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Music News & Events

August 18 & 19, 2017 – Opera Kelowna, La Bohème

Join Heather as she performs in:

Puccini’s La bohème

FRIDAY AUGUST 18 & SATURDAY AUGUST 19, 2017

7:30PM  |  Kelowna Community Theatre  |  Mainstage Performance

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One of the most frequently performed operas across the globe, Puccini’s La bohème follows a group of young Parisians–Rodolfo, Mimì, Marcello, Musetta, Schaunard, and Colline–while they struggle for their art and for their love.

Though originally set in the 1830s (and based on Henri Murger’s 1851 novel, Scènes de la vie de bohème), this immortal opera is easily translated into new times and new places. Many will recognize the 1996 musical Rent as being based on Puccini’s La bohème.

Opera Kelowna’s 2017 team is thrilled to bring this production to life: to engage and to play with the performance traditions surrounding this magnificent opus, and to bring the sweeping lines of Puccini’s music to the ears of the Okanagan’s residents.

Please join us for the culmination of our most significant season yet. Tickets can be purchased through Kelowna Tickets (online, in-store at Orchard Park Shopping Centre, or over the phone at 250-862-2867).

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.

August 12th, 2017 – Symphony by the Sea, Free Concert in Nanaimo

Join Heather as she performs with members of the Vancouver Island Symphony August 12th, 2017:

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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.

August 10th, 2017 – Abbotsford “Canada 150″ Outdoor Concert

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  A thrilling light show and live symphony orchestra along with other exciting activities and entertainment is set to take place at Mill Lake Park in Abbotsford to celebrate Canada 150.
Red, White and You is a free community event taking place at Mill Lake (Bevan Avenue entrance) from 5:00pm–10:00pm on Thursday, August 10, 2017. This event will be filled with activities and entertainment for all ages with free parking at Abbotsford Middle School, Abbotsford Senior Secondary, Godson Elementary School, and MSA Arena. A variety of food choices will be available for purchase on site with food trucks from the Fraser Valley Food Truck Festival.
Community zones will be open until 9:00pm and will include free interactive activities and fun for all ages. Activities include Castle Fun Park’s mini-golf course and City of Abbotsford’s PRC Inflatable obstacle course. The Reach Gallery Museum will be hosting a new glow-themed activity. There will be learning opportunities and creative crafts thanks to the Abbotsford Mission Recycling, Arts Council, Fraser Valley Regional Library, Corrections Canada, Heritage Abbotsford, Early Years, and Metro 50th Zones.
A diverse lineup of entertainers has been scheduled on the main stage from 5:00–7:00pm  including Jada Klein, the Hurricanes (Korean drummers), First Nations Dancers, and a family friendly magic shows by the Great Gordini.
The featured performance of the evening begins at 7:30pm with a Symphony Under the Stars show.  Calvin Dyck, local violinist and concertmaster of the Vancouver Island Symphony is producing this part of the evening and promises that there is music for everyone including Star Wars themes, music from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly featuring three trumpeters along with other symphonic favourites such as Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Finlandia by Sibelius and the Thunder and Lightning Polka by Strauss.  Calvin, along with Jeremy Potts will be featured soloists in the Double Violin Concerto by J.S. Bach, and Jeremy will perform the popular Carmen Fantasy by Sarasate.
The concert will also feature the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra bringing to life the famous Tango Jealousy by Jacob Gade complete with choreography and red tango dresses. In addition, an epic light show will accompany the final piece of the evening; the dramatic Polovetsian Dances by Borodin.
Bring your lawn chair to Mill Lake Park on Thursday, August 10th for a great evening of entertainment.

 

 

 

 

May 2017 – Kamloops Symphony Orchestra: Stravinsky, Rachmaninoff

Heather Walker is a professional horn player and will be performing horn with the Kamloops Symphony on May 12th and 13th, 2017.

Kamloops Symphony: Martin MacDonald, conductor, and Jaeden Izik-Dzurko, Piano

KSOMay2017Stravinsky: Firebird,Copland: Appalacian Spring, Rachmaninoff: Variations on a Theme of Paganini, for piano and orchestra.

