Turning Point Ensemble: Round Midnight




In Strange Sphere, the Turning Point Ensemble links two iconoclasts whose music has a unique signature and startling originality. Thelonious Sphere Monk, with his quirky genius and sharply chiseled music, is influential to jazz musicians and contemporary composers alike. Rudolf Komorous, recently turned 80, is one of Canada’s most inventive and influential composers. His music, with its melancholy and strange beauty, has a Monk-like purity and individuality. The concert includes Komorous’ Strange Sphere based on Blue Monk, and 23 Poems about Horses for narrator and ensemble based on the Tang dynasty poetry of Li Ho. An assortment of the West Coast’s most distinctive musicians including Christopher Butterfield, John Korsrud, David MacIntyre, and Tony Wilson pay homage to the music of Monk and Komorous with new works. In addition, the TPE will premiere Fantasy on Themes of Thelonious Monk by Paris-based Monk scholar and jazz musician, Joe Makholm

Dates: Friday, May 31 ; Saturday, June 1

Time: 8:00 PM

Place: SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

Address: 149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver

Tickets: $35 / $33 / $10

More Information: available here

May 31, 2013
8:00 pmto10:00 pm
June 1, 2013
8:00 pmto10:00 pm

Hong Yun Konghou Ensemble Concert in Vancouver

Hong Yun Konghou Ensemble Concert in Vancouver

When: Friday, July 29, 2011 @ 7:30pm
Where: The Vancouver Academy of Music (1270 Chestnut Street, Vancouver BC)
Cost: $20
Tickets reservation by email: vbcmusic.pro@gmail.com or by phone: 604-518-8608 Monica

Hong Yun Konghou Ensemble
Vancouver Huayi Chorus
Invited guest Canadian performers

A painting scroll “At the Riverside on the Qingming Festival” – composed by Liu Weiguang, arranged by Yu Qiushuang
Performers: Dong Shuhan, Sun Meixin, Wang Yiran

Moonlight on Erquan Spring – composed by Hua Yanjun, arranged by Yue Pingqiu, He Hong
Performers: Zhang Yu, Wang Yi Ran

A Flowery Moonlight on the Spring River – traditional tune, arranged by Li Yinghai
Performer: Dong Shuhan

lguazu – composed by Alfredo Rolando Ortiz, arranged by He Hong
Performers: Sun Meixin, Wang Yiran

Theatrical Mask – composed by Li Haihui
Performers: Dong Shuhan, Sun Meixin, Wang Yiran

- Intermission -

The Little Priest – Chinese Folk Song, arranged by Mark Armarnini

Four Season Song – Chinese Folk Song, arranged by Mark Armarnini
Performers: He Hong, Dong Shuhan, Sun Meixin, Zhang Yu, Po Peng, Risa McDonell and Huyi (VBCm) chorus

Allegro from A Little Suite for Erhu and Konghou – composed by Jin Zhang
Performers: Zhang Yu, Wang Yiran

Snowy Night – composed by Jin Zhang
I. Snowflakes
II. Side of Fireplace
III. The Snow Out Side Window
Performer: Dong Shuhan

Three Variations on Plum Blossom – tradition tune, arranged by Jin Zhang
Performer: He Hong, Dong Shuhan, Wang Yi, Mu Chenxi, Risa McDonnell

White Snow in Sunny Spring – tradition tune, arranged by Jin Zhang
Performers: He Hong, Dong Shuhan, Wang Yiran

Jasmine Flowers – folk song, arranged by Jin Zhang
Performers: He Hong, Dong Shuhan, Wang Yiran, Zhang Yu, Bo Peng

For more information, please download a PDF about the concert here: about Konghou concert



July 29, 2011
7:30 pm

ENCORE! Welcome Home Fundraising Concert

ENCORE! Welcome Home Fundraising Concert

When: July 20, 2011 @ 7:30pm
Where: Redeemer Lutheran Church (1499 Laurier Avenue, Vancouver, BC)
Cost: Admission by donation – first come, first served!

