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RU35: Recitals Under 35

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Looking for a way to experience heart-stopping classical music recitals without breaking the bank? RU35, or Recitals Under 35, is the Vancouver Recital Society’s new program for discerning young Vancouverites between the ages of 18 and 35. RU35 tickets for … Continue reading

Tine Thing Helseth: program notes

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Tine Thing Helseth, trumpet Havard Gimse, piano Next Generation Series at The Vancouver Playhouse Sunday, February 5, 2012 Bohuslav Martinů: Sonatina for Trumpet and Piano Bohuslav Martinů followed in the footsteps of his compatriots Dvořák, Smetana, Janáček and Suk in … Continue reading

The One Who Got Away

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For a good many years I have been an ardent fan of the wonderful German bass-baritone, Thomas Quasthoff.  I had the good fortune to hear him in recital at the Wigmore Hall and remarkably, despite his 4ft height he was … Continue reading

Listening Room Revealed

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Over the past few weeks we asked our readers for their favourite recordings, performers and repertoire. We received many responses. Perhaps it is not surprising that J. S. Bach ranks high with our listeners. One wrote, “I’m listening to Bach … Continue reading

George Li: program notes

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George Li Programme Notes Performance: Vancouver Playhouse, Sunday, December 4, 2011 Carl Czerny Variations on a Theme by Rode, Op. 33 (“La Ricordanza”) Most concertgoers know Carl Czerny only as the early nineteenth-century pedagogue who churned out endless dull exercises … Continue reading