Arts Denman is proud to present the 15th Annual Concerts Denman
Series for the 2005-2006 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 15th season is poised and ready to dazzle
its audience once again with an eclectic array of music, theatre
Vancouver Opera Touring Ensemble
Four rising young Canadian opera singers and a nimble fingered pianist
are coming to Denman to perform two programmes. “Naomi’s
Road” is a fully-staged and costumed opera based on Joy Kogawa’s
novel of the same name, which tells of nine year old Naomi’s
journey with her Japanese Canadian family from Vancouver to an internment
camp in the interior of B.C. during WWII. It is a sensitive, visually
evocative production filled with emotion, humour and soaring melodies.
Saturday, October 29, 2005
“The World of Opera” is a tuneful tour of some of opera’s
most beautiful and captivating music. Audiences will delight in
the irresistible humour and will meet many of opera’s, heros,
clowns and villains. This is a show for the whole family. The evening
will begin with a brief (ten minute) pre-concert talk.
Motus O: “Petrouchka”
Friday, November 25, 2005
dynamic interpretation of Petrouchka (the classic tale of a wizard
and his three marionettes: the strongman, the beautiful ballerina
and the awkward clown, Petrouchka) will appeal to all ages. An unlikely
hero, Petrouchka nevertheless plunges into a series of adventures
as he clumsily attempts to impress the ballerina. We enjoy his predicaments,
and succumb to his charm, as he wins her heart through love and
his great enthusiasm for life.
The dance/theatre troupe, Motus O, from York Region, Ontario has
been creating physically innovative and visually exciting performances
across Canada, and internationally, for fourteen years to rave reviews
and audience ovations. They are known for
their unique way of combining elements of ballet, modern dance and
acrobatics to create stunning choreography that is often full of
humour. You're sure to be energized by the sheer vitality and physical
ingenuity of this dynamic troupe: You'll lose weight just watching
us," says James Croker (dancer and artistic co-director). The
visual feast of “Petrouchka” will be performed to Stravinsky's
Motus O is this year’s Ruth Terry Memorial
Friday, February 10, 2006
Kudelka brings more than her uncanny physical resemblance and her
"just like Joplin" sound to this gut-wrenching one woman
tribute show/concert. Years ago, even before she became a successful
actress and creator of one woman shows, Kudelka felt drawn to Joplin
and compelled to write ten poems about her. Kudelka intersperses
these poems with the songs that made Joplin a legend, mostly from
the Cheap Thrills and Pearl albums: "Piece of my Heart",
"Ball and Chain", "Move Over", "Cry Baby",
"Bobby McGee", "Mercedez Benz" and more. With
her excellent back-up band (Linda Kidder, who played with k.d Lang,
and Richard Baker and Wally Watson, formerly of Doug and the Slugs),
Kudelka's performance is a powerful evocation of Joplin's spirit.
Janis Janus conveys the intensity of Janis Joplin's brilliant, but
tragically short, life (she died in 1970 at 27), and underscores
the significance of Joplin's contribution to music as one of the
first white women to bring the sound of black blues to rock and
"If it were only a tribute show, it would be fantastic...
It's a searing character study and an avant-garde piece of art
that never stops being entertaining, even for a moment."
Friday, March 10, 2006
as "Canada's hippest, swinging folksters" and one of the
country's busiest bands, the Polyjesters offer an evening of first
class musicianship with a kitchen party feel. The Polyjesters, four
energetic young men, full of self-confidence, enthusiasm and the
love of music, are fashioning a whole new genre of music called
swingin' folk chunk and audiences are loving it! They combine swing,
folk and roots music (including old jazz, tin pan alley, old country,
bluegrass and ragtime) into something fresh and bright. The band
features the two Valleau brothers from small town Alberta: Jason
on bass and vocals and Sheldon on baritone ukulele and vocals; Ron
Vulic on percussion and Matt Woodward on fiddle. This group will
wow you with their fabulous vocal harmonies, their upbeat music
and their playful, off-beat humour.
Yi-Jia Susanne Hou (violin), with Daniel Spiegel (piano)
Friday, April 7, 2006
Hou is a Canadian violinist garnering much attention in the international
music scene. Between 1997 and 1999, she won three gold medals with
unanimous decisions at international competitions. Recently, the
Canada Council for the Arts awarded Hou the loan of a 1729 GUARNEI
DEL JESU violin. Ms. Hou’s CD “Fire and Ice”,
featuring the Sibelius Violin Concerto and several short works by
Sarasate received a glowing review in Fanfare Magazine.
Pianist Daniel Spiegel is completing his Masters of Music in piano
performance at the Julliard School, and is in much demand as a collaborative
A Tribute to a Lover of the Arts
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 always 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 Motus O's “Petrouchka” performance will
mark the occasion.
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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