It’s been a while since I’ve shared a piece of my mind on here, and honestly it’s been planned. Musetta Stone has been shifting in many different ways and I’ve taken a step back to allow the medium to grow in its own way. But more on that another time. I’d love to share with you some thoughts that are weighing on my heart and mind so strap on your seat belts and enjoy the ride!Continue Reading
September 19, 8:00 p.m.
Scotiabank Dance Centre
Back by popular demand, JOE INK’s production of 4OUR will be back in Vancouver for a one-night only performance at the Scotiabank Dance Centre. The performance in Vancouver will kick off 4OUR’s first-ever Atlantic Canada tour, with stops in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador. Joining Joe Laughlin will be original cast members Gioconda Barbuto and Heather Dotto, along with a new face, the Dora-award nominated dancer Jarrett Siddall.Continue Reading
September 16, 7:30 p.m.
Christ Church Cathedral (690 Burrard St)
Without a doubt, when we think of Baroque music two composers comes to mind. And looking over what’s being performed confirms that we’re not the only ones who think this way. Bach and Handel are household names that have seen many of their works performed countless times throughout the year. But what about other composers who lived during the same time? Early Music Vancouver wants to show you just what these other composers were up to, and along with maestro Alexander Weimann and the talented, award-winning soprano Amanda Forsythe, audiences will get to see the bigger picture.Continue Reading
By Andrei Burdeti
On Saturday, August 6th, Bach’s B minor Mass was brought to life at Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria, BC. Presented in partnership with Early Music Vancouver and the Early Music Society of the Islands, the concert featured Montreal’s 26-piece Arion Baroque Orchestra, under the direction of esteemed conductor Alexander Weimann, along with eight internationally-renowned soloists and seven singers comprising the choruses.Continue Reading
July 6 – August 20, 2016
Malkin Bowl (Stanley Park)
Vancouver, B. C.
In my most humble opinion, there are very few things that are as magical and squeal-inducing as Disney. I am, and always have been, a huge Disney music/ballad fan and Alan Menken is definitely in my top 5 most favourite people in the world. The newer productions are good and some have even tugged at heart strings, but the Disney musical-movie brings me back to my childhood.Continue Reading
June 23, 2016 – January 8, 2017
Museum of Vancouver (1100 Chestnut St.)
A little over a year and a half ago, Museum of Vancouver’s Curator of Contemporary Culture Viviane Gosselin began making some phone calls and accepting applications for a very intriguing and exciting exhibit. There were many aspects to this exhibit that needed careful attention; there were to be an abundance of moving parts and all of them had to work together in some resemblance of cohesion. The result is the MOV’s upcoming exhibit All Together Now: Vancouver Collectors and Their Worlds, featuring the many eclectic and rare collections of oddities that shape what we perceive Vancouver to be.Continue Reading
June 5, 7:30 pm
Vancouver Academy of Music (1270 Chestnut St.)
The Vancouver Academy of Music has demonstrated their dedication to promoting young talent time and time again, so it’s no wonder that the Koerner String Quartet’s finale for the season would feature a familiar face. Get ready for an exciting program as VAM and the Koerner String Quartet welcome alumnus Jonathan Lo (cello) and the Rolston String Quartet!
Along with Luri Lee (violin), Jeffrey Dyrda (violin) and Hezekiah Leung (viola), Jonathan Lo and the Rolston String Quartet has enjoyed a fruitful and exciting time as quartet in residence at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. They bring with them a treasure trove of knowledge and experience, and promise to dazzle Vancouver audience members as they take the stage with the Koerner String Quartet.
The program? First up will be Haydn’s String Quartet, op. 77 no. 1 performed by the Rolston String Quartet. Following them will be the Koerner String Quartet as they take the stage and perform Debussy’s String Quartet no. 10. When asked about the choice of Haydn, Jonathan mentioned the careful balance and importance of melodies and harmonies in the quartet. It is buoyant, happy, and energetic; words that describe the energy of his group and the attitude they have coming to perform for Vancouver audience members.
The two quartets will end the program by joining forces to perform Mendelssohn’s String Octet, op. 20. And no, it isn’t a work composed for two string quartets performing as two separate entities. This work was composed to challenge all eight members to work together as one harmonious body. Some highlights? For those of you who are in love with Mendelssohn’s early works, you’ll love the third movement as it is reminiscent of his Prelude to A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The composition itself is overall exuberant and high energy, showing just how young and full of spunk Mendelssohn was when composing during his youthful years.
It’s always a pleasure to see new talent rise and shine. It’s even better when you know you inspired young artists to pursue a life of professionalism and flawlessness. Come out and take your friends and family with you and enjoy a concert full of fun!
About the Rolston String Quartet
The Rolston String Quartet was formed to participate in the Banff Chamber Music Residency back in 2013. At the time, the founding members were all living in Toronto and wanted to work together on a project; the residency was the answer they needed. From there the group continued to work together and based themselves out of the Glenn Gould School in downtown Toronto. Their hard work and dedication landed them in Houston, TX, where they’ve assumed the title of quartet in residence at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. The residency itself is a degree program, where each member is given private lessons and studio classes but with a large focus on ensemble work. The quartet has a busy performance schedule and the school supports them on their journeys to different performance venues and festivals.
Current members of the Rolston String Quartet are Luri Lee (violin), Jeffrey Dyrda (violin), Hezekiah Leung (viola) and Jonathan Lo (cello)
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