Vancouver Island Symphony Encore! 2021-2022

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Greetings from our Season’s Sponsor

Message from the Artistic Director.....................5 Artistic Director Pierre Simard...............................7 Members of the Orchestra...................................... 9 VIS Story........................................................................... 9 CONCERT ~ October 23 & 24, 2021

Friendship

Programme....................................................................11 Featured Composer................................................. 12 Message from the VIS President....................... 13 VIS Administration Team........................................ 13 VIS Board of Directors............................................. 13 CONCERT ~ November 20 & 21, 2021

Double the Fun!

Programme................................................................... 15 Vancouver Island Symphony Foundation.... 17 VIS Music Education Program

The Pictures Project.......................................... 18-19 CONCERT ~ December 3, 4 & 5, 2021

Keep Calm & Carol On

Programme................................................................... 21 Guest Artist....................................................................22 Women of Note...........................................................23 It has been abundantly clear over the past two seasons that the Vancouver Island Symphony (VIS) holds an important place in our communities across Vancouver Island. As the pandemic shaped our daily lives, the VIS was agile, adaptive, and creative in continuing to deliver on their core purpose of Keeping Music Live.

Symphony Champions ...........................................24

Likewise, patrons and sponsors also adapted, embracing live streaming technology and pop up concerts to support the musicians and remain connected to each other and the joy of live performances. The Coastal Community Private Wealth Team was especially proud to be part of the VIS community over the past year.

VIS Heart Strings Program....................................29

Coastal Community Private Wealth Group, an affiliate of Coastal Community Credit Union is passionate about building stronger relationships to improve financial health, enrich people’s lives and build healthier communities. Coastal Community Private Wealth Group is honoured that we are able to contribute to the Vancouver Island Symphony’s 27th season, continuing as the Season sponsor for the 7th consecutive year. Don Tamelin, VP and General Manager, Coastal Community Private Wealth, myself and our Private Wealth Advisors, all look forward to seeing you at the 2021/2022 performances, Melissa Lavoie, BCom, CFP AVP Private Wealth

Community Partners................................................25 CONCERT ~ January 22 & 23, 2022

Electrifying Eroica

Guest Artist....................................................................26 Programme...................................................................27 Featured Composer & Poet..................................28 CONCERT ~ February 12 & 13, 2022

Slavonic Sweets

Programme................................................................... 31 Become a Supporter................................................32

CONCERT ~ March 19, 2022

Mozart’s Serenade

Programme...................................................................35

CONCERT ~ March 25, 26 & 27, 2022

Tonight... Piaf

Guest Artist....................................................................36 Programme................................................................... 37

CONCERT ~ April 23 & 24, 2022

Pictures at an Exhibition

Featured Composer.................................................40 Programme................................................................... 41

CONCERT ~ April 30, 2022

Schubert’s Great Symphony

Programme...................................................................43 PROGRAMS SUBJECT TO CHANGE PHOTO CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHS OF VIS PERSONNEL AND EVENTS AND OTHER IMAGES ON PAGES 5, 9, 21 BY HEYDEMANN ART OF PHOTOGRAPHY

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IN THE COMMUNITY

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ARTISTIC DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE

A MESSAGE FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR A deep sense of exhilaration inhabits all of us at the thought of performing again on our stages and reconnecting with our faithful audiences in person. At a time when healing, reflection and compassion are needed more than ever, we hope to bring, yet again, all which live music can spark: joy, amazement, discovery, peace and hope.

For us musicians of the Vancouver Island Symphony, this orchestra is a family, members of which we have very much missed being close to, ever since our whole world was placed on pause. You can imagine our excitement at the prospect of performing again this year, as we make a gradual and safe return to our stages! We have adapted our programs accordingly, using three different types of ensembles: chamber music groups, chamber orchestra and full orchestra. A novelty this year, in the spirit of adapting to current physical spacing conditions: almost all our programs are no-intermission, one-hour concerts, allowing us repeat presentations, and flexible showtime choices for our audience members. This season, we are throwing a special light on the wonderful human beings which make up this orchestra, as soloists and chamber musicians. We are especially thrilled with a new, unique version of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, arranged by Jason Nett, which will be performed in April. The program will also serve as the backbone of our Education Program, and will be at the centre of a new documentary film about the VIS. As always, I am looking forward to sharing incredible works with you: Schubert’s Great C-Major Symphony, Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence, creations by Canadian composers Laurin and Gimon, the fantastic Tonight... Piaf show featuring Joëlle Rabu… and, most especially, Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony, which we were rehearsing when the “interruption” happened. I am also very proud to be able to bring our orchestra back to the Sid Williams Theatre in Courtenay, the Tidemark Theatre in Campbell River, and of course, the Port Theatre in Nanaimo. The Vancouver Island Symphony is a true gem on the Island. More than ever, I am honoured and excited to be part of it. Live symphony performances are essential in enhancing our lives through the universal and powerful language of music. See you at the Symphony! Pierre Simard, Artistic Director

