Choral Society tackles Beethoven

St Joseph’s Parish Church on Laurier Avenue was filled with the music of Beethoven on a very snowy Friday night. The church was packed full as the Ottawa Choral Society hosted Immortal Beloved,  a celebration of Beethoven, on March 24. The choir was accompanied by the Ottawa Music Company Orchestra, led by conductor Jean-Sebastien Valée, as well as four soloists and a pianist. They performed three works by the world famous composer, and one piece composed by Carleton University professor James Wright, based on letters Beethoven wrote to a mystery lover. Wright spoke about the theories around who exactly the letters were meant for, and the fascination that many seem to have for Beethoven’s love life. The music began shortly […]

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SnB’s final production is stellar

Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) is equal parts a critique and a pastiche of Shakespearian tragedies. A young English academic, Constance Ledbelly (Alex Wilson) gets thrown into the worlds of Othello and Romeo & Juliet and sets out to right the wrongs of the plays and avert the tragic events that befall their respective female leads. Desdemona (Natalie Lopez) gets saved from Othello’s (Kamil Bhatty) rage and jealousy and Iago’s (Wade Theriault) scheming. Juliet (Meg Sutton) and Romeo (Sheldon Paul) get saved from their premature deaths and instead both fall in love with Constance. Wilson was astounding as Constance. She carries each scene she’s in with magnetic stage presence and great skill, conveying Constance’s lovable quirkiness and neurotic […]

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The Zolas bring a mix of new and old

I’ll be the first to admit I find it hard to be critical of the Zolas. Their show at Zaphod Beeblebrox on March 18 was my third time seeing them. I’ve been listening to them for years, as well as to Lotus Child, the band that core members Zachary Gray and Tom Dobrzanski had before The Zolas. As performers, they are still coming into their own, with a few awkward moments in between songs. But when they play, it’s like it’s all they know. Whether it’s packed into Zaphod’s or filling a Bluesfest stage, their energy is infectious and their shows are always fun. However, perhaps because it was my third time seeing them, I found more to be critical […]

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Q+A: Vagina Monologues director Sophie Kourtsidis

The Vagina Monologues are an annual event put on by Vaginas Against Violence, or VAV, a Carleton University club for women and allies that aims to put a stop to gender-based violence. The Charlatan sat down with Sophie Kourtsidis, one of the directors of this year’s production, to talk about the upcoming show. The Charlatan (TC): How is the planning of the show coming along? Sophie Kourtsidis (SK): The planning is essentially done. We are in the final stages of acquiring funding from departments, picking up donations and promoting the show. But the actual planning of the show is all booked, everything else is up in the air. I also wanna say that it’s not just Marissa [Matthews, co-director] and […]

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New graffiti mural painted in Rooster’s

A new mural has recently appeared on what used to be a stark white wall in Rooster’s Coffeehouse, on the 4th floor of Carleton’s University Centre. Ron Barrette, the manager at Rooster’s, said the idea of livening up the coffeehouse with art has been thrown around since the café’s big remodel back in 2013. “The colours are just the white and grey. It’s very sterile and I felt with the way Rooster’s has always been we needed to add more colour to it,” Barrette said. Originally reaching out to the student body on social media to find a student artist, Barrette said he received little to no response in almost two years’ worth of searching, and eventually decided to reach […]

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