Music News & Events

Music News & Events

September 2018 – Kamloops Symphony: Sibelius and Schumann

Join Heather as she performs horn with Kamloops Symphony:

A Noran Masterworks Performance

Friday, September 28, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Sagebrush Theatre,1300 9th Avenue, Kamloops BC

A Salmon Arm Series Performance

Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 7:30 pm
The Nexus at First, 450 Okanagan Avenue East, Salmon Arm BC

cellist Ann Burden

Guest Artist: Anna Burden, Cello

Our season begins with a contemporary work of exceptional beauty composed by Kamloops native Stacey Brown. Also on the program, Schumann’s enigmatic cello concerto, and Sibelius’ great second symphony, which the composer famously dubbed a “confession of the soul.”

Programme:

  • BROWN: Perspectives
  • SCHUMANN: Cello Concerto
  • SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 2

Heather Walker is a professional horn player. When not performing music professionally, Heather teaches the Alexander Technique to individuals who want to be free of tension, pain, bad posture, and injuries.  Explore the possibility of lightness and freedom of movement using the Alexander Technique to expand your awareness.  Use practical experiments to learn how to notice tightening, release muscle tension, re-establish better balance and move more efficiently.  Anyone can learn to recuperate from stress, prevent undue wear and tear, relieve back pain, improve posture, and use less effort in daily activities.  Heather is based in Nanaimo, B.C. and can be contacted at 250-716-3464, or heather@soundbeingstudio.com

August 2018 – Opera Kelowna presents Bizet’s “Carmen”

Heather is a professional horn player, and for the second year running is excited to play in the orchestra for Opera Kelowna.

Bizet’s Carmen

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Kelowna Community Theatre | 1375 Water Street | Kelowna BC

For more info: www.operakelowna.com

Synopsis

Carmen is an opera in four acts by French composer Georges Bizet. The libretto was written by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, based on a novella of the same title by Prosper Mérimée. The opera was first performed at the Opéra-Comique in Paris on 3 March 1875, where its breaking of conventions shocked and scandalized its first audiences. The opera is written in the genre of opéra comique with musical numbers separated by dialogue. It is set in southern Spain and tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier who is seduced by the wiles of the fiery gypsy Carmen. José abandons his childhood sweetheart and deserts from his military duties, yet loses Carmen’s love to the glamorous matador Escamillo, after which José kills her in a jealous rage. The depictions of proletarian life, immorality, and lawlessness, and the tragic death of the main character on stage, broke new ground in French opera and were highly controversial.

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When not performing music professionally, Heather teaches the Alexander Technique, a unique method for reducing tension & strain and improving your posture and movement patterns.  Please don’t hesitate to contact her for more details: 250-716-3464.

June 2018 – Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Mahler and Morlock

Join Heather as she performs with:

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Mahler’s Resurrection: The Season Finale

THE MUSIC:

The final concert of Maestro Bramwell Tovey’s tenure as VSO Music Director features a world premiere commission by Composer-in-Residence Jocelyn Morlock, and Mahler’s epic, stunning work of compositional genius, the ‘Resurrection’ Symphony No. 2. This work is a dramatic, emotional journey that in some ways echoes Beethoven’s Ninth. Sweeping in size and scope, the monumental symphony struggles with profound questions of life, death, and the afterlife, with equally profound writing and orchestration.

Mark your calendar for this historic concert.

Performance Dates

Saturday, Jun 16, 2018, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre

Sunday, Jun 17, 2018, 2pm,  Orpheum Theatre

Monday, Jun 18, 2018, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre

Heather Walker is a professional horn player and a core member of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and Vancouver Island Symphony. When not performing music professionally, Heather teaches the Alexander Technique to individuals who want to be free of tension, pain, bad posture, and injuries.  Explore the possibility of lightness and freedom of movement using the Alexander Technique to expand your awareness.  Use practical experiments to learn how to notice tightening, release muscle tension, re-establish better balance and move more efficiently.  Anyone can learn to recuperate from stress, prevent undue wear and tear, relieve back pain, improve posture, and use less effort in daily activities.  Heather is based in Nanaimo, B.C. and can be contacted at 250-716-3464, or heather@soundbeingstudio.com.

