Imani Winds April 1, 2017
I just wanted to send you this little note of feedback (see below) about yesterday’s educational session... people really enjoy it and I thought you would like to know about it. Also, another couple mentioned to me how much they appreciated receiving the program ahead of time. They are avid Chamber members who drive in from south Okanagan and they tend to research program material before performances. I thoroughly enjoyed the evening performance. My favourites... the Scheherazade and Mediterranean Dance. Thank you for bringing this great talent to Kelowna. E
It was such a treat to hear the Imani Winds at the recent Chamber Music Kelowna concert. There are not a lot of professional wind quintets out there these days, but you brought in one of the best. I enjoyed their energy and fine playing, as well as their program. It was great to hear a mix of transcriptions and works originally for quintet. As a professional wind player myself, it was fun to listen to conversations in the lobby during the intermission and after the concert, and hear the opinions of other audience members experiencing a wind quintet for the first time. I so appreciate the diversity that Chamber Music Kelowna brings to the stage and am looking forward to next season's lineup! KD
Friday, November 25, 2016 concert and Piano Masterclass with our guest artist on Saturday Nov. 26
Amazing concert!!!! Thank you sooooooooo much!!
...the masterclass was so interesting. as a singer and not a piano player i still learned so much...thank you for generously hosting this masterclass...............ajx
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - Tafelmusik
Just wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed last night’s absolutely marvellous performance! The use of dialogue, photos and music was so engaging. Coming from Toronto, I love the calibre of the performers you bring to Kelowna and I marvel at the value you provide for us, annual subscribers. I wonder how many realise what we would pay for these experiences if we lived in the big cities? ….Please pass along my remarks to your Board and other volunteers and tell them just how much my wife and I and so many others appreciate all that they do. S.
….I think the theatre is just the right size, the acoustics are good and the people well behaved (no coughing etc.). The music and visuals were very good and “entertaining”. I liked the moving around of the musicians rather than the usual static . The whole was well organized and Kelowna can be proud of this event. J.
November 28, 2015
I had the good fortune to attend the flute workshop with Susan Hoeppner today. The workshop was an extremely enjoyable experience and terrific observational learning opportunity for me.
Ms Hoeppner is (obviously) a extraordinary flutist, as well as an articulate teacher; all combined with a gracious, good-humoured personal approach!
The purpose for writing to you is... to express my appreciation to Chamber Music Kelowna Society for presenting this event and also for your financial support ensuring that admission was free for students. Please pass on my sincere ‘thanks’ to Ms Hoeppner, the CMKS Board of Directors and all persons who made this ‘happen’ for myself and other flute students of the Kelowna Community Music School.
Friday, April 24th 2015
Chamber Music Kelowna wrapped up its 35th season on Friday with an intimate recital featuring two international stars of the concert stage, Dawn Upshaw soprano, and Gilbert Kalish piano. The program took the audience on a journey that spanned the full gamut of the Art Song genre, from the romantic early Lieder of Franz Schubert to the cabaret style settings of the cheeky poetry of Arnold Weinstein by the contemporary American composer William Bolcom.
From Upshaw's opening low B flat in Songs My Mother Taught Me by Charles Ives, the sold out house at the Mary Irwin Theatre knew they were in for a very special evening of musical dialogue. The program opened with seven songs by the American composer Charles Ives, who, as Kalish explained, was one of the first American composers to break from European tradition and experiment with finding a truly American voice. The quirky musical twists and turns so characteristic of Ives were skillfully navigated both musically and theatrically by Upshaw and Kalish. The set culminated in a beautifully arranged and executed version of the old gospel hymn Nearer My God To Thee, an example of Ives' interest in reconciling the academic tradition of European composition with the music of his childhood.
The program continued with a sensitive rendition by Kalish of the Fourth Movement of the monumental Piano Sonata No. 2 “Concord” by Ives which tactfully complemented the previous song cycle.
The first half concluded with a series of collected Lieder by Franz Schubert that showcased Upshaw's outstanding command of the lyrical style so important to this genre. Kalish showed sensitivity throughout and Upshaw brought the German text to life through her solid command of the language and poetry, especially in Gretchen am Spinnrade.
The second half opened with Seven Early Songs by Austrian composer Alban Berg. Although Berg is best known for his later experimental works in the Schoenbergian style, these pieces harkened back to his post- romantic roots and were given a fresh and thoughtful reading by Upshaw and Kalish.
A set of five Hungarian folk song arrangements by Bela Bartok showed Upshaw's dexterity in adapting to various vocal styles as she gave a stunning performance of these charming pieces that stayed true to their folkloric roots. Her captivating stage personality enhanced the presentation of these pieces which she performed in the original Hungarian.
The program concluded with four vaudeville style songs by William Bolcom that highlighted the consummate musicianship of both artists.
Friday night's concert will likely be remembered as one of the highlights of CMK's 35 years of bringing outstanding musical talent to Kelowna.