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Fall 2014


 
 

Date: Friday-Sunday, September 26-28, 2014 (9.30am-4.30pm daily)
Location: 87 Toronto Street, Barrie, Ontario
Admission: $350 (includes 3 lunches, 2 snacks daily and art materials)


Thank God Our Time is Now!

A painting and art history course led by Donald Hall

Donald Hall was born in New Mexico, USA. He studied painting with Beppe Assenza in Dornach, Switzerland (1969-1979), becoming Assenza's assistant and also working in Painting Therapy with children (1976-1978). Returning to the US, he founded a painting school in Harlemville, New York (1978-1985) which he left to ensure proper transition of the Assenza School in Dornach following Assenza's death (1985-1988). Since 1988, he has directed his own school, the Freie Malschule, in Bolzano, Italy.

His paintings have been exhibited in France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, and in the United States. He conducts Painting and Art History courses in Italy, Switzerland, Croatia, Ireland, Canada, and USA.

Mornings 9.30am-12.30pm: As a painter working in Italy, Donald presents an informed perspective on the classical tradition and its relevance to modern art. His discourse will be interspersed with exercises in colour and technique.

Afternoons 2.00-4.00pm: Encounter Goethe's theory of colour as living process. Work on individual paintings with Donald's guidance.

Materials: Please bring dry watercolours or a set of Pelikan watercolour cakes. Boards, easels and quality watercolour paper and brushes will be provided.
You may also like to bring sketch book, charcoal, colour crayons and your own brushes.

Cost: Cost; $350 (includes 3 lunches, 2 snacks daily and art materials)

To register please call Treasa O'Driscoll at 1-705-728-7752, or email: info@novalisproject.com

Please send a $50 deposit by August 1, 2014, complete amount due before Septiember 5th, 2014, payable to: Ita Wegman Foundation, 78 Toronto Street, Barrie, ON L4N 1V2



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Date: Sunday, November 2, 2014, 2.30pm
Location: Novalis Hall, 7841 4th Line, Angus, Ontario
Admission: $20


The Mystery Journey of Johannes and Maria:

Highlights from Rudolf Steiner's Four Mystery Dramas, performed by Laurie Portacarrero & Glen Williamson

A young artist, befriended by the most advanced pupil of a high spiritual master and initiate, seeks his own spiritual development. As he struggles through joy and despair, certainty and illusion, triumph and disaster, a friend accompanies him, guiding him along the path with her own ever-growing strength and love.

In the Mystery Jounal of Johannes and Maria, Laurie Portocarrero and Glen Willimason trace Johannes's spiritual development and his relationship to Maria through selected scenes from Rudolf Steiner's four mystery dramas. Unique in the annals of drama, these four plays trace their characters' paths and destinies through repeated incarnations from ancient times up to the twentieth century, vividly depicting the interplay of karma and free will at work as human beings struggle to take responsibility for their destiny.

You are invited to join Glen and Laurie after the performance when they will speak about their process in creating this work of art. Refreshments will follow.

Cost: $20

To reserve please call Treasa O'Driscoll at 1-705-728-7752, or email: info@novalisproject.com



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Exploring the Three Graces  

Fall 2013

September 27 - 29, 2013
(Friday, Saturday, Sunday, September 27, 28, 29 from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm daily)

Location: 87 Toronto Street, Barrie, Ontario
Admission: $350 (includes 3 lunches, 2 snacks daily and art materials)


Exploring the Three Graces, a painting and art history course, led by Donald Hall, a master teacher and watercolour artist from Bolzano, Italy.

At left, Botticelli’s portrayal of the Three Graces in Primavera, C 1482

We will look at Botticelli’s portrayal of the Three Graces and compare it with paintings by Raphael and Caravaggio in a quest to find the centre-when three become one and one becomes two. This is a riddle for us to ponder. It relates to the theme of balance in colour and form to which every true artist aspires. We arrive at this balance through the reconciliation of opposites. We therefore need to study polarities and it is helpful to look at how the works of Van Gogh and Gauguin on the one hand and Picasso and Chagall on the other, represent each other’s polar opposite.  When polarities come together in the right way, a third element arises

…..Take your practiced powers and stretch them out /until they span the chasm between two contradictions…For the god/wants to know himself in you.                     Rainer Maria Rilke

With the help of Goethe's theory of colour, to which he daily applies himself, Donald Hall leads every participant to discover something new, regardless of his or her level of expertise. Engaging in Donald's clearly articulated exercises, we begin to see how colours move and form themselves as they interact with one another. With this open approach to learning, our feeling for balance as human beings comes into play. In applying myself to the inner life and gestures of colour, I can indirectly address the imbalance or contradictions in my own nature and discover a creative path to wholeness while having fun!

Rudolf Steiner also pointed to this mystery in the emphasis he placed on the ‘ I AM’ sayings of Jesus and in his call for an ever-deepening intensity of the individual sense of self.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, September 27, 28, 29, from 9.30am-4.30pm daily

Mornings 9.30am-12.30pm: As a painter working in Italy, Donald presents an informed perspective on the classical tradition and its relevance to modern art. His discourse will be interspersed with exercises in colour and technique.

Afternoons 2.00-4.00pm: Encounter Goethe's theory of colour as living process. Work on individual paintings with Donald's guidance.

Materials: Please bring dry watercolours or a set of Pelikan watercolour cakes. Boards, easels and quality watercolour paper and brushes will be provided. You may also like to bring sketch book, charcoal, colour crayons and your own brushes.

Donald Hall., was born in New Mexico, USA. He studied painting in Switzerland with Beppe Assenza in Dornach, Switzerland (1969-1979), becoming Assenza's assistant and also working in Painting Therapy with children (1976-1978). Returning to the US, he founded a painting school in Harlemville, New York (1978-1985) which he left to ensure proper transition of the Assenza School in Dornach following Assenza's death (1985-1988). Since 1988, he has directed his own school, the Freie Malschule, in Bolzano, Italy. His paintings have been exhibited in France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, and in the United States. He conducts Painting and Art History courses in Italy, Switzerland, Croatia, Ireland, Canada, and USA.

