Butterfly up High…An Evening of Song with Laurance Tan and Friends

Join international artist Laurance Tan and his musical friends for Butterfly Up High… An Evening of Song with Laurance Tan and Friends on Saturday, October 20 at 7:30pm at the Betty Oliphant Theatre (400 Jarvis Street) for a night of original songs, crossover hits and classical show tunes that music lovers of all tastes will enjoy. 

Produced by Laurance Tan and directed by Pierre Tetrault, former Artistic Director for Young People’s Theatre, Butterfly Up High is not just a formal recital, it is a colourful production featuring beautifully-orchestrated musical numbers and vocals combined with solo performances by violinists, pianists and cellists accompanied by the interpretative artistry of Contemporary dance, Flamenco and Middle-eastern belly dancing.

Butterfly Up High represents Laurance’s personal metamorphosis and rebirth.  It marks his joyful return to the stage from a forced retirement due to the loss of his singing voice after the strain of continuous performance.  Over the past two years, Lawrence has undertaken an intensive program of voice restoration and re-training in New York City with renowned  opera singer and teacher, Dorothy Stone.  He is now ready for his comeback to the performance stage, and to share with you this evening of musical celebration alongside many of his talented friends, including Miss Dorothy Stone.

Musical pieces range from contemporary operas including songs from Les Misérables (Bring Him Home) and The Phantom of the Opera (Music of the Night), to music from around the world sung in different languages, to original compositions by Laurence Tan such as Lillie, My Soul Must Be Freed and A Heart, A Home. Many numbers incorporate multiple languages, such as Island Medley (English, Mandarin and Malay), Parla Più Piano/Speak Softy Love (Italian and English), Historia De Un Amor (Spanish and Mandarin) and Bon Voyage (Japanese, Mandarin and English).

Butterfly Up High… An Evening of Song with Laurance Tan and Friends features:
Laurance Tan – vocalist
Ray Hanson – vocalist
Dorothy Stone – soprano 
Michael Berkovsky – pianist
Thomas Osuga – pianist
Sho Omagari – violinist
Matt Pickart – violinist
Matt Kolodzieki – cellist
Je-an Salas – main principal dancer
Anjelica Scannura – Flamenco and belly dancer

Tickets are $35 for general seating and are available by visiting www.uofttix.ca or calling (416) 978-8849.

Images (c)Laurance Tan