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A letter from Ballet BC’s Emily Molnar, Artslandia Ambassador

Dear Friends, Happy Spring! What a winter it has been. Congratulations to all for the amazing creative acts that have manifested through our city. A wonder it is to have such a breadth of ideas, experience and passion in our arts community. To both maker and viewer, thank you for participating and for making these moments important. At Ballet BC, ... Read More »

Vancouver Opera ushers in a brand new Festival

“It’s really a story about love, emotion, revenge—all these big big emotions that only opera can do really well.” This is how the newly-appointed General Director of the Vancouver Opera, Kim Gaynor, describes Otello, one of the mainstage operas to be featured in the VO’s upcoming inaugural Opera Festival from April 28–May 13. With a lineup of classics—Otello and Mozart’s The ... Read More »

Q+A with Moshe Denburg and Farshid Samandari: A new album of choral intercultural music

In May 2015, Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra and Laudate Singers celebrated more than a decade of artistic partnership with a concert of choral intercultural music titled MYSTICS & LOVERS. The next day, those same 50+ musicians gathered again to record two of the featured works on the programme, Ani Ma-amin (I Believe) by Moshe Denburg and Asheghaneh by Farshid Samandari. Most recently, the VICO and Laudate were jointly ... Read More »

DanceHouse Producer Jim Smith sheds light on Hervé Koubi’s ‘What the day owes to the night’

Upon his father’s deathbed, choreographer Hervé Koubi learned late in his 25th year that his family’s origins were not from France but Algeria. This dramatic revelation opened the door to Africa for him in a poetic quest of rediscovery and search for his family’s roots. As part of this journey, Koubi auditioned dancers to create a work that would reveal ... Read More »

Classical Music: A Week in Artslandia

Classical music has a way of ushering in springtime. Whether in mid-March breezes or the blistery sleet, we take comfort in knowing that concert halls are always cozy and warm. Here’s a short list of classical music concerts we’re eager to see this week. Chris Botti in Concert with the VSO | Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Billboard chart-topper and Grammy® Award-winning talent, ... Read More »