Congratulations GISPA dancers

On June 18, 2012, in News, by George Sipos

Congratulations to the Gulf Islands Secondary School’s dance programmes. Not only have the students had an excellent year, culminating in a terrific end-of-year performance at ArtSpring on June 6 & 7, but they won two major awards at the Victoria Performing Arts Festival earlier this year.

But that’s not all.

Sonia Langer, the fine dancer, choreographer and teacher who heads up the dance component of the Gulf Islands School of Performing Arts, has just posted a really lovely short film on YouTube showing a complete dance piece performed by GISPA students. The film was shot at ArtSpring a few months ago by videographer Eric Peterson. It is well worth watching to get some idea of the excellent artistic quality of the work being done in at  our high school.


Luanne Katz plays Berkeley

On June 18, 2012, in News, by George Sipos

Salt Spring percussionist Luanne Katz has just returned from performing a new work by composer Luther Adams on the campus of UC Berkeley.

The work, entitled Inuksuit, premiered at Banff in 2009 is scored for a flexible percussion orchestra of nine to 99 players. Needless to say, the Berkeley performance was on the lower end of the personnel scale, though it did include the campus clock tower. The picture on the left shows Luanne in action during the performance.

Luanne will be part of our Salt Spring Chamber Music Festival this summer with a performance on Tuesday July 24 with the string faculty of the Festival. Tickets are now available at $18 or $5 for youth. We’ll have the programme she will be playing on the website shortly.