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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

February 2017 – Music Educations Concerts in Nanaimo

Vancouver Island Symphony Education Program and Show “My Symphony”

This year the Vancouver Island Symphony’s outreach and vis20140213_edcon-mysymphony_pstr-vert_3education is continuing an integrated music program in partnership with school districts on Vancouver Island. On February 17th 2017, grade 4 students will be attending the Symphony at the Port Theatre to hear a special music education show. In addition, the Vancouver Island Symphony will be sending a musician to perform at each school prior to students attending the new show called My Symphony. “My Symphony will be introducing the musical instruments of the orchestra in a fun way to the students,” says Patricial Plumley, VIS Grade 5 Choir Conductor. “It features some of Rick Scott’s favourite music. Rick has eight award-winning children’s albums and several nominations for Juno Awards. Composer-director Nico Rhodes is doing the arrangements, Pierre Simard will be conducting the orchestra, and the Vancouver Island Symphony Grade 5 Choir will be singing along with Rick.”

Heather Walker is a professional horn player with the Vancouver Island Symphony who will be performing in the education shows at the Port Theatre.

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

January 2017 – Kamloops Symphony Orchestra – Magic of Vienna

Heather is happy to perform with the Kamloops Symphony for:

The Magic of Vienna

The Nexus at First United, Salmon Arm
Friday, January 13, 2017 7:30 pm

Sagebrush Theatre
Saturday, January 14, 2017 7:30 pm
Sunday, January 15, 2017 2:00 pm

mw4-melina_moore-1-webConductor: Bruce Dunn
Guest Artist: Melina Moore, Soprano

Combine the stunning voice and sparkling personality of Melina Moore with the brilliant music of Strauss, Lehar, and Lloyd Webber. Enjoy the resulting blend of glorious melodies and songs from Vienna to Broadway.

  • Strauss, Sr.: Moldau-Klange Walzer
  • Offenbach: The Doll Song(from Tales of Hoffmann)
  • Bernstein: Glitter and Be Gay (from Candide)
  • Dvorak: Carnival Overture
  • Lehar: Ballsirenen Waltz
  • Lloyd Webber: Think of Me/Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again (from Phantom of the Opera)
  • Berlioz: Hungarian March

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.  For more information: 250-716-3464 or info@soundbeingstudio.com

January 2017 – Alexander Technique at Trinity Western University

This year I have the priviledge of teaching a number of Alexander Technique classes for Trinity Western University in Langley.  This school has a dynamic music program with an internationally recognized choral component, and all of their music majors must take the repertory and studio class.  In this class, I am the guest instructor for 3 sessions of Alexander Technique on September 21st, October 26th, 2016 and January 25th, 2017.  In the classes I will cover many ideas and activities that are available in my standard introductory workshop for musicians.  This workshop is available to music groups on request, and I am able to customize it for a specific focus or instrument.  Please contact me at 250-716-3464 or info@soundbeingstudio.com for more information.

The Alexander Technique will help musicians:

  • Move with ease, grace, and poise
  • Improve kinaesthetic awareness & posture
  • Release muscle tension and tightness
  • Be energetic and efficient yet calm
  • Re-establish better balance
  • Change your habitual patterns of reaction
  • Perform activities with awareness and freedom
  • Learn recuperation and relaxation exercises for home
  • Understand your body’s design for efficient movement

 The Alexander Technique is taught at: Juilliard School of Performing Arts in New York, The Royal College of Music in London, The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and at many other music schools._who_we_are_web_1

TRINITY WESTERN UNIVERSITY
MUSIC 100 Repertory and Studio Class
A performance class for students of applied music for the purpose of gaining experience in public performance and increasing knowledge of music literature. Required of all music majors in each semester of the program.

 

December 2016 – Nutcracker with Goh Ballet, Vancouver

Heather is happy to perform with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra in the 2016 Christmas performances of the Nutcracker Ballet.  More information here: http://www.gohnutcracker.com

A Traditional Rendition
of a Classical Masterpiece

Goh Ballet

Experience Clara’s dream come to life as she embarks on a magical journey through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets where she is greeted by the enchanting Sugar Plum Fairy. An

unforgettable adventure awaits as her gallant Nutcracker battles the evil Mouse King and his army of mischievous mice. This heart-warming production is sure to delight audiences of all ages with more than 200 glittering costumes, dramatic sets and valuable lessons – all danced to Tchaikovsky’s memorable score performed live by members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra.

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