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ISCM World New Music Days Come to Vancouver

As far as contemporary music is concerned, it’s the Olympics and the World Cup rolled into one. The International Society for Contemporary Music’s annual “World New Music Days” comes to Vancouver for a hectic week November 2-8, with monumental implications for Vancouver performers, ensembles, and fans of new music. The ISCM goes back to 1922 when a multi-national group devoted ... Read More »

Past Performances #Throwback: Borodin Quartet

Prior to May of 1948, Vancouver’s chamber music scene was a smattering of visits by a few established quartets and occasional performances by locals. A band of enthusiasts great and small changed that when they formed Friends of Chamber Music and presented their first concert. Critics and audiences alike were very pleased. With concert expenses of $327.58 and $249 in ticket ... Read More »

The Visionary — Paul Larocque

THE VISIONARY: PAUL LAROCQUE “I really love being part of the greater sound.” Paul Larocque’s enthusiasm for arts education is infectious, with Arts Umbrella, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and Chor Leoni’s MyVoice program among the benefactors of his endless drive. “I’m very passionate about providing profound life experiences for children through high-quality arts education, so they can learn to live ... Read More »

Past Performances #Throwback: Mom’s the Word Collective

On February 29, 1968 (a leap day), Surrey Arts Centre set the stage for its illustrious run of 50 years with a production of Brigadoon by Surrey Musical Productions. Leap ahead (pun intended) to spring 1996, when six co-writers and co-stars debuted their now world-renowned tour de force on parenthood: Mom’s the Word. Over the next 20 years, the Main ... Read More »

Opening Night Fever: Shannon Chan-Kent, Soprano

How does your day start on opening night? Shannon Chan-Kent: I’m an early riser and typically wake up anywhere between 5:45 and 7:30 a.m. As soon as I’m up, I make myself some roasted dandelion tea and drink about a litre of water. And then, I make myself a coffee. What about pre-show jitters? Do you still get them? SCK: ... Read More »