'Cassie' at Lunch


March 25th from 12:10pm – 12:55pm
Alix Goolden Performance Hall – 900 Johnson St. Victoria, BC
(admission is free, donations towards the VCM Organ fund very much appreciated)

VCM Faculty organist and composer Nicholas Fairbank is joined by pianist Sandra Nicholas FairbankFletcher to perform a selection of works including one of his own, one by fellow Canadian composer Denis Bédard, and another by Edward Elgar, arranged by William Stickles.  The noon hour concerts begin at 12:10 and end shortly before 1pm, and are a great way to escape the busy day to a blissful retreat in the VCM’s wonderful Alix Goolden Performance Hall. Listeners relax and enjoy beautiful music played on the VCM’s historic Casavant Organ.

More about the 105 year-old organ:
The Casavant Organ in the Alix Goolden Hall.  Built in Ste.-Hyacynthe, QC in 1910 and re-inaugurated in 2010 with a new moveable console, this organ is the largest Casavant of English Romantic voicing in B.C., and when built was the company’s largest instrument west of Toronto. There are over 3,100 working pipes built of metal and wood (ranging in size from 26′ tall and 1½ feet square to about 2″ tall) and the wind is supplied by a 5 HP blower running at 1200 rpm which sits in the basement under the hall.  The present console was designed and built by Victoria organ builder Grant Smalley for a house organ in the home of the late Stuart Kolbinson, and when that organ was dismantled and sold the console was made available to the Conservatory.

You too can learn to play on this magnificent instrument!
If you have ever dreamed of sitting at the console and bringing forth all the sounds of this magnificent instrument, all you need to do is sign up for a free sample lesson, and you’ll be on your way!  Organ lessons are available through the VCM community programme, and in addition to the 4-manual Casavant organ there are 2 smaller practice instruments available, one in Wood Hall and another in studio #327.  Although having some keyboard technique is useful for learning to play the organ, complete beginners are also accepted, even if you are too short to reach the pedals just yet!  Contact the VCM at 250.386.5311 or click here Organ Lessons.

Next Month’s Noon Hour Organ Concert:
If you can’t make the concert this month, we’ll hope to see you on Wednesday April 22, where Nicholas Fairbank is joined by VCM Faculty members Paul Beauchesne (tuba) and Scott MacIness (trombone), for a performance of works by Liszt, Guilmant, and Richard Strauss!

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