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BIOGRAPHY

PIERRE SIMARD, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR ACCLAIMED IN CANADA AND INTERNATIONALLY, Pierre Simard is a prominent conductor, composer and arranger. Artistic Director with the Vancouver Island Symphony (BC) and formerly Associate and Resident Conductor with both the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (AB) and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (BC), Pierre Simard’s artistry is versatile, compelling and nuanced, performing every masterwork with remarkable musicianship. A guest conductor with major symphonies and ensembles in North America and Europe, Pierre Simard is namely invited with the Milwaukee Symphony (MI), for the Hot Springs Music Festival (AR), the Toronto Symphony, at the Ottawa’s Jazzfest with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, at Lanaudière’s International Music Festival, and with symphony orchestras in Edmonton, Victoria, Kingston, Okanagan, Trois-Rivières, Québec’s Les Violons du Roy and Montréal’s Orchestre Métropolitain. He is a former Artistic and Music Director with the Orchestre symphonique de Drummondville (QC). Amongst many distinctions in Canada and the United States, Pierre Simard was granted an Award in Orchestral Conducting from the Canada Council for the Arts, two Opus Prizes from the Quebec Council of Music, and many prizes recognizing his outstanding artistic contribution. Pierre Simard holds a Master’s Degree from Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Institute in Baltimore (MD) and five prizes from Montréal’s Conservatory of Music. In 2021, he divides his time between Nanaimo and Montreal, entering Denys Bouliane’s composition class at McGill University, in the doctoral program. Pierre Simard’s warm personality on and off stage combined with his unwavering commitment to music performance have drawn concertgoers of all generations to celebrate a large and diversified repertoire.

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THE ORCHESTRA

Vancouver Island Symphony ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Pierre Simard

The Joyce Clarke Honourary Conductor’s Podium

FIRST VIOLIN

Calvin Dyck*

Concertmaster

Eveline O’Rourke Honourary Concertmaster Chair

Alana Lopez Associate Concertmaster Erin Dorfer SECOND VIOLIN

Samuel Tsui* Ji In Kim James Mark Llowyn Ball VIOLA

Manti Poon*

Betty St. Jean Memorial Chair

Guyonne Le Louarn Sevilya Hendrickx

BASS TROMBONE

CELLO

BASSOON

Minjee Yoon*

Anthony Averay* Olivia Martin

Scott MacInnes*

Alexandra Lee Laine Longton

FRENCH HORN

Eric Morton*

Andrew Clark*

PERCUSSION

Judy Fraser Memorial Chair

DOUBLE BASS

Mark Beaty* Michael Vaughan FLUTE

Paolo Bortolussi* Emily Nagelbach OBOE

Carl Saarinen Memorial Chair

vacant Karen Hough Heather Walker TRUMPET

Stevan Paranosic* Mark D’Angelo

TUBA

Jonathan Bernard* TIMPANI

Nicole Arendt* HARP

Lani Krantz* * Principal

Geronimo Mendoza* Dr. Marjorie S. Holmes Memorial Chair

Akane Setiawan

Mark Beaty

CLARINET

Karl Rainer

Christopher Lee* Krystal Morrison

Personnel Manager

Librarian

THE VIS STORY UNDER THE ARTISTIC DIRECTION of our noted conductor, Pierre Simard, the Vancouver Island Symphony is a professional Canadian orchestra - one of only two on Vancouver Island. Celebrating its 27th Season in 2021-2022, the VIS presents an annual season of world-class orchestral performances at the beautiful harbour setting of Nanaimo’s Port Theatre. In addition the VIS performs a series of concerts at the Sid Williams Theatre in Courtenay and at the Tidemark Theatre in Campbell River. The VIS will continue to offer Symphony from your Sofa in 2021-2022 - a streaming concert series that you can view from anywhere in the world.

loists from across the country, offering special education and community concerts and programming, and engaging active volunteers and donors, the VIS serves as a creative asset to the many communities of the growing Central Island area. Its wide-reaching audience and commitment to education are helping to Keep Music Live and foster the next generation of audiences and performers. The Vancouver Island Symphony values the continued support it receives from its patrons through tickets sales and donations. Buy a ticket and join us in Keeping Music Live on the Island!

