Kaimerata Music Festival 2015 expanding to Courtenay

Stan Hagen Theatre on Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 7:30

For several years, classical music lovers from Courtenay and Comox have been travelling by ferry to Denman Island to enjoy the performances of  Canadian violinist Kai Gleusteen and his wife, French pianist Catherine Ordronneau.

The pair, who are based in Barcelona Spain, have just come off a successful 17-city tour of China and are now gearing up to take us on a five-day, five-concert journey through the musical world of the German composer Felix Mendelssohn.

Until this year all their Comox Valley concerts have been on Denman Island, where Gleusteen’s parents live. But this year, for the first time, one of the concerts will be presented in Courtenay at the Stan Hagen Theatre. Kai and Catherine will once again be joined by Canadian musicians Ariel Barnes on cello, Hiroko Kagawa on violin and David Visentin on viola. A bonus this year will be the addition of a quartet of gifted young student musicians from Victoria, Vancouver and Calgary. As well as giving the students the experience of performing with seasoned professionals, it affords the Kaimerata Festival an opportunity to program some larger works.

The 2015 Kaimerata Mendelssohn Festival launches with a concert at Courtenay’s Stan Hagen Theatre on Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 7:30, featuring single movements of five of Mendelssohn’s larger masterworks that will later be presented in their entirety at concerts on Denman Island.

The concert on the following evening, Thursday Aug. 20 at 7:30 is at Denman Island Hall and will feature the complete Concerto for piano, violin and strings and the octet for strings.

The third concert on Friday, Aug. 21 on Hornby Island at 7:30 will include movements the String Quartets and the Piano Trio.

The last two concerts in the series are back on Denman Island and both are matinée performances.

The fourth, on Saturday, Aug. 22 at 4 p.m. features two string quartets.

At the final concert on Sunday, Aug. 23 at 2 p.m. Kai, Catherine and Ariel will perform the great Piano Trio in D minor.

Ariel Barnes will also perform the Cello Suite No. 3 by J.S. Bach.

The Kaimerata Festival is being co-sponsored this year by the Comox Valley Piano Society. For tickets online and more information go to kaimerata.com.

Tickets are $25 (students $12) for individual concerts or $65 for the entire series (students $33).

Tickets may also be purchased at Blue Heron and Laughing Oyster Book Stores or at the door if available.

 

Just Posted

Tommy Chong says cannabis legalization makes him proud to be a Canadian

Legendary marijuana advocate and comedian celebrates cultural milestone at Kelowna event

Basket raffle a Comox Valley Child Development Association Children’s Telethon tradition

One-stop Christmas shopping with Winner Takes All Basket rffle

Comox Valley gives back

A look at some of the organizations and individuals who help out in the community

Golden anniversary for G.P. Vanier Thursday

It was a day of celebration for students, educators and administrators past… Continue reading

Singer k.d. lang receives Alberta’s highest honour

Celebrated singer-songwriter k.d. lang received the Alberta Order of Excellence in Edmonton

Comox Valley gives back

A look at some of the organizations and individuals who help out in the community

‘Mom, I’m in trouble:’ Canadian faces 10 years for alleged graffiti

Brittney Schneider, another tourist caught spraying message on walls of Tha Pae Gate in Thailand

Feds consulting on national anti-racism strategy behind closed doors

Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez says people still face systemic racism in some communities

Enbridge aims for mid-November to finish B.C. pipeline repair after blast

A natural gas pipeline that ruptured and burned near Prince George caused an explosion and fireball

How to get government cheques if Canada Post staff go on strike

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers said members could go on rotating strikes as early as Monday

Anti-SOGI school trustee files defamation lawsuit against BCTF president

Barry Neufeld says Glen Hansman’s words caused him “indignity,” “personal harassment,” and “anxiety”

Ocean ‘blob’ returns to B.C.’s North Coast

A 2,000 kilometre patch of warm ocean water could signal a warm winter in Prince Rupert

Pot sales down by nearly 70% on Day 2 of legalization in B.C.

Several products on BC Cannabis Store are still sold out

Most Read