Trio Verlaine Releases Debut CD

Vetta Chamber Music presents

Trio Verlaine

Fin de Siècle: The Music of Debussy and Ravel

CD Release Concert

Featuring
Lorna McGhee (flute), Heidi Krutzen (harp) & David Harding (viola)

Friday, March 7th, 2008 at 8:00pm
West Point Grey United Church
4595 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver

Flutist Lorna McGhee (former BBC Symphony principal), harpist Heidi Krutzen (Vancouver Opera/CBC Radio Orchestra principal) and violist David Harding (UBC Professor) are three of Canada’s most sought-after chamber musicians. Having recently joined forces to perform as Trio Verlaine, they are moving full steam ahead into 2008 with the release of their first ensemble CD: Fin de siècle: The Music of Debussy and Ravel (Skylark Music).

Fittingly for an ensemble named after Paul Verlaine, the French poet who inspired Debussy, Ravel, Fauré and Stravinsky, the trio’s new CD offers a fresh, compelling take on the music of two great French composers from the turn of the 20th century. It was, in fact, Debussy who first wrote chamber music for flute, viola and harp; almost a hundred years later, Trio Verlaine takes this unusual instrumental combination to exciting new heights.

Trio Verlaine will launch Fin de siècle as part of the Vetta Chamber Music Series, on March 7th at West Point Grey United Church. Programme highlights include one of Debussy’s greatest chamber music works – the Trio for Flute, Viola and Harp, written in 1915 – and Ravel’s baroque-inspired Le Tombeau de Couperin, completed in 1918 (each movement dedicated to a fallen friend or colleague) and arranged especially for Trio Verlaine by Vancouver composer Jocelyn Morlock.  Other works on the bill include Leclair’s elegant, baroque Trio Sonata, Jolivet’s mysterious and folk-like Petite Suite, and earlier works by Debussy (Ballade) and Ravel (Menuet antique).

“…The Debussy Sonata, with Lorna McGhee (flute), Heidi Krutzen (harp) and David Harding (viola), was a particularly happy combination of textures and beautifully balanced sound.”
— Seattle Times

Tickets: 1-866-863-6250 or info@vettachambermusic.com

Laudate Singers: CHORAL TAPESTRY

LAUDATE SINGERS present

CHORAL TAPESTRY

Saturday March 8, 2008 – 8:00 pm
St. Andrew’s United Church
10th & St. Georges, North Vancouver

In their first concert of 2008, Laudate Singers and conductor Lars Kaario weave a rich and lively Choral Tapestry out of music from across centuries and world cultures. The radiant sounds of the North Shore’s premier chamber choir will be accompanied by a colourful display of scarves, dresses, tapestries, dolls, kelp baskets and other art pieces by members of the Vancouver Guild of Fibre Arts.

The musical programme will feature the world premiere of a new work by Laudate Singers’ award-winning young composer-in-residence Bruce Sled, as well as Gregorio Allegri’s glorious medieval Miserere, Mei Deus, Samuel Barber’s moving Agnus Dei, a trio of sacred pieces by 19th-century German composer Josef Rheinberger, Claude Debussy’s Trois Chansons, and newer works by Einojuhani Rautavaara, Juhani Komulainen (both from Finland) and Vancouver’s own Moshe Denburg.

Laudate Singers are pleased to join with local artists in creating this Choral Tapestry, full of vibrant textures both aural and visual…a warm, bright blanket of sounds and colours. Music to make your ears sing!

Tickets ($25/$20) & Information: 604-831-3158


VICO: Setting the World to Music

Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra & Vancouver Public Library present

Setting The World To Music

Tuesday February 12, 2008 at 7 pm
Co-presented by Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad

Vancouver Public Library, Main Branch – Alice MacKay Room
FREE Admission

The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra is proud to announce its participation in Cultural Olympiad 2008, with a one-of-a-kind educational/performance event produced in collaboration with the Vancouver Public Library and Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad. “Setting The World To Music” offers a fascinating sneak peek at the composer’s craft and, in particular, at the challenges of writing and performing music that combines instruments from different cultures. Four well-known Vancouver composers – Mark Armanini, Moshe Denburg, Farshid Samandari and Jin Zhang – will address varying approaches to inter-cultural music, through live demonstrations by an inter-cultural orchestra of 15 musicians (including violins, violas, woodwinds, zheng, erhu, pipa, bansuri, sitar and tabla).

“Setting The World To Music” is the third presentation in a six-part educational series titled Music of the Whole World: Explorations of World Music by Canadian Composers, produced annually by the VICO in collaboration with the Vancouver Public Library. The presentations in the series typically involve one composer and 4-5 musicians; partnering with Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad has allowed the VICO to expand the Feb. 12 presentation into a colourful and dynamic world music event.

Whether you’re a veteran composer, a beginner student of music, a performer or simply a music lover wishing to learn more about the many forms of music in the world and the bridges between them, “Setting the World to Music” will offer a fresh and exciting palette of sounds and ideas.

