Summer Sounds Community Picnic: Reviving a Neighbourhood Tradition

  Music & Community Return to Haywood Bandstand Event: Summer Sounds Community Picnic   Venue: Haywood Bandstand in Alexandra Park (1755 Beach Avenue)   Date: Saturday, June 4, 2016 Time: 1 to 8 p.m.       The Event: English Bay’s historic Haywood Bandstand will once again ring with music as the West End Arts Society (WE Arts) presents Summer Sounds … Read moreSummer Sounds Community Picnic: Reviving a Neighbourhood Tradition

#FridayFavourites – what to do May 27 – June 2

  Lillooet Outdoors Festival May 27 – 28   Blue Grouse Welcomes the World to Vancouver Island   Marquis Wine Cellars invites you to … SYNCHROMESH   EAT AND COOK GOOD FOOD   Roll up your sleeves and let’s start baking!   HOT TOWN, SUMMER IN THE CITY: RAILTOWN CAFE ANNOUNCES 2016 DATES FOR ITS … Read more#FridayFavourites – what to do May 27 – June 2

Lillooet Outdoors Festival May 27 – 28

  Are you ready for some great adventures? The place to be for guaranteed adventures is Lillooet for the inaugural Lillooet Outdoors Festival coming up on May 27-28. Neil Curtis from Green Earth Strategies, and one of the organizers of the festival explained, “Lillooet offers an incredible bounty of outdoor activities. The Lillooet Outdoors Festival … Read moreLillooet Outdoors Festival May 27 – 28

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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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 moreMusic 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

Red Truck Beer has opened artists submissions for the Truck Stop Concert Series second stage

  Tell us why you should rock the Truck Stop Concert Series this summer  Red Truck Beer is brewing up another summer of great music in East Van as the Truck Stop Concert Series returns for its second year. This year, Red Truck is looking for even more local talent to join the action with the launch of … Read moreRed Truck Beer has opened artists submissions for the Truck Stop Concert Series second stage

Chan Centre Announces 2016/17 Season  of Genre-Defying and Culture-Defining Artists

    Signature Series Celebrates Music’s Unifying Power with Diverse Talent  The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia (UBC) announces its stellar 2016/17 concert series, presenting a line-up of captivating new works, dramatic debuts, and much-anticipated returns in the Chan Shun Concert Hall. Balancing traditional – from Portuguese fado … Read moreChan Centre Announces 2016/17 Season  of Genre-Defying and Culture-Defining Artists

Koerner Quartet Meets Rolston String Quartet in VAM Ensemble’s Season Finale

     Quartets combine to conquer Mendelssohn’s iconic String Octet in concert of chamber masterworks   Koerner Quartet closes its 2015/16 season with up-and-coming Houston-based ensemble, The Rolston String Quartet, June 5, 7:30pm at the Vancouver Academy of Music’s (VAM) Koerner Recital Hall.  Each quartet will showcase monumental chamber works by Haydn and Debussy in an … Read moreKoerner Quartet Meets Rolston String Quartet in VAM Ensemble’s Season Finale

Evita: Superb Cast, Evocative Costumes and Set Make Up for Opening Night Glitches

  When I realized that Evita Perón actually died two years before I was born, I was frankly surprised. The fact that I have such vivid memories of her as a beautiful, fiery, mythic figure is a real testament to her enduring legacy. So you can imagine my excitement as I attended the Opening Night … Read moreEvita: Superb Cast, Evocative Costumes and Set Make Up for Opening Night Glitches

RED TRUCK BEER IS BREWING UP A SUMMER OF GREAT MUSIC IN EAST VAN AS THE TRUCK STOP CONCERT SERIES RETURNS FOR A SECOND YEAR

  2016 series launches in Brewery Creek on June 11th with two stages for even more music   Red Truck Beer Co. is thrilled to announce that its Truck Stop Concert Series will be back for another year of great music, great people and of course, great beer. This year’s three shows will be headlined … Read moreRED TRUCK BEER IS BREWING UP A SUMMER OF GREAT MUSIC IN EAST VAN AS THE TRUCK STOP CONCERT SERIES RETURNS FOR A SECOND YEAR

