Performing his signature Jean Valjean pieces from Les Miserables plus a crowd-pleasing variety of Webber, Broadway, light opera and smooth contemporary standards, Michael Burgess is sure to be a hit on Saturday August 3 at 7 p.m. at the Oliver Community Centre bandshell. Burgess originated the lead role in Les Miz in 1989 for 1000 shows at Toronto’s Royal Alex Theatre and since then has performed worldwide in some of the most prestigious theatrical and sports venues in the world. We are so fortunate that, next weekend, he graces our local stage.
The whole event is aimed to delight the audience, so plan on coming a little early — doors open at 5:30 p.m. Once on site, patrons can purchase beverages from the beer and wine garden, tasty picnic fare from Azorean Catering (Jose Rodrigues), cool treats from Medici’s Gelateria, and souvenirs at the Oliver Tourism booth. Stage decorations will also be available for sale including lush greenery from Riverside Gardens Greenhouse. Funky furniture from The Painted Chair could be yours as a door prize. Local artist Kurt Hutterli will have whimsical pieces on display. Plus even more: DOOR PRIZES and your own souvenir program!! You can’t go wrong when it’s $25 advance and $35 at the gate. Tell your friends, invite the family, bring your chairs and blankets, and voila! you have just created the best summer party! See ticket venues on the poster or email OliverCAC @ gmail.com for info, large group bookings, or for easy credit card purchases. Check out www.MichaelBurgessinConcert.com , a site devoted solely to this special event, for more details.
Burgess has received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and the Diamond Jubilee Medal, along with the Distinguished Canadian Leadership Award. This year, he was appointed the Order of Ontario. For his service to Canadian Hockey as both a performer of the national anthem and an avid sports enthusiast, he was recently inducted into the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame.