It is not easy to represent a person in four or five sentences, as these short biographies have done, without resorting to what she has done, where he has worked, what Artspring represents to them. And yet, we hope that these short snippets tell ArtSpring patrons a little about the directors who are so passionate about the work of this wonderful institution. George’s biography is no different – all too short, all too superficial, and yet revealing of a person with a passion for the arts and a passion for our community.
George Ehring is perhaps best known for his courses in classical music education, offered first at his house and now at ArtSpring. As his audience will attest, he seeks meaning in and the meanings of music, the context of time and place, the motivations driving composers, their own historical origins. In a sense, then, he addresses each person in his audience as we in a community address each other: who am I? how did I get here? what role do I play? How do I too represent a moment in time, a place in geography, perhaps accidentally here and now, but also driven by choice and volition.
Thank you, George, for bringing the stories of directors to a close for this board; now it’s on to the new members’ narratives. More thoughts, recollections, and stories await.
To get a sense of who British cellist Raphael Wallfisch is, ahead of his ArtSpring concert on Tuesday, December 3, click this link to a fascinating interview recently published in the newsletter of the Internet Cello Society.
The second half of the article gets a bit technical, but the first half gives a glimpse not only of a fascinating musician but also of a most interesting and humane individual.
If the article piques your interest, be sure to come hear him play (with Canadian pianist Rena Sharon). The repertoire will be Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne, cello sonatas by Debussy and Brahms, and Bach’s No. 3 Suite. Tickets are available from our Box Office 537-2125 or online.
a) At 2:00pm we present a 90 minute film featuring new dance created by Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite for the Netherlands Dans Theatre. Crystal, who hails originally from Victoria, is unquestionably one of the most exciting choreographers our country has produced. She works with large corps of dancers and large themes.
b) Then at 4:00pm we convene the Annual General Meeting of the Island Arts Centre Society. This is your chance to hear a synopsis of ArtSpring’s activities over the last 12 months, ask questions from your Board of Directors, thrill to our financial statements, and all the usual business of an AGM.
Come to both if you can.
David Borrowman is a full-time photographer now, recording images of artists digitally, but that is only part of his interesting life. Born in Regina, he always had a camera in his hands, but photography was not his first profession. After university and graduate school at Carleton, he entered the Canadian diplomatic service, where he served in Belgrade, among others places, from 1973 to 1984.
Thereafter, David traveled and came to Salt Spring in 1986, where he became a glass blower and opened a photo shop which he ran from 1992 until 1996.
David has been very much involved in political activities, having served two terms on the Islands Trust, until 2002, and also chairing the Trust Fund Board, which holds land assets for the Trust. He presently sits on the Industrial Advisory Group of the Islands Trust; we can await a report soon to appear.
An artist, politically savvy, and a great colleague: what more can ArtSpring ask for? David Borrowman brings his talent and his enthusiasm to the Artspring Board of Directors.
“Just leaving things to chance is a wonderful opportunity that one is given by jazz,” she says. And at the same time, perhaps it is her classical training that keeps her within arms reach of the original melodies of the songs she sings. She is more inclined to focus on the meaning and flavour of the lyrics.
Braun was raised in a family of classical musicians and was also trained classically, beginning her singing career in operas. She then took the plunge into the music she loves (and the music we’ll get to enjoy Saturday), which she calls “cabarazz”, drawing on aspects of cabaret and jazz.
Adi Braun is now recognized internationally as one of Canada’s leading jazz vocalists and her band is also superb. We’ll be in for a real treat this Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m.
Those of you who were fortunate enough to catch Beatrice Rana’s wonderful recital on Sept 26 may be interested in the link below to her performance at the San Marino Competition in 2004 at age 11. In this video she plays Schumann’s Abbegg Variations (with which she opened her ArtSpring concert) with a finesse and sensitivity similar to the performance we were privileged to hear nine years later.
Thanks to Melissa Kodaly for passing on the link.
Her repertoire includes two early Schumann piano works and two mature works from Maurice Ravel. Gaspard de la Nuit is Ravel’s setting of three early 20th C French poems. The third one, Scarbo, is considered one of the most difficult solo piano pieces ever written.
Of the second, La Valse, composer George Benjamin has said: “Whether or not it was intended as a metaphor for the predicament of European civilization in the aftermath of the Great War, its one-movement design plots the birth, decay and destruction of a musical genre: the waltz.”
This is great music performed by one of the world’s most exciting young pianists.
Why would you want to be anywhere but at ArtSpring on Thursday evening?
David Hart is new to the ArtSpring board, but not new to Salt Spring having moved here in 1999. After retiring as a professor of Clinical Psychology and head of the department at Memorial University in Newfoundland, he and his wife moved first to Vancouver. From there, they moved to Salt Spring praising its beauty. Though David does not garden, he appreciates Mother Nature as she nurtures beautiful firs and arbutus trees on his property.
David has been involved with a variety of volunteer boards, including the Library Board and the Literacy Society. He also has been the host of the radio show on CFSI, Word on the Rock, for four years. His interest in ArtSpring reflects his passion for the Stratford Festival, where he has gone almost yearly since the 1980s.
Great news today that Victoria’s Collegium String Quartet, who participated in the 6th annual Salt Spring Chamber Music Festival a few weeks ago, has just won first prize at the 42nd National Music Festival held at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo.
Violinists Ceilidh Briscoe and Blythe Allers (Blythe is pictured here), violist Jordan Vermes and cellist Ethan Allers spent a week at ArtSpring working with Kai Gleusteen, David Visentin and our other regular faculty to polish the music they went on to play in Waterloo. Our Salt Spring audience got to hear their performance of the Ravel quartet at the Saturday closing performance of our festival, and a wonderful and stirring performance it was too.
We are delighted that ArtSpring was able to make a small contribution to their impressive triumph on the national stage, and we wish the quartet every success in the future.
Kate Merry is the President of the ArtSpring board and is an active and enthusiastic participant in all of ArtSpring’s activities. This is her fifth year on the board; her participation is yet another expression of her commitment to non-profit organizations. In the past, Kate has been involved in many of them. She has served on boards and as president of Canadian Parents for French, an advocacy group for the teaching of French in schools. Kate has additionally been involved with Osteoporosis Canada as well as with the 99′s, an organization representing international women pilots.
Yes, Kate has a pilot’s license. She has flown over 200 hours and participated in many of the organization’s conferences, even flying as co-pilot in a Cessna 172 from Toronto to Philadelphia for a meeting.
How fortunate that Kate came to Salt Spring impulsively and immediately bought a property. She is a warm, giving person. Kate sings as an alto with the Salt Spring Singers, which so expresses her enthusiasm for being here as well as her enthusiasm for music and performance. As parent of two children, a grandparent of two children, a singer, an advocate for the arts, and a committed community member, Kate Merry brings joy to this island.