May 9 and 10 at West Point Grey United Church and May 12 at Pyatt Hall
When it comes to the world’s classical clarinetists, Spanish-born, Vancouver-based Jose Franch-Ballester is in the top tier, especially for his chamber work. He brings his woodwind wizardry to Vetta Chamber Ensemble’s final concert of the season, Take 5, for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s sublime Clarinet Quintet in A Major—one of the earliest and best-known works written for the instrument. Elsewhere on the program is Franz Schubert’s equally memorable Cello Quintet in C Major, with virtuosos Eugene Osadchy and Paula Kiffner on that instrument at the concerts.
May 11 at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre
The 22-member Gamelan Gita Asmara brings its otherworldly gongs, metallophones, flutes, and drums to varied repertoire that will transport you to Bali. If you’ve never heard the dazzling gamelan played live, you’re in for a treat.
May 16 at the Scotiabank Dance Centre
Cameroon-born, Paris-raised Vancouverite Essombe will energize your lunch hour with exuberant dances, live drumming, and singing, first with a noon show, then at 6 p.m. for those who need a similar boost after work. Don’t even try to sit still.