Music for Dance – Ballet Victoria and The VCM Unite

MUSIC FOR DANCE

On January 24th, 2015 the Victoria Conservatory of Music collaborated for the first time with Ballet Victoria. Our Jubilee Faculty Concert II: Music for Dance celebrated the incredible connection that is created when professional musicians and dancers perform together. With the exception of ‘Take Five’ by Bruce Monk all of the amazing choreography was created by Paul Destrooper.

It was a very special night right from the first notes of European Renaissance Dance Music played by the very gifted Guitar Trio of Michael Dias, Douglas Hensley and Bradford Werner.

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The intensity was elevated as Matthew Cluff and Andrea Bayne tangoed to the South American Dance Music of Robert Holliston (piano), Gwen Thompson (violin) and Wilmer Fawcett (double bass).

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Alix Goolden Hall was full of great energy and became mesmerized by the incredible voice of Kathleen Brett. She was expertly accompanied by Robert Holliston. Roger Buksa and Anna Cal brought our first half to a triumphant close with Dances for Dueling Pianos.

We began our second half with “Fragile & the Butterfly” Based on an arrangement of “Fragile” by Sting and the old Irish Slip-jig tune “The Butterfly”. Performed by Julia Cunningham (harp), Daniel Lapp (fiddle) and James P Troy (percussion). The dancers who floated across the stage during this piece were Bethany Le Corre, Jessie Gervais
Nanako Yoshimura and Eric Hall.

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The audience was then transported back in time to 1920’s Paris as Daniel Lapp (fiddle), Kelly Nordstrom (rhythm guitar), Aaron Watson (accordion) and Joey Smith (bass).

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Our School of Contemporary Music faculty jammed on Daniel Lapp’s arrangement of Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five”. The stage came alive as Nanako Yoshimura, Brighton Collins, Bethany Le Corre, and Georgia Semple wowed not only the crowd but fellow Ballet Victoria dancer Jessie Gervais.

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Our finale was awesome as all performers took to the stage for a Blues Shuffle led by the incomparable Louise Rose. This was a very special night which captivated the large and and enthusiastic crowd from start to finish. We were all very excited about this concert but I don’t think we realized how cool it was going to be having Ballet Victoria on our Alix Goolden Performance Hall stage.

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UP NEXT…

February 22nd – VCM Student Showcase: Top VCM soloists, in collaboration with our VCM Senior String Orchestra, perform beautiful orchestral and chamber works by master composers including Vivaldi, Rachmanioff, Mozart, Wieniawski, and Barber. By Donation.

March 20th – Cultural Showcase: A Harmonious Celebration goes multicultural! Students from the Victoria Conservatory of Music and Camosun International take the stage with unique performances celebrating our creativity and diversity. By Donation.

 

 

 

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