Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Symphony by the Sea - Aunti Bobbi to entertain children

HOT FLASH! This just in from producer Calvin Dyck.

AUNTI BOBBI THE CLOWN - Popular and much loved Aunti Bobbi the Clown will be at Maffeo Sutton Park from 5-6 p.m. on Saturday, August 9 to entertain the children as they wait for Symphony by the Sea - a FREE (donations welcomed) musical extravaganza for the whole family.

So come on down - by the sea - and meet up with Aunti Bobbi and the musicians and artists of Symphony by the Sea. Be sure to bring your blankets and lawn chairs and picnics.

THERE WILL BE ICE-CREAM - No summertime concert should be without ice-cream! So, there will be ice-cream from Island Farms and coffee from the Vancouver Island Symphony, and various food vendors to provide snacks for those who get a little hungry.

Add the great music, entertainment, talent, variety and of course, the beauty of Maffeo Sutton Park, the kids park, pool and Sea Wall, and the great Downtown Nanaimo - and you have a day to remember - for the whole family.


 

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Paper Bag 1812 Overture - Symphony by the Sea 2014

Come Join the Big Bang in the Paper Bag 1812 Overture at
Symphony by the Sea


When Calvin Dyck, popular violinist and man of many hats, puts together a show, just about anything can happen. Calvin loves surprising the audience – and the musicians. On Saturday, August 9 at 6 p.m. rain or shine, in Maffeo Sutton Park in downtown Nanaimo, Calvin is presenting Symphony by the Sea. It’s a FREE (donations welcomed) live musical family event with a cast of awesome performers like tenor Ken Lavigne, members of the Vancouver Island Symphony and Abbotsford Virtuosi, Flamenco guitarist Eric Harper, Nanaimo pianist Sarah Wood, dancer Charlene Hart, pianist and composer Mel Bowker, and Kaleb McIntyre on bagpipes. And – you got it – SURPRISES!
The Paper Bag 1812 Overture - Calvin has let the cat  (air) out of the bag regarding one surprise – the Paper Bag 1812 Overture. The big bang of cannons during this fantastic overture by Tchaikovsky is always a great way to end a sensational summertime concert. This year the audience gets to join in.
Says Calvin; “I’m considering combining the popping of paper bags with an electronic blast from our surround-sound man, Jim Kent. In the traditional music there are bells and percussion, so we will also have volunteers in the audience with different noise-makers.”

How? What? Where? And when? Calvin explains; “Just before intermission I’ll do a demonstration. Then during intermission the audience can buy paper bags for a nominal fee (we are also using the event as a fundraiser to cover costs), and at the appropriate time in the music, on cue, everyone can pop their bag. It will be a blast – several thousand paper bags being popped at the same time!”
Whose idea? “I can’t take credit for it,” laughed Calvin. “A member of the Calgary Philharmonic arranged the music a few years ago. They performed it and it was great fun. And Rosemary Thompson of the Okanagan Symphony showed the score to me. I’ve had it on the back burner ever since – waiting for the perfect time – which is Symphony by the Sea.”
Great music and entertainment.  From Calvin’s soaring Hot Canary, to Ken’s silky and breathtaking Bring Him Home, Symphony by the Sea is filled with great music and entertainment. There’s Scotland the Brave, the theme from Lord of the Rings, the spine-tingling Fanfare for the Common Man with the brass section of the Vancouver Island Symphony, Neapolitan favourites with Ken, and Cole Porter classics with Calvin - it’s music that everyone knows and loves. Add a story or two, some poetry, some dancing, more surprises and audience participation (like singing along with Ken) and you have a truly fun-filled show for the whole family.
Rain or shine! – That’s Saturday, August 9 at 6 p.m. Families, friends, all ages are invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnics to Maffeo Sutton Park. Come early to get your parking spot (or consider coming by bus or car-pooling) and book your 'patch' of grass; enjoy the Sea Walk, kids’ park and beach; venture along the beautiful waterfront and wander into Downtown Nanaimo and exquisite shops.

Come on down by the sea Make it a total family day followed by great entertainment, awesome music, and as always with our sensational Calvin Dyck - SURPRISES!
 
