This season is about renewed hope and inspiration and how good can come out of difficulties. The pandemic has given us cause to think hard about what we can bring back and what we can transform into something new. We have had choices to make about our venues and how to make your live concert experience as safe yet intimate as possible. To that end, we are delighted to launch a new series in West Vancouver on Saturday evenings. We are continuing our very popular series at West Point Grey United Church in Vancouver, at Pyatt Hall downtown, and at ArtSpring on Salt Spring Island.
Our season programming takes the concepts of hope, rebirth and inspiration on an overarching journey. The first program looks at artistic inspiration and how composers took ideas from writers and other composers. We feature Jane Coop and the Vetta String Quartet playing works by Hildegard von Bingen, Marcus Goddard, Janáček, and Brahms. The December program is about mentorship and the hope for the future in talented young musicians. Mendelssohn considered Bach to be his teacher, and works by these two composers will be performed by a mix of young women, some students, some emerging artists and Vetta pros. We heard your enthusiasm for last season’s Vivaldi’s Orchestra concert and have taken it one step further this year!
In January, we experience the essence of Romanticism — music inspired by the human heart, and welcome violinist Kai Gleusteen and pianist Catherine Ordronneau to the Vetta stage. Early springtime is time for a bit of levity, spontaneity and fun! I grew up with Cameron Wilson, and admire how he went his own way, blending his classical training with fiddling and jazz to make his own unique style of playing. Let’s welcome Cam and Joe Trio to the Vetta stage, where adventure is always lurking …
For our finale, we circle back to the hope that can be birthed out of darkness through the creative process with three wartime composers, Ravel, Shostakovich and Britten. Here is to a hopeful and inspired season!
Yours in Music,