This is a year of early announcements from music festivals in Ottawa.
The latest to release a big incoming show is Music and Beyond which is trumpeting the arrival of Christopher Plummer.
The legendary Canadian actor, who seems to be getting better with age, will present Shakespeare and Music July 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Dominion-Chalmers United Church.
The show features favourite scenes and sonnets that the Oscar-winner has gathered during 60 years of performing on the stage and in more than 150 films. The evening will be accompanied with music played by the festival orchestra.
This is the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, an event which is being celebrated around the globe. Already this year in Ottawa there has been a major symposium at the University of Ottawa.
Shakespeare and Music will feature selections from Hamlet, Taming of the Shrew, Henry V, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado about Nothing and The Tempest.
The show is the result of a collaboration with Julian Armour, the artistic director of Music and Beyond. Plummer performed the piece as part of the festival’s gala in 2011 and it has since been revised and performed again at the Banff Centre.
Festival organizers say that Shakespeare and Music will be filmed for television and DVD release and recorded for CD. Tickets are available through Music and Beyond’s web site at musicandbeyond.ca.
Holds a Governor General’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000.
Starred as Captain Von Trapp in the 1965 film The Sound of Music.
Has won an Oscar and a Golden Globe in 2012 for best supporting actor for the film Beginners. And he has two Tony awards for his work in Cyrano and in Barrymore, a one-man show about the legendary American actor John Barrrymore.
He teamed up with Atom Egoyan most recently to star in the film Remember about a vengeful Holocaust survivor. Other recent films: Danny Collins (2015), Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014); The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011); The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009). he picked up an Oscar nomination for his role as Leo Tolstoy in Last Station (2009).