For more information visit: www.vancouverislandsymphony.com
Call: 250-754-0177
 
 
 


 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Symphony by the Sea 2014












The Hats are Back and the Guy with the Tie for
Symphony by the Sea
Saturday, August 9, 6 p.m.
Maffeo Sutton Park - Nanaimo

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND - It’s a new tradition. After the huge success of last summer's concert, Calvin Dyck, violinist and director (and man of many hats) is presenting Symphony by the Sea featuring popular tenor Ken Lavigne (the guy with the tie). It’s a fantastic FREE musical variety show for the whole family (donations gratefully accepted) on Saturday, August 9 at 6 p.m. in Maffeo Sutton Park – RAIN or SHINE.
 
Ken tells a story while Calvin looks on
Say Calvin; “We were thrilled and overwhelmed with the positive response last year and want to keep the new tradition going with a summertime evening of fantastic music and entertainment.”

It’s a show to remember – From Calvin’s soaring Hot Canary, to Ken’s silky and breathtaking Bring Him Home, Symphony by the Sea is chockablock full of great music - and surprises. Calvin and Ken are joined by members of the Vancouver Island Symphony and Abbotsford Virtuosi, Flamenco guitarist Eric Harper, Nanaimo pianist Sarah Wood, dancer Charlene Hart, pianist Mel Bowker, and Kaleb McIntyre on bagpipes.

The music - Says Ken; “We have a great set of popular music that we know people will enjoy.”

From Scotland the Brave to Lord of the Rings, the spine-tingling Fanfare for the Common Man with the brass section of the Vancouver Island Symphony, Neapolitan favourites with Ken and Cole Porter classics with Calvin, it’s music that everyone knows and loves.
 
Bill Robinson helps Calvin pick
the winner for the Yellow Hat
There’s more! -  Add a story or two, some poetry, surprises and audience participation (like singing along with Ken, bidding on the hat or tie, or joining in with the 1812 Overture finale - we won't give away how - you'll have to be there) - and you have a truly fun-filled show for the whole family.
 
Rain or shine! – That’s Saturday, August 9 at 6 p.m. Families, friends, all ages are invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnics to Maffeo Sutton Park. Come early to get your parking spot (or consider coming by bus or car-pooling) and book your 'patch' of grass; enjoy the Sea Walk, kids’ park and beach; venture along the beautiful waterfront and wander into Downtown Nanaimo and exquisite shops.

Come on down by the sea – Make it a total family day followed by great entertainment, awesome music, and as always with our sensational Calvin Dyck - SURPRISES!

For up-to-date information visit www.vancouverislandsymphony.com and www.harbourliving.ca. Or call 250-754-0177.

 

 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

British Columbia Boys Choir sang for Nation on Canada Day 2014


 
British Columbia Boys Choir sang ‘O Canada’ for the Nation
It was a dream come true - a moment to remember - as the British Columbia Boys Choir, flanked by the Abbotsford Virtuosi violin ensemble, sang ‘O Canada’ for the Nation on Parliament Hill for Canada Day 2014.

Dressed in their blue-blazer uniform with red tie, the Choir, was arranged in a V on the slopes of the stage while images of the Canadian flag rose behind them. In front of them stood Prime-Minister Steven Harper, Governor General David Johnston, their families, dignitaries, and thousands of spectators celebrating this country’s birthday.

Conductor Tony Araujo, past recipient of the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence and of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal, led the choir and ensemble in a harmonious, rousing, full-hearted version of “God Save Our Queen” followed by our National Anthem in a performance that will long be remembered not only by the performers but by many on this side of the country - in British Columbia.

While the Choir has toured and represented Canada internationally for 45 years, this is the first time they have represented their country in Ottawa, the Nation’s Capital, for the event that is celebrated by  Canadians from coast to coast – Canada Day. 

Parliament Hill is just one of the stops for the Choir on their month-long cross-Canada journey with the Abbotsford Virtuosi and their show O CANADA OUR HOME - Songs & Stories of Canada. Stops include Montreal, Ottawa, Gros Morne National Park, Cornerbrook, Sydney Mines, Lunenburg, Charlottetown, Saint John, Toronto, Stratford, Huntsville, Wawa, Neepawa, Saskatoon and Banff before venturing back home through the Rockies.