Painting with Donald Hall is an adventure, an exciting search for deeper meaning in colour and form. - Peter Doef, Artist.

A mood of contentment prevailed during Donald Hall's opening talk and seemed to increase as participants applied themselves to his clearly articulated exercises and discourses on the history, meaning and purpose of art, delivered between painting sessions when we clustered in rapt attention around him. - Lilipoh Magazine, Fall 2006

In painting with Donald Hall and hearing his unique insights on the great masterpieces, I have discovered anew my own connection with painting. - Denis Schneider, Art Teacher

To register please call Treasa O'Driscoll at 1-705-728-7752, or email: info@novalisproject.com

Please send a $50 deposit by September 5th, 2013, payable to: Ita Wegman Foundation, 78 Toronto Street, Barrie, ON L4N 1V2

Dates and contacts for other Donald Hall watercolour painting courses:
Ottawa, September 10-11, 14-15, 2013 sylvierichard@rogers
Montreal, September 19-22, 2013 mchartrand.art@videotron.ca



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November 10, 2013
Sunday from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: Janus House, 87 Toronto Street, Barrie, Ontario
Admission: $10


John and Carrie Schuchardt, Remembrance and Renewal

How can we better meet the needs of loved ones who are dying?
How can we foster a living connection with those who have died?

Come explore these questions and more in a conversational format!

Marking the solemnity of Remembrance Day in a world ravaged by the falsehoods of war, John and Carrie Schuchardt draw from their experience as caregivers, engaging participants in an honest enquiry into the questions we have about death and dying..

John and Carrie Schuchardt founded the House of Peace in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1990 to provide physical and spiritual refuge for victims of war, living in community with adults with special needs, welcoming more than 400 children and families from some 30 countries in the course of the past 22 years. Prior to this undertaking, Carrie lived for fifteen years at Camphill Village, Kimberton, Pennsylvania, an intentional community devoted to people with developmental disabilities. In the course of her care-giving life, Carrie has provided consistent spiritual and practical support for the sick and dying. She and her husband work side by side and also function as devoted and daring activists for peace. As an attorney, John was once Public Defender of Windham County, Vermont, and has served in delegations to Nicaragua, Guatemala, VietNam, Iraq, Palestine, Israel and Iran. He advocates professionally, passionately and persistently on behalf of refugees and other marginalized people.  John and Carrie are active members of the Anthroposophical Society of Cape Ann (north of Boston), for whose activities the House of Peace is a central venue.

To reserve please call Treasa O'Driscoll at 1-705-728-7752, or email: info@novalisproject.com



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December 11, 2013
Wednesday from 3:00 pm

Location: Novalis Hall, 7871 4th Line, Angus, ON
Admission: FREE!


A Christmas Carol, performed by Matthew Dexter

The performance is two hours in length (with an intermission) and is suitable for older children, teens and adults and admission is free!

Since this morality tale by Charles Dickens is the most widely read and performed Christmas story of the English language, you probably know the gist of it already-how a cold stingy, greedy and seemingly heartless old Ebenezer Scrooge is dramatically and miraculously restored to the generous and innocent goodwill he had known as a child. He undergoes a transformation by way of a series of close encounters with ghosts of Christmas-Past, Present and Yet-to Come-who confront him with the error of his ways.He awakens on the following Christmas morning with unprecedented feelings of joy and love in his heart, feelings that endure and lead to deeds of uncharacteristic generosity.

Originally published in novella form in December 1843, it was soon adapted for the stage and condensed by Dickens himself for his own public readings. It met with instant success and an acclaim that continues to accrue today to all its many versions. The once miserly Scrooge has gained a worldwide reputation over time as a man who embodies the true spirit of Christmas. 

A professional actor, Matthew Dexter'is based in England.'His special style of dramatic storytelling owes as much to his training as an actor as it does to his study of speech formation. In August, 2013, Matthew'performed the role of Capesius in the Spring Valley production of'The Soul's Awakening. We are delighted that he will be bringing this seasonal piece to our community in the course of his North American Tour

To reserve please call Treasa O'Driscoll at 1-705-728-7752, or email: info@novalisproject.com



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Sunday, December 22, 2013
at 3:00 pm

Location: Novalis Hall, 7871 4th Line, Angus, ON
Admission: FREE!


A Child's Christmas in Wales, rendered by Julian Mulock

A Child's Christmas in Wales by poet, Dylan Thomas, is a celebration of the delights and mysteries of the festive season from the perspective of a boy, delivered in a style as rich as the pudidngs he describes. This beloved, timeless story is, at times, hilarious and irreverent, but always deeply loving of the characters that enliven the memories of a Welsh childhood. The language and moods of the story are full of fun and richly poetic. Julian Mulock brings his legendary talent to bear in his ever popular rendering of a seasonal classic to delight children and adults of all ages!

Julian Mulock is an illustrator, muralist, painter, actor, director and set designer. A recipient of many awards in art and theatre, a member and past president of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, he is a devotee of all who talk or chat profoundly or frivolously. A Canadian born in England, he is, by his own admission, a walker, a wanderer, a searcher, a traveler, an explorer, a romantic. Julian is a frequent visitor to Novalis All and a beloved and faithful friend of our Camphill community.

To reserve please call Treasa O'Driscoll at 1-705-728-7752, or email: info@novalisproject.com



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Novalis Hall



 

Fall 2012
Upcoming Events

September 22/23, 2012
The Art of Being,
A workshop with Michael Lipson, PHD

October 2 - December 4, 2012
To Everything There is a Season,
An Art therapy Course with Lori Wilson-Cockburn

October 21 - More info to follow
Journey to Selfhood
Celebrating Rudolf Stiener through Eurthmy, Poetry and Music

November 4 - More info to follow
Kasper Houser
A performance by Glen Williamson

November 4 - More info to follow
Staying Connected with the Dead
A workshop wiht John and Carrie Schuchardt


 

 
Lipson  

September 22/23, 2012
(Saturday: 9:30am-9:00pm, Sunday: 9:30am-2:00pm)

Location: 87 Toronto Street, Barrie, Ontario
Admission: $175 (includes 2 lunches and snacks, 1 dinner)


The Art of Being
A workshop with Michael Lipson, PHD

We didn’t make the world. We didn’t make our capacity to notice and marvel at the world. We didn’t make ourselves, or the language by which we communicate. What is the source of it all? What do we mean when we say “I am” or “You are” or “The world is …? In short, what does it mean to be?

