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Harmony House announces shows for summer season

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The summer season at Harmony House in Hunter River will showcase a new concert, Inside American Pie, running alongside The Island Summer Review, as well as daytime musical offerings for kids and families with  Allegra’s Magic Flute and Luka’s Fiddle.

So bye, bye Miss American Pie… Sure, you know the chorus, but do you know the stories behind the song? A lot of people know that “American Pie”was written by Don McLean to commemorate the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and The Big Bopper. What’s less known is that the song is jam-packed with references to other fascinating events in history.

Join Mike Ross and a group of homegrown talent—Alicia Toner, Brielle Ansems and Greg Gale—as they dive deep into the mysteries of this #1 hit. What happened that tragic night in 1959? How do The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin and Charles Manson all fit in? Why were the Rolling Stones blamed for a murder? And who was Miss American Pie?

Inside American Pie will be a night of investigation, revelation and roof-shaking music. Performances will be held Thursdays and Fridays at 8 pm, from July 15 to August 27.

Allegra’s Magic Flute revisits Mozart’s most famous opera and offers a whimsical introduction into the glory of this art form. The children’s show will be sung by opera singers and accompanied by piano and cello. Performances will take place Wednesdays and Fridays at 11 am from July 7 to August 27.

Luka’s Fiddle, a spirited performance of stories and traditional folk music, will feature young Island fiddler Luka Hall and well-known children’s performer Michael Pendergast. Performances will take place Thursdays and Saturdays at 11 am from July 8 to August 28.

Island favourites Patrick Ledwell and Mark Haines will be bring back The Island Summer Review with performances Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:30 pm from July 6 to September 1.

Foodies will also be glad to hear that Hans Sell of Thirsty Chef Eatery has joined the Harmony House team and will be serving up local Island foods with a twist this summer.

“The food will be comfort, unpretentious, and accessible,” says Sell.

Owners Mike Ross and Nicole Bellamy, along with Chef Hans enthusiastically agree that their collaboration is an effort to help “find the music in the food and the food in the music.”

Plan to include a visit to the lounge before the show or during intermission for a full Harmony House experience.

Information and tickets at 964-2255 or harmonyhousepei.com.