Morna Edmundson of Vancouver’s Elektra Women’s Choir will be running a three-day Choral Festival for women’s and men’s voices at ArtSpring. Morna works with choirs of all levels and enjoys conducting the classics of the repertoire to the latest contemporary music, with an emphasis on Canadian repertoire. Thank you to Debbi P. Toole and Paul McManus for their generous sponsorship.
Thursday March 19 – 7pm-8pm – rehearsal
Friday March 20 – 9am-5pm – voice works, rehearsals, sectionals
Saturday March 21 – same as Friday, plus 6:15pm-8pm – concert run-through
Sunday March 22 – 1:15pm-3:30pm – call time and concert
REGISTER with the ArtSpring Box Office or online from 10am, Monday January 6. You will also need to complete this REGISTRATION FORM.
Early bird starts JAN 6 $130, after FEB 6 $160. Registration closes March 12. Includes music packet and one ticket to Sunday show plus Saturday dinner and snacks.
ArtSpring’s 2020 raffle launches Friday January 10, 2020.
This year: two prizes, one in 500 odds, $50 per ticket.
Grand Prize: Two nights for two people at the exclusive Sonora Resort (Discovery Islands, BC). Includes flights, luxury accommodation, gourmet dining, spa credits, and amenities too numerous to list. Value $7030
2nd prize: Two tickets to all ArtSpring Presents 2020-2021 performances and $200 for House Piccolo restaurant (Salt Spring Island). Value $1400
Tickets will be available online, from the ArtSpring box office, and at all ArtSpring Presents events from Friday January 10 to Monday May 4. The prizes will be drawn at the Julie Nesrallah & Robert Kortgaard concert on Tuesday May 5.
By supporting fundraising initiatives like the annual raffle, you contribute to the maintenance and operations of this building. You help our small but mighty staff. You help mentor budding artists and you help support a space that also showcases the pros.
Funds will be raised through three days of silent auction culminating in a live auction gala with auctioneer Walter Stewart – all held in ArtSpring’s beautiful timber-framed building.
On July 18th, ArtSpring will open its doors to a silent auction extravaganza with 700 (and counting) items valued at over $100,000. Funds raised go directly into the operations and sustainability of ArtSpring as Salt Spring’s largest community arts centre.
The money raised will help ArtSpring maintain and evolve the community’s use of the 259-seat theatre, box office and online ticketing services, 3 galleries with artist workspace, meeting room, lobby, extensive grounds surrounding the building, and parking lots.
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“Jan Lisiecki. Remember the name.” The Financial Times
Just 21, Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki has won acclaim for his extraordinary interpretive maturity, distinctive sound, and poetic sensibility. The New York Times has called him “a pianist who makes every note count”. Lisiecki’s insightful interpretations, refined technique, and natural affinity for art give him a musical voice that belies his age.
Jan Lisiecki was born to Polish parents in Canada in 1995. He began piano lessons at the age of five and made his concerto debut four years later, while always rebuffing the label of “child prodigy”. His approach to music is a refreshing combination of dedication, skill, enthusiasm and a realistic perspective on the career of a musician. “I might be lucky to have talent, but it is also about dedication and hard work,” says Jan.
The Fretless is an innovation in music that must be heard. They harbor all the energy of fiddle tunes, while shattering all expectations in writing, creativity and performance. This award-winning unique band is taking string music to fascinating places as it transforms fiddle tunes and folk melodies into intricate, beautiful, high-energy arrangements.
Watch The Fretless perform Alphonzo McKenzie’s/Salkantay
The Fretless is a new approach to folk music that is quickly gaining high acclaim around the world. This unique band is taking string music to fascinating places as it transforms fiddle tunes and folk melodies into intricate, beautiful, high-energy arrangements.
The award-winning group will perform songs from their newest album, Birds Nest, which was the 2017 Juno Award for Instrumental Album of the Year. Instrumental compositions are inspired by events, people and places connected to the band. Each song tells a story and has its own musical arc, with a commitment to mastery of their instruments and a playful, creative artistry that shows throughout their performances.
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ArtSpring’s dance season opens with one of Canada’s best-known choreographers – Josh Beamish, or MOVETHECOMPANY. This year, ArtSpring is proud to present New-York based Canadian Josh Beamish for two performances in one evening; Thursday October 5 at 7:30 pm; bar opens at 6:30 pm. There will be two dance workshops; Wednesday October 4 and a special workshop for GISS/GISPA students on Thursday October 5.
Tickets are available online or at ArtSpring’s Box Office. Adult tickets are $25. Youth are $5, thanks to Country Grocer’s generous youth sponsorship program. Josh Beamish | MOVETHECOMPANY at ArtSpring is proudly sponsored by Joan Farlinger and Salt Spring Coffee.
Saudade, by Josh Beamish, features six male dancers illustrating the human condition of men seeking relationships in today’s technological society. Saudade, a portuguese word describing a love that remains; a constant desire for a reality unlikely to exist – the love and longing after someone leaves. Merging elegant balletic lines with street-style dynamism and drive, the work conjures up fleeting intimacies in a series of ghostly solos, duets, and group passages, accompanied by Hildur Guðnadóttir’s hauntingly beautiful cello score.
Beamish has brought together six outstanding male dancers whose collective credits include leading companies such as Nederlands Dans Theater, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Sasha Waltz & Guests, and La La La Human Steps.
Concerto, by Josh Beamish, is a technically astonishing and articulate choreographic approach to the body in space. In Concerto Beamish has earned the respect and admiration of his peers and critics worldwide for his distinctive and meticulous style as a dancer. Concerto is both created and performed by Beamish to the music of J.S. Bach.
MOVETHECOMPANY was founded by Josh Beamish in 2005 and his works have since extensively toured throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Outside of the company, he has created in collaboration with The Royal Ballet, Dutch National/Het Nationale Ballet Junior Company, Cape Town Opera, New York City Ballet Principals Wendy Whelan for Restless Creature and Ashley Bouder for The Ashley Bouder Project, among many more. Josh is the recipient of artistic residencies throughout North America, including the Banff Centre, Jacob’s Pillow and a term as the National Incubator Artist for the American Dance Institute in Washington, DC. He is an alumni of the New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate organization of New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet, and a Jerome Robbins Foundation grantee.
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After months of pouring over recordings and live performances, I’m truly excited to offer you an exceptional new season at ArtSpring.
This season marks our 19th year providing world-class performances on the ArtSpring stage, and this season is no exception. Canadian legend Jane Coop, award-winning Rolston String Quartet, preeminent Gryphon Trio, the unbelievably talented Jan Lisiecki, fiddle and folk music of The Fretless and Early Spirit, jazz tributes by Rémi Bolduc, spectacular ballet and contemporary dance with local and Italian companies, provocative and hilarious theatrical performances, and much more will grace the ArtSpring stage.
ArtSpring celebrates the season opening on October 5th with the dance company of Josh Beamish and on October 11th with classical music icon, Jane Coop in her brilliant new program Piano Giants: Beethoven & Rachmaninov.
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On Friday, July 21st and Saturday, July 22nd, ArtSpring presents the 10th Annual Salt Spring Chamber Music Festival Concerts: a celebration of one of life’s noblest pursuits – chamber music featuring international guest artists and rising young artists.
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Bob Rogers, Salt Spring photographer and lifetime ArtSpring supporter passed too soon and will be dearly missed by all. Thank you, Bob, for your endless contribution to our community. May your spirit soar as we remember you fondly.
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