May 12th, Salmon Arm, The Nexus at First, 7:30 pm

May 13th, Kamloops, The Sagebrush Theatre, 7:30 pm.

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 2017 – Vancouver Opera, Otello

Heather Walker is a professional horn player and core member of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra.  Join her this spring at the performances of Verdi’s masterpiece, Otello.

Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver
April 28 | May 4, 6 at 7:30pm
April 30 at 2:00pm

VOF-website-header-Otello-NEW4Conductor: Jonathan Darlington
Director: Michael Cavanagh
Scenic & Projection Designer: Erhard Rom
Lighting Designer: Gerald King
Chorus Director: Kinza Tyrrell

Cast
Otello: Antonello Palombi
Desdemona: Erin Wall
Iago: Gregory Dahl
Cassio: John Cudia
Emilia: Megan Latham
Lodovico: Thomas Goerz
Roderigo: Martin Sadd
Herald: Glenn de Verteuil
Montano: Angus Bell

About Otello
A powerful masterpiece that marries Shakespeare’s poetry with Verdi’s lyricism and sumptuous orchestrations. Based on Shakespeare’s tale of love, jealousy, and betrayal, Otello is considered Italian opera’s greatest tragedy.

The 65-piece orchestra joins forces with the formidable VO Chorus and sensational stars in a visually stunning production designed by the internationally acclaimed Erhard Rom.

The performance will last approximately 2 hours and 50 minutes, with one intermission.

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Heather Walker is a core member of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra.  When not playing music professionally, she teaches the Alexander Technique in Nanaimo, B.C.  The Alexander Technique is an extraordinary method for learning to move with ease, efficiency and fluidity, thereby reducing pain, injury, and postural problems.  For more information: 250-716-3464 or info@soundbeingstudio.com

April & May 2017 – Vancouver Opera, Dead Man Walking

Heather Walker is a professional horn player and a core member of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra.  Join her this spring at a performance of a contemporary opera, Dead Man Walking.

Vancouver Opera: Dead Man Walking

Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver

April 29 | May 2, 5 at 7:30pm
May 7 at 2:00pm

deadmanwalking.comConductor: Jonathan Darlington
Director: Joel Ivany
Scenic & Projection Designer: Erhard Rom
Lighting Designer: Gerald King
Chorus Director/Assistant Conductor: Kinza Tyrrell

By Jake Heggie
Libretto by Terrence McNally
Based on the book by Sister Helen Prejean

Cast
Joseph De Rocher, a death row inmate: Daniel Okulitch
Sister Helen Prejean, a young nun from Louisiana: J’nai Bridges
Sister Rose,  co-worker and close friend to Sister Helen: Karen Slack
Mrs. Patrick De Rocher, Joseph’s mother: Judith Forst
George Benton, prison warden: Charles Robert Austin
Owen Hart, father of the murdered girl: Thomas Goerz
Jade Boucher, mother of the murdered boy: Emma Parkinson
Kitty Hart, mother of the murdered girl: Karen Ydenberg
Howard Boucher, father of the murdered boy: Michael Barrett
Sister Catherine: Heather Pawsey
Sister Lillianne: Barbara Towell
Father Grenville, prison chaplain: J. Patrick Raftery
First Mother: Dionne Sellinger
Mrs. Charlton: Heather Molloy
Motorcycle Cop: Willy Miles-Grenzberg
Prison Guard 1: Willy Miles-Grenzberg
Prison Guard 2: DJ Calhoun
Five Solo Inmates: Frédérik Robert, Peter Alexander, Adam Kozak, Kevin Armstrong, Angus Bell
Older Brother, half brother to Joseph: Spencer Britten
A paralegal: Julia Rooney

About Dead Man Walking
Based on the bestselling memoir by Sister Helen Prejean, this popular opera chronicles the story of a convicted Louisiana murderer who is befriended by a Catholic nun seeking to understand the nature of divine forgiveness. Prejean’s memoir was the basis for the award-winning 1995 film starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. With a brilliant libretto by Terrance McNally and a dramatic and incredibly lyric musical setting by Jake Heggie—widely considered one of the great living opera composers—the work’s moral complexity, emotional depth make Dead Man Walking a standout of contemporary opera.

