FRIDAY April 24, 2020 2 – 3 PM

Join us for Tea & Treats in the theatre lobby following the concert!

OPUS #3 Nanaimo Memories

Jazz-infused works are on the menu of our last Friday offering; the Nanaimo-Vancouver-New York axis serves as our musical thread, with powerful melodies and fun harmonies!  Welcome back the Bergmann Duo .

Concert Programme

Conductor         Pierre Simard

Pierre SIMARD  Nanaimo Memories with photography by Dirk Heydemann

Marcel Bergmann  Concerto for Two Pianos

GERSHWIN   Rhapsody in Blue

Guest Artists

Elizabeth & Marcel Bergmann         Piano Duo

Dirk Heydemann         Photography

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The Bergmann Piano Duo’s dynamic and energetic performances of uniquely eclectic programmes have inspired audiences internationally. Their recitals and concerts with orchestra have taken them to many parts of the world, including the United States, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, France, Macedonia, Greece, China and Canada. The duo has appeared at international festivals including: Festival of the Sound, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, The San Francisco International Music Festival, MusicFest Vancouver, the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, the Banff Arts Festival, the Royal Bank Calgary International Organ Festival and Competition, Festival Miami, the Tage für Neue Musik, Darmstadt, the Braunschweiger Kammermusik Podium, and EXPO 2000, Hannover.

They have made recordings for the CBC, for several stations of the ARD in Germany and for National Public Radio and has recorded several CDs, which appear on the CordAria, Arktos, Koch International Classics, Naxos, ARS and Brilliant Classics labels.  Their most recent recording, American Stories on the ARS label,  features exclusively Marcel’s arrangements.

They are both Artistic Directors of White Rock Concerts and Elizabeth is Artistic Director of Concerts at the Langley Community Music School. Marcel held a position as Professor of Music at Mohawk College in Hamilton and both Elizabeth and Marcel have been on faculty at Mount Royal University and University of Calgary as well as being involved in various musical projects at The Banff Centre for the Arts.

The duo studied with Arie Vardi at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hannover and with Jean-Eudes Vaillancourt at the Université de Montréal. 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. They performed extensively in Germany as members of the young artists’ roster of Yehudi Menuhin-Live Music Now.

Their extensive repertoire ranges from the baroque to the contemporary and includes numerous own arrangements and compositions.

Dirk is a professional image consultant who assists his fabulous clients with their marketing and promotional needs through digital imagery.  Dirk of HA Photography has successfully organized and executed photo shoots for large national corporations, non-profits, and local small businesses.   Dirk’s images have been published locally, nationally and internationally in magazines, annual reports, books and billboards as far away as China.

When Dirk is not photographing or assisting as a board member, he can be found being with his family. Dirk and his wife Ronei have vibrant and charming daughter Kaita who continues to be an inspiration to them both.  They enjoy long road trips, exploring the world, sleeping in and laughing.  Dirk loves playing music and jamming with friends and playing Ultimate Frisbee.

Dirk has continually given back to the community over his 25 years of shooting professionally.  He has donated his expertise and professionalism to the Child Development Centre and Run for the Cure and the BC Summer Games, just to name a few.  Realizing the importance that music and culture plays an important roll in Nanaimo, Dirk has kindly donated his time and expertise to the Vancouver Island Symphony since 2008.  Photographing for the symphony has been a real joy for Dirk and he feels as though he is part of the symphony family.  Working with the symphony has provided Dirk with some fabulous opportunities. In 2012 Dirk was commissioned by the VIS to provide images for the backdrop for Handel’s Water Music concert.  It has been a career highlight for Dirk.  Dirk looks forward to continuing his work with the symphony and the opportunities it brings.

George Gershwin (born Jacob Bruskin Gershowitz, September 26, 1898 – July 11, 1937) was an American composer and pianist whose compositions spanned both popular and classical genres. Among his best-known works are the orchestral compositions Rhapsody in Blue (1924) and An American in Paris (1928), the songs Swanee (1919) and Fascinating Rhythm (1924), the jazz standard I Got Rhythm (1930), and the opera Porgy and Bess (1935) which spawned the hit Summertime.

