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July, August 2020 – Vancouver Island Symphony Summer Pop Up Shows

July, August 2020 – Vancouver Island Symphony Summer Pop Up Shows

Join Heather as she performs French horn as a core member of the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra, based in Nanaimo.

More information can be found here: https://www.vancouverislandsymphony.com/

With the anticipation of Phase 3 of the Government of British Columbia’s re-start plan, the Vancouver Island Symphony, is offering a series of four (4) summer Pop Up Concerts featuring different ensembles from the Vancouver Island Symphony in July and August.

These ensembles include:

  • Trio of Flute, Violin and Bass
  • String Quartet with two French Horns
  • Brass Quintet
  • Trio of Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon

Several of these four (4) concerts series packages have been sold out. Single Tickets are available for some performances of the Friday and Saturday Pop Up Concerts – please email or call the office to book: 250-754-0177.

The VIS will present these concerts using health regulations as outlined by the Government of British Columbia. There are specific rules and we will be following them for everyone’s safety.

CONCERT INFORMATION

  • Concerts will be held outside on private property and can accommodate 40 audience members that will be seated with social distancing in place.
  • The exact concert location address will be provided once you book your ticket.
  • Concerts will be one hour (60 minutes) in length with audience members arriving no more than 30 minutes ahead and leaving no later than 30 minutes after the concert.
  • Audience Members need to bring their own chairs, masks (optional), hand sanitizer, gloves (optional), beverage (no food or alcohol please).
  • A washroom will be available for Emergencies ONLY.
  • Parking is on the street.
  • Audience members will be asked to line up prior to entering the yard. They will then be directed to move to a space where they can place their chairs for seating. Audience members may sit in their COVID Bubbles.
  • Audience members agree to not attend if they are sick or not feeling well.
  • The concert series packages are non-refundable but they are transferable. The Purchaser may sell or give their concert space to someone else. When packages are resold or transferred, we must be notified and the new package owners must provide their contact information in order for the VIS to remain compliant with health regulations and COVID-19 Tracking.
  • We are unable to reschedule these concerts. If it rains the show will go on. In the event of rain, the musicians will be under tents however audience will not. Please bring your umbrellas.

CONCERT BONUS! The VIS will be selling subscriptions to a Streaming Concert Series featuring these four summer concerts. Everyone who attends the live concerts will receive a FREE SUBSCRIPTION to the Streaming Concert Series. Details will be sent to attendees as they become available.

Musicians have been hard hit financially by the pandemic and will continue to be challenged to make a living in the next 18 months. These Summer Pop Up concerts will support our VIS musicians and allow the VIS to re-launch when safe to do so. Your support is so important in ensuring that the VIS will be able to continue to operate.

April 2020 – Vancouver Opera COVID cancellations and postponement of 60th anniversary season

April 2020 – Vancouver Opera COVID cancellations and postponement of 60th anniversary season

Heather Walker is a professional horn player and a core member of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra.

It was with great sadness that Vancouver Opera was required to cancel their April 2020 production of “Another Brick in the Wall,” Roger Waters’ mythical work, in lyric version. The cancellations were due to the precautions around the coronavirus pandemic.

Like many organizations, Vancouver Opera has been struggling with the challenges presented by COVID-19. Although the closure of venues, social distancing measures, and restrictions on gatherings of more than 50 are in place for the foreseeable future, Vancouver Opera remains committed to our mission: to create extraordinary experiences that engage, inspire and entertain our audiences through voice, music, and theatre.

However, it is now clear that we will be unable to present our 2020–2021 season on the stage of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre as originally planned. Our much-anticipated 60th anniversary season that includes CarmenCosì fan Tutte, and Falstaff will be postponed to the 2021–2022 season.

When not performing music professionally, Heather also teaches the Alexander Technique, a method of movement awareness and postural re-education. It can be used by anyone to avoid injuries, move with more efficiency and freedom, create better posture, and live your life with more lightness and ease.

April 2020 – VISO shows cancelled due to COVID-19

April 2020 – VISO shows cancelled due to COVID-19

It was with sad hearts that the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra had to cancel their all-Beethoven concert in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was a sold-out show, and all the audience members and musicians were looking forward to a wonderful celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. The musicians had just finished their first rehearsal when we heard that the closure of venues and restrictions on gatherings of more than 50 people due to the coronavirus would prevent us from performing.

In the subsequent weeks, we found that continued restrictions would prevent the performances of the rest of the VISO season, including our 25th anniversary celebration in April 2020. All the musicians were heartbroken, and since then have very much missed playing music with colleagues and for our wonderful audiences. We will keep you updated on new developments.

