The Blue Shore at Cap U and Rogue Folk Club
Alsarah & the Nubatones

Date and Venue April 14, 2019, at 8pm | St. James Hall, 3214 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver

Reviewer Sharon Cairney

Alsarah enters onto the stage after the rest of her group. She is relaxed and confident as she calls out to the audience, “I didn’t come such a long way to sweat by myself!” Full review



The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
A Century of Nat ‘King’ Cole

Dates and Venue March 1 & 2, 2019 at 8pm | Orpheum Theatre

Conductor John Morris Russell Featured performers John Pizzarelli - Vocalist & Guitar, Konrad Paszkudzki – Piano, Mike Karn – Bass, Andy Watson - Percussion

Reviewer John Jane

New Jersey native John Pizzarelli is an accomplished jazz musician in his own right and considered to be a prime interpreter of the Great American Songbook. He would therefore seem to be the perfect choice to perform a selection of the late, great jazz pianist and singer’s best known songs. Full review

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Tea & Trumpets: From the New World

Date and Venue Thursday February 28, 2019 at 2pm | Orpheum Theatre

Conductor William Rowson Host Christopher Gaze Featured performer Da-Wei Chan – Violin

Programme Dvorak’s Slavonic Dance Op. 46, No. 1; Silent Woods (Waldesruhe); Carnival Overture; Humoresque & Symphony No. 9: From New World Symphony (excerpts) + Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor

Reviewer John Jane

From the New World is the fourth concert in this season’s Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Tea & Trumpets Series. This concert mainly focuses on the epic compositions of Bohemian-born composer Antonin Dvorák. Dvorák’s popular Slavonic Dance Op. 46, No. 1 was selected as the curtain-raiser. Full review




Salish Sea Early Music Festival
Early 19th-century Serenades

Dates and Venue February 20,, 2019, 7:30pm | Knox United Church, 5600 Balaclava St., Vancouver

Artistic Director Jeffrey Cohan Featured performersJeffrey Cohan (8-keyed flute), Stephen Creswell (viola), Oleg Timofeyev (guitar)

Reviewer Elizabeth Paterson

The Salish Sea Early Music Festival is pushing the definition of “early music” to include the 19th century, although on this evening the music came from the beginning of the century. Four composers were presented who are not frequently performed. A quick web search reveals that they must all be well known to particular instrumentalists, as some of their works are still in print. Anton Bernhard Furstenau and Gaspard Kummer were both well-known performers in their time and wrote extensively for the flute; Leonardo de Call was a guitar virtuoso and popular composer of chamber music, much of it for guitar, for the general public. Joseph Kuffner began as a court composer, composing a number of symphonies and an extensive list of chamber music, again, particularly music for guitar. ..... Full review

Salish Sea Early Music Festival
Baroque Flute and Lute

Dates and Venue January 31, 2019, 7:30pm | Knox United Church, 5600 Balaclava St., Vancouver

Artistic Director Jeffrey Cohan Featured performers Jeffrey Cohan (baroque flute), John Lenti (baroque guitar, theorbo)

Reviewer Elizabeth Paterson

The blurb for SSEMF’s performance on Wednesday proposed a tour of 18th-century Germany, France and Italy, a journey satisfactorily accomplished with compositions from composers who lived in those countries as well as England. And like many musical programs it was also a journey through time. The first piece, a suite by Michel de la Barre, while published in 1710, nevertheless in style looked back to the early years of Louis XIV’s court. Played by Jeffrey Cohan on baroque flute and John Lenti on baroque guitar, the music was graceful and elegant, the allemandes eminently danceable and the two character studies lively and varied ..... Full review