The Lake: Heather Pawsey and Delphine Erickosn, Darren Hull photo Heather Pawsey and Delphine Derickson, Darren Hull photo

Date:  August 15 – 17, 2014

Time:  Aug. 15 & 16 at 8 pm; Aug. 17 at 2 pm

Location:  Quails’ Gate Winery

3303 Boucherie Road, West Kelowna


The World Premiere of a True-Life Canadian Opera

The Lake poster sm copyFor three performances only, and 60 years after its radio debut, Barbara Pentland’s historic opera “goes home” to its actual setting:  British settlers Susan and John Allison’s 1873 Sunnyside Ranch, now the award-winning Quails’ Gate Winery in West Kelowna.
Astrolabe Musik Theatre and Turning Point Ensemble, in collaboration with Westbank First Nation, are proud to present three performances of The Lake / N-ha-a-itk in a fully integrated evening of historical Canadian opera with contemporary syilx/Okanagan culture, featuring music and dance created especially for these performances, including the world premiere of B.C. composer Leslie Uyeda’s Incantation, based on Delphine Derickson’s N-ha-a-itk song and orchestrated for Western instruments and First Nations drum..
On an autumn day in 1873, Susan Allison encountered something mythical …
Join us for this unforgettable evening of aural history based on the true-life story of pioneer Susan Allison’s sighting of the famous creature of the lake, featuring the vibrant contemporary culture of the Westbank First Nation, and set in the vineyards of Quails’ Gate Winery directing overlooking pristine Okanagan lake and magnificent mountain backdrop.
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Tickets can be purchased online here or in person at Quails’ Gate Winery Tasting Room & Gift Shop.

Turning Point Ensemble, under the expert direction of stage director James Fagan Tait and music director Owen Underhill, is joined by an incredible cast including soprano Heather Pawsey as Susan Allison, bass baritone Angus Bell, tenor Brian Kwangmin Lee, and mezzo-soprano Barbara TowellDelphine DericksonCorrine DericksonJordan Coble and members of the Westbank First Nation. Costumes are designed by Mara Gottler, with lighting by Gerald King.

• Show only – $45 Adult / $25 Student

• Reception & Show – $90

Join us pre-show for elegant canapés and two glasses of wine on the Stewart Family Private Terrace and tour the restored 1873 original Allison House. Preferred seating for the performance will give you the optimum listening and viewing experience.

The Lake: Quails Gate Old Vines Restaurant: superb vineyard dining Quails Gate Old Vines Restaurant: superb vineyard dining

• Dinner or Brunch at Old Vines Restaurant & Show – $135

Enjoy a sophisticated three course meal in the beautiful Old Vines Restaurant overlooking the lake and tour the restored 1873 original Allison House. VIP seating for an exceptional listening and viewing experience.

• Wine Dinner or Wine Brunch at Old Vines Restaurant & Show – $175

Enjoy a sophisticated, three course meal with wine pairings in the beautiful Old Vines Restaurant overlooking the lake and tour the restored 1873 original Allison House. VIP seating for an exceptional listening and viewing experience.

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Astrolabe Musik Theatre gratefully acknowledges the generous support of The Lake by:

Deux Mille Foundation

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NEWmatica – The Power of Percussion!

by admin on May 9, 2013

Astrolabe Newmatica at Britannia MineNew music, modern tap dance, and the building itself played as a musical instrument

Co-presented by Astrolabe Musik Theatre and the Britannia Mine Museum
Saturday, May 25, 2013
7:30 p.m.
Britannia Mine Museum
Highway 99 (Sea to Sky Highway); Britannia Beach, B.C.  (45 min. north of Vancouver)
Tickets:  $25 adults / $18 students / seniors
Or – NOW! In person at the Museum / and at the door

DRESS ADVISORY: As the Mill is unheated, please dress warmly, with footwear suitable for uneven terrain

FRINGE PERCUSSION (Jonathan Bernard, Martin Fisk, Brian Nesselroad and Daniel Tones), soprano HEATHER PAWSEY, and contemporary tap dancers DANNY NIELSEN and DAYNA SZYNDROWSKI join forces to showcase their musical expression through rhythm, melody, harmony and text in the towering 26-storey Mill Concentrator building at the Britannia Mine Museum (a National Historic site).

Music of iconic American composer John Cage (Third Constructionforever and sunsmell); British Columbia composer Jocelyn Morlock (Darwin’s Walken FishTrain) and internationally acclaimed Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer (Tantrika) in celebration of his 80th birthday year.

