Denman Island, BC


Concerts Denman

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 and dance!

Vancouver Opera Touring Ensemble
Saturday, October 29, 2005

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.

“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

Motus OThis 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 original score.

Motus O is this year’s Ruth Terry Memorial Concert.

Janis Janus
Friday, February 10, 2006

Janis JanusJan 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 roll:

"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." --Georgia Straight

The Polyjesters
Friday, March 10, 2006

The PolyjestersDescribed 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

Yi-Jia Susanne Hou with Daniel SpiegelSusanne 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 artist.

A Tribute to a Lover of the Arts

Photo courtesy Denman Island ChocolateRuth 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.

Ticket Information

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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