Well, it is too late to go to both these great concerts, unless, unlike me, you’ve mastered the art of time-travel. (I have enough trouble with gravity, myself.) So, here’s the plan:
If you’re in Victoria, BC, at 2:30 pm, you get to hear this amazing concert – the world premiere of Michael Oesterle‘s New World: Of Hope and Refuge, James Ehnes playing the Sibelius violin concerto, and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Could you ask for more? ( That was a rhetorical question. And no, no you could not, so if you’re in Victoria be grateful.)
If you’re in Vancouver, BC, at 7:00 pm, you get to hear Mark Fewer and Friends – truly great performers including the globe-trotting Mark Fewer (Vancouverites will remember him from his VSO days), stellar VSO concertmaster Dale Barltrop, the VAM quartet, Van Django, and more lovely performers than you can shake a stick at. This VAM benefit concert will raise funds and awareness for Kenya’s New White House Academy.
Here’s Kodaly’s Duo for Violin & Cello, Op. 7, Allegro serioso, non troppo, played by Mark Fewer and Joseph Elworthy at last year’s VAM – Mark Fewer and Friends concert:
Here’s Van Django playing “Exactly Like You”…
And for those in a lazy mood, there’s also a rather cute London Symphony Orchestra video of Nicholas Wright, currently associate concertmaster of VSO, talking about binning his violin at age four (clearly he had a change of heart by age five.)