FRIDAY November 15, 2019 7:30 PM
at the Tidemark Theatre, Campbell River

Rejuvenate

A true celebration of string instruments – 156 strings in total to serenade you! Come discover the incredibly beautiful Lyra Angelica performed by Vancouver Island Symphony Principal Harpist Lani Krantz , and the crown jewel of the concert, Dvorak’s Serenade, has been described as “pure, cloudless goodness”! Come de-stress and rejuvenate.

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Lani Krantz           Harp

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Lani Krantz, a versatile BC based Harpist is a third-generation musician with education in many different styles of music. As a teenager in Victoria, BC, she studied harp with Mrs. Taka Kling, was also involved in choir and vocal jazz and was accepted to the BC Honour Choir.  She continued her studies in harp performance at UBC with instructor, Elizabeth Volpe-Bligh (Principal Harp, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra), and Orchestral Harp studies at the Aspen School of Music and in Toronto with the National Youth Orchestra.

Lani is Principal Harpist with Nanaimo’s Vancouver Island Symphony, and plays as 2nd/subs as Principal with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.  She has performed with touring performers including; Il Divo, Josh Groban, Sarah McLachlan, Andrea Bocelli, John McDermott, Johnny Mathis, Carly Rae Jepsen and more. Her solos have been heard in a number of recent game and movie shows such as; Harry Potter, The Godfather Live, E.T. Live, Pokemon Symphonic Evolutions and Star Wars.

Since 2016, Lani has been a member of the acclaimed touring group Winter Harp, which has just celebrated its 25 year tour. She collaborates with Erhu player, Rong Jun and composer, Jin Zhang. Their music was showcased at the Sound Of Dragon Festival in Vancouver and at the 2011 World Harp Congress. Her duo, Wind’n'wire, with flutist Carol Dymond, performed the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto with Lionsgate Sinfonia.

Lani accompanies singer, Appollonia Vanova on her CD, Lullabies and is heard on the soundtracks for; Space Buddies, Super Buddies and at the Canadian attraction; Fly over Canada.

Lani is an event harpist/vocalist for weddings and corporate events.  She is a Harp Instructor at the Vancouver Symphony School of Music. And she has recently added ‘Mom’ to her list of titles and is excited to start her little boy on his own musical journey!

 

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Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (3 February 1809 – 4 November 1847), born and widely known as Felix Mendelssohn, was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period. Mendelssohn's compositions include symphoniesconcertospiano music and chamber music. His best-known works include his Overture and incidental music for A Midsummer Night's Dream, the Italian Symphony, the Scottish Symphony, the oratorio Elijah, the overture The Hebrides, his mature Violin Concerto, and his String Octet. The melody for the Christmas carol "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" is also his. Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words are his most famous solo piano compositions.

A grandson of the philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, Felix Mendelssohn was born into a prominent Jewish family. He was brought up without religion until the age of seven, when he was baptised as a Reformed Christian. Felix was recognised early as a musical prodigy, but his parents were cautious and did not seek to capitalise on his talent.

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Felix Mendelssohn wrote twelve string symphonies between 1821 and 1823, when he was between 12 and 14 years old. Sinfonia no. 6 in E-flat major is one of these compositions.

The string symphonies are written for a string orchestra. String Symphony No. 11 also contains percussion (timpani, triangle, cymbals).

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William Alwyn was born William Alwyn Smith in Northampton, the son of Ada Tyler (Tompkins) and William James Smith. He showed an early interest in music and began to learn to play the piccolo. At the age of 15 he entered the Royal Academy of Music in London where he studied flute and composition. He was a virtuoso flautist and for a time was a flautist with the London Symphony Orchestra. Alwyn served as professor of composition at the Royal Academy of Music from 1926 to 1955.

Alwyn was a distinguished polyglot, poet, and artist, as well as musician. In 1948 he became a member of the Savile Club in London. He helped found the Composers' Guild of Great Britain (now merged into the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors), and was its chairman in 1949, 1950 and 1954. He was also sometime Director of the Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society, a Vice-President of the Society for the Promotion of New Music (S.P.N.M.) and Director of the Performing Right Society. For many years he was one of the panel engaged by the BBC to read new scores to help assess whether the works should be performed and broadcast. He was appointed a CBE in 1978 in recognition of his services to music.

His compositional output was varied and large and included five symphonies, four operas, several concertos, film scores and string quartets.

 

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Lyra Angelica, which means “Angel’s Songs,” is a fitting title for a work composed for harp and strings. Much of the work is inspired by the writing of seventeenth-century English metaphysical poets, resulting in a composition of symphonic proportions but free in style. This composition became popularly known when figure skater Michelle Kwan performed to it at the 1998 Winter Olympics.