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OCTOBER 23 & 24, 2021 PROGRAMME

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SATURDAY

OCTOBER 5:00 & 7:30 PM Lani Krantz HARP

Christopher Lee CLARINET

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OCTOBER 2:00 PM

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STREAMING CONCERT Sun. Oct. 24 2:00 PM

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HOST: Calvin Dyck VIS MUSICIANS:

Lani Krantz, harp; Christopher Lee, clarinet; Calvin Dyck, violin; Samuel Tsui, violin; Manti Poon, viola; Minjee Yoon, cello Rachel Laurin Suite for Harp Quintet, op. 101* Dedicated to Maureen McKeon Holmes 1. Fantasia 2. Variations on an Irish Melody 3. Moto Perpetuo Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Clarinet Quintet in A major, KV 581 1. Allegro 2. Larghetto 3. Menuetto (with two trios) 4. Allegretto con variazioni

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FEATURED COMPOSER | OCTOBER 23 & 24, 2021

Suite for Harp Quintet, Op 101 - Dedicated to Maureen McKeon Holmes Maureen McKeon Holmes died in November 2017 after a brave struggle with cancer that lasted several years. She and her husband, Robert Holmes, have five daughters. Each reflects her strength, her love and care for family, community and friends, and her energy and commitment to making the world a better place. She had a lively sense of humor and an outgoing personality, never ceasing to engage others in conversation and leaving each feeling they were important. After her diagnosis, she volunteered to cuddle newborns in neonatal care. In her memory, Rachel Laurin composed two works, an Organ Sonata and a Harp Quintet, with love the theme of each. The Harp Quintet’s opening movement is about falling in love. Maybe you can visualize eagles clasping talons and cascading downwards for the joy of it, mated-for-life. Next are variations on an Irish folk melody displaying happy, playful, wistful, melancholic and exuberant perspectives. The energetic finale is a Moto Perpetuo. Maureen was always on the move. Even in her last years, she travelled across Canada, Europe and the USA. Many thanks to Rachel Laurin, Lani Krantz and the VIS String Quartet for bringing this work to life.

RACHEL LAURIN, COMPOSER Rachel Laurin leads a dual international career as a concert organist and a very prolific composer. She devotes herself to composition, recitals, master-classes and lectures. She has performed organ recitals in major cities in Canada, the United States and Europe, and has made more than twelve recordings, including two CDs devoted to her own compositions. Rachel Laurin has served as “house composer” at Leupold Editions since 2006. She has composed hundreds of works for various solo instruments, voice, instrumental ensembles, choir, and orchestra. Most of her compositions are published and recognized internationally, having been performed and recorded on the five continents. She has won many prestigious awards, including the Holtkamp-AGO Composition Award in 2008, First Prize in the 2009 Marilyn Mason New Organ Music Competition, the First Prize, in the Category “Do-Organ Solo” at the Orgelkids Tenth Anniversary Composition Contest (2019) in the Netherlands; and more recently she was selected as the commissioned composer for the prestigious Pogorzelski-Yankee Composition Competition 2022. Her works are published by Doberman, Éditions du Nouveau Théâtre Musical, RCCO Music Publications, Europart, Hinshaw Music/Fred Bock, MorningStar, and Leupold Editions, a division of the Leupold Foundation. In 2020, the American Guild of Organists granted her the AGO “Distinguished Composer Award” in recognition of her important contribution to the organ repertoire, as a composer. Rachel Laurin is a member of the “Comité d’Honneur de la Fédération Francophone des Amis de l’Orgue” (FFAO) since 2016.

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Message from the Board of Directors Dear VIS Friends We’ve had quite a ride! As we regroup and reset our lives and priorities, I ask you to consider finding time and space for our beloved Symphony. While we have survived and managed with assistance from governments and you, our patrons, we approach our upcoming season with a mix of excitement and trepidation. Excitement, because we get to deliver orchestral music back to our music lovers in Campbell River, Courtenay and Nanaimo! Trepidation, because we have never experienced such challenges. Given the foregoing, I ask you to join us in bringing our full orchestra back to the stage this year. We look forward to your support. Thank you. Sincerely, Dr. David Witty, President Board of Directors

VANCOUVER ISLAND

SYMPHONY

ADMINISTRATION TEAM

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Margot Holmes, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

PRESIDENT David

Witty

Rebecca Woytiuk, DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

TREASURER Blake

McGuffie

Sara Fee, ADMINISTRATOR

DIRECTORS AT LARGE

Mark Beaty, EDUCATION & OUTREACH MANAGER

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NOVEMBER 20 & 21, 2021 PROGRAMME

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SATURDAY

NOVEMBER 5:00 & 7:30 PM Alana Lopez

ASSOCIATE CONCERTMASTER

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NOVEMBER 2:00 PM

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Double the Fun!

STREAMING CONCERT Sun. Nov. 21 2:00 PM

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CONDUCTOR: Pierre Simard ASSOCIATE CONCERTMASTER:

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Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936) Doppio Quartetto in D minor 1. Allegro 2. Adagio non troppo - Quasi andante 3. Intermezzo - Allegro vivace ma non troppo 4. Presto all’ungharese

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VIS FOUNDATION

Vancouver Island Symphony Foundation Why Donate to our Foundation? The Vancouver Island Symphony Foundation (VISF) is a public foundation dedicated to ensure the long-term sustainability of our Symphony by creating, maintaining and implementing a short and long-term, financial development strategy.