Gershwin studied piano under Charles Hambitzer and composition with Rubin GoldmarkHenry Cowell, and Joseph Brody. He began his career as a song plugger but soon started composing Broadway theater works with his brother Ira Gershwin and Buddy DeSylva. He moved to Paris intending to study with Nadia Boulanger, but she refused him; he subsequently composed An American in Paris. He then returned to New York City and wrote Porgy and Bess with Ira and DuBose Heyward. It was initially a commercial failure but came to be considered one of the most important American operas of the twentieth century and an American cultural classic.

Gershwin moved to Hollywood and composed numerous film scores until his death in 1937 from a malignant brain tumor. His compositions have been adapted for use in films and television, and several became jazz standards recorded and covered in many variations.

 

Read more on Wikipedia.org...

Rhapsody in Blue is a 1924 musical composition by the American composer George Gershwin for solo piano and jazz band, which combines elements of classical music with jazz-influenced effects.

The composition was commissioned by the bandleader Paul Whiteman. It was orchestrated by Ferde Grofé several times, including the original 1924 scoring, the 1926 "theater orchestra" setting, and the 1942 symphony orchestra scoring, though completed earlier. The piece received its premiere in the concert, An Experiment in Modern Music, which was held on February 12, 1924, in Aeolian Hall, New York City, by Whiteman and his band with Gershwin playing the piano.

The editors of the Cambridge Music Handbooks opined that "The Rhapsody in Blue (1924) established Gershwin's reputation as a serious composer and has since become one of the most popular of all American concert works."

 

Read more on Wikipedia.org...

The Bergmann Piano Duo’s dynamic and energetic performances of uniquely eclectic programmes have inspired audiences internationally. Their recitals and concerts with orchestra have taken them to many parts of the world, including the United States, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, France, Macedonia, Greece, China and Canada. The duo has appeared at international festivals including: Festival of the Sound, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, The San Francisco International Music Festival, MusicFest Vancouver, the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, the Banff Arts Festival, the Royal Bank Calgary International Organ Festival and Competition, Festival Miami, the Tage für Neue Musik, Darmstadt, the Braunschweiger Kammermusik Podium, and EXPO 2000, Hannover.

They have made recordings for the CBC, for several stations of the ARD in Germany and for National Public Radio and has recorded several CDs, which appear on the CordAria, Arktos, Koch International Classics, Naxos, ARS and Brilliant Classics labels.  Their most recent recording, American Stories on the ARS label,  features exclusively Marcel’s arrangements.

They are both Artistic Directors of White Rock Concerts and Elizabeth is Artistic Director of Concerts at the Langley Community Music School. Marcel held a position as Professor of Music at Mohawk College in Hamilton and both Elizabeth and Marcel have been on faculty at Mount Royal University and University of Calgary as well as being involved in various musical projects at The Banff Centre for the Arts.

The duo studied with Arie Vardi at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hannover and with Jean-Eudes Vaillancourt at the Université de Montréal. 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. They performed extensively in Germany as members of the young artists’ roster of Yehudi Menuhin-Live Music Now.

Their extensive repertoire ranges from the baroque to the contemporary and includes numerous own arrangements and compositions.

Dirk is a professional image consultant who assists his fabulous clients with their marketing and promotional needs through digital imagery.  Dirk of HA Photography has successfully organized and executed photo shoots for large national corporations, non-profits, and local small businesses.   Dirk’s images have been published locally, nationally and internationally in magazines, annual reports, books and billboards as far away as China.

When Dirk is not photographing or assisting as a board member, he can be found being with his family. Dirk and his wife Ronei have vibrant and charming daughter Kaita who continues to be an inspiration to them both.  They enjoy long road trips, exploring the world, sleeping in and laughing.  Dirk loves playing music and jamming with friends and playing Ultimate Frisbee.

Dirk has continually given back to the community over his 25 years of shooting professionally.  He has donated his expertise and professionalism to the Child Development Centre and Run for the Cure and the BC Summer Games, just to name a few.  Realizing the importance that music and culture plays an important roll in Nanaimo, Dirk has kindly donated his time and expertise to the Vancouver Island Symphony since 2008.  Photographing for the symphony has been a real joy for Dirk and he feels as though he is part of the symphony family.  Working with the symphony has provided Dirk with some fabulous opportunities. In 2012 Dirk was commissioned by the VIS to provide images for the backdrop for Handel’s Water Music concert.  It has been a career highlight for Dirk.  Dirk looks forward to continuing his work with the symphony and the opportunities it brings.

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