Says Executive Director, Margot Holmes, “This was a dream come true. I grew up in Ottawa - and there is no place like Parliament Hill on Canada Day!”

For more information visit: www.bcboyschoir.org

 

 

Monday, June 23, 2014

O CANADA OUR HOME - British Columbia Boys Choir sings on Parliament Hill, July 1


O CANADA OUR HOME - Songs and Stories of Canada
45th Anniversary - Cross-Canada Tour
With the British Columbia Boys Choir and Abbotsford Virtuosi
June 27 to July 27, 2014 in a location near YOU!










It’s a dream come true – as the British Columbia Boys Choir travels across Canada with their sensational new show O CANADA OUR HOME - Songs & Stories of Canada. One highlight for the Choir is singing on Parliament Hill for Canada Day 2014 during the noon-hour performances. The other - meeting people, performing in, and staying in communities across this great nation.  

It just seemed the appropriate thing for this internationally-renowned four-part secular boys’ choir to do - celebrate their 45th Anniversary by travelling across their own country with their award-winning Artistic Director, Tony Araujo, and Associate Conductor, Edette Gagne, and guests, the Abbotsford Virtuosi violin ensemble, directed by Calvin Dyck. Members of the Choir and ensemble range in age from 10 to19, and come from Greater Vancouver communities and central Vancouver Island. They will be on the road for a whole month, singing and playing together in Montreal, Ottawa, Gros Morne National Park, Cornerbrook, Sydney Mines, Lunenburg, Charlottetown, Saint John, Toronto, Stratford, Huntsville, Wawa, Neepawa, Saskatoon and Banff before venturing back home through the Rockies.


 The Choir – Since its inception in 1968, the Choir has trained over 900 young singers (many of whom have become professional musicians and broadcasters) and has represented Canada around the globe. They have won the hearts of audiences everywhere and received acclaim in the Netherlands, Europe, Russia, New Zealand, Australia, China, South America, the United States - and Canada. Says Araujo; “It’s such a wonderful opportunity and fantastic cultural experience for these young artists to perform Canadian choral music across our own great nation – visiting each province, from sea to sea.” 
 
 The Abbotsford Virtuosi – This string ensemble was established in 2000 by violinist and conductor Calvin Dyck to provide youth with opportunities to learn a broad range of orchestral repertoire, and to perform in public – with virtuosity - and fun! Their highly successful Songs Strings & Steps concerts create an arts experience that delights audiences and inspires youth to reach for the stars. Says Dyck, “This is the longest and biggest tour we have done and my youngest violinist has said, ‘I’m so EXCITED … I can’t wait!’”

 
O CANADA OUR HOME is a highly entertaining performance filled with soul stirring and spine-tingling songs and music, brilliant choreography, heart-felt poetry, stories, costumes and surprises – all about Canada. Says Executive Director, Margot Holmes, “The goal for this show and tour is to celebrate Canada, this great country, the people, cultures and traditions - through songs and stories. Tony and Calvin have picked great music, from popular Canadian favourites and less familiar songs to choreographed string numbers. We are even dramatizing the poem We Are More by BC’s Shane Koyczan who presented it during the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.”

The Music includes choral favourites from across Canada, composed by Canadians, like Northwest Passage, Song for the Mira, I’se the B’y, This is My Home, Song for Canada, Wood River, J’entends le Moulin, and Frobisher Bay. The Choir will also premiere the newly commissioned piece, Go into the Glory of the Woods by Vancouver composer Brian Tate. The Abbotsford Virtuosi will accompany the Choir throughout then take the stage with the energetic, toe-tapping, choreographed Prairie Swing, Nickel Rag, Canticle for an Angel – and more!

Tickets: check your local media for locations and tickets for this exciting and not-to-be-missed truly Canadian concert.

For more information visit www.bcboyschoir.org  - Inspiring Excellence!

