Posts made in December, 2013

Poetic License

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Poetic License

Arrangements of Classical music are not uncommon and date back to the early history of the genre. Alexandra Pohran Dawkins, performance faculty at the UVic School of Music, has adapted many works for her instruments, the oboe and English horn. In her upcoming concert, Poetic License, the common model of transcription is taken one step further: selected poetry from the works on the program becomes the text in a final improvisation. While some pieces will be played in their intended instrumentation, including Robert Schumann’s gut-wrenching Romances (an oboe favourite) and the lesser-known Sonata No. 1 by Julius Röntgen, Pohran Dawkins has taken liberty with works by...

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Open Space & A Place To Listen present Cathy Lewis, solo

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Open Space & A Place To Listen present Cathy Lewis, solo

Come join us for an evening of stunningly beautiful music that will create an atmosphere of calm in a society where we forget to stop and take time to listen. Open Space and Victoria’s listening series, A Place to Listen, have come together to present island songstress Cathy Lewis in a concert that brings together both the old and the new. Starting with the unaccompanied voice, Lewis will commune with the past singing chants by Hildegard von Bingen and Linda C. Smith’s sappho songs. Bringing us to the present will be Barbara Monk Feldman’s The Gentlest Chord. Also on this concert will be Linda C. Smith’s each petal and Anna Höstmann’s What her friend said, both written...

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Ariel – Trio Vorizo with Lori Freedman and Robert Holliston

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Ariel – Trio Vorizo with Lori Freedman and Robert Holliston

This contemporary chamber music recital features the tour de force ouevre by Ned Rorem and Sylvia Plath, Ariel, for voice, clarinet and piano. Music set to poems that were among the last that the celebrated Sylvia Plath wrote before she committed suicide in 1963, Ariel explores dark and taboo subject matters. This major work finds Rorem at his best with dramatic free flowing lines. Subtle and not so subtle harmonic suspensions impact and embrace the mysterious imagery and psychic landscapes that Plath paints through this set of poems in such a way, that one feels close to another dimension. A haunting and powerful song cycle, a true work of chamber music , demanding...

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