” composer Christos Hatzis

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!

RENOVATION UPDATE!

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!

Before

Before

During

During

After

After

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:

 

Slean Clan Band

Slean Clan Band

Fall at the Farm

The farmstead is looking glorious this time of year.

Fall at the Farm

 

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.

UPCOMING SHOWS

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

Company – The Musical

Update:  It is with sad regret to announce that due to personal reasons Sarah has withdraw from the production of Company.  Sarah is replaced by Cleopatra Williams and we wish Company all of the best.

Original post:

Sarah has accepted her first official role in a musical and will be bringing the character of “Marta” to life in Theatre 20’s upcoming production of Company.

The show runs at Toronto’s Berkeley Street Theatr from June 21st to July 13th 2014.  Tickets can be purchased here.

Company
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim (West Side Story, Sweeney Todd)
Book by George Furth “Company, said by many to have launched the age of the modern musical, centres on Robert, a single man unable to commit to a steady relationship, the married couples who are his best friends, and his three on-again off-again girlfriends.” Read More…

Company  - Poster

About Theatre 20
With an objective to cultivate and promote Canadian talent through their story-driven musicals, Theatre 20 exposes the raw talents of writers and composers with simple, yet pure storytelling.

 

Live DVD!

WOW! Final editing is now underway for the DVD filmed in Montreal on April 5 in front of a sold out crowd.

The performance featured an octet of incredible string players, bass, drums and singer. And let’s not forget our incredible lighting designer who made it all come together flawlessly.  What’s left? A little artwork, a few titles and even more exclusive interview footage to add just for you.

Keep checking the website and the newsletter for the most current updates.  While you wait, here is a video from Sarah on Quebec’s biggest television shows Belle et Bum.

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