This question of being has been sidelined and lost to awareness. We concern ourselves with the things that are, and not that they are. Can we know existence in and of itself?

The great religions have always been fueled by this very question. Zen Buddhists call it “the great matter of life and death.” In the Bible, the name of God is mysteriously linked with the ancient Hebrew word for “being.” Being itself is the generative mystery that precedes original Godhead.

Rudolf Steiner also pointed to this mystery in the emphasis he placed on the ‘ I AM’ sayings of Jesus and in his call for an ever-deepening intensity of the individual sense of self.

Come practice meditations and conversations aimed at the possible intensification of our sense of being. It is the Source, from which wisdom, love, humor and all the greatest gifts spring forth.

Michael Lipson, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist practicing in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. His work combines the insights of Rudolf Steiner with those of Zen Buddhism. He teaches meditation widely and writes on issues of consciousness, human development and meditative practice.

To register please call 1-705-728-7752,
or e-mail info@novalisproject.com
before July 29, 2012



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Lori Cockburn
 

Tuesday Afternoons, October 2 - December 4, 2012
from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: 87 Toronto Street in downtown Barrie

Cost: $125 (10 sessions including all materials) or pay $15/class

To every thing there is a season
An art therapy Course led by Lori Wilson-Cockburn

Any attempt to capture the weaving, changing hues of Fall through the medium of water colour painting becomes a process of self discovery for the aspiring artist. When we are moved by the beauty of nature, the language of colour finds its echo in our souls. By observing and studying natural phenomena and in attempting to express the impression it makes on our hearts and minds we create a healthy feeling of at-one-ness with nature that is therapeutic in itself. We gradually come to experience how the life of the natural world, revealed through seasonal change, is mirrored in our own inner experience and this realization can be expressed through the arts of painting, sculpture, music, movement, architecture and poetry.

This course is open to anyone who would like to feel more connected with the natural world and more centered in stillness. No previous painting or sculpting experience is necessary as the course engages every participant in a moment-to moment artistic process that will reveal your hidden talent and innate wisdom. Inspired teacher and art therapist, Lori, brings her original mastery to bear in a joyous and moving exploration of the theme.

(No previous painting experience necessary)

Lori Cockburn has a diploma in Dance and Art from Ryerson University. Her interest in exploring the expressive, creative and healing potential of movement and other art forms is central to her life. A graduate of the Arscura School for Living Art, Lori is devoted to applying all she has learned for the purpose of awakening the imagination as a force of insight and healing in the sould of her students. Every participant in this painting course will delight in Lori’s practical approach to learning and loving service to the spirit of Art.

For Register please call 1-705-728-7752,
or e-mail info@novalisproject.com

For More information call Lori Wilson-Cockburn at 905-859-6831



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emmanuel
 

Saturday October 8, 3:00pm
Location: Novalis Hall, 7841 4th line, Angus, Ontario.

Admission: $20

Thanksgiving Concert

Featuring violinist, Emmanuel Vukovich,
accompanied by pianist, Philip Chiu.
The programme will include Bach solo violin pieces, Beethoven piano/violin sonatas, and a Mozart violin concerto

Of Croation and German descent and a native of Calgary, Emmanuel Vukovich graduated from McGill University in 2007 in music and environmental studies. He was leader of the Lloyd Carr-Harris String Quartet which won several national and international awards, including the 2005 grand prize at the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition. In 2005 Emmanuel was awarded the Canada Council for the Arts Orford String Quartet Scholarship, and in 2006 he was the first recipient of McGill University's Schulich School of Music Golden Violin Award. He lives in Montreal and teaches at McGill University while pursuing a graduate degree in music performance. He recently founded an international, conductor-less chamber orchestra in Montreal, dedicated to the cultivation of artistic excellence. Previously active as a biodynamic farmer, Emmanuel is a passionate supporter of Protec-Terre-Quebec's first agricultural land trust.

Whether on stage as a prizewinning soloist, chamber musician, or accompanist, Philip Chiu has consistently demonstrated his comfort with all roles, having been widely acclaimed for the brilliance and sensitivity of his playing, as well as for his ability to connect with audiences. One of Canada's most sought-after collaborative pianists, Philip recently recorded a disc of Schubert duos with TSO concertmaster Jonathan Crow, toured across Canada with OSM concertmaster Andrew Wan, duo-pianist Janelle Fung, and will be touring Atlantic Canada with cellist, Genevieve Guimond in 2011-2012.He was an invited professor-accompanist at the Montreal Conservatoire de Musique in 2010, and is an accompanist-coach at McGill University.

For Register please call 1-705-728-7752,
or e-mail info@novalisproject.com



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emmanuel
 

Sunday October 30, 3:00pm
Location: Novalis Hall, 7841 4th line, Angus, Ontario.

Admission: $20

The Refugees' Tale
Based on Goethe's Green Snake Parable

A magical tale of community transformation and redemption,
told among wandering exiles to raise their spirits.

Two accomplished storytellers, Laurie Portocarrero and Glen Williamson bring to life Goethe’s enigmatic cast of characters in a free rendering of this classic.

Audiences are calling it “Riveting.” “Spectacular.”
“Wonderfully dynamic.” “Deeply moving.”

For Register please call 1-705-728-7752,
or e-mail info@novalisproject.com



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Lori Cockburn
 

Tuesday Afternoons, September 20 - November 22, 2011
from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: 87 Toronto Street in downtown Barrie

Cost: $125 (10 sessions including all materials)

Entering the Colour Stream
Introductory Oils and Watercolour
Painting Course with Lori Wilson

Awaken your imagination and renew your spirit in a warm community setting as Lori leads you into the wonder of colour that comes to light in the glory of Autumn.

