Music News & Events

Music News & Events

July 2022 – Harmonie on the Island, summer chamber music Pop Up Concerts

July 21 – 23, 2022

Experience the quintessential outdoor entertainment of the 18th century – Harmoniemusik in a local garden. ‘Harmonie’ is the word used in classical music for a group of wind players employed by patrons to perform in outdoor settings. Enjoy Beethoven’s Sextet, Op.71 and Mozart’s Serenade K.375, along with smaller offerings from their inspirational role models by Handel and Haydn.

VIS Musicians: Christopher Lee & Krystal Morrison, clarinets; Anthony Avery & Olivia Martin, bassoons; Andrew Clark & Heather Walker, horns.

For more information about tickets:
https://tickets.porttheatre.com/TheatreManager/175/login?subscription=0

Heather Walker is a professional horn player, a core member of the Vancouver Island Symphony, and a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. Use the Alexander Technique to improve posture, reduce tension, and to live with more ease of movement and lightness of being. For more information about the technique, please contact Heather at 250-716-3464.

July 2022 – Vancouver Opera in Deer Lake Park – Music in the Movies

Opera in the Movies
Join us for VO’s inaugural Opera in the Park outdoor concert presenting popular music from the movies! This free event will feature the Vancouver Opera orchestra, chorus and principal singers, led by Music Director Emeritus Jonathan Darlington.

WHEN: Sunday, July 17, 2022

WHERE: Deer Lake Park, Burnaby (6450 Deer Lake Ave)

ACTIVITIES BEGIN: 1 PM

OPERA IN THE MOVIES CONCERT: 7:30 PM

COST: FREE

REFRESHMENTS: Outside food is permitted. Food trucks will be on-site.

Selections include music from The Godfather, The Simpsons, and Mission Impossible!

Arrive early! Parking is limited.

This full-day event will have activities for the whole family including an instrument petting zoo, balloon twisters, face-painting, a photo wall, stilt walkers, giveaways and so much more!

Don’t forget your blankets and lawn chairs! Please leave your large tents/umbrellas at home.

Heather Walker is a professional horn player, a core member of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, and a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. Anyone can use the Alexander Technique to learn to move with more freedom and ease, have better posture, reduce pain, and recuperate from stress and undue wear & tear. She teaches the Alexander Technique in Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island. For more information about the Alexander Technique, please contact Heather at heather@soundbeingstudio.com.

June 2022 – Vancouver Island Symphony, Beethoven’s Third!

Electrifying Eroica – Vancouver Island Symphony performs Beethoven’s Third!

Our full orchestra returns to the stage, featuring the piece which we were rehearsing when our world was interrupted. Powerful symbolism permeates the work, the most perfect example of resilience in face of adversity. Also on the program, a new VIS commission featuring the words of Nanaimo Poet Laureate Tina Biello , with music by Vancouver composer Katerina Gimon.

Heather Walker is a professional horn player, a core member of the Vancouver Island Symphony, and a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. Use the Alexander Technique to improve posture, reduce tension, and to live with more ease of movement and lightness of being. For more information about the technique, please contact Heather at 250-716-3464.


Friday, June 24th, 5:00 PM and 7:30 PM, at the Port Theatre, Nanaimo

Saturday June 25th, 2:00 PM at the Sid Williams Theatre, Courtenay

Conducted by Pierre Simard

Katerina Gimon Playing into Silence *Premiere

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

April 2022 – Vancouver Island Symphony plays Schubert’s Great Symphony


Join Heather as she plays horn as a core member of the Vancouver Island Symphony.

We end our season with a smile, and a masterpiece: Schubert’s glorious, majestic and sunny “Great” C Major Symphony #9, stands as a pinnacle of orchestral melody, and broke new grounds for its form, inspiring Schumann and other later composers. A favourite of musicians and audiences alike, and a thrilling finale for our 2021 – 2022 season!

Concert Programme

SCHUBERT Symphony in C major (“Great”), D. 944

PORT THEATRE, APR 30, 2022. Two concerts: 5:00 PM and 7:30 PM

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 2022 – Kamloops Symphony, Iskwe concert and Beethoven/ Tabla

Kamloops Symphony Concerts

Thursday, April 21st, 2022, Sagebrush Theatre, Kamloops

An evocative and intimate sharing invites you into an edgy, emotional, and soulful experience with Cree artist iskwē. Known for weaving elements of pop, jazz, R&B, and music and movement, iskwē’s inventiveness provides new avenues of expression and storytelling. A stunning and eye-opening concert experience awaits those curious.

Advisory: Concert will include coarse language some may find offensive.

FEATURING
Bradley Thachuk, guest conductor
iskwē, guest artist

PROGRAMME
Vivian Fung: Pizzicato for String Orchestra
Various original works by iskwē

Saturday, April 23rd, 2022, Sagebrush Theatre, Kamloops

We are shining a light on the traditional Indian percussion instrument, the Tabla! Pairing the fresh and engaging music of Sri Lankan-Canadian composer Dinuk Wijeratne with the immortal beauty of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, we invite you to this exciting cross-cultural concert experience.

FEATURING
Bradley Thachuk, conductor
Gabriel Dionne, tabla

PROGRAMME
Camille Pépin: Avant les Clartés de l’Aurore
Dinuk Wijeratne: Tabla Concerto
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

For more information: Kamloopssymphony.com

March 2022 – Vancouver Island Symphony, Mozart’s Serenade & Tonight…Piaf!

