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

Pianist Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa performs Rodney Sharman
Friday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m.
Murray Adaskin Salon, Canadian Music Centre, 837 Davie Street, Vancouver
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Pianist Rachel Iwaasa and Composer Rodney Sharman give a concert with commentary on Sharman’s Opera Transcriptions (Puccini, Bizet, Wagner), Notes on “Beautiful” (Sondheim), and Canonic Toccata (Finnissy). Admission is free.

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Lions Gate Sinfonia with Libby Yu, Julia Nolan and students of the North Shore RMTA
Saturday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Centennial Theatre, 2300 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
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Julia Nolan will perform as soloist in Stefan Hintersteininger’s brilliant Concerto for Soprano Saxophone. Also on the program is Christopher Tyler Nickel’s Kyrie for Strings.

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Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, March 7 at 8:00 p.m.
Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe St, Vancouver
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Otto Tausk and the Vancouver Symphony, with guest violinist Alina Ibragimova, perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5; Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1; and Rodney Sharman’s Archaic Smile.

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LOVE, LIVE, LOSS
Migratory V – Soprano Sharon Harms
Sunday, March 8 at 7:00pm
Pyatt Hall, 843 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC
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Soprano Sharon Harms is featured on March 8, with pianist Joan Forsyth and guitarist William Anderson. George Crumb’s Apparition, a setting of Whitman’s “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed” forms the heart of Sharon Harms’ program, with related works by BC composers Frank Brickle, Stephen Chatman, Rodney Sharman, and Jocelyn Morlock.
Article in the Georgia Straight.

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Bill Coleman + Gordon Monahan (Toronto) Dollhouse
Vancouver New Music
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, March 12-14, 2020@ 8:00 pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street
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Dollhouse, a duet between contemporary choreographer Bill Coleman and experimental composer Gordon Monahan, is an hour-long immersion into a hyper-sensory world in which sound, light and movement volley between chaos and control.

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Double Happiness: Detour This Way
Music on Main
Thursdays to Sundays, March 12-15, 19-22, 2020, @2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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Sounding two parallel histories, Double Happiness: Detour This Way winds through complexities of the Chinese diaspora by tracing migration paths of two families, connecting both shores of the Pacific using live music in a multimedia performance. Directed and sound designed by Nancy Tam. Songs composed by Nancy Tam and Robyn Jacob.

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A Wilderness of Sea
Vancouver Chamber Choir & Elmer Iseler Singers
Friday, March 13, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Pacific Spirit United Church, 2205 W 45th Ave Vancouver, BC
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Elmer Iseler Singers join forces with the Vancouver Chamber Choir to present an evening of choral works that includes Peter Togni: Ave verum; Hussein Janmohamed: Nur: Reflections on Light; Carmen Braden: Lake Skin; Stephen Chatman: Due East and Healey Willan: An Apostrophe to the Heavenly Hosts

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UBC Composers’ Concerts
UBC School of Music
Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Roy Barnett Recital Hall, 6361 Memorial Road Vancouver, BC
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VI Symphony – Happy Hour Soundbites
Vancouver Island Symphony
Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 7:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Port Theatre, 125 Front St, Nanaimo, BC
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Dessert Bites at 7.30 pm followed by a delightful display that celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Vancouver Island Symphony. Featured – a world premiere by Katerina Gimon, featuring soprano Dory Hayley, with words by Nanaimo Poet Laureate Tina Biello.

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2020 Sonic Boom Festival
Vancouver Pro Musica
Thursday & Friday, March 19-20, 2020, @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Pyatt Hall, 843 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC
Saturday, March 21, 2020, @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Koerner Recital Hall, Vancouver Academy of Music, 1270 Chestnut St, Vancouver, BC
Sunday, March 22, 2020, @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Orpheum Annex, 823 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC
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A four day festival of exciting new music created by BC’s finest composers, performed by eclectic combinations of some of BC’s finest musicians! Featured Artist: Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa; Ensemble-in-Residence: Pacific Baroque Orchestra.

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Stephen Chatman Celebration
Canadian Music Centre, Vancouver Chamber Choir, UBC School of Music
Monday, March 30, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Roy Barnett Recital Hall, 6361 Memorial Road Vancouver, BC
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Join us for this special concert celebrating the 70th birthday of Stephen Chatman, one of Canada’s most frequently performed composers. Members of the Vancouver Chamber Choir and Vetta Chamber Music will share the stage to present some of Chatman’s finest music for voices and instruments.

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Revival Hour
CBC Music/Music on Main
Thursday, April 2, 2020 @ 6:30pm
Studio One, 700 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
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Join host Paolo Pietropaolo in CBC’s legendary Studio 1, where many of our country’s greatest recordings have been made, to experience irresistibly beautiful music by Canadian composers Auguste Descarries, André Mathieu, Sophie Eckhardt-Gramatté, and Ann Southam.