(No previous painting experience necessary)

Lori Cockburn has a diploma in Dance and Art from Ryerson University. Her interest in exploring the expressive, creative and healing potential of movement and other art forms is central to her life. A graduate of the Arscura School for Living Art, Lori is devoted to applying all she has learned for the purpose of awakening the imagination as a force of insight and healing in the sould of her students. Every participant in this painting course will delight in Lori’s practical approach to learning and loving service to the spirit of Art.

Cost for 10 session and all materials: $125

For Register please call 1-705-728-7752,
or e-mail info@novalisproject.com



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emmanuel
 

Sunday September 11, 3:00pm
Location: Novalis Hall, 7841 4th line, Angus, Ontario.

Admission: $10

Graham Jackson plays Chopin

People have often told Graham Jackson that they like the way he plays the piano, many appreciate his dynamic yet relaxed style and the singing tone he sustains. "The result is a soul-satisfying effect of 'rightness' that leaves one feeling somehow healed," remarked one of his listeners.

Graham's piano teacher had urged him to pursue a concert career as a young man. Somewhat daunted by the early success of his contemporary, Glenn Gould, he opted for a music degree instead and went on to teach in Waldorf Schools for seven years. He spent the next five years teaching piano at the Royal Conservatory and keyboard harmony at the University of Toronto and he also served as examiner for both these distinguished academies.

Graham eventually encountered the Camphill movement, working alongside his wife, Veronica, in the Pennsylvanian and South African communities for 14 years while rearing a family. He returned to Canada in 1982 (when he and Veronica had amicably separated) where he has continued to teach piano and faithfully play for eurythmy at the Toronto Waldorf School he helped found in 1968.

Camphill Nottawasaga Spring and Fall Fairs are often enhanced by Graham Jackson's musical presence. His forthcoming September 11 concert at Novalis Hall marks an important anniversary of our times and also affords our community an opportunity to celebrate Graham's lifelong dedication to the music of Chopin, an aesthetic calling which likely accounts for the pianist's remarkable youthfulness at just-turned-eighty-years-of age!

Please encourage your family and friends to come out in force for this first event of the Novalis Project Fall programme when we can happily meet and mingle after our long summer break.

For Register please call 1-705-728-7752,
or e-mail info@novalisproject.com



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    2010| HOME
 
Lori Cockburn
 

Tuesday Afternoons, September 28 - December 7
from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: 87 Toronto Street in downtown Barrie

Cost: $125 (10 sessions including all materials)

Art Classes
Painting, Sculpture, Drawing

Allow the artist in you to come forth this Fall! Let your creativity flow and exercise your imagination in a playful experience of colour, clay and charcoal, led by inspired teacher, Lori Cockburn. No prior experience is needed as you engage heart and hands in the transformative activity of art-making.

Lori Cockburn has a diploma in Dance and Art from Ryerson University. Her interest in exploring the expressive, creative and healing potential of movement and other art forms is central to her life. A graduate of the Arscura School for Living Art, Lori is devoted to applying all she has learned for the purpose of awakening the imagination as a force of insight and healing in the souls of her students. Every participant in this painting course will delight in Lori’s practical approach to learning, her sensory acuity and loving service to the spirit of Art.

Cost for 10 session and all materials: $125

For Register please call 1-705-728-7752,
or e-mail info@novalisproject.com



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Glen Williamson  

Glen Williamson in Performance
- Two Performances -

The Tragedy of Mephistopheles
Goethe’s story of Faust

Sunday, October 3, 3.00pm
Location: Novalis Hall, 7841 4th Line, Angus
Admission: $20.00
For reservations: contact 705-728-7752 or info@novalisproject.com

An exhilarating one-man performance of Goethe’s dramatic work, freely rendered by renowned actor/storyteller, Glen Williamson

A tragic love story.
A battle for the human soul.
A search for a Goddess.
A parade of natural,
human and divine events.
… It’s more than a devil bargained for...

“A consummate actor in complete command of his craft.”    
- Berkshire Chronicleer

“This remarkable actor brings Goethe’s tale vividly to life.”   
- The Independent, New York

GLEN WILLIAMSON IN A ONE-MAN PLAY OF
TWO HEARTWARMING STORIES BY
Kurt Vonnegut
“The Kid Nobody Could Handle”
&“Who Am I This Time?”

Monday, October 4, 3.00pm
Location: Novalis Hall, 7841 4th Line, Angus
Admission: $20.00
For reservations: Contact 705-728-7752 or info@novalisproject.com

“Cheers and congratulations again! Your performance Tuesday evening was truly extraordinary. I feel so fortunate to have been there. I called Kurt [Vonnegut] the next morning and raved about you - then wrote him a note and raved some more.”
- Sally Forbes, Executive Director of The Beaux Arts Alliance, NY, NY

Glen Williamson, a founding member, in New York City, of The Actors’ Ensemble and New Directions Theatre, has appeared in numerous productions with both companies. He currently plays multiple roles in the touring productions of The Gospel of John and Goethe’s Tale of the Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily as well as the title role in Aeschylus Unbound, which Glen co-wrote with the late film star Mala Powers. Glen has given his one-man performances throughout the eastern and western United States, in Canada and Europe.



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Lipson  

Remembrance of the So-Called Dead
a Workshop with Dr. Michael Lipson

Saturday/Sunday November 13/14 from 9:30am - 5:00pm
Location: 87 Toronto Street, Downtown Barrie
Cost: $175 including 2 lunches and snacks.
For reservations: contact 705-728-7752 or info@novalisproject.com

“As for myself, what has died for me has died, so to speak, into my own heart. When I looked for my departed father, the person who vanished had collected himself strangely, and not surprisingly, in me. It was so moving that my enthusiasm for serving, deepening and glorifying his new existence took the upper hand almost at the very moment when pain would otherwise have invaded and devastated the landscape of my spirit.”
- Rainer Maria Rilke

Anyone who has suffered bereavement and yet moved beyond his or her own feelings of grief to arrive at an authentic connection with the spirit of a departed family member, will resonate with Rilke’s experience. One widower described bereavement as “the deepest initiation into the mysteries of human life, through which love is purified, intensified and rendered to its core element.”

