Joelle Rabu in Concert (Quadra Community Centre)
For the past three decades, singer Joelle Rabu has been indelibly connected with the songs of Edith Piaf, the legendary Parisian chanteuse. Long based in Vancouver, the multiple award-winning Rabu has toured five continents. Quadra Islanders may remember when she was here to perform her celebrated stage play: Tonight . . . Piaf.
A brilliant and passionate singer and performer, Rabu has also had an impressive parallel career as a stage actor and singer in both dramas and musicals. “Joelle Rabu in Concert,” promises audiences an intimate evening of musicality and theatricality. Singing in English, French, and Spanish while delving into the poignant world of European cabaret-style tunes, classic jazz standards, and emotive torch songs, Rabu combines powerhouse vocals with a lively and sometimes comedic stage presence. One critic remarked: “Rabu is Edith Piaf, Bette Midler and Carole Burnett all rolled into one extraordinary performer.”
On her current tour, Rabu is performing with her 24-year-old son, Nico Rhodes. As a young boy he toured with his mom and absorbed music like a sponge: by the time he was 16 he was an award-winning classical pianist and saxophonist. Now a veteran of both musical theatre and the world of jazz, Rhodes is a gifted arranger who uses his extensive pianistic skills to frame and enhance the intimate power of his mother’s superb vocal interpretations.
Together, these two remarkable performers “own the stage” and they will be sure to fill our Community Centre with warmth and charm and the unforgettable spirit of their music.
To hear a clip from her latest CD: click here.
Tickets: $17 advance, $20 at the door (+applicable taxes and fees)