 

A Song to Remember - 45th Anniversary Memoirs of the British Columbia Boys Choir

A Song to Remember – 45th Anniversary Memoirs
Featuring the Voices of the British Columbia Boys Choir
 
Launched at the British Columbia Boys Choir’s 45th Anniversary Gala at the Chan Centre in Vancouver, “A Song to Remember” is a unique compilation of memories and moments presented like a song, with a Score (Table of Contents) and Verses (Chapters), and with contributions from ‘Boys’ (old and young), families, music directors, board members, management, hosts and friends. Alumni who have contributed include: Peter Strummer, international opera singer; Fraser Walters of The Tenors; Peter Togni, broadcaster, musician and composer; Alessandro Juliani, actor, singer, composer; and professional musicians like Frankie Cena, Cameron Haney, Peter Alexander, Jason Cook, Tom Dobrzanski, Jason Nett, and Barry Rector. The book is filled with quotes from interviews, various archival documents, newsletters, articles and newspaper reviews.   

“(The audience) clapped lustily from the start, and the closing number brought them happily to their feet.”  - Max Wyman, Sun Music Critic, June 19, 1969.

Says author Rosemary Phillips, “What better voice to tell their story than that of the Choir itself. This is their song - in words and pictures.”

“The choir kept attracting some of the most amazing boys from all over the city undoubtedly drawn by the prospect of not only singing but also travelling.” - Barry Rector, Alumni, Professional Musician, Retired Teacher.

A Song to Remember is the story of a Choir that started as one man’s dream in 1968 and evolved into a harmonious musical instrument that continues to perform a demanding repertoire from Gregorian chant to contemporary music. The Choir has trained over 900 boys and toured extensively around the world representing British Columbia and Canada. From small concert halls and churches to massive cathedrals and auditoriums the Choir, like a pebble in a pond, has sent ripples around the world and affected lives through their voice, songs, presence and positive influences passed on to communities wherever they have performed. They have won not only the hearts of audiences everywhere but received acclaim throughout Canada, the Netherlands, the United States, Europe, Russia, Czech Republic, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, China and South America.

“Maturing as a young man is an important part of your life, and to have a mentor to help you through that time is very important.”  – Fraser Walters, Professional Singer, Chanticleer, now with The Tenors.

A Song to Remember follows the Choir and its members on their journey, adventures and antics from the Choir’s inception in 1968 with illustrious founding director Donald Forbes and their unforgettable tour behind the Iron Curtain in 1969, to their popularity in Holland, the voice change (rite of passage), traditions, recordings, changing times, transitions with award-winning directors Gerald van Wyck and Tony Araujo, and, like any non-profit organization, the many challenges of keeping it all together over the years. Most importantly, A Song to Remember tells of how the Choir has not just been about the music, but the experience that influenced each boy’s future life and career as businessman, lawyer, designer, bus drive, professional musician, broadcaster, composer, recording engineer and arts administrator, to name a few professions.

“From treble to bass, from boy to man, from innocent to dare-I-say worldly! Such was the journey I took as a member of the Boys Choir for the near-decade (’83-’92) that I was proud to be a member.” - Alessandro Juliani, Actor, Singer, Composer and Sound Designer
 
Published by Reikos International Publishers, A Song to Remember is available through www.bcboyschoir.org and at all concerts as the Choir, directed by Tony Araujo, begins their 45th Anniversary cross-Canada tour from June 27 to July 26 with their show O Canada Our Home – Songs & Stories of Canada – highlighted by singing ‘O Canada’ on Parliament Hill for the Canada Day 2014 noon show.

For more information and to order copies ($32 plus shipping) phone the BC Boys Choir office at 1-888-909-8282 or visit online www.bcboyschoir.org - Inspiring Excellence!

 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Celebrate 20! An Awesome Party - with the Vancouver Island Symphony


Celebrate 20!
The Vancouver Island Symphony launches their 20th Anniversary Season
An Awesome Party!
Celebrating 20 years of fantastic music
Season and single concert tickets available NOW!

 It’s “An Awesome Party!” as the Vancouver Island Symphony, winner of the 2012 City of Nanaimo Cultural award and a jewel in the world of professional orchestras, launches their 20th Anniversary season and celebrates 20 years of great music, amazing musicians and wonderful audiences.

Says Pierre Simard, the VI Symphony’s illustrious artistic director, “Your Vancouver Island Symphony offers a year-round musical party… We glimpse at twenty extraordinary symphonic years with special guests, friends, family – all of which make VIS history. We also look enthusiastically into the future with gorgeous, inspiring and powerful concerts for all ages! It is the most meaningful season we have ever had.”