This workshop coincides with the Canadian holiday of Remembrance. Participants will engage in deep enquiry into the mysteries of death, thereby renewing their sense of purpose in life. Spiritual scientist and educator, Rudolf Steiner, stated the following:

“The dead know better than we what needs to happen socially and we need
to listen to them and become instruments to carry out their impulses.”

Dr. Michael Lipson will bring experience and insight to bear on such questions as the following: What remains of the person when the body and habits are gone? Do the dead exist in our earthly time and what do we understand the ‘afterlife’ to be? We will also explore the nature of conversation and community: how an improvement in the way in which we relate to one another now will facilitate and nourish communion when we no longer have bodies with which to communicate.

Participants will engage in both personal sharing and in meditative practices, but there will be no pressure to speak about anything that you do not wish to discuss. No prior meditative experience is necessary.

Michael Lipson, PhD, The author of Stairway of Surprise: Six Steps to a Creative Life (SteinerBooks, 2002), he was Chief Clinical Psychologist at the Harlem Hospital for Children dying of AIDS for over nine years and now conducts a private practice in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. He is the translator of Steiner’s Philosophy of Freedom and of numerous works by Georg Kuhlewind and is greatly respected as a teacher of meditation.



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Lipson  

Entering the Mystery of Fire & Rose

Saturday, November 27, 1.00-5.00 pm
Location: 87 Toronto Street, Downtown Barrie
Cost: $35 including refreshments. (RSVP by November 1, 2010)
For reservations: contact 705-728-7752 or info@novalisproject.com

“Her presentation is pure ritual. Treasa O’Driscoll takes the audience on a journey into another world where people undergo a transformation.”
- Robert Sardello, author, Freeing the World from Fear

The rose is an eternal image of beauty and love, representative of an open heart. Fire is associated with inspiration, revelation and the descent of Holy Spirit. T.S. Eliot predicted that all would be well when the fire and the rose are one. Drawing on her memorized repertoire of poems and songs, Treasa leads participants in an interactive, meditative reflection on the theme that includes writing exercises. (Bring pen and paper and, if you like, a poem of your own.)

Irish born Treasa O’Driscoll lives in Barrie and is coordinator of the Novalis Project. Her book, Celtic Woman, a memoir of life’s poetic journey, has been well endorsed by other writers - please visit www.bluebutterflybooks.ca for details.

“Celtic Woman is a magnificent chronicle of an individual’s journey toward
the process not only of self-healing, but of understanding and growing with the world around her. There is a spirit of inquiry in this book that infuses
the text with an energy that guides the will to love above the trials and
tribulations of the world, and there it illumines as a beacon.”

- Bruce Meyer, author of The Golden Thread



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    2009| HOME
 
Donald Hall

The Strangest Dream

The Strangest Dream
Thursday, November 12, 7.30pm
Southshore Community Centre, 205 Lakeshore Drive, Barrie
Free Admission
For reservations: contact 705-728-7752 or info@novalisproject.com

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“This documentary is a worthy tribute to a heroic humanitarian and a powerful warning to us all to abolish nuclear weapons or face the ultimate global warming – nuclear holocaust.”

After the screening, Dr. Patrick Boyer, Q.C. will engage the Barrie audience in a question and answer period with special guest, Professor Sergei Plekhanov, former close advisor to President Mikail Gorbachev and current secretary of the Canadian Pugwash Group. Dr. Boyer became a member of the Pugwash Group in 1994 at the invitation of Sir Joseph Rotblat and was involved in the filming, production and on-camera interviews for this documentary.

For Immediate Release, October 25, 2009
Contact: Treasa O'Driscoll,
info@novalisproject.com
Tel. 705-728-7752

NFB documentary justifies
Brack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize

Growing instability in nuclear armed Pakistan, nuclear weapons programs in Iran, North Korea and other volatile regions, puts the threat of nuclear war at the forefront of the international agenda. This reality underscores President Obama’s elevated concern and strong commitment to the vision of “a world without nuclear weapons”. We all need to learn more about this cataclysmic threat. As the most recent recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, Barack Obama joins a distinguished company of others who have sought to avert war and achieve peace. In 1995 this prize was awarded to the Pugwash movement and its president, Sir Joseph Rotblat.

A new documentary from the National Film Board of Canada, The Strangest Dream, presents a detailed and insightful portrait of nuclear physicist Joseph Rotblat and the times and circumstances that shaped his ideas. Concerned with the moral consequences of producing nuclear weapons, even in grave wartime circumstances, Rotblat became the only member of the Manhattan Project ever to leave Los Alamos on moral grounds. Featuring interviews with contemporaries of Joseph Rotblat and members of the Pugwash movement, The Strangest Dream demonstrates the continuing threat of nuclear weapons, while encouraging hope through the example of morally engaged scientists and citizens. This is especially important for Canadians given our strategic position in relation to nuclear energy.

The Strangest Dream
Thursday, November 12, 7.30pm
Southshore Community Centre, 205 Lakeshore Drive, Barrie
Free Admission
For reservations: contact 705-728-7752 or info@novalisproject.com

After the screening, Dr. Patrick Boyer, Q.C. will engage the Barrie audience in a question and answer period with special guest, Professor Sergei Plekhanov, former close advisor to President Mikail Gorbachev and current secretary of the Canadian Pugwash Group. Dr. Boyer became a member of the Pugwash Group in 1994 at the invitation of Sir Joseph Rotblat and was involved in the filming, production and on-camera interviews for this documentary.

“This documentary is a worthy tribute to a heroic humanitarian and a powerful warning to us all to abolish nuclear weapons or face the ultimate global warming – nuclear holocaust.”