Three of Broadway’s most exciting stars headline EVITA

  Company premiere of Broadway hit is already almost half sold out! Vancouver Opera’s company premiere of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash hit Evita is already almost half sold-out! Tickets are going quickly for this winner of 7 Tony Awards TM , soon to hit the Queen Elizabeth Theatre stage in a brand new full-scale production. … Read moreThree of Broadway’s most exciting stars headline EVITA

Anoushka Shankar – An Enchanting Evening at the Chan Centre

  Anoushka is the daughter of the late Ravi Shankar. She began playing sitar with her renowned father at the age of nine and has appeared with him on stage many times. Anoushka released her first solo album when she was just seventeen years old. She fuses her traditional Indian music with western influences. Anoushka … Read moreAnoushka Shankar – An Enchanting Evening at the Chan Centre

Filberg Festival announces headliners for 2016

  This year the Filberg Festival is honoured to feature world renowned glass artist, Robert Held. For over 25 years Robert Held has lead the Canadian art glass industry, establishing the first college-level art glass program and influencing the art across North America. His pieces are in the collections of royalty and governments and can be part of your … Read moreFilberg Festival announces headliners for 2016

Early Music Vancouver Announces First Ever Vancouver Bach Festival & Resplendent 2016/17 Season

  Lineup of Prestigious Artists & Timeless Masterworks Offers Classic Concert Hall Experiences & New Artistic Adventures   Early Music Vancouver (EMV)  announces its Vancouver Bach Festival and 2016/17 Season, bringing a staggering list of events to venues in and around Vancouver. This year, concert-goers are invited to revel in the genius of Bach, discover a brilliant but disregarded composer … Read moreEarly Music Vancouver Announces First Ever Vancouver Bach Festival & Resplendent 2016/17 Season

A Sophisticated Evening With Early Music Vancouver

  Last month I had the pleasure of attending a sensational evening of music presented by Early Music Vancouver (earlymusic.bc.ca) at the Vancouver Playhouse.  EMV presented a special performance of George Frideric Handel’s Apollo e Dafne and J.S. Bach’s Orchestral Suite in C Major performed by two internationally renowned Grammy Award-winning soloists. Now, I’ll level with … Read moreA Sophisticated Evening With Early Music Vancouver

Mango, Flamenco, Patio & Che Malambo !

  Greetings in the name of the Fearless Leader of the Patios, our yellow star is shinning and inviting us to share with friends and musicians. My next event is an invitation to celebrate just that:   Saturday April 16th at The Backstage Lounge 10pm/10$ FB page: https://www.facebook.com/events/998154603554078/   Expect the usual mix of music from warm lands (Africa, … Read moreMango, Flamenco, Patio & Che Malambo !

More Than 200 Musicians to Gather at Robson Square

  12th Annual Music Monday   Students from across Metro Vancouver will perform as part of national call-to-action in support of music education   An ensemble of Metro Vancouver elementary and secondary students will give a free public concert, May 2, 10am at Robson Square, as part of the 12th annual Music Monday, a cross-Canada event … Read moreMore Than 200 Musicians to Gather at Robson Square

Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra Busts Open the Great American Songbook with Gorgeous Gershwin

  Bright & Boisterous Programme Features Local Luminary Leslie Dala Performing Rhapsody in Blue Piano Concerto     The Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra  (VAMSO) season closes on an ebullient note with the concert, Gorgeous Gershwin on May 15, 2pm at the Orpheum Theatre. Music Director Leslie Dala takes to the piano to conduct and perform the jazz-tinged classical masterpiece, Rhapsody in … Read moreVancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra Busts Open the Great American Songbook with Gorgeous Gershwin

Richmond World Festival wins prestigious national award

  The Richmond World Festival has been named the Most Outstanding Event in Canada by the country’s leading industry experts. The honour was awarded at the 19th annual Canadian Event Industry Award Gala on March 31 in North York, Ontario.   “The City is proud to receive this award and have the inaugural Richmond World … Read moreRichmond World Festival wins prestigious national award