Victoria Conservatory of Music Partners with Canadian Music Centre BC Region

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Victoria Conservatory of Music Partners with Canadian Music Centre BC Region

VCM Showcasing Three Free Music Concerts in Celebration of  Canada Music Week® November 17 — 23

Victoria, BC, November 4, 2013     —     Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM), one of the largest and most       respected music schools in Canada, announces a new strategic partnership with the Canadian Music Centre BC Region (CMC), that would see the VCM as its exclusive partner for the Composer in the Classroom program on  Vancouver Island.

“We’re excited about this arrangement,”  said Stephen Green, Dean of the Victoria Conservatory of Music. “We are pleased to support this initiative and look forward to seeing more island schools having the chance    to work with Canadian composers through the VCM and CMC. It’s a natural fit as the VCM continues to evolve and   expand its reach, helping to connect communities all over the island through musical activity, and beyond to the   rest of BC.”

As part of this new partnership, VCM takes the lead with the CMC ‘Composer-­‐In-­‐Classroom’ program, by     providing the expertise of its newly appointed Composer-­‐In-­‐Residence, Stephen Brown to work with students   in at least three island schools over the coming months to explore their creative and expressive abilities with music. CMC and VCM are working on expanding the program to include more island schools in the coming months. Green added, “It’s all about getting back to basics and helping school kids discover how easily they can be  very creative and expressive with sound and order those sounds into music”. In support of Canada Music   Week, VCM is presenting —free  —  three diverse concerts representing an impressive array of great Canadian      composers and songwriters, both locally and nationally, and delivered by an equally impressive list of performers.

A highpoint in the concert series:

Celebrating Canadian Music of Our Time

November 17, 2013, 7:30pm                                                                                                    …/2

Alix Goolden Performance Hall, 907 Pandora Ave, Victoria

VCM Faculty and friends will present a concert of Canadian music, including three world premieres.

Performing are Cathy Fern Lewis, soprano with Robert Holliston, piano, followed in the second half of the  program by the Continuum Consort (Elizabeth MacIsaac, soprano, Emily Nagelbach, flute, Kay Cochran, viola,      and Douglas Hensley, guitar), with dance  improvisation by  Lori Hamar of triPOD dance collective. Cathy Fern Lewis shall be performing a selection of Canadian Art Songs by composers including Rudolf Komorous, Chris Reiche, Linda C. Smith, Harry Somers, and Joni Mitchell. Robert Holliston performs the world premiere of VCM composition student Brian Fremlin’s Piano Sonata No.1, which took first prize in the CFMTA National Student Composer Competition.

The Continuum Consort will present the second half of this programme, including world premieres of works written for the Consort by Linda Bouchard and John Armstrong, as well as a work for voice and guitar by Rowan   F. Hensley and songs for voice and guitar by Nicholas Fairbank. A Through Line (world premiere) by Linda Bouchard was commissioned by  the Continuum Consort with financial assistance from the Canada Council for the Arts and is specifically designed to be performed in any of three ways: with dancers and musicians,with dancers and recorded music, and as an independent concert piece without dance. This concert will feature the   premiere of the concert version. Ghosts III (world premiere) by John Armstrong is a reworking of an earlier work   the composer adapted for  voice, flute and guitar to contribute to the Continuum Consort’s repertoire. This performance will include improvised dance by triPOD dance collective. The Continuum Consort first became      acquainted with composer John Armstrong when they performed his Songs for Lyra in Victoria, BC and Seoul,     South Korea.

Other Performance Dates:

Tuesday Nov 19, 7:30pm, Wood Hall “Vancouver  Island    Showcase    –    Celebrating    local
composers    &    songwriters”.

Saturday Nov 23, 1:30 Wood Hall “Canadian  Music    –    Sea to Sea” A short matinee featuring music from  across Canada, played by students of the VCM and greater Victoria area.                                                                                                                                                         …/3
About the Victoria Conservatory of Music:
The Victoria Conservatory of Music’s upcoming 50th  Anniversary Season will celebrate its
accomplishments with the community, its alumni, faculty and students in a spectacular year of performances, activities and events. VCM is home to more than 120 faculty members and 2700 students of all ages and abilities in its community school, post-­‐ secondary school, and children’s outreach programs; the school also serves over 1600 music therapy clients in its internationally acclaimed Music Therapy Program.  The VCM will soon be launching its first satellite location in the Western Communities on Vancouver Island, BC.   2014 will bring an all-­‐new  School of Contemporary Music and a School of Music Creativity and Innovation.  The school is a Centre for Excellence and enjoyment of music through education, performance and music therapy. Program diversity includes a variety of musical genres including piano, strings, brass, wind, voice, jazz, percussion, and composition and theory for all ages. Founded in 1964, the Victoria Conservatory of Music is one of Canada’s most advanced music schools.    Its mission is to enrich lives through music in a thriving community accessible to all. The VCM is a non-­‐profit  organization located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

About the Canadian Music Center and Canada Music Week®:
The Canadian Music Center   is   committed to increasing the awareness and appreciation of Canadian composers and their music. The aims of  Canada Music Week® are to bring to the attention of the public, through various means, the importance of Canadian music; to support composers and performers of Canadian music; to introduce contemporary music to young Canadians and stimulate a keener appreciation and understanding of this music; and to encourage music educators to widen their knowledge and experience of Canadian works.

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