Vivian Fung is a Canadian born composer. She composes music to be performed by orchestras, operas, quartets, and pianists. Her compositions have been performed internationally.

Fung's compositions blend Western musical forms with musical ideas from many cultures, including Balinese, Javanese gamelan, and folk songs from minority regions of China. Her personal heritage has played a strong role in her music.

Fung has received a number of awards and grants: the 2012 Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts’ Gregory Millard Fellowship, ASCAP, BMI, American Music Center, MAP Fund, Music Alive!, and the League of American Orchestras, American Composers’ Forum, and the Canada Council for the Arts. Vivian has been composer-in-residence of the Delaware Chamber Music Festival, Music in the Loft chamber music series in Chicago, the San José Chamber Orchestra, and the Billings Symphony. Vivian Fung also completed residencies at the MacDowell, Yaddo, and Banff arts colonies, as well as residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. She is also an associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre.

 

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Vivian Fung's Pizzicato is a short work for string orchestra, the duration of which the players never use their bows. The central sound produced is that of plucked strings as well as a few surprises in the middle and towards the end of the work. Inspired by listening to Asian folk music, the piece is influenced partly by the music of the Chinese instruments pipa and qin as well as by the energetic rhythms of the Indonesian gamelan.

Gustav Mahler (7 July 1860 – 18 May 1911) was an Austro-Bohemian late-Romantic composer, and one of the leading conductors of his generation. As a composer he acted as a bridge between the 19th century Austro-German tradition and the modernism of the early 20th century. While in his lifetime his status as a conductor was established beyond question, his own music gained wide popularity only after periods of relative neglect which included a ban on its performance in much of Europe during the Nazi era. After 1945 his compositions were rediscovered by a new generation of listeners; Mahler then became one of the most frequently performed and recorded of all composers, a position he has sustained into the 21st century. In 2016, a BBC Music Magazine survey of 151 conductors ranked three of his symphonies in the top ten symphonies of all time.

Born in Bohemia (then part of the Austrian Empire) to Jewish parents of humble circumstances, the German-speaking Mahler displayed his musical gifts at an early age. After graduating from the Vienna Conservatory in 1878, he held a succession of conducting posts of rising importance in the opera houses of Europe, culminating in his appointment in 1897 as director of the Vienna Court Opera (Hofoper). During his ten years in Vienna, Mahler—who had converted to Catholicism to secure the post—experienced regular opposition and hostility from the anti-Semitic press. Nevertheless, his innovative productions and insistence on the highest performance standards ensured his reputation as one of the greatest of opera conductors, particularly as an interpreter of the stage works of WagnerMozart, and Tchaikovsky. Late in his life he was briefly director of New York's Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic.

 

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The Adagietto is the fourth movement of Mahler's Symphony No. 5 and may be his most famous composition and is the most frequently performed of his works. The British premiere of Symphony No. 5 came 36 years after that of the Adagietto, conducted by Henry Wood at a Proms concert in 1909.

It is said to represent Mahler's love song to his wife Alma. According to a letter she wrote to Willem Mengelberg, the composer left a small poem:

Wie ich Dich liebe, Du meine Sonne,
ich kann mit Worten Dir's nicht sagen.
Nur meine Sehnsucht kann ich Dir klagen
und meine Liebe, meine Wonne!

In which way I love you, my sunbeam,
I cannot tell you with words.
Only my longing, my love and my bliss
can I with anguish declare.

Leonard Bernstein conducted it during the funeral Mass for Robert F. Kennedy at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Manhattan, on 8 June 1968, and he also briefly discusses this section along with the opening bars of the second movement in his Charles Eliot Norton Lectures from 1973.

Although the Adagietto had regularly been performed on its own, it came to popular (i.e. non-classical) prominence in the 1971 Luchino Visconti film Death in Venice. In that film, the lead character was modified from the novel's original conception of writer to that of composer, with elements in common with Mahler. Since then, the music has been used across many fields, from advertising and figure skating to television and further film uses, easily making it the most familiar piece of Mahler's musical output.

 

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Antonín Leopold Dvořák (8 September 1841 – 1 May 1904) was a Czech composer, one of the first to achieve worldwide recognition. Following the Romantic-era nationalist example of his predecessor Bedřich Smetana, Dvořák frequently employed rhythms and other aspects of the folk music of Moravia and his native Bohemia. Dvořák's own style has been described as "the fullest recreation of a national idiom with that of the symphonic tradition, absorbing folk influences and finding effective ways of using them".

