The Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra has a knack for picking hit talent to perform at its annual NSO Hibernia Gala at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre.
From Sherman Downey to Hey Rosetta!, NSO executives keep their eyes peeled and their ears open all year long, scoping out up-and-coming and the most buzzed-about talent to perform at the gala with the 60-piece, four-section orchestra.
This year is no different: guest performers are The Once, The Long Distance Runners, Ennis and Lynda Boyd of “Republic of Doyle,” an accomplished singer and actress.
The gala will take place tonight. The host, for the eighth year in a row, is comedian Mark Critch, who says the gig is one of his favourite ones to do.
“There’s nothing like hearing a local artist play while wrapping themselves in that big, warm blanket of orchestral music,” he said. “Also, I get to make fun of rich mucky-mucks in tuxes. It’s a win-win.”
The concert portion of the event will be followed by a reception on the arts and culture centre’s Upper Concourse with the MUN Jazz Band, under the direction of Bill Brennan.
Tickets are $100 (a tax receipt will be issued for a portion of the price) and are available at the NSO office, by calling 722-4441. The gala is the NSO’s main fundraiser of the year, and money raised goes to support the operation of the orchestra and to maintain its artistic programming.