PINK SUGAR by Natalie Meisner (Solo Collective)

Solo Collective presents
the WORLD PREMIERE of

PINK SUGAR

Written by Natalie Meisner
Directed by Katrina Dunn
Starring David Beazely, Scott Bellis, Moya O’Connell & Laara Sadiq

“Ask yourselves, doesn’t everything flow from South to North, from poor to rich, from dark to light, from girls to men? You prefer not to think about it. Fine, that’s where I come in.”

February 7-16, 2008
Performance Works (1218 Cartwright St, Granville Island)

From one of Vancouver’s most innovative theatre companies comes the world premiere of Pink Sugar, a new play by award-winning writer Natalie Meisner. In four interlocking monologues, a charismatic cast brings to life a bitingly funny, desperate world in which everything’s a commodity to be bought, sold or stolen – from guns and drugs to human bodies.

Spencer (David Beazely)’s holiday in Europe goes horribly wrong after he falls in love with the mysterious Elan (Moya O’Connell, making a brief return to Vancouver in between Shaw Festival seasons). Left alone and seriously injured, the young man tries to piece together what happened – but is it too late? Meanwhile, Sylvie (Laara Sadiq), a trafficker in weapons and other merchandise, strikes a deal with Max (Scott Bellis), a lawyer on dialysis, which draws everyone into a very questionable transaction. The line between innocence and culpability is blurred, then redrawn, in this dark tale of love, betrayal, and missing body parts.

Photo by David Cooper

Pink Sugar also features set design by Yvan Morissette, lighting by Adrian Muir, sound by Chris Hind, costumes by Sheila White, video projection by Jamie Nesbitt, stage management by Robin Richardson and Lisa L’Heureux, and dramaturgy by Johnna Wright.

Tues-Sat at 8pm; matinees Sun Feb 10 & Sat Feb 16 at 3pm
Tix $22/$15 at Tickets Tonight: 604-631-2872 or http://www.ticketstonight.ca
PWYC preview Feb 7; 2-for-1 Feb 10 3pm or Feb 12 8pm;
Group rate available via info@solocollective.ca

StoryFeast 2008

Vancouver Society of Storytelling presents

STORYFEAST 2008

16th Annual Vancouver International Storytelling Festival
February 1-3, 2008

Heritage Hall (Main St. @ W. 15th)

The Vancouver International Storytelling Festival celebrates its 16th year with “a feast of tales and tales of feasts”…a three-day-long cornucopia of performances by professional storytellers, on the theme of food for mind, body and soul. Local favourites like Pepe Danza, Melanie Ray and Lucia Frangione join international stars such as Theresa Amoon (France) and Licia Perea (US) to bring us stories told through words, music and dance.

The festival’s new management team (artistic director Tim Perez and producer SG Lee) have put together a dynamic programme that features tellers from the Latin American community, and includes concerts and a cabaret, workshops for storytellers of all ages, special kids’ events and exciting story jams. Prepare to be surprised!

Tickets at http://www.ticketstonight.ca or 604-631-2872.

Euripides’ HECUBA (Blackbird Theatre)

Blackbird Theatre presents

Euripides’ HECUBA

A new adaptation by George McWhirter

December 29 – January 12, 2007
Vancouver East Cultural Centre

From the creative team responsible for last season’s award-winning production of Ibsen’s Peer Gynt comes one of the year’s most anticipated theatre events: Blackbird Theatre’s production of Euripides’ Hecuba. John Wright directs a superb all-female cast: Linda Quibell in the title role, with Anna Cummer, Lesley Ewen, Carmen Grant, Mia Ingimundson, Nicola Lipman and Laara Sadiq.

Photo by David Cooper

Set in the aftermath of the Trojan War, Euripides’ Hecuba is a powerful reminder of the ancient truth that violent conflict and retribution are a plague on the planet. “This may be the clearest and most profound statement on that subject that has ever been written,” says John Wright. “The play comes to us in a clear voice from 2,500 years ago, reverberating with a passion, intelligence and moral courage that should be heard by all who value life and fear for the future of humankind.”

Commissioned by Blackbird Theatre, Vancouver Poet Laureate George McWhirter has produced a richly expressive yet accessible text that retains the power and dramatic range of Euripides’ original. With set, costume and mask design by Marti Wright, projections by Tim Matheson, lighting by John Webber, musical direction by Wendy Stuart (drawing from the ‘chest singing’ tradition of eastern European women, Japanese Noh drama and the ululations of Muslim women), and movement design by Wendy Gorling and Heidi Specht, Blackbird’s production promises to be a gripping, dynamic interpretation of one of Ancient Greece’s most vitally modern plays.

Euripides’ Hecuba also features production management by Mélissa Powell, technical direction by Jayson McLean and stage management by Noa Anatot.

Evening shows at 8 pm except Tuesdays and Sundays; $20 Matinees Dec. 30, Jan. 5, 6, 12 at 2 pm
Pay-What-You-Can Preview Dec. 28 at 8 pm / No show Dec. 31
TICKETS at ticketmaster.ca or 604.280.3311
$30 / $20 (matinees) / $15 (students with valid ID) plus applicable service charges