Debussy vs. Ravel: The Judgement of Paris

The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre proudly presents The Judgement of Paris on Sunday, January 25th at 7:30pm at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre. The Judgement of Paris is the third of five shows in the Society’s 2014/15 Theatre series.

The Judgment of Paris is a mix of history and story-telling combined with the timeless music of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel. Peer into the lives of these two great French composers and their relationship as it goes from one of mentor and student to one of rivals competing for the love of their proud, fickle, darling, Paris. May the best composer win.

Created by CBC Radio’s Tom Allen alongside Patricia O’Callaghan, Bryce Kulak, Kevin Fox, and Lori Gemmell The Judgement of Paris builds on the format of CBC Radio 2’s Shift, combining timeless classical music with stories and history in a manner that is both accessible and entertaining. The result is an enchanting new stage show that is engaging, informative, and awe inspiring.

“People can be put off because they think they need a degree to enjoy classical music and that’s simply not true” explains Allen. “The people who wrote classical music are no different than musicians today. You don’t need any sort of prerequisites to enjoy it.”

As the thunderclouds of the Great War pile up and burst, The Judgement of Paris delves into the history of the two composers through story and song. “There’s action, desire, war, death, beautiful music, and great songs.” adds Allen. “The songs work really well while also giving a message about music. It’s charming, funny and easy to enjoy.” 

Tickets for The Judgement of Paris are $40 for adults, $37 for seniors, and $35 for students. Call the Ticket Seller Box Office at 250-549-SHOW (7469) or log on line to for tickets and more information.

The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre thanks the following sponsors for their generous support: Swan Lake Nurseryland, AcuTruss, Vernon Morning Star, the Okanagan Advertiser,, the Department of Canadian Heritage, the British Columbia Arts Council and the Regional District of the North Okanagan.


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