 Be prepared for wonderful music that satisfies every taste - from Timeless Treasures of the great classics and two world premieres, to Popular Pleasures with familiar favourites – and extra-special concerts and community events.

Timeless Treasures - Says Simard, “This series features audience favourites, outstanding soloists and delightful music.” The party begins on Saturday, October 25 with ‘Celebrate with Tetsuumi and Elgar.’ Nanaimo native, protégé and virtuoso violinist Tetsuumi Nagata comes home to perform one of the best known of all violin concertos while the orchestra presents “Fanfare” by Simard and “Enigma Variations” by Elgar. On Wednesday, November 12, the VI Symphony presents a special Remembrance Day show, ‘Lest We Forget’ featuring our friends to the South, the Victoria Symphony and the Canadian Scottish Regiment Pipe and Drum Band. Then on Saturday, November 22, in ‘Mozart & Friends,’ the VI Symphony performs music that builds with grace from Elgar and Vaughan Williams to Mozart’s “Requiem”, his magnificent final masterpiece. Here the orchestra is joined by the Pacific Spirit Choir, A Capella Plus, The Island Consort and soloists. On Saturday, January 31, popular Canadian pianist Ian Parker returns to perform Mozart’s “Piano Concerto no. 20” in ‘Friendship: Ian & Beethoven.’ Also featured is the world premiere of “Mix Tape” by Nanaimo native and past composer-in-residence, Jason Nett. The concert concludes with Beethoven’s most excellent “Symphony no. 7.” Then it’s ‘From Pierre with Love’ on Saturday, April 18, with the VIS Symphonic Choir. Says Simard, “Here is my 20th Anniversary gift – music which I deeply cherish!” From the sounds of gracious flowing waters, to the world premiere of a cello concerto by Vancouver composer Dorothy Chang, performed by Ariel Barnes, to the rousing close of the season with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture - what a party!

Popular Pleasures - Trumpets and horns herald in Nanaimo’s traditional VI Symphony Family Christmas with ‘A Festive Brassy Christmas’ on Saturday, December 13. The orchestra is joined by Festive Brass, the VIS Symphonic Choir and the newly formed Symphonic Children’s Choir (open to Grades 5-8) for an exciting program of soul-stirring music that is near and dear to all, from the familiar and traditional to delightful surprises. Soprano Nadya Blanchette and tenor Ken Lavigne team up on Saturday, February 14 (Valentine’s Day) for ‘He Sings, She Sighs – A Romantic Comedy,’ an original one-of-a-kind show featuring charm, passion, seduction and humour as they sing love songs and duets. Then, at last! On Saturday, March 21, ‘Tonight… Piaf’ arrives on stage with a full orchestra in this premiere performance that stars Nanaimo’s very own Joëlle Rabu. Says Simard, “Our Popular Pleasures series conveys everything love and friendship, home and heart, with eternal songs and beloved melodies.”

Special Events – The VI Symphony is also about community, and the party continues with VI Symphony extra-special events, from school shows featuring Rick Scott in “My Symphony” to the “2nd Annual Nanaimo Bar NONE” on March 14, produced by Calvin Dyck and showcasing scrumptious Nanaimo talent. And not to forget – Symphony Community Days on October 25 and April 18.

Get the best seats now! – Season and single concert tickets are on sale NOW! With the purchase of a package of all eight season concerts, or the Timeless Treasures series of five shows, or the Popular Pleasures series of three shows, the Vancouver Island Symphony offers up to 45% off the regular single ticket price. Call the Port Theatre Ticket Centre at 250-754-8550 to book your symphony tickets now!

Happy 20th! Come Celebrate with us! Experience the thrill of live symphonic music!
It’s An AWESOME Party!

For more information visit www.vancouverislandsymphony.com.
Celebrate 20! Keeping Music LIVE!

