Langley Community Music School is celebrating Canadian Music Week with a weekend of Canadian music concerts on Nov. 23 and 24.
Beginning with a student recital and workshop on Saturday Nov. 23 at 2 p.m., the celebration continues with Britten Birthday Bash and a Bit of Bali at 7:30 p.m., a special bonus concert featuring artists Joel Stobbe, cello, Ariel Barnes, cello, Reilley West, viola, and Marcel and Elizabeth Bergmann, piano.
The festivities conclude with the Concerts Café Classico season opener featuring Standing Wave, Vancouver’s cutting edge chamber ensemble on Nov. 24.
Coffee and commentary are hosted before the concert with the school’s artistic director of concerts Elizabeth Bergmann at 3 p.m., followed by the performance at 4 p.m.
The Saturday afternoon student recital and workshop features student performances of works by an array of Canadian composers.
It notably includes the premiere performance of new work by LCMS alumnus Justin Christiansen for piano trio, commissioned by LCMS for this occasion.
Christensen — the 2010 recipient of the prestigious Jules Leger Canada Council composition prize — will also serve as guest adjudicator for the workshop.
Later Saturday evening, the bonus concert boasts a number of interesting connections between Canada, Bali and the two featured composers, Benjamin Britten and Colin McPhee.
“The audience will hear a couple of McPhee’s two piano transcriptions along with some of Britten’s finest pieces for solo cello, cello and piano, viola and piano and two pianos,” said Elizabeth Bergmann.
Admission to the Saturday bonus concert is by donation at the door.
On Sunday Nov. 24, LCMS launches the Concerts Café Classico Season with Standing Wave, a Vancouver based ensemble dedicated to commissioning and performing works by composers from Canada and abroad.
“Standing Wave is a stellar ensemble noted for making cutting edge music accessible to the audience.
“And, continuing our alumni connection, we are very pleased and proud that they will be performing Critical Distance, another of Justin Christiansen’s compositions, in concert this weekend,” said Bergmann.
“I am also excited to have Justin joining me and my husband Marcel [Bergmann] in a discussion about his music and Canadian music in general during the chat preceding the concert on Sunday afternoon.”
Tickets to the Standing Wave concert are available for $15 adults, $13 seniors and $10 students.
Call the LCMS box office for tickets at 604-534-2848.