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Turning Point Ensemble


Frank Zappa Meets Varèse and Oswald

The Present Day Composer Refuses To Die

A Musical Spectacular!

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Turning Point Ensemble


Frank Zappa Meets Varèse and Oswald

The Present Day Composer Refuses To Die

A Musical Spectacular!

DATE + TIME

27 + 28 January, 2017 @ 8PM
29 January, 2017 @ 3PM

LOCATION

Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre
SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 West Hastings St, Vancouver

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Zappa meets Varèse and Oswald


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Zappa meets Varèse and Oswald


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meet the masters


meet the masters


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Who is Frank Zappa, Legendary rock star?

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Who is the legendary composer, Edgard Varèse?

Award-winning Canadian composer, John Oswald

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About "Frank Zappa Meets Varèse and Oswald"

We know Frank Zappa as a daring innovator, synonymous with audacity, virtuosity and crazy inventiveness. But as a youth he cut his teeth on Edgard Varèse, one of the twentieth century’s great composers.

In this musical spectacular, arguably Canada’s boldest composer John Oswald and the Turning Point Ensemble pay tribute to both masters.

Some of Frank Zappa's most beloved and outré works from The Yellow Shark will be performed. Varèse gets a stunning tribute as well; the ensemble will play two works from the mid-twenties that show just how far ahead of his time he was.

Put one of our best avant-garde composers together with a group of 30 instrumentalists and you have the perfect complement to these two geniuses.

 
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Musical Vandalism and Experimentation for the Curious Ears.

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ABOUT TPE


ABOUT TPE


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About Turning Point Ensemble

Turning Point Ensemble is a large chamber ensemble founded in 2002.  Consisting of 16 instrumentalists and a conductor, the group is dedicated to linking modern and contemporary music to music of our time and other artforms.   

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press quotes


“The Turning Point players, under Owen Underhill's direction, were magnificent, rendering Simpson's intricate score with warm precision...”
     – Alex Varty, The Georgia Straight

 

“The Turning Point Ensemble may prove to be…among Vancouver’s musical treasures, polished, original, and scintillating”
     – John Keillor, The Georgia Straight

press quotes


“The Turning Point players, under Owen Underhill's direction, were magnificent, rendering Simpson's intricate score with warm precision...”
     – Alex Varty, The Georgia Straight

 

“The Turning Point Ensemble may prove to be…among Vancouver’s musical treasures, polished, original, and scintillating”
     – John Keillor, The Georgia Straight

THE TEAM


THE TEAM


Owen Underhill
Conductor and Artistic Director

A composer, conductor and faculty member in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University.

Owen, with Jeremy Berkman and other ensemble members, was one of the co-founders of the Turning Point Ensemble.

From 1987 - 2000, he was the Artistic Director of Vancouver New Music. In addition to serving as the conductor of the TPE, Owen has conducted with groups such as the CBC Radio Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra.

 

THE ENSEMBLE

Flutes/piccolos - Brenda Fedoruk, Paolo Bortolussi

Oboe/English horn - David Owen

Clarinet - François Houle

Bass clarinet - Liam Hockley

Bassoon/contrabassoon/Keyboard - Ingrid Chiang

Saxophones - Julia Nolan

French Horns - Nick Anderson, Steve Denroche

Trumpets - Tom Shorthouse, Jim Littleford

Trombones - Jeremy Berkman, Sharman King, Ellen Marple

Tuba - Drew Dumas

Percussion - Jonathan Bernard, Martin Fisk, Brian Nesselroad, Robin Reid

Harp - Janelle Nadeau

Piano/Keyboard - Rory Cowal

Celesta/Keyboard - Marguerite Witvoet

Guitars - Ron Samworth, Adrian Verdejo

Mandolin - Mark Ferris

Violins - Domagoj Ivanovic, Ken Lin

Viola - Marcus Takizawa

Cello - Marina Hasselberg

Contrabass/Electric Bass - David Brown

Conductor - Owen Underhill

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EVENT LOCATION


Event Location

Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre
SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 West Hastings St, Vancouver

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EVENT LOCATION


Event Location

Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre
SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 West Hastings St, Vancouver

get tickets →

 

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