 

Monday, June 2, 2014

O CANADA OUR HOME - Songs and Stories of Canada

Bon Voyage Concerts
O CANADA OUR HOME - Songs & Stories of Canada
45th Anniversary - Cross-Canada Tour
With the British Columbia Boys Choir
and the Abbotsford Virtuosi
Friday, June 20, 7:30 p.m., St. John’s Shaughnessy Church, 1490 Nanton Avenue, Vancouver
(Tickets: $25, Students & Children $14, available by calling 1-888-909-8282 and at the door)
Saturday, June 12, 7 p.m., South Abbotsford Church, 32424 Huntingdon Road, Abbotsford
(Tickets: $20, at House of James, King’s Music, and at the door)
Sunday, June 22, 3 p.m. at the Port Theatre, 125 Front Street, Nanaimo
(Tickets: $25, Students & Children $14, at 250-754-8550 and www.porttheatre.com )

 

Presenting “Bon Voyage Concerts” - a traditional send-off that carries as much excitement in 2014 as it did in 1969 when the British Columbia Boys Choir prepared for its first big tour. This summer, to celebrate their 45th Anniversary, the Choir, with members ages 10-19 from Greater Vancouver communities and central Vancouver Island, is travelling across the country with their special guests, the Abbotsford Virtuosi violin ensemble, in a sensational new show - O CANADA OUR HOME - Songs & Stories of Canada.

Three concerts are scheduled for British Columbia Friday, June 20, 7:30 p.m. at St. John Shaughnessy Church, 1490 Nanton Avenue, Vancouver; Saturday, June 21, 7 p.m. at the South Abbotsford Church, 32424 Huntingdon Road, Abbotsford; and on Sunday, June 22 (3 p.m.) at the Port Theatre, 125 Front Street, Nanaimo. Fans can check out this great new show and help give these highly talented and excited youngsters a big BC send-off as they begin their month-long journey of a life-time – singing and playing together in Montreal, Ottawa, Gros Morne National Park, Cornerbrook, Sydney Mines, Lunenburg, Charlottetown, Saint John, Toronto, Stratford, Huntsville, Wawa, Neepawa, Saskatoon and Banff before venturing home through the Rockies.

The Choir – since its inception, has trained over 900 young singers and represented Canada around the globe, winning the hearts of audiences everywhere and receiving acclaim in the Netherlands, Europe, Russia, New Zealand, Australia, China, South America, the United States - and Canada. Says award-winning Artistic Director Tony Araujo; “It’s such a wonderful opportunity and fantastic cultural experience for these young artists to perform Canadian choral music across our own great nation – visiting each province, from sea to sea.” 

The Abbotsford Virtuosi – was established in 2000 by violinist and conductor Calvin Dyck to provide youth with opportunities to learn a broad range of orchestral repertoire and perform in public – with virtuosity - and fun! Their highly successful Songs Strings & Steps concerts create an arts experience that delights audiences and inspires youth to reach for the stars. Says Dyck, “This is the longest and biggest tour we have done and my youngest violinist has said, ‘I’m so EXCITED … I can’t wait!’”

O CANADA OUR HOME – is a highly entertaining performance filled with soul stirring and spine-tingling songs and music, brilliant choreography, heart-felt poetry, stories, costumes and surprises – all about Canada. Says Executive Director, Margot Holmes, “The goal for this show and tour is to celebrate Canada, this great country, the people, cultures and traditions - through songs and stories. Tony and Calvin have picked great music, from popular Canadian favourites and less familiar songs to choreographed string numbers. We are even dramatizing the poem We Are More by BC’s Shane Koyczan who presented it during the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.”

The Music – includes choral favourites from across Canada by Canadian composers - Northwest Passage, Song for the Mira, I’se the B’y, This is My Home, Song for Canada, Wood River, J’entends le Moulin, and Frobisher Bay. The Choir will also premiere the newly commissioned piece, Go Into the Glory of the Woods by Vancouver composer Brian Tate. The Abbotsford Virtuosi will accompany the Choir throughout then take the stage with Prairie Swing, Nickel Rag, Canticle for an Angel – and more!

Tickets - for July 20 in Vancouver are $25, students & children $14, available by calling 1-888-909-8282 and at the door; for July 21 in Abbotsford are $20, available at House of James, King’s Music, and at the door; and for July 22 in Nanaimo are $25, students & children $14, by calling 250-754-8550.

 For more information visit bcboyschoir.org  - Inspiring Excellence!