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Bowers Fader Duo
Migratory V

Friday, April 3 at 7:30 pm
Pyatt Hall, 843 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC
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The Bowers Fader Duo performs three new works by Canadian composers Stephen Chatman, Rodney Sharman and Frank Brickle, commissioned especially for the Bowers Fader Duo for Migratory V.

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The Voice of the Sky
Musica Intima
Friday, April 14, 2020 @ 7:30pm
St. Philips Anglican Church, 3737 W. 27th Avenue, Vancouver
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From the sun and the rain, to the winds and wild weather, we will highlight the life sustaining and sometimes terrible power of the sky, with new music from Central and Northern Euope, as well as a new set of pieces by Vancouver composer Owen Underhill, based on texts by Antoni Gaudí.

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Earth Songs
Phoenix Chamber Choir
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 @ 7:30pm
VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC V6M 4H1
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Travel with the choir as they perform works from around the world featuring composers Sarah Hopkins (Australia), Andrew Balfour (Canada), Tõnu Kõrvits (Estonia) and Fidel G. Calalang Jr. (Philippines). This concert will also feature two world premieres: one by Canadian composer Katerina Gimon,  commissioned by Phoenix Chamber Choir, and the other by Timothy Cunningham, winner of the inaugural Phoenix Student Choral Composition Competition.

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VANCOUVER ISLAND / GULF ISLANDS

Happy Birthday to Us!
Vancouver Island Symphony
Thursday, March 19th, 2020. Appetizer Bites at 4:45pm followed by one hour concert at 5:30pm OR 7:15pm one hour concert followed by Dessert Bites.
Port Theatre, 125 Front St, Nanaimo
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The second Happy Hour SoundBites show celebrates the Vancouver Island Symphony’s 25th Anniversary with some Bach, some Mozart, and variations on the Happy Birthday tune in the style of Bach, Mozart, and many, many others! Also featured, a world premiere by Katerina Gimon , featuring soprano Dory Hayley, with words by Nanaimo Poet Laureate Tina Biello.

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Symphony Rhapsody
Vancouver Island Symphony
Saturday, April 25th, 2020 @7:30pm
Port Theatre, 125 Front St, Nanaimo
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This season ending concert features Pierre Simard’s Nanaimo Memories and Marcel Bergmann’s Concerto for Two Pianos.

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


SOUTHERN INTERIOR / CENTRAL / NORTHERN BC

Heroes and Heroines
Kamloops Symphony
Friday, March 6, 2020 at 7:30 pm
The Nexus At First, 450 Okanagan Avenue SE, Salmon Arm BC
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Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Sagebrush Theatre, 1300 9th Avenue, Kamloops, BC
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Beethoven, Smyth and a newly commissioned work by Katia Makdissi-Warren.

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Symphonic Reveries
Prince George Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, April 25, 2020 @7:30pm
Vanier Hall, 2901 Griffiths Ave. Prince George BC
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The concert begins with Canadina composer Kevin Lau’s A Dream of Dawn, followed by Gabriel Faure’s Dolly Suite and Giuseppe Verdi’s Overture to Sicilian Vespers

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


OUT OF PROVINCE / INTERNATIONAL

Toccata
March 21, 2020
Akron Public Library Main Auditorium, Akron, Ohio
N.E.O Sound will perform Christopher Tyler Nickel’s Toccata for Woodwind Quintet.

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20th Annual Akron New Music Festival
April 3, 2020
Guzzetta Recital Hall,University of Akron in Ohio
N.E.O Sound will perform Christopher Tyler Nickel’s Toccata for Woodwind Quintet.

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Be Thou My Vision
March 21, 2020
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland
Cappella Caeciliana’s pre-tour concert includes Stephen Chatman’s Be Thou My Vision.

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Peal of bells in the distant clouds
Teatro dell’Opera del Casino, Sanremo, Italy
March 26, 2020
Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo presents the World premiere performance of Rita Ueda’s peal of bells in the distant clouds for orchestra. This concert also mark’s Rita Ueda’s debut performance as the new Composer-in-Residence of Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo in Italy.

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PEP (Piano and Erhu Project)
New Music Concerts Series
Nicole Ge Li, erhu, and Corey Hamm, piano
March 26, 2020
Trinity Saint Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall, Toronto
Nicole Ge Li, erhu, and Corey Hamm, piano perform works by Dorothy Chang, Alice Ho, Terri Hron, Jocelyn Morlock, Serra Hwang, Angelique Po, Paul Levasseur, Gao Ping, Michael Finnissy, Somei Satoh, and Roydon Tze.

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Voices of Earth
March 28, 2020
Southminster United Church, Lethbridge, Alberta
University of Lethbridge Singers Spring 2020 Concert includes Stephen Chatman’s Voices of Earth.

 

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