Music News & Events

Music News & Events

November 2018 – Yundi Li Touch of Chopin Tour, Vancouver

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

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.

Yundi Li with members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra
Yundi-LiInternationally acclaimed pianist Yundi Li was propelled onto the international stage when he won first prize at the XIV Chopin International Piano Competition at the age of 18, becoming the youngest and first Chinese winner in the history of the renowned competition. Since then, he has been regarded as an international piano star, also a leading exponent of Chopin’s music. For this performance he’ll be joined by members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra. Don’t miss it!

Yundi Li Touch of Chopin Tour
Wednesday, November 28
7:30pm
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Buy tickets online here

November 2018 – Wind Chamber Music in White Rock & Port Alberni

Join Heather as she performs these wonderful pieces of wind chamber music:
NOVEMBER 23 & 25, 2018 – MOZART’S GRAN’ PARTITA

In his Gran’ Partita Mozart has elevated the wind serenade to the glorious plateau of the string quartet.  The winds of the John Avison Chamber Orchestra led by distinguished clarinetists, José Franch-Ballester and François Houle, will perform this rarely heard masterpiece.  The programme will be conducted by Leslie Dala and will also include an early wind octet by Beethoven and the incomparable Serenade Opus 44 by Dvorak.mozartFriday November 23rd, 8:00 PM – White Rock Baptist Church, 1657 140 Street, Surrey BC

http://whiterockconcerts.com/

Sunday November 25th 2:30 PM -  Arrowsmith Baptist Church, Pt. Alberni, 4283 Glenside Rd.

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

November 2018: Vancouver Island Symphony Education Concerts

Join Heather as she performs as a core member of the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra in the  Port Theatre, Nanaimo, B.C.

donor-slider-collage-full-widthVancouver Island Symphony Grade 4 Education Show

Monday, November 19th, 9:30AM, 11:00AM, and 1:00 PM (open to the public).

VIS Education Show Program allows ALL Grade 4 students, their teachers and chaperones an opportunity to hear a LIVE symphony performance in the Port Theatre. The Vancouver Island Symphony has partnered with School Districts #68 (Ladysmith-Nanaimo), #71 (Comox Valley), #72 (Campbell River) to allow Grade 4 students to attend the Education with the Vancouver Island Symphony, under the direction of conductor Pierre Simard , with the VIS Children’s Choir.

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.

November 2018: Vancouver Island Symphony & the Circus

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

blink-acro-full-width-bannerVancouver Island Symphony presents LOVE! a Blink Acro Cirque Spectacular

Port Theatre, Nanaimo, B.C.

Saturday November 17th, 3:00pm & 7:30pm

GUEST ARTISTS: Blink Acro

blink-acro-for-pageGet ready for romance, passion, love – in this brand- new, tailor-made symphony circus program! The eternal theme is revisited through orchestral love stories, underlined with amazing acts designed by Langley-based cirque artists Blink Acro. Hand to hand, aerial dances, contortion and many more are on the menu for this not-to-be-missed premiere!

www.vancouverislandsymphony.com

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.

November 2018: UBC Opera performs “Silent Night”

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

UBC Opera performs:

SILENT NIGHT
MUSIC BY
KEVIN PUTS
LIBRETTO BY MARK CAMPBELL

ROBERT WOOD, CONDUCTOR
NANCY HERMISTON, DIRECTOR
MEMBERS OF VANCOUVER OPERA ORCHESTRA

Silent Night, based on the screenplay by Christian Carion for the motion picture Joyeux Noël, produced by Nord-Ouest Production
By arrangement with Aperto Press, publisher
Bill Holab Music: Sole Agent
Commissioned by Minnesota Opera
A Minnesota Opera New Works Initiative Production

The 2012 Pulitzer Prize award-winning opera Silent Night, composed in 2011, recounts the remarkable true story of the 1914 Christmas Truce: a spontaneous cease-fire experienced by Scottish, French, and German soldiers during World War I. We are honoured to have members of the Canadian Armed Forces with us in the production.

