Events

Upcoming concerts featuring Canadian music in BC and BC composers abroad

To submit an event, please send information to events@musiccentrebc.ca.


LOWER MAINLAND / SOUTH COAST

Vivaldi revisited
White Rocks Concerts
Jan 17, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
White Rock Baptist Church, 1657 140 Street, Surrey BC
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Former concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Mark Fewer revisits some of Vivaldi’s most beloved concertos. Mark will be joined by Marcel Bergmann for a creative exploration of Vivaldi’s themes that juxtaposes old and new. Also on the programme is the famous Fratres by Arvo Pärt, Road Movies by John Adams and works by Marcel Bergmann.

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SILLINESS

Erato Ensemble
Sunday, January 19, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 1440 West 12th Ave, Vancouver, BC
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In addition to masterworks by Rossini, Violet Archer, and Ruth Watson Henderson, SILLINESS will feature the premiere of the world’s first Choose Your Own Art Song Adventure, written by Vancouver composer Michael Park and Victoria poet Barbara Black.

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The Romantic Spirit
West Coast Chamber Music
Sunday, January 19, 2020 @ 3:30 PM
Unitarian Church of Vancouver, 949 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver, BC
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West Coast opens the season with Canadian composer Christine Donkin’s Piano Trio, as well as Edvard Grieg’s Violin and Piano Sonata in C minorand Johannes Brahms’ epic Piano Quartet No.3 in C minor.

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West Coast Student Composers Symposium
UBC School of Music, SFU School for the Contemporary Arts, UVic School of Music
Friday, January 24, 2020 @ 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Roy Barnett Recital Hall and Gessler Hall, 6361 Memorial Rd, Vancouver, BC
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Day of concerts of new works by students from UBC, SFU and UVic.

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One-Page Score Project
Plastic Acid Orchestra with Giorgio Magnanensi
Saturday, January 25, 2020; 8:00 pm (pre-show chat at 7:15)
Pyatt Hall, 843 Seymour Street
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This free concert is the culmination of three sold-out days of workshops where community members from a range of backgrounds will learn about and experiment with graphic notation, sound, composition, gesture and figure to create their own one-page scores.

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Flying White 飞白
Turning Point Ensemble
 January 31, 2020 @ 7:30 pm, February 1, 2020 @ 7:30 pm, February 2, 2020 @ 2 pm
SFU Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, 149 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC
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Co-created by Wen Wei Wang, Owen Underhill, and Dorothy Chang, Flying White 飞白 is inspired by the motion and aesthetic of this calligraphy and representations of elements including rice, paper, water, silk, and ink.  The piece integrates six dancers and an intercultural ensemble of twelve musicians comprised of members of Turning Point Ensemble and the Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra from Taipei. 

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UBC Symphony Orchestra
UBC School of Music
Friday, February 7, 2020 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, 6265 Crescent Road, Vancouver, BC
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Led by Maestro Jonathan Girard, UBC Symphony Orchestra is a 110-member orchestra of gifted young musicians performing symphonic works from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Featuring Alexina Louie’s The Ringing Earth: Festive Overture.

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Ross Alden Celebration
CMC British Columbia
Monday, February 10, 2020 at 7:00 pm
Murray Adaskin Salon, Canadian Music Centre, 837 Davie Street, Vancouver
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Continuing a tradition of recognizing the important work of neglected Canadian composers, CMC BC Concerts will present a posthumous 100th Birthday Celebration of Canadian composer Ross Alden (also known as Murray Carmack) with performances of his lush chamber music by Vetta Chamber Players in CMC BC’s uniquely intimate Murray Adaskin Salon.
Concert programme includes the World Premiere of the final composition of Mr. Alden as well as premieres of works written in tribute to him by composers Janet Danielson and Evgeny Shcherbakov. For more information visit http://musiccentrebc.ca/concerts

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Night Sparks
Hayley Laufer Duo

Saturday, February 15, 2020 @ 7:30 PM – 9 PM
Pyatt Hall, 843 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC
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Vancouver-based soprano Dorothea Hayley and her duo partner, the Venezuelan pianist Manuel Laufer,  present *Night Sparks* – coaxing us with nocturnal music by Schubert and Purcell into 20th Century works of Webern, Cage, Babbitt. BC composer Dorothy Chang is represented with her Songs of Woods and Water.