How can you Support the VISF? The Future is Now: Leave a Legacy Gift: Keep the music alive for future generations by leaving a bequest or a planned gift to the VISF. Legacy Gifts may include: • A bequest in your will • An insurance policy with the VISF as beneficiary or policy owner • A charitable gift annuity • A charitable remainder trust • Gifts of Securities • Gifts of real estate Every donation, big or small is so important to the longevity of the Vancouver Island Symphony!

The Marianne Turley Memorial Fund in the VIS Foundation For over 20 years, Marianne Turley was a true ambassador of the Vancouver Island Symphony. As a Board Member, Chair of the Development Committee and loyal audience member, Marianne introduced hundreds of people to the VIS and fundraised tirelessly to support the Symphony’s Integrated Music Education Programs. To honour Marianne’s years of dedication to the Symphony her family established The Marianne Turley Memorial Fund in January 2021. Contributions can be made to the VIS Foundation to continue this work in her name.

For More Information: Contact Rebecca Woytiuk, Development Officer at 250.754.0177 or email office@vancouverislandsymphony.com

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VANCOUVER ISLAND

SYMPHONY

Pictures at an Exhibition is a suite of 10 pieces composed for piano by Modest Mussorgsky in 1874. Inspired by the works of his late artist friend Viktor Hartmann, Mussorgsky wrote this music after touring Hartmann’s posthumous exhibition, and composed a piece of music for each piece of art. The Vancouver Island Symphony’s Pictures Project is a multi-faceted project that showcases the music of Pictures at an Exhibition arranged for the VIS by Canadian composer Jason Nett. The Pictures Project includes these exciting components:

• LIVE IN-THEATRE EDUCATION SHOWS for all Grade 4 Students in the region as well as PUBLIC SHOWS at The Port Theatre in April 2022

• A DIGITAL EDUCATION SERIES showcasing our musicians, their instruments and the orchestra performing together. This Series will be available anywhere in the world for schools or individuals to use to learn about the instruments and workings of the orchestra.

• A DOCUMENTARY FILM about the Vancouver Island Symphony, by filmmaker, John Bolton of Opus 59 Films.

• A VISUAL ART EXHIBIT featuring Vancouver Island Artists • THE PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION show will tour to smaller communities beyond our region in 2022 to 2025.

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Call for Visual Art Entries Vancouver Island-based artists are invited to submit new or pre-existing works of their art that are inspired by listening to one of Mussorgsky’s 10 pieces of music. Ten (10) winners will be selected and their art featured in our concerts in April 2022.

Listen to the music and find out how to submit your artwork at: vancouverislandsymphony.com

Deadline to submit is January 16, 2022

SUPPORTERS OF THE PICTURES PROJECT TO DATE

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SUPPORT THE PICTURES PROJECT FUND our Education Programs to help us build the symphony audiences of the future.

BUILD a virtual music education package that can go to schools anywhere in the world.

INVEST in the future of the VIS. Go to vancouverislandsymphony.com and donate today to Education.

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DECEMBER 3, 4 & 5, 2021 PROGRAMME

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FRIDAY

DECEMBER 7:00 PM

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SATURDAY

DECEMBER 5:00 & 7:30 PM

Stevan Paranosic

PORT THEATRE NANAIMO

VIS PRINCIPAL TRUMPET

Keep Calm & Carol On

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SUNDAY

DECEMBER 2:00 PM

GUEST ARTISTS: VIS

Back Row Brass and Festive Brass HOST: Stevan Paranosic Traditional arr. Roger Harvey

Ding, Dong Merrily on High

STREAMING CONCERT

Traditional Fantasy de Noël arr. Roger Harvey Il est né, le divin Enfant Noël nouvelet Patapan

Sun. Dec. 5 2:00 PM

Tomás Luis de Victoria O Magnum Mysterium Arr. Scott MacInnes

(Available for 48 hours)

Adolphe Adam O Holy Night arr. Jeffrey Anderson Traditional & Various Christmas Carol Mashup Madness arr. Robert Fraser Go Tell it from the Vienna Woods O Tea Tree Silent Satie Deck The Hall of the Mountain King I Saw Three Pirate Ships Traditional *Wassail, Wassail arr. James Stephenson Scott MacInnes

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Twas the Night Before Christmas

Various Festive Carol Favourites arr. Robert Fraser & Zach Smith Various arr. William Berry

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We Need a Little Christmas Medley *Canadian Premiere

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GUEST ARTIST | DECEMBER 3, 4 & 5, 2021

THE FESTIVE BRASS, GUEST ARTIST For almost twenty years, The Festive Brass have been delighting crowds at The Butchart Gardens in Victoria during the Christmas season. Top-notch musicianship, quirky arrangements of well-loved holiday classics, and cheeky humour are all trademarks of this talented group. With a library approaching two hundred arrangements, almost all of which have been written by the current members of the group, they boast the ability to play almost any Christmas tune upon request, and as they will tell you: “If we don’t know it, we’ll fake it.” The Festive Brass has twice appeared in concert with the Vancouver Island Symphony in Nanaimo and performed concerts for audiences of all ages throughout Vancouver Island. Stevan Paranosic, Principal Trumpet of the Vancouver Island Symphony leads this group of amusingly eccentric maestros of Christmas music madness. He is joined by Bruce Hurn (trumpet & flugelhorn), David Flello (trumpet & flugelhorn), Nick La Riviere (trombone) and Robert Fraser (bass trombone) and special guest Jon Eng (drums).