 

Monday, May 5, 2014

British Columbia Boys Choir 45th Anniversary Gala Concert & Book Launch


The British Columbia Boys Choir celebrates 45 years

On Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 3 p.m. the British Columbia Boys Choir presents their 45th Anniversary Gala Concert and launch of their book A Song to Remember - 45th Anniversary Memoirs, at the Chan Shun Concert Hall, Chan Centre at UBC (6265 Crescent Road, Vancouver). Tickets for adults, $26, and youth, $15 (+ service charges) at Ticketmaster 1-855-985-2787 and in person at the Chan Centre Ticket Centre.

 
45th Anniversary Gala Concert

For the last 45 years this four-part secular Boys Choir, founded in 1968 by the late Donald Forbes, has performed throughout British Columbia and across Canada. Their 30-plus international tours, from their first in 1969 behind the Iron Curtain and latest to Costa Rica, have garnered them acclaim throughout Europe, Russia, New Zealand, Australia, China, South America and the United States.

“(The audience) clapped lustily from the start, and the closing number brought them happily to their feet.” - Max Wyman, Sun Music Critic, June 19, 1969

In those 45 years over 900 boys and young men have trained and toured with the choir, performing a demanding repertoire from Gregorian chant to contemporary music. It was not just about the music, but about the experience that influenced each boy’s future life as businessman, lawyer, designer and bus driver to professional musician, broadcaster, composer, recording engineer and arts administrator etc.

Maturing as a young man is an important part of your life, and to have a mentor to help you through that time is very important. – Fraser Walters, The Tenors

On Sunday, May 18 at 3 p.m. members of the present BC Boys Choirs will be joined by the Alumni Choir at the Chan Centre in a magnificent gala to celebrate and perform all their favourite songs and a new composition by Brian Thate, while choral directors Tony Araujo (2003-present) and Gerald van Wyck (1988-2003) conduct.

“From treble to bass, from boy to man, from innocent to dare-I-say worldly! Such was the journey I took as a member of the Boys Choir for the near-decade (’83-’92) that I was proud to be a member.” - Alessandro Juliani, Actor, Singer, Composer and Sound Designer

A Song to Remember – 45th Anniversary Memoirs

“A Song to Remember” is a compilation of memories and moments. What better voice to tell their story than the Choir itself. This is their song - in words and pictures. The boys (old and young), families, music directors, board members, management, hosts and friends have all contributed. For every voice in this history there are many more that will remember an event, concert, journey, rehearsal, recording, a special moment. Like a pebble in a pond, the Choir has sent ripples around the world and affected lives through the music, songs, presence and positive influences passed on to communities wherever they have performed.

“The choir kept attracting some of the most amazing boys from all over the city undoubtedly drawn by the prospect of not only singing but also travelling.” - Barry Rector

Published by Reikos International, “A Song to Remember” has a Score (Table of Contents) divided into Verses (Chapters) filled with quotes from interviews, newsletters, newspapers and various archival documents. The book will be released at the 45th Anniversary Gala Concert and will be available through the Boys Choir, at all their upcoming concerts, and during their 2014 cross-Canada tour.

 

For more information visit www.bcboyschoir.org  - Inspiring Excellence!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Nanaimo Bar None!

The Vancouver Island Symphony presents
Nanaimo Bar None
Showcasing supreme, scrumptious talent
Producer: Calvin Dyck, Violinist
Saturday, May 3, 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Port Theatre, Nanaimo
Tickets: 250-754-8550 www.porttheatre.com


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Supreme, Scrumptious Nanaimo Talent – Bar None!

Nanaimo’s got talent, gastronomical and otherwise! There’s the Nanaimo Bar, famous dessert known around the world, and now there’s the NANAIMO BAR NONE – a delicious family event on Saturday May 3 (two shows 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) at the Port Theatre. The ingredients: supreme, scrumptious up-and-coming and world-class Nanaimo talent – 170-plus award-winning performers, all in one fantabulous show.

This blockbuster event, being presented by the Vancouver Island Symphony, will appeal to all ages and all senses – with the rhythmic, smooth and silky sounds of musicians and singers, to the luscious sights of dancers, lights, colour, sets, costumes and action, and to the mouth-watering taste and smell of real Nanaimo Bars (plus special chocolates and Nanaimo Bar Ice-Cream available at intermission by donation). Add feelings of joy, celebration, laughter, wonder, rapture and pride and you have a totally delectable event – bar none!