Join Heather at a concert as she performs horn as a core member of the Vancouver Island Symphony:

Mozart’s Serenade

Light and Dark, Day and Night, Divertimento and Serenade: two works for winds which will wow you! Enesco’s charming Dixtuor is undeservedly forgotten, with its gentle themes and carefree spirit. Mozart’s Serenade is a more serious work, which Wolfgang held in high esteem, and has become a staple of the wind instrument repertoire. A wondrous program for double wind quintet!

Concert Programme

Conducted by        Pierre Simard

ENESCO       Dixtuor for Winds

MOZART        Serenade for Winds in C minor, KV 388

The Port Theatre, Nanaimo: March 19th, 2022

2 concerts: 5 PM and 7:30 PM

Tonight….Piaf!

The setting is the ballroom of New York’s Waldorf Astoria, the year is 1961. Singer Edith Piaf is scheduled to appear in concert to a sold-out crowd. The crowd is awaiting her entrance on stage.

Whether 8 years old or 80, the songs of Edith Piaf remain engraved in your soul for a lifetime. Her story is one that yearns to be told time and time again for it is a story of embracing life without fear.

Written by Joëlle Rabu and Ted Galay
Orchestrations by Nico Rhodes

Guest Artist Joëlle Rabu

The Tidemark Theatre, Campbell River: Friday March 25th, 2022 at 7:30 PM

The Port Theatre, Nanaimo: Saturday March 26th, 7:30 PM, and Sunday, March 27th, 2:00 PM

For more information: Vancouver Island Symphony

March 2022 – Kamloops Symphony: The Essence of Mahler

Heather will be playing horn with the Kamloops Symphony for this exciting concert: Audiences will be charmed with a distilled version of Mahler’s heavenly Symphony No. 4, and Chausson’s Chanson perpétuelle in this enlightening concert featuring guest soprano Kimy Mc Laren.

Sagebrush Theatre, 1300 9th Avenue, Kamloops, B.C.
Saturday, March 12, 7:30 pm

The Nexus at First, 450 Okanagan Ave E., Salmon Arm, B.C.
Sunday, March 13, 2:30 pm

FEATURING

Dina Gilbert, conductor
Kimy Mc Laren, soprano

PROGRAMME

Ernest ChaussonChanson perpétuelle
Gustav MahlerSymphony No. 4 (arr. Yoon Jae Lee)

The approximate duration of the concert is 75 minutes without intermission. For more information:

The Kamloops Symphony

February 2022 – Vancouver Opera, Cavalleria Rusticana

Heather Walker is a professional horn player and a core member of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra. In 2021/2022, The Vancouver Opera is returning to the stage with covid protocols and restrictions in place. Heather is thrilled to be performing with her colleagues for the upcoming performance in February 2022.

Cavalleria Rusticana

Saturday Feb 12 | 7:30PM and Sunday Feb 13 | 2:00PM, QE Theatre, Vancouver.
80 minutes no intermission

This beloved masterpiece, Cavalleria Rusticana in Concert delivers intense passion, memorable music and incredible arias. This one-act opera, performed live and in concert, welcomes back Music Director Emeritus Jonathan Darlington to conduct the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Sung in Italian with English Surtitles.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be able to return to Vancouver Opera and make music again. Thank you to all of our supporters for keeping Vancouver Opera’s heart alive and beating. I can’t wait to share our concert performance of the well-loved Cavalleria rusticana and show just how hard that heart beats and how much we’ve missed performing for you.” 

-Johnathan Darlington, Vancouver Opera Music Director Emeritus

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.

2022 – Vancouver Island Symphony

Heather is a professional horn player and a core member of the Vancouver Island Symphony. The VISO is continuing to perform in 2022 throughout the covid pandemic, but with 50% seating capacity, special covid protocols in place, and some modifications of schedule.

More information about the Vancouver Island Symphony, and a full list of 2022 concerts, can be found at: https://www.vancouverislandsymphony.com

Please note: our January concert has been re-scheduled to June 2022.

ELECTRIFYING EROICA – Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 5:00 pm OR 7:30 pm (**now in June)

Our full orchestra returns to the stage, featuring the piece which we were rehearsing when our world was interrupted: Beethoven’s third symphony. Powerful symbolism permeates the work, the most perfect example of resilience in face of adversity. Also on the program, a new VIS commission featuring the words of Nanaimo Poet Laureate Tina Biello , with music by Vancouver composer Katerina Gimon.

When not playing music professionally, Heather teaches the Alexander Technique. For more information about lessons or workshops, please contact her at info@soundbeingstudio.com.

January 2022 – Alexander Technique for UVic “Business of Music” Class

On January 21st, 2022, Heather Walker will be presenting a virtual seminar about the Alexander Technique to the University of Victoria “Business of Music” class, MUS 310. The class is required for all music majors, and also open to students from other disciplines.

Heather is a professional musician, playing French horn in many different orchestras and music groups. She is also a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, a century-old system for incorporating more awareness, ease, and efficiency of movement and thought into everything a person does. The Alexander Technique is particularly well known in the music world, since there is so much refined and repetitious movement in playing an instrument, and this often manifests itself into tension, repetitive strain, and injury.

For this presentation, Heather will touch on many aspects of the technique. Discussion will include:

  • The history of the Alexander Technique
  • The difference between treating a symptom, and un-learning harmful habits that are creating the problem
  • The understanding of kinaesthetic awareness and re-education to be able to change habits
  • Some of the principles of the Alexander Technique and how they are taught
  • Some basic experiments and tools to try at home
  • A better anatomical understanding of our design, especially the head, neck & back relationship

Heather is always happy to give lessons, workshops, and presentations on the Alexander Technique. Please contact her for more information at info@soundbeingstudio.com, or 250-716-3464