By popular demand, musica intima will present selections from their Canadian summer tour in our very own city, Vancouver!

Come and meet the intimates and hear Whitacre’s “Leonardo dreams of his flying machine”, Gwyneth Walker’s “God’s Grandeur”, Tallis’ “Loquebantur” and more great pieces, all with the intima twist!

Featuring a cash bar and a silent auction full of great intima prizes: CD box sets, subscriptions, voice lessons, wine, and more!

God’s Grandeur – Gwyneth Walker (b. 1947) (7 mins)
Ave Verum Corpus – Imant Raminsh (b. 1943) (6:20 mins) CDN
Love, Beauty – Rodney Sharman (b. 1958) (3:01 mins) CDN
On Monsieur’s Departure – Jeffrey Ryan (b. 1962) (4 mins) CDN
The Beaufort Scale – Aulis Sallinen (b. 1962) (5.5 mins)
Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine – Eric Whitacre (b. 1970) (9 mins)
Loquebantur – Thomas Tallis (1505-1585) (4 mins)
Summer’s Singing – Leslie Uyeda (b.1953) (4 mins) CDN
Inuit Hunting Song – Derek Healey (b. 1936) (3 mins) CDN
Three Hymns – R. Murray Schafer (b. 1933) (7.5 mins) CDN
Le Pont Mirabeau – Lionel Daunais (1901-1982) (3 mins) CDN
Your Fragrance – Edward Henderson (b. 1952) (3.5 mins) CDN
El Paisanito – arr. Ward Swingle (b. 1927) (3.5 mins)

Check out the Facebook event page, or phone 604.731.6618 for more information.




July 20, 2011
7:30 pm

Vancouver Sings: A Celebration of CBC’s 75th Anniversary

Vancouver Sings: A Celebration of CBC’s 75th Anniversary

When: Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 8:00 pm
Where: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC (6265 Crescent Road, Vancouver BC)
Cost: Adult $29 – 49, Student / Senior $24 – 44
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Elektra Women’s Choir
musica intima
Vancouver Chamber Choir

Back by popular demand, MusicFest Vancouver presents Vancouver Sings: A Celebration of CBC’s 75th Anniversary, a choral extravaganza bringing together three of the city’s favourite and awardwinning choral ensembles and Denmark’s Touché Vocal Jazz in the stunning acoustics of the elegant Chan Centre at UBC. In addition to being a choral feast for the ears, this concert recognizes CBC’s historic importance to choirs Canada-wide and celebrates CBC’s upcoming 75th anniversary.

Elektra Women’s Choir, musica intima, the Vancouver Chamber Choir and Touché will each perform selections from their own repertoire before the entire roster of singers joins forces with members of Chor Leoni, the Laudate Singers, Phoenix Chamber Choir, Vancouver Bach Choir, and Vancouver Cantata Singers to present several works en masse — an event that will thrill singers and Vancouver’s legendary choral audience alike!

Works by Healey Willan, Stephen Chatman, Nancy Telfer, Stephen Smith, Leslie Uyeda, Rupert Lang, Lionel Daunais, and others will be performed.

For more information, please visit: http://www.musicfestvancouver.ca/home/concertInfo.php?id=383

August 13, 2011
8:00 pm

Vicky Chow, Piano

Vicky Chow, piano

When: Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 2:00 pm
Where: Christ Church Cathedral (690 Burrard Street at Georgia, Vancouver, BC)
Cost: Adult $22, Student / Senior $17
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Vicky Chow

Pianist Vicky Chow, originally from Vancouver and now a resident of New York, specializes in contemporary music and is a member of the famous Bang on a Can Allstars. Her Masters Degree from the Julliard School of Music has helped to equip her for a successful performing career. With an emphasis on recently composed works, her recital will include extended techniques, electronic sounds, and pure keyboard virtuosity.

