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What’s happening in Burns Lake’s busy community in May and early June

A performer at a recent open mic evening in Burns Lake. (File photo/Lakes District News)

J. Knutson in concert at the Burns Lake Heritage Church

The Burns Lake Music Society and Home Routes Concerts will present Canadian music icon, J. Knutson, co-founder of the legendary Spirit of the West in a live performance at the Burns Lake Heritage Church on First Avenue on Sunday, May 19th at 7:00 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm. An opening set will be performed by local favourites, The Littles. Tickets available at Wild Roots Flowers and Gifts. Adults: $25, and under 18: $15.

Open Mic Coffee House

Join The Burns Lake Music Society for the last Open Mic Coffee House of the season on Friday, May 24th, starting at 6:00 pm at the Burns Lake Heritage Church on First Avenue. As a special treat, the Coffee House organizers are starting an hour earlier and BBQing up some hot dogs. So come on out and enjoy the warmer weather (hopefully) and grab a hot dog and listen to some great local music. Open to all experience levels and music styles. Admission to the Open Mic Coffee House is by donation. You can follow the sponsoring group, The Burns Lake Music Society, on Facebook.

Next Met opera broadcast in the continuing series

The last opera broadcast in the 23/24 season of co-presentations by The Beacon Theatre and the Lakes District Arts Council will be on Sunday, June 9th at 1:00 pm sharp. The featured opera this month is Giacomo Puccini’s La Rondine.

Puccini’s bittersweet love story makes a rare Met appearance, with soprano Angel Blue starring as the French courtesan Magda, opposite tenor Jonathan Tetelman as Ruggero, an idealistic young man who offers her an alternative to her life of excess. Maestro Speranza Scappucci conducts Nicolas Joël’s glittering 1920s staging, which transports audiences from the heart of Parisian nightlife to a dreamy vision of the French Riviera. In their Met debuts, soprano Emily Pogorelc and tenor Bekhzod Davronov complete the sterling cast as Lisette and Prunier.

To find out more about La Rondine, click on this link:

All tickets for the Met opera broadcasts are $12.00, and are available at the door starting at 12:30 pm the day of the performance … on Sunday, June 9th.

Thanks as always for your interest in arts and cultural events in the Lakes District. If you want your name removed from this e-mail list, just send me an e-mail in return.

John Barth for the Lakes District Arts Council volunteers