35MM: A Musical Exhibition

In 35mm, each photo creates a unique song, a story behind a moment frozen in time, a glimmer of a life unfolding.

15 thoughts on “35MM: A Musical Exhibition

  1. “My wife and I don’t get out to see much anymore, but thought we’d go and check out some shows in the Winnipeg Fringe Festival after our neighbours were raving about some of the musical shows this year. And we like musicals. One highly recommended to us was “35MM: A Musical Exhibition”. It was so compelling, my wife insisted I leave a review. Embarrassed to say I wasn’t exactly sure what a ‘song-cycle’ is, but sure found out! No dialogue, or “scenes” – just all music and singing. Each song tells a different story. We attended the Thursday evening performance after a nice dinner out. Our neighbours said what made it memorable, was the cast of five singers, the live band, and the quirky photo presentations. It did not disappoint! Each one of the five get a solo opportunity – ALL were fantastic! I sing bass in my church choir, and the dark-haired fellow sings with gorgeous deep tones – it was so wonderful to hear on the a cappella number, and also in his frenetic solo about a knight (which was vividly dramatic!). Do many men even sing Bass anymore? Another fellow (he’s a Tenor) sings a song about being a ‘Manny’ to a little girl (who’s a bit of terror) – it’s an idiosyncratic song that’s actually quite difficult in terms of both pitch and rhythm, but the young performer pulls it off with professional ease, leaving us highly entertained and sympathetically frustrated with his situation as well! (He also sings a solo later in the show that is emotionally heartrending). Next is a soprano who sings a really upbeat number about love in a relationship – this is a real powerhouse! When she gets going, there is no holding her back. She could sing the phonebook and I’d be enthralled (my wife didn’t hear that!). Beauty and a beautiful voice – an unbeatable combination! The other woman in the cast (I believe someone said she is the Director) sings a bewitchingly touching number about being left behind to clean-up after a party. As my music-teaching mezzo-soprano wife says about her: “A wonderful lyrical tone, with a superb characterization that gets you emotionally involved right through to the heart!” And the third fellow in the group sings a rather ‘difficult” number about a woman in an abusive relationship, which, surprisingly, is just stunning. Difficult subject matter, difficult music, brilliantly presented, and brilliantly sung with intensity. An absolute show-stopper, for sure! Also of note, is the fiendishly diabolical ‘Prom Queen’ song, and a fervently emotional duet between a despondent young man and his guardian angel (my grandson would love this number!). And lastly, but not least, all of this was backed-up by a three-piece live band that was absolutely stunning! The fellow on the piano is a genius to keep up with what was an obviously virtuosic score, playing for almost 90 minutes non-stop! (I have enough difficulty playing a 3-minute Prelude before our church service!) The drummer and the guitarist added a really superb “full sound” and rhythmic punch. Both of therm are exceptional standouts, and all three musicians take us on the rollercoaster ride of our lives! We enjoyed all the different musical styles and genres. I’m not familiar with the photographer, but the photo/video presentations add a great sophisticated enlightenment to each song. All-in-all, this is a sensationally marvellous Off-Broadway(?) show not to miss! I wish my wife and I had attended the Fringe earlier – well, we still have the weekend! Go out and support our great Winnipeg talent!”