May 2018 – Vancouver Symphony Orchestra – Beethoven and Bruckner

Join Heather as she performs with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Performance Dates:

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  • Friday, May 11, 2018, 8pm, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC
  • Saturday, May 12, 2018, 8pm, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC
  • Monday, May 14, 2018, 8pm, Bell Performing Arts Centre, Surrey

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Bramwell Tovey Conductor
Ray Chen violin*
Beethoven, Violin Concerto in D Major*
Bruckner, Symphony No. 9 in D minor

Maestro Bramwell Tovey conducts the VSO debut of Bruckner’s final symphonic epic, left unfinished at the time of his death. Winner of the Queen Elizabeth and Yehudi Menuhin competitions, Ray Chen is one of the most compelling and exciting violinists in the world today – he performs what might be the greatest work ever written for violin and orchestra, Beethoven’s soaring, beautiful Violin Concerto. 

Heather Walker is a professional horn player and a core member of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra. When not performing music professionally, Heather teaches the Alexander Technique to individuals who want to be free of tension, pain, bad posture, and injuries.  Explore the possibility of lightness and freedom of movement using the Alexander Technique to expand your awareness.  Use practical experiments to learn how to notice tightening, release muscle tension, re-establish better balance and move more efficiently.  Anyone can learn to recuperate from stress, prevent undue wear and tear, relieve back pain, improve posture, and use less effort in daily activities.  Heather is based in Nanaimo, B.C. and can be contacted at 250-716-3464, or heather@soundbeingstudio.com.

May 2018 – Vancouver Opera – Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf

Join Heather as she performs as a core member of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra:

Musician silhouettesVancouver Opera Performs Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf

As a part of the 2018 Vancouver Opera Festival, the Vancouver Opera is producing a “Family Day” event on May 5th. The events include two performances of Peter and the Wolf at the Vancouver Playhouse.

Leslie Dala conducts this performance which introduces young listeners to the instruments and sections of the orchestra.  Narrated by Shannon Chan-Kent from My Little Pony and The Arts Club’s Beauty and the Beast.  May 5th at 10:00 am and 11:30 am.

When not performing music professionally, Heather Walker teaches the Alexander Technique to individuals who want to be free of tension, pain, bad posture, and injuries.  Explore the possibility of lightness and freedom of movement using the Alexander Technique to expand your awareness.  Use practical experiments to learn how to notice tightening, release muscle tension, re-establish better balance and move more efficiently.  Anyone can learn to recuperate from stress, prevent undue wear and tear, relieve back pain, improve posture, and use less effort in daily activities.  Heather is based in Nanaimo, B.C. and can be contacted at 250-716-3464, or heather@soundbeingstudio.com.

 

April, May 2018 – Vancouver Opera, Eugene Onegin

Festival-PassVancouver Opera – Eugene Onegin

April 29 at 2:00pm
May 3 & 5 at 7:30pm
Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Libretto: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and KS Shilovsky after Pushkin

Cast and Creative Teams
Onegin: Konstantin Shushakov
Tatiana: Svetlana Aksenova
Lensky: Alexey Dolgov
Olga: Carolyn Sproule
Prince Gremin: Goderdzi Janelidze

With the Vancouver Opera Chorus as peasants, guests of Madame Larina and guests at a ball in St. Petersburg and the Vancouver Opera Orchestra.

ConductorJonathan Darlington
Director: Tom Diamond
Scenic Designer: Scott Reid
Lighting Designer: Harry Frehner
Assistant Conductor/Chorus Director: Kinza Tyrrell

About Eugene Onegin
Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin is Russian Lyric Opera at its finest – based on the plot of Pushkin’s verse novel, Eugene Onegin features an emotional tale packed with breathtaking music, choreography, and a duel that will render the audience speechless. Tchaikovsky, as always, brings many symphonic elements to Eugene Onegin including lavish orchestrations and stunning arias in what he described as “seven lyrical scenes”.

The performance will last approximately 3 hours, including 2 intermissions.

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Heather Walker is a professional horn player and a core member of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra. When not performing music professionally, Heather teaches the Alexander Technique to individuals who want to be free of tension, pain, bad posture, and injuries.  Explore the possibility of lightness and freedom of movement using the Alexander Technique to expand your awareness.  Use practical experiments to learn how to notice tightening, release muscle tension, re-establish better balance and move more efficiently.  Anyone can learn to recuperate from stress, prevent undue wear and tear, relieve back pain, improve posture, and use less effort in daily activities.  Heather is based in Nanaimo, B.C. and can be contacted at 250-716-3464, or heather@soundbeingstudio.com.

April 2018 – Vancouver Island Symphony – Bachmann and Beethoven

Join Heather as she performs with the Vancouver Island Symphony.

