Chamber sounds old and new
The Vancouver Bach Festival, which closes on Friday (August 12) with esteemed violinist Monica Huggett and the Pacific Baroque Orchestra tackling the four Orchestral Suites, isn’t the only chamber-music extravaganza in town. Operating on a smaller scale—but with a wider range, and a similarly impressive cast of performers—is the Blueridge Chamber Music Festival. Appropriately enough, the festival takes a highly ecumenical approach to its programming, featuring classics from the likes of Felix Mendelssohn and Ludwig van Beethoven alongside newer works from German avant-gardist Helmut Lachenmann and composer-in-residence Dorothy Chang (shown here).
The Blueridge Chamber Music Festival takes place at St. Mark’s Anglican Church and Mount Seymour United Church from tonight (August 10) to August 21.
Our choice comes from Kenji Maeda, program manager of artsVest BC at Business for the Arts, president of ProductionHeads, and actor. Here are his words on what he’s most looking forward to this week:
“I love festivals. They give you the opportunity to watch, hear, and experience a whole bunch of shows within the span of a few days, and sometimes a few hours. I’m excited for Tremors this year and their selection of three shows. I’ve always been impressed with the quality of the work coming out of Rumble Theatre; add in the element of showcasing and mentoring emerging talent, and this is definitely one arts event not to miss.”
The Tremors Festival runs at the Italian Cultural Centre from Thursday (August 11) to August 20.
Five events you just can’t miss this week
He hasn’t become a comedy-fest fave across the country for nothing.
At the Comedy Mix from August 11 to 13