Painting music project set for performances

You can expect performances this weekend and next that are the result of a series of workshops designed to help people compose scores even if they cannot read music.

You can expect performances this weekend and next that are the result of a series of workshops designed to help people compose scores even if they cannot read music. Roberts Creek Maestro Giorgio Magnanensi, Artistic Director of Vancouver New Music, called on Sunshine Coast residents in January to take part in a workshop to learn how to “paint” music, that is, get a musical idea out of your head on paper in some form in graphic notation.
After two workshops in February, these painted scores were played back and recorded on video and will be presented together with the livestream chat in two free concerts on YouTube. Six pieces will be performed on Friday, March 12th at 4:00 p.m. and a further six on the following Friday, March 19, also at 4:00 p.m. Participants include some well-known names, including artists Nadina Tandy, Marilyn Browning and Derek von Essen, and musician Graham Ord. The links will be posted on Vancouver New Music’s YouTube page.

Shout out!

With March Break, youth art comes to Gibsons Public Art Gallery. Check out multimedia works by children ages two to 18 that run from March 11th to April 4th. Always a fun and varied exhibition, it shows the promise of the Sunshine Coast artists. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Love high stakes

The “long call” is a poker term used to describe the attempt by a player with a weak hand to challenge what he thinks is a bluff from another player who also has a weak hand. Imagine the possibilities when used as a dramatic theme that includes romantic love, exotic dancing, and trapped orangutans, among others, as is the case in Vancouver writer Jenn Griffin’s The Long Call. The play will be read in a livestream performance at North Van’s Presentation House Theater on Sunshine Coast’s Off the Page with Robert Moloney, Liza D’Aguilar, Lara Barclay, Janet Hodgkinson and Wanda Nowicki on Sunday March 14th at 2pm. Tickets are $ 8 at sidedooraccess.com.

Little dancers

The Sunshine Coast Nutcracker held its first auditions on February 28th at the Heritage Playhouse Theater in Gibsons. More than 100 local dancers, ages six and a half to 18 years old, took part either in person or via video. The Sunshine Coast Nutcracker production is slated to hit the Playhouse stage from December 16-20. All dancers who missed this first round can still submit video submissions. Details can be found at sunshinecoastnutcracker.com
The Waldorf Ballet will also play a production of The Nutcracker, which will be performed December 9-12 at Raven’s Cry Theater in Sechelt. Auditions for dancers who will be at least seven years old by December are scheduled for Saturday, May 1st at 10 a.m. and Sunday, May 2 at 2 p.m. in the Sechelt Studio in Waldorf. Registration for auditions will remain open until March 14th. Further information can be found in the Waldorf Ballet. com

live music

The clubhouse at Pender Harbor Golf Club will host a solo exhibition by Dr. Fun, Gary Gilbert, on vocals, guitar and harmonica. Time of acoustic blues, western swing, gypsy jazz, newgrass and classical folk. The clubhouse adheres to BC public health protocols.

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