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ARTS TORONTO - April 8th Edition

This Sunday from 8-9 a.m., it’s another edition of Arts Toronto with your host Mark Wigmore on Jazz FM91

Molly Ringwald

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Molly Ringwald is an enduring force in show business, from her roots in jazz music, to her starring roles in 'Brat Pack' classics like The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink, to her time on Broadway in the revival of Cabaret. In recent years she has been recording and touring with her talented jazz act, and she will perform at FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catherine's on Wednesday April 18th, and The Rose Theatre in Brampton on Thursday April 19thMolly found jazz early in her life, learning the basics from her musician father, Robert Scott "Bob" Ringwald. She was something of a child star, playing Annie on stage, and also starring in Alice Through The Looking Glass. At 6-years-old, she made her first jazz recording with her dad’s act, The Fulton Street Jazz Band. It wasn’t long after those early successes that Molly Ringwald became a household name, first being picked up as a cast-member in the popular sitcom The Facts of Life. And then finding a place inpop culture history starring in three films directed by John Hughes. After that successful run of teen driven comedies, Molly continued to star in a long line of TV and Film projects, and was the talk of the town again in the early 2000s when she co-starred in a Broadway revival of Cabaret with John StamosShe has also enjoyed a new generation of fans recently thanks to her role as Archie Andrews mother Mary in the hot cable series Riverdale. In 2013 she released the album, Except Sometimes, featuring Molly on vocals and a thoughtful list of Great American Songbook classics. The group has played hundreds of dates around the world, including Birdland in New York in 2017. Molly joins Mark in conversation as she begins her latest tour. 

And Alex Pangman is Canada's Sweetheart of Swing. The talented singer will be a part of Jazz FM91's annual fundraiser concert, Jazz Lives, which takes place at Koerner Hall on April 11th. Alex joins Good Morning Toronto's Garvia Bailey in-studio for a conversation about the Jazz Lives theme: 100 years of Nat King Cole.

Alex Pangman

And The Canadian Opera Company's Music Director is Johannes Debus. He is set to conduct one of the most anticipated opera experiences of the 2017/2018 Season;  The Nightingale and Other Short Fables. Johannes started his career in Germany and worked with many of Europe's great institutions before being appointed Music Director of the COC in 2009. Some of his triumphs here in the city include Ariodante, work from Wagner and Louis Riel. He made his Metropolitan Opera New York debut in 2016, and conducted again last year for The Tales of Hoffmann. The Nightingale and Other Short Fables features the music of Stravinsky and is directed by Robert Lepage; the visionary behind 887, Needles and Opium, Peter Gabriel’s Secret World tour, and Cirque Du Soleil’s Ka in Las Vegas. The production is returning after a world premiere in 2009 and is a blending of signature Lepage visuals, expert puppetry, and outstanding music. The look and feel of the show is surprising and unorthodox as well, the orchestra performs on stage and the orchestra pit, traditional meant for musicians, is flooded with water! Johannes speaks to Mark about this unique opera experience.

From The Nightingale
at the Four Seasons Centre for Performing arts

All that, and beautiful jazz for a Sunday morning.

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