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IN THE COMMUNITY

OUR VISION: Making connections for the future. OUR MISSION: By focusing on education of youth, Women of Note promote the Vancouver Island Symphony through nurturing and building collaborative relationships with our community members.

2021-2022

WOMEN OF NOTE COMMITTEE: Zinda Fitzgerald, Rosemarie Sherban

WOMEN OF NOTE are women in our community that believe that the arts make our lives better and produce thriving communities that are more enjoyable places to live for everyone. For the last 20 years the Vancouver Island Symphony has brought thousands of children to hear the Symphony. Women of Note donate $10+ a month and this goes directly to support the Symphony’s Education Program - so no child is left behind. VISIT THE WEBSITE FOR UPCOMING WOMEN OF NOTE EVENTS vancouverislandsymphony.com/WON

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Tatjana Hayes

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Joelle Rabu

Linda Bartz

Gillian Hirst

Betty Reynolds

Lynne Bowen

Gerda Hofman

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Maureen Cunningham Bettyanne English Solveig Farquharson Karen Fife Zinda Fitzgerald Valerie Grace Heather Goldminc Cathryn Gunn, Aspengrove School

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OUR SUPPORTERS

SYMPHONY SUPPORTERS! Thanks to you the Vancouver Island Symphony has been able to relaunch after the challenges of the past year. We continue to provide work to our musicians and program concerts on stage, outdoors and online because of the following people and organizations. Names are listed for gifts made between November 1, 2020 - November 15. 2021

DREAM CIRCLE (5,000+) Steve & Laurie Beveridge Joyce Clarke Allan & Diana Gould Randle Jones David & Lael Popham Dietmar & Sharon Seibt MAESTRO CIRCLE ($2,000+) Anonymous Hal & Donna Baldwin Robert Bevis & Marie Emery Richard & Lynne Bowen Les Dickason Jim & Bettyanne English Robin & Zinda Fitzgerald Bruce & Betty Forward Richard & Phoebe Heyman Margot Holmes Stephen & Debbie Neil Pierre Simard Jim Turley John & Christine Whitelaw Rosemary Vernon Wilkinson Dave Witty & Cindy Shantz CONCERTMASTER CIRCLE ($1000+)

Anonymous Jackie Clabon Tim & Catherine Deutscher Calvin Dyck Ross Fraser Karen Fife Beverley Hamm David McLauchlin Ursula Riedel Roger Taylor Michael & Audrey Ty Joy Vikstrom Dorothy Woodhouse Christine Yeomans ENCORE CIRCLE ($500+) Anonymous donors Clive Blomer Chris & Gill Campbell John & Shirley Charnetski

Carole Compton-Smith Patricia Crosson Robin & Zinda Fitzgerald Margaret Frederick-Pim Tela Gayowsky Muriel James Arlene Juby Mary Magrega Bill & Denyse McCullough Karl Rainer Betty Reynolds Robert & Margaret Sorochan John & Kathleen Whyte BRAVO CIRCLE ($250+) Anonymous Patricia Barnes Paolo Bortolussi & Dorothy Chang Gwen Boyd Elizabeth Brimacombe Grace-Ellen & Bill Capier Andrew Clark Judi Davison Joy Dube Elaine Barnes Verlie Gilligan Frances Gregg Frank Gregg Pat Hatch David & Pam Helem Anne Henderson Grant Hepburn Arla Jean Murch Sid Jenner Lynne Lepin Don Luke R.G. & Paula Madziya Derrill & Pauline Prevett Larry & Alfonsa Rumming Rosemarie Sherban Joyce-Anne Sims Teri Smith Donalda Smith Jean Smythe Gerard St. Jean David Whitaker

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indicates VIS musician/staff.