  2. My wife and I don’t get out to see much anymore, but thought we’d go and check out some shows in the Winnipeg Fringe Festival after our neighbours were raving about some of the musical shows this year. And we like musicals. One highly recommended to us was “35MM: A Musical Exhibition”. It was so compelling, my wife insisted I leave a review. Embarrassed to say I wasn’t exactly sure what a ‘song-cycle’ is, but sure found out! No dialogue, or “scenes” – just all music and singing. Each song tells a different story. We attended the Thursday evening performance after a nice dinner out. Our neighbours said what made it memorable, was the cast of five singers, the live band, and the quirky photo presentations. It did not disappoint! Each one of the five get a solo opportunity – ALL were fantastic! I sing bass in my church choir, and the dark-haired fellow sings with gorgeous deep tones – it was so wonderful to hear on the a cappella number, and also in his frenetic solo about a knight (which was vividly dramatic!). Do many men even sing Bass anymore? Another fellow (he’s a Tenor) sings a song about being a ‘Manny’ to a little girl (who’s a bit of terror) – it’s an idiosyncratic song that’s actually quite difficult in terms of both pitch and rhythm, but the young performer pulls it off with professional ease, leaving us highly entertained and sympathetically frustrated with his situation as well! (He also sings a solo later in the show that is emotionally heartrending). Next is a soprano who sings a really upbeat number about love in a relationship – this is a real powerhouse! When she gets going, there is no holding her back. She could sing the phonebook and I’d be enthralled (my wife didn’t hear that!). Beauty and a beautiful voice – an unbeatable combination! The other woman in the cast (I believe someone said she is the Director) sings a bewitchingly touching number about being left behind to clean-up after a party. As my music-teaching mezzo-soprano wife says about her: “A wonderful lyrical tone, with a superb characterization that gets you emotionally involved right through to the heart!” And the third fellow in the group sings a rather ‘difficult” number about a woman in an abusive relationship, which, surprisingly, is just stunning. Difficult subject matter, difficult music, brilliantly presented, and brilliantly sung with intensity. An absolute show-stopper, for sure! Also of note, is the fiendishly diabolical ‘Prom Queen’ song, and a fervently emotional duet between a despondent young man and his guardian angel (my grandson would love this number!). And lastly, but not least, all of this was backed-up by a three-piece live band that was absolutely stunning! The fellow on the piano is a genius to keep up with what was an obviously virtuosic score, playing for almost 90 minutes non-stop! (I have enough difficulty playing a 3-minute Prelude before our church service!) The drummer and the guitarist added a really superb “full sound” and rhythmic punch. Both of therm are exceptional standouts, and all three musicians take us on the rollercoaster ride of our lives! We enjoyed all the different musical styles and genres. I’m not familiar with the photographer, but the photo/video presentations add a great sophisticated enlightenment to each song. All-in-all, this is a sensationally marvellous Off-Broadway(?) show not to miss! I wish my wife and I had attended the Fringe earlier – well, we still have the weekend! Go out and support our great Winnipeg talent!

    • Hello Gordon! Thank so much for your heartfelt words, they really mean the world to us! So glad you and your wife enjoyed the show!

  3. I didn’t know quite what to make of this at first, but eventually it drew me in. The 5 artists are all extraordinarily gifted vocalists and the songs are mostly vibrant and emotionally stirring. Although there were one or two that I didn’t really “get”, there was one point when I was brought to tears. By the end, I was actually hoping a CD of the songs might be available for purchase after the show.

    • Hello Kat Lee! Thank you so much for giving us a chance and coming to see the show!!! We are so glad you liked it and wanted to take a piece of it home!

  4. Amazing cast, amazing crew, amazing voices. This is one that shouldn’t be missed. Highly, highly recommend taking in this show while you can. You will not be disappointed.

  5. Opening night jitters combined with technical difficulties led to a rough start… but the cast and crew rose to the challenge. This song cycle combined a multimedia feast for the eyes and vocal harmonies to soothe the soul. Featuring moments in time: love, loss, trauma, and everything in between. Life is like a photograph… blink and you’ll miss it.

  6. 35mm was an excellent show, the cast perform and sing at a high level across the board. The song cycle style of show was something new and fun, getting to see and hear 16 different songs about the human condition was a fresh and exciting concept. I would highly recommend the show!

  7. I saw a preview before their run and let me tell you. Carlyn Graff-Czehryn is a powerhouse and s truly gifted talent. Johanna Reinberg is an exceptional performer and director. Rainbow Stage’s Josh Bellan gave us a small taste of what I can’t wait to see. Vincenzo Alberto, same thing, I’ve heard he’s great. Alex Menac is right up their with Alex Brightman and I can’t WAIT to see the full thing. Backed up by the amazing Julian Vanderput and managed by Maddie Hanton? Are you kidding me. These guys are all phenominal performers and you’d be silly not to check them out. I can’t express it enough! I’ll be back to review when I actually see the show on Sunday 2:45. BE THERE!

    • After seeing the Sunday show at 2:45, the above all is true. If you excuse the mic issues, the cast is phenominal.

  8. Wonderful!!!!!!!. Acting and singing like pros.
    I hardly recommend it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. I saw a preview at Spikey Love the Fringe. It blew my breath away. Even with technical difficulties with Spikey’s piano provided, the team sounded and worked like a group of Winnipeg’s professional artists.

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