Denman Island, BC


Concerts Denman

The Denman Island Arts & Craft Society is proud to present the 13th Annual Concerts Denman Series for the 2003-2004 season! All concerts are held at the Denman Island Community Hall and begin at 8pm. Sumptuous desserts and refreshments are available in the Back Hall following each performance, where you also have the opportunity to speak with the artists about their work. Concerts Denman's 13th season is poised and ready to dazzle its audience once again with an eclectic array of shows!

Tango Paradiso: Friday, October 10, 2003.

Vancouver's Tango Paradiso kicks off the season on Friday, October 10th, with the passionate music of traditional tango played with unique style by a group of very talented and versatile musicians. They bring with them a pair of dancers whose compelling and seductive dance is a perfect complement to the music. Tango Paradiso draws audiences into the sultry and expressive realm of tango, capturing the drama and passion of a musical form that began in the bordellos and bars of Argentina. They perform traditional tangos, such as a Cumparsita, dating from the early twentieth century, as well as Nuevo Tango, the style created by modern master Astor Piazzolla. Original compositions and arrangements meld elements from tango, jazz, classical and new music, which all together creates a unique and colourful tango sound and style for listeners. The flamboyant choreography of the dancers add to this rich blend of musical influences, and promises to deliver a show that is both exciting and true to form.

"...rolling the tango ball into a different alley" — Malcolm Perry, Vancouver Sun

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PLUS! Want to learn to tango? Tango Paradiso's dancers are holding a tango workshop the morning after the concert! The Introduction to Argentinian Tango workshop is a 1-1/2 hour session running from 10:30am to 12pm, and costing $20 per person. Please pre-register by Thursday, October 9 by calling Jennifer West at 335-1056.


James Anagnoson and Leslie Kinton: Saturday, November 1, 2003.

Saturday, November 1st will bring the very welcome return of pianists James Anagnoson and Leslie Kinton, this time around performing a program of music for one piano—our very own—played by four hands. It is definitely worth getting a front row seat for a piece of this action. Anagnoson and Kinton have been performing as a duo piano team since 1975. Since then they have built a solid reputation for themselves, touring Europe several times and appearing with orchestras and in recital halls throughout Canada and the United States. Perennial favourites of Denman Island's classical music lovers, they now return for their 4th engagement with a program that is very likely to win them new fans.

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Vancouver Men's Chorus: Saturday, November 22, 2003.

On Saturday, November 22nd we welcome the 45-50 members of the Vancouver Men's Chorus. Long established as both Canada's leading gay men's chorus and one of the nation's premier men's choral ensembles, they will fill our Hall with an astonishing range of songs, featuring several very accomplished soloists. The Vancouver Men's Chorus, comprised of a membership of 45-50 gay men and their friends, is dedicated to promoting community spirit and a positive image of the gay community. They succeed—through their powerful renditions of contemporary song combined with the strength and splendour of the male voice. Since their first performance in 1981 they have attained national prominence through extensive touring, always returning to Vancouver, however, to stage two large-scale productions each year, as well as numerous benefits for AIDS-related causes. Come and hear Denman's Community Hall filled with the sound of joy!

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Uzume Taiko Ensemble: Saturday, February 21, 2004.

The first show of the New Year is on Saturday, February 21st, when the Uzume Taiko Ensemble hits the Denman stage. Part drumming ceremony, part jazz improvisation, part world music sampler, if this group doesn't shake us all out of the winter doldrums nothing will! The Uzume Taiko Ensemble draws on the power of Japanese drumming techniques in its creation of a new and exciting world music. The five members of the ensemble fuse the sounds of the big drums with instruments from a variety of cultures, bringing a contemporary sensibility to an ancient art. The physicality of the performance, added to the rhythmic pulse of the music makes for a truly exhilarating experience.

"There is enough energy here to power a small town, and the music is hypnotic." — Lisa Taylor, Vancouver Sun

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the Gryphon Trio: Saturday, March 27, 2004.

On Saturday, March 27th the Gryphon Trio will give a performance that will be an incredible treat for classical music lovers. The Gryphon Trio celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2003, and is now recognized as one of North America's foremost piano trios. Named after the mythical creature (half-lion/half-eagle) that reputedly guarded treasures as well as symbolizing the connections between psychic energy and cosmic force, the Trio "makes music worthy of its name" (Toronto Star). Their busy performance schedule has taken them throughout Canada, the United States and Europe, garnering them a strong international following. The Gryphon Trio's recordings of Haydn Piano Trios and Mendelssohn/Dvorak Piano Trios have received unanimous critical acclaim as well as Juno nominations. Members Annalee Patipatanakoon (violin) and Roman Borys (cello) are on the string faculty at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, while Jamie Parker (piano) is an Associate Professor of Music at Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.

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the French/Simão Group: Saturday, April 17, 2004.

Rounding out the season, the French/Simão Group will play on Saturday, April 17th. Saxophonist David French—homegrown talent—returns to Denman with musical partner Louis Simão, who plays acoustic guitar. Together they make music that combines several different genres, all flavoured with the exotic echoes of other cultures. David French and Louis Simão make their music at the cultural crossroads where the samba of Brazil meets the fado of Portugal, where the rhumba of Cuba encounters the gnawa of Morocco. French and Simão combine the power of folkloric roots music with the finesse of jazz, celebrating the sounds of the world. No stranger to Denman Island, David French "comes home" with an impressive amount of experience after playing saxophone with many outstanding jazz luminaries and ensembles. Louis Simão, on acoustic guitar, has also performed and recorded with several groups as well as composing and performing soundtracks for film. As the French/Simão Group, they play with a rhythmic intensity, their repertoire covering a broad emotional range that will make for a full and varied evening's entertainment. An exciting end to an exciting season!

Ticket Information:

Tickets are available in advance ($14 adults, $8 students) at D.I. General Store (335-1193), Abraxas Books (335-2731) & Bop City Records (Courtenay, 338-2261). $16 (adults) and $8 (students) at the door. Series ($70 - all 6 concerts) and mini series ($38 - any 3 concerts) tickets also available; call Darlene (335-0822) for ticket information.


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