APPLAUSE CIRCLE ($120+) Anonymous Frank & Cathy Allen Nancy Allen David Bideshi Lillian Bramwell Patricia Branch Robert & Lorna Calderwood Diane Cornish Bill & Maureen Cunningham Barbara de Faye Richard & Carol Evans Richard Freed Lucia Gamroth Rebecca Garber Melissa Gillis Tatjana Hayes James Horncastle Bill & Sheila Joss Christel & Heinz Kolke Lesley McVey Denis McWilliams Berthe Michaud Kyle & Tim Mulligan Joan Nolting Eveline O’Rourke Betty Pearson Marian Riedel Marion Rivers Arthur & Marjorie Robinson Bill Sands and Minh-Lac Bui Lize-Marie Smith Chris & Toula Spencer-Johnson Richard & Rosemary Spratt Dieuwke Steenstra Susan Steeves Camela & Lawrence Tang Lawrence & Shirley Tessari Richard & Elizabeth Thompson Dr. Joris Wiggers Shirley Winkler & Brian Vint Peter Wong Rebecca Woytiuk Wendy Wulff


OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS

THANK YOU FOR KEEPING MUSIC LIVE! SEASON SPONSOR Coastal Community Private Wealth Group

NOTEWORTHY KIDS PROGRAM TD Financial Group

SERIES SPONSORS Windsor Plywood Helijet

VIS MUSIC EDUCATION PROGRAM - THE PICTURES PROJECT Panago Pizza Alan and Gwendoline Pyatt Foundation Beech Foundation Long & McQuade Musical Instruments London Drugs Foundation Lohn Foundation S. M. Blair Foundation Windsor Plywood Foundation

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Ways to Keep the Music Playing INDIVIDUAL DONATIONS are gratefully accepted monthly or annually by cheque, EFT, PAD or credit card online. SECURITIES Donate shares or publicly traded securities and be exempt from the capital gains tax. Tax receipts are issued for the shares’ value. MEMORIAL & HONOURARY Giving Pay tribute to a special person or occasion by donating in their honour. At your request, we will inform the honoree of your gift. VOLUNTEER Your gift of time is valuable to the work we do in our community. We are always looking for new volunteers. Call our office today to make your gift at 250.754.0177 or donate online at www.vancouverislandsymphony.com Donations for $20 of more will receive a tax receipt. Charitable Tax #11905 0813 RR0001

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GUEST ARTIST | JANUARY 22 & 23, 2022

DORY HAYLEY, SOPRANO Praised for her “very personal creative power” (Badener Zeitung) and her “amazing coloratura skills” (Opera Canada), Dory Hayley has been a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony, the Bourgas Symphony, the Allegra Chamber Orchestra, the Turning Point Ensemble, and Capriccio Basel, and has appeared in recital in Europe, Asia, and North and South America. She has performed in festivals such as Sonic Boom, the Happening Festival, Gulangyu Piano Festival, Performer’s Voice Symposium, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, and the Atempo Festival of Caracas, and with organizations like the SMCQ, Chants Libres, CIRMMT, Codes d’accès, Vancouver New Music, the Little Chamber Music Series That Could, and the Land’s End Ensemble. She is a member of the Erato Ensemble, the Broadwood Duo, and the Hayley-Laufer Duo. An enthusiastic performer of contemporary music, Dory has worked with composers such as Helmut Lachenmann, Georges Aperghis, Diógenes Rivas, Owen Underhill, and Jordan Nobles, and created roles in Mark Haney’s Omnis Temporalis and Michael James Park’s Diagnosis Diabetes. A former Visiting Scholar at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute, Visiting Artist at University at Buffalo’s Creative Arts Initiative, and Visiting Faculty Artist at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, she currently teaches at Vancouver Community College. She is the Artistic Co-Director of the Blueridge Chamber Music Festival. Dory pursued vocal studies at McGill University, the University of British Columbia, and the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien, and has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Koerner Foundation, the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada, and the Conseil des arts et des letters du Québec. She holds a Doctor of Music degree from Université de Montréal.

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JANUARY 22 & 23, 2022 PROGRAMME

22

SATURDAY

JANUARY 5:00 & 7:30 PM PORT THEATRE NANAIMO

23 SUNDAY

JANUARY 2:00 PM

SID WILLIAMS THEATRE COURTENAY

Beethoven by Denyse Klette

This concert is dedicated to our Frontline Workers. CONDUCTOR: Pierre GUEST ARTIST: Dory

Simard Hayley, soprano

*Katerina Gimon (text by Tina Biello) Playing Into Silence 1. After Dinner Dance 2. Look 3. Better Days Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Symphony no. 3 in E-flat major (“Eroica”), op. 55 1. Allegro con brio 2. Marcia funebre: Adagio assai 3. Scherzo: Allegro vivace 4. Finale: Allegro molto

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FEATURED COMPOSER & POET | JANUARY 22 & 23, 2022

TINA BIELLO, POET

KATRINA GIMON, COMPOSER

Tina Biello is a poet, playwright, actor and mask artist and teacher. She is the current Poet Laureate for Nanaimo, 20172020. She has honed her skills as a poet over the years working with many fine poets from B.C., including Patrick Lane, Kate Braid and Betsy Warland. Her work has appeared in literary publications and is included in numerous anthologies, edited by Patrick Lane since 2008, published by Leaf Press.

