Music on Main: Modulus Festival 2014

“Vancouver’s annual Music on Main festival provides western Canada with one of the finest windows onto the post-classical scene”
(Gramophone Magazine)

From October 23 – 29, 2014, the Modulus Festival lets you connect with leading musicians and composers in fun, intimate settings filled with great music.  This year’s festival is their biggest yet, at Heritage Hall, The Roundhouse and the Ukrainian Centre.

Featured artists include the Cecilia String Quartet, soprano Carla Huhtanen, flutist Mark Takeshi McGregor, Nu:BC Collective, PEP (Piano and Erhu Project) with pianist Corey Hamm and erhu player Nicole Li, pianists Vicky Chow and Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa, violist Tawnya Popoff, cellist Rebecca Wenham, composers Dorothy Chang, George Crumb, Gabriel Dharmoo, Scott Godin, Keith Hamel, Toshio Hosokawa, Felix Mendelssohn, Jared Miller, Jocelyn Morlock, Michael Oesterle, John Oswald, Tristan Perich, Franz Schubert, Rodney Sharman, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Edward Top,  and Arnold Schoenberg, as well as a new collaboration with Dances for a Small Stage.

Grab a beer, sit back, and take a musical adventure that the Georgia Straight calls “a fantastic gift to the city.

October 23-29, 2014

Heritage Hall
3102 Main Street at East 15th (in East Van) | google map
The Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews (Davie & Pacific), Vancouver| google map
Ukrainian Centre
154 East 10th Avenue at Main Street (in East Van) | google map


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Chor Leoni: A Great Service

Chor Leoni A Great Services 2014Amidst the chaos of war, soldiers consoled each other, tended the wounded and cared for each other. Robert Service witnessed these unsung acts of compassion as a WWI volunteer ambulance driver. A Great Service incorporates his observations and stories, placing them alongside musical selections by Gustav Holst, Vaughan Williams, Paul Mealor and Rupert Lang in this beloved Chor Leoni Remembrance Day tradition. Their 23rd annual Remembrance Day concerts feature  Christopher Gaze, O.B.C., reader; Ellen Ay-Laung Wang, guest organist; and Ken Cormier, pianist

Saturday November 8, 2014 | 7:30pm
Queens Avenue United Church
529 Queens Ave (at 6th St), New Westminster

Tuesday November 11, 2014 | 1pm
West Vancouver United Church
2062 Esquimalt Ave, West Vancouver

Tuesday November 11, 2014 | 7:30pm
St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church
1022 Nelson St at Burrard, Vancouver
Tickets: 604.684.2787 ext. 2

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Vancouver Opera: Stickboy

The world premiere of spoken word artist Shane Koyczan’s hard-hitting opera about bullying opens this week. With music by Neil Weisensel, this is an amazing project by Vancouver’s renowned opera company. This beautiful, courageous and visually stunning opera explores the inner life of an overweight young boy transformed by bullying. On the playground, in school hallways, and most profoundly in his own mind, the boy is shunned, bullied, and cruelly provoked. Supported by the love of his grandmother, he finds courage through his vivid imagination, but that courage mutates, expressing itself with the violence that he himself has endured. Scarred and wary, the boy survives to face an uncertain future. Bravely autobiographical, beautifully poetic, visually innovative and musically memorable, Stickboy confronts a society struggling with its own fear and insecurity – a society that seeks conformity and uniformity at the expense of those who are different. Sung in English, with surtitles above the stage. Not suitable for younger children as there is a depiction of violence and coarse language is included in the libretto. Listen to CBC’s North by Northwest feature on this amazing production. Listen to a discussion about the project on CBC’s North by Northwest.

Vancouver Playhouse, Dunsmuir and Hamilton
7:30 p.m.  October 23 to November 7
1:30 p.m. November 1;  2:00 p.m. November 5 

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