Vancouver Island Symphony presents Pierre’s 10th Anniversary Concert

Saturday, April 21st   7:30 pm, Port Theatre, Nanaimo

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Pre-concert talk @ 6:30pm

Guest Artists:
Sara Hahn, flute
Joslin Romphf-Dennis, soprano;
Elise DesChamps, mezzo-soprano;
Adam Dyjach, tenor; Brian Banion, bass-baritone
VIS Symphonic Choir and VIS Children’s Choir (Patricia Plumley, Director)

BACHMANN    Daughter of Elysium
BEETHOVEN  Symphony no. 9 in D minor (“Choral”), op. 125

more information: http://www.vancouverislandsymphony.com/

Heather Walker is a professional horn player and a core member of the Vancouver Island Symphony. When not performing music professionally, Heather teaches the Alexander Technique to individuals who want to be free of tension, pain, bad posture, and injuries.  Explore the possibility of lightness and freedom of movement using the Alexander Technique to expand your awareness.  Use practical experiments to learn how to notice tightening, release muscle tension, re-establish better balance and move more efficiently.  Anyone can learn to recuperate from stress, prevent undue wear and tear, relieve back pain, improve posture, and use less effort in daily activities.  Heather is based in Nanaimo, B.C. and can be contacted at 250-716-3464, or heather@soundbeingstudio.com.

April 2018 – Kamloops Symphony, German Romantics

Join Heather as she performs on horn with -

Kamloops Symphony: German Romantics

Friday, April 13, 2018, 7:30 pm
The Nexus at First, Salmon Arm

Saturday, April 14, 2018, 7:30 pm
Sagebrush Theatre

Guest Artists: Cvetozar Vutev, violinMartin Krátký, cello
Guest Conductor: Bruce Dunn, Music Director Emeritus

What a pleasure to feature our concertmaster and principal cellist in the original double concerto for violin and cello. We usher in the spring with Schumann’s first symphony.

Schumann:         Overture Genoveva, Op. 81

Brahms:               Double Concerto

Schumann:         Symphony #1 (Spring)

When not performing music professionally, Heather Walker teaches the Alexander Technique to individuals who want to be free of tension, pain, bad posture, and injuries.  Explore the possibility of lightness and freedom of movement using the Alexander Technique to expand your awareness.  Use practical experiments to learn how to notice tightening, release muscle tension, re-establish better balance and move more efficiently.  Anyone can learn to recuperate from stress, prevent undue wear and tear, relieve back pain, improve posture, and use less effort in daily activities.  Heather is based in Nanaimo, B.C. and can be contacted at 250-716-3464, or heather@soundbeingstudio.com.

March 2018 – John McDermott with Vancouver Island Symphony

Join Heather as she performs as a core member of the Vancouver Island Symphony:

Vancouver Island Symphony presents Irish and Scottish Favourites

 Saturday March 17, 2018  3:00pm & 7:30pm

Guest Artist: John McDermott

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When not performing music professionally, Heather Walker teaches the Alexander Technique to individuals who want to be free of tension, pain, bad posture, and injuries.  Explore the possibility of lightness and freedom of movement using the Alexander Technique to expand your awareness.  Use practical experiments to learn how to notice tightening, release muscle tension, re-establish better balance and move more efficiently.  Anyone can learn to recuperate from stress, prevent undue wear and tear, relieve back pain, improve posture, and use less effort in daily activities.  Heather is based in Nanaimo, B.C. and can be contacted at 250-716-3464, or heather@soundbeingstudio.com.

 

March 2018 – Victoria Symphony, Concerts for Kids

Victoria Symphony – Presto Mambo – Concerts for Kids

Sun, March 11th 2:30 PM – 3:30 pm, Royal Theatre, Victoria

Join Max, an energetic, but impulsive young boy, as he discovers the magical world of Latin rhythms and their power to communicate across cultures. With the help of Mambo the dog, the audience and the orchestra, Max learns how to “dance” with the music! Don’t forget to come early for the VS Instrument Petting Zoo and other activities beginning at 1:30 pm in the lobby!

Maestro Joey, conductor
Platypus Theatre, performers

Heather Walker is a professional horn player and a core member of the Vancouver Island Symphony. When not performing music professionally, Heather teaches the Alexander Technique to individuals who want to be free of tension, pain, bad posture, and injuries.  Explore the possibility of lightness and freedom of movement using the Alexander Technique to expand your awareness.  Use practical experiments to learn how to notice tightening, release muscle tension, re-establish better balance and move more efficiently.  Anyone can learn to recuperate from stress, prevent undue wear and tear, relieve back pain, improve posture, and use less effort in daily activities.  Heather is based in Nanaimo, B.C. and can be contacted at 250-716-3464, or heather@soundbeingstudio.com.