Music News & Events

Music News & Events

April/May 2024 – Vancouver Opera performs the passionate “Carmen!”

The blood of passion surges and spills in one of the most beloved and widely performed works in operatic history. Animated by an all-star cast and audacious stagecraft, the conflicting worlds and failed romance of the sensual, rebellious Carmen and the possessive military man Don José absolutely burst off the stage. Vancouver Opera presents five performances from April 27 – May 5, 2024, at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. For more information: https://www.vancouveropera.ca/

Heather Walker is a professional horn player and a core member of the Vancouver Opera orchestra. When not performing music, she teaches the Alexander Technique, which can be used by anyone to build awareness and choice in order to change movement patterns. The technique allows people to change habits, improve posture, and avoid injuries by aligning movement habits with the most natural and efficient design of the body. For more information, contact Heather at 250-716-3464.

March 2024 – An Evening of Pink Floyd in Kamloops

Heather Walker is a professional horn player and performs frequently with the Kamloops Symphony. When not performing, she teaches the Alexander Technique, a unique tool to learn better awareness and posture, freedom of movement, and lightness of being. Please contact Heather for more information about the Alexander Technique.

As time goes by, Pink Floyd simply gets better and better. Our audiences adore the music, we love to perform it, and there is no question it has found a very sweet spot with the orchestra. Jeans ‘n Classics returns to Kamloops to present highlights from The Wall plus Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety. Jaelem Bhate, Conductor

Friday, March 22, 7:30 pm, Saturday, March 23, 2:00 pm, and Saturday, March 23, 7:30 pm Sagebrush Theatre, 1300 9th Avenue, Kamloops
A Kelson Group Pops Performance

March 2024 – Cuban Hits with Vancouver Island Symphony

Heather Walker is a professional horn player and core member of the Vancouver Island Symphony, based in Nanaimo, B.C. Join them for their next concert, Cuban Hits!

A 100% Cuban Night is a must this season! In La Habana, Cosette and guest artists Mayquel and Yaroldy were students together. She is very proud to feature the incredible talent of these jazz players, who have performed all around the world. Not only will we hear the sounds of Cuba at this show – we will also see the county through the photos and videos by photographer Lilien Trujillo Viton. Get ready to move and feel the heat!

Saturday March 9th, 5:00 PM and 7:30 PM, Port Theatre, Nanaimo and Sunday March 10th, 2:00 PM, Sid Williams Theatre, Courtenay.

CONDUCTOR: Cosette Justo Valdés

GUEST ARTISTS: Mayquel González, Trumpet and Yaroldy Abreu, Cuban Percussion

When not playing music professionally, Heather Walker is a teacher of the Alexander Technique, a unique tool for learning to move and think differently. Use the Alexander Technique to reduce tension, improve posture, recover from injuries and live with more ease and efficiency. Please contact Heather at 250-716-3464 for more information.

February 2024 – Vancouver Opera performs Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale”

With an all-star cast and music calibrated for virtuosity, Donizetti’s comic masterpiece of inter-generational jealousy and reconciliation, young love, and madcap machinations bursts with vivid colour and endlessly engaging melodies. The aging bachelor’s scheme to marry and disinherit his rebellious nephew Ernesto is countered by a hilarious bait-and-switch caper hatched by Dr. Malatesta and Ernesto’s love, Norina, going undercover as Pasquale’s new and decidedly not-as-advertised bride. Given a mid-20th century Technicolour makeover by the acclaimed creative duo of costume/set designer André Barbe and stage director/choreographer Renaud Doucet, Don Pasquale’s world bustles with a ramshackle vibrancy.

SAT, FEB 10 2024, 7:30PM
THU, FEB 15 2024, 7:30PM
SUN, FEB 18 2024, 2:00PM

All performances at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver. For more information: http://www.vancouveropera.ca

Heather Walker is a professional horn player 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.

January 2024 – “Your Favourite Composers” in Nanaimo and Courtenay

Heather is a core member of the Vancouver Island Symphony. Join her for these upcoming performances: Saturday, January 20, 2024 at 5:00 PM or 7:30 PM, Port Theatre, Nanaimo and Sunday January 21, 2024 at 2:00 PM, Sid Williams Theatre, Courtenay

These musical gems by Vivaldi, Bach and Mozart are some of the most marvellous, energizing, and popular pieces in orchestral repertoire. Marianna Martines will become one of your favourites too! She was a pupil of Haydn and a friend of Mozart, and the discovery of her Sinfonia in C major will enrich what you already love about the classical era of music.

CONDUCTOR: Cosette Justo Valdés
GUEST ARTISTS: Calvin Dyck VIOLIN and Sevilya Hendrickx VIOLA

PROGRAMME
VIVALDI   L’estro armonico (The Harmonic Inspiration), Op. 3 No. 3

J.S. BACH   Suite No. 3 in D major, BWW 1068

M. MARTINES:  Sinfonia in C Major

MOZART:   Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra in Eb major, K. 364

When not performing music professionally, Heather Walker teaches the Alexander Technique out of her home studio in Nanaimo. The Alexander Technique can be used by anyone to improve awareness, movement patterns, and posture. With the help of the technique we can change negative habits that can result in symptoms such as tension, back pain, repetitive strain injuries, and inefficient movement. For more information, contact Heather at 250-716-3464.

