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Classical Meets Intercultural: Orchestra Armonia with VICO

Classical Meets Intercultural: Orchestra Armonia with VICO

When: Sunday, October 16, 2011 @ 7:30pm
Where: Ryerson United Church (2195 West 45th Ave., Vancouver BC)
Cost: $25 / $15 here or via 778-881-5499

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In the second event of the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra’s “City Full of Sound” series, VICO musicians Yun Song (erhu), Charlie Lui (dizi), Yu-Chen Wang (zheng), Lan Tung (erhu) and Jonathan Bernard (percussion) will join acclaimed string ensemble Orchestra Armonia for an innovative evening of classical music with an intercultural slant. The programme will include pieces by Vancouver composers Mark Armanini, Jung Sen Tung, Dorothy Chang and Lan Tung.

“Vancouver’s 125th birthday is the perfect moment to celebrate our city’s multifaceted Asian heritage with a collaboration between the VICO and Orchestra Armonia,” says conductor John van Deursen. This joint concert is designed to build bridges: between ancient and modern sounds and styles…between the classical musical traditions of Europe and China… between two very different ensembles that share an affinity for Asian music and a propensity for taking artistic risks.

Erhu virtuoso Yun Song, a first place winner in China’s national erhu competition in 1983, will join the 13-member Orchestra Armonia for Night Bird Singing, a concerto for erhu and strings by Vancouver composer and VICO co-Artistic Director Mark Armanini. Armanini has been working with Song to develop a new approach to the erhu, pushing at the boundaries of traditional styles and techniques and expanding the possibilities of the instrument.

The dizi (Chinese bamboo flute), played by Charlie Lui, will be the featured instrument in Spring Awakening at Mount Yangming by Vancouver-based Taiwanese composer Jung Sen Tung. Originally composed in the 1960s, the piece became famous when it was used as the theme of a popular daily TV show in Taiwan. Conductor John van Deursen was given special permission to orchestrate an accompaniment for string orchestra.

Lan Tung (erhu), Yu-Chen Wang (zheng) and Jonathan Bernard (percussion), well known in world music circles as Orchid Ensemble, will perform From a Dream by Dorothy Chang. Rounding out the programme are two works for string orchestra, Memories of HengChun by Bao Yuan Kai (China) and Fuga by Fou Tong Huang (Taiwan).

Finally, all five VICO musicians and Orchestra Armonia will join forces on Ba Ban Variations by Lan Tung, an original work written for improvising musicians. Inspired by Ba Ban or Eight Phrases, the root of hundreds of pieces in traditional Chinese repertoire, the piece explores the contrasts between tonalities and genres. It embodies the paradox of many opposite characters: chromatic and pentatonic passages, composed and improvised materials, contemporary and traditional forms…and as such, is a fitting showcase for the ground-breaking collaboration of Classical Meets Intercultural.

“City Full of Sound” is presented by the VICO with support from the City of Vancouver’s 125th Anniversary Grants Program. We are also grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts, the BC Arts Council, the SOCAN Foundation, Hamber Foundation and OMNI Diversity Television for their support of these events.

Yu-Chen Wang’s residency with Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra is sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts.

About Orchestra Armonia
Orchestra Armonia is comprised of fresh and enthusiastic young professional string players. Basing its core repertoire on the string classics, Orchestra Armonia’s style is eclectic and wide-ranging. Conductor John Van Deursen has been the Principal Guest Conductor of the Taipei Philharmonic and has led that orchestra in the prestigious Prague Spring Festival, as well as in Stockholm, Helsinki, and Taipei, Taiwan. John has led the National Symphony of Taiwan as guest conductor, and will appear with the Prince George Symphony in 2012. He is currently Head of Instrumental Ensembles at Douglas College and teaches at UBC. www.orchestra-armonia.com
October 16, 2011
7:30 pm

Queen Elisabeth Competition 2011 – Composition Competition 2011

Queen Elisabeth Competition – Composition 2011

Application deadline : 31 October 2011

The Queen Elisabeth Competition 2011 – composition competition is now open for applications.

The purpose of this competition is to select the work that will be compulsory for participants in the final of our violin competition in 2012. The work, which can be in any form, must last about 10 minutes and be written for violin accompanied by a symphony orchestra.

Age limit : Only works by living composers, born after 31 October 1971, will be accepted.

Work for violin and symphony orchestra to be played in the final of the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium for violinists in 2012 (Brussels Centre for Fine Arts).