Heather Walker is a professional French horn player and a core member of the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Opera Orchestra. When not playing music, she teaches the Alexander Technique, a method of movement awareness and postural re-education. Contact her at heather@soundbeingstudio.com

March 2020 – All Beethoven celebration with Vancouver Island Symphony

SATURDAY March 14, 2020 7:30 PM

FRIDAY March 13, 2020 7:30 PM
TIDEMARK THEATRE | CAMPBELL RIVER

Ticket Information:  www.vancouverislandsymphony.com

Iconic Beethoven

250 years after his birth, Beethoven still stands as one of the greatest creative minds in history; his revolutionary Eroica Symphony ushered classical music into a new era, while the Triple Concerto remains one of the only examples of its kind. This concert truly features all facets of Beethoven – strength and power, but also elegance, nostalgia, clarity and most of all – pure joy!

Concert Programme

Conductor         Pierre Simard

BEETHOVEN   Namensfeier (Name-Day) Overture, op. 115

BEETHOVEN   Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C major op. 56

BEETHOVEN   Symphony no. 3 (Eroica ) in E-flat major, op. 55

Guest Artists:   Calvin Dyck, Violin,    Cameron Crozman, Cello,   Philip Chiu, Piano

Heather Walker is a professional musician and a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique.  When not performing music professionally, Heather teaches the Alexander Technique both privately and in group classes and workshops. The Alexander Technique helps people learn to move, feel, and perform better in everything they do. It’s an educational approach used by people of all ages and abilities to increase physical and mental well-being and decrease strain in daily life.  For more information, contact Heather at 250-716-3464 or heather@soundbeingstudio.com.

March 2020 – Kamloops Symphony plays Beethoven in “Heroes and Heroines”

Join Heather as she plays horn with:

Kamloops Symphony Orchestra

HEROES AND HEROINES

Friday, March 6, 2020 at 7:30 pm
The Nexus At First, 450 Okanagan Avenue SE, Salmon Arm BC
Salmon Arm Series

Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Sagebrush Theatre, 1300 9th Avenue, Kamloops BC
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Guest Artists: Elyse Jacobson, violin; Breanne Jamieson, horn; Csetkwe, vocalist

Showcasing our assistant concertmaster and principal horn in an exciting program filled with sweeping, heroic melodies, plus a newly commissioned work by Katia Makdissi-Warren.

PROGRAMME:

Makdissi-Warren: Whispers of the Mountain (KSO Commission)
Smyth: Concerto for Violin and Horn
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 “Eroica”

When not performing music professionally, Heather Walker teaches the Alexander Technique. The Alexander Technique is an educational method used to improve mobility, posture, performance and alertness along with relief of chronic stiffness, tension and stress. People study the Technique to change faulty postural habits and relieve pain through better coordination of the musculoskeletal system. It is also used to enhance performance and learn greater conscious control of our reactions. Athletes, singers, actors, and musicians use the Technique to improve breathing, vocal production, and speed and accuracy of movement. For more information: www.soundbeingstudio.com or 250-716-3464.  Tax-deductible receipts are available as professional development training for those with self-employment income.

February 2020 – Kamloops Symphony, Johannes Brahms and Clara Schumann

Join Heather as she plays horn with the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra:

FOR THE LOVE OF CLARA

Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Sagebrush Theatre, 1300 9th Avenue, Kamloops BClinda_raun

Guest Artist: Linda Ruan, piano

Classical music’s most tragically romantic love triangle: Clara & Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms. Hear passionate works by the men who loved her, along with Clara’s ingenious piano concerto.

 

PROGRAMME:

Robert Schumann: Overture Scherzo & Finale
Clara Schumann: Piano Concerto
Brahms: Symphony No. 3

Heather Walker is a professional musician and a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique.  When not performing music professionally, Heather teaches the Alexander Technique both privately and in group classes and workshops. The Alexander Technique helps people learn to move, feel, and perform better in everything they do. It’s an educational approach used by people of all ages and abilities to increase physical and mental well-being and decrease strain in daily life.  For more information, contact Heather at 250-716-3464 or heather@soundbeingstudio.com.

Jan. & Feb. 2020 – UBC Opera, “The Passenger”

Join Heather as she performs horn with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and the UBC Opera ensemble.

Pasażerka (The Passenger)
Music by Mieczysław Weinberg
Libretto by Alexander Medvedev

DAVID AGLER, CONDUCTOR
NANCY HERMISTON, DIRECTOR
MEMBERS OF THE VANCOUVER OPERA ORCHESTRA

Passenger__19-20_500x500January 27, 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, a day now known as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. In honour and remembrance of those who lost their lives at Auschwitz and in other oppressive regimes, UBC Opera presents Mieczysław Weinberg’s opera The Passenger.

