My favourite Vancouver-based jazz vocalist and trumpter Anita Eccleston is back with a new CD, “More Trumpet” available December 18, 2016. This is a collection of traditional jazz standards that let her vocals shine and excellently showcases her lyrical trumpet playing.Continue Reading
October 1, 2:00 p.m.
Massey Theatre (735 Eighth Ave)
New Westminster, B.C.
The Music of Junk was definitely one of the most unique concerts I’ve been to in a while. It was also not entirely what I had expected. When I heard that it would be a concert performed entirely on junk, I assumed it would be a mostly percussive performance. That was clearly not what was in store for me and I have to say I was impressed at the wealth of sounds and timbres that were being created from the ‘instruments’ made from junk. Here are my thoughts on the concert.Continue Reading
Handel and His Rivals
September 19, 8:00 p.m.
Christ Church Cathedral (930 Burdett Ave)
Through the partnership of the Early Music Society of the Islands and Early Music Vancouver, Victoria audiences were treated to a special evening featuring soprano Amanda Forsythe, maestro Alexander Weimann and the Pacific Baroque Orchestra. And what a night! Here are my thoughts.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 07, 7:00 P.M.
St. Mary the Virgin (1701 Elgin Rd.)
Oak Bay, B.C.
People often like things the way they’ve always been; it’s a condition of the human psyche to prefer that which is predictable, comfortable and pleasing. So it brings me great pleasure to be able to attend concerts that ‘break away from tradition’ and tries a new, or different, approach to how we’ve experienced the music that we’ve enjoyed. The Bassinova Quartet (Daniel Nix, Aaron Olguin, Mariechen Meyer, Gustavo Mazon Finessi) gave Victoria audiences a stunning performance of some wonderful Beethoven and Shostakovich quartets at St. Mary the Virgin in Oak Bay, along with a new composition by local composer Nathan Friedman. So let’s break down each piece shall we?Continue Reading