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TPE and Couloir
(Ariel Barnes – cello and Heidi Krutzen – harp)
Orpheum Annex – Saturday Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m. and Monday Nov. 11, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Our 2019/20 Season begins with a concert of musical innovators present and past, featuring Couloir, the harp and cello duo of Heidi Krutzen and Ariel Barnes. Heidi and Ariel are members of TPE who are now living outside Canada - Heidi in London where she plays with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Ariel in Germany where he plays with the Nuernberger Symphoniker. This concert will include a premiere of a Canada Council commission The Razor Hiss of a Whisper, by James Maxwell for both ensembles, a new premiere for TPE by Anthony Tan as well as pieces by Andrew Staniland, Ruth Crawford Seeger and Sabrina Schroeder.
Scenes From Childhood
TPE and Bergmann Piano Duo
(Marcel and Elizabeth Bergmann, piano)
Orpheum Annex – Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
TPE joins forces with the dynamic Bergmann Piano Duo for this concert of extraordinary music connecting French masterworks of the early twentieth century to jazz-inspired new works. The two ensembles combine in the Concerto for Two Pianos by Marcel Bergmann in a new arrangement especially for TPE. TPE will also play Scenes from Childhood by Vancouver’s heralded jazz musician Brad Turner as well as Michael Bushnell’s original arrangement of Debussy’s seminal composition Jeux and Petite Symphonie No. 2 & 3 by Milhaud. Completing the concert will be the playful Ma mere l’oye for two pianos and percussion.
(TPE will also be presenting this concert in White Rock on Friday Nov. 22, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. and at the Langley Community Music School on Saturday Nov. 23, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.)
Flying White 飞白
PuSh Festival 2020 in partnership with SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs
SFU Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre – Jan. 31, - 7:30 p.m., Feb. 1, - 7:30 p.m., Feb. 2 – 2 p.m.
Flying white is a rare and extraordinary form of Chinese calligraphy that jumps and leaps on the paper surface in graceful beautiful strokes, the black ink revealing a white background. Mobile and delicate, flying white is like meteors passing through the sky, or hair fluttering in the wind.
Flying white - 飞白, co-created by Wen Wei Wang, Owen Underhill, and Dorothy Chang, is inspired by the motion and aesthetic of this calligraphy and representations of elements including rice, paper, water, silk, and ink. The piece integrates six dancers and an intercultural ensemble of twelve musicians comprised of members of Turning Point Ensemble and the Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra from Taipei. Flying white - 飞白 explores the space between black and white, between inhale and exhale, between east and west, and between sound and movement.
Co-created by Wen Wei Wang (Artistic Director of Wen Wei Dance), Owen Underhill (Composer, Artistic Director of Turning Point Ensemble), Dorothy Chang (Composer)
Choreographer: Wen Wei Wang (in collaboration with the dancers)
Composers: Owen Underhill and Dorothy Chang
6 dancers from Wen Wei Dance: Dario Dinuzzi, Eowynn Enquist, Ralph Escamillan, Sarah Formosa, Daria Mikhaylyuk, Matthew Wyllie
12 live musicians on stage: 8 from Turning Point Ensemble; 4 from Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra
Costume Designer: Linda Chow
Lighting Designer: Jonathan Kim
Scenic Design Consultant and Technical Director: Mark Eugster
Photos: Emily Cooper
Single tickets for Flying White will be available in November from the PuSh festival website. Stay tuned for more information or get a ticket now by purchasing a season pass at the top of the page.
In The Distance
Music from Croatia
Berislav Šipuš: Conductor and Robyn Driedger-Klassen: soprano with TPE
May 16, 7:30 p.m., May 17, 2 p.m., 2020
SFU Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre
Our final concert of the season will be part of a two-year exchange project with Cantus Ensemble Zagreb. In the fall of 2019, Owen Underhill will conduct the Cantus ensemble in Zagreb in works by Westcoast Canadian composers. For this final concert of the 2019-2020 Season, we will feature the conductor of the Cantus Ensemble, Berislav Šipuš conducting TPE in a program of new Croatian works including music by Milko Kelemen, Stanko Horvat, and Berislav Šipuš. The concert will feature as soloist the luminous Vancouver soprano Robyn Driedger-Klassen.