UBC_opera_Silent_NightSilent Night begins at a Berlin opera house where singers Nikolaus
Sprink and Anna Sørenson are performing. Suddenly the performance is interrupted and it is announced that Germany is at war. Their lives are changed forever as Nikolaus is conscripted to war and must leave Anna behind. While the opera centres around Anna and Nikolaus’ love for each other we also follow storylines from each of the nations at war. Scottish brothers, William and Jonathan Dale, and their priest, Father Palmer, are dragged from their daily pursuits and suffer great loss. Meanwhile, in Paris, Lieutenant Audebert leaves behind his wife Madeleine, who is pregnant with their first child. The action moves to the battlefield in Belgium and by December, the casualties have mounted. As Christmas Eve falls Anna and Nikolaus are reunited when they are asked to perform at a concert for the Crown Prince and she accompanies him back to the trenches. Soldiers in the French, German, and Scottish bunkers begin recalling songs of home, stepping into no-man’s-land for a spontaneous truce. Once sworn enemies, they trade their weapons for merriment and camaraderie – resulting in one miraculous night of peace. Father Palmer celebrates mass and urges the men to “go in peace”. Following the cease-fire, word reaches headquarters where the generals react in anger and disbelief. They each declare the soldiers will be punished for fraternizing with the enemy. The Scottish soldiers are sent to the front lines, Audebert is transferred to Verdun with his unit disbanded, and the Germans are sent to Pomerania. As the soldiers leave they hum the Scottish ballad they heard on Christmas Eve. The battlefield stands empty and snow begins to fall once again. A plea for peace and a powerful examination of national and familial loyalty, amidst the futility of war.


Banner illustration: Roan Shankaruk

EVENT DETAILS

An opera in two acts sung in English, French, German, Italian, and Latin with English surtitles

WHEN & WHERE: Nov 3, 8 & 9 at 7:30 p.m., Nov 4 at 2 p.m.
Old Auditorium, 6344 Memorial Road, UBC Campus

TICKETS
Online
604-822-6725
In Person
UBC Opera Box Office

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

 

October 2018 – Okanagan Symphony with Tanya Tagaq

Join Heather as she performs with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra:
October 13th – Kelowna, 7:30 PM
October 14th – Vernon, 7:00 PM

FEATURING

Tanya Tagaq – Contemporary Vocalist
Christine Duncan – Improv leader

REPETOIRE

Dinuk Wijeratne First Winter
Christos Hatzis Thunder Drum
Tanya Tagaq/ Christine Duncan Qiksaaktuq
                                     Orchestrated by Christopher Mayo
Tanya Tagaq Improvisations

The OSO is joined by Inuk artist and throat singer, Tanya Tagaq.  Recent winner of the coveted Polaris Prize, Tagaq has been described as one of the most unique performers on the planet.  She is an accomplished throat singer who transforms this traditional art form into contemporary expression.  Qiksaaktuq, (Grief) is an expression of the five stages of grief written and performed in tribute to the missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada.  This performance will be visceral, raw and unforgettable.

Concert proudly sponsored by Judy & Graham Burns

“Tagaq projects sounds that carry the imprint of the body’s secret contours and recesses, delving far beyond personal utterance, out beyond human identity, to summon voices from the flesh cavity haunts of animal spirits and primal energies.” – The Wire (UK)

More information: https://okanagansymphony.com/

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.

October 2018 – Vancouver Opera: “The Merry Widow”

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

Franz Lehár

THE MERRY WIDOW

MerryWidowGet ready to indulge in the Viennese torte known as Franz Lehár’sThe Merry Widow (Die Lustige Witwe) in this wonderfully lavish Art Nouveau production directed by Canadian Kelly Robinson (last at Vancouver Opera as director of the hit production of Evita). Set in the heart of vibrant fin de siècle Paris, the wealthy widow, Hanna Glawari, sung by Italian-Canadian Lucia Cesaroni, schemes to win the heart of dashingly handsome Count Danilo, interpreted here by tenor John Cudia, recently at VO as Cassio in Verdi’s Otello. The story unfolds on a stage packed with elegant ladies, eligible bachelors, and Maxim’s famous can-can dancers. Franz Lehár’s charming score, last performed at VO in 1990, is filled with lush waltzes and ballads. Susan Memmott-Allred’s costumes and Michael Yeargan’s sets evoke the Belle Epoque period with winning style. Rising star conductor Ward Stare will direct the Vancouver Opera Orchestra.

Sung in German with English dialogue and English SURTITLES™

October 20, 25, & 27 at 7:30pm
October 28 at 2:00pm
Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver

https://www.vancouveropera.ca/

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.

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

OperaKelowna-Bizets-Carmen-SmallAUGUST 16-19, 2018

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.