LCMS reaches a Turning Point

Vancouver’s Turning Point Ensemble will be the ensemble in residence at LCMS for the entire academic year. On Sept. 16, they will do a reading with jazz artist and composer Brad Turner. - submitted photo
Vancouver’s Turning Point Ensemble will be the ensemble in residence at LCMS for the entire academic year. On Sept. 16, they will do a reading with jazz artist and composer Brad Turner.
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After the rest and relaxation of a pleasant summer holiday, September marks the beginning of a crazy busy several months for educators and students alike.

And that’s as true for the folks at Langley Community Music School as anyplace else.

LCMS will kick off its busy fall season on Saturday, Sept. 10, with an open house for anyone who’s interested in learning more about the little school in City Park.

But things will really begin to heat up the following Friday, Sept. 16, when the school’s artists in residence for the 2011-12 year — Turning Point  Ensemble — kick off their residency with a reading session alongside composer Brad Turner.

Audience members can experience first-hand the dialogue that occurs between a professional composer  —  in this case, a Juno award-winng jazz trumpeter and LCMS alumnus — and a classical ensemble, as a new work is developed.

The session is part of the Vancouver-based ensemble’s project, “The Creative and the Classical,” which explores the relationship and reciprocal influence between jazz and classical music.

“We are thrilled to have this association with the TPE,” says LCMS principal Susan Magnusson.

“LCMS has a long-standing commitment to the creation and performance of Canadian music, and we are excited to continue this tradition through the TPE residency.  It is a great opportunity for students and concert goers alike.”

The season will continue with the Creating Composers project, where students learn and participate in the step-by-step process of creative composition. The sessions run on Sept. 25, Nov. 20 and Nov. 27,  culminating in an informal performance of the compositions by the ensemble for students, their families and guests on Nov. 27, as part of LCMS’ Canadian Music Week celebrations.

“Creating Composers is open to any young musician interested in exploring the composition process,” says Magnusson.

“They don’t have to be a student at the school to take advantage of this unique opportunity.”

TPE’s residency concludes in a concert on March 30, 2012, with the final LCMS Rose Gellert Hall season performance.  The group will pair works of Igor Stravinsky and Duke Ellington with the premiere performance of a new work by jazz artist Dave Douglas, as well as the LCMS-commissioned work by Turner.

“The reading session and Creating Composers project are just two of the many exciting things we have happening in September at LCMS, and throughout the year,” said Magnusson.

“Anyone interested in learning more about the programs and events at LCMS should attend our open house on Saturday, Sept. 10, or contact the school at 604-534-2848.”

September Calendar of Events at LCMS

Open House – Saturday, September 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Turning Point Ensemble Reading Session – Friday, Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m.
Turing Point Ensemble Creating Composers Session 1 – Saturday, Sept.  25
Concerts Café Classico Season Opener with Duo Concertante – Friday, Sept. 30 at 10 a.m.

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