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  1. Join Ensemble Laude for our spring concert, showcasing sparkling pieces from around the world! Gathering brings together Canadian composers such as Don MacDonald, Meghan Quinlan and Stephen Hatfield, along with the premiere of Light, written for Ensemble Laude by John Gordon Armstrong. Medieval songs will also be featured, including Stella Splendens andSumer is Icumen In, as well as new pieces by Part Uusberg and Allison Girvan. Come join us and be part of the magic!
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    Victoria Baroque: "Mozart for May" Victoria Baroque concludes its eighth season with a celebration of chamber works of the Classical Era, including Mozart’s legendary Horn Quintet. Mozart: Horn Quintet Flute Quartet in C Divertimento for strings in D major M. Haydn: Divertimento in G Performers: Andrew Clark, horn; Soile Stratkauskas, flute; Christi Meyers, violin; Paul Luchkow, violin & viola; Mieka Michaux, viola; Caroline Nicolas, cello “Right from the opening Sinfonia it was clear that we were in for a treat” (Music in Victoria) Church of St John the Divine, 1611 Quadra, Victoria Tickets: $28 / $25 senior / $5 student & child Available at Royal McPherson Box Office (www.rmts.bc.ca), and three weeks prior at Ivy’s Bookshop, Munro’s Books, Long & McQuade (Victoria), and at the door Info: 250 590 9770; victoria-baroque@shaw.ca; victoria-baroque.com
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    Hit your stride at Jam Camp! Jam and learn in the beautiful setting of St. Margaret’s School campus in Saanich. This memorable experience of musicianship and camaraderie features classes in theory, arranging, songwriting, chording, vocalizing, historical perspectives, technology, group programs for piano and guitar, plus performances and jam sessions. Play or sing in a band, meet other musicians, make music, and generally have fun! Jam Camp is designed to help students of all ages and skill levels gain instrumental/vocal experience in an encouraging, fun environment amongst peers and professionals. Vocalists and students of ALL instruments can apply -- in particular, saxophone, flute, clarinet, trombone, trumpet, piano, strings, guitar, bass (electric and/or acoustic), and drums. The goal of the camp is to give students of all abilities opportunities to make music together in small and large ensembles and improve their musical skills, including improvising and jamming. Camp cost is $499 for the week. See you there! Room and board is also available, for $350. Featured distinguished faculty include Chris Millington, Damian Graham, Dave Paulson, David Flello, Ian McDougall, Joe Hatherill, Joey Smith, John Lee, Linda Gould, Louise Rose, Maria Manna, Monik Nordine, Nick LaRiviere, Rob Cheramy.... Photo album of last year's camp here. Additional information here.
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    Victoria’s pianist Ashley Wey celebrates the beauty of modern jazz with passion and improvisational joy, bringing the standards freshly back to life. With three critically acclaimed self-produced albums to her credit, the captivating Wey returned to Victoria with her latest ‘Live’: an album filled with inventive ideas and breathtaking artistry. Ashley is a charismatic singer/pianist who lights up the stage with her bright smile and magnificent sounds that open minds and reach hearts. J
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    Vic Chamber Orchestra

    The Victoria Chamber Orchestra The Victoria Chamber Orchestra directed by Yariv Aloni presents a concert on Friday, April 12, 7:30 pm at First Metropolitan Church, 932 Balmoral Road, Victoria V8T 1A8. Tickets: $20 (adult) & $15 (student/senior over 65), (free admission for music students - elementary, high school or university), available online at www.victoriachamberorchestra.org, Ivy’s Bookshop, Long & McQuade and at the door. Program includes: Gade: Aquarelles Concerto, featuring the Louis Sherman Concerto Competition winner GLIÈRE: String Octet