Composed in the 1960s but not premiered until a little over a decade ago, The Passenger tells the moving tale of a German and ex-Nazi woman, Lisa, who finds herself tortured by her past while on a ship to Brazil with her husband. Tormented by visions of a passenger who bears a striking resemblance to an inmate under her command at Auschwitz (and whom she believes to be deceased), Lisa’s journey reveals to us the horrors suffered in concentration camps and their long-reaching consequences. As the story unfolds, we see in flashback the life of the object of Lisa’s visions, Marta, and her husband, Tadeusz, as they endure the grim life of a concentration camp prisoner in Auschwitz. The opera continues to alternate between the past and present, entwining the two to tell the story of these unfortunate people who lost so much in the atrocities of war. In the end, the identity of the passenger seen by Lisa is never confirmed as Marta, leaving the ending shrouded in mystery but reminding us all of the importance of remembering those left behind.

EVENT DETAILS

An opera in two acts sung in Russian, Polish, German, Yiddish, French, English, and Czech, with English surtitles.

WHEN & WHERE
Jan. 30, 31 & Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 2 at 2 p.m.

Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
6265 Crescent Road,
UBC Campus

TICKETS
604-822-6725
IN PERSON
UBC Opera Box Office

January 2020 – Vancouver Island Symphony, Waltzes and Polkas

Join Heather as she performs as a core member of the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra,

SATURDAY January 18, 2020 7:30 PM, Port Theatre, Nanaimo, B.C.

By popular demand, we present a classic evening of waltzes, polkas, and Viennese bonbons, for an elegant and entertaining soirée! We launch the New Year in lighthearted fashion, with song and dance. Uncork the champagne, Prosit Neujahr!

Concert Programme

Conductor         Pierre Simard

Johann STRAUSS, JR.   Waltzes and Polkas

Selections by LEHÁR , von SUPPÉ , WALDTEUFEL , and more!

Guest Artists

Nadya Blanchette         Soprano

Ivana Ho, Bohemia Dance Productions         Dancer & Choreographer

Heather Walker is a professional musician and a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique.  When not performing music professionally, Heather teaches the Alexander Technique both privately and in group classes and workshops. The Alexander Technique helps people learn to move, feel, and perform better in everything they do. It’s an educational approach used by people of all ages and abilities to increase physical and mental well-being and decrease strain in daily life.  For more information, contact Heather at 250-716-3464 or heather@soundbeingstudio.com.

January 2020 – Kamloops Symphony “An Evening at the Opera”

Join Heather as she performs horn with the Kamloops Symphony.

Kamloops Symphony Orchestra

AN EVENING AT THE OPERA

Saturday, January 11, 7:30 pm and Sunday January 12, 2:00 pm, 2020

Sagebrush Theatre, 1300 9th Avenue, Kamloops BC

micah_schroederGuest Artists: Micah Schroeder, baritone; KSO Chorus

An evening of stirring arias and choruses from some of the best-known and beloved operas. Experience the power and emotion of this beautiful music.

PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS:

Music from La Forza del Destino, La Traviata, Nabucco, Madame Butterfly, The Barber of Seville, Don Giovanni, and The Marriage of Figaro.

 

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.

December 2019 – VSO Shows “Holly Cole” and “Home Alone”

Join Heather as she performs horn with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

DECEMBER 11, 2019

A HOLLY COLE CHRISTMAS

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It’s been a very long time since Holly Cole and her wonderful band have graced the stage of the prestigious Orpheum Theatre accompanied by the magnificent Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Together they will present Holly’s wonderfully eclectic mix of Holiday material and fan favourites.  In fact, it’s been 13 years if you can believe – and for many, the Holidays have not been the same since Ms. Cole’s last performance. It is with great excitement and anticipation that Ms. Cole and her band return!

Wednesday 8:00 pm

Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver

 

Home Alone

VSO Digital Concert Hall

DECEMBER 18 and 20, 2019 ORPHEUM THEATRE, Vancouver

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A true holiday favourite, this beloved comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams’ charming and delightful score performed live to picture by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy who is accidentally left behind when his family leaves for Christmas vacation, and who must defend his home against two bungling thieves. Hilarious and heart-warming, Home Alone is holiday fun for the entire family!

Score written by John Williams

Heather Walker is a professional musician and a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique.  When not performing music, Heather teaches the Alexander Technique both privately and in group classes and workshops. The Alexander Technique helps people learn to move, feel, and perform better in everything they do. It’s an educational approach used by people of all ages and abilities to increase physical and mental well-being and decrease strain in daily life.  For more information, contact Heather at 250-716-3464 or heather@soundbeingstudio.com.