Music News & Events

Music News & Events

November 2022 – Evocative Elegance, Music of Debussy, Boyle, Glass, Moussa

Join Heather as she performs with the Kamloops Symphony:

EVOCATIVE ELEGANCE
Saturday, November 12, 2022, 7:30 pm
Sagebrush Theatre
1300 9th Avenue, Kamloops

Juno-winning concertmaster of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal returns to Kamloops for an evening of elegance. Three different evocative concertos, including Canadian Samy Moussa’s sensational Violin Concerto “Adrano”, are paired with Debussy’s stunning Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune.

FEATURING
Dina Gilbert, conductor
Andrew Wan, violin

PROGRAMME
Lili Boulanger: D’un Matin de printemps
Claude Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Ina Boyle: Violin Concerto
Philip Glass: Concerto grosso
Samy Moussa: Violin Concerto “Adrano”

In addition to being a professional horn player, Heather is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. If you would like to learn to use your body with more ease and efficiency, try the Alexander Technique!

October 2022 – Kamloops Symphony, “The Piano Men”

Join Heather as she plays horn with the Kamloops Symphony:

THE PIANO MEN: THE MUSIC OF BILLY JOEL AND ELTON JOHN
Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29, 2022, 7:30 pm
Sagebrush Theatre
1300 9th Avenue, Kamloops

Jim Witter and his band make their return to Kamloops to pay homage to two of the greatest Rock’n Roll pianists of our time: Elton John & Billy Joel. From Candle in the Wind to Just the Way You Are, this concert will take you on a trip through the 70s, hit by hit.

FEATURING
Dina Gilbert, conductor
Jim Witter, vocalist

PROGRAMME
Highlights include Your Song, My Life, Candle in the Wind, Rocket Man, Just the Way You Are, and many more classic hits.

Heather Walker is a professional horn player, a long-time performer with the Kamloops 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.

October 2022 – Vancouver Island Symphony, A New World (Rossini, Donkin, Bergmann, DVOŘÁK)

Heather Walker is a professional horn player and core member of the Vancouver Island Symphony. Join her as they start their 22/23 season with this opening concert on Saturday, October 22, 2022 at the Port Theatre, Nanaimo.
PRE-CONCERT TALK 6:30 PM | CONCERT 7:30 PM

The Vancouver Island Symphony launches its 28th season with Canadian composer Christine Donkin’s Three Autumn Scenes; the Bergmann Duo performing Marcel Bergmann’s Concerto for Two Pianos; and the performance of Dvorak’s famous “New World” Symphony No. 9.

GUEST ARTISTS: Bergmann Duo PIANISTS

GUEST CONDUCTOR: Nadège Foofat (ARTISTIC DIRECTOR CANDIDATE)

Concert Programme

Gioacchino ROSSINI : Overture to Semiramide

Christine DONKIN: Three Autumn Scenes

Marcel BERGMANN: Concerto for Two Pianos

Antonín DVOŘÁK : Symphony No. 9, Op. 95, E minor, “From the New World”

Heather Walker is a professional horn player 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.

Sept/Oct 2022 – Kamloops Symphony DVOŘÁK Delights

Heather Walker is a professional horn player, and a regular musician with the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra. Some upcoming concerts:

Friday, September 30, 2022, 7:30 pm, Saturday, October 1, 2022, 7:30 pm
Sagebrush Theatre, Kamloops

Sunday, October 2, 2022, 2:30 pm
The Nexus at First, Salmon Arm

September. 30th: Dvořák’s Cello Concerto—often described as the “king” of the cello concertos—continues to captivate audiences worldwide. Following the concerto will be a community-first: a classical “jam session.” Amateurs from Kamloops join forces with our musicians to rehearse and perform a one-of-a-kind (Slavonic) dance party.

October 1st: The Symphony explores multiple versions of the old and new. We begin with Dvořák’s New World Symphony, which continues to captivate audiences with its combination of sounds from Europe and North America. Then, in a Kamloops first, we conclude by combining the motivational hip-hop of local Cree artist K.A.S.P. with the traditional sounds of the Orchestra.

October 2nd: Enjoy the captivating blend of sounds from Europe and North America with Dvořák’s New World Symphony, paired with his stunning Cello Concerto as the Kamloops Symphony caps off the New World Festival in Salmon Arm.

FEATURING
Dina Gilbert, conductor and Stéphane Tétreault, cello
K.A.S.P., Brandon Peters, K-9, and J. Thorn, hip-hop artists

In addition to being a professional horn player, Heather is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. If you would like to learn to use your body with more ease and efficiency, try the Alexander Technique!

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:
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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.

Sunday, July 17, 2022, Deer Lake Park, Burnaby (6450 Deer Lake Ave)

FREE! OPERA IN THE MOVIES CONCERT: 7:30 PM

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

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!

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