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In a spirit of collaboration: Pro Arté and Lions Gate Sinfonia prepare for their Earth Day performance

Can you tell us how Pro Arté and Lions Gate Sinfonia connected? What was your first encounter like? How long did it take before you knew that you wanted to collaborate by having both musicians and dancers on stage? Astrid Sherman: I first met Clyde at the North Vancouver Canada Day Celebration in 2006. His Orchestra was playing and we were dancing, though ... Read More »

Q+A with Chanticleer’s Music Director William Fred Scott

 We reached out to Chanticleer’s Music Director, William Fred Scott, for a Q+A prior to Chanticleer’s concert in Vancouver. In this thoughtful interview, Scott tells of his first encounter with “the world’s reigning male chorus”, Chanticleer’s program repertoire, standout touring moments, and more! ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Much of Chanticleer’s repertoire includes vocal music of the Medieval and Renaissance periods. [Noteworthy for audiences: It appears as though Sebastián de ... Read More »

Q+A with Mantra Percussion’s Al Cerulo

Mantra Percussion returns to Vancouver from NY to place for Vancouver New Music audiences at The Annex. We chatted with Mantra Percussion’s Executive Director and co-founder, Al Cerulo, to learn about Mantra’s return to YVR, inspirations, commissions and fascinating new work. Can you tell us a bit about the structure of a Mantra Percussion performance? Al Cerulo: Mantra’s mission statement is to present ... Read More »

A spring gala and CD release party: Phoenix Chamber Choir’s new and heartfelt gift

Phoenix Chamber Choir is set to host From Our Hearts To Yours, a celebratory gala at Heritage Hall. Experience a twofold evening of exceptional choral music—a choral concert at the event and a copy of the choir’s newest CD to take home with you. Whether you’re a long-standing supporter and patron of Phoenix, or new to the Phoenix family, director Graeme Langager’s sends along his personal invitation. “I am ... Read More »

Directors Notes: The Refugee Hotel by Playwright Carmen Aguirre

We asked director and playwright of The Refugee Hotel, Carmen Aguirre, to give us her notes on her play. Aguirre shares with us some of the details around the “fictionalized autobiographical” elements of the play, as well as the deep “universal truths the victims and survivors of political oppression” that the story is based upon, and the hope the lies within. Carmen Aguirre: I ... Read More »