Music News & Events

Music News & Events

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

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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.

March 2018 – “Crazy for You” Gershwin Show

CrazyforYouMarch 2018 – Heather has the opportunity to play horn in a Gershwin Musical, “Crazy for You”.  This will take place at Brentwood College in Mill Bay, on Vancouver Island.  Performances are Tuesday March 6 – Saturday March 10th, 2018.  For more information:  http://theatre.brentwood.bc.ca/

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.

February 2018 – Bach, Beethoven, Brahms – Vancouver Island Symphony

Vancouver Island Symphony presents 3 Bs – Bach, Beethoven, Brahms

Saturday, February 17th   7:30 pm, Port Theatre, Nanaimo

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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.

January 2018 – Orchestral Education Shows – Vancouver Island Symphony

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Vancouver Island Symphony Education Show

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 2300+ 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. School Districts pay $1 per person plus bussing.

Nanaimo VIS Education show – Monday, January 22nd
Courtenay VIS Education show – Tuesday, January 23rd

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.

January 2018 – Mozart and a Drum Roll – Vancouver Island Symphony

Vancouver Island Symphony presents Mozart and a Drum Roll

Saturday, January 20th   7:30 pm, Port Theatre, Nanaimo, B.C.

Pre-concert talk @ 6:30pm

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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.

January 2018 – The Magic of Vienna – Kamloops Symphony Orchestra

The Magic of Vienna

Friday, January 12, 2018, 7:30 pm
The Nexus at First, Salmon Arm

Saturday, January 13, 2018, 7:30 pm
Sagebrush Theatre, Kamloops

Sunday, January 14, 2018, 2:00 pm
Sagebrush Theatre, Kamloops

Guest Artist: Mark Ferris, violin

All the effervescent music you have come to expect from a Kamloops Symphony Magic of Vienna program, featuring two-time Juno Award winning violinist, Mark Ferris.

Programme Highlights

Sarasate:             Zigeunerweisen

Kodaly:               Galanta Dances

Strauss:               On the Beautiful Blue Danube

Brahms:              Hungarian Dance no. 1

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.