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Sunday, September 20, 3:00pm
Novalis Hall, Nottawasaga Village, 7481 4th line, Angus

A Celebration of Agri-Culture
in Concert and Film

Featuring virtuoso violinist, Emmanuel Vukovitch,
and pianist/composer, John McDowell

The programme includes Parcifal, an original composition; Beethoven Sonata, No.8, 2nd movement; a duo transcribed by Yehudi Menuhin and Ravi Shanker; Tango and jazz by Astor Piazzolla and the screening of a film entitled, Agri-Culture-Bach in the Barn, that presents excerpts of Emmanuel's several concerts for Community Supported Agriculture farms in Quebec, Ontario and in New York State where he and John collaborate as musicians and farmers, co-managing a Biodynamic CSA - Camp Hill Farm.

Of Croatian and German descent and a native of Calgary, Emmanuel Vukovitch graduated from McGill University in 2007 in music and environmental studies. He was leader of the Lloyd Carr-Harris String Quartet which won several national and international awards, including the 2005 grand prize at the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition. In 2005 Emmanuel was awarded the Canada Council for the Arts Orford String Quartet Scholarship, and in 2006 he was the first recipient of McGill University's Schulich School of Music Golden Violin Award.

John McDowell is an internationally acclaimed, award winning pianist, percussionist, producer, commissioned composer and teacher. He has written and recorded over 100 pieces ranging from solo flute music to film and dance scores, a requiem, in classical, pop and jazz idioms. He regularly performs with his band, Mamma Tongue, at major venues and festivals including the Montreal Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, and the United Nations.

Cost: $25 Includes Refreshments
(Some Concessions)

For Reservations please call 1-705-728-7752,
or e-mail info@novalisproject.com


 

 
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Sunday, October 11, 3:00pm
Novalis Hall, Nottawasaga Village, 7481 4th line, Angus

Presents acclaimed Brazilian pianist
Luiz de Moura Castro

in a concert of works by Schumann, Villa-Lobos, Liszt and others, accompanied by his wife, Bridget de Moura Castro, in a piano composition for four hands by Maurice Ravel

Master of masters… the complete control of sonorities and colours that you can extract from the instrument with technique, heart and thought, leaves me elevated in spirit…
- Pierre Challier, foremost French music critic

A native of Rio de Janeiro, Luiz de Moura Castro began to study the piano at age 5 with one of the greatest pedagogues in Brazil and made his professional debut aged only nine. Renowned as a concert pianist, professor of music and adjudicator, he has performed in concerts and music festivals in the United States, South America, Europe, Russia, Korea, China and Japan. He lectures and concertizes annually on four continents in addition to teaching graduate courses in universities in the US and South America. He is included in Benjamin Saver’s book “The Most Wanted Piano Teachers in the USA” Vol.1. Ritmo Magazine counted his Piano de Cuba CD among the top ten recordings of 2000, declaring it:

…marvellous music translated into sound by a great pianist… Imaginitive, ingenuous, original!

Cost: $20 Includes Refreshments

For Reservations please call 1-705-728-7752,
or e-mail info@novalisproject.com


 
Donald Hall

The Art of Portrait:
Finding the Inner Face


A Watercolour and Art History course
with professor/artist, Donald Hall, from Italy  

Sunday - Tuesday, October 18, 19, 20, 2009;
from 10:00am - 4:00pm daily
at Novalis Hall, 7841 4th line, Angus, Ontario

"Many great artists of the past have advanced the art of portraiture. To give expression to the ‘inner face’ is a task of our post modern times. On the one side we find Nature, representative of life and death-a contracted state found in the colour green, brown and black. The Spiritual lies on the other side, its light and openness revealed in yellow and white. The soul lives between these polarities. The human being is drawn first to the one, then to the other, resulting in experiences of suffering and joy. The real human face makes its appearance by grace of these polarities, the peach blossom colour providing  a living image of its soul life. The post-modern soul-now  in danger of being pulled apart-can find its stability, its identity, by touching both Heaven and Earth, thus becoming, like Nature, creatively engaged in the reconciliation  of opposites."
    - Donald Hall

Cost for Course; $300 (includes 3 lunches and 2 snacks daily)

Register by calling Treasa O’Driscoll at 705-728-7752, info@novalisproject.com 
      
Please send a $50 deposit before October 4, 2009
(cheque payable to Ita Wegman Foundation)
Address: Novalis Project, 92 Mary St., Barrie, On L4N 1T1

Daily Schedule:
Mornings (9.30am-12.00am): Morning lecture and color Study on the theme
Afternoons (1.30pm-4.00pm): Self-expression of portraits

Some boards and easels can be provided on request. Quality watercolor paper can be purchased on site. A good flat paintbrush (¾-1 inch), and pigments (Pelikan transparent pellets are recommended). You might also want to bring sketch book, charcoal and colour crayons as well as other paintbrushes.


Donald Hall, is a master schooled in the Assenza tradition.

The highly original method created by Beppe Assenza is an extremely valid pathway to painting that emerges from colour experience. It is a way in which the painter grasps the life, the essence of colour and extracts the idea from it, resulting in a style of painting that reflects the action of living colour.

Donald Hall was born in New Mexico, USA. He studied painting in Switzerland with Beppe Assenza in Dornach, Switzerland. (1969-1979), becoming Assenza’s assistant and also working in Painting Therapy with children.(1976-1978).

He returned to the USA to found a painting school in Harlemville, New York (1978-1985) which he left to ensure proper transition of the Assenza School in Dornach following Assenza’s death (1985-1988). Since 1988, he has directed his own school, the Freie Malschule, Bolzano, Italy. His paintings have been shown in France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, and in the United States.  He currently gives Painting and Art History courses in Italy,     Switzerland, Croatia, Canada and USA.

