Arts Denman is proud to present the
16th Annual Concerts Denman Series for the 2006-2007 season!
All concerts are held at the Denman Island Community Hall from
8-10pm. 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 16th
season is poised and ready to dazzle its audience once again with
an eclectic array of music, theatre and dance!
Friday, October 13
Veteran Québec cellists, Guy Fouquet and Elizabeth Dolin
have both made many successful recordings, founded a number of chamber
groups, and performed throughout North and South America and Europe
to critical acclaim. They have also been performing as a duo since
1988. Their CD "Barrière, Mozart, Fouquet" features
sixteen Mozart opera arias arranged for two cellos, and includes
one of Fouquet's compositions, "Solitude". Fouquet and
Dolin combine their prodigious talents to play with "affection
and imagination" (Ottawa Citizen), and a "lovely
mature restraint" (Blair Thomson).
John Reischman and the Jaybirds
Saturday, November 25
John Reischman and the Jaybirds is widely regarded as one of the
top bluegrass bands today. Reischman, a master mandolin player,
"consistently inventive, exciting and clean, and head and shoulders
above most bluegrass players in sophistication" (Option Magazine),
is joined by the equally accomplished Jaybirds: Nick Hornbuckle
(banjo), Greg Spatz (fiddle), Trisha Gagnon (bass and vocals), and
Jim Nonally (guitar and vocals). Their second CD, "Field Guide"
was named one of the best CDs of 2003 by Acoustic Guitar
magazine, and was also nominated for a Juno that year (best roots
and traditional group). Their 2005 release, "Heading West"
is also receiving rave reviews. Described as having a "variously
bluesy, hard-edged and haunting" sound, and as "one of
the most interesting bands on the circuit today", this group
will wow you with refreshing interpretations of traditional songs,
original compositions, and stirring three-part harmonies.
Dwyer and Ingrid Jensen
Saturday, January 27
Red hot; white hot; too hot; too cool: You're going to love this
show so much you won't know what to do with it. Five jazz greats
on one ticket on our stage: the multi-talented Phil Dwyer, "a
monster of musicianship" (Winnipeg Free Press), on
saxophone, and virtuoso Ingrid Jensen on trumpet - both raised on
Vancouver Island, both Juno award winners who have made it big in
the jazz world internationally - accompanied by Dave Young, considered
by many to be Canada's premier jazz bassist, Geoff Keezer, "one
of the finest contemporary pianists performing in jazz today"
(JazzReview.com), and the amazing Jon Wikan on drums. Sizzle...
* Ruth Terry Memorial Concert
Maori Dance Theatre
Friday, February 23
This evening of entertainment by New Zealand dance and theatre
group, Kahurangi, includes chants, martial arts techniques, powerful
songs, and beautiful traditional Maori dances, some dating back
to the early 10th century. This troupe is known for enrapturing
audiences with their energetic, culturally fascinating, and visually
stimulating performances. Here's what one reviewer from The
Village Voice had to say about a Kahurangi New York performance:
"From rapid finger flutters to haka warrior poses, thrusts,
and vocal outbursts so strong you feel them in your gut, [this]
troupe kept us riveted as they unfolded a Maori creation myth in
a dozen sections." A great show for the whole family!
Friday, March 9
Ottawa guitarist Daniel Bolshoy's engaging stage presence, and
the technical mastery and prevailing musicality of his playing are
drawing audiences to him and to the repertoire of the classical
guitar. Bolshoy has won top awards at home and in eight international
competitions, and has been the featured soloist with orchestras
in Canada and the U.S. He has put out two CDs: "Resonance",
a collection of guitar solos, and "España", with
mezzo-soprano Julie Nesrallah in the Nesrallah-Bolshoy Duo. Bolshoy
is "a rising star" in the classical guitar world: "Concert
presenters and guitar lovers in general must take note of the emerging
figure of this exciting and expressive young guitar virtuoso...with
his brilliant technique and passionate temperament [he] promises
to become a major figure of the international guitar scene."
(Ricardo Iznaola, classical guitarist)
Chucky Danger Band
Saturday, April 21
In their tailored black suits, with their poetic, intelligent lyrics,
layered melodies and sweet vocal harmonies, The Chucky Danger Band
is a little reminiscent of the early Beatles; yet they have a distinct
very "now" sound firmly planted in the concerns of the
21st century. These four young men from P.E.I. (brothers John McPhee
on acoustic guitar and lead vocals and Rob McPhee on bass, Colin
Buchanan on lead guitar, and David MacDonald on percussion) are
skyrocketing to success. Their CD "Colour" is receiving
rave reviews and audiences love their dynamic rock and roll stage
presence. This band will thrill you with a show, “quite jaw-dropping
in its skill, variety, and seamless orchestration” (The
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 Phil Dwyer and Ingrid Jensen concert on
Saturday, January 27 will mark the occasion.
- Series Tickets: All six concerts for only $70.
- Mini Series: Three concerts for only $38.
- Single Advanced Tickets: Adults $14, Students $5.
- Single Tickets at the Door: Adults $16, Students $5.
Tickets are available in advance at the following locations:
- Denman Island General Store: 335-2293
- Abraxas Books: 335-2731
- Bop City Records, Courtenay: 338-6621
For additional information, please contact Jennifer West (335-1256)
or Deborah Graham (335-1999).
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