Museum of Vancouver Demonstrates Cultural Power of Collecting in Immersive New Exhibition – All Together Now –

Interactive display shines spotlight on fascinating local collectors and treasures that help us understand our history and community The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is pleased to present an intriguing exhibition about the significance of collecting. All Together Now: Vancouver Collectors and Their Worlds – on view at MOV from June 23, 2016 to January 8, 2017 – features … Read more Museum of Vancouver Demonstrates Cultural Power of Collecting in Immersive New Exhibition – All Together Now –

The Vancouver Academy of Music Celebrates Gershwin

 

On May 15th, in the exquisite Orpheum Theatre, a receptive audience anticipated the final concert of the 2015/16 season of the Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra (VAMSO). It was a celebration of the music of George Gershwin, the distinguished American composer who pioneered the fusion of jazz and classical music, and whose diverse and timeless compositions proved as fitting to the legendary composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein as to the inimitable blues singer, Janis Joplin.

As the lights dimmed, the crowd hushed and Leslie Dala, Music Director of VAMSO took the podium.  In moments, the opening measures of ‘An American in Paris’ danced to the rafters as the young musicians expertly swept the audience to the bustling sounds of the Champs Elysées,  over to the bent notes of heartsick blues, and back again.

The next stop was 1924 New York.  It was there that Gershwin wrote ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ for a New York concert performance that would be forever etched in time.   Before sitting at the piano, Maestro Dala spoke of the event.  He drew in the audience with a passionate depiction of the brilliant, innovative triumph of Gershwin’s pioneering fusion of classical music with elements of jazz vibrantly evident in ‘Rhapsody in Blue’.  Effortlessly chasing note after note along the keys, Dala took us to the place where words can’t go.

VAMSO’s one hundred plus senior members continued to entertain, masterfully elevating and inspiring the audience with their talent and vigorous spirit.  As a parting gift our experience culminated with a medley of musical highlights from Gershwin’s masterpiece, ‘Porgy and Bess’.

Each visit to the Orpheum Theatre evokes poignant, personal memories for me, at once captivating and mesmerizing.  At the end of this performance, I reflected on how well both the Orpheum Theatre and Gershwin’s music provide a particular continuity to an ever-changing world.  They seamlessly connect the old and the young in a shared artistic experience equally relevant to the great grandparents of yesteryear and the young performing musicians of today.

This concert underlined the importance of celebrating musical achievement in a worthy venue. How wise and forward thinking it was to preserve the magnificence of the Orpheum Theatre for future generations, and how wise and forward thinking it is to support the Vancouver Academy of Music and its talented, aspiring musicians.

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THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR JOINS THE 27TH SEASON OF BARD ON THE BEACH

  Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival continues its 27th season with The Merry Wives of Windsor. Back after its award-winning 2012 run at Bard, this is a big, bold, rollicking romp full of high-spirited fun. Directed again by Johnna Wright, the ‘60s music-filled production is set in Windsor, Ontario and runs from June 17 … Read more THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR JOINS THE 27TH SEASON OF BARD ON THE BEACH

Vancouver Comic & Entertainment Expo Announces Appearance by Victor Garber

  Vancouver Expo’s roster of celebrity and creator appearances continues to grow    The first annual Vancouver Comic & Entertainment Expo, presented by Brasco Exhibitions, is flying into BC Place August 5-7, 2016. Fans from across the Lower Mainland and beyond will be treated to three days of celebrity and creator appearances, cosplay, premier marquee … Read more Vancouver Comic & Entertainment Expo Announces Appearance by Victor Garber

ROMEO AND JULIET LAUNCHES THE 27TH SEASON OF BARD ON THE BEACH

  Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival begins its 27th season with Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare’s sweeping story of two star-crossed lovers inspires audiences even as it breaks their hearts. Directed by award-winning director Kim Collier (Hamlet, 2013), this timeless romantic tragedy runs from June 3 to September 23 on the BMO Mainstage. of Windof … Read more ROMEO AND JULIET LAUNCHES THE 27TH SEASON OF BARD ON THE BEACH

Calling All B.C. Artists!

BC Culture Days announces the call for the 2016 Ambassador and Awards Program.BC Culture Days invites all B.C. artists to apply for the 2016 Ambassador and Awards Program. Winners will receive $1,000 towards community activation and presentation of a Culture Days activity! The Culture Days weekend, taking place this year on September 30, October 1 and 2, is … Read more Calling All B.C. Artists!

Che Malambo: Gaucho’s grandsons unleash their dance! – GIVEAWAY

  Look out Vancouver, Che Malambo is coming to town! This powerhouse all male company of 14 dancers brings their wonderfully wild spectacle of drumming and foot stamping dance, for one night only, to the Vogue Theatre, May 20 2016! Vancouver is just one of the stops on Che Malambo’s first North American tour. You can see some video footage … Read more Che Malambo: Gaucho’s grandsons unleash their dance! – GIVEAWAY

Winners of the Sam Payne Awards for 2015 announced by UBCP/ACTRA

  Thirty three years after his death, the legacy left by Sam Payne continues to be applauded by the British Columbia acting community. One of Canada’s well loved and respected professional actors, Sam Payne is remembered not only for his contribution to Canadian theatre, film, radio and television, but also for his personal attributes, which … Read more Winners of the Sam Payne Awards for 2015 announced by UBCP/ACTRA

Music Monday at Robson Square on May 2nd

  My less than covert smile seemed to amuse some and confuse others as I strolled down Robson Street on that perfect, Music Monday morning.  It was perfect because by 9:40 am the sun had already made quite a presence in Vancouver, and a light sweater was all that was needed to navigate the crowded … Read more Music Monday at Robson Square on May 2nd

#FridayFavourites – what’s happening this weekend and the week ahead

  Evita: Superb Cast, Evocative Costumes and Set Make Up for Opening Night Glitches   Vancouver Farmers Markets starting Sunday, May 1 and May 5   Global supermodel Heather Marks to open Obakki + Holt Renfrew Show, May 10   THE MOTHER OF ALL OCCASIONS: BOULEVARD KITCHEN & OYSTER BAR HOSTS MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH, DINNER SERVICES … Read more #FridayFavourites – what’s happening this weekend and the week ahead