Benefit concert with Diana McIntosh
On Wednesday, August 10, support the Concerts
Denman series by attending a benefit concert with internationally
known pianist/composer Diana
McIntosh. Combining spoken text and piano, with synthesized
orchestra on tape, McIntosh will perform her one-woman theatrical
musical work, Through the Valley: Milgaard, a piece that was
originally commissioned by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
for its New Music Festival of 2001.
The 2004-2005 Concerts Denman series is now over.
Information about next year's series will be posted as soon as it
Arts Denman is proud to present the 14th Annual Concerts Denman
Series for the 2004-2005 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 14th season is poised and ready to dazzle
its audience once again with an eclectic array of shows!
St. James Players
Saturday, September 18
What do symphonic musicians do in their spare
time? They play, of course. In this case, the 6
musicians of St. James Players play wonderfully
and explore the woodwind chamber repertoire with
curiosity and passion. This Vancouver-based ensemble,
consisting of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and
French horn, brings together musicians with a wide
variety of international experience. They perform
in an informal style that is both beautiful and
spirited. Their shared love of the music that makes
up the woodwind repertoire comes through in the
intimacy of their playing. This will be an impressive
Concerts Denman Series opener.
Robert Minden Duo
Saturday, October 16
by popular demand, the astonishing duo of Robert
Minden and Carla Hallett will surprise you
with found sounds of terra cotta pots, bottles
and plumbing pipes, enchant you with stories and
delight you with the unusual resonance of the theremin,
musical saw and waterphone, just a few instruments
in their vast array. The group first made its name
in 1986. Now with 4 albums, a Juno nomination,
numerous scores for radio and film, and a CBC TV
Special, they continue to evolve, performing the
most sophisticated music on the most ordinary things.
If you have seen them live you’ll be sure
to get their tickets early, if you haven’t,
you’re in for an unforgettable experience!
This is our first Ruth Terry Memorial
the Robert Minden Duo's website, www.lostsound.com.
Saturday, November 20
you’ve ever wondered what is Canadian
music, the McDades may well be crafting a new definition
of it. The “original” McDades, from
a prodigiously talented Edmonton family, join forces
with “honourary McDades", two innovative
and multi-faceted Quebecois musicians. The resulting
music has been called Celtic, but it’s tinged
with cultural input from all over the map. Jazz,
bluegrass, traditional Franco-Canadian fiddling,
throat singing, down-home vocal harmonies and African
and Indian percussion are just to name a few of
the influences that wind their way in and out of
the music. This is fun and funky music that is
sure to generate heat on a November evening. Visit
The McDades website, www.themcdades.com/home.
Faustwork Mask Theater
Saturday, January 22
an engaging mix of monologue, physical comedy and
theatre, this one person show is a tour de
force that explodes the artistic, cultural, and
psychological use of masks. Since 1983, Faustwork
have been performing internationally to audiences
of all ages with extraordinary cleverness and originality.
We’ll see dozens of ingenious art masks made
by Robert Faust and experience vignettes that are
comic, poignant and surreal. Characters emerge
magically and transform through body language,
mime, dance and dialogue. Originally from New Orleans,
Faust became enchanted with masks from Mardi Gras
festivities and has made this his life’s
work. Rave reviews from across North America! Visit
Faustwork Mask Theater's website, www.faustwork.com.
The Arrogant Worms
Sunday, February 20
comedic folk demigods Chris Patterson, Mike McCormick
and Trevor Strong are on a mission
to make you laugh. The three make up the Arrogant
Worms, who have been bending and twisting a uniquely
Canadian form of musical comedy since they first
appeared on CBC Radio’s Basic Black in 1990.
If you have never heard these “crusty on
the outside, tender on the inside” comic
songsters then you just haven’t been paying
attention. Come on out and sing along to classics
like “Big Fat Road Manager” and learn
amazing new facts about your country from “Canada’s
Really Big”. The Worms' submissive humour
will speed you through the end of February. This
is the season’s only Sunday show. Visit
The Arrogant Worms website, www.arrogant-worms.com.
Saturday, April 2
a world that sees piano virtuosos come and go,
Robert Silverman has reached a pinnacle of
musical and technical authority after years of
deep commitment to the instrument and its vast
literature. Silverman’s playing offers a
polished technique, and an extraordinary tonal
palette, an uncanny ability to sing its way into
the heart of a phrase, and a probing interpretation
of the most complex works in his repertoire. The
distinguished pianist has played in concert halls
throughout North America, Europe, the Far East,
Australia, and soon Denman Island on our lovely
Yamaha Grand. Silverman’s discography includes
25 CDs and a dozen LPs. His recording of Liszt’s
piano music received a Grand Prix du Disque, and
his widely acclaimed 10-CD recording of all thirty-two
Beethoven Sonatas was nominated for a Juno award.
Visit Robert Silverman's website, www.robert-silverman.com.
Tribute to a Lover of the Arts
Ruth Terry was
a valued supporter and patron of Arts Denman
presentations. She always enjoyed any
opportunity to experience the arts in our community.
When she passed away in March of 2004, a fund
was established to help ensure the ongoing success
of Concerts Denman and many generous donations
were made in her memory. Ruth would be thrilled
to know that this fund will continue to support
live music and theatre on Denman Island. She
believed that culture enriches us and brings
us closer together.
One event each year in the Concerts Denman Calendar
will be designated the Ruth Terry Memorial Concert,
an opportunity to remember Ruth’s spirit
and to donate to the fund and to ensure its long
term viability. This year the October 16th concert
by the Robert Minden Duo will mark the occasion.
Ruth loved their inventive and evocative music
and their appeal across all ages and interests.
Tickets are available in advance ($14 adults,
$8 students) at D.I. General Store (335-2293),
Abraxas Books (335-2731) & Bop City Records
(Courtenay, 338-6621). $16 (adults) and $8 (students)
at the door. Series ($70 - all 6 concerts) and
mini series ($38 - any 3 concerts) tickets also
available; call Jennifer West (335-1256) or Tim
Hicks (335-2255) for ticket information.
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