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Global group, 'a joyous expression of Canada,' to perform in Orillia

Eleven virtuoso musicians from 11 countries come together to make a new Canadian sound for 2019; Event will be held Nov. 2 at St. Paul's Centre
Kune - Canada's Global Orchestra
Mervon Mehta, Executive Director of Performing Arts at The Royal Conservatory of Music, put together Kuné – Canada’s Global Orchestra to celebrate Canada’s diversity. They will be performing in Orillia next month.

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ORILLIA CENTRE FOR ARTS + CULTURE
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A truly multicultural musical experience is coming your way with Kuné – Canada’s Global Orchestra.

The global orchestra, which is playing at St. Paul’s Centre on Saturday, Nov. 2, is another choice made by Lance Anderson, local musician and Artistic Director for the Orillia Centre.

“In a Kuné concert, you will hear instruments from different cultures playing music from another culture, a diversity that reflects Canada’s own,” he says.

Kuné (together in Esperanto) is an experiment in Canadian musical diversity, explains Anderson. It was a project conceived by Mervon Mehta, Executive Director of Performing Arts at The Royal Conservatory of Music.

From a Tibetan song of Blessing to Canada’s own Hymn to Freedom by Oscar Peterson, Kuné is guaranteed to open your ears to the endless possibilities of world collaboration and artistic shared inspiration.

“Kuné is a joyous expression of Canada in all its diversity,” says Mehta. “Eleven virtuoso musicians from 11 countries come together to make a new Canadian sound for 2019. It is a band that looks and sounds like Canada today.”

And it’s not just the music that will mesmerise you, says Mehta.

“Audiences marvel at the variety of instruments, at the immigrant stories that are told, and at the multiple languages that are sung,” he adds. “What starts off as a ‘foreign sounding band’ soon has the audience on their feet dancing and singing along.”

Kuné drummer, Matias Recharte, underscores the significance of the stories that are shared with the songs.

“One thing that is frequently missing from stories about migration and immigrants in Canada is how hard and complex it is to leave one’s home, even if that home has become dangerous or un-livable,” he says.

“Kuné humanizes these stories, helping immigrants to see themselves in the performed narratives and give long-standing residents of Canada a glimpse of the complexities of the immigrant experience.”

A Flavours of the World dinner and show combination extends this global music experience to food. To book your space for the dinner and show, contact staff at St. Paul’s Centre by calling 705-326-7351 or emailing info@stpaulscentre.ca.

Show tickets are also available online at orilliacentre.com or in downtown Orillia at Alleycats Music & Art and Manticore Books.

For more information on other upcoming Orillia Centre programs, visit orilliacentre.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the handle @OrilliaCentre.

For special group rates, contact Michael Martyn, General Manager, Orillia Centre, at michael. martyn@orilliacentre.com.

The Orillia Centre for Arts + Culture is a registered charity that began its activities in 2015 in the Orillia and area. Orillia Centre is committed to, and firmly believes in, providing Orillia and area with experiences in contemporary arts.
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