Friday, March 2, 2012

WAVE with the Vancouver Island Symphony

The Vancouver Island Symphony presents
Saturday, March 17, 7:30 p.m.
Guest Artists: Martin Chalifour, Violin; Dirk Heydemann, Photography
Conductor: Pierre Simard
The Port Theatre
Tickets: 250-754-8550
(Pre-Concert Talk 6:30 p.m.)

Catch the Wave – an experience for all the senses 

What a musical party it will be! On Saturday, March 17, the VI Symphony presents Wave, the sixth concert of the VI Symphony’s 2011-2012 Season – Music for your Heart and Soul. It is a concert that will literally satisfy six senses – hearing, touch, sight, smell, taste and balance – as Maestro Pierre Simard leads the musicians and technicians in a sensory experience that honours our waterfront community – and much more!

Hear, Touch and Smell - the Music
“We are linking the symphony to this community where we depend so much on water,” explains Simard. “So, we are book-ending this performance with two water-related pieces of music.”

Book-ending? The concert opens with ‘Chant of Water and Sky’ mentally impressing the sound, sight, touch and smell of the ocean. “This is a very evocative piece by Canadian composer Glenn Buhr,” explains Simard. “In the second half of the concert we are performing the entire ‘Water Music’ as composed by George Frideric Handel for King George I, and initially performed on a barge on the River Thames.” Between the two water pieces, the audience will be hearing a brilliant performance of Mozart’s technically challenging ‘Violin Concerto No. 4’ played by Martin Chalifour. “Martin is the concertmaster with the Los Angeles Philharmonic,” adds Simard, “and he is an incredible virtuoso.”

See - the Visuals
To accompany and complement the magnificent ‘Water Music’, its themes, movements and transitions,  local photographer Dirk Heydemann of Heydemann Art of Photography, will be presenting a stunning visual backdrop of original and historic images about water and how it affects lives on the Island.

Taste - the Cake
And linking ‘Water Music’ to royalty, the VI Symphony will be honouring the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a special cake in the lobby for everyone to enjoy.

Experience - the Balance
Like the perfect wave that requires balance from a skilled surfer to be ridden successfully to shore, Wave, the concert, is impeccably programmed, from the magnificent music and mastery of musicianship through to the astounding photographic images and the delicious cake, to make a perfectly balanced evening in which to celebrate the Port City and all who live on Vancouver Island.

To catch the Wave, tickets are available by calling 250-754-8550.

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