Vicky Chow will perform Vancouver composer Lisa Miller’s (b. 1968)   from Lessing Stories: V. Through the tunnel (2009/10)

For further information, please visit http://www.musicfestvancouver.ca/home/concertInfo.php?id=381

August 13, 2011
2:00 pm

Arts Umbrella presents Arts Umbrella Dance Company Season Finale

Arts Umbrella Dance Company Season Finale

When: Friday May 27, and Saturday May 28 @ 8 PM
Where: Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company (Hamilton St. @ Dunsmuir Street Vancouver, BC)
Cost: $20 Students/Seniors, $30 Adults www.ticketstonight.ca

Arts Umbrella presents the Dance Company Season Finale, as part of our Expressions Festival. The performance is an evening of mixed repertoire and choreography by Canada’s leading choreographers, performed by the students of Arts Umbrella’s professional training program.

Byrd Music receives its Vancouver Premiere during the performance. Arts Umbrella Dance Company (dancers: Kiera Hill, Jed Duifhuis, Scott Fowler, Christoph von Riedemann), Standing Wave Ensemble, James Kudelka, choreographer, Rodney Sharman, composer, after keyboard music by William Byrd. (Photo by Michael Slobodian, 2011)

Learn more about Expressions!

Learn more about Arts Umbrella Dance Company!

For more information, please visit: www.artsumbrella.com

May 27, 2011
8:00 pm
May 28, 2011
8:00 pm

Music in the Mine – extracting the sounds of classical Canada Animal, Vegetable, Mineral

Music in the Mine – extracting the sounds of classical Canada

Animal, Vegetable, Mineral

When: Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 3:00 pm
Where: Britannia Mine Museum (Britannia Beach, “Sea to Sky” Highway 99 in the oceanside community of Britannia Beach)
45 minutes north of Vancouver, 5 minutes south of Squamish
Cost: FREE, please call for Reservations  604-896-2233 ext. 244 OR (toll-free) 1-800-896-4044 ext. 244 OR email scott@bcmm.ca

Kathryn Cernauskas flute; Heather Pawsey, soprano; AK Coope, clarinet; Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa, piano
Photo credit: Tim Pawsey

Animal, Vegetable, Mineral is a site-specific concert of all-Canadian, contemporary classical music. It is free and approximately 90 minutes, no intermission and it takes place at the Britannia Mine Museum Britannia Beach. This unique approach to music is being  produced as part of the Canadian Music Centre‘s “New Music in New Places” series, an initiative designed to take Canadian classical music out of concert halls and in to unusual venues where people might not normally expect to attend a concert, or even to hear live, classical, contemporary, Canadian music performed.

Admission to Animal, Vegetable, Mineral is free; however, due to space restrictions, seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. To book a space, please call the reservations line at 604-896-2233 ext. 244 OR (toll-free) 1-800-896-4044 ext. 244 OR email scott@bcmm.ca. Please advise if you have to cancel your seats so that others may be admitted. DRESS ADVISORY: Please dress warmly and wear footwear suitable for uneven terrain and the outside weather.

This video will probably give you the best idea of what it’s all about. It was from a previous “New Music in New Places” event at B.C. Museum of Mining:

This is going to an event that you can say… “do you know what I did this weekend? Quirky, interesting, classical and earthy”- an event not to be missed!

Here are the musicians involved in the event:
Kathryn Cernauskas, flute
AK Coope, clarinet
Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa, piano
Heather Pawsey, soprano
Shelley Stewart Hunt, choreographer
Students from Capilano University’s Musical Theatre Diploma Program

Not only do you get to enjoy high calibre musician musicians in a cool space, but everyone will get to be part of the first audience EVER to hear the World Premiere of The Sex Lives of Vegetables (Part III) by British Columbia composer Leslie Uyeda, who lives in Vancouver (poetry by Governor-General Award-winning poet Lorna Crozier) for soprano, piano and clarinet and the World Premiere of Pizza by Kathryn Cernauskas – for beat-box flute. They will also hear Oracle Stones by Leslie Uyeda — written specifically for the Mined Over Matter concert in 2008 -  for soprano, piano, flute and clarinet, The Aria of the Princess from The Princess of the Stars by R. Murray Schafer (Canada’s most famous composer and a living legend) – for solo soprano, and much more.