Grand Prize
Prize: eur 10,000 [Prize presented by SABAM]
12 performances broadcast live on radio, television and internet
CD and/or DVD release

Finalists
Prize: eur 1,500 [Prize presented by the National Lottery]

For more information, please visit http://www.cmireb.be/en/

Download the rules for this competition.
Download the application form here.

October 31, 2011

Flute, Cello and Piano Recital

Flute, Cello and Piano Recital

When: Friday, November 4 @ 12 – 1pm
Where: The Canadian Music Centre BC Region (837 Davie Street, Vancouver BC)
Cost: entry by donation

Program:
J.S. Bach: Sonata in E minor, BWV 1034
J. Hétu: Aria for flute and piano, Opus 27
J.S. Bach Suite No.1 for cello-excerpts, BWV 1007
J. Hétu: Quatre Pièces for flute and piano
J.S. Bach: Sonata in E Major, BWV 1035

Bach and Hétu: Music for flute, cello and piano

Enjoy works performed by Marina, Laura and Jee Yeon as they celebrate their debut concert as a new contemporary flute, cello and piano trio.

In this concert, Marina Hasselberg (cello), Jee Yeon Ryu (piano) and Laura Vanek (flute) present music by J.S. Bach and the Canadian composer Jacques Hétu. United by their passion for Canadian contemporary music, Laura and Jee Yeon first began performing together as graduate students at the University of Victoria. Now based in Vancouver, the two friends are delighted to be joined by the wonderful cellist, Marina, as they continue to perform and explore new and creative concert programs.

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November 4, 2011
12:00 pmto1:00 pm

CAPPELLA The Wide World of Choral Music

CAPPELLA The Wide World of Choral Music

When: Friday, 21 October 2011 @ 8pm
Where: Christ Church Cathedral (690 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC)
Cost: $24.50 – $28 available at Ticketmaster

Vancouver Chamber Choir
Jon Washburn, conductor
with an appearance of the Focus! Choir of College & University Singers

Description
CAPPELLA is a kaleidoscope of the latest choral trends from all around the world, including five premieres by Teehan, Rudoi, Sixten, Cohen and Antognini.

Sandström, Quinn, Chilcott and Tamulionis are important composers from Sweden, Wales, England and Lithuania. Ingari and Teehan are brilliant composers from Québec and Ontario. David von Kampen and Jorge Córdoba are bright lights from south of the border(s).

Choral music is a living art and this beautiful music should convince you of an auspicious future to come. Join John William Trotter for a pre-concert talk at 7:15pm about the repertoire.

Repertoire
Sven-David Sandström – Laudamus te
Iain Quinn – Vidi aquam
Bob Chilcott – Simple Pictures of Tomorrow
Jonas Tamulionis – Ave Maria
Robert Ingari – Deux chansons de Paul Verlaine
Rob Teehan – I died for beauty
Ivo Antognini – O magnum mysterium
Paul John Rudoi – The Birds
Fredrik Sixten – Unforgotten
Robert S. Cohen – Sonnet 128
Koji Kinoshita – Genbaku o yurusumaji
Jon Washburn – Dona nobis pacem
David von Kampen – Two Psalms
Jorge Córdoba – Cuatro Canciones (Carlos Oquendo de Amat)

Tickets to CAPPELLA are $24.50 – $28 and available at Ticketmaster. Rush tickets are always available for $10 at the door one hour before the concert for youth under 26 and students (valid ID required for both). Visit Ticketmaster.ca to purchase online or phone 1-855-985-ARTS (2787).

October 21, 2011
8:00 pm

Victoria Symphony & Emily Carr Project

Victoria Symphony & Emily Carr Project

When: October 15, 2011 @ 8pm
Where: Uvic Centre Farquhar Auditorium (3800 Finnerty Road, Victoria, BC, Canada)

Remember the remarkable Emily Carr in a Victoria-wide collaborative celebration of this unique artists life and work. The Victoria Symphony will present two concerts that explore Emily Carr’s painting, poetry and connection to the people of the First Nations. These concerts will include the world premier performance of several new works by Canadian composers and feature video presentations of Emily Carr’s artwork. Composers include Tobin Stokes, Giorgio Magnanesi, Anna Hostman, Veda Hille and Barbara Croall, plus choreographer Alejandro Ronceria. Guest artists Marion Newman, Veda Hille and The Emily Carr String Quartet will perform. Other events will take place at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Emily Carr House, the Royal British Columbia Museum and other locations.

