How to survive an Electronic Dance Music Concert

This is part of an ongoing series of posts where I will explain what to expect when attending a live concert.  Music is best experienced firsthand, and depending on the genre, what’s expected for the concert-goer can be quite varied. Here are my thoughts on attending an Electronic Dance Music Concert in Vancouver. What isContinue reading “How to survive an Electronic Dance Music Concert”

How to survive an opera

This is the first of an ongoing series of posts where I will explain what to expect when attending a live concert.  Music is best experienced firsthand, and depending on the genre, what’s expected for the concert-goer can be quite varied. Here are my thoughts on attending an Opera in Vancouver. What is an opera?Continue reading “How to survive an opera”

Vancouver Opera’s The Magic Flute

On Sunday, March 10, 2013, I attended at matinee performance by the Vancouver Opera at Queen Elizabeth Theatre. I arrived 10 min. late for the pre-talk in the mezzanine, so unfortunately, only picked up a few details such as, the opera was infused with Coast Salish elements and how the Vancouver Opera consulted First NationsContinue reading “Vancouver Opera’s The Magic Flute”

Watching Parker

On Monday, January 21, 2013, I had the pleasure of seeing Jon Kimura Parker live in concert with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. The evening featured three pieces, “Totem” composed by the VSO’s resident composer, Edward Top, “Piano Concerto in A minor” by Edvard Grieg, and “Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major” by Sergei Prokofiev HereContinue reading “Watching Parker”

Meeting Christopher Norton

Last December (only a month ago) I had the opportunity to meet living breathing composer Christopher Norton ( I say that because many of my students can’t believe that there are composers who are alive today!). If that name sounds familiar, that’s because you can find his works in the Royal Conservatory syllabus for pianoContinue reading “Meeting Christopher Norton”

Jon Kimura Parker’s Rendition of Brahm’s “Piano Concerto No. 2”

In watching some videos on YouTube from performances from renowned pianists, I came across Jon Kimura Parker’s performance on Brahm’s ‘Piano Concerto No. 2’. It is a truly magnificent work: He will be performing at Vancouver Symphony Orchestra this Saturday, 19 January and Monday, 21 Monday. Get your tickets. If you are 30 and under,Continue reading “Jon Kimura Parker’s Rendition of Brahm’s “Piano Concerto No. 2””

Christmas 2012 performance

Dear Students and Family Thank you for participating in the Christmas performance at George Derby Centre. The residents and their family were delighted to hear your wonderful piano music. We were lucky to Ms. Shannon Ingersoll, a performer and music therapist, to open and close the recital.  Here’s her website: http://www.shannoningersoll.com Below are photos from theContinue reading “Christmas 2012 performance”

Jan Lisiecki concert review

(I will be continuing the posts on “The Inner Game” in a few days) On Saturday, June 2, I was fortunate enough to get tickets at the Orpheum Theatre for the highly publicized young pianist, Jan Lisiecki.  At only 17 years old, he has already accomplished many things: an orchestral debut at 9 years old,Continue reading “Jan Lisiecki concert review”