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MEETING THE GHOSTS: MUSIC, THE NETHERLANDS and WORLD WAR 2

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Discover the lost music...

In the 1938s, Adolf Hitler held a 17-year reign over Jewish music and musicians in Europe. Jobs, royalties and instruments were stolen. The creation of new music by Jewish composers and any public performance by Jewish musicians was forbidden. 

The Netherlands - a small country known for liberal ideals and political neutrality - became a battleground of ethics, bureaucratic terrorism, artistic suppression, and ultimately - survival.

Canvas Presents a 60-minute docu-concert that shares the music story of The Netherlands in The Second World War. Featuring vintage recordings, an original score played to picture, and live performances of pieces written by Dutch Jewish composers suppressed or killed during the War.


ALL IS CALM - The HOLIDAY SHOW

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Experience the holidays...

Days grow shorter. Temperatures drop. The snow begins to fall. Whether in reality or imagination, gently drifting blankets of white hit the ground and surround the holidays in heartwarming chill. Inspired by Midwestern landscapes, choral traditions, and holiday nostalgia, “All is Calm” is a personal recollection by Canvas founder Lynn Hutchinson of musical childhood holidays spent in Minnesota. Fresh arrangements and original songs make for an intelligent and warm experience sure to make your holiday bright. 


STREET SONGS: JIM HENSON, JOE RAPOSO and the SONGS THAT MADE SESAME Street LEGENDARY

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Delight like a child...

For kids growing up in the 70s, there are unmistakable impressions left behind from the brilliant artistic collaborations between education television PBS, Muppet creator Jim Henson and composer Joe Raposo. The combination left behind a shared repertoire that set inclusion, transparency and relationship-building as the standard. As remarkable a duo as Rodgers and Hammerstein, Jim Henson and Joe Raposo created characters that were loving and soulful. Within only a few stanzas, Raposo created an understood backstory that drew in children and parents alike.


WATER: 10 PHOTO-MUSICAL FANTASIES

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Photography and music collide in water...

For centuries, water has been an inspiration for artists of all kinds. Canvas presents an homage to water through a 60-minute photography and music experience. Ten photographers were asked to contribute one work from their collection on the subject of water. These pieces were paired with ten composers who created music to accompany the photos. From water to rain, snow to drought, this immersive experience sends audience members on a reflective journey through the world’s most precious resource.


SONGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT: CHILLING MUSICAL TRENDS FROM THE ROMANTIC PERIOD

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The bone-chilling screams of Halloween... 

Where do spooky musical clichés come from? What can instrumentalists do in performance to make our skin crawl? Why do so many of our favorite scary classical pieces come from the same time period? Learn the answer to these questions while getting a few chilling chuckles at Canvas’s special Halloween concert. Featuring classics, old and new: Saint-Saëns’ “Danse Macabre,” Chopin’s “Marche Funebré” and Hermann’s infamous theme from “Psycho.”