Furthering Astrolabe’s commitment to empowering audiences through active participation, members of the public (through a series of workshops) join the performers during the concert by, literally, playing the building as a musical instrument itself .  Soaring 26 storeys into the air, the Mill Concentrator (one of the last remaining gravity-fed concentrator mills in North America) boasts 14, 416 window-panes, and a cathedral-like acoustic.

Please join us for an unforgettable evening of new music, dance and the power of percussion — in an unforgettable venue!

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The Sex Lives of VegetablesThe Sex Lives of Vegetables … And Other Delicious Distractions is a nutritious – sometimes naughty! – jaunt down the garden path investigating bees, weeds …. and the surprising sex lives of vegetables.  Governor General Award-winning poet Lorna Crozier—who was inspired to write The Sex Lives of Vegetables when she cut into a yam—joins musicians AK Coope (clarinet), Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa (piano) and Heather Pawsey (soprano) in this chamber music celebration of the garden’s glories, set in the beautiful new Visitor Centre at the VanDusen Botanical Garden.  Featuring Canadian composer Leslie Uyeda’s settings of the (in)famous vegetable poems, and the world premiere of Canadian composer Leila Lustig’s Eve to Adam, The Sex Lives of Vegetables … And Other Delicious Distractions is a fresh and delicious musical feast!

Watch the great video here:

The Sex Lives of Vegetables

The Sex Lives of Vegetables ticket buyers enjoy free admission to the stunning VanDusen Botanical Garden from 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. (concert night only)

Saturday, April 20, 2013

7:30 p.m.

VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

(5251 Oak Street at West 37th Avenue, Vancouver, BC)

Tickets:  Adults:  $25 / Students & seniors:  $18

The Sex Lives of Vegetables Tickets Available through:

Or in person (cash only) at VanDusen Botanical Garden (Admissions Desk) or at the door



March 7, 2013

Have you ever wanted to perform in a concert?  Astrolabe wants to hear from you! We are looking for enthusiastic participants to join us in our May 25th concert, NEWmatica, at the historic Britannia Mine Museum.  Explore basic percussion, vocal and improvisation techniques in a series of four afternoon workshops led by Jonathan Bernard (Fringe Percussion) […]

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COMPOSER’S CUVÉE – Canadian, Contemporary and Captivating!

January 28, 2013

COMPOSER’S CUVÉE – Canadian, Contemporary and Captivating! A “New Music in New Places” concert Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. Summerhill Pyramid Winery, 4870 Chute Lake Road, Kelowna, BC FREE (Reservations required; book online at “Music is the wine which inspires … I am Bacchus who presses out this glorious wine for mankind…” […]

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The Lake: Realisation of An Incredible Journey

November 23, 2012

HEARTFELT THANKS to everyone involved – on both sides of the stage – for making The Lake such a success.  It was an incredible journey, and we are honoured that you were a part of it. From the program notes: “We are privileged to have your company as a long-held dream reaches its fulfillment.  Bringing The Lake to […]

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November 14 performance SOLD OUT!

November 15, 2012

THANK YOU to all who attended last night’s opening of The Lake!  Tickets still available for the November 15 performance of The Lake  through TicketMaster, or at the door. Follow

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Quails’ Gate Winery Prize Package!

November 12, 2012

Courtesy of our friends at Quails’ Gate Estate Winery, Astrolabe Musik Theatre and Turning Point Ensemble are excited to announce a prize draw exclusively for our audiences at The Lake, November 14 & 15 at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts!  Enter to win this incredible package which includes a two-night stay for two at Quails’ […]

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THE LAKE: The Live Premiere of a Unique and Compelling Canadian Chamber Opera

October 12, 2012

November 14-15, 2012 UPDATED: November 14th is Sold Out. But tickets are still available for November 15th. All audience members over 19 may enter the amazing Quails Gate prize draw package. 8:00 p.m. Telus Studio Theatre, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts University of British Columbia, 6265 Crescent Road, Vancouver, BC Tickets 1873:  ON A STRANGELY STORMY […]

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In Passing: A Moving, Multi-disciplinary Testament

January 15, 2012

Many, many thanks to all who attended In Passing at the Western Front November 12 & 13.  We were so proud to be a part of Vancouver’s 125th celebrations, and incredibly moved by your heartfelt response. Photos of Apparition (music by George Crumb; text by Walt Whitman) Heather Pawsey, soprano Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa, piano Tara Cheyenne […]

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