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    Victoria Baroque with St John's Chamber Singers A selection of transcendent sacred music for voices and instruments by German Baroque Masters. An atmospheric evening of Divine Music in a Divine Space! Programme Bach: Kyrie in F major Christe du Lamm Gottes Bach: Motet Jesu meine Freude Schelle: Cantata Weicht ihr Sorgen aus dem HertzenKuhnau: Cantata Herr, lehre uns bedenken Kuhnau: Motet Tristis est anima mea Buxtdehude: Trio Sonata in A minorBuxtehude: Cantata Quemadmodum desiderat cervus Bach: Sanctus in D majorSoloists: Anne van der Sloot, sopranoAlana Hayes, mezzo sopranoNolan Kehler, tenorKyron Basu, baritone at Church of St John the Divine, Victoria Tickets:$28 / $25 senior / $5 student & childAvailable from: Royal & McPherson Box Office,and there weeks prior from Munro's Books, Ivy's Bookshop, Long & McQuade (Victoria), and at the door More info: victoria-baroque.com; victoria-baroque@shaw.ca; 250 590 9770
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    Throughout her spectacular career, singer-songwriter and Broadway actress Morgan James has taken on beloved roles and songs to give them her own unique perspective. She has recorded and toured internationally with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, which performed at TD Victoria International JazzFest 2017. Now, James has set her sights on the Beatles’ White Album. While each song is performed in its original key, James provides a soulful vibe and feminine flair to these classics. James’ current tour across Europe, Canada, and the U.S., White to Blue, celebrates both the Beatles’ White Album and Joni Mitchell’s Blue album. She first performed in Victoria at TD JazzFest in 2018. Opening the evening will be singer-songwriter Elise LeGrow. This powerful combination of two sensational female voices is not to be missed at Elements Casino, the Platinum Room. More information at: http://jazzvictoria.ca/society/event/morgan-james
  8. Quasar quatuor: Territoires sonores February 8 at 7:30pm, Quasar quatuor will present Territoires sonores at Open Space. Since the group's founding in 1994, the Quasar saxophone quartet (Marie-Chantal Leclair, Mathieu Leclair, André Leroux, Jean-Marc Bouchard) has been dedicated to the creation and promotion of contemporary music. A sonic portrait of Canadian new music,Territoires sonores is made up of 8 works commissioned for 8 Canadian composers on the occasion of Canada's 150th anniversary. Admission will be free / by donation. Open Space is at 510 Fort Street, Victoria www.openspace.ca
  9. JANNIE BURDETI - Piano Works Inspired By Water - January 6, 2019 @ 2:30 pm Dear Friends, The third concert of Music At Wentworth Villa's 2018/19 season will take place at 2.30 pm, Sunday, January 6, 2019. We are delighted to welcome concert pianist Jannie Burdeti who will perform a virtuosic program with a watery theme: Chopin's beautiful Preludes Op.28, composed on the island of Mallorca, Ravel's Une barque sur L'océan, and Triana (from Iberia) by Albéniz, which portrays life in a waterside neighbourhood in Seville, located between two branches of the Guadalquivir River. The program will end with Concert Arabesques on themes of The Beautiful Blue Danube by Johann Strauss II. During the 20-minute intermission, we will serve complimentary coffee, tea, and snacks, and the concert will conclude with a short Question and Answer session with the performer, so please do not feel shy to speak up. Tickets You may purchase your tickets by using the button above, online atwentworthvilla.com/event/jannie-burdeti, by contacting us atinfo@wentworthvilla.com or by telephone: 250-598-0760. For full details of our series please visit www.wentworthvilla.com/music. Our concerts sell out quickly, so do not delay in buying your tickets if you wish to attend. Tickets to our concerts would also make excellent holiday gifts! Doors will open at 1.30 pm, so please arrive early to reserve your ideal seat before exploring the ground floor of Wentworth Villa and the museum exhibits.
