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

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Silent Night, based on the screenplay by Christian Carion for the motion picture Joyeux Noël,

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.

 

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

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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.

Sung in Russian with English SURTITLESTM

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.