Coming May 1 to 4, Langley Community Music School celebrates a weekend full of music.
Following a Night Café Classico concert with Joe Trio at 7 p.m. on Friday evening, May 1, LCMS welcomes two more concerts to celebrate BC Youth Week.
On Sunday afternoon, May 3, at 2:30 p.m., the violin/fiddle duo of Marc Destrubé and Jaron Freeman-Fox will present “J.S. Bachwards,” a stunning re-imagining of the works of Bach, Biber, and Baltzer.
And on Monday evening, May 4, at 7 p.m., the acclaimed Vancouver Orpheus Male Choir will join LCMS Children’s Choir to perform Canadian traditional, folk and popular songs, including a joint performance of this year’s Music Monday anthem “We Are One,” written by 16-year old Canadian singer/songwriter Connor Ross.
BC Youth Week is a provincial celebration of youth held annually during the first week of May.
It is intended to build a strong connection between young people and their communities and to profile the accomplishments and diversity of youth across the province.
Music Monday is the world’s largest single event dedicated to raising awareness for music education. Launched in 2005 by the Coalition for Music Education, the annual event engages hundreds of thousands of students, educators, and music makers in a simultaneous nationwide concert performance of an original song written by a Canadian artist.
“Langley Community Music School is thrilled to bring two special concerts to our community at the start of BC Youth Week,” said LCMS principal Susan Magnusson.
“When I learned that Early Music Vancouver was presenting Marc Destrubé, together with his former protégé, Jaron Freeman-Fox, I had to invite them to also perform in Rose Gellert Hall.
“The timing, coinciding with BC Youth Week, was perfect, and the program is very appealing.
“We are very pleased that with the support that we receive from the province of B.C., we can bring this special concert to Langley, asking only for admission by donation.”
The J.S. Bachwards concert features renowned baroque specialist Destrubé and Freeman-Fox.
Together, they explore beautiful solo violin variations of the compositions of Bach Biber and Baltzar, combined with a futuristic electro-acoustic re-imagining and improvisation of this early music. Freeman-Fox describes his music as “contemporary world music … or maybe music for hot air balloonists.”
He added that he has worked to learn this early music inside out and “for this concert, I’ll be doing just that — turning it inside out.”
Tickets for the “We Are One” Music Monday concert with the Vancouver Orpheus Male Choir are $15 for adults, $10 for students, and $2 for children under 12.
Admission to the Sunday afternoon J.S. Bachwards concert is by donation. Call the box office at 604-534-2848.
The Rose Gellert Hall is located at 4899 207 St.
Learn more about Music Monday at www.musicmonday.ca and at www.bcyouthweek.com.