  10. Victoria Baroquewith Steven Devine, harpsichord/directorKate Semmens, sopranoNathan McDonald, baritoneThe highly acclaimed British harpsichordist, Steven Devine, returns to direct Victoria Baroque in a ravishing programme of music by Handel.Handel:Cantata 'Apollo e Daphne'Orchestral Suite 'The Alchemist'Concerto Grosso Op.3 No.1Aria "Sweet Bird" from 'L'Allegro il Penseroso'Tickets: $28 / $25 senior / $5 student & childavailable at Royal McPherson Box Office (www.rmts.bc.ca), Ivy’s Bookshop, Munro’s Books, Long & McQuade (Victoria), and at the doorInfo:250 590 9770victoria-baroque@shaw.cavictoria-baroque.com VB_Poster3_Jan_2019.pdf
  11. This winter, let Ensemble Laude fill your soul with rapturous pieces chosen for their beauty and light. Winter Solstice by Paul Carey and Northern Lights by Ola Gjeilo transport the listener into a winter dream, and Winter Winds by Mumford and Sons and Fire by young Vancouver composer Katerina Gimon surprise and delight with exuberance and passion. New Canadian works will be featured with La Belle se promene by Meghan Quinlan, Light and Wings by John Gordon Armstrong, and Soleil Couchants by Robert Ingari. We will also present Sanctum, our commission from Sarah Quartel, the haunting Jesu Gjor Meg Stille and the lullaby Det Lisle Banet, both from Norway. Come let your heart be uplifted on a cold winter’s night with our songs of love and joy. EL season Poster Fall 18 Glimmer (1).pdf
  12. This winter, let Ensemble Laude fill your soul with rapturous pieces chosen for their beauty and light. Winter Solstice by Paul Carey and Northern Lights by Ola Gjeilo transport the listener into a winter dream, and Winter Winds by Mumford and Sons and Fire by young Vancouver composer Katerina Gimon surprise and delight with exuberance and passion. New Canadian works will be featured with La Belle se promene by Meghan Quinlan, Light and Wings by John Gordon Armstrong, and Soleil Couchants by Robert Ingari. We will also present Sanctum, our commission from Sarah Quartel, the haunting Jesu Gjor Meg Stille and the lullaby Det Lisle Banet, both from Norway. Come let your heart be uplifted on a cold winter’s night with our songs of love and joy. EL season Poster Fall 18 Glimmer (1).pdf
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    Two-time JUNO Award winner, singer and pianist Michael Kaeshammer tours his brand-new album, Something New, which was released April 2018. Something New was recorded at the historic Esplanade Studios in the heart of New Orleans’ Tremé district. Kaeshammer will be joined in Victoria on the Something New tour by New Orleans’ musicians Johnny Vidacovich drums and David Piltch bass, amongst others. More info: http://jazzvictoria.ca/society/event/michael-kaeshammer
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    Multifaceted American jazz pianist-composer Emmet Cohen is one of the most highly pivotal figures in music today. This Harlem-based piano phenomenon, a member of Christian McBride's trio "Tip City," the "Herlin Riley Quartet," and the "Ali Jackson Trio," swings through Victoria with his all-star trio featuring Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s bassist, Russell Hall, and drummer Kyle Poole, who recently toured with Cecile McLorin Salvant. They return to Hermann’s Jazz Club for a second time this year in one musical evening of exceptional style and cool, timeless jazz. More info: http://jazzvictoria.ca/society/event/emmet-cohen-trio
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    A five-time JUNO Award winner and three-time GRAMMY Award nominee, flautist and saxophonist Jane Bunnett has showcased the finest musical talent from Canada, the US, and Cuba. Bunnet and Maqueque, the brilliant all-female Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble, have created something new and phenomenal in the world of jazz. They performed at TD Victoria International JazzFest in 2014. Maqueque are: Jane Bunnett, soprano saxophone, flute, Melvis Santa, vocals, percussion, Mary Paz, congas, vocals, Dánae Olano, piano, Tailin Marrero, acoustic, electric bass, Yissy García, drums. More info: http://jazzvictoria.ca/society/event/jane-bunnett-and-maqueque
