Ken Lavigne In Concert

Ken LavignePoised for his debut at New York's Carnegie Hall in January of 2009, award-winning Vancouver Island tenor Ken Lavigne will present a thrilling evening of gorgeous music and entertaining stories at The Port Theatre, 125 Front Street, Nanaimo, on May 17, 2008. Accompanied by a lush 40-piece orchestra conducted by Simon Capet, Lavigne will feature some of his favourite works that showcase his exciting blend of classical tenor sound and modern style. "I've hand-picked each one of these pieces because I love to sing them - their melodies, their emotions and textures. I know the audience will love them too," says Lavigne. "New York is a big step for me and I want to share that excitement with all those who have supported me before I hit the Big Apple."

Lavigne, who hails from Chemainus, is a versatile performer who commands standing ovations at every concert. He has been wowing crowds ever since he was a teenager when he took the lead in high school musicals. With his appealing voice, dynamic stage presence and matinee idol good looks, Lavigne, who has been described as being Canada's Pavarotti, has developed a solid and adoring local fan base. As The Times Colonist's Adrian Chamberlain said in a review, "Lavigne boasts a naturally beautiful, powerful tenor voice. When he sings a favourite like Granada - sailing up and down a thrilling crescendo - it is just plain exhilarating."

Lavigne started his professional career after studying music at the University of Victoria. Since then, he has earned credits with symphonies and orchestras across Canada and the U.S. from prize-winning performances in Ireland to the special honour of performing for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on her Jubilee. Nanaimo fans will remember him for his highly successful guest solo performance with the Vancouver Island Symphony for Symphony in the Harbour 2005 in Maffeo Sutton Park. Tickets ($42) to hear this outstanding contemporary classical singer at 7:30 pm on Saturday, May 17, 2008, are available at tel. 250-754-8550.

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