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

Paul Hung, flute & Bogdan Dulu, piano
Sunday, November 17, 2019 @ 2:30pm
Rose Gellert Hall, Langley Community Music School, 4899 207 St, Langley, BC
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LCMS alumnus Paul Hung is joined by Bogdan Dulu to present an exciting programme of works for flute and piano. The powerful performance includes the premiere of a composition by former long-time faculty member Leslie Janos, as well as works by Francis Poulenc, Béla Bartòk, Ernst von Dohnanyi.

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UBC Composers’ Concerts
UBC School of Music

Monday, November 18, 2019, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
UBC School of Music, Barnett Recital Hall, 6361 Memorial Rd, Vancouver, BC
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UBC Bands: The Automatic Earth
Friday, November 22, 2019 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, 6265 Crescent Rd, Vancouver, BC
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Symphonic Wind Ensemble Concert Winds
Steven Bryant Resident Composer; Robert Taylor, Lauren Visel, and Minna Stelzner conductors; Steven Bryant: Machine Awakes, Dusk & The Automatic Earth; Lyn Murray Ronald: Searle Suite; Derek Charke: Song of the Tides; Alex Shapiro: Moment; Frank Ticheli: Nitro; Scott McAllister: Gone

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Scenes from Childhood
Turning Point Ensemble and the Bergmann Piano Duo
Friday, November 22, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
White Rock Baptist Church,
1657 140 Street, Surrey BC
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The Vancouver and Surrey-based ensembles join forces to perform works inspired by childhood, including Ravel’s Ma mère l’Oye (Mother Goose Suite), Debussy’s last orchestral piece, Jeux, and Scenes from Childhood by local jazz musician and composer, Brad Turner. A premiere performance of Marcel Bergmann’s jazz-influenced Concerto for 2 pianos, in an exciting new arrangement for the Turning Point Ensemble, will round out the programme.

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Chez Nous: Christmas with Elektra
Elektra Women’s Choir

November 23, 2019 @7:30 pm
Pacific Spirit United Church, 2205 West 45th Avenue, Vancouver, BC
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Experience Elektra’s celebrated concert evoking the warmth and wonder of the Christmas season at Chez Nous: Christmas with Elektra. Traditional Christmas melodies from Austria, England, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Wales plus works by Canadians Susan Edwards, Mark Sirett and Stephen Smith.

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A Canadian Celebration – 50th Anniversary Concert
Saturday, November 23, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Rose Gellert Hall at Langley Community Music School, 4899 207 Street, Langley, BC
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The final concert of LCMS’ 50th anniversary season celebrates the school’s remarkable commitment to Canadian music. The Turning Point Ensemble, Borealis String Quartet and the Bergmann Duo will feature some of those works along with the world premiere of a new LCMS commission by Juno-award winning alumnus Brad Turner as well as the jazz-inspired Concerto for Two Pianos by Marcel Bergmann.

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Chez Nous: Christmas with Elektra
Elektra Women’s Choir

November 24, 2019 @3:00 pm
Good Shepherd Church, 2250 150th Street, Surrey, BC
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Experience Elektra’s celebrated concert evoking the warmth and wonder of the Christmas season at Chez Nous: Christmas with Elektra. Traditional Christmas melodies from Austria, England, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Wales plus works by Canadians Susan Edwards, Mark Sirett and Stephen Smith.

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Scenes From Childhood
Turning Point Ensemble and Bergmann Piano Duo

Sunday, November 24, 2019 @7:30 pm
Annex, 823 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC
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TPE joins forces with the dynamic Bergmann Piano Duo for this concert of extraordinary music connecting French masterworks of the early twentieth century to jazz-inspired new works. The two ensembles combine in the Concerto for Two Pianos by Marcel Bergmann in a new arrangement especially for TPE. TPE will also play Scenes from Childhood by Vancouver’s heralded jazz musician Brad Turner as well as Michael Bushnell’s original arrangement of Debussy’s seminal composition Jeux and Petite Symphonie No. 2 & 3 by Milhaud.