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    With her limitless voice and ferocious standing-drumming, the blues-rocking, soul-singing Lindsay Beaver leads a powerhouse band. Beaver is a force to be reckoned with, having just signed with Alligator Records this year. Her label debut, Tough As Love, just released in October, 2018. Her influences range from Little Richard to The Ramones, from Billie Holiday to Nick Curran, yet her style and sound is truly original. Beaver recently performed in TD Victoria International JazzFest 2018 and will be joined by fiery guitarist Brad Stivers and rock-solid bassist Josh Williams at her upcoming Hermann’s Jazz Club performance. More info: http://jazzvictoria.ca/society/event/lindsay-beaver
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    UVic’s Quartet-in-Residence performs a string quartet by American composer Amy Beach plus Mozart's String Quintet No.4 in G Minor, K.516 with beloved Victoria violist Yariv Aloni. Since 1986, the members of the Lafayette String Quartet have divided their time between entertaining audiences all over North America and Europe and teaching some of Canada’s finest young string players. Yariv Aloni is one of Victoria's most artistically involved musicians. He has performed in concert halls around the world, including Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Centre in New York, the Louvre in Paris, Tonhalle in Zurich, and numerous stages in North America and Europe. Aloni is the Artistic Director of the Victoria Chamber Orchestra, the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the West Coast Symphony Orchestra in Vancouver and has recently been appointed Artistic Director of the Sooke Philharmonic. Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, MacLaurin Building, B-Wing, University of Victoria (Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/475100739668114/)
  18. Baroque cellist, Beiliang Zhu, is a past grand prize winner of the Leipzig International Bach Competition and considered to be one of the finest baroque cellists in North America. She views playing the richly chorded suites with six movements each-a prelude, allemande, courante, sarabande, gigue, and other dances-as an "extraordinary journey". Beiliang is the new principal cellist of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra. For her Victoria solo debut she will play all six suites on two consecutive nights at Christ Church Cathedral. Tickets: General $40 Student, $25 Both concerts: General: $70, Student, $45. Available now at Cathedral Office, Ivy's Munro's Victoria Conservatory, and pacbaroque.com
  19. Saxophonist Cory Weeds teams up with legendary pianist Harold Mabern and renowned trumpeter Terell Stafford for a night of music that you won’t forget! One night only! A giant of contemporary jazz, Terell Stafford is an incredibly gifted and versatile player who combines a deep love of melody with his own brand of spirited and adventurous lyricism. An unforgettable performer who turns every performance into an informal master class, Harold Mabern regales audiences with his first-hand account of jazz history. His music is marked by unmistakable purpose and harmonic authority and he employs a powerful technique and deep insight into a wide range of repertoire from the Great American Songbook to his own soulful originals. Cory Weeds is an expressive player with a sound firmly rooted in the jazz tradition. This past year Weeds’ 13th release as a leader, Let’s Groove spent 43 weeks at on the JazzWeek charts. With Michael Glynn bass and Julian MacDonough drums.