“Painting with Donald Hall is an adventure, an exciting search for deeper meaning in colour and form. "    
- Peter Doef,  Artist

“A mood of contentment prevailed during Donald Hall's opening talk and seemed to increase as participants applied themselves to his clearly articulated exercises and discourses on the history, meaning and purpose of art, delivered between painting sessions when we clustered in rapt attention around him."    
- Lilipoh Magazine

“In painting with Donald Hall and hearing his unique insights on the great masterpieces I have discovered anew my own connection with painting. I recommend the following to workshop participants regardless of the level of their expertise: Be open to your own creativity and to the lawfulness of colour… Avoid getting trapped in a style or in the pursuit of a perfect image…In the joy of the effort you may discover that something new will begin to live in you."     
- Denis Schneider, Art Teacher

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Friday-Saturday November 8 - 9, 2008
Location: Novalis Hall, Nottawasaga Village, 7481 4th line, Angus

Stairway of Surprise: 
A Two-Day Workshop with Michael Lipson, PhD

 "I shall mount to paradise
             By the stairway of surprise"

                        - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Where do thoughts come from? What lies at the basis of our world of sights and sounds?  Can we learn to feel fresh feelings, or must our feelings grow stale and dead?  What is life's meaning, what is it for?  What are we to do? How can our planet be saved?
 These fundamental questions cannot be answered, or even adequately posed from out of  normal consciousness.  To move more deeply into such questions, we need to pursue a path of spiritual development

This weekend workshop will offer exercises in consciousness that are suitable both for beginning and advanced students of meditation.  These six exercises were initially formulated by Rudolf Steiner.  They prompt us to move beyond our habitual world of separation and to enter a more unobstructed level of consciousness that is our true source of meaning, purpose and love.

Saturday, November 8 from 1:00pm - 8:30 pm
Sunday, November 9 from 9:30am - 3:00pm

Michael Lipson, PhD, is the author of The Stairway of Surprise, a re-working of Rudolf Steiner's six 'supplementary' exercises, and the translator of many works by R. Steiner and by Georg Kuehlewind.  A Clinical Psychologist in independent practice in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, he teaches meditation internationally.

Cost: Complete Event $150
(
including Saturday dinner, Sunday lunch and snacks)


 
 

Sunday, November 23, 3:00pm
Novalis Hall, Nottawasaga Village, 7481 4th line, Angus

Experience the Russian Soul

Galina Victorova-Fin, playing piano & accordion, presents Folk Songs, Classical Music, Dance and Story

“She relives the passion and warmth of her childhood on the Volga River and brings them to life for all of us. With songs and stories, some of them biographical in nature and varying from folklore to classical, ranging from gypsy dances to the great Rachmaninov, you will leave this performance transformed in the heart and warmed in the soul. The beauty and depth of the eternal Russian soul and the joy of life lived in the search for Love will continue to resonate long after this performance.”
- Regine Kurek, Arscura School for Living Art

“Galina charmed the audience in Vancouver with her Russian songs and music. Folk songs, piano and accordion music, woven together with anecdotes from her experience brought us into the atmosphere of the simple Russian village where she grew up. With great joy the audience became participants, moving the steps Galina taught us for folk dances.”
- Susan Locey, Christian Community Priest

Cost: $20

To reserve: call 1-705-728-7752 or email info@novalisproject.com


 
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Sunday, October 19, 3:00pm
Novalis Hall, Nottawasaga Village, 7481 4th line, Angus

Music for an Autumn Afternoon

Harpist Rita Costanzi returns to Novalis Hall by popular demand to perform a programme of beautiful music for flute and harp with her long time friend and colleague Kathleen Rudolph. Rita now resides in New York and this concert celebrates the reunion of these two remarkable artists who enjoyed many years of success as a popular Vancouver duo.

Harpist, Rita Costanzi Heralded as an "artist of immense gifts", harpist, teacher, actress, composer, Rita Costanzi, continues to captivate audiences with the warmth, conviction and exquisite virtuosity of her playing. She maintains an international performing career as a soloist and chamber music recitalist.

“Rita Costanzi’s playing is full of lyricism. She explores the full range and colour of her instrument. Her playing has life and passion and never loses the ‘long line."
- Yo-Yo Ma

“If you were not completely bowled over by Rita Costanzi’s playing with the Calgary Philharmonic, then you weren’t paying attention or you weren’t there.”
- The Calgary Herald.

Flutist, Kathleen Rudolph Principal Flute of the CBC Radio Orchestra, Kathleen Rudolph is much in demand as a recitalist, chamber musician, and teacher. After 17 years with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Rudolph was appointed coordinator of the wind division of the Glenn Gould Professional School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Often featured as a soloist with the CBC Orchestra, Ms. Rudolph has recorded for the Skylark, CBC and Waterlily labels.

Cost: $25
Includes refreshments and conversation with the artists.

To reserve: call 1-705-728-7752 or email info@novalisproject.com


Other Upcoming Events:

Sunday November 23 at 3pm:
A Russian Salon with accomplished pianist,
accordianist, singer and folk dancer Galina Fin


 
emmanuel  

Sunday, September 28, 3:00pm
Novalis Hall, Nottawasaga Village, 7481 4th line, Angus

Emmanuel Vukovich
Solo Violin

in a programme of Quebecois and Celtic Traditionals, an original composition inspired by the legend of Parzifal and selections from the solo Sonatas and Partitas by JS Bach

Of Croation and German descent and a native of Calgary, Alberta, Emmanuel left home at sixteen to pursue music studies at the Juilliard School in New York City. It was during his four years in New York that Emmanuel was introduced to bio-dynamic agriculture. After a year’s leave of absence, travelling and working on farms in West Africa and central Europe, Emmanuel moved to live and work on a biodynamic farm in Durham, Ontario. It was here, as farm apprentice and co-director of Symphony in the Barn—an international summer music festival held on the farm—that Emmanuel first envisioned the possibility of uniting art and agriculture-his twin passions.

The following four years were spent pursuing his music and environmental
studies at McGill University in Montreal. During this time Emmanuel was a
member of the Lloyd Carr-Harris String Quartet which won several national
and international awards, including the 2005 grand prize at the Fischoff
International Chamber Music Competition, and which performed in Europe,
the United States, Australia and Canada. In 2005 Emmanuel was awarded the Canada Council for the Arts Orford String Quartet Scholarship, and in 2006 he was the first recipient of McGill University's Schulich School of Music Golden Violin Award.

Emmanuel now lives on a biodynamic farm near Montreal, where he cultivates and shares his love for music and farming.

Cost: $20


    Fall 2006
 
 

Monday, October 2, 7:30pm
Novalis Hall, Nottawasaga Village, 7481 4th line, Angus

Invitation
presented by Northern Light Eurythmy
from Basle, Switzerland

Recitations from Oriah Mountain Dreamer, Goethe, Rudolf Steiner and a story for children, interwoven with music by Beethoven, Arvo Pärt and others.

Eurythmy is an art of movement and gestures that reveals to the eye what language and music bring to the ear. It is a highly disciplined, expressive and meaningful form that demands the exercise of the whole human organism. This presentation will appeal to all age groups and it will provide a pleasant and uplifting experience for the entire family.

Cost: Adults: $10 Children: $5


 
 

Friday-Saturday October 13 - 14
Location: Cornerstone, 78 Toronto St., Barrie

Peace
The Spiritual Challenge of our Time
with Dr. Michael Lipson, clinical psychologist

Lecture: Friday, 7:30-9:00pm, $20
Our world is breaking apart into deadly wars. Meaningful peace between nations or individuals (horizontal peace) depends on our first making peace with the heavens (vertical peace). The process demands an infinite strengthening of our feeling life. This evening lecture establishes the basis for the meditative process that the Saturday workshop will engage.

Workshop: Saturday, 9:30-4:30pm
We will practice exercises of spiritual peacemaking through group and dyadic meditations, working from inspired texts and with everyday problems and conflicts. Through group meditative practice and reporting, we will help one another to make peace with the heavens and to transform the heart into a perceptive organ.

Michael Lipson, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist in independent practice in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. The translator of Steiner's Intuitive Thinking as a Spiritual Path and numerous books by G. Kuehlewind, he is the author of The Stairway of Surprise: Six Steps to a Creative Life. He teaches meditation and related themes internationally.

Cost:
Complete Event $100 (including snacks)

Lecture only:$20


 
 

Saturday, November 11, 1:30-4:30pm

Hospitality that Heals

A conversation with John and Carrie Schuchardt, who founded the House of Peace in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1990, so that victims of war might live in therapeutic community with working adults who have disabilities. In the last 16 years, John and Carrie have welcomed over 400 refugees from approximately 30 countries into their home, offering a healing refuge from the despair of war and enabling each refugee to realize the sacred right to peace that is fundamental to every human life.

John and Carrie also participate in many activities that foster the conversion in consciousness and policies that will shift the collective focus from war to peace. They join many others in following the lead of individual conscience, which becomes a powerful redeeming force when it is exercised. Traveling to Japan in 2005 to conduct a prayer vigil and fast, they apologized as individual Americans for the atomic atrocities perpetrated in Hiroshima and Nagasaki sixty years earlier. They promised to devote themselves to building a strong spiritual base for a non-violent future.

Participants in this dialogue will learn how to create hospitality that heals in their own hearts and homes. People who care for the homeless, the sick, the disabled and the elderly will derive encouragement and inspiration from these two pioneering peacemakers. The extended Camphill family is in the process of forming an inclusive therapeutic community in the Barrie downtown area, for which Carrie and John Schuchardt will provide valuable mentorship in the course of their visit.

Location: Cornerstone, 78 Toronto St., Barrie

Suggested Donation: $30


 
 

Thursday, November 23, 2006 7:30 - 9:45pm

World Premiere of the
Stornoway Productions documentary film

The Dark Side of Power

Following the viewing of this film, Dr. Patrick Boyer, Q.C. will then speak about his new book Powershift and lead the audience in a lively discussion about citizen engagement in the forthcoming dramas of Ontario’s energy sector.

The Dark Side of Power is a feature documentary that examines how politicians and officers of Ontario Hydro, once one of the most powerful electricity utilities in the world, dug its own financial grave, and how Ontario’s entire electricity sector now faces unprecedented challenges. Ontario’s electricity production has become a costly monolith and Ontarians face hard choices over potential alternative energies of the future.

Society’s great dependence on electricity was dramatized on August 14, 2003 when a power blackout plunged 50 million people in northeastern North America into darkness for several days. From cell phone networks to gas pumps, traffic lights and transit systems, refrigerators and manufacturing plants – everything went down. The public came face to face with their total dependence on electricity. Ontario, in particular, took a bruising hit, underscoring the essential nature of a reliable energy supply.

The Dark Side of Power uncovers the reasons for today’s critical power crunch and delineates the daunting challenges and possible future solutions.

Author J. Patrick Boyer, Q.C. draws upon his varied experiences as lawyer, university professor, journalist, Member of Parliament, film-maker and television host in presenting this issue of Ontario’s power. November 23 will be the publication date of his new book Powershift in which he shows how ‘power’ – both as energy source and as ability to govern – has caused and will continue to cause the transformation of Canada’s richest and most populous province.

A tour de force of searching and scholarly synthesis, Powershift weaves three strands of energy supply, political accountability and Ontario’s geo-political shift into a single tale with consummate skill and to dramatic effect. Dr. Boyer brings fresh eyes, a long view of history and the fruits of his frontline experience in pertinent fields to bear on a topic of import to every Ontarian as both electricity consumer and citizen. The possibilities and limits of democratic self-governance emerge as a central theme of this timely book, alerting us to the need for greater engagement on the part of citizens, not only in identifying viable energy sources for our increasing energy demands, but in ensuring that a powershift in the patterns of governance in Ontario will actually enable this to happen. First copies of Powershift will be on sale this evening and Patrick Boyer will be available for signing.

Location: Southshore Community Centre, 205 Lakeshore Drive, Barrie

Cost: $10


 
 
 

Sunday, November 26, 3:00pm

Operatic Arias and Songs

Claudette Leblanc and Stephen Harlands in concert,
accompanied by Derek Bampton

Dramatic soprano Claudette Leblanc has enjoyed a varied international career.
Her voice was declared by Fanfare magazine one of the most fascinating of 20th century music. Canadian tenor Stephen Harlands is a rising star on the national and international scene and joins Claudette in this exciting collaboration along with the distinguished pianist and teacher of child prodigies, Derek Bampton.

Location: Novalis Hall, 7841 4th Line, Angus

Cost: $20


 

 

The Novalis Project is sponsored by The Ita Wegman Foundation

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