A talented and well-known Alberta pianist is bringing a time machine to Leduc’s Maclab centre Jan. 23.
“Feelin’ Groovy” starring Jim Witter will be the pianist’s tribute to the famed Sixties duo Simon and Garfunkel.
Andrea Martinuk, theatre manager, Maclab Centre for the Performing Arts, said Witter, known for his work with the Edmonton Symphony orchestra, has performed at the centre in the past to much acclaim. “He’s been here before,” said Martinuk by phone Jan. 8.
Witter’s previous show, a tribute to the work of Billy Joel and Elton John, was very well received and Martinuk said she and others who saw the show were very impressed.
“He’s an amazing performer,” said Martinuk. “He’s very charismatic.” Martinuk said Witter also has a singing voice that must be heard to be appreciated.
She also pointed out the music of Simon and Garfunkel will be a tribute to the folk style of the Sixties, very easy on the ears and will bring back a lot of memories. “Who doesn’t like Simon and Garfunkel?” she asked.
Martinuk said booking Witter can be a challenge, as he performs with the ESO, making him difficult at times to pin down. But Leduc music lovers will have a chance to see him right in the city without having to travel to Edmonton.
A press release from the Maclab Centre stated, “Whether it be his country music, contemporary Christian, or the music of Simon and Garfunkel, Jim’s versatility as an artist has allowed him the opportunity to reach out and share his music and his infectious personality with audiences of all ages across Canada and the United States.
“Jim’s music and songwriting have been recognized on both sides of the border, earning him multiple awards and nominations from the Canadian Country Music Awards and the JUNO Awards.
“Jim Witter returns to the Maclab Centre, this time sharing the iconic songs of Simon and Garfunkel and the 1960’s. His unique approach to these familiar songs and his comfortable rapport with the audience will leave you wanting more.”
The show will be Saturday, Jan. 23 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are adult $40, student/senior $37 and are available online at ticketpro.ca or on the Maclab Centre website (www.maclabcentre.com) or call toll free 1-888-655-9090. Tickets are also available at the Leduc Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Maclab Centre does not charge for parking, plus the concession will be open and a sponsored intermission.
Famed children’s performer Fred Penner is coming to the Maclab Centre Sunday, Jan. 17. Martinuk said tickets are almost sold out for this show.
On Feb. 4 the Maclab Centre will host comedian Ron James. Tickets for this show are also selling fast.
You probably already know them from TV: Treehouse TV’s Bobs and Lolo will be performing original songs and interactive entertainment. They’ll be in town Feb. 14.
On Jan. 29 the Maclab Centre will host a family presentation titled “The Prince of a Frog.’ Martinuk said the start time of 10:30 a.m. makes it perfect for caregivers to attend. The event is described as a “playtime cabaret,’ including a puppet show and crafts afterwards.
Martinuk said the show has very engaging performances. It’s only 45 minutes long and has a $10 ticket fee. Kids two years and under get in free.
“We’d love for people to come out for the shows,” said Martinuk.