Also… question of the day. How will they get the piano in the mine? That would be a story unto itself!

For more information, please check out http://www.astrolabemusiktheatre.com/?p=149.

Animal, Vegetable, Mineral is a co-production of the Canadian Music Centre, the Britannia Mine Museum, and Astrolabe Musik Theatre, and is made possible through the generous support of Tom Lee Music.

The Canadian Music Centre is an independent, not for profit, non-government agency that promotes and disseminates the music of Canadian Composers. The Canadian Music Centre gratefully acknowledges the support of the SOCAN Foundation and the Government of Canada through the Canada Music Fund.

An Astrolabe Musik Theatre / Britannia Mine Museum / Canadian Music Centre co-production.







May 15, 2011
3:00 pm

A Tuneful Celtic Spring

A Tuneful Celtic Spring

When:  Saturday, May 7, 2011 @ 8pm
Sunday, May 8, 2011 @ 3pm
Where: St. Andrew’s United Church (10th & St. Georges, North Vancouver, BC)
Cost: $25 Adults / $20 Seniors & Students / Free under 18 yrs

Join Laudate Singers and the North Shore Celtic Ensemble on May 7th and 8th for a spirited program of Celtic music! If you loved Laudate’s Celtic Journey CD or the NSCE’s Flywheel, you’ll love this program too. From lyrical ballads to toe-tapping jigs, there’s something for everyone.

Enjoy beloved traditional tunes and original works by the talented young instrumentalists of the NSCE, plus music by Riverdance’s Michael McGlynn and Laudate’s composer-in-residence Bruce Sled. Celebrate the arrival of spring with a joyous concert at beautiful St. Andrew’s United Church in North Vancouver–Saturday, May 7, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, May 8, at 3 p.m. And bring a friend or family member to share the experience–a concert is a lovely Mother’s Day present!

Remember kids and teens 17 and under can attend at no charge.

For more information, please visit laudatesingers.com

May 7, 2011
8:00 pm
May 8, 2011
3:00 pm

The Pro Nova Ensemble Concert

The Pro Nova Ensemble Concert Series

Concert I
When: Sunday April 10th @ 7:30pm
Where: Mt. Seymour Utd. Church North Van

Concert II
When: Sunday April 17th @ 3:00pm
Where: Kay Meek Centre West Van

String Quartet in B Flat, “Sunrise” Opus 76 No.4 by Haydn,
Wedding Suite by Srul Irving Glick
Clarinet Quintet, Opus 115 by Johannes Brahms
With Guest Artist AK Coope (Clarinet)

Regular Members of the Ensemble are: Aurora Felde (violin),
Masako Matsumoto (violin), Barbara Irschick (viola), Audrey Nodwell (cello)

Picture courtesy of the North Shore News.
The North Shore’s only resident chamber music ensemble with a regular concert series.

Each concert is performed twice, once in North Vancouver and once in West Vancouver.

The Pro Nova Ensemble operates under the umbrella of the Deep Cove Chamber Soloists’ Society, a registered Charity which has been in existence since 1983. Funding has been gratefully received from the Music Performance Trust Fund of the Vancouver Musicians’ Association, the City and District of North Vancouver, the North Vancouver Office of Cultural Affairs, the West Vancouver Community Arts Assistance Program, and regular subscribing members of the D.C.C.S.S.


April 10, 2011
7:30 pm
April 17, 2011
3:00 pm

Music of the Whole World #4: VICO Investigates the Music of Yunnan

Music of the Whole World #4:

VICO Investigates the Music of Yunnan

When: Tuesday May 17, 2011 @ 7 pm
Where: Alice MacKay Hall (Lower Level), Vancouver Public Library Central Branch (350 Georgia St. Vancouver BC)
Cost: Free Admission

For this fourth presentation in the VICO’s annual educational series, renowned conductor and VICO composer Jin Zhang takes audiences on a musical journey to Yunnan (south-western China), a region of extraordinary ethnic and cultural diversity, where he traveled recently to research new directions in intercultural music making.

May 17, 2011
7:00 pm