Pianist Chris Donnelly (L) surprised the crowd when he picked up a couple of spoons to play a song with clarinetist Kornel Wolak. The Wolak-Donnelly Duo performed at the First Mennonite Church in Burns Lake on Jan. 14

Pianist Chris Donnelly (L) surprised the crowd when he picked up a couple of spoons to play a song with clarinetist Kornel Wolak. The Wolak-Donnelly Duo performed at the First Mennonite Church in Burns Lake on Jan. 14

Lakes District Arts Council entertaining Burns Lake

George Bizet’s Carmen, one of the world’s most popular operas, is coming to the Beacon theatre.

Carmen is coming to The Beacon theatre. George Bizet’s Carmen, one of the world’s most popular operas, is coming to the Beacon theatre on Sunday Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. Carmen is set in Spain, and filled with familiar and instantly recognizable melodies.

Richard Eyre, who produced the well-received Marriage of Figaro earlier this season, is back with a mesmerizing production of Bizet’s steamy melodrama.

The show stars mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili, featured last season in Prince Igor, singing her signature role as the ill-fated gypsy temptress.

Carmen includes dancing, thievery, a bullfighter, gambling, passion, desire – and bloodshed.

It’s Spain, after all!

This is a show that you won’t want to miss. If you’ve never seen an opera before – Carmen is a great place to start.

Look at  ad on this page of  Lakes District News. Tickets will be available at the door, beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday Jan. 25. All tickets are $12.

Lakes District Festival of the Performing Arts is getting ready to roll.

There are just a couple of weeks left to plan entries for the 2015 Lakes District Music and Speech Arts Festival.

The festival entry deadline is Tuesday Feb. 2, 2015. Late entries will not be accepted.

The festival syllabus is available around town and Lakes District New and in Houston and Fraser Lake.

The Festival entry form and more information are available on the website ldfestival.com.

Festival dates for piano, speech arts and vocal are March 10 to 15. Instrumental will take place on March 18, and the festival honours concert is Saturday March 21.

All Festival events will be held at the Island Gospel Fellowship Hall.