Dvořák displayed his musical gifts at an early age, being an apt violin student from age six. The first public performances of his works were in Prague in 1872 and, with special success, in 1873, when he was aged 31. Seeking recognition beyond the Prague area, he submitted a score of his First Symphony to a prize competition in Germany, but did not win, and the unreturned manuscript was lost until rediscovered many decades later. In 1874 he made a submission to the Austrian State Prize for Composition, including scores of two further symphonies and other works. Although Dvořák was not aware of it, Johannes Brahms was the leading member of the jury and was highly impressed. The prize was awarded to Dvořák in 1874 and again in 1876 and in 1877, when Brahms and the prominent critic Eduard Hanslick, also a member of the jury, made themselves known to him. Brahms recommended Dvořák to his publisher, Simrock, who soon afterward commissioned what became the Slavonic Dances, Op. 46. These were highly praised by the Berlin music critic Louis Ehlert in 1878, the sheet music (of the original piano 4-hands version) had excellent sales, and Dvořák's international reputation was launched at last.

 

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Antonín Dvořák's Serenade for Strings in E major  Op. 22, was composed in just two weeks in May 1875. It remains one of the composer's more popular orchestral works to this day.

Dvořák's Serenade for Strings consists of five movements:

  1. Moderato
  2. Menuetto: Allegro con moto
  3. ScherzoVivace
  4. Larghetto
  5. Finale: Allegro vivace

With the exception of the finale, which is in modified sonata form, each movement follows a rough ABA form. It is believed that Dvořák took up this small orchestral genre because it was less demanding than the symphony, but allowed for the provision of pleasure and entertainment. The piece combines cantabile style (first movement), a slow waltz (second movement), humorous high spirits (third movement), lyrical beauty (fourth movement) and exuberance (fifth movement).

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Lani Krantz, a versatile BC based Harpist is a third-generation musician with education in many different styles of music. As a teenager in Victoria, BC, she studied harp with Mrs. Taka Kling, was also involved in choir and vocal jazz and was accepted to the BC Honour Choir.  She continued her studies in harp performance at UBC with instructor, Elizabeth Volpe-Bligh (Principal Harp, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra), and Orchestral Harp studies at the Aspen School of Music and in Toronto with the National Youth Orchestra.

Lani is Principal Harpist with Nanaimo’s Vancouver Island Symphony, and plays as 2nd/subs as Principal with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.  She has performed with touring performers including; Il Divo, Josh Groban, Sarah McLachlan, Andrea Bocelli, John McDermott, Johnny Mathis, Carly Rae Jepsen and more. Her solos have been heard in a number of recent game and movie shows such as; Harry Potter, The Godfather Live, E.T. Live, Pokemon Symphonic Evolutions and Star Wars.

Since 2016, Lani has been a member of the acclaimed touring group Winter Harp, which has just celebrated its 25 year tour. She collaborates with Erhu player, Rong Jun and composer, Jin Zhang. Their music was showcased at the Sound Of Dragon Festival in Vancouver and at the 2011 World Harp Congress. Her duo, Wind’n'wire, with flutist Carol Dymond, performed the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto with Lionsgate Sinfonia.

Lani accompanies singer, Appollonia Vanova on her CD, Lullabies and is heard on the soundtracks for; Space Buddies, Super Buddies and at the Canadian attraction; Fly over Canada.

Lani is an event harpist/vocalist for weddings and corporate events.  She is a Harp Instructor at the Vancouver Symphony School of Music. And she has recently added ‘Mom’ to her list of titles and is excited to start her little boy on his own musical journey!

 

Read more on harplessons.ca

The harp is a stringed musical instrument that has a number of individual strings running at an angle to its soundboard; the strings are plucked with the fingers. Harps have been known since antiquity in Asia, Africa and Europe, dating back at least as early as 3500 BC. The instrument had great popularity in Europe during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, where it evolved into a wide range of variants with new technologies, and was disseminated to Europe's colonies, finding particular popularity in Latin America. Although some ancient members of the harp family died out in the Near East and South Asia, descendants of early harps are still played in Myanmar and parts of Africa, and other defunct variants in Europe and Asia have been utilized by musicians in the modern era.

Harps vary globally in many ways. In terms of size, many smaller harps can be played on the lap, whereas larger harps are quite heavy and rest on the floor. Different harps may use strings of catgutnylonmetal, or some combination. While all harps have a neckresonator, and stringsframe harps have a pillar at their long end to support the strings, while open harps, such as arch harps and bow harps, do not. Modern harps also vary in techniques used to extend the range and chromaticism (e.g., adding sharps and flats) of the strings, such as adjusting a string's note mid-performance with levers or pedals which modify the pitch. The pedal harp is a standard instrument in the orchestra of the Romantic music era (ca. 1800–1910) and the contemporary music era.

 

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