Named as one of Canada’s ‘hot 30 classical musicians under 30’ by the Canadian Broadcasting Company; composer, improviser, and vocalist Katerina Gimon’s uniquely dynamic, poignant, and eclectic compositional style is rapidly gaining her a reputation as one of the most distinctive emerging voices in contemporary Canadian composition. Katerina’s music has been described as “sheer radiance” (Campbell River Mirror), “imbued…with human emotion” (San Diego Story), and capable of taking listeners on a “fascinating journey of textural discovery” (Ludwig Van). Her works have been performed across Canada, the United States, and Europe at prominent events such as ACDA Conferences (National and Regional), Choral Canada’s Podium Conference, and as part of the Vancouver Opera Festival, as well as at renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Orpheum Theatre. Recent commissions include new music for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the University of Montana, Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound, the Hamilton Children’s Choir, and the Orpheus Choir of Toronto. She is currently the composer-in-residence for female vocal ensemble Myriad and is primarily based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Tina has a long background in Theatre as an actor, playwright and performer/ teacher of Commedia dell’Arte and emotional mask work. She has worked with students from high school through to University Theatre Departments as well as adults. She also performs her own work with these masks.

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FEBRUARY 12 & 13, 2022 PROGRAMME

12

SATURDAY

FEBRUARY 5:00 & 7:30 PM PORT THEATRE NANAIMO

13 SUNDAY

FEBRUARY 2:00 PM

SID WILLIAMS THEATRE COURTENAY

TCHAIKOVSKY

CONDUCTOR: Pierre

Simard

Béla Bartok (1881-1945) Romanian Folk Dances 1. Jocul cu bâta (Stick Dance) 2. Brâul (Waistband Dance) 3. Pe loc (Stamping Dance) 4. Buciumeana (Hornpipe Dance) 5. Poarga româneasca (Romanian Polka) 6. Maruntel (Quick Dance) Alexander Borodin (1833-1887) / arr. M. Sargent Nocturne (from String Quartet no. 2)

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Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) Souvenir de Florence, op. 70 1. Allegro con spirito 2. Adagio cantabile e con moto 3. Allegro moderato 4. Allegro vivace

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VANCOUVER ISLAND

SYMPHONY

Your donations enable powerful, moving and exceptional live music experiences that are accessible to everyone. By supporting our various programs, including those for children and youth, we can continue to bring live, local, classical music to our community. Gifts of any amount are important and appreciated.

We would be pleased to honour your support with some special invitations. When you keep music live! with your donation you can also enjoy the following:

DREAM CIRCLE ($5,000+)

• 4 Complimentary tickets to any performance • A private lunch or dinner with Pierre Simard • Plus everything listed below

MAESTRO’S CIRCLE ($2,000+)

• An invitation to an exclusive annual event hosted by Artistic Director Pierre Simard • Plus everything listed below

CONCERTMASTER’S CIRCLE ($1,000+)

• An invitation to the Concertmaster’s Party in Spring 2022 • An invitation to all Saturday evening receptions in the Harmac Room. Join the musicians and sponsors after the 7:30pm performances. • Plus everything listed below

ENCORE CIRCLE ($500+)

• An invitation to sit onstage at the March 18, 2022 rehearsal hosted by the VIS Woodwind Section. See what it takes to prepare for a concert, from the musicians’ perspective. • Plus everything listed below

BRAVO CIRCLE ($250+)

• An invitation for two (2) to attend the Slavonic Sweets Dress Rehearsal on February 11, 2022 at The Port Theatre. • Plus everything listed below

APPLAUSE CIRCLE ($120+)

• Recognition in encore! magazine – the VIS Concert program distributed at each VIS event and online. • A tax receipt for your generous gift Donations can be made by cheque, cash, pre-authorized debit from your bank account or on your credit card. Please contact the Vancouver Island Symphony Office at office@vancouverislandsymphony.com or by calling 250.754.0177 to set up your one-time, annual or monthly gift. You can always go online too! www.vancouverislandsymphony.com

Thank you for your support! All information collected by the Vancouver Island Symphony is confidential and will not be released. Charitable Tax #119050813RR0001 Vancouver Island Symphony | Box 661 | Nanaimo, BC | V9R 5L9

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MARCH 19, 2022 VIS MUSICIANS

Paolo Bortolussi

Emily Nagelbach

Geronimo Mendoza

Akane Setiawan

Christopher Lee

Krystal Morrison

Anthony Averay

Olivia Martin

Andrew Clark

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MARCH 19, 2022 PROGRAMME

MOZART

19

SATURDAY

MARCH 5:00 & 7:30 PM PORT THEATRE NANAIMO

CONDUCTOR: Pierre Simard

Georges Enesco (1881-1955) Dixtuor for winds, op. 14 1. Doucement mouvementé 2. Modérément - Vivement 3. Allégrement, mais pas trop vif Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Serenade no. 12 in C minor, KV 388 1. Allegro 2. Andante 3. Menuetto in canone 4. Allegro