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Celebrate Canada Music Day 2019
East Vancouver Community Music School
Sunday, November 24, 2019 303 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver
East Vancouver Community Music School, 303 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver
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The East Vancouver Community Music School will host their Sixth Annual Celebrate Canada Music Day.
1:00 Celebrate Young Composers Workshop with Jocelyn Morlock
2:30 Canadian Composers Student Recital hosted by Jocelyn Morlock
4:00 Concert by Elysian Trio

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Concert at the Belkin: UBC Contemporary Players
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 @ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, 1825 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC
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Led by Paolo Bortolussi, this graduate and undergraduate student ensemble will animate the Gallery with music.

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8EAST 2019 Fall Workshops
NOW Society
Thursday, November 28, 2019 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM with Lisa Cay Miller
Thursday, December 5, 2019 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM with Sammy Chien
Thursday, December 12, 2019 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM with Ava Mendoza
Thursday, December 19, 2019 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM with Balot Ne
8EAST, 8 E Pender St, Vancouver, BC
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NOW Workshops are designed for individuals with varied abilities and experiences and offer safe environments for the creation of music – instantaneously and joyfully. Workshop facilitators communicate their ideas about improvisation with musical experiences designed to created new opportunities for collaborative exploration.

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Contemporary Players
Friday, November 29, 2019 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
UBC School of Music, Barnett Recital Hall, 6361 Memorial Rd, Vancouver, BC
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Music on the Point — Paolo Bortolussi and Fringe Percussion
UBC School of Music

Friday, November 29, 2019, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
UBC School of Music, Barnett Recital Hall, 6361 Memorial Rd, Vancouver, BC
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John Wyre Marubatoo for percussion quartet
Gareth Farr  Kembang Suling
Steve Reich Music for Pieces of Wood; Roshanne Etazady Hot Water Burn Baby for flute and marimba; Lou Harrison First Concerto for Flute and Percussion 

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Class Axe Vancouver
Saturday, 7 December, 2019 from 7:00 pm
Murray Adaskin Salon, Canadian Music Centre, 837 Davie Street, Vancouver
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The Canadian Music Centre in BC hosts the fourth and final concert in the Class Axe 2019 series! The CMC has been working with a nation-wide group of composers and guitarists to present seven new works across Canada. On December 7, audiences in Vancouver will have the chance to experience these far-ranging pieces written over the last year through extended one-on-one collaborations.
Featuring performances by Michael Bemmels, Kyle Hawkes, Tejay Liao, Luis Medina, Alec Pearson, Matthew Silverman, Joel Thomson and featuring new compositions from Gabriel Champagne, Sean Clarke, Kim Farris-Manning, Mariah Mennie, Luis Ramirez, Naoko Tsujita, and Christina Volpini.

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Sinfonia Family Christmas
Lions Gate Sinfonia
December 7th, 2019, 7:30pm
Centennial Theatre, 2300 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
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Vocalist Ingrid Mapson and LGS will present an array of Seasonal Songs and Serenades from Canada to the British Isles, including original music by Canadian composers Elliot Weisgarber, Michael Conway Baker, Christopher Nickel, and Jocelyn Morlock, as well as music by Edward Elgar, and Gustav Holst.

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No Straight Road
Little Chamber Music
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
Celebration Hall at Mountain View Cemetery, 5455 Fraser St, Vancouver
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No Straight Road presents one of the most infamous/unusual/unique musical settings of Lorca’s words: the four books of George Crumb’s Madrigals (1961/69). Each book of Madrigals will be paired with a queer Canadian composer, who will create a new 8-minute work for the same voice + instrumentation, paying tribute to Lorca’s words and queerness from a local and contemporary queer perspective. Presenting works by: Patrick Giguère, Annette Brosin, Leslie Uyeda and Justin Christensen.

