CULTURE IN THE COMMUNITY - UPCOMING EVENTS
Chamber Music Kelowna announces 2017/2018 Concert Season
On Saturday, April 1, 2017 the Chamber Music Kelowna Society announced its 2017/2018 season of performances. The new season consists of five concerts featuring a variety of instruments and ensembles and an impressive list of accomplished musicians; from the compelling and powerful pianist, Katherine Chi in a solo performance, to the unique collaboration of the Dover and Pacifica Quartets performing the monumental String Octet, Op. 20 by Mendelssohn.
About the New Season
Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 7:30 pm
Rolston String Quartet
The Rolston String Quartet was named among the “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30” by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s in 2016. Formed in the summer of 2013, at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s Chamber Music Residency, the ensemble takes its name from Canadian violinist Thomas Rolston, founder and long-time director of the Music and Sound Programs at the Banff Centre.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 7:30 pm
Katherine Chi, piano
Pianist Katherine Chi, is firmly established as one of Canada’s fastest rising stars, and has performed throughout Europe and North America to great acclaim. In 2000, Chi was named Prize Laureate of the Honens International Piano Competition and was the first Canadian, and the first woman, to win this award. She was also a prizewinner at the 1998 Busoni International Piano Competition. Her most recent recording, on the Honens label, features works of Beethoven and Rachmaninoff.
Friday, February 2, 2018, 7:30 pm
Now in their 3rd decade of performing, the Gryphon Trio has impressed international audiences and the press with its highly refined, dynamic performances and has firmly established itself as one of the world’s preeminent piano trios. Winner of the prestigious Canada Council’s 2013 Walter Carsen Prize for
Excellence in the Performing Arts, they have performed repertoire that ranges from the traditional to the contemporary and from European classicism to New World jazz and popular song.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 7:30 pm
Zodiac Trio with Ariel Barnes, cello
The Zodiac Trio is recognized by many to be one of the foremost clarinet-violin-piano ensembles performing today. In its relatively short history, the ensemble formed in 2006 at the Manhattan School of Music before becoming the first American group and the only ensemble with a wind instrument to enter the esteemed Ysaye Quartet Chamber Music program at the Paris Superior Conservatory. The Zodiac Trio has managed to achieve a level of recognition on the international chamber music stage, rarely bestowed upon an ensemble of such untraditional instrumentation.
Ariel Barnes is one of 6 Canadian cellists featured in CBC Radio’s Canadian Bach Cello Suite Project. He has premiered over 50 new works, and collaborated with such diverse artists as Michael Bublé and The Tragically Hip. Ariel Barnes is principal cellist of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 7:30 pm
Dover and Pacifica Quartets
The Dover Quartet catapulted to international stardom following a sweep of the Grand Prize and all three Special Prizes at the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition. The quartet won the grand prize at the Fischoff Competition, and special prizes at the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition.
Recognized for its virtuosity, exuberant performance style, and daring repertory choices, the Pacifica Quartet is one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today. Named the quartet-in-residence at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in March 2012, the Pacifica was also the quartet-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2009-2012). Pacifica Quartet received the 2009 Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance.
About Chamber Music Kelowna
Chamber Music Kelowna presents an annual classical chamber music concert series featuring acclaimed provincial, national and international artists; facilitates youth outreach programs and provides scholarships for young aspiring musicians; supports emerging artists and showcases the work of Canadian composers. Support for the organization comes through municipal, provincial and federal grants, from series subscribers, members and donors. Information about Chamber Music Kelowna, the subscription series and upcoming additional concerts can be found at chambermusickelowna.ca
Kelowna Buddhist Temple
The public has chosen 56 Japanese-Canadian historic places with significance to British Columbians of Japanese descent following a four-month nomination period.
These places reflect the development and history of the province.
The Kelowna Buddhist Temple has been chosen.
The temple serving the Japanese-Canadians in the central Okanagan area was founded in 1933 and continues today.
The Japanese-Canadians in the Central Okanagan were not affected by the forced relocation, resulting in a history slightly different from coastal communities.
More details are up on our news blog…
In the government’s continued efforts to recognize and celebrate the diversity and multiculturalism of B.C., the final list of historic places to be provincially recognized for their heritage values and significance to the Japanese-Canadian community have been released.
April 1st marks the 75th anniversary of The Internment Period, when over 22,000 Japanese-Canadians were forcibly removed from the B.C. coast, and incarcerated in camps in the Interior of the province, and beyond, between 1942 and 1949.
Following a public nomination process and evaluation by sector and community experts, 56 historic places were chosen to receive provincial recognition status, as part of the Provincial Recognition Program’s Japanese-Canadian Historic Places Project.
Province and Creative BC announce $300,000 for new music innovation program
One hundred and twenty community organizations from around the province are receiving a total of $300,000 in multiculturalism grants to help celebrate British Columbia’s rich multicultural heritage and promote diversity and inclusiveness.
The Multiculturalism Grant Program celebrates British Columbia’s cultural diversity by funding projects that raise awareness of B.C.’s multicultural identity. Each community organization will receive up to $2,500 and the funding will be used for a variety of projects customized for each community’s needs.
Projects may include festivals, community forums or cultural celebrations that support positive expressions of multiculturalism. The grants especially support projects that utilize a collaborative community approach and challenge racism and hate.
Two different examples of how this funding may be used include:
* A program aimed at helping seniors from different cultural groups connect with one another through activities such as dance and cooking.
* A travelling exhibition to illustrate the struggles and accomplishments of Chinese Canadian women in this country.
Applications for the 2016-17 Multiculturalism Grant program opened on Oct. 24, 2016 and closed on Dec. 18, 2016.
Renowned photojournalist Juste to speak at Okanagan College
Internationally-acclaimed photojournalist Carl Juste has spent three decades bringing into focus the struggles of Haitians in the U.S. and abroad. Next week he’ll speak about his life behind the lens in a free lecture at Okanagan College.
After fleeing his homeland under threat of persecution, Haitian-born Juste and his politically active family settled in Miami’s Haitian community in 1965. He won a scholarship to the University of Miami, and although he initially intended to become an engineer, the call of his inner voice as a photographer was one that could not be silenced.
“I must fight with every breath to breathe life into my art, to bear witness not only through the camera, but through my eye,” says Juste. “It is that pursuit which keeps photojournalism alive.”
Who: Photojournalist Carl Juste
When: 6 p.m., Thursday, April 6, 2017
Where: Lecture Theatre, Okanagan College, 1000 K. L. O. Rd, Kelowna, BC