It’s not too late for these two! But it is almost too late…

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:

james_ehnesIf 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.)

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