It’s drawing close. Yes, it gets earlier every year. Sometimes the stores have the green and red out even before Hallowe’en has been and gone, but say what you want, Christmas is coming, and the goose is getting fat! And we have a number of Advent and Christmas goodies lined up for you this week, as well as some first class opera. Read on, and enjoy. And remember, while you’re here to stay at the Admiral Inn & Suites. And be sure to check our specials page for some great deals over the holiday season. These rates aren’t cheap – they’re rock bottom and below. But to get them, we don’t compromise our clean, friendly home away from home atmosphere. We want you to come here and stay with us while you enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes the city has to offer!
Love, honour, and devotion shine through Handel’s story of political intrigue in medieval Lombardy. Devastated by her husband’s apparent death and fearful for her son, Queen Rodelinda shows remarkable courage and guile as she challenges Grimoaldo, the tyrant who has usurped the throne and is forcing her into marriage.
One of the most touching depictions of married love in opera, Rodelinda is also a fascinating study of the nuances of villainy, as Grimoaldo grapples with an uneasy conscience and his henchman Garibaldo plumbs the depths of Machiavellian treachery. Handel’s ravishing music illuminates the profound humanity of the characters. This is Baroque opera at its loveliest – utterly graceful, sublimely emotional. In Italian with English surtitles, at the Royal Theatre Nov 13, 16,18 and 20.
Christmas is almost here. So The Nutcracker can’t be far away either, and it’s not! Tchaikovsky’s thrilling score is played by 36 musicians in a large-scale full production of everyone’s holiday favourite. This sumptuous, hugely entertaining performance sold out five performances when it debuted in Vancouver last season. Filled with magic, this version of The Nutcracker will live in your memory for years to come. Mounted by Dance Victoria, Nov. 26, 27 and 28, at the Royal Theatre.
Christmas is coming. But first arrives Advent. For those among us who hold to the Advent period of fasting and preparation, here are some times for services and carols during the four (or six) week period:
Church of our Lord (Reformed Episcopal):
Sunday November 28, 7 pm - Advent Lessons and Carols.
Saturday December 4, 11 am to 4 pm COOL Christmas High Tea and Bake Sale.
December 5, 2 pm – Classic Carol Sing in the hall.
Dec 12, 9:30 am – Children’s Christmas Play in the hall.
Sunday December 19, 7 pm – Christmas Lessons and Carol Service.
And for those more holiday minded, there is the lighting of the Provincial Christmas tree on the front lawns of the Parliament Buildings on December 2, from 4 to 5 pm. This celebration includes children’s choirs, a carol band, hot cocoa and cookies! Be sure to come out for it!
Christmas is coming, and the geese are getting fat. So please, remember to put a penny in the old man’s hat. Or the young woman’s, or the Sally Ann Kettles, or drop some food (whether a turkey or a box of macaroni or a bag of potatoes) off at your local food bank. Remember that there are so many out there who will not have very much of a Christmas this year, and need help to even get a meal for the day, never mind a goose or turkey. We’ll be doing our bit at the Admiral as well, you can be sure of that.