For further information, please visit: http://www.victoriasymphony.ca/concert/emily-carr-project-2/

October 15, 2011
8:00 pm

Call for Application: The Banff Centre Opera as Theatre Program

The Banff Centre: Opera as Theatre

Canada’s Premier Opera Training Program

Program dates: July 2 – August 19, 2012
Application deadline: November 14, 2011

Faculty
Kelly Robinson
– Program director,
David Agler
– Music director/conductor,
Other faculty to be named

“The focus on the stage craft, challenging music, and superb faculty enhanced my passion for performance and confirmed my love for opera.”
Michelle Minke, 2011 participant

The Opera as Theatre program is designed to give emerging and established opera singers the opportunity to train with leading professionals and pedagogues in the field, while preparing roles within a professional production environment. The program is rigorous and rewarding, operating on a six-day work week with classes scheduled in the morning and staging rehearsals and coachings in the afternoon and evening. Both productions feature original physical productions and are accompanied by the Banff Festival Orchestra. Classes include stage combat, diction, viewpoints, improvisation, yoga, dance, spoken word, and musical theatre.

More information on applications and auditions

2012 Productions

Don Giovanni
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The Secret Garden
Music by Stephen McNeff
Libretto by Joan MacLeod (adapted from the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett)

For more information, please visit: The Banff Centre

 

About Opera as Theatre

The Opera as Theatre program is designed to give emerging and established opera singers the opportunity to train with leading professionals and pedagogues in the field, while preparing roles within a professional production environment. The program is rigorous and rewarding, operating on a six-day work week with classes scheduled in the morning and staging rehearsals and coachings in the afternoon and evening. Both productions feature original physical productions and are accompanied by the Banff Festival Orchestra. Classes include stage combat, diction, viewpoints, improvisation, yoga, dance, spoken word, and musical theatre.

Opera as Theatre participants will be assigned principal roles, understudies, and chorus, and will receive one-on-one and group mentoring in acting, movement, and voice, as well as opportunities for vocal master classes.

The program delivers:

  • Studies in the interpretive dramatic arts (characterization, simultaneous “script” and score study)
  • Daily access to master coaches and mentors from the national and international opera, theatre, and music communities
  • Daily classes that emphasize body alignment, breath, speech, and movement

Performance opportunities:

  • A mainstage opera in original productions (sets, costumes, props) accompanied by the Banff Festival Orchestra
  • A second stage opera accompanied by Banff Festival Chamber Orchestra
  • Cabaret
  • Vocal chamber music
  • Vocal recitals
  • Community concerts
November 14, 2011

Composer Mentoring Project 2012: Call for Applicants

The Canadian Music Centre, BC Region and The Canadian League of Composers present

Composer Mentoring Project 2012: Call for Applicants

The Canadian Music Centre, BC Region (CMC BC) and the Canadian League of Composers (CLC) are pleased to announce the 2012 Composer Mentoring Project.
Deadline
: Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Applications must be delivered to the CMC BC office (837 Davie St., Vancouver BC, V6Z 1B7) no later than 5PM, October 11th, 2011. Only complete applications will be accepted.

The Composer Mentoring Project was originally launched in January 2011 to serve emerging composers in British Columbia.  This program aims to give participating composers tools and resources to help connect them with the music community, develop their professional and artistic skills, and navigate the challenging passage from student to professional.

The first year of the program saw emerging composers Elizabeth Knudson, James O’Callaghan, and Christopher Reiche make significant strides in the development of their professional careers.  Here is what they have said of the experience:

I really appreciate that the content covered both artistic and business issues – it has been invaluable to make these professional connections, and to know who I can contact when I need to access resources or advice in the future.  Starting a freelance career is a huge challenge, but it’s given me a new sense of confidence and momentum to see that I am on the right track, and that what I am working towards is possible. ~Elizabeth Knudson

The CMC/CLC Mentoring Project has been an exciting and very formative experience for me… From workshops on grant-writing, to promotion and media relations, I’ve received great career advice in a world which is often verymurky to navigate, especially for young composers… I’m very honoured to have been a part of this programme – it has given me the connections, experience, knowledge, and courage to succeed. ~James O’Callaghan

Networking has been an important aspect of this program.  Being from Victoria, this program has allowed me to get to know the Vancouver music scene and meet some of its key players… I would like to thank the CMC and the CLC for hosting this program and the SOCAN Foundation for making it possible.  This is an excellent program and I know that the people I have met and the things that I have learned will affect me for the rest of my compositional career. ~Christopher Reiche

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October 11, 2011