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GUEST ARTIST | MARCH 25, 26 & 27, 2022

JOËLLE RABU, ACTOR & SINGER Joëlle Rabu’s portrayal of Edith Piaf is not an impersonation. The critics have hailed her as being Piaf in voice and style. However, Joëlle believes there was only one Piaf and considers it a privilege to perform her songs and be accepted by the public who knew Edith. Joëlle’s upbringing offers many components necessary in understanding the character she plays. Her parents are from France, French is her first language learned at home and her father lead very much the street life that Piaf did. Joëlle was brought up “à la française”, with a lust for life and joie de vivre that can only be understood by living it. She has travelled throughout 4 continents and speaks 5 languages. The songs of Piaf were engraved in her heart at a very early age and the stories from Joëlle gypsy-like parents only enhanced her curiosity of that very special era. The success of TONIGHT...Piaf is unsurpassed largely due to the uniqueness of the team that presents it. The combination of Joelle’s passionate voice and skillful acting, the beautiful arrangements of (music director/pianist) J. Douglas Dodd, the sensitive clarity of (co-writer) Ted Galay’s words, Ray Michal’s focused direction, and the multi-talented musicians who play more than a dozen instruments make TONIGHT...Piaf a show that has astounded the public and media alike.

TO B UR OO TO K A D AY !

Whether 8 years old or 80, the songs of Edith Piaf remain engraved in your soul for a life time. Her story is one that yearns to be told time and time again for it is a story of embracing life without fear.

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MARCH 25, 26 & 27, 2022 PROGRAMME

25 FRIDAY

MARCH 7:30 PM

TIDEMARK THEATRE CAMPBELL RIVER

26

SATURDAY

MARCH 7:30 PM

PORT THEATRE NANAIMO

27 SUNDAY

MARCH 2:00 PM

PORT THEATRE NANAIMO

STREAMING CONCERT Fri. Mar. 25 7:30 PM

CONDUCTOR: Pierre

Simard

GUEST ARTIST: Joëlle

Rabu, actor & singer

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The setting is the ballroom of New York’s Waldorf Astoria, the year is 1961. Singer Edith Piaf is scheduled to appear in concert to a sold-out crowd. The crowd is awaiting her entrance on stage.

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FEATURED COMPOSER | APRIL 23 & 24, 2022

JASON NETT, COMPOSER / ARRANGER Jason Nett is a composer and guitarist born in New Westminster, B.C. He is the former Composer-in-Residence for the Vancouver Island Symphony, works as a producer and performs internationally. Nett’s commissioned works are frequently performed in Vancouver’s classical community by orchestras, chamber ensembles and choirs. Nett fuses the classical styles of composers like Bach and Beethoven with influences from rock and jazz and integrates vibrant rhythm in many of his works. Having performed, produced, and created works ranging from classical, symphonic, and choral works to jazz, pop, and rock tunes, Jason is guitarist and Composer-in-Residence for Night Shift - Toronto’s first electric/acoustic chamber orchestra consisting of alternative classical musicians from some of city’s finest musical establishments, which include the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra. One of his largest works is the Opera, “Legends”, which was written for the Vancouver Island Symphony’s Youth and Education concert series. The show tells the story of the last 150 years on central Vancouver Island, including the contributions of First Nations, Chinese immigrants and Scottish and English coal miners. The production was awarded a Vancouver Celebration Grant for its contribution to the community. In recent years, Nett has released several recordings, composed many works, toured internationally, and in 2017 joined composer/conductor Pierre Simard, film producer Nathalie Cusson and singer Nadya Blanchette for the Plan Omega Collective in the creation of Inventions in a world premiere of a whole new show concept.

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APRIL 23 & 24, 2022 PROGRAMME

23

SATURDAY

APRIL 5:00 & 7:30 PM PORT THEATRE NANAIMO

24 SUNDAY

APRIL 2:00 PM

PORT THEATRE NANAIMO

CONDUCTOR: Pierre

Simard

*Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881) / orch. Jason Nett Pictures at an Exhibition Promenade I 1. Gnomus Promenade II 2. The Old Castle Promenade III 3 Tuileries 4 Bydlo Promenade IV 5. Ballet of the Chicks in Their Shells 6.. Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle 7. Limoges: The Marketplace 8. Catacombae (Sepulchrum romanum) 9. Baba-Yaga - The Hut on Fowl’s Legs 10. The Great Gate of Kiev

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APRIL 30, 2022 PROGRAMME

30

SATURDAY

APRIL 5:00 & 7:30 PM PORT THEATRE NANAIMO

PERFORMANCE SPONSOR

CONDUCTOR: Pierre

Simard

Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Symphony in C major (“Great”), D. 944

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1. Andante - Allegro ma non troppo 2. Andante con moto 3. Scherzo: Allegro vivace

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