December 2023 – Pro-D at the 3rd International Horn Congress, Guadassuar, Spain!

This winter I am taking an incredible opportunity to travel and study at the same time, as I will be going to Europe for professional development in the Alexander Technique and also for my French horn playing. I am excited to re-immerse myself into the Alexander Technique for 4 weeks in a certified training course, just outside of Barcelona, Spain.

From there I have the opportunity to travel for a few weeks with my husband, and then participate at an international conference for French horn, just outside of Valencia. This is a three day congress with fantastic horn players from around the world – including top soloist and lead players from many of the largest orchestras in Europe. For more information, go to: https://citguad.com/home/

I look forward to coming back to Nanaimo full of new ideas and re-inspired for both my Alexander Technique teaching and my professional music work. For information about the Alexander Technique, and lessons and workshops on Vancouver Island, please contact me after January 8th 2024.

November 2023 – VISO plays “Carmen and Mamma Mia” in Nanaimo

Join Heather as she performs as a core member of the Vancouver Island Symphony in Nanaimo.

Saturday, November 4, 2023 | 7:30 pm | Port Theatre, Nanaimo.

How many opera and musical theatre favourites can you hear in one night? The best of Carmen, The Magic Flute, The Barber of Seville, Tales of Hoffman, Mamma Mia, Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Kinky Boots, West Side Story… and more!

CONDUCTOR: Les Dala

GUEST ARTIST: Malaspina Choir (Fiona Blackburn, Artistic Director)
Emma Parkinson, MEZZO-SOPRANO
Buwa and Ty Koch VOCALS

Heather Walker is a professional horn player 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.

October 2023 – Vancouver Island Symphony, Beethoven and Shostakovich

Join Heather as she performs as a core member of the Vancouver Island Symphony. Come feel the excitement of the first season with their new Artistic Director, Cosette Justo Valdés.

Bite by Bekah Simms takes us on a journey where we introspectively rediscover ourselves. Followed by Beethoven where we revel in the angelic, blooming, daring and celebratory spirit of his and finally, Shostakovich’s legendary 5th Symphony , which inspires us bravely to confront formidable challenges, and to ultimately transform the human condition, improving the world around us.

CONDUCTOR: Cosette Justo Valdés

GUEST ARTIST: Philip Chiu, PIANO

Heather Walker is a professional horn player and a core member of the Vancouver Island Symphony. When not performing music, she teaches the Alexander Technique out of her studio in Nanaimo, B.C. The Alexander Technique is an extraordinary method to learn to move with more awareness and ease, creating optimal movement patterns that help alleviate symptoms of tension, back and neck pain, repetitive strain injuries, and postural problems among others. For more information on the Alexander Technique please contact Heather at 250-716-3464.

October 2023 – Okanagan Symphony Orchestra “New Discoveries”

Join Heather as she performs with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra:

Kelowna – Friday, October 20th, 7:30pm
Kelowna Community Theatre

Penticton – Saturday, October 21st, 7:00pm
Cleland Community Theatre

Vernon – Sunday, October 22nd, 7:00pm
Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre

Melodies abound in our season opener. Virtuoso violinist Timothy Chooi shares the lyricism of Samuel Barber’s beautiful violin concerto. Dvořák’s musical postcard from the Old World to the New is brimming with wonder, joy, and grandeur, filled with restless energy, melodic invention, soulful pleasure, and limitless promise.

PROGRAM

AGÓCS | …LIKE TREASURE HIDDEN IN A FIELD
BARBER | VIOLIN CONCERTO
DVOŘÁK | SYMPHONY NO. 9, “NEW WORLD”

ARTISTS – TIMOTHY CHOOI – VIOLIN

Heather Walker is a professional horn player and active freelancer. When not performing music, she teaches the Alexander Technique out of her studio in Nanaimo, B.C. The Alexander Technique is an extraordinary method to learn to move with more awareness and ease, creating optimal movement patterns that help alleviate symptoms of tension, back and neck pain, repetitive strain injuries, and postural problems among others. For more information on the Alexander Technique please contact Heather at 250-716-3464.

October 2023 – Salish Sea Brass performs house concert in Nanaimo

On October 14th the Salish Sea Brass Trio will perform a full concert including classical music by Bach, Debussy, Susato, Joplin, Bernstein….to name a few! The Brass Trio is made up of Derrick Milton, trumpet, Heather Walker, horn, and Andrew Clayden, trombone.

Please join us for a neighbourhood house concert. The cost is a suggested donation of $20 per person. The venue is at our neighbour’s house (exact address to be given out to those that reserve.) RESERVATIONS are ESSENTIAL…. we will have a limited number of seats.

Extras: enjoy a glass of wine in intermission while you help vote on the best name for the trio!

Please contact Heather Walker to reserve a spot. 

Heather Walker is a professional horn player 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.