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Tundra: Music of Northern Lands
Vancouver Cantata Singers
Sunday, February 16, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
The Annex, 823 Seymour St. Vancouver, BC
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Tundra: Music of Northern Lands features sacred and secular music from countries that share the arctic tundra biome. The program will include works by Emerson Eads, Ola Gjeilo, Jón Liefs, Sergei Rachmaninov, Caroline Shaw, and the premiere of a new commission by VCS composer-in-residence Craig Galbraith.

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Terry Riley and Gyan Riley
Music on Main
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 @ 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Christ Church Cathedral Vancouver, 690 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
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Widely considered one of the most influential composers of our time, Terry Riley layers his hypnotic, brightly-orchestrated explorations with Gyan’s technical virtuosity and arrestingly beautiful instrumentation. Combining minimalism with jazz, Eastern influences, and rock, the Rileys’ intuitive improvisations result in a truly once-in-a-lifetime concert experience.

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Emerge on Main 2020
Music on Main
Tuesday, March 3, 2020 @ 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Fox Cabaret, 2321 Main Street, Vancouver, BC
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Throughout the 2019/20 season – and culminating in this concert – Music on Main serves as an incubator, launching pad, and showcase for two exceptional musicians: Kimia Koochakzadeh-Yazdi (composer), and Aaron Graham (composer and percussionist). 

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VANCOUVER ISLAND / GULF ISLANDS

Violent, Violent Sea
Aventa Ensemble
Sunday, January 19th, 2020 8pm (Pre-concert talk 7:15pm)
Phillip T. Young Recital Hall (UVic School of Music, MacLaurin Building)
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This concert featuring  “Brooklyn’s post-millennial Mozart” Missy Mazzoli will include Ana Sokolović’s Jeu des portraits and Farangis Nurulla-Khoja’s Ni d’ici ni d’ailleurs.

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Omni Temporum: Music from the past, languages of the present
Victoria Composers Collective
Thursday, February 13, 2020, 7 p.m.
Church of Truth, 111 Superior St., Victoria B.C. V8V 1T2
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Alex Jang (classical guitar) and Maria Eduarda Mendes Martins (soprano, percussion) will perform pieces by J.S. Bach, Giulio Caccini, anonymous chants from 14th Century codexes and Sephardic literature, as well as a brand new piece written by VCC composer and CMC Associate Composer Nathan Friedman (as a wedding gift to Martins and Jang).

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Time Pieces
CapriCCio Vocal Ensemble
Saturday, February 29, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Christ Church Cathedral, 930 Burdett Ave, Victoria, BC
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Time Pieces, timely music for Leap Day including Stephen Chatman‘s composition of the same name, commissioned by CapriCCio.

To submit an event, please send information to events@musiccentrebc.ca.


SOUTHERN INTERIOR / CENTRAL / NORTHERN BC


OSO Diamond Anniversary
Okanagan Symphony Orchestra
Friday, February 7, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Kelowna Community Theatre, 1375 Water St, Kelowna BC
Saturday, February 8, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
The Cleland Community Theatre, 325 Power St, Penticton, BC
Sunday, February 9, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre, 3800 – 33rd Street, Vernon, BC
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The Okanagan Symphony celebrates sixty years of music-making in the Okanagan valley. Our guest artists and composers feature OSYO alumni who are making their mark on the wider musical world. Featuring Ernst Schneider’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

To submit an event, please send information to events@musiccentrebc.ca.


OUT OF PROVINCE / INTERNATIONAL

Good-Bye, My Fancy
January 26, 2020
All Faiths Chapel, Kansas State University, Manhattan
Andrew R. White, baritone; Nathan Buckner, piano will perform Sylvia Rickard’s Good-Bye, My Fancy on a concert New Art Songs on Poetry of Walt Whitman.

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Bowers-Fader Duo
February 1, 2020
Tenri Cultural Institute, New York, New York
Bowers-Fader Duo presents an encore presentation of the Fourth Annual New American Art Song Concert including work by Rodney Sharman and Stephen Chatman.

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Bowers-Fader Duo
February 1, 2020
Tenri Cultural Institute, New York, New York
Bowers-Fader Duo presents an encore presentation of the Fourth Annual New American Art Song Concert including work by Rodney Sharman and Stephen Chatman.

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Life Has Loveliness
February 15, 2020
Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minnesota Music Educators Association All-State Mixed Choir performs Stephen Chatman‘s Life Has Loveliness.

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Remembering John Cage
January 16 – February 19, 2020
Eindhoven, Apeldoorn, Nijmegen, Den Bosch, Utrecht, Amsterdam and others
Duo Ebano: Marco Danesi, Clarinet, Paolo Gorini, piano, performs Rodney Sharman‘s Remembering John Cage on tour.