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TESSA VIRTUE, SCOTT MOIR AND PATRICK CHAN ANNOUNCE FIRST ANNUAL ROCK THE RINK TOUR

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Red Deer, AB – April 9, 2019 – By the half-way point of last year’s sold out Thank You Canada tour, it was clear to figure skating superstars, Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir and Patrick Chan, that they were far from done creating and developing a new style of skating entertainment. Conversations then began in earnest to focus on the next logical step.

Yesterday Virtue and Moir appeared on CTV’s Your Morning, to announce Rock The Rink – an annual tour that focuses on being more than a figure skating show.

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir

Patrick Chan

Combining the highest level of on-ice superstar talent with an ever-evolving touring production, Rock The Rink will produce the highest value of entertainment. This year – along with upgrades to lighting, video and interactive technology – live music will be introduced to the show, with featured special musical guest, Birds of Bellwoods.

“Last year, we rode the Olympic wave and carried the momentum through the Thank You Canada tour – a fulfilling project that truly allowed us to connect with fans coast to coast,” says Virtue. “This year, it’s critical that we elevate the production and generate authentic entertainment in new and creative ways. Scott and I have spent our career striving for more, taking risks, and daring ourselves to be better…our approach to this is no different.”

Adds Moir, “The goal for Rock The Rink is to be something that fans of skating and live entertainment will look forward to year after year, knowing that it will always be a can’t miss night,” adds Moir.

“We want to give people a memorable experience and broaden the scope of what can be done in the show skating realm,” continues Virtue. “We are ready for fresh and innovative ways to share our passion with audiences across the country!”

“I’m honored to be a part of such a unique and innovative production,” reflects Chan. “Anyone that has followed our careers understands our dedication to creativity and entertainment. We want each and every person to be a part of an experience and not just a ‘show’. What we’re creating hasn’t been done before and I can’t wait to show it to the fans.”

The production will tour from coast-to-coast across Canada, and will include a few select U.S. cities as well. The cast will again feature Canadian greats, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, Patrick Chan, Kaetlyn Osmond and Elvis Stojko. The show will also be bringing some world-renowned skating talent from Europe and the U.S.. Italian Olympic Medalist and World Champion, Carolina Kostner, and Italian World Champions, Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte, will each tour in North America for the first time, while Olympic Medalist and four time U.S. National Champion, Jeremy Abbott, will return to Canadian touring for the first time in seven years.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, May 3 at TICKETSALBERTA.COM The cross-country tour launches Saturday, October 5 in Abbotsford, BC and will hit over 30 cities before wrapping in St. John’s, NL. The tour, which is presented by Round Room, is proud of its continued relationship with Bell Media as the official tour media sponsor.

For a complete list of tour dates and to purchase tickets, please visit rocktherink.com.

ROCK THE RINK TOUR:

October 5 – Abbotsford, BC – Abbotsford Centre
October 6 – Penticton, BC – South Okanagan Events Centre
October 7 – Vancouver, BC – Thunderbird Arena
October 10 – Red Deer, AB –Westerner Park Centrium
October 11 – Dawson Creek, BC – Encana Events Centre
October 12 – Prince George, BC – CN Centre
October 13 – Grande Prairie, AB – Revolution Place
October 16 – Calgary, AB – Stampede Corral
October 17 – Lethbridge, AB – ENMAX Centre
October 18 – Regina, SK – Brandt Centre
October 19 – Medicine Hat, AB – Canalta Centre
October 20 – Brandon, MB – Keystone Centre
October 29 – Sault Ste Marie, ON – GFL Memorial Gardens November 1 – Sudbury, ON – Sudbury Arena
November 2 – Kitchener, ON – Memorial Auditorium
November 3 – Kingston, ON – Leon’s Centre
November 6 – Mississauga, ON – Paramount Fine Foods Centre November 7 – Ottawa, ON – TD Place
November 8 – St. Catharines, ON – Meridian Centre
November 9 – Oshawa, ON – Tribute Communities Centre November 10 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
November 13 – Peterborough, ON – Peterborough Memorial Centre November 15 – Quebec City, QC – Videotron Centre
November 16 – Moncton, NB – Avenir Centre
November 23 – St. John’s, NL – Mile One Centre
*more dates to be announced soon

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Well, I was told to make a more intense post with video and a gallery or something. We’ll figure out the gallery later. But as for the video, what could possibly be more intense than my brother jumping and screaming? Nothing, That’s the answer. BEHOLD. Aww, that sucks. The video apparently passes the upload limit. That’s sort of weird, seeing as said video is about fourteen seconds long. Ah well. Okay. Let’s just try to post a clip from The Office from YouTube then.

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From the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra

The RDSO Reveals Upcoming Season
The 2019-2020 Season has a lot in store for central Alberta. The Main Series will deliver seven concerts with programming ranging from Pachelbel, to Lapalme, to music from Broadway.


We The North | October 5, 2019 | RDC Arts Centre
Come hear music from Russia, Finland and Norway. Though conceived in icy cold climates, don’t be fooled – this music is still full of warmth. The first concert of the season will feature the newly appointed principal cellist of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Arnold Choi, in the highly demanding and exciting Sinfonia Concertante by Prokofiev.
Featuring Arnold Choi, Cello
PROKOFIEV: Sinfonia Concertante
SIBELIUS: Finlandia
GRIEG: Peer Gynt Suite


Czech Out These Bohemians | November 2, 2019 | RDC Arts Centre
Let Czech-born Edmontonian Zuzana Simurdova delight you in the very entertaining piano concertino by Bohuslav Martinů. And because there is no such thing as having too much Dvořák in life, this program will further visit the Bohemian countryside with his celebrated Serenade for Strings.
Featuring Zuzana Simurdova, Piano
MARTINŮ: Nonet
MARTINŮ: Piano Concerto
DVOŘÁK: Serenade for Strings


Stringing The Holidays Together | December 7, 2019 | RDC Arts Centre
A concert for strings only, featuring the Rosedale Valley Strings Youth Orchestra playing alongside the RDSO’s string sections. This concert will feature a variety of Christmas favourites and a surprise or two.
Featuring Rosedale Valley Strings | Conductor Naomi Delafield

On Broadway | January 25, 2020 | RDC Arts Centre
The musical stage will come alive! This exciting pops concert will feature music ranging from old chestnuts to newly minted classics. From Cole Porter to Elton John, and Rogers & Hammerstein to Andrew Lloyd Webber, there will be something for everyone.
Selections From:
Rogers & Hammerstein: The Sound of Music; Cole Porter: Kiss me Kate; Claude Schönberg: Les Misérables; Elton John: The Lion King; Frederick Loewe: My Fair Lady; Stephen Sondheim: “A Little Night Music”; Pasek and Paul: The Greatest Showman ; Stephen Schwartz: Wicked; Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story ; Andrew Lloyd Webber: Phantom of the Opera


Canada On Canvas | February 22, 2020 | RDC Arts Centre
An all-Canadian tribute to the visual arts. Among works by Somers (on Picasso) and Korndorf (on Maud Lewis), there will be an exciting new premiere. Our very own Claude Lapalme is composing an important new work to celebrate and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Group of Seven.
Featuring the Premiere of the “Group of Seven Suite” by Claude Lapalme

Water Music | April 18, 2020 | Gaetz Memorial United Church
Presented by the RDSO, Rosa Barroca returns with a full complement of winds to present audience favorites from the baroque period, such as the Pachelbel Canon and the Suites from Handel’s Water Music.
Presenting Rosa Barocca
PACHELBEL: Canon and Gigue
ALBIONI GIAZIOTTO: Albinoni
HANDEL: Water Music


Finale Friday | FRIDAY, June 5, 2020 | RDC Arts Centre

Corey Hamm’s triumphant return to the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra. He will wow us with an energetic performance of Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Also on the program will be RDSO’s concerto competition winner from Red Deer’s 2019 Festival of the Performing Arts, Kathryn Fakeley. This incredible young cellist will be performing a movement of the Kabalevsky cello concerto. The evening will end with the 1812 Overture by
Tchaikovsky. It will be a sound spectacular!
Featuring Corey Hamm, Piano & 2019 Red Deer Festival of Performing Arts Winner Kathryn Fakeley, Cello
BARTÓK: Piano Concerto No. 2
KABALEVSKY: Cello Concerto
TCHAIKOVSKY: 1812 Overture


For information regarding Season Memberships and a downloadable 2019-2020 Season booklet visit https://www.rdso.ca/

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