Last week, NOVO Ensemble had a wonderful time performing Mirrors - Music for Flute and Cello at the Alliance Française de Vancouver. This unique program featured three world premieres by Canadian composers including a piece originally written for violin and cello by the Vancouver based composer Michael Conway Baker called To Play with Angels and a touching piece, Petits Oiseaux Bleus by the Ontario based Luc Roger Martin.
We also premiered a work especially commissioned by NOVO by Alain Mayrand entitled The Way of the Moon and were thrilled that the composer was able to attend the first performance of his piece!
The program of challenging duo music also included works by Kaija Saariaho, Nancy Telfer (another Canadian composer!), G.F. Telemann and Marin Marais’ popular Folies d’Espagne.
It was great to see old friends and future guest artists in the audience as well as welcome some unfamiliar faces.
The Alliance Française de Vancouver, always marvelous hosts, welcomed us back for another event. The evening also included a wine tasting during the intermission and an art exhibition by the renowned painter, Philippe Gadenne, which made the event even more special!
We are excited about our next concert at the Alliance Française coming up on Friday, June 7th, 2013 with guest guitarist Adrian Verdejo.
NOVO performs music live for the Pro Arte Ballet Gala
Date: Sunday, May 26th, 2013, 6.30pm
Tickets: Available at the Kay Meek Theatre box office - $15 General Admission or click here
Program: Includes Reflections and Canticle for a Angel by Michael Conway Baker
A big thanks to Carol Carson for taking some great candid shots of us rehearsing our Mostly Martinu program. We got some great inspiration from the rehearsal space at UBC including famous quotes, unicorns and mermaids!
We are having a great time preparing some wonderful chamber music together with our talented guest pianist, Bogdan Dulu. We can’t wait for the concert on March 8th.
Below are a few close ups of us in action.
There was lots of serious study and discussion but plenty of laughter too!
NOVO had a great time this past month performing our “A Canadian Perspective” program with guest clarinetist Shawn Earle at the Roy Barnett Recital Hall UBC, the Canadian Music Centre and St. Mark’s Anglican Church.
The audience was treated to a unique program of Canadian music written for the unusual ensemble of flute, clarinet and cello by Leslie Mann, Omar Daniel and John Hawkins.
It was great to see so many familiar faces in the crowd. We were also pleased to welcome newcomers to our NOVO family!
A big thanks to everyone who came out to support us.
NOVO Ensemble had an amazing time this past weekend performing and giving workshops at Family Fuse hosted by the Vancouver Art Gallery!
We played numerous short concerts introducing kids and adults alike to a wide range of music from J. S. Bach to Dorothy Chang. The audience seemed to enjoy lounging about on the cushions for some stellar front row seating!
During the workshops, kids were introduced to modern music and listened to some extended techniques on the flute, cello and piano. They were later asked to draw some of their favorite animals:
We worked in groups to create different sounds for each animal (the fish was a challenge!). It was a hands on experience and everyone was encouraged to get up close and experiment!
The workshops culminated in an improvised performance of the kids’ own unique soundscape!
A big thanks to Arnaud De Grave for this very cool photo of NOVO Ensemble with guest pianist, Scott Meek that was taken after our concert at Alliance Française Vancouver. It is so nice to see film is still being used! Check out more of his work at azimutbrutal.org
Last week we had the opportunity to help out HSBC with their fundraising campaign for the United Way. Pianist Scott Meek joined us again to perform in the grand atrium of 885 West Georgia, best known for it’s gigantic, swinging metal pendulum created by Vancouverite Alan Story. We had a great time lending a hand!
Par un Clair Matin from Trois Aquarelles by Philippe Gaubert
Performed by NOVO Ensemble with guest pianist Scott Meek live at Alliance Française Vancouver October 19th, 2012
NOVO Ensemble had a wonderful time performing at the Canadian Music Centre and Alliance Française Vancouver last week. We were honoured to have had Jocelyn Morlock in attendance to hear us perform two of her beautiful pieces, Halcyon and I conversed with you in a dream.
Marina and I consider ourselves very lucky to have had the opportunity to work with our guest pianist Scott Meek. It was a pleasure collaborating with such a fine musician!
It was our first time performing at the Alliance Française and they were most gracious hosts. B.C. Wine School provided a fantastic selection of wines to taste during the intermission and Arnaud De Grave was on hand to talk about his exhibit of exquisite photographs. It was a wonderful evening of music, wine and art surrounded by friends.