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Alberni Classical Concert Series Bergmann Piano Duo February 12, 2017

BERGMANN PIANO DUO Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann

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The Bergmann Piano Duo’s dynamic and energetic performances have touched and inspired audiences for more than two decades. Their recitals and concerts with orchestra have taken them to many parts of the world, including the United States, Italy, Germany, Holland, Greece and Canada. They received first prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Caltanissetta, Italy, and were laureates of The 4th Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition.

Their uniquely eclectic programmes draw from an extensive repertoire ranging from the baroque to the contemporary and incorporate numerous arrangements and original compositions by Marcel Bergmann who writes in a “uniquely original voice that straddles the best of the classical and jazz worlds.” (The Miami Herald) “Always adventurous, the married couple combines virtuosic dedication with the instincts of professional entertainers who love their music.” (Showtime Magazine) They are recognized as a “piano duo extraordinaire having keyboard skills of the first order with impeccable musicianship.” (The Calgary Herald)

The duo has recorded several CDs, which appear on the CordAria, Arktos, Koch International Classics, Naxos and Brilliant Classics labels. Their most recent CD, American Stories on the ARS label, features Marcel’s arrangements. Committed to supporting the production of new repertoire, the duo has commissioned and premiered several works by Canadian composers. Marcel and Elizabeth serve as Directors at the Langley Community Music School and are Artistic Directors of White Rock Concerts.

Borealis String Quartet Alberni Classical Concert Series April 9, 2017

BOREALIS STRING QUARTET

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One of the most dynamic and exciting world-class ensembles of its generation, the Borealis String Quartet has received international critical acclaim for its fiery performances, passionate style and refined, musical interpretation. The quartet has toured extensively in North America, Europe and Asia and performed to enthusiastic sold-out audiences in major cities, including New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Rome, Mainz, Shanghai, Taipei, Beijing, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and, of course, in their home town of Vancouver. Borealis continues to receive awards and rave accolades for its artistry from presenters, renowned musicians and critics alike. It was the only classical group selected for the Great Canadian Dream Competition, which was televised across the nation and as a result, they were the only classical musicians to perform for the Prime Minister of Canada at Parliament Hill for an audience of over 75,000.

The quartet is frequently seen on television and heard on CBC Radio and other stations across North America and Asia, and has filmed music videos which were debuted at the Vancouver International Film Festival and often broadcast on Bravo Television and the Knowledge Network. Borealis has recorded seven CDs which feature the classics as well as music written especially for them. Although members of the quartet feel strongly committed to the traditional quartet literature, they actively promote new works and are strong advocates of Canadian music, such as quartets by R. Murray Schafer, Omar Daniels, John Stetch and Peter Tiefenbach. They have also worked closely with and commissioned music from Bramwell Tovey, Imant Raminsh, Kelly-Marie Murphy and John Oliver, to name a few.

Members of the quartet have frequently served as jury members for competitions, most recently at the 2012 E-Gre National Competition. Borealis was the String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of British Columbia for over 10 years. As Visiting Scholars at Green College from 2000-2004, they often performed for dignitaries, including the Dalai Lama.

"The youthful Borealis String Quartet plays with a passion I haven’t heard since the heyday of the fabled Budapest Quartet in the 1950s." Music at Kohl Mansion, Burlingame, CA

MUSICA INTIMA Alberni Classical Concert Series May 14, 2017

Soprano: Caitlin Beaupré & Joanna Dundas Alto: Melanie Adams & Katherine Evans
Tenor: Taka Shimojima & Erik Kallo Bass: Steve Maddock & Stephen Duncan

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Internationally renowned for their warm and engaging stage presence, impeccable musicianship and unique perspective on ensemble singing, musica intima has earned a reputation as Canada’s most exciting vocal ensemble. The ensemble has graced the stages of some of Canada’s best-known festivals, championing contemporary Canadian vocal repertoire in concert halls such as the Orford Festival, the Elora Festival, the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Le Festival de Lanaudière, Palais Montcalm and the Domaine Forget International Festival. Also an international presence, musica intima has performed twice at the American Choral Directors Association Conference, and has appeared at the Polyfollia Festival in France, the Cork International Choral Festival in Ireland, the World Symposium on Choral Music in Denmark and the Busan International Choral Festival in Korea.

musica intima is frequently heard on national and international radio broadcasts and has released nine commercial recordings. The ensemble’s debut album (1998) was nominated for a Juno award. In addition, they recorded the CBC-produced nativité (2002), which was nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award.

musica intima is the ensemble you turn to when you want a luxurious ear bath and spiritual cleansing.” “...one of Canada’s most astonishing musical exports.” Raymond Tuttle | Fanfare: The Magazine for Serious Record Collectors

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