Denman Island, BC


Concerts Denman

2007-2008 Season

Tambura RasaAll concerts are held from 8-10pm at the Denman Island Community Hall, a short walk from the ferry landing. 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 17th season is poised and ready to dazzle its audience once again with an eclectic array of music, theatre and dance!

Tambura Rasa
Friday, September 21

Valdy and Gary FjellgaardThis opening concert of our season is a lively dive into the World music arena. Described as "a diverse and unique style of gypsy-world-fusion", the collective Tambura Rasa began as a duo merging classical Indian with Balkan and Iberian influences. Since then, guitarist Ivan Tucakov has joined with numerous ethnic musicians and dancers to bring us a rich multicultural blend of contemporary grooves and traditional rhythm - complete with belly dancers and fiery flamenco.

Valdy and Gary Fjellgaard
Friday, October 12

"Western Roots" they call it - music that draws on all the aspects of life in the West. Spend an evening with these well known Canadian troubadours - two good, old friends who meld close harmonies with fine guitar work and great songs. Valdy and Gary are two memorable guys with two guitars and about two dozen or more tunes to tell you where they’ve been, where they’re at and where they’re headed. This concert is bound to be an evening to remember.

Gryphon TrioGryphon Trio
Sunday, November 11

We welcome the Gryphon Trio back for this year’s Ruth Terry Memorial Concert. Touring internationally since 1993, this Juno award-winning trio has been described as "one of the best ensembles of its kind in the world"(Globe & Mail). Annalee Patipatanakoon, violin; Roman Borys, cello; and Jamie Parker, piano, are a mainstay of CBC radio. The Trio’s celebrated recordings for the Analekta label include works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Dvorak, and Lalo. We are pleased and honoured to have these fine musicians back on our stage.

Chinese Acrobats * Ruth Terry Memorial Concert

Chinese Acrobats
and Silk Road Duo
Sunday, February 17

With grace, skill and dexterity, these acrobats perform everything from balancing and contortion routines to plate-spinning, foot juggling and unicycling. Sharing this evening is Silk Road Duo. Qiu Xia He with her pipa, and her husband, multi-instrumentalist Andre Thibault, will take us on a cultural exploration of China through their music. This will be a true evening of the East which will be enjoyed by everyone.

David Locke-Norton and Simone Osborne
David Locke-Norton and Simone OsborneFriday, March 28

Don’t miss hearing two of Canada’s rising young opera stars! 21-year-old baritone David Locke-Norton, studied under the renowned baritone Peter Barcza, and has already performed numerous roles on both sides of Canada and in Europe. 20-year-old soprano Simone Osborne has also been busy on both sides of the Atlantic since her debut at age 18. Both David and Simone were in Europe last summer - Simone singing the title role of The Bartered Bride with Opera Nuova, and David in the role of Papageno in The Magic Flute in Prague.

Lorne Elliott
Tuesday, April 29

Lorne ElliottWhat better way to end our season but to go madly off in all directions with Lorne Elliott! He’s been
doing it since taking to the stage as a folk singer in 1974. Lorne’s writing of fiction, monologues, songs and one-liners have culminated in a very special show of comedy and music, totally original, entertaining, uplifting and foolish enough to make anybody laugh. You can keep the comedy seat warm by tuning in to his weekly show, "Madly Off in All Directions" on CBC Radio. *Note that the concert is being held on a weekday.

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’s choice is the Gryphon Trio concert on Sunday, November 11.

Ticket Information

  • Series Tickets: All six concerts for only $75.
  • Mini Series: Three concerts for only $42.
  • Single Advanced Tickets: Adults $15, Students $5.
  • Single Tickets at the Door: Adults $17, 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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