Says Calvin Dyck, popular producer, director, violinist and entertainer, “I’m really excited about the different art forms – resembling the layers of the Nanaimo Bar - from jazz bands and a string quartet (with members of the VI Symphony), to piano, violin and guitar soloists, singers, dancers, and Nanaimo’s Poet Laureate, Naomi Wakan. It’s the fabric of Nanaimo life!”

First layer - into the mixing bowl combine the 50+ VIS Fabulous Fives choir led by Patricia Plumley, the Wellington Jazz Band conducted by Carmella Luvisotto, and pianist Devon Joiner flying in from New York to tickle the ivories. Add a cup of Kirkwood Academy Dance, composer and pianist Sarah Wood, and Eric Harper on guitar - and mix well.

Second Layer – blend a creamy filling of Nico Rhodes jazz trio, popular dancer Holly Bright of Crimson Coast Dance, Andrew Clark on French horn, and the Symphonic Choir. Add feelings of joy, celebration, laughter, wonder, rapture and pride – and spread evenly.

The topping – Ah well, we can’t give that away. It’s full of surprises and too spectacular – like Nanaimo and the delight of pure chocolate, it has to be experienced to be savoured. The audience will be left craving more of this delectable event – bar none!

Tickets (individual and family 4-pack) to this gourmet event are available by calling 250-754-8550.

For more information visit: www.vancouverislandsymphony.com.
Passport to Great Entertainment – Keeping Music LIVE!

 

The Best of the Beatles with the Vancouver Island Symphony & Jeans'N Classics Band

The Vancouver Island Symphony presents
The Best of the Beatles
Guest artists: Jeans ‘n Classics Band
VIS Symphonic Choir
Conductor: Pierre Simard
Saturday, April 26, 3:0p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Port Theatre, Nanaimo
Tickets: (Individual and Family 4-Pack)
250-754-8550 www.porttheatre.com


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Calling all Beatles fans!
For Jeans’N Classics at the Symphony!
 
What crosses every cultural border and transcends every generation? The Beatlesand their music. Just about every one of every age around the world recognizes them. On Saturday, April 26, the Vancouver Island Symphony presents the Jeans’N Classics Band and The Best of the Beatles in two riveting jeans and classics shows (at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.).

The music: Headlining the show - Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band! This became a global hit and has been and still is considered the most important rock and roll album ever made. The talented Jeans’N Classics Band presents the entire Sgt. Pepper album and, with the assistance of Pierre Simard, the VI Symphony and the Symphonic Choir, will highlight such Beatles’ hits as: (Just like) Starting Over, Across the Universe, Eleanor Rigby, My Sweet Lord, Woman, Because, The Long and Winding Road, and Let It Be.

The band - Since its inception in the 1990’s, the Jeans’N Classics Band has been a star performer in the arts and entertainment scene across North America. Its concept of combining rock musicians and headlining stars with world-class symphony orchestras has drawn record setting capacity crowds.

Jean Meilleur – Lead singer for ‘The Best of the Beatles’ is Jean Meilleur, a prolific singer-songwriter who has been performing professionally for over twenty-five years. While he performs the music of so many artists, Meilleur paints the lyrics and the melody with a thick, robust timbre that is immediately recognizable as his own.

Says Meilleur. “I’ve always loved the Beatles’ music, and it’s quite a moving experience to sing it.” Then Meilleur adds, “You could play a Beatles song in a rain forest and it would be known. In our history books the Beatles will be a massive root in the tree of popular music. It’s music that will last forever, like Beethoven."
 
Joining Meilleur for this show are Jeans’N Classics Band members Kathryn Rose and Leah Salomaa on back-up vocals, Dave Dunlop on guitars, Donald Paulton on keyboard and vocals, Darryl Stacey on bass, and Jeff Christmas on drums.
 
Tickets – (individual and family 4-packs) for the biggest Beatles show ever (with 160 performers on stage) are available by calling 250-754-8550.
And don’t forget to wear your jeans!
For more information visit www.vancouverislandsymphony.com
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