The performance will last approximately 2 hours and 5 minutes, with one intermission.

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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.

April 2017 – Vancouver Symphony Bruckner 7th

Join Heather as she performs with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra:

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra:  April 1st, 2nd, 3rd 2017, Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver

James Gaffigan, conductor

Hennning Kraggerud, violin

Mozart: Adagio & Fugue in C minor

Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major*

Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in E Major

  • Mozart’s sublime Violin Concerto No. 4 is performed by Henning Kraggerud, whose lyrical and seductive playing is praised by audiences and critics worldwide. On the other end of the scale, Bruckner’s majestic Symphony No. 7, powered by Wagner tubas and mighty, soaring themes, was that composer’s greatest triumph at the time he wrote this magnificent symphony.

Heather Walker is a professional horn player.  When not performing music, she teaches the Alexander Technique. With the Alexander Technique you can be poised without stiffness, move gracefully with less effort, and be alert and focused with less strain. The Alexander Technique is a simple and practical method for self-improvement and self-help. Anyone can benefit. Reduce tension, strain, injuries, and back pain by re-educating your coordination. Breathing and speaking become easier, and movement becomes freer, lighter and more enjoyable. You can improve how you move, perform, look and feel.  For more information: 250-716-3464 or info@soundbeingstudio.com

March 2017 – Vancouver Island Symphony, Lucky Irish Spirit

Heather Walker is a French horn player with the Vancouver Island Symphony.  As such, she will be performing with them on Friday March 17th, 2017, at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo.

Vancouver Island Symphony tickets and show details:

http://www.porttheatre.com/events/mar-2017/vancouver-island-symphony-presents-irish-spirit/

Guest Artist: Rant Maggie  Rant

Lorraine Min, PianistCombining original and contemporary compositions with traditional tunes, and blending them into intoxicating performances, Stratford-based Rant Maggie Rant brings us the poetry, nostalgia, charm and cheer of Irish and Celtic Songs, with a touch of World music influences. St Patrick himself would have approved of their fun, imaginative and straight-to-the-heart brand of music making!

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 2017 – Kamloops Symphony, Czech Mates Concert

Join Heather Walker as she performs with the Kamloops Symphony.  kamloopssymphony.com

Czech Mates

Sagebrush Theatre
Saturday, March 11, 2017     7:30 pm

olivia_martinConductor: Dina Gilbert
Guest Artist: Olivia Martin, Bassoon

This programme highlights the bassoon. Hear its unique and attractive sound in the simple melodies and enchanting rhythms of the Canadian composer Mozetich. The concert concludes with one of the most exciting symphonies in the repertoire.

Smetana – The Moldau

Mozetich – Concerto for Bassoon and String Orchestra with Marimba

Dvorak – Symphony #8

Heather Walker is a professional horn player.  When not performing music, she teaches the Alexander Technique. With the Alexander Technique you can be poised without stiffness, move gracefully with less effort, and be alert and focused with less strain. The Alexander Technique is a simple and practical method for self-improvement and self-help. Anyone can benefit. Reduce tension, strain, injuries, and back pain by re-educating your coordination. Breathing and speaking become easier, and movement becomes freer, lighter and more enjoyable. You can improve how you move, perform, look and feel.  For more information: 250-716-3464 or info@soundbeingstudio.com

February 2017 – Vancouver Island Symphony with Jeans and Classics

The Vancouver Island Symphony will perform with guest artists Jeans N’ Classics on February 18th, 2017, at 7:30 pm in the Port Theatre, Nanaimo. vancouverislandsymphony.com

CANADA ROCKS – The Best of our Homegrown Rock & Pop

canadian-spirit-headerCanadian songwriters, vocalists and bands have had a massive worldwide impact on pop-rock music over the last 50 years. With three of their strongest performers at the helm, offering gems from the likes of Leonard Cohen and Neil Young, Jeans N’ Classics performs a proud, thrilling, rocking taste of our homeland!

Heather Walker is a professional French 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.  For more information: 250-716-3464 or info@soundbeingstudio.com