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    A grand orchestral feast with trumpets, horns, winds and strings, played on historical instruments. Handel's Water Music Suites 2 and 3, and varied works by Telemann, Purcell, Biber, and Fasch. Victoria's professional baroque ensemble with special guest, British trumpet virtuoso Simon Munday. Church of St John the Divine Tickets: $28 / $25 senior / $5 student & child available three weeks prior at: Ivy's Bookshop, Munro's Books, and Long & McQuade more info: victoria-baroque.com victoria-baroque@shaw.ca; 250 590 9770
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    “ … One of the finest musicians in the world.” – ALISON KRAUSS Jerry Douglas is universally hailed as the world’s most technically skillful and innovative Dobro player. With 14 Grammys on the mantel and performance credit on over 2,000 records, it’s hard to think of anyone who’s had more influence on bluegrass, newgrass, country rock, and the many other variants of acoustic Americana. Douglas is best known for being a key member of Alison Krauss & Union Station since 1988. Although most often called a bluegrass virtuoso, Douglas has invariably hopped over narrow genre definitions in search of greater musical freedom and radical expressiveness. From blazing Jimi Hendrix covers to jazzgrass anthems in challenging time signatures, Jerry Douglas is to the dobro what Jimi Hendrix was to the electric guitar. Currently touring in support of the 2018 Grammy-nominated What If, and accompanied by his most versatile band ever, Douglas’s musical vision adds elements of funk, rock, and jazz to his bedrock bluegrass sound. This six-string master with the fluid fingers has always been a step ahead of nearly everybody else! Christian Sedelmyer violin, Daniel Kimbro bass, Mike Seal guitar, Doug Belote drums, Jamel Mitchell saxophone, Vance Thompson trumpet
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    Twin Bill “The power of the human voice, with a lot of soul!” A veteran performer with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, vocalist Morgan James is a phenomenal talent with a genuine feel for soul music and songwriting. Reckless Abandon, her recent recording of all-original material, proved to be a hit with critics and the public. The charismatic James shows a mature sense of balance on stage that makes an evening with her a memorable delight. Praised for having “the intuitive musicality of Stevie Wonder”, New Orleans’ Jamison Ross was destined to make his mark on jazz from behind a drum kit. Ross’s debut album, Jamison, showcased his percussive and singing skills in gospel and R&B-inflected jazz compositions that earned a 2015 Grammy nod. His January 2018 Concord release All for One continues to showcase his highly resonant and soulful vocals. Ross is a fresh, dazzling talent.
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    “An exciting, exhilarating and original blend that freshens up its sources and takes them somewhere new.” – ALL ABOUT JAZZ England’s Manchester-based GoGo Penguin is a unique piano trio noted for its hypnotic melodies, visceral baselines and tidal rhythms. There’s a wave-like flow to their partially improvised music, which shifts between melodic inventiveness and trance-inducing patterns. Called “music for the heart, head, and feet,” GoGo Penguin were signed to iconic Blue Note Records in 2015 and their newest release, A Humdrum Star, was released to great acclaim in February. From ambient atmospherics to hypnotic beats, GoGo Penguin combines highbrow polish with music-festival populism. Hard to define but easy to groove to, this is one of the freshest bands on today’s scene. Chris Illingworth piano, Nick Blacka bass, Rob Turner drums, Joe Reiser sound
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    “Macy Gray is back and better than ever” - Vogue Magazine A gifted songwriter and dazzlingly singular singer with a distinctive raspy style, Macy Gray’s voice has drawn comparisons with Billy Holiday, Janis Joplin, and Tina Turner to name a few. Gray has released six studio albums and received five Grammy nominations, winning one in 2001 for her multi-platinum debut album On How Life Is. Her hit single, “I Try,” remains one of her best-known songs today. This multi-talented artist has appeared as an actor in a number of films, including ‘Training Day’, ‘Spider-Man’, ‘Scary Movie 3’, and ‘For Colored Girls’, amongst others. In 2016, Gray made a large artistic leap by changing labels to Chesky Records to create an audiophile album Stripped, her latest, which features Ari Hoenig, Russell Malone, Wallace Roney, and Daryl Johns. Performing with jazz bands is how she got her start, and it’s what Gray returns to in this collection of reimagined songs from her catalog, three new originals and two covers. This album successfully struck number three on the Billboard Jazz Chart. Gray was also recently featured in Ariana Grande’s song “Leave Me Lonely” from her third studio album Dangerous Woman. From jazz, to pop and R&B, to jazz again, Macy Gray continues to divulge her musical prowess with a unique, smoky voice that is unforgettable to the last note.
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    Featuring UVic School of Music trumpet students from the studio of Merrie Klazek. Admission by donation. Contact name: UVic School of Music Contact email: concert@uvic.ca Phone: 250-721- 8634 Website: http://finearts.uvic.ca/music/events
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