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

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
VSO Pops: Whole Lotta Shakin': From Swing to Rock

Dates and Venue January 11 & 12, 2019, 8pm | Orpheum Theatre

Conductor Michael Krajewski Featured performers Dave Bennett Quartet

Reviewer John Jane

From big band swing to good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll - featured performers Dave Bennett & his Quartet joined Maestro Michael Krajewski and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra on the Orpheum stage for a multi-genre repertoire. Audience members might have expected to see five musicians on stage with the orchestra. However, Jeff Kressler on piano, Shelly Berger on bass and Pete Siers on drums only form a trio..... Full review


The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Tea & Trumpets: Spanish Nights

Date and Venue Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 2pm | Orpheum Theatre

Conductor William Rowson Host Christopher Gaze

Program Chabrier’ España, Granados’ Goyescas: Intermezzo, Bizet’s Carmen Suite: Suite 1 No. 1 Prelude, Suite 1 No. 1a Aragonaise, Suite 1 No. 2 Intermezzo, Suite 1 No. 4 Dragons, Suite 2 No. 7 Habañera, Suite 2 No. 9 Song of the Toreador & Suite 2 Danse Bohème, De Falla’s Three-Cornered Hat Suite 2: The Miller’s Dance & El Amor Brujo: Ritual Fire Dance, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol

Reviewer John Jane

The second concert in this season’s Tea & Trumpets Series was a Spanish themed affair, though, in terms of authorship it was a fairly eclectic program that included composers from France, Russia and of course, Spain. Full review