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Music for the Winter Solstice
Music on Main
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 @ 8:00 PM
Thursday, December 12, 2019 @ 8:00 PM
Heritage Hall, 3102 Main St, Vancouver
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Highlights include performances by Caroline Shaw (Roomful of Teeth, Kanye West), and Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa (Queer Arts Festival). Featuring music by Alfredo Santa Ana, Music on Main’s Composer in Residence Sabrina Schroeder, Caroline Shaw, and others.

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


VANCOUVER ISLAND / GULF ISLANDS

Student Composers Concert
UVic School of Music

Friday, November 15, 2019 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, B125, MacLaurin Building, University of Victoria, Ring Rd, Victoria, BC
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Featuring original compositions by students from the UVic School of Music composition program.

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Rejuvenate
Vancouver Island Symphony

Saturday, November 16, 2019 @7:30 PM
Port Theatre, 125 Front St, Nanaimo, BC
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A true celebration of string instruments – 156 strings in total to serenade you! Come discover the incredibly beautiful Lyra Angelica performed by Vancouver Island Symphony Principal Harpist Lani Krantz , and Vivian Fung‘s Pizzicato, a short work for string orchestra. Come de-stress and rejuvenate.

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Different Trains: a tribute to the Kronos String Quartet
Emily Carr String Quartet

Thursday, November 21, 2019, @7:30 pm
St. Mary of the Incarnation, 4125 Metchosin Rd. Metchosin, BC
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The Emily Carr String Quartet present “Different Trains: a tribute to the Kronos String Quartet.” The program includes: “Beloved the Sky” by Iranian-Canadian composer Iman Habibi (World Premiere), “Fratres” by Arvo Pärt,  “Four for Tango” by Astor Piazzolla, arrangements for string quartet by Osvaldo Golijov and Steve Reich’s “Different Trains.”

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Manyworlds 3D
Victoria Symphony
Dave Dunnet Community Theatre, 2121 Cadboro Bay Road, Victoria, BC
Saturday, November 23, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
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Dive into the multi-dimensional world of Norway’s foremost composer Rolf Wallin and Boya Bockman with the mind-blowing 3D graphics. This event features the world premiere of VS’s composer-in-residence Marcus Goddard’s Thirst, as well as works by Jennifer Butler and Christopher Mayo; conducted by Bill Linwood.

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Different Trains: a tribute to the Kronos String Quartet
Emily Carr String Quartet

Sunday, November 24, 2019, @2:30 pm
St Paul’s United Church, 2410 Malaview Ave. Sidney, BC
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The Emily Carr String Quartet present “Different Trains: a tribute to the Kronos String Quartet.” The program includes: “Beloved the Sky” by Iranian-Canadian composer Iman Habibi (World Premiere), “Fratres” by Arvo Pärt,  “Four for Tango” by Astor Piazzolla, arrangements for string quartet by Osvaldo Golijov and Steve Reich’s “Different Trains.”

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Different Trains: a tribute to the Kronos String Quartet
Emily Carr String Quartet

Tuesday, November 26, 2019, @7:30 pm
St John the Divine, 1611 Quadra St. Victoria, BC
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The Emily Carr String Quartet present “Different Trains: a tribute to the Kronos String Quartet.” The program includes: “Beloved the Sky” by Iranian-Canadian composer Iman Habibi (World Premiere), “Fratres” by Arvo Pärt,  “Four for Tango” by Astor Piazzolla, arrangements for string quartet by Osvaldo Golijov and Steve Reich’s “Different Trains.”

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UVic Orchestra: Fantasia
UVic School of Music

Sunday, December 1, 2019 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
The Farquhar at UVic, B115, Ring Rd, Victoria, BC
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Program:
Quesnel/Rideout — Colas et Colinette Overture (the first Canadian orchestral composition)
Richard Strauss — Oboe Concerto, featuring Anna Betuzzi, oboe
Nolan Krell — druck/durch
Dmitri Shostakovich — Symphony No. 9
Plus live music for cartoons, presented in collaboration with the UVic orchestration class

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


SOUTHERN INTERIOR / CENTRAL / NORTHERN BC

AMOR!
Kamloops Symphony
Friday, November 15, 2019, at 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Sagebrush Theatre, 1300 9th Avenue, Kamloops
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The Kamloops Symphony with guest artist Thierry Bégin-Lamontagne, guitar, present De Falla: El Amor brujo: Ritual Fire Dance;  Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez and José Evangelista’s Symphonie minute.

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OSO: Themes & Innovations
Okanagan Symphony Orchestra

Friday, November 22, 2019,  @ 7:30 pm
Kelowna Community Theatre, 1375 Water St, Kelowna, BC
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All of these works begin with a theme: one borrowed, one created and one taken from the pages of history. Mark Haney’s bass concerto Placentia Bay: Summer of 1941 is a world premiere. Composed especially for our own Meaghan Williams and the OSO, it is inspired by hymn tunes played at a secret World War II meeting between Churchill and Roosevelt in Placentia, Newfoundland.

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OSO: Themes & Innovations
Okanagan Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, November 23, 2019, @ 7:30 pm  Penticton
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All of these works begin with a theme: one borrowed, one created and one taken from the pages of history. Mark Haney’s bass concerto is a world premiere. Composed especially for our own Meaghan Williams and the OSO, it is inspired by hymn tunes played at a secret World War II meeting between Churchill and Roosevelt in Placentia, Newfoundland.

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OSO: Themes & Innovations
Okanagan Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, November 24, 2019, @ 7:00 pm
Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre, 3800 – 33rd Street, Vernon, BC
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All of these works begin with a theme: one borrowed, one created and one taken from the pages of history. Mark Haney’s bass concerto is a world premiere. Composed especially for our own Meaghan Williams and the OSO, it is inspired by hymn tunes played at a secret World War II meeting between Churchill and Roosevelt in Placentia, Newfoundland.


OUT OF PROVINCE / INTERNATIONAL

Chiaroscuro, Quickening, and others
November 7, 2019
St. Could, MN
St. Cloud Contemporary Music Ensemble, Terry Vermillion, director is performing an evening of works by John Cage and Jordan Nobles.

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Remember
Newman Sound Men’s Choir
November 11, 2019
St Johns, Newfoundland
This Remembrance Day concert will feature the premiere of Stephen Chatman‘s Do not stand at my grave and weep.

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Sine Nomine Choral Ensemble
November 16 and 17
Bristol Rhode Island and New Bedford Massachussetts
The concerts feature Stephen Chatman‘s Remember.

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Alkali Collective
November 23, 2019
Halifax, NS
Performing Jocelyn Morlock’s Bird in the tangled sky, Carmen Braden’s Every Freeze is DifferentJordan NoblesRogue Waves, and Lucas Oickle’s They Cut Down the Mountains.

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Alkali Collective
November 23, 2019
Hamilton, Ontario
Alexandra Beley, mezzo soprano; Krista Rhodes, piano will perform Sylvia Rickard’s Three Cabaret Songs, Unfortunate Coincidence and Indian Summer settings of Dorothy Parker’s poems .

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Barry Truax Retrospective
November 27, 2019
Université de Montréal
As part of Barry Truax‘s celebration of 50 years as an electroacoustic composer, a solo retrospective concert of his multi-channel works.

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Good-Bye, My Fancy
December 2, 2019
University of Nebraska, Kearney, NE
Andrew R. White, baritone; Nathan Buckner, piano will perform the world première of Sylvia Rickard’s Good-Bye, My Fancy as part of the Walt Whitman Festival.

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Good-Bye, My Fancy
December 8, 2019
Hixon-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts
University of Nebraska–Lincoln, NE
Andrew R. White, baritone; Nathan Buckner, piano will perform Sylvia Rickard’s Good-Bye, My Fancy as part of the Walt Whitman Festival.

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Deep Forest Feeling
December 11, 2019
National Concert Hall, Taipei, Taiwan
World Premiere of John Oliver‘s Deep Forest Feeling for 4 Chinese instruments (dizi, sheng, pipa, zheng), violin, and clarinet, a commission by the Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra.