Merideth Kaye Clark’s Pays Tribute to Joni Mitchell’s Blue Album.

This Wednesday is the opportunity to Joni Mitchell’s iconic album BLUE performed live by Merideth Kaye Clark in the Studio Theatre at Surrey Arts Centre.

photo: Clark Smith

A veteran of the musical theatre stage, Ms Clark will perform Joni Mitchell’s iconic 1971 album, BLUE from beginning to end while playing the guitar and dulcimer, accompanied by Mont Chris Hubbard on piano and violin. With Joni Mitchell’s recent 75th birthday bringing the Canadian singer/songwriter to the public eye, this performance will give her fans the opportunity to experience the album live. Fans will also be able to reconnect with their memories of the legendary performer, and her memorable fourth album BLUE which included the classics River, California and the title track Blue. 

“Joni Mitchell has been a huge influence throughout my career as both a singer and songwriter,” says Clark about her idea to perform BLUE. “I’ve always felt a strong connection to her music. Her 10-song album is a deep reflection of her whirlwind romantic relationships and beautifully conveys the intricate mix of joy, passion, and heartache people often feel when they fall in and out of love. Every time I listen to BLUE, I draw new inspiration from Mitchell’s poetry — I invite audience members to rediscover their own connections to her breathtaking music by listening to this entire body of work performed live.”

Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Merideth Kaye Clark is in high demand as a concert artist and musical theatre performer, playing major roles in plays across America, including Oliver!, Evita, as well as taking on the role of Elphaba in the First National Tour of the Broadway hit Wicked.

Canadian songstress Raine Hamilton will open the evening of vocals, accompanied by violin, guitar, cello, and double bass to create a resonant chamber folk sound.

Surrey Civic Theatres presents Merideth Kaye Clark Performs Joni Mitchell’s BLUE Album, on March 27, 2019, at 7:30pm at the Studio Theatre at Surrey Arts Centre (13750 88 Avenue). Visit tickets.surrey.ca for ticket details.

Circle Game : Reimagining the music of Joni Mitchell at Firehall Arts Centre

The songs of Canadian legend Joni Mitchell come to The Firehall Arts Centre in Circle Game : Reimagining the music of Joni Mitchell.

Circle Game photo: Emily Cooper

In celebration of her recent 75th birthday, the revival of Circle Game pays tribute with a couple dozen tunes rearranged and mixed from Joni Mitchell’s iconic songbook. Co-creators Andrew Cohen and Anna Kuman forgo any storyline, presenting the music in a series of vignettes built around each song, some with a bit of drama, others feature Kuman’s choreography, while others are straight ahead performances. Like the collection of songs from a decades long career, Carolyn Rapanos’ set design it a beautifully curated display of musical paraphernalia.

Circle Game photo: Emily Cooper

The six multi-talented performers; Samantha Bourque, Kimmy Choi, David Z. Cohen, Benjamin Millman, Scott Perrie and Adriana Ravali, dance, sing and perform all the instrument throughout the 2 hour show. The show takes some time to find its rhythm, but once I stopped trying to find a storyline, I was able to let go and just enjoy each song individually. Andrew Cohen’s arrangements have moments reminiscent of Godspell showtunes, a garage-band’s all out jam sessions, other times acapella, and then parts that felt like a 70’s variety show, bringing something for everyone to the stage. Circle game changes the tempo and pace on many of the classic Mitchell tunes, but some of her most recognizable classics get respectful treatment in the second act, with beautiful renditions of River, Both Sides Now, and Big Yellow Taxi to close the show and leave the audience with the memories of their memories of Joni Mitchell’s legacy.

Circle Game photo: Emily Cooper

Circle Game : Reimagining the music of Joni Mitchell plays at The Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova St, until February 9, 2019. Visit firehallartscentre.ca for information, showtimes and tickets.