Arts hot tickets: The Young King, Music For a Very Good Friday

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      The Young King

      To April 21 at Performance Works

      In Oscar Wilde’s tale, an innocent young goatherd suddenly finds out he’s heir to the throne. And in this bold rendition adapted by Nicki Bloom and staged by Adelaide, Australia’s endlessly inventive children’s-theatre company Slingsby, the play becomes not just a whimsical coming-of-age story, but a parable for capitalism and corruption. Using objects, dioramas, and puppets, the troupe transports the audience to far-away lands, where a boy finds out that wealth and power come at a price—a lesson old and young sometimes need to be reminded of.

       

      Music For a Very Good Friday

      April 19 at the Orpheum

      Outgoing Vancouver Chamber Choir conductor Jon Washburn is pulling out all the stops to fill the holiday evening with song. Galvanizing the vocal power of not only his own ensemble, but also the Pacifica Singers and the Vancouver Youth Choir, he presents a transcendant program that includes Johann Sebastian Bach’s Missa brevis in G Minor, Ralph Vaughan Williams’s rousing Five Mystical Songs, and the premiere of his own Two Canadian Folk Songs.

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