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Turning Point reached in Rose Gellert concert season

LCMS artists in residence, Turning Point Ensemble, perform on Friday, March 30 in Rose Gellert Hall. - submitted photo
LCMS artists in residence, Turning Point Ensemble, perform on Friday, March 30 in Rose Gellert Hall.
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Langley Community Music School will close its Rose Gellert Hall concert season this week, when it welcomes Turning Point Ensemble for the season finale, on Friday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m.

The intriguing program, titled Jump for Joy, will show the relationship and reciprocal influence between jazz and “serious” music, juxtaposing works by Igor Stravinsky and Duke Ellington.

“LCMS is thrilled to present this very unique and not to be missed concert,” says Elizabeth Bergmann, artistic director concerts for LCMS.

“Bringing this project to fruition has been a wonderful collaboration on so many levels between The Turning Point Ensemble, international jazz artists and LCMS.

“The partnership is a reflection of the ‘cross-over’ characteristics of the music that will be presented.

“It will be exciting to witness the stellar ensemble perform world premieres of two new works along with music by  such iconic composers of the 20th Century as Stravinsky and Ellington.”

One of the concert’s featured composers, Brad Turner, is an LCMS alumnus, and the school is proud to have commissioned a new work by Turner to be premiered at the performance.

Turner’s new piece will be paired with the international premiere of a new work by jazz artist Dave Douglas.

Vancouver jazz vocalist Jennifer Scott will join the ensemble to perform Ellington and Stravinsky.

Founded in 2002 by its musician members, the Turning Point Ensemble is a large chamber ensemble which aims to increase the understanding and appreciation of music composed during the past 100 years, linking the music of earlier times to that of today with innovative programming and thoughtful performances.

Uniquely and flexibly sized between a small chamber ensemble and a symphonic orchestra, Turning Point Ensemble presentations offer a symphonic palette with a chamber music sensibility.

Call the box office for tickets at 604-534-2848. Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $16 for students